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Illinois is making the transition from preparing for Wisconsin's swing offense to Northwestern's modified Princeton offense. It's a process. "If you came to practice (Tuesday), it's a debacle," Weber said.
CHAMPAIGN – Illinois junior tailback Mikel Leshoure was scheduled to talk to Ron Zook by early today to discuss his NFL draft decision.
Underclassmen like Leshoure have until Jan. 15 to make a decision. Players aren't allowed to enter the draft until three years after their high school careers ended.
CHAMPAIGN – Led by a trio of juniors, the Champaign Central swimming and diving team claimed a 113-72 win against rival Centennial on Wednesday at Unit 4 Pool.
Sam Stewart (200-yard individual medley, 500 freestyle), Blake Lehmann (50, 100 freestyles) and Joe Faulin (100 butterfly, 100 backstroke) each claimed two individual wins.
A few years ago, basketball was something Nick Catlett, Eric Free, Alison Vogel and Emily Williams did for fun.
Now, it has become a job.
There are no complaints from the former area athletes. It means they are now being paid to continue their association with a sport they cherish.
Congratulations to Danville native and UI golf coach Mike Small (above), who on Wednesday was named 2010 PGA Professional of the Year.
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Illinois on Wednesday announced it will no longer charge admission for home games involving the wrestling, gymnastics, track, baseball, softball and soccer teams.
Just when folks in Evanston caught a glimpse of sunshine, a persistent cloud keeps dripping on Northwestern's long-suffering basketball program.
The Wildcats, you see, never have won an NCAA tournament game. In fact, they've never even participated. Imagine all the fun and excitement of 72 tournaments – some call it the most engaging three weeks in sports – and the big boys would never let you play.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez has been fired.
The school confirmed Wednesday that Rodriguez had been let go after going 15-22 in three years at Michigan and a handful of NCAA violations that have stained the once-proud program. The school can buy out the final three years of his contract for $2.5 million.
In this month's IlliniHQ magazine, we catch up with several players, teams and coaches that made an impression while at Illinois. That includes the 2000-01 Big Ten champion Illini men's basketball team, which came within a whisker of reaching the Final Four. Current Parkland coach Nate Mast, a plucky walk-on that year, was kind enough to share his memories of that team of 10 years ago.