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Illinois Football Practice Report

   Asked to pick a reserve or two who has done well in the first two games, one of the first names Illinois coach Ron Turner mentioned was Winston Taylor.

   The Eastern Illinois transfer has made his impression both on special teams and at linebacker. He is happy to hear the positive words.

Illini insider

   News-Gazette staff writer Jeff Huth´s weekly review and preview of Illinois sports:

Cracked hip joint puts ex-Illini out of action

   Tennessee Titans running back Robert Holcombe, Illinois'' all-time leading rusher, cracked his left hip at the joint and will be out at least four weeks.

   An MRI showed Holcombe cracked the hip joint at the back lining of the socket, and he will not be able to do anything for four weeks, coach Jeff Fisher said Wednesday. Then Holcombe will limited to working out in the pool and on a bicycle before he can try to return to practice.

Illinois Football Practice Report

   Ron Turner has his quarterback picked for the week, but he doesn''t know when he will play Minnesota.

   The game is in flux because the Minnesota Twins likely need the Metrodome on Oct. 5 for an AL playoff game.

Tate: Caroline´s Illini legacy on the board

   J.C. Caroline drives from Champaign to Urbana, passing within eyesight of Memorial Stadium every workday. But the former Illini and Bears great hasn''t seen his large, illuminated picture connected to the new stadium videoboard. Nor is he exactly sure when he will.

   On Sundays, church comes first, Caroline said. I played 10 years of Sunday football and I appreciate the game, but I don''t worship football. I''ve rearranged my priorities. Even if the game started at 1:30, it would still be hard.

Turner hands Beutjer the reins

   CHAMPAIGN  On Monday, Jon Beutjer said he hoped the Illinois quarterback situation would be decided soon. He got his wish. Twice.

   On Saturday, the Iowa transfer makes his Illinois starting debut, replacing Dustin Ward.

Illinois AD wants teams to stay put during renovation

   CHAMPAIGN  Illinois is committed to renovating the Assembly Hall, and so is Ron Guenther.

   To a point, anyway.

Bottom-rung Illinois foe dreams big

   JONESBORO, Ark.  Years from now, Steve Roberts hopes you talk about Arkansas State in the same breath as Virginia Tech, Marshall and Southern Miss.

   For now, he''ll have to settle for No. 117  in Division I-A.

Quarterbacks hitting skids in UI offense

   CHAMPAIGN  Imagine if Barry Bonds had one hit in 20 at-bats. Or Alex Rodriguez went 5 for 30.

   That''s where Dustin Ward and Jon Beutjer are as Illinois quarterbacks.

Renovations to arena come with hefty price tag

   CHAMPAIGN  If Illinois basketball wants to keep up with the Joneses, it''s going to cost some Benjamins.

   Illinois on Monday released details of a report studying the feasibility of major renovations to the Assembly Hall that would modernize the 39-year-old arena.