Who's that Illini?

I started more games than any player in UI softball history. From 2001-04, I started 105 games, 25 more than the next person on the list, Sherri Taylor. I also own school records for innings pitched, shutouts, games finished, complete games, appearances, wins and lowest ERA.

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Old Timer created family of listeners

The Old Timer has gone up to that Gobbler's Knob in the sky.

Robert Kent McConkey, better-known as The Old Timer on two area radio stations, smoked his last cigarette and played his last tune Tuesday. He was 70 and had been in failing health.

Simeon guard to visit

CHAMPAIGN – Eric Gordon will have some big-name company at Illinois this weekend.

Chicago Simeon guard Derrick Rose, the top high school player in the state's Class of 2007, is set to visit Champaign for Friday's Illini Basketball Madness.

The inside scoop

Each week during the season, experts from around the Big Ten will provide input on the teams they cover. This week's news and notes:

Who's that Illini?

I'm one of three Illini women to win Big Ten medalist honors in golf. I won twice, in 1991 and '93, and I earned first team All-America honors during the latter season. I was the Big Ten's Player of the Year twice and participated in three NCAA tournaments, my highest finish (third) coming in 1990-91.

He's got high hopes

URBANA – If Justin Spring has his way, he'll spend Thanksgiving in Australia.

"I'll be having turkey dinner over in Melbourne if it all works out," the Illinois gymnast said.

Tate: We're not seeing, but he's believing

"Sometimes you have to believe without evidence." – UI football coach Ron Zook

Who's that Illini?

A member of the volleyball team and a Barrington native, I received the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2001. I was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection (1999, '00). I led the team in hitting percentage both seasons. I also led in total blocks and service aces in '99.

Betsy Spicer

Weber hoping crowd excites players, recruits

CHAMPAIGN – Ask Dee Brown if he's ready to get started and he breaks out the grin he saves for silly questions.

"We've been started, baby," Brown said. "That's the way we look at it."