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CHAMPAIGN – Willie Sutton, the infamous bank robber who died in 1980, claimed he never said he robbed banks "because that's where the money is."
But he should have. It makes sense. There's no great gain in robbing the poor house. And if he was still around, Sutton would have a simple football explanation for bowl results.
In girls' basketball
Oakwood 42, Armstrong-Potomac 41. Makenzie Baker's 26 points and 15 rebounds powered the visiting Comets. Angela Elliott added 12 points for Oakwood. BROOKE MARKWALDER (14 points) and ERIKA SIEBERNS (12) led A-P.
WESTVILLE – Today's thought-provoking question: What do you call a teacher who coaches, but yet doesn't coach the students who sit in his classroom?
Answer: Mike Chandler.
During the school day, Chandler is a social studies teacher at Schlarman High School. The rest of the time, he's the first-year girls' basketball head coach at Westville.
Prior to his sophomore and junior seasons, Mike Davis set personal goals for scoring and rebounding. He chose not to set a goal before his senior season – but since has changed his mind. "I want to get the Big Ten rebounding championship (in conference games) again this season," he said after Sunday's win against Wisconsin. What's good for Davis is also good for Illinois.
News you can't leave work without: For the Illinois baseball team, the irony is that the three games they were certain would not be affected by weather ... have been affected by inclement weather. Months before they are even scheduled to be played.
Illinois' Karisma Penn today was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week after averaging 19.7 points, 12.0 rebounds 4.3 steals and 2.7 blocks in three games last week. The Illini went 1-2.
With the 0-5 New Year's Day meltdown in the rearview mirror, Bob Asmussen takes an early look at the 2011 season.
Illinois senior point guard Demetri McCamey was named Co-Big Ten Player of the Week today.
McCamey, who led Illinois to wins against Iowa and Wisconsin, shared the honor with Purdue senior E'Twaun Moore. He's the first Illini to win the award this season and the first since he won it Feb. 8, 2009.