Tonight, you''ll have to settle for "Oskee Wow Wow." You could''ve been hearing "Sweet Georgia Brown."
If not for a new NCAA rule barring Division I teams from playing exhibtion teams – think Athletes in Action or the Spot-Lite Jammers – the Illini would be suiting up this preseason against the Harlem Globetrotters.
CHAMPAIGN – They don''t have McDonald''s All-Americans. They don''t come armed with a lofty national ranking or the conference Player of the Year.
But when Southern Illinois-Edwardsville visits the Assembly Hall tonight, don''t expect to see a Little League operation.
Tara Hurless had a goal and two assists as Illinois opened Big Ten tournament play with a 5-0 win against Northwestern on Thursday at Columbus, Ohio.
Natasha Karniski, Christen Karniski, Paula Faherty and Centennial product Brittany Ward also scored for the Illini, whose goal total was a season high. Urbana product Ella Masar had an assist.
CHAMPAIGN – Flash back to 1996, Don Hardin''s first season at the helm of the Illinois volleyball program.
As a 13-15 campaign winds down, an exasperated Illini coach figuratively throws up his hands and delivers this message to his error-prone servers: Just get the ball over the net.
Illinois has its eighth commitment for the class of 2005. And the newest addition will see a familiar face across the line from him in practice.
Offensive lineman Stephen Heis of Cincinnati Anderson has told Ron Turner he is on the way. Heis is from the same high school as Illinois defensive tackle Chris Norwell. Norwell was a senior at Anderson when Heis was a sophomore.
I was named to Illinois'' All-Century team. A 6-foot-3 guard, I finished my career as the school''s all-time leading scorer. I earned first-team All-American honors as a senior, setting school records for single-season points and scoring average. My 1966 per-game averages of 27.8 points and 11.9 rebounds stand as one of Illinois'' best seasonal performances. I had 11 scoring efforts of 30 points or more. I became a sensational professional player, finishing seventh on the ABA''s all-time scoring list with 11,544 career points. Today, I reside in Omaha, Neb.
CLINTON – On one hand, it was a whirlwind courtship. On the other, it was a romance that had been building for years.
Kylie McCulley always had aspirations of playing volleyball for the University of Illinois, but she didn''t know if the feeling was mutual.