WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – It didn't take long for the Illini secondary to learn why Drew Brees entered Saturday's homecoming game with 2,359 aerial yards, an astonishing 838 more than the Big Ten runner-up.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A week of role playing paid off for Kirk Johnson on Saturday.
The Illinois junior spent part of his practice time impersonating Purdue quarterback Drew Brees. The Illini coaches wanted Johnson to give the defense a good feeling for the Boilermaker star.
Illinois tennis players Royce Ramey and Ben Schreiber each won two matches Saturday at the Fighting Illini Fall Invitational.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Let's hope Rob Majoy, a bright finance major, lands a job on Wall Street.
Or that English major J.P. Machado goes on to teach the subject in high school.
Or that George McDonald-Ashford, who is studying community health, one day takes a stethoscope to work.
Game statistics for Saturday''s Illinois-Purdue game
Lon Kruger has eight days to decide whether any Illini will sit out the season as a redshirt.
You're never sure what to expect when an NFL general manager calls you into his office in midseason. Good news or bad? Pink slip or pay raise?
Former Illini linebacker John Holecek had a good feeling when Buffalo Bills GM John Butler summoned him a week ago. Butler wanted to talk contract, and Holecek said OK. Before he knew it, Butler and Holecek's agent, Brian Kelley, worked out a deal.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The dangers of stacking your chips on the shoulders of a freshman quarterback became real Saturday at Purdue.
For the third week in a row, Schaumburg rookie Kurt Kittner failed to generate a point, and for the second week in a row he was removed. In his last six quarters of play, the Illini plebe shows three lost fumbles and three interceptions. He has completed 45 percent of his passes this season for a team that has topped 45 percent just once in eight games.
If Cory Bradford wants to know what it's going to take to make it to the NBA, all he has to do is hang around after practice and watch.
When Bradford and the Illini are through with the floor each morning, former Milwaukee Buck, Atlanta Hawk, Charlotte Hornet, Portland Trail Blazer, New Jersey Net and Detroit Piston Steve Henson takes it over.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After being outscored 78-3 the last two weeks, Illinois football coach Ron Turner was willing to try anything.
Change the quarterback.
Send in a new running back.
Shake up the defense.
He even tried superstition.