Urbana's Russell could be nearing return

Urbana's Russell could be nearing return

URBANA — Vashoune Russell said Monday he was still mulling whether to coach tonight's Urbana boys' basketball game against Charleston at Oscar Adams Gym.

The third-year varsity head coach missed the Tigers' previous two games following the death of his father, Robert Russell, on Jan. 15.

"I'll see how I feel," Vashoune Russell said of returning to the bench tonight. "I'm going to try to make it to practice (Monday).

"When I'm with the kids, it's one of those things where (his father's death) is still in the back of your mind, but you're able to get away from it. I'm going to try to get things back to normal."

Robert Russell, 55, of Champaign was diagnosed with a brain tumor about a year ago. Although he had surgery, not all of the tumor could be removed.

Vashoune Russell's mother, Francis, also is being treated for cancer. Her breast cancer previously was in remission, according to the Urbana coach, but recently returned and has spread to her bones.

"It's been a rough three months," Vashoune Russell said.

In Russell's absence, the Urbana varsity was coached by Tigers sophomore coach Tom Brown.