Bad time had by all

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The first sign of trouble for the Illinois football team came Friday night.

Already late arriving into town, the Illini checked into Lansing's Harley Hotel. Nice enough for Iowa, but not up to Illinois' usual Marriott/Radisson/Sheraton standards.

Tubbs alive, kicking

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The kicking job is JJ Tubbs' to lose.

So said Illinois coach Ron Turner after the sophomore place-kicker was perfect on his only two opportunities Saturday against Michigan State.

Practice report

- CURRY COMING: Illinois remains in the running for N-G All-Stater Eddy Curry of Thornwood. The senior center, who's considering skipping college to enter the 2001 NBA draft, will take an official visit to C-U next weekend, his high school coach said.

Curry earlier visited DePaul.

Illini can''t lose hope for bowls


The fans will say it. The media will write it. Heck, their own parents and siblings might even be thinking it.

Everywhere Illini football players go this week, they're going to hear and read that their bowl hopes are gone.

Game 8 stats

Illini 0 0 7 3 - 10

Spartans 7 0 0 7 - 14

Illini Roundup - McAdam shines in UI loss

Crystal McAdam won the 500-meter freestyle and the 400 individual medley, but Illinois lost its first dual swimming meet this season, 180.5-118.5 against host Indiana on Saturday.

Jackson''s on the ball

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Terrell Washington had nothing better to do. So, he decided to try to knock somebody's block off.

Seconds after Illinois safety Bobby Jackson intercepted Ryan Van Dyke's pass Saturday, Washington decleated Michigan State guard Dave Sucura, helping Jackson reach the end zone.

Jeff Huth''s UI Report Card

Michigan St. 14

Illinois 10

Harris puts a hurt on Spartan defense

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Rocky Harvey and Jameel Cook were hurting. Kurt Kittner, at least in the second half, was the very definition of Mr. Scatterarm.

In other words, Illinois' offense was in big-time need of someone who could and would move the ball.

Introduction smooth for Illinois freshman

CHAMPAIGN – For a freshman, she's as polished as the court in the Assembly Hall. On Saturday night, Lithuanian native and Illinois first-year forward Iveta Marcauskaite had the crowd buzzing at the Orange and Blue scrimmage.

Marcauskaite (pronounced March-o-sky-tay) had nine points as the UI women lost 71-52 against their male practice squad. The game at the Assembly Hall featured a 40-minute running clock and was followed by an autograph and picture session.