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CHAMPAIGN — Illinois scored 10 runs in the first three innings and stayed in command thereafter to defeat Mississippi Valley State 12-4 on Saturday in a nonconference baseball game at Illinois Field. The top of the batting order did most of the damage for the Illini, with the first five hitters combining to go 11 for 20 with nine RBI and eight runs.
On Sundays during Illinois spring football, beat writer Bob Asmussen will wrap up what he saw and heard from Tim Beckman’s team:
— The new offensive line coach brought in some help this week: the owner of two Super Bowl rings, DAVE DIEHL.
CHAMPAIGN — Well, that didn't take long.
"It's a no-brainer for me to become the coach at K-State," Bruce Weber said Saturday at a news conference in Manhattan, Kan. "I couldn't be prouder."
Twenty-two days after being fired at Illinois, Weber was hired to replace Frank Martin at Kansas State. He agreed to a five-year contract worth $1.5 million annually.
CHAMPAIGN — Name the fired coach who would say Saturday: "How quickly can I buy an ad to thank Illini Nation?"
What fired coach would be welcome, even by the new coach, at the team banquet (April 10)?
And how many coaches are more respected in the vast marketplace, from Carolina to Texas, than at home?
CHAMPAIGN - Bruce Weber will be the next coach at Kansas State.
The former Illinois coach is set to replace Frank Martin at Kansas State, a source on the Illinois side said this morning.
URBANA — No. 17 Illinois dropped the doubles point but stormed back, sweeping all six singles matches in claiming a 6-1 win against Wisconsin on Friday in men's tennis at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex.
CHAMPAIGN — Willie Argo was a part of Illinois baseball history once again Friday, and this time it had nothing to do with swiping a base.
Three days after setting an Illini record for career stolen bases, the senior center fielder put his speed to use in legging out two triples during a 15-6 home-opening victory against Mississippi Valley State at Illinois Field.
CHAMPAIGN — He blended in with the crowd of dignitaries Wednesday when Matt Bollant was announced as the Illinois women's basketball coach.
And when John Groce was introduced Thursday, Jason Lener sat alone atop the A Section at the Assembly Hall.
For a closer look at John Groce, we turned to Voice of the Bobcats Russ Eisenstein, a Bolingbrook native and a big fan of the Big Ten's newest coach:
Here's John Groce by the numbers ...
5 — Coaches in the six power conferences who are younger than 40-year-old Groce (born Sept. 7, 1971): Seton Hall's Kevin Willard (36), Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg (39), Marquette's Buzz Williams (39), Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin (40, born Sept. 23, 1971) and Penn State's Patrick Chambers (40, borne Dec. 13, 1971).