Centennial product Mikel Leshoure was named second-team All-America today. The Illinois running back, an All-Big Ten choice, is expected to announce for the NFL after the Dec. 29 Texas Bowl.
OK, the Illini are now part of the Leaders Division in Big Ten football, and the opposing sextet will be the Legends (what is legendary about Nebraska in the Big Ten?).
Pardon me if I'm underwhelmed.
I've always championed Tracy Abrams as a player. But it's not his vertical leap or ballhandling ability that sold me. It's the intangibles. He has the ideal mind-set for a lead guard, he listens to coaching, and he's a positive ambassador for his teams. "I love Tracy's toughness," Bruce Weber said Sunday. "We probably haven't had that since Chester (Frazier)."
MONTICELLO – Sammi Thompson led all scorers with 23 points as Monticello earned a 50-25 girls' basketball victory against Meridian on Monday. The Sages, who led 23-2 after one period, got nine rebounds from Ashley Dawson.
What was the Big Ten thinking when it named its division? News-Gazette staff writer Tony Bleill has other — and better — ideas.
4. "PlayStation" and "Xbox." That way, maybe someone under the age of 30 would pay attention.
Western Michigan latest addition
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Three Big Ten trophies/awards named for Illini greats
Here's how college basketball writer Paul Klee voted:
2. Ohio State
7. Kansas State
10. San Diego State
Illinois part of "Leaders" football division
On the eve of a new year, No. 20 Illinois is 8-2, about to get Deron Williams back and staring at a future brighter than your neighbor's Christmas lights.
'I would not have thought it (two weeks ago),' Weber said Tuesday. 'There were some stressful nights, some long nights.'