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Illinois women's 2001-2002 basketball schedule

Here is the season schedule for the Illini women''s basketbal team for the upcoming year:

Ex-Illini out for season

Former Illini fullback Howard Griffith was placed on injured reserve Thursday by the Denver Broncos, and he will miss the 2001 season.

Hometowns on UI women's schedule

After touring Iveta Marcauskaite's hometown on a Lithuanian trip this month, the Illinois women's basketball team will visit the native areas of two more players in the winter.

Cal coach has little time to produce winner

BERKELEY, Calif. – No reason for angry fans to hang Tom Holmoe in effigy. No reason to print up signs reading, "Holmoe Must Goe."

The California coach gets it. He doesn't need any reminders that his job is on the line during the 2001 season.

Tate: Cal begins succession of UI tossups

It was Labor Day in 1989, and Illini coach John Mackovic still was unhappy about losing the neutral site, Moscow, for the "Glasnost Bowl" football opener with Southern Cal.

Illinois trailed 13-0 midway in the fourth quarter at the Los Angeles Coliseum when Jeff George's long pass deflected off a defender and directly to Shawn Wax for a 53-yard touchdown. Minutes later, with 2:19 on the clock, George capped an 80-yard drive with a 20-yard TD pass to Steven Williams for a 14-13 upset of a Top-10 foe.

Illini tennis players honored

Illinois' Jennifer McGaffigan and Tennessee's Wade Orr were named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's summer circuit players of the year.

Illinois football camp update

Don't blame Mario Ivy if he looks a bit confused during practice. The junior college transfer has had a lot on his mind.

Like two positions. He started training camp as a linebacker, moved to defensive end and is now back at linebacker.

Illinois wary of tripping

In a perfect world for the Illinois football team, there would be no plane to catch Friday, no long bus ride to the hotel and no chance to see Fisherman's Wharf.

In a perfect world for the Illinois football players, they would eat dinner at the Champaign Country Club before pulling up the covers at Urbana's Park Inn. They would wake up Saturday morning, make the short ride to Memorial Stadium and play in front of their own fans.

Top scorer leaves UI soccer team

CHAMPAIGN – Emily Brown's name is all over the record books for the Illinois women's soccer team. Unfortunately for the Illini, it's nowhere to be found on the roster.

During the team's recent trip to England, the program's all-time leading scorer announced she was leaving the team for "personal reasons." So Illinois begins its 2001 season Friday afternoon at Iowa State without its two-time All-Big Ten performer.

Ex-Illini Holcombe stores blocking pads, straps on running shoes

ST. LOUIS – Slowly but surely, it's all coming back to Robert Holcombe. The reads, the routes, just "carrying the rock" are becoming more and more familiar.

After two years as the St. Louis Rams starting fullback, the former Illinois star switched back to tailback this preseason. That was his position as Holcombe became the Illini's all-time leading rusher and where he started the Rams' 1998 season opener.