Harrington, Kittner to lead North

   Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

   The Heisman Trophy finalist will join Illinois'' Kurt Kittner on the North roster for the Jan. 26 game in Mobile, Ala., Senior Bowl officials said Thursday.

Illinois wary of road rage

   CHAMPAIGN  Just after Illinois beat Loyola last week, junior Frank Williams took aside freshman Luther Head and gave him a piece of advice.


Illini women can''t complain

CHAMPAIGN – Contemplating the residue of a 2-0 start in the Big Ten, Theresa Grentz´s Illini fingered one aspect that must be a nice problem to have.

How, exactly, does a team like this deal with success?

Cook rattles rims against Minnesota

CHAMPAIGN – There have been times throughout his college career that Brian Cook´s tenacity has been questioned. Some have even gone as far as to call the Illinois forward – don´t let Illini coach Bill Self hear it – soft.

“It´s not fair that people call him soft, but he´s inconsistent,” Self said. “His game is driven too much by confidence. When things aren´t going well, he´ll want to be one of many. When some things start to go his way, like tonight, he´ll start to demand the ball.”

Archibald comes back for more

CHAMPAIGN – Robert Archibald will have a back problem for the rest of his life, but he´s not feeling sorry for himself.

Basketball means too much to the Illinois senior center. It keeps the 6-foot-11 grinder going when he feels the pain and the frustration of a degenerative back problem he´s had since his sophomore year.

Tate: Teamwork shouldn''t be passing fancy

   The Illinois basketball squad  a group with minimal egos  would be willing to sit back and let Frank Williams carry them to the Big Ten championship.

   That´s the esteem they hold for the Big Ten MVP and preseason All-American. And Williams wouldn´t be shy about carrying that load.

Illinois men''s basketball box score

Illinois 76, Minnesota 53

Illinois opens Big Ten play with victory

CHAMPAIGN – Frank Williams played Wednesday with pain in his teeth. At the end of the night, Bill Self flashed his in a wide smile.

Slowed by a swollen mouth after he had a tooth removed early in the week, Williams took a conservative approach to offense in the Illini´s 76-53 win against Minnesota on Wednesday at the Assembly Hall.

Two Illini ranked third

Led by heavyweight John Lockhart and 165-pounder Matt Lackey, six Illinois wrestlers are nationally ranked this week by InterMat.

Kittner takes loss hard

   NEW ORLEANS  The numbers were all there. The touchdowns, the yards, the completions even added up to records in some cases.

   But Illinois quarterback Kurt Kittner never measured his career in statistics. He engineered a dozen comeback wins in his school-record 24 victories, but an awful first half dug too deep a hole for Kittner and the Illini in Tuesday''s Sugar Bowl.