I was a standout athlete in three different sports for the Illini during my three varsity seasons in the 1930s. Harry Combes and Lou Boudreau were two of my basketball teammates at Illinois, and Doug Mills was the coach my senior year. I helped win Big Ten basketball titles in 1935 and 1937, and we were 26-10 in conference play over three seasons. I also earned three letters in football for Bob Zuppke and three letters in baseball for Wally Roettger. After I graduated from Illinois, I became a coach at Pontiac High School. Today marks the 90th anniversary of my birth in 1915.
A look at how backcourts stack up – in the NCAA this season and in the history of the college game:
After leading his second-ranked wrestling to three straight victories Saturday at the National Duals meet in Cleveland, Illini coach Mark Johnson had bigger things on his mind.
Not only did the Illini earn Johnson''s first dual win againstMinnesota in his 12 years with the program and the school''s first victory against the Gophers since 1964, but Illinois also earned a shot at No. 1 Oklahoma State.
Luther Head slumps down in his chair. Gets comfortable.
He has a feeling he could be here for a while.
Without knowing what you are getting yourself into, you have asked Head, Dee Brown and Deron Williams the last time they got into an argument. And the answer, naturally, has led to an argument.
A Hall of Fame basketball coach retired Saturday.
If he hasn''t yet been tabbed by the Naismith selection committee in Springfield, Mass., Illinoisans consider Lou Henson a Hall of Famer in ways that go beyond his 423 Illini victories.
I am one of only 17 players in Fighting Illini history who averaged 20 points or more during a single season. My big year came as a senior guard in 1971 when I was Coach Harv Schmidt''s MVP. Among Big Ten backcourt players that year, I rated favorably with Iowa''s Freddie Brown, Ohio State''s Jim Cleamons and Michigan''s Henry Wilmore. My 907 career points ranked 14th place on Illinois'' all-time list. I was an Academic All-American in the classroom, compiling a 4.5 grade-point average. I currently reside in Plainfield, Illinois and, today, I celebrate my 56th birthday.
Just what the folks at Michigan need: more seats. The school is accepting bids to renovate Michigan Stadium, with possible additions to the press box (good news), restrooms (better news) and enclosed seating (good news for rich people).
There is a fancy new scoreboard with no event scheduled. The top-ranked basketball team has the night off. The busy-for-eight-weeks coach won''t have any recruiting calls to make.
Sounds like the perfect time for a party. That''s exactly what the Illini Quarterback Club decided. With the help of the school.