In the spirit of the Big Ten, which is putting a name on every football trophy, here are the best of the 2010 Illinois football season, courtesy beat writer Bob Asmussen:
Kurt Kittner Offensive MVP — Mikel Leshoure
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CHAMPAIGN — Ameren reports that equipment from a contractor caused a gas leak that led to the temporary closure of several intersections in Champaign for more than three hours.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor and four other Buckeyes were suspended by the NCAA for the first five games of next season for selling championship rings, jerseys and awards and receving improper benefits. All can still play in the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas.
Illinois hosts the Buckeyes in what would be their seventh game on Oct. 15.
A renovated Lincoln Hotel would be a boon for downtown Urbana. The commitment of public funds for the undertaking is worth the risk.
There's new hope for an iconic downtown Urbana property that has fallen on hard times.
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With the pressure on, the Illini continued a game-long struggle from the field and lost their poise with both an intentional foul by Mike Tisdale and a technical on Weber contributing to Missouri's 16-5 run in the final two minutes.
Those of us who believed this is a good-shooting UI team are beginning to wonder who iced their elbows. The losers launched 70 shots, making just 27 ... and sinking below 40 percent just as they did in the 57-54 loss to Illinois-Chicago. It was encouraging, at least for 39 of 40 minutes, because Illinois created a torrent of close shots, only to see them flipping out.
FARMER CITY – At Salt Creek Alpacas, the hot gift item this year is socks.
The socks, made of wool from alpacas, don't come cheap. Proprietor Dee Stielow says a pair generally costs about $18.
"But when you buy one, you'll come back for more," she said. "They're the warmest socks you'll ever own."
CHAMPAIGN – At least three Champaign residents will vie for the District 5 city council seat in April, but none of their names will be on the ballot.
DANVILLE – Retired state Rep. Bill Black handed over more than his political office on Wednesday when Chad Hays was sworn in as the new state representative in East Central Illinois' 104th District.