Compliance always a worry

CHAMPAIGN – Bruce Weber won't lose any sleep over Illinois' football probation.

He already was losing it.

Less-touted recruits have proved their worth for Illini

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.

Big Ten football roundup

Bits and thoughts about this weekend's Big Ten football:

Who's that Illini?

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.

Tate: Penalty is too harsh

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.

Illini hoping to up intensity with defense

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.

Ten questions for Kevin Weiberg

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.

NCAA's ruling surprises UI, booster

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.

Illinois men's basketball practice report

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.

NCAA puts Illinois on one-year probation for football

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.