Central's Seets saves his best for last

NORMAL – For three seasons, Champaign Central's Terry Seets came tantalizingly close to winning a Big 12 wrestling title.

As a senior, he finally delivered.

Food makes me feel like dancing

A chemical that works something like cocaine might prompt foraging honey bees to feel rewarded by "dancing" to communicate information about a found food source to the hive, rather than taking their solitary pleasure in gorging themselves on that food.

University of Illinois researchers who uncovered the link between bee dancing and octopamine think the finding shows nature exploiting an existing brain mechanism to produce social behavior, suggesting "there is rhyme and reason in social evolution," UI entomology Professor Gene Robinson said recently.

Meltdown leaves Illini sore as ever

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Less than 30 minutes into practice Friday, Rich McBride banged knees with a teammate.

"He couldn't even walk after that," coach Bruce Weber said.

Illini roundup

CHAMPAIGN – Kim Kruk tied for first in the all-around as Illinois posted its best score of the season to beat Iowa in women's gymnastics Saturday at Huff Hall.

Kruk won the uneven bars with a career-high 9.875. Cara Pomeroy was first in balance beam, and Julie Crall, who was second in balance beam, won floor exercise.

Rivalry at home in St. Louis

St. Louis officials aren't fretting Missouri's decision to play a second neutral-site game next season.

After opening against Illinois in St. Louis, the Tigers will end the regular season against Kansas at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium. Missouri's two-year deal to play at the home of the Chiefs came long after the decision to meet Illinois for four games in St. Louis.

Nomadic team has competitive drive

Jessica Rothenberg does not tolerate complainers well these days. Especially among her fellow University of Illinois athletes.

"The only thing that's been discouraging probably is hearing other athletes complain about what they don't have," the Illini swimmer said. "And we don't even have a facility."

Facilities, finishes not in UI's favor

Ron Guenther can't promise the Illinois women's swimming and diving team a new pool any time soon.

The Illini athletic director does pledge that he's not giving up a facility-challenged program that has resided in the bottom third of the Big Ten for much of the past 25 years.

Stadium status update

This month's focus: Relocation of displaced season-ticket holders

For some Illini football season-ticket holders, the renovation of Memorial Stadium could be subtitled West Side Story.

Bob's random thoughts

Bob's random thoughts


The opening on the Illinois football staff could be filled by Arizona's Eric Wolford. The former Kansas State offensive lineman is from Ohio, an important state to Illinois recruiting.

Frazier struggles with open shots, guards can't deliver ball down low

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue's defensive plan of attack Saturday focused on who the Boilermakers would guard – and, perhaps just as importantly, who they wouldn't.

Illinois shot 29.2 percent in a 64-47 loss to Purdue, and the wayward shots themselves don't describe the entire problem. It boiled down to who was taking them.