RANTOUL – If you wanted to see a bunch of sacks and turnovers, Rantoul High School was not the place to be Saturday night. Not with the quarterbacks wearing contact-free red jerseys. And not with Jon Beutjer in midseason form.
The sixth-year senior dominated Illinois'' annual scrimmage, completing 13 of 18 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns. All against the No. 1 defense.
Senior Tara Hurless scored two goals and sophomores Jessica Bayne, Eva Strickland and Brittany Ward added one goal apiece as Illinois beat the Illinois Eclipse Select U16 team 5-0 Saturday in Champaign.
RANTOUL – His teammates have called him everything from "Gramps" to "Old Rickety." Jon Beutjer''s got a better name in mind: Super Senior.
The sixth-year quarterback has seen it all at Camp Rantoul. A battle in 2002 with Dustin Ward, one Beutjer temporarily lost. An uneventful ''03 camp that led to a very eventful ''03 season.
We''ve asked Illinois football players for some of their favorites. Today''s panelists are linebacker Joe Mele and defensive back Tyler Rouse:
Illinois women''s basketball assistant coach Wray Cannaday resigned to accept a principal''s job at a school in North Carolina, Illini coach Theresa Grentz said Friday.
Cannaday spent two seasons at Illinois. Prior to arriving at Illinois, Cannaday was an assistant coach at Wake Forest from 1999 to 2002. He had a long career in secondary education, serving as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Flint, Mich., school system from 1979 to ''99.
CHAMPAIGN – Jerrance Howard hoped against hope that he''d get to begin his coaching career in the only basketball home he''s ever known.
It didn''t work out, but Howard at least is staying in the Illinois family.
The pleasant weather finally gave up at Camp Rantoul. Friday''s morning practice was in a steady, cold rain.
And the Illinois players and coaches didn''t mind a bit. In fact, Ron Turner said the session ranked among his best at the school.
Like his Big Ten teammates, Warren Carter started strong but stumbled late.
The Illinois forward had his quietest night of the Big Ten foreign tour – finishing with four points and three rebounds – as his team lost its second consecutive game, 80-74 Thursday to the Cremona Basketball Club in Cremona, Italy.
Matt Maddox is a lock to be in the starting lineup against Florida A&M. In fact, he has a good chance to become one of the rare four-year offensive line starters for Illinois.
But Maddox isn''t counting on being the No. 1 right guard for Saturday''s scrimmage. The New Jersey native views every day as a competition.