Best of Fred: No. 42

Thus far, I take credit for and have approved the memories which have been credited to me.

This week’s entry became possible through the power of suggestion.

What about Loren Tate? Surely there are some good stories there.

Saturday's highlights: Centennial takes fourth at state

In boys’ golf

At Normal. Centennial shot a 629 to finish fourth at the IHSA Class 2A state championship. The Chargers were led by Mike Braverman and Christian Khachaturian who both shot 154 over two rounds, good enough for a tie for 14th individually. Isaac Overman shot a 157 for 25th individually.

Maverick Morgan keeps it cool

One of Jeff Morgan’s favorite memories of time spent with his older son involved a 40-minute drive from their Springboro, Ohio, home to a Jimmy Buffett concert, the two singing “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Come Monday” and “Margaritaville” on their way.

A college football's midway point, what's the forecast?

N-G college football writers Bob Asmussen and Matt Daniels didn’t spend the Illini off week resting. Far from it. One thing they figured out: There’s way too many bowl games. And someone who’s not listed below will deliver a Heisman-like moment in the second half of the season to improve his candidacy.

Road warriors: Volleyball upsets No. 13 Nebraska

LINCOLN, Nebraska — Illinois coach Kevin Hambly has said it before: How Morganne Criswell goes is often times how the Illini go. Saturday against Nebraska, that meant fearless, aggressive attacking.

UI roundup: Hiltzik brothers advance

Illinois’ Jared and Aron Hiltzik won two matches apiece Saturday to advance to the singles draw quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA Regional Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich.

WBB roundup: Bollant seeks correct combination

CHAMPAIGN — Four returning Illinois women’s basketball players started at least 16 games last year. Four more had at least six starts, as head coach Matt Bollant tried to find a combination that worked in what turned out to be a 9-21 season.

In the grand scheme of things ... Minnesota could be beat

— On his first open Saturday of the season, how do you think Tim Beckman spent the time?
Watching football, of course.
The Illinois coach spent the afternoon in the Chicago area, watching a high school game. On Saturday night, he planned to watch Florida State-Notre Dame.
“I want to watch that one,” Beckman said.

Sunday Conversation: Jimmy Collins

Hear from Collins Tuesday at 5:10 on WDWS.


He is one of the most beloved assistant coaches in program history. Jimmy Collins is being recognized for his great work at Illinois by being named an honorary member of the Varsity I Association, which will include ceremonies during Homecoming weekend.

Tate: Illini in familiar situation

For the languishing Illinois football family, Mike White remains something of a folk hero.

Counting three ties, the Illini had won once in 20 Big Ten games when the flamboyant Californian took over in 1980.

Sound familiar? They’re currently 1 of 25.