Last March, WCIA televised the final moments of the Illinois men''s basketball season, a close loss in the Midwest Regional final against Arizona.
The local home of Illinois basketball and Bill Self''s weekly show wanted to show the first moments of the 2001-02 team. But it isn''t going to happen.
This college football season has been anything but typical. An entire week of the schedule was postponed. Fresno State has soared onto the national scene. Oregon State has plummeted off it.
But a look at the names atop the Big Ten standings will elicit more ho-hums than ooh-ahhs.
CHAMPAIGN - Chances are Bill Self won''t learn anything at tonight''s "Illini Madness."
He won''t find a suitable replacement for Lucas Johnson. He won''t get a clear picture of how ready his newcomers are to contribute against Big Ten competition. He won''t see much he hasn''t seen in individual workouts.
Illinois'' Jennifer Mc-Gaffigan, ranked 70th nationally, lost 6-2, 6-1 against Fresno State''s Kim Niggemeyer on Thursday at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association''s All-American Tournament in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Niggemeyer is ranked 18th nationally.
If most of the folks at Huff Hall tonight are there to see their favorite college basketball team, Don Hardin won''t take offense.
Just the opposite. The Illinois volleyball coach welcomes the opportunity to expose his team''s brand of round ball to Illini fans who are fanatical about another kind especially when it involves Bill Self''s reigning Elite Eighters.
ST. LOUIS - When Dennis Schutzenhofer volunteered to throw batting practice to his son''s summer collegiate team last July, the reviews were unanimous.
GARLAND, Texas - Suddenly, everybody likes Ike Diogu.
Once considered a marginal top 100 player, the 6-foot-8 power forward has skyrocketed in the rankings of national recruiting gurus.
Illinois tailback Antoineo Harris just got the best of his friend Astein Osei. On Saturday, Harris hopes it''s Steve Williams'' turn.
Williams, an Indiana defensive end, is from Bolingbrook, the same high school as Harris. Osei, a Minnesota defensive end, played at nearby Romeoville.
News-Gazette staff writer Jeff Huth''s review and preview of University of Illinois sports.