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Of the top 15 players on The News-Gazette’s All-State team, a unit that for years was actively recruited to fill major collegiate slots, only one of 10 seniors has signed for a scholarship at one of the six major conferences. Steve Taylor, generally regarded the No. 3 player on Simeon’s state champions, is going to Marquette.
CHAMPAIGN — The next Illinois basketball staff is coming together.
The newest addition is assistant coach Dustin Ford, who spent the past four seasons on John Groce's staff at Ohio University.
Aside from recruiting, Ford's specialty is working with post players. He had his first workout with the Illini on Wednesday at Ubben Basketball Complex.
CHAMPAIGN — Just when you think Bruce Pearl has a conscience, you are proven wrong again.
My first inclination was to read with interest and withhold my personal reaction regarding the accidental meeting and apology delivered by Pearl to Jimmy Collins on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.
URBANA — It didn't take Illini softball coach Terri Sullivan long to zero in on the problem. "You need to score to win," Sullivan said.
For the second consecutive game — and the third time this season — the Illini lost a 1-0 decision. Wednesday's setback at Eichelberger Field was to Illinois State University.
Gymnastics is in the Illini spotlight this weekend, with Kim Landrus' women hosting an NCAA regional meet on Saturday and Justin Spring's men in Iowa City on Friday and Saturday for the Big Ten Championships. A look at the major storylines, courtesy staff writer JEFF HUTH.
1. Feeling at home
Tyler Mizoguchi, the defending NCAA champion in parallel bars, has been dismissed from the Illini men's gymnastics team.
Illini coach Justin Spring confirmed the dismissal Tuesday night but declined to say why the action was taken. "I'd rather not say anything more," Spring wrote in an e-mail to The News-Gazette.
After four years, five teams and countless hours on the practice field, J Leman is calling it a career. So he can start his next career.
CHAMPAIGN — Coach John Groce's first Illini basketball team faces heavy sledding. And 7-foot-1 center Meyers Leonard is leaving before he appears fully prepared for the rigors of the NBA.
Any way you look at it, next season won't be easy for either of them.
First, the Illini:
EACH WEEK, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN ILLINI HISTORY, THANKS TO THE WORDS OF THE NEWS-GAZETTE
This week: Meyers Leonard is headed to the NBA after his sophomore season. It wasn't that long ago that he committed to Illinois.
Date: July 30, 2008