Tate:Hawkins not good fit for Illinois

When obstacles arose, Fess Hawkins always had a quick finger with the detour button.

He engaged in a determined diet after consuming too many biscuits as an Arkansas teen-ager, straightened out his academics after a losing run-in with the NCAA Clearinghouse, and survived the unfair financial strain of being required to pay out-of-state tuition when his scholarship was taken away as a freshman.

Counting Cal

CHAMPAIGN – During Mike White's days at Illinois, you couldn't turn around without bumping into a Californian.

The 1984 Rose Bowl team had 18 players from the Golden State, including the pass-catch combination of Jack Trudeau and David Williams.

News and notes from Monday''s UI practices


   It was easy to find Illinois coach Ron Turner after Monday''s first two rookie practices at Memorial Stadium. He was the one with the big smile.

From Florida to Iowa, Illini's summer all fun

CHAMPAIGN – For the next four years, Brandon Lloyd's life will be nothing but practice, classes, games, film study, meetings, practice, more classes, more games, more practice.

Before he turns serious, Lloyd decided to have a final fling. With his parents' and new coach's blessing.

UI's Hawkins dismissed from team

Center Fess Hawkins has been dismissed from the Illinois basketball team, Illini head coach Lon Kruger announced today.

Kruger, who was unavailable for comment, said in a prepared statement the move was made because of Hawkins' "failure to take care of personal responsibilities as they relate to the standards that are set for the University of Illinois basketball program."

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Tate:Many greats took bridge to success

Successful graduates include Howard Griffith, Simeon Rice and Dennis Stallings, not to mention Nick Anderson, Cory Bradford and Frank Williams.

Those who take it seriously, who consider it a benefit, profit from director Ron Woolfolk's uniquely difficult summer bridge program at the University of Illinois.

The News-Gazette's 1999 Big Ten Conference Tour


Forget the corny sayings.

Forget the drawl.

Forget the jokes.

They all vanished when Hayden Fry retired as Iowa's football coach.

Feeling refreshed

CHAMPAIGN – Finally, the Illinois football team can enjoy a routine training camp.

No losing streak to worry about. No new camp site to talk about. No new head coach to figure out.

1999 Summer Basketball Recruiting Roundup

Tripp, S.D., used to be a quiet, cozy little community with not a whole heck of a lot going on.

Then one of its 650 residents grew to 6-foot-11 and 230 pounds.

And little Tripp's suddenly become as well-known as Linda Tripp.

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