UI football players kicked off team after arraignment

CHAMPAIGN – University of Illinois football players Joseph "Jody" Ellis and Derrick McPhearson have been dismissed from the team after being charged with residential burglary today.

"After talking with (Ron) Guenther and Chancellor (Richard) Herman, it was agreed that both Jody and Derrick would be dismissed from the football team," said UI coach Ron Zook in a statement released late Friday afternoon.


Does Illinois have a chance at the Big Ten tournament?

Illini send eight to NCAAs

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Eight Illinois wrestlers qualified to compete for a national title Sunday following seventh-place or better individual performances at the Big Ten championship meet.

Gabe Flores (125 pounds), Jimmy Kennedy (133) and Mike Poeta (157) each claimed fourth place in their respective weight classes to reach the national tournament.

Ask the expert

Today's query: What teams have earned automatic bids to the NCAA tournament and how does that affect Illinois?

Seven UI wrestlers qualify for nationals, but team slips

EAST LANSING, Mich. – After the first session of wrestling on Day 1 of the Big Ten tournament, Illinois looked strong. It certainly did not end that way for the Illini.

All four Illini wrestlers who made the semifinals lost in the second session, and the team dropped from second place to sixth. First-place Minnesota has 121 points, and Illinois has 66.

Tournament thoughts

We asked staff writer Paul Klee for his thoughts on the Big Ten tournament:

Asmussen: Good sign for Wienke

John Wienke remembers the players. And remembers their recruitment.

One of his idols, Fred Wakefield, signed with Illinois. Another, Dusty Burk, went to Illinois State.

Asmussen: Pruitt taking charge

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Shaun Pruitt didn't stop for the cameras and the reporters. At least, not on the first pass.

After a disappointing loss to Iowa on Saturday, the Illinois junior center went straight to the court to seek out his parents. Steve Pruitt, Shaun's dad, had some encouraging words.

Illinois kisses bye goodbye

IOWA CITY, Iowa – It's a fresh start. And one that they hope is the start of something big.

With the regular season in the books after Saturday's matinee loss at Iowa, the Illinois players immediately turned their attention to the Big Ten tournament. And a Thursday afternoon game against Penn State.

Super soph Masheto rounding into form

AMES, Iowa – Sophomore Lesiba Masheto placed second in the 400 meters, clocking a personal-best 46.65 seconds at the Iowa State Last Chance Meet on Saturday.

Masheto's time is the 14th best nationally, and he hopes to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships.