Brett's random thoughts

In the next week or so, you'll read plenty about Illinois' team shootout next weekend on campus, including a complete guide to the event in next Sunday's News-Gazette. The reason?

Rossow: Plenty of challenges awaiting Guenther

In the last month, he's become dean of Big Ten athletic directors.

Congratulations, Ron Guenther.

Dawson: Home is where the hoops are

There are perks to sharing a ZIP code with Big State U., particularly when you're a high school basketball coach and the university is a national hoops power.

Such is life for Scott Davis, the Champaign Central coach who next weekend will – for the second straight spring – take his team down the street to face some of the nation's best basketball teams.

Big Ten has a snowball's chance of playing in College World Series

It was one of the most notable baseball teams in Big Ten history, both for what it accomplished and who did the accomplishing.

The Michigan Wolverines of 1984 were a talent-laden bunch with such major leaguers-in-waiting as Barry Larkin at shortstop, Hal Morris at first base, and Scott Kamieniecki and Gary Wayne on the mound. They won 43 games. Won the Big Ten's East Division. Won the league tournament.

Anderson, Rowe continue NCAA run

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Illinois' Kevin Anderson and Ryan Rowe defeated Texas' Callum Beale and Miguel Reyes Varela 6-2, 6-2 on Saturday at the NCAA Championships.

The third-seeded Illini doubles team next faces Texas Christian's Rafael Abreu and Jordan Freitas in the semifinals.

Bob's random thoughts

The Big Ten has wisely renewed its ties with the Motor City Bowl through the 2009 season. The game will try to match a team from the Big Ten against one from the MAC. The emphasis is on the word "try."

Asmussen: Assistants scour country for top talent

It's a spring tradition. Like Easter. And rain. More like rain.

Each April and May, 119 Division I-A football staffs hit the road for the spring evaluation period. It's the first giant step toward the next recruiting class.

Five men advance in regional

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Illinois men's track and field team will have a busy day today at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships.

Five Illini qualified for finals in four events.

Lori Bjork's Italian diary

Lori Bjork and her Illinois women's basketball teammates are in Italy on an offseason trip. Here's the latest courtesy of the sophomore-to-be:

Jeff's random thoughts

There can't be a grimmer atmosphere in the Big Ten tournament than Game No. 3. It matches Day 1's two losers and ensures that one team will be headed home before the stadium seats have barely been warmed.