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UI coach plays to strength

RANTOUL – He spends more time with the players than their position coaches do. Or their girlfriends.

Illinois strength and conditioning coach Jim Zielinski is part teacher, part psychiatrist and part nutritionist.


Tatelines: UI grid fans need to see ray of hope

Before embarking on the necessary August ritual of detailing Illini football possibilities, let's agree on something.

No amount of spin-doctoring, tub-thumping or tradition-citing – no glowing stories about prize recruits – will influence an apathetic Gus Phan to believe a turnaround is on the near horizon for Illini football.


ITA honors Illini tennis teams

The Illinois men's and women's tennis teams have received Division I All-Academic honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.


News and notes from Monday's practices

When he came to training camp, senior receiver Michael Dean was buried far down the depth chart. He's starting to kick a bit of sod out of the way.

Dean moved into the rotation Monday and was given a chance to show his stuff.


Asmussen's Daily Diary

The Illinois football players aren''t the only ones spending August in Rantoul. Staff writer Bob Asmussen, who covers UI football for The News-Gazette, is also a regular in the Pacesetter Community. His thoughts:


UI vet Willis mentor to kiddie corps

RANTOUL – The other Illinois football players used to tease Lenny Willis about being the local hero.

His friends, the receivers, have found a new reason to make fun of the Centennial product: Age.


Asmussen''s Daily Diary

The Illinois football players aren''t the only ones spending August in Rantoul. Staff writer Bob Asmussen, who covers UI football for The News-Gazette, is also a regular in the Pacesetter Community. His thoughts:


News and notes from Sunday's practice:

- BIG CROWD:

Sunny skies and not-too-hot temperatures made for a nice day to watch practice. Thirty cars filled the grass beyond end zone, with about 50 fans for Sunday's lone session.


Next stop for Illini: U.S. Open

Illinois sophomore Nathan Zeder teamed up with TCU's Scott Eddins to win the men's doubles title Sunday at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Summer Championships in Williamsburg, Va.

Zeder and Eddins beat Duke's Andres Pedroso and William & Mary's Patrick Brown 6-1, 6-4 in the final of their first tournament together. They first met last week, when they were paired up in the doubles draw.


Asmussen''s daily diary

The Illinois football players aren't the only ones spending August in Rantoul. Staff writer Bob Asmussen, who covers UI football for The News-Gazette, is also a regular in the Pacesetter Community. His thoughts:


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