Roof sparks late victory

CHAMPAIGN – Shawn Roof scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the eighth inning as Illinois beat Robert Morris 4-3 Wednesday at Illinois Field.

Coach expects Alexander to hit the court running

CHAMPAIGN – Coach Bruce Weber made five trips in the recruitment of Rodney Alexander.

Three to Oklahoma, two to Michigan. And that doesn't include the travels of Weber's assistants, who got a good look at Alexander on at least two occasions.

UI business dean passed over for post

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Western Michigan University has chosen a Southern Illinois University administrator as its finalist for president, passing over other candidates, including Avijit Ghosh, current dean of the University of Illinois College of Business.

Western Michigan University announced Monday that Dr. John Dunn, interim chancellor of SIU in Carbondale, was sole finalist in its search for a president.

Urbana's Williams saves her best for last

URBANA – Jackie Williams' last collegiate softball game in her hometown was her best ever.

The 2003 Urbana graduate hit two home runs Tuesday to lead 18th-ranked Illinois State University past Illinois 10-7 in a nonconference game at Eichelberger Field.

Theresa Grentz timeline

A look at Theresa Grentz's time at Illinois:

Snap decision for Jackson?

CHAMPAIGN – One of the South's top-ranked football prospects in 2005 finally took a college snap Tuesday.

Illinois basketball player C.J. Jackson, wearing No. 85, worked out with the Illini tight ends.

Alexander has bright future, ex-coaches say

CHAMPAIGN – Five years ago, Rodney Alexander was wrapping up his sophomore season with the Benton Harbor (Mich.) High School basketball team.

Well, he was with the team, but he wasn't necessarily a big part of the team.

Big Ten adds to schedule

INDIANAPOLIS – The Big Ten basketball schedule is about to get longer.

Conference officials have approved an 18-game conference schedule starting next season, although details of how it will be implemented have not yet been released.

Tate: Grentz, Illini decline began many years ago

CHAMPAIGN – It was a decade ago, Feb. 23, 1997, to be exact, when a defiant Theresa Grentz raised her arms in front of an enthusiastic Assembly Hall crowd and promised: "We'll be back! We'll be back!"

The Philadelphia wild flower was in full bloom. She was the talk of the town.

State must be recruiting priority for next women's coach

CHAMPAIGN – The next Illinois women's basketball coach figures to have one overriding priority: recruit the state of Illinois.

"That's our starting point all the time," Illini athletic director Ron Guenther said after Theresa Grentz resigned Tuesday. "(Those are) specifically things she and I talked about here over the last five years. All you have to do is look at the rosters inside our conference and you'll see Illinois kids playing on those rosters. Whoever comes in, that's going to be our starting point, just like our men's program."