Rossow: Wrong kind of madness for Illinois

   When asked late Sunday afternoon if his team was still a contender for the Big Ten championship, Bill Self said, No, no, no.

   Right answer. Wrong question.

Tate: Cook still up, down on the court


UI men''s basketball box score

Michigan State 67, Illinois 61

Ache enough for Krupalija

   CHAMPAIGN  The scene has happened so often during his Illinois career, Damir Krupalija is beyond frustration. More like resignation.

   Krupalija goes after a loose ball or makes an aggressive move to the basket. Krupalija comes out of the pile with an aching foot, knee or some other appendage.

Illini seeking comfort zone on home floor

   Clem Haskins was the original poster child for foreign-court failure.

   In the late 1980s, his Minnesota team won once in 26 road trips. Then, in 36 trips in the early ''90s, the improved Gophers beat Northwestern four times and everybody else three.

Ex-Illini making the grade in NFL

   There''s one role player in the Super Bowl  and a superstar unemployed. There''s one heading to the Pro Bowl  and another who should have gotten a trip to Hawaii.

   That snubbed one struck it rich, one guy retired (and another probably will), and one other likely will leave his team after bitter contract negotiations.

Singles scene gives Illinois edge in tennis

   Backed by strong singles play and a loud crowd of 400, No. 6 Illinois beat No. 7 Pepperdine 5-2 in a men''s tennis match Saturday at Atkins Tennis Center.

   The match marked the first time UI coach Craig Tiley had his entire sophomore class available. Brian Wilson, who was academically ineligible last spring, and Phil Stolt, who missed nearly three months because of a shoulder injury, both won singles matches against the Waves.

Illini, Spartans search for spark

   CHAMPAIGN  When they met at this time last year, Illinois and Michigan State were fighting for the top of the Big Ten hill.

   When the two teams meet at noon today in the Assembly Hall, they''ll be trying to get back on solid footing.

Jewel of UI recruiting class keeps head on straight


   It''s 7:30 a.m., and the sun has just popped out. Cyrus Garrett could be sleeping in an extra hour. Or goofing off in study hall.

Newest Illini longsnapper hopes to follow predecessors in NFL

   Let Penn State have its Linebacker U label. Nobody will argue if you want to peg Florida as Receiver Tech.

   Illinois football can claim its own area of dominance. Call it Long Snapper State.