Illini recruit hopes for early trip to stadium

CHAMPAIGN – Mike Trepina, his mom, dad and grandma Bessie took pictures on the new Memorial Stadium turf Monday. Trepina wants to be back in late November. He knows he'll be back in 2002.

The Hinsdale South senior-to-be committed to Ron Turner's program, becoming the sixth player to pick the Illini for 2002.

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Expectations no burden to former C-U resident

LAKE BLUFF – As they sat down for dinner at last year's U.S. Women's Amateur golf championships at Waverly Country Club in Portland, Ore., Joe Burden asked daughter Elizabeth about her goals for the tournament.

She wanted to play well and be competitive. Her father had bigger expectations.

Transfer fills Illinois void

It might have taken two years, but Brett Leonard is coming home.

The former Glenbrook South star, who spent the past two seasons at Arizona State, is transferring to Illinois this season to play for the Illini womens' basketball team.

C-U bound

On Monday, Mike Trepina became the sixth player to commit to the Illinois football program for 2002. The list:

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Word is bond?

Not including J.R. Morris, who hopes to play for Illinois but must first make some strides academically, 17 basketball players in the high school class of 2002 have given verbal commitments to Big Ten schools. They are:

Dawson: Cardinal showing Pistons his offense

Brian Cardinal remembers the boos. Remembers them fondly. In fact, he finds himself longing to hear them again.

Two years ago, Cardinal was the most hated man in the Big Ten. The Tolono native was despised in every arena his Purdue Boilermakers visited, showered with boos at every stop on the raod.

Bears won't mind a season in C-U

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – James Allen has a concern about the Chicago Bears' new home for the 2002 season – and it's not about the funky turf he'll play on.

"You never know how the traffic is going to be," the Bears running back said.

Schools still struggling for balance on Title IX compliance

Perhaps it’s fitting that Title IX – the law banning sex discrimination at any school receiving federal aid – is identified by Roman numerals.

In its application to collegiate sports, the 1972 legislation has become inextricably tied to numbers and ratios and financial bottom lines.