CHAMPAIGN – Bruce Weber won't lose any sleep over Illinois' football probation.
He already was losing it.
CHAMPAIGN – There's not a runner in the bunch with that ultimate in high school cross-country credentials – a trip to the national Foot Locker Championships.
And if you're looking for a roster filled with big-city, big-school backgrounds, be careful. You might get eye strain.
I was named the soccer team's most valuable player in 2001. Colleen Joyce received a bit more notoriety than I did, but my contributions weren't overlooked. I finished my career in 2002 with 14 goals and 13 assists.
CHAMPAIGN – Here's the frustrating part:
For an improper activity out of its control – and despite reporting and handling a serious case with dispatch – Illinois has been thrown back 15 years in the national perception.
CHAMPAIGN – Last time his team played at the Assembly Hall, Bruce Weber promised a show. Dunks were on the menu, the less contested the better.
That was two weeks ago for Illini Basketball Madness.
After another controversy with the Bowl Championship Series rankings this week – Teas jumped over defending champion Southern Cal – staff writer Brian Dietz went straight to the source with BCS coordinator and Big 12 commissioner Kevin Weiberg.
CHAMPAIGN – Illinois was surprised to learn it was charged with a major violation by the NCAA. So was the school booster the NCAA accused of helping former Illini tailback Marcus Mason.
The NCAA announced its findings Thursday, handing the school a year of probation with no sanctions. The probation does not affect other Illinois sports or cost the football team scholarships or bowl eligibility.
Calvin Brock has been in a funk. On Wednesday, he snapped out of it.
Brock was at his head-turning best in Wednesday's practice, grabbing rebounds, playing tenacious defense and flying in for fierce tip-dunks in what was his best afternoon of the season so far.
INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA Committee on Infractions announced today that the Illinois football program committed a major violation during the 2004 season and handed the program a one-year probation.
The ban doesn't include any major sanctions. It does, however, start the five-year clock on the Illinois athletic program that would cause the banning of a sport at the school if another major violation occurs.