Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

Illini ready for the 'marathon'

The first game against Fort Wayne is a month away. No way for first-year Illinois coach Nancy Fahey to know what kind of team she will have. But she is working on it.

Butkus: 'It's good to be back home'

You would never call Dick Butkus a crier.

Not if you wanted to live.

But there the Illini legend was Saturday afternoon at State Farm Center, tearing up as he accepted his place in the Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame.

Twenty-eight entered the first class. Big names. In all sports.

'Always been a fighter'

CHAMPAIGN — A little less than a year after she committed to Duke, sharp-shooting Urbana senior Arieal Scott announced that she won't be heading east after all. Instead, she'll be staying home to play for Illinois and new coach Nancy Fahey, Scott announced on Twitter late Tuesday night.

Urbana standout Scott commits to Illini

Urbana senior Arieal Scott has verbally committed to Illinois women's basketball, doing so on Tuesday night and giving new coach Nancy Fahey one of the top shooters in the state and in the Class of 2018.

Scott posted an announcement on her Twitter account late Tuesday night.

'We're always busting a move and going crazy'

On Mondays, copy editor Joe Vozzelli spotlights a difference-maker on the area sports scene. Today: Alex Wittinger, a rising junior on the Illinois basketball team. Wittinger averaged 14.4 points and 8.7 rebounds last season. The Delano, Minn., native grew up in a volleyball-crazed state, as her mom, Ann, played at the University of Minnesota.

Tate: You haven't heard the last of me just yet

Elephants have the right idea.

When their time comes, they shuffle off to their designated area — no matter the distance — and pass quietly from the scene. There's a certain dignity about it.

I'm not yet ready for that, for sure, but I mistakenly thought I could do Douglas MacArthur's "old soldier" bit and let 51-year-old Tatelines fade unnoticed from the writing scene.

NOW: Monday Morning QBs

What'd you think of the Ball State game? Still bummed about the war chant decision? Excited to see Kevin Hambly back in Huff Hall?

Loren Tate and Jim Turpin kick off another season of 'Monday Morning Quarterbacks' at 9 a.m. today on WDWS 1400-AM.

Tom Kacich: 'War chant' rooted in theme song of 1950s cartoon

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That so-called "war chant" that has so many Illinois sports fans emotional is time-honored, but perhaps not in the way you think.

BTN turns 10

Today, the Big Ten Network celebrates its 10th anniversary. In this week's podcast, 'Tatelines: Unedited,' Dave Revsine tells of the moment when Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany gave the project the green light.