Kittner tightens grip on quarterback job

   CHAMPAIGN  Ron Turner switched quarterbacks for the umpteenth time Saturday, sending Kirk Johnson in for Kurt Kittner with a quarter to go.

   Only this time, it wasn''t because Kittner had been bad.

Sour taste of defeat lingers for Illinois

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Fourteenth-ranked Illinois is off to an 0-2 start in its volleyball season, but it wasn't because of a lack of effort Saturday against North Carolina at the Long Beach State Tournament.

UI junior Betsy Spicer, a middle blocker, had 18 kills and 12 digs, but North Carolina won 15-12, 8-15, 15-3, 11-15, 15-9.

What a difference

   CHAMPAIGN  Somebody comb the Illini Union. Check the dorms. Look in Campustown.

   Find out what happened to the Illinois football team Saturday.

Smith allowed to breathe easy

CHAMPAIGN – Dwayne Smith is a wide receiver.

Period. End of discussion.

There's no more running back, no more quarterback, no more linebacker, no more safety, no more punter, no more kick returner.

UI makes move for heat's sake

Two years ago, Ron Turner moved the Illinois bench from the west side to the east side of Memorial Stadium. He wanted to get closer to the students and thought that was a good way to do it.

The problem with the east side: no air conditioning. With a 2:30 p.m. kickoff for the first two games, Turner has moved the team back to the shaded west stands.

Illini football Q&A

This week’s guest: LB Eric Guenther:

Rossow: Colangelo has rooting UI interest

Jerry Colangelo, a marketing role model if ever there was one, has some ideas on how his alma mater can make football fun again. But building a pool behind the south goal post at Memorial Stadium isn't one of them.

"I don't think that's going to work," said Colangelo, Class of '62 and Alumni Achievement Award winner in '97. "Let's try something else."

Senior subs an inspiration on Illinois squad

CHAMPAIGN – Roy Bardwell is old school. Brian Scott is Rudy. Nolan Nawrocki still carries the dream to play football on Sundays.

The Illini trio has a bond that goes beyond two-a-days, Red Grange and Chief Illiniwek. They are three fifth-year seniors, all walk-ons, who have stuck with the program through coaching changes and losing seasons despite receiving little, if any, playing time.

Illinois struggles in volleyball opener

Same arena, same outcome.

Illinois returned Friday to Long Beach State's Pyramid and, as was the case in last season's NCAA tournament, came away a loser. Eleventh-ranked Cal Santa Barbara swept the 14th-ranked Illini 15-5, 15-11, 15-5 at the Long Beach State Tournament.

Asmussen: Irish trip checked off to-do list

Growing up, the sports fan makes a list of must-see events. As you get older, they actually become possible.

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