CHAMPAIGN – There arent a lot of players Bill Self would take on his roster sight unseen.
But when a guy comes with his own scholarship and a rock-solid rep among Selfs current players, its not such a tough call to make.
Illinois freshman Chris Martin won both his doubles and singles matches on Sunday for a sweep of his weekend competition at the Miami Invitational in Coral Gables, Fla.
The Illini men split the 12 matches with Miami on Sunday, highlighted by Martin at No. 2 singles. Other singles winners included Brian Wilson (6-4, 6-3) at No. 4 and Amer Delic (7-6, 7-4) at No. 3.
CHAMPAIGN – Reinforcements are on the way for Bill Selfs Illini.
But they wont show up in time for Tuesdays tilt with Iowa.
CHAMPAIGN – Theresa Grentz knows how to work a crowd.
The seventh-year Illinois coach grabbed the Assembly Hall microphone before Sundays victory against Michigan State and gave the UI fans a brief pep talk.
CHAMPAIGN – Illinois coach Theresa Grentz had barely warmed up her seat in the postgame interview room Sunday when she was asked about Thursdays game at Wisconsin.
Make that Thursdays first-place showdown at Wisconsin.
CHAMPAIGN – Melissa Parker loved the atmosphere at Huff Hall.
When the former Illinois women´s basketball player was helping the Illini to a Big Ten title in 1996-97, Huff was stuffed to capacity, more than 4,000 fans spilling into the historic structure on Fourth Street.
CHAMPAIGN – For the rest of the Illinois students, the second semester starts Monday. For Blandon Ferguson, it opened two days early.
The junior college transfer was in Bill Self´s lineup Saturday for the second time. And he played more minutes, 20, than in any of his first 16 games.
Like it or not (and I don´t), the BCS has managed to hand the trophy to the right team the last four seasons.
There is no doubt Miami was the best team in 2001. Oh, sure, the whiners at Oregon can complain about not getting a shot in the title game. Note to the Ducks: Next time, don´t lose at home to Stanford. And don´t play so many close games against inferior teams.