Illini legends, lists and lore

Twenty seven years ago Thursday, former Illinois standout Dick Butkus was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Butkus, who won the honor in his first year of eligibility, was selected along with Johnny Unitas, Yale Lary and Ron Mix. Butkus is one of six Illini to be honored at Canton, Ohio. The others:

Savoy man puts unique spin on old vinyl records

Frank Sinatra was used to having drinks inside of him, not on top of him.

But in the world of Bob Siebrecht, Sinatra – or rather his records – make the perfect coaster. Siebrecht, a longtime teacher in the Department of Human and Community Development in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, turns old vinyl LPs and 45 singles into unique coasters. Sinatra happens to be one of his best-sellers.

Tate: Irish present challenge for Big Ten

CHAMPAIGN – It's just as well Illinoisdidn't try to entice Notre Dame into its open date (Oct. 14) when the NCAA approved a 12th football game.

There's a funnel cloud swirling in northern Indiana, and it's developing into a tornado of excitement over Irish possibilities this fall. Illinois has enough problems without being swept up in that storm. So the Irish will remain open on that date while the Illini host Ohio University.

Basketball diary

Illinois sophomore-to-be Lori Bjork is part of the Big Ten women's foreign tour team. She will be writing a diary during the team's European trip. Her first installment:

Illini add night game

CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois football team will play a second home night game at 6 on Oct. 14 against Ohio University.

Illinois' first home night game is the opener at 6 on Sept. 2 against Eastern Illinois.

Former Illini Robinson enjoying life as Tiger

LAKELAND, Fla. – In any other year, being selected to the Florida State League All-Star Game would be the highlight of Chris Robinson's baseball season.

But this has been no ordinary year for the former Illinois catcher.

Illini women add forward

LAWRENCEVILLE – Chelsea Buher, a 6-foot forward for Lawrenceville, has committed to play basketball for Theresa Grentz's Illini in 2007.

Buher averaged 21.7 points last season. She has scored 1,485 points in her prep career.

Buher is expected to sign with Illinois in November.

Lebanese students at UI watch, worry

The other day Sara Salloum heard firecrackers in the distance – it is July in Illinois, after all.

But the noise rattled her.

The pop-pop-popping of the firecrackers brought back the same old feelings she used to get while growing up in Lebanon.

Coaches getting a look for Evansville baseball job

Two coaches with local ties have interviewed for the vacant University of Evansville baseball head coaching position.

Former Parkland coach Dave Seifert and Illinois assistant coach Eric Snider are in the running to succeed Dave Schrage, who on Monday was named head coach at Notre Dame.

Gordon again states his position

INDIANAPOLIS – They find him at school, at restaurants.

They find Eric Gordon wherever he goes.