Volleyball team gears up

The Illinois volleyball team's media and fan appreciation day is at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Huff Hall.

Illinois football 2000: Camp Rantoul

On a warm, cloudless Friday morning, linebacker Michael Young eagerly jogged to his favorite summer spot: The Illinois practice fields near Rantoul's Fanmarker Inn.

His first two years as an Illini, training camp meant walking outside the Memorial Stadium locker room. Young much prefers being 20 minutes north of Champaign-Urbana.

Illini filling its rank

RANTOUL – Ask an Illinois football player, and he'll tell you he doesn't care about the national rankings.

But somebody cleaned out the USA Today vending machine Friday morning at the Fanmarker Inn. Interestingly, the newspaper included the first coaches' poll of the season.

Hagberg pulls double duty

Illinois' Karen Hagberg scored 10 points as the Big Ten women's basketball Foreign Tour Team defeated Gustino Powerbasket Wels 81-63 Friday in Wels, Austria.

Illinois pulls for Novitsky

Sue Novitsky, a former NCAA Division II All-American at Oakland University, was named Illinois' women's swimming and diving head coach Thursday, athletic director Ron Guenther said.

"Her leadership qualities and loyalty to the University of Illinois made her a natural choice. I expect a smooth transition for our swimming and diving program to the new coaching staff," Guenther said.

Tate: Illini's Self committed to recruiting

Two months into the job, Bill Self is walking still up to a blind 5-iron into a hidden green.

What lies over the hill? Are there unexpected slopes, a tricky pin placement, sand traps, lurking bushes?

Pro-ficient: Ex-Illini Anderson enjoying life in the big city

   STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.  He''s taken ferry rides past the Statue of Liberty. Posed for pictures in front of Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. Viewed the neon brilliance  and sometimes wacky sights  of Times Square. Become an old pro at commuting via subway.

   If it wasn''t for that trip to the mound every five days, Jason Anderson would swear he''s been on one summerlong vacation to New York City.

UI gets Alcorn State

Illinois will face Alcorn State in the first round of the Women's Maui basketball tournament at 1:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. Hawaii time) Nov. 24.

Bradford to prepare Olympians

CHAMPAIGN – If his Illinois teammates need travel tips for Hawaii, Cory Bradford will be able to accommodate them.

The guard is headed there later this month as part of a USA Basketball Men's Select Team that will scrimmage the U.S. Olympians. He'll revisit Hawaii in November, when the Illini play in the Maui Invitational.

Coaches deal UI 21 again

CHAMPAIGN – When it comes to the Illinois football team, the coaches agree with the writers: Ron Turner's team is No. 21 in the nation.

The USA Today/ESPN Top 25 uses a poll of 59 college coaches, including Turner. The coaches had the Illini ranked just behind Oklahoma and just ahead of Michigan State.