Ten questions for John Cooper

John Cooper used to hear it from fans as coach at Ohio State. Now the 69-year-old grandfather of two caters to fans as a television analyst for ESPN Plus, flying from his home in Columbus, Ohio, to a studio in Charlotte, N.C., each Friday to work alongside Mike Gleason. Sports editor Jim Rossow caught up to Cooper to discuss the Buckeyes, his dislike of the Bowl Championship Series – "I hope we get three unbeatens this year" – and instant replay.

Rossow's random thoughts

Jim Rossow's random thoughts.

Gordon saga finally ends

INDIANAPOLIS – When Indiana holds its Hoosier Hysteria tonight, the Hoosiers will introduce a new coach in Kelvin Sampson.

But the bigger draw will be new recruit Eric Gordon.

Locksley's offense makes run

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois offensive coordinator Mike Locksley heard the criticism of his game plan against Indiana. And moved on.

"I didn't think about it at all," Locksley said. "Obviously, our ultimate goal is to do the necessary things to win the ballgame. If that entails running the ball, we'll run the ball. If that entails throwing it, we'll throw it. Right now, at this point in time, our best player on offense is Pierre Thomas. If I'm going to win the ballgame, I'm going to win it with Pierre Thomas."

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Reda gets a kick out of new, yellow goal posts

CHAMPAIGN – There's a bright, shiny addition to Memorial Stadium. And it has nothing to do with the planned renovations.

The school just put in new, yellow goal posts, similar to those used at Michigan State. When the Illini won Sept. 30 at East Lansing, kicker Jason Reda mentioned that he liked the goal posts.

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Illini golfers take second

FRANKLIN, Ind. –The Illinois women's golf team saved its best for its last fall tournament.

Led by Seul Ki Park, the Illini earned second place out of 18 teams Tuesday at The Shootout at the Legends, totaling 890.

Tate: Sioux lawsuit could suit Illinois

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois might have a hound in North Dakota's hunt after all.

It had been assumed that each of the 18 schools on the NCAA hit list for using Native American imagery would have to challenge individually.