I once broke up six passes in one game, setting an Illinois football game record in 2001 against Northern Illinois that still stands. I finished the season with 12 passes broken up from my strong safety position, a total that ranks fifth on the all-time Illini charts. For my career, I broke up 26 passes, the third-highest total in school history.
CHAMPAIGN – Death. Taxes. Illinois wins at the Assembly Hall.
It's been so simple lately, so concrete.
CHAMPAIGN – Brian Randle had to think a while about his last tip-in slam dunk. His rebound jam against Michigan on Saturday was fresh in his mind.
"My freshman year at the United Center I had one," Randle said. "Those type of things are just a big boost for the crowd and a big boost for the team. It was fun."
Justin Sanders couldn't wait to get to the Big Ten. Even though it took a nine-hour drive from his home in Mississippi.
On Tuesday, the safety from Northeast Mississippi College starts classes at Illinois. In eight months, he hopes to be schooling Big Ten receivers.
CHAMPAIGN – James Augustine might want to start leaving tickets for his cousin at every Illinois game.
For the first time this season, Nick Sorensen got to see his favorite basketball player Saturday. And Augustine responded, tying his career high with 23 points despite foul trouble.
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The calendar says it's January, but coach Gary Winckler's Illinois women's track and field team was in midseason form Saturday at the Hawkeye Invitational.
Sophomore Ashley Hanshaw finished first in the pole vault, going a career-best 12 feet, 5 inches. Senior Nina Henson earned first in the triple jump (39-8) and second in the long jump (17-9).
INDIANAPOLIS – As Kelvin Hayden limped through the Indianapolis locker room Thursday morning, he was smiling despite the hitch in hisgait.
Because of an ankle injury sustained Wednesday, the Colts rookie defensive back is questionable for today's AFC divisional matchup against Pittsburgh. Even with a boot on his right foot, Hayden was excited about his first shot at the playoffs.
Every school in the country needs a guy like Boone Pickens. The 77-year-old Oklahoma oilman is donating $165 million to his alma mater, Oklahoma State. The money will be used for new buildings and facilities upgrades, which includes $120 million worth of work on Boone Pickens Stadium.
A casual restaurant featuring American-style food and an industrial decor has opened in Paxton's old bakery building at 126 S. Market St.
Open since Dec. 28, the new place is called Tin Pan.
I was the Big Ten men's golf medalist in 1941, shooting a 54-hole total of 297 to leading Illinois to the team crown at Lake Forest. That would be the Illini's last conference title until the 1988 squad broke the drought on its home course in Savoy. I also was a state pep - champion in the sport, claiming medalist honors for Rockford High School in 1937.