Asmussen: Assistants'' quick change of colors not much of a setback for Illini, Zook says

Maybe it all will work out for Larry Fedora and Joe Wickline. Maybe Oklahoma State will be able to outrecruit Oklahoma and Texas. Maybe the school will move to the top of the Big 12 South. Maybe Mike Gundy will be better than Les Miles.

Then again, maybe not.

Combs, ''Cats clawing back

EVANSTON – Beth Combs'' first season at Northwestern might turn out to be her most challenging.

In her fourth season as a college head coach, the former Illini is charged with the formidable task of turning around a program that hasn''t won more than three Big Ten games in a season since 1998-99.

UI men''s basketball box score

Illinois 68, Purdue 59

Jayne stays undefeated

Mark Jayne won three matches to remain undefeated, and third-ranked Illinois claimed victories against Chattanooga, Clarion and Wyoming on Saturday at the Buckeye Duals in Columbus, Ohio.

Jayne, a senior 133-pounder, was one of six Illini wrestlers to win three matches. Kyle Ott (125), Anton Dietzen (149, 157), Pete Friedl (174), Tyrone Byrd (197) and Mike Behnke (heavyweight) also had three wins.

Dietz: Trumpy tells it like it is for NFL fans

The Indianapolis Colts'' offense is having one of those once-in-a-decade seasons, and Bob Trumpy is glad he''ll have a front-row seat to see it again.

Trumpy, the longtime broadcaster and former Illinois and Cincinnati Bengals star, will be in Indy today to call the Colts'' first-round playoff game against Denver. Trumpy, who''s been doing TV and radio since he retired from football in 1978, will team with play-by-play man Joel Myers to do the game on Westwood One/CBS Radio.

Forward-thinking Illini seem to have found keys to road success

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Deron Williams is the most aware basketball player you are likely to meet.

He knows his peers. He knows his statistics. He knows which tape recorder belongs to which reporter.

Outlook good for Henson

New Mexico State basketball coach Lou Henson remained hospitalized Friday with pneumonia, a day after he fell ill shortly before team practice in Las Cruces, N.M.

Henson, a former Illinois coach, is expected to make a full recovery, but NMSU sports information director Sean Johnson could not say how long he would be hospitalized.

Who''s that Illini?

I showed everyone that a small school player could excel in Big Ten basketball. Among career three-point shooters, only eight players in Conference history have been accurate than me. My single-season mark of .493 beyond the arc is tops in the UI record book. Though I was an infrequent starter my last two seasons, I managed to score 757 points in four seasons during the 1990s. The Illini were 70-49, and we played in the NCAA Tournament twice. I was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, and I currently serve as the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics'' Director of Academic Services.

A weekly chat with Brian Dietz

This week''s guest: Matt Painter.

Big Ten tour

This week''s look around the league, courtesy of News-Gazette sports editor Jim Rossow: