CHAMPAIGN – Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy talked football for more than two hours Saturday at the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Clinic, showing off his wry sense of humor and never raising his voice.
Finally, one of the approximately 500 coaches jammed into a Clarion Hotel ballroom had heard enough.
EVANSTON – The bullpen's not such a bad place to be.
That's the word from Illinois sophomore Matt Vorwald, who has found a comfort zone there after countless years as a starter.
INDIANAPOLIS – When Kelvin Lee left St. Louis University for a high school job five years ago, he recommended that an up-and-comer named Derek Thomas replace him on Charlie Spoonhour's staff.
Soon, Lee plans to recommend Thomas to another acquaintance.
UI gymnasts earn honors
Leo Oka left last year's NCAA men's gymnastics championships 0.025 point shy of gaining All-America honors in the all-around competition.
The Illini will have a full scrimmage at 2:30 p.m. today on the soccer fields northwest of Memorial Stadium. Illinois coach Ron Turner said each unit will get 35 to 40 plays.
News-Gazette staff writer Jeff Huth''s review and preview of University of Illinois sports:
INDIANAPOLIS – Lon Kruger came to the Final Four to cheer on the Big Ten and hire a new assistant coach.
One down, one to go.
CHAMPAIGN – If you see one of the 1,400 high school football coaches in town today, give him a pat on the back and a "well done." He deserves it.
The coaches will be easy enough to spot. Most wear jackets and hats with their school colors. There won't be any confusion between Downers Grove North (purple and white Trojans) and South (navy and Columbia blue Mustangs).
The Illini had a sizable audience at Thursday's practice. And all the extra eyes knew what they were watching.
Illinois failed to advance to the team finals as the NCAA gymnastics meet opened Thursday, but six of its gymnasts remain in the running for all-around or individual titles.