Tate: UI forecast not as bad as you think

Opinions deserve review when more information becomes available.

Republicans call this flip-flopping. Others might say it is assimilating fresh intelligence.

Illinois football practice report

Two days left before the Minnesota game and Ron Turner still doesn''t have a starting quarterback.

Maybe today, Turner said. Or maybe Saturday.

Q&A: Garrett Chaussard

Each week, Tony Bleill will chat with an Illinois athlete. Today''s guest: Garrett Chaussard.

Illini Insider

A look at University of Illinois sports:

UI women ranked 27th

Karen Harvey''s Illinois women''s cross-country team received its first national ranking in program history, debuting at No. 27 in the latest FinishLynx top 30 poll.

UI men''s basketball practice report

Illinois took a day off Wednesday, and probably needed it, given the aching and the soreness.

And that''s just for Bruce Weber.

Illinois football practice report

Three quarterbacks went into Tuesday''s practice as potential starters for Saturday and three quarterbacks left practice with a chance.

Illinois coach Ron Turner will pick between sophomores Tim Brasic and Chris Pazan and redshirt freshman Brad Bower.

Upon further review, Big Ten coaches favor new system

The returns are in. And the incumbent looks like he is keeping his job. Of course, there might be some changes in his administration.

We aren''t talking about the president or mayor or state senator. We''re talking about instant replay. Filling out the ballots: Big Ten coaches.

Illini up to 19th

The Illinois women''s soccer team rose five spots in the latest national rankings after going 1-0-1 last weekend.

Janet Rayfield''s Illini are 19th in the NSCAA/adidas Top 25, which was announced Tuesday. Illinois (11-4-1) defeated Purdue and tied Indiana in Big Ten home matches since the last poll.

Tate: Weber''s way with words refreshing

It isn''t clear what distraught Illini football fans want Ron Turner to say, but they seem annoyed by what many consider his blind optimism.

His weekly pronouncements – "This can still be a good team ... once we find a way (a win), our confidence will take off" – draws a collective "aarrgh" from the worn and weary.