Louisville gangs up on UI pair

   HILO, Hawaii  Louisvilles Denny Crum is one of three active Hall of Fame basketball coaches still active in college circles.

   So dont expect him to overlook the obvious.

Abdullah no small surprise

   HILO, Hawaii  If the point guard thing doesnt pan out, elves are always a hot commodity around this time of year.

   I just like being out there, Halim Abdullah says. Its just a great experience to be out there amongst the big guys.

Guenther checking up on Bears Turner

   SAN DIEGO  University of Illinois athletic director Ron Guenther has been checking up on Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner.

   San Diego State head football coach Ted Tollner, Turners boss at Southern Cal in 1985-86, said Guenther called him several weeks ago.

Ohio State assistant keeps quiet about UI

   LAKE FOREST  Walt Harris isnt going to fuel any speculation about his involvement with the University of Illinois football job.

   Reached at his home Wednesday night, the Ohio State quarterback coach wouldnt comment when asked if he had been contacted by the school.

Illini meet excitement in Tubbs

   HILO, Hawaii  You wont catch Lon Kruger doing the hula with a grass skirt around his waist, a lei around his neck and a little umbrella in his drink.

   Now, Billy Tubbs, that might be a different story.

Late dunk a blessing for Notree

   The coaches consoled him leading up to the game. Chris Gandy counseled him at halftime.

   But no one did more for Bryant Notrees sagging confidence than his college roommate, Halim Abdullah.

Turner catches Illinois football attention

   The When? part of the University of Illinois football coaching search has apparently been determined.

   With the school closing off applications next Monday, a new coach could be named as early as Tuesday.

McMahon will work with new Illini coach

   Greg McMahon is going on a coaching blind date.

   McMahon knows where hell be coaching, he just doesnt know who his boss will be.

UI earns Hawaiian vacation

   CHAMPAIGN  Dear fans, we, the mens basketball players at the University of Illinois, do not want you to forget us. We promise to write, phone or send stats from our next stop. See you in 11 days.

   Sincerely, the Illini.