COLUMBUS, Ohio – The work at Ohio Stadium begins immediately after today's game. Illinois coach Ron Turner isn't surprised the school is adding more seats.
"They've got to keep up with everybody else," Turner said after the team's Friday walkthrough at the stadium.
He had an early sack against Michigan State on what looked like it would be a big day. But Mike McGee got hurt against the Spartans and wasn't the same until last weekend's game at Iowa. After missing four games, he came back with 10 tackles against the Hawkeyes.
Matching up Illinois and Ohio State
Tables displaying 1999 Statistics for today''s teams.
BACK AND FORTH:
Lucas Johnson, out with a broken nose, has had some company on the sidelines this week.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Try as you might, Illinois linebacker Danny Clark isn't about to pull a Dana Howard. Not this week. Not against Ohio State. Not five years after a prediction made Howard an Illinois legend.
"I'm not guaranteeing nothing," Clark said. "I'm not saying nothing. I will guarantee the Illini will come out and play big-time football."
UI boss Theresa Grentz said her recent contract extension helped allay the fears of potential recruits who wondered if she would be around for the duration of their careers.
Paul Collum of Romeoville High School and Mark Jayne of Elyria, Ohio, signed national letters of intent with Illinois coach Mark Johnson's wrestling program.
CHAMPAIGN – As a youngster, Walter Young went next door to Rick East High School and watched great prep quarterbacks like Jason Stanicek, Jamie Pass and Quincy Woods.
Young and cousin Greg Lewis, both aspiring quarterbacks, threw passes to each other in the park. Young was bigger, so he got the edge when football turned to wrestling.
News and notes from Thursday''s practice.