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Illinois football boosters become ticket hawkers

CHAMPAIGN – Pick up the ringing phone most nights, and there's a good chance a fund-raiser will be at the other end.

Toys for Tots, Fraternal Order of Police, the Humane Society. You name it, somebody is trying to raise, help or sell it.

Here is a new cause you might be hearing from soon: Illinois football season tickets.

Dawson: Go figure – NCAA move is logical

The NCAA last week announced a major retooling of its men's basketball tournament, a plan that keeps the event national in scale but limits travel distances and the duration of trips for its member schools.

Which brings to mind one question: Have these monsters no souls?

Cook one of four signees

Four draft picks, including former Illini Jameel Cook, agreed to terms on three-year contracts Monday with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Gill sticking around NBA in search of first title

URBANA – If Kendall Gill had his way, the Kwame Browns and Tyson Chandlers of the world would work their way through a few years of college basketball before making the jump to the NBA.

But if Brown, Chandler and the like want to increase Gill's market value, he's not going to complain.

No Illini sports stories today

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Big Ten schools play the game to retain coaches

It was 1972, and George Raveling was just about to get his big break.

At 35 years old, Raveling was set to become the head basketball coach at Washington State. He recalls the interview having gone well, and he remembers vividly the ride to the airport after he'd accepted the job.

No Illini sports stories today

This is just a reminder that we are in the summer portion of the Illini SportsFacts Online subscription year.

During the summer, we cannot guarantee that The News-Gazette Sports Department will have a story on University of Illinois or Big Ten sports every day.

This is one of those days.

Illini advance in gymnastics

Illinois gymnasts Bob Spelic and Scott Wetterling as well as former Illini Linh Hoang have qualified for the U.S. Championships next month in Philadelphia.

NCAA teams on tap for UI volleyball

The Illinois volleyball team will face at least nine opponents this year that reached the 2000 NCAA tournament.

A 10th is on tap, too, if the Illini and Florida meet in the State Farm Illini Classic.

Dawson: Little man, real big hair, rule at Nike

INDIANAPOLIS – There's always a key talking point here at Nike's All-America camp.

Last year it was sizzling guard DaJuan Wagner. In years past, Kevin Garnett – and rumors of his jump to the NBA – made the biggest splash. Zach Randolph built his reputation here, when, as a rising junior, he dominated senior-to-be Marvin Stone, then the top-ranked player in the class of 1999.