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What exactly does the Illinois basketball job have to offer?

Ron Guenther headed home Saturday after a one-week European vacation.

The next time he's in an airport, it could be to pick up his new men's basketball coach.

It's been 10 days since Lon Kruger said toodle-oo, and it might not even be that long before Illinois' athletic director has his replacement in place.

Rossow: UI's Turner committed to college

When the news of Lon Kruger leaving Illinois began to leak last week, Ron Turner was at Willard Airport, luggage in one hand and a ticket to Atlanta in another.

Consider it bad timing.

Felicien earns more All-America honors

DURHAM, N.C. – Illinois freshman Perdita Felicien capped her first season with more All-American honors Saturday at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships.

What's your guess?

Think Coach K''s bought land near Mahomet? Heard Rick Majerus has reserved a suite at the Park Inn? Thought you saw Pitino at Minneci''s?

As Ron Guenther searches for a new coach to replace Lon Kruger, The News-Gazette wants your picks. Click here to vote (if you pick the winner, you may win a Marching Illini CD). We''ll run selected responses each day Today''s sampling:

Third-place showing gives UI hurdler Olympic aspirations

   DURHAM, N.C.  There will be no national championship for Sherman Armstrong this year.

   But if there were previous doubts about his Olympic candidacy, there can be none now.

   The Illinois junior finished third in the 400-meter hurdles Friday night at the NCAA Track and Field Championships. More notably, his time of 48.61 seconds ranks fifth in the world this year.

Asmussen: Your guess is as good as mine

It's easy to tell there is a coaching search going on at Illinois. Just check out my desk.

Media guides piled high, each with a different candidate inside. Basketball magazines, newspapers and Internet printouts cover the desk, which isn't visible.

Illinois athletic director Ron Guenther is expected back in town today after a week of wind, rain and golf in Scotland.

Faulkner opts to leave before second season

GLEN ELLYN – Illinois' crowded backcourt isn't quite as crowded anymore.

Guard Kristi Faulkner is leaving the Illinois women's basketball team after one season. Faulkner said she plans to obtain her release next week and begin searching for a new school.

UI softball under construction

CHAMPAIGN – The first Illinois softball team was history. So, too, was the status of many varsity players on the inaugural team.

Coach Terri Sullivan had postseason individual meetings with the 25 athletes who played this spring for the Illini. Five players were invited to return for a fall tryout. Four were asked unconditionally to be a part of next year's Illini team, the first one to play a Big Ten schedule. None were offered scholarships.

Illini must rebuild  with or without Anderson

CHAMPAIGN – Will Jason Anderson and Chris Basak turn pro or return for their senior season?

Will pitchers Matt Vorwald, Justin Olson and Joe Ziemba recover from injuries?

Will solid replacements be found for longtime infield starters Craig Marquie and D.J. Svihlik?

Illini freshman spins record

DURHAM, N.C. – Illinois hurdlers Perdita Felicien and Sherman Armstrong continued their sparkling seasons Thursday at the NCAA Track and Field Championships.

Felicien, a freshman, blazed to a career-best 12.91-second clocking in the preliminaries of the women's 100-meter hurdles, finishing second in her heat and advancing to today's semifinals.