Illinois coach Paula Smith signed two players for the 2000-01 season, the school announced.
"Any member of an institution''s athletics department may provide automobile transportation for the prospect between the prospect''s home and the member institution."
Troy Noble jumped all over that portion of Article VIII in the junior college rule book.
WESTMONT – Pierre Pierce will play against Lon Kruger's Illini, not for them.
Westmont High's junior guard on Monday gave Iowa coach Steve Alford an oral commitment, choosing the Hawkeyes over Illinois and Purdue.
CHAMPAIGN – Itch Jones had a plan, and he looked to pitcher Andy Dickinson for its execution.
As the Illini wrapped up their four-game Big Ten series against Ohio State on Sunday afternoon after a disastrous doubleheader the previous night, it was the sophomore right-hander's duty to stem the tide of poor starting pitching.
Illinois freshman Laurin Kanda shot an even-par 72 in the final found for a fifth-place tie at the women's Big Ten golf meet Sunday at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – If Craig Tiley's Illini want to go from Big Ten tennis champs to NCAA champs, there's one important area they'll need to work on between now and May 23.
Being new to Illinois tennis, Graydon Oliver didn't know just how seriously his teammates took their 44-match Big Ten winning streak.
He does now.
Illinois All-American Sherman Armstrong shattered his own school record in the 400-meter hurdles Saturday night at the Drake Relays.
A sellout crowd of 18,000 watched Armstrong finish the race in 49.20 seconds, second behind professional Joey Woody. One spot behind Armstrong was Derrick Adkins, the 1996 Olympic gold medalist in that event.
CHAMPAIGN – The day may have been designated to honor the Illini's eldest, but it was a Buckeye freshman who sprightly trotted around the bases – three times – and into the spotlight.
"It was obvious who won the game," said decorated Illini senior D.J. Svihlik, who was honored along with three other Illini seniors between games of Saturday's doubleheader in front of 1,336 fans at Illinois Field.
It's too late for campus tryouts.
Dan Hartleb, beleaguered Illini pitching coach, must go forward with the bodies on hand.
"What we have is what we have," Hartleb said.
That's fine insofar as the No. 1 starter is concerned.