To a degree, Beutjer enjoys Illinois experience

CHAMPAIGN – He could be pitching a fit. Shouting at teammates. Grumpy with the fans. A pain for the coaches.

Not Jon Beutjer. Not after six years, fourth strings, two schools, one back operation and a whole bunch of ups and downs.

Leg soreness forces Brown to take break

CHAMPAIGN – Dee Brown sat down Thursday. He hopes it was a short rest.

Illinois'' junior guard sat out most of practice with leg pain Thursday, but said he doesn''t think the soreness he felt was a sign of lingering problems from the stress fracture that slowed him last season and into this summer.

Illinois Football Practice Report


Through three days of practice, Illinois fullback Jason Davis said he hasn''t seen a letdown from his teammates.

Illinois football practice report

Illinois coach Ron Turner feels for Northwestern coach Randy Walker, who has been hospitalized this week with inflammation of a heart muscle.

"It does put things in perspective," Turner said. "What we''re doing obviously is very, very important. But there are other things more important."

Tate: Illinois, fans not psycho over football

John in Forsyth e-mails: "We should hope that (if Ron Turner is replaced), the UI doesn''t try to buy a Steve Spurrier or other name for the outrageous money being tossed around. There are plenty of good assistant football coaches out there. After all, for the most part, every top coach was an assistant at one time or another."

OK, that''s one approach. And there are those who would like to see advancement offered to one of Illinois'' favorite sons, like NFL assistants Brad Childress (Philadelphia) or Tim Brewster (San Diego) or to established college aides like Brock Spack (Purdue) or Chuck Long (Oklahoma).

Turner deflects questions about job security

CHAMPAIGN – On the day Florida fired coach Ron Zook, Illinois'' Ron Turner was grilled about his own job security.

Normally, the Monday news conferences are about blitzes and quarterbacks and linebacker play. Not this week.

Bower will get the start against Hawkeyes

CHAMPAIGN – No Friday decision on the quarterback this week. Illinois has its guy and is letting everyone know about it.

Brad Bower will start his third game of the season Saturday against Iowa. He also got the call against Western Michigan and Minnesota.

Ask Bobby

During college football season, Bob Asmussen, our resident expert, will answer a question each week on his specialty. This week''s question:

Former Illini in the NFL

Each Monday during the NFL season, we''ll update you on how former Illinois players are faring in the NFL. Sunday''s results:

Letter RIP

We asked our online readers what Ron Turner has to do to stay on as Illinois football coach. Some responses: