Trip down memory lane

Tuesday's Rose Bowl will be Illinois' 15th postseason appearance. Staff writer Fred Kroner looks back at the previous 14:

Five to watch

Here are five Illini players and five Trojans to watch for in Tuesday's Rose Bowl:

Outlook: Rosy

Unsure where to give credit for a trip to Pasadena, Calif.? Staff writer Bob Asmussen hands out a dozen roses:

Illini rebirth

From the dark days following a Sugar Bowl loss to a remarkable run to the Rose Bowl, Illinois football has come a long way:

Tate: Can they keep it going?

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois, as one of 10 or 11 conference members in the modern era, has enjoyed a fair share of Big Ten football championship runs.

Just since 2000, for all the Illini problems, they've reached the Sugar Bowl and now the Rose Bowl. Looking back, they've managed to win or share the Big Ten title in every decade since the 1940s except the 1970s ... winning outright titles in 1946, 1951, 1963, 1983 and 2001, and sharing championship in 1953 and 1990.

Momentum swing

Ron Zook isn't the only one who saw a rebirth this season. Staff writer Bob Asmussen offers five others:

Comments about Ron Zook

Here are comments from people who have known Ron Zook through the years:

For Zook, it's been a long journey

Driving into Loudonville, Ohio, there is no mistaking the favorite son. It's written there in orange and blue on every major road coming into town:

"Home of HEAD COACH RON ZOOK University of Illinois Fighting Illini."

UI women's basketball game preview

Here's a look at today's 7 p.m. UI women's basketball game at Northwestern:

Faith in Illini leads area student to Pasadena

MAHOMET – All season, Illinois football fans have been trying to distinguish true Illini fans – those that stuck by the team through a 13-45 record over the previous five years – from the Johnny Come Latelys.

Count 18-year-old Michael Campion among the true fans.