Today''s Matchups

Hawkeyes vs. Illini

Do's, don'ts of behavior in Big Ten

The Big Ten basically has barred Bob Knight from coaching basketball in its league again. No one has said a thing about football, though, and the direction that sport seems to be taking makes him a perfect fit.

Unruly fans, gesturing kickers, complaining coaches ... it's become an Eminem concert in shoulder pads. Along with the program, hot dog and soda, you might as well buy your kid some ear plugs, too. Or, in Purdue's case, a blindfold.

Illinois - Iowa 2000 statistics

2000 statistics

Football only a part of Big Ten homecomings

When it comes to setting up Ohio State's halftime ceremonies at homecoming, Bill Myles must be part-choreographer and part-mathematician.

It helps to be tactful, too. With six national championship teams and 28 Big Ten title squads in Ohio State's storied football history, Myles can be put in the uncomfortable position of having to say no to some of the many ex-Buckeyes who want to take part.

Tate: UI's Williams has point to be made

Bill Self doesn't separate his backcourt players into shooters or playmakers or defenders. He doesn't specify a "point guard."

But if such a fellow exists on Self's Illinois basketball team, both he and everyone else know it is once again Frank Williams. Call him the quarterback or the pitcher with the ball in his hand.

Illinois junior rebounds from injury to pay dividends

CHAMPAIGN – If Rebecca Patrick wanted to erase most of 1999 from her memory, you couldn't blame her.

The Illinois junior was in a horrific automobile accident that hospitalized her boyfriend, and she suffered a season-ending knee injury within a matter of months.

Longtime series will skip a beat

CHAMPAIGN – The college football fun started for Kurt Kittner against Iowa. In 1998 against the Hawkeyes, he became the first true freshman quarterback to open a game for Illinois in 52 years.

For Kittner and his teammates, playing the Hawkeyes is a natural. The Iowa roster is filled with 16 players from the Land of Lincoln, including starting quarterback Jon Beutjer and star receiver Kevin Kasper.

Illini Insider

News-Gazette staff writer Jeff Huth's review and preview of Illinois sports.

Illinois Football Practice Report

Field trip

Help on the way

Brandon Moore knows exactly what Charles Gilstrap and Clark Collins are feeling. Two years ago, he was in their shoes.

Men advance in All-American

Two Illinois men's doubles teams advanced to the main draw in the All-American Championships at Stone Mountain, Ga.