Once you've flirted with Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson, it's hard to fall back on your hometown honey. The alternative to presumed perfection doesn't quite stack up.
INDIANAPOLIS — Illinois will host an NCAA women's gymnastics regional at 4 p.m. April 7 at the Assembly Hall, the first time that has happened in program history.
"We are more than thrilled to be hosting one of the six NCAA regionals," UI coach Kim Landrus said.
Staff writer Bob Asmussen attended Ohio's two NCAA tournament games at Nashville, Tenn. Here is his impression of Ohio coach and Illinois candidate John Groce:
Yes, he is a shouter. The good part is that his players appear to listen.
CHAMPAIGN — He's 40, originally from Muncie, Ind., and coached Ohio University to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament this season.
And unless something drastic changes in the next 48 hours, John Groce is the leading candidate to be the next basketball coach at Illinois.
URBANA — There are days softball players and coaches look at the scoreboard and wish a part of their run total could be saved for a future game.
There are other days — Sunday, against Minnesota for example — they are simply thankful the opponent's run total doesn't carry over.
LINCOLN, Neb. — After an opening-game loss to Illinois, Nebraska made itself at home in its Big Ten baseball debut.
The Cornhuskers recorded 14 hits and rolled to a 13-3 victory Sunday to take the series 2-1.
The Illini (11-9, 1-2 Big Ten), who were led by leadoff man Thomas Lindauer, scored first for the third consecutive game, but Nebraska rallied for the win.
CHAMPAIGN — Hall of Fame football coach Tom Stewart, who retired as the state’s winningest active coach, passed away Sunday. He was 86.
Stewart compiled a 31-year football record of 199-74-10 at Champaign High and Central high schools, retiring after the 1983 season. Counting two years he coached at Bement — where he will be buried — he won 207 games.
URBANA — Pepper Gay threw a two-hit shutout in the opener and Kelley Wedel hit a walkoff RBI double in the nightcap to lead the streaking Illinois softball team to a Big Ten-opening doubleheader sweep of Minnesota on Saturday at Eichelberger Field.
The search for the next Illinois coach is in full swing.
The current coach — interim Jerrance Howard — isn't necessarily going to stay put, either.
The 31-year-old Howard wants to stay at Illinois. He digs it there. So does his wife, Jessica, who is also an Illinois graduate.
CHAMPAIGN — Most of the time, over the decades, hiring a basketball coach at the University of Illinois has been relatively straightforward and uncomplicated.
The Illini usually landed the coach that the athletic director preferred, all things considered.