Former Illini Robert Holcombe and Ken Dilger are returning to Memorial Stadium for an Aug. 1 training camp scrimmage between the St. Louis Rams and the Indianapolis Colts.
INDIANAPOLIS – So many college coaches, so many questions. All at the Nike All-America Camp.
How could Jerrance Howard go without a field goal in his last two high school games as a junior?
For Steve Marianetti, it was the crowning achievement of a wrestling career ... minus the crowning ceremony.
Seconds before, the former NCAA champion from the University of Illinois had qualified for the premier event in his sport, the World Freestyle Championships.
Ron Turner had never done a weekly television show before last fall. Didn't need to tell Steve Galat.
Like any first-timer, Galat said, Illinois football coach Turner had adjustments to make.
Casey Leonhardt got to know Paul Sanderford when she was being recruited out of high school as a Parade Magazine All-American.
Now the former University of Illinois center will get to know what it's like to play for the veteran college coach. After a year's wait, that is.
His country needs him, so Lon Kruger couldn't be out looking for the next Kiwane Garris on Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA evaluation period.
But before he left to begin his USA Basketball duties, the Illinois coach attended to some important recruiting business in Chicago, as only he could.
When Anthony Coomes was sticking jumpers for Champaign Central, Mark Coomes was there, going ape in the stands.
When Anthony was lighting it up for the Wabash Valley Warriors in the ghost town of Mount Carmel, Mark was there, drawing up plays.
CHICAGO – It's about time Kiwane Garris caught a break from the National Basketball Association.
The league which didn't draft him out of college and didn't keep him around after a stint with the Denver Nuggets has given the former Illini a chance to play for the U.S. world championship team.
Jeff D''Alessio forecasts next year''s Illinois lineup, with Frank Williams not making the grade:
CHAMPAIGN – He's OK to practice, eat team meals and sit on the bench for games.
But until 1999-2000, Frank Williams can't play basketball for the University of Illinois.