Jacksonville isn’t a place where a 6-foot-6-inch, 260-pound high school junior is hard to miss.
The west central Illinois town of just under 20,000 residents that sits a half-hour from the state capital of Springfield has a football player the Illinois coaching staff is hoping it won’t miss on.
■ Centennial 13, Urbana 3. Centennial took advantage of defensive struggles by Urbana to dart out to a 10-0 lead after two innings thanks to a nine-run second inning and never looked back in a Big 12 road win during Centennial’s conference opener at Prairie Park that lasted six innings.
Bring a blanket. And a heavy coat.
Temperatures will most likely be in the mid-30s Friday night when the Illinois football spring game kicks off at 8 (thanks BTN) in what is believed to be the first night spring game in Illinois history — and also the first one on a Friday.
College baseball preview: Purdue (11-19, 4-5 Big Ten) at Illinois (19-10, 2-4 Big Ten)
SCHEDULE: 6:05 p.m. Friday; 3:05 p.m. Saturday; 2:05 p.m. Sunday.
WHERE: Illinois Field.
TV: Sunday’s game is on the BTN, with Eric Collins (play-by-play) and John Cangelosi (analyst).
With Rutgers the latest black eye, we are reminded that college basketball is imperfect. Not exactly a revelation, huh?
CHAMPAIGN — When Aaron Cosby decided he’d be best suited to finish his college career somewhere other than Seton Hall, the 6-foot-3 guard said he heard from “anywhere from 13 to 20 schools.”
Cosby quickly narrowed his choices to two schools — Illinois and Missouri — and is making the first of his two official visits this weekend with John Groce’s program.
The Illinois football team had 10 early enrollees arrive on campus once classes started in January.
From a depth perspective, Tim Beckman is probably giving thanks to this development.
With 18 players injured or unable to play in Friday night’s spring game, nearly half of the early enrollees are with either the first-team or second-team units so far.
We should all be as optimistic as UI golf coach Mike Small. Every wayward shot is forgotten. Immediately!
And Terri Sullivan. The Illini softballers have been outscored 35-2 in their last four games, and she’s forever positive. For coaches, it’s in the DNA. You saw it this winter. For John Groce, it was always, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.”
TYLER ELLIS has familiarized himself with the various Chicago suburbs that host the state meet. That’s because the Vikings senior has qualified for state each of his first three seasons in doubles play.