Zook running out of patience

CHAMPAIGN – He raised his voice in a room with an echo. Had the Bielfeldt Building windows been open, they would have heard Ron Zook in Savoy.

The Illinois coach was unhappy with the first-game performance by unnamed veteran players.

Countdown to Western Illinois: 3 days

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Tate: Michigan off on the wrong foot

CHAMPAIGN – Michigan was embarrassed Saturday, and the Big Ten, struggling to locate cable outlets for its fledgling TV network, is wading through hard times.

Life, after all, is a struggle.

B-H, Wagoner go on the defensive

BISMARCK – On a volleyball team with veteran hitters and a veteran setter, there is a relative newcomer.

Senior Callie Wagoner fulfills a role for Bismarck-Henning's unbeaten Blue Devils which is as important as those of her experienced teammates.

Mehnert's miles ahead at this point

URBANA – She is the Twin City's top multisport athlete, and nowadays Urbana University High's Michelle Mehnert is using that variety to her advantage on the cross-country course.

An accomplished runner and swimmer, Mehnert captured her second straight Twin City cross-country title at Illini Meadows on Tuesday. Part of the reason she blew away the field – her teammate and runner-up Elaine Gu was 43 seconds back – was her cross training in the summer.

Tate: QB selection hit or miss for Illinois

CHAMPAIGN – Let's make one thing clear.

Juice Williams is and should be the Illini quarterback.

Miller says Illinois won't take WIU lightly after Michigan upset

CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois players heard the score. And they know what division the team they are playing Saturday comes from.

Appalachian State's stunner against Michigan puts every I-A school playing a I-AA team on double-secret alert. And I-AA Western Illinois visits Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Holdren, Meacham lift Illinois in foreign finale

MONTREAL – For Trent Meacham and Steve Holdren, the final game of the Illinois basketball team's preseason foreign tour was just like old times.

The former Centennial teammates combined for 39 points in a 107-103 double-overtime win against McGill University on Monday. Illinois finished the tour with a 3-1 record and a better grasp of where it stands about two months from the season opener Nov. 11 against Northeastern.

Countdown to Western Illinois: 4 days

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Williams back in business

CHAMPAIGN – No. 7 ran around like he always does. He threw passes. Listened to his coaches. Talked to teammates.

If you missed the Illinois-Missouri game Saturday, you would have never known that Juice Williams spent a few minutes on the Edward Jones Dome turf with an aching head. Or that he watched the rest of the game from the sideline, his vision in one eye blurred by a hard hit.