Giddyup all gone for Davis

CHAMPAIGN – No one would have blinked an eye had Mike Davis gone totally bonkers Sunday.

Maybe grab a ref's whistle. Swan dive into the Orange Krush. Take a bag of groceries and run it up to C Section himself. Or come dressed in an XXXL red sweater and swear a lot.

Randle more soar than sore

CHAMPAIGN – It's not like Brian Randle needed any inspiration.

When it comes to creative dunking, the Illinois forward has been doing just fine on his own, thank you very much.

Illinois back in Big Ten hunt

CHAMPAIGN – The news came to Bruce Weber Saturday night at a restaurant. As his family celebrated his daughter's birthday, the Illinois basketball coach got a second reason to feel festive.

"Somebody at the restaurant said the Hawkeyes lost," Weber said. "That made my dinner go down much easier."

Who's that Illini?

I own Illinois' school records in the 1,500 and the 3,000 meters in women's track, establishing both in 1984. My best finish in NCAA competition was a pair of eighths.

TATE: Big Ten in big tail spin

"Illinois is more vulnerable now than a month ago."

Northwestern coach Bill Carmody

Weatherford hoping to get a leg up on peers

TAMPA, Fla. – It's less than a week before the biggest audition of his football career. Yet Steve Weatherford is a picture of relaxation. He's not out punting, not working the leg press machine or running hills in Florida.

"I was just laying around, taking it easy," said the former Illinois punter after waking up from a mid-afternoon nap.

Recruiting: Change not for Gordon

Eric Gordon could have been wondering today.

As it stands now, the best high school basketball player in Indiana's junior class is at ease. He plans to be in the Assembly Hall stands today as Illinois – where he'll play his college basketball – takes on the Indiana Hoosiers at 2:30 p.m.

Viney claims Big Ten crown

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Illinois junior Barbie Viney won the 100-yard freestyle Saturday to earn her first Big Ten title.

The top seed, Viney edged last year's runner-up, Northwestern's Andrea Hupman, in 49.12 seconds. Earlier in the day, Viney secured a spot in the NCAA Championships with an 'A' qualifying time of 49.06 in the prelims.

It's your business: 2nd auction Saturday at Rockome Gardens

Going, going, still going ...

The new owners of Rockome Gardens didn't quite clear out all the old merchandise at a December auction, so they're holding another one Saturday.

Battle for the Big Ten Tournament: Money or Honey?

The Big Ten soon will decide where to permanently place its men's basketball tournament, picking between the rotating sites of Indianapolis' Conseco Fieldhouse and Chicago's United Center.

And if there were a marquee outside the league headquarters billing the showdown, it might look something like this: Chicago's dollars vs. Indianapolis' fan friendliness.