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.

Illini cuts still painful years later

When Illinois dropped two men’s sports programs in 1993, the move was rooted in financial concerns, Ron Guenther says.

Facing a projected $1.6 million deficit, the Illini athletic director went on an immediate search for $600,000 in departmental cuts. More than half the goal was achieved by chopping men’s swimming and diving and men’s fencing. Rooted in that decision was Title IX.

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.

Illini's Cook has nerve to make it

OAKLAND, Calif. – Brian Cook was confident he'd make the cut.

At 6-foot-10, Cook was the tallest of the remaining finalists for USA Basketball's World Championship for Young Men team, which will travel to Saitama, Japan, for the World Championship tournament Aug. 3-12.

Tennis team feted

The Illinois women's tennis team was honored Friday by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for having a combined grade-point average of 3.20 or better.

Former Illini Simone Kung and Carla Rosenberg were named ITA Scholar-Athletes for 2001.

Asmussen: Early poll puts Illinois in Top 25

In early August, The Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN will announce their preseason Top 25 football teams.

But the Football Writers Association of America beat them to the punch. And included a nearby Big Ten team.

Fairbanks faces new challengers

Not long ago, Jamie Fairbanks was the hotshot.

He was the college kid, the Illinois star, who waltzed into the Twin City Open and took it to the old guard, the best golfers in the region. He took home the trophy twice, in 1991 and '92.

Now, he's the old guard.

Cook makes roster

DALLAS – Brian Cook's basketball odyssey has just begun.

The Illinois forward this morning learned he made the final cut for USA Basketball's 12-member World Championship for Young Men team. Today he's flying to Oakland to continue training with that squad.

On Aug. 3, he and his teammates tip off play in the World Championship for Young Men tournament in Saitama, Japan.

Holecek finds a home with San Diego

The San Diego Chargers obtained yet another former Buffalo Bills player, agreeing to a one-year contract with former Illini inside linebacker John Holecek on Thursday.

Cook helps in U.S. romp

Illinois forward Brian Cook had eight points and five rebounds in 15 minutes as the USA World Championships For Young Men team pounded Lithunia 113-66 in an exhibition game Wednesday at Dallas.