Tatelines: Irish, Illini mixing it up in basketball

In the 10 seasons prior to coach John McLeod's departure in 1999, Notre Dame became a “nonfactor” on the Division I basketball scene.

Unbelievably, the Irish won just 134 of 291 games (46 percent) before All-American Troy Murphy lifted them into the 20-win category the last two years. It took a late three-pointer to keep Notre Dame out of the NCAA Sweet 16 last March.

Illinois Football Practice Report

Field Trip

Fresh Troops

Cory Flisakowski didn''t think he would be the first member of his recruiting class to get out on the field. But there the freshman fullback was Saturday afternoon in Berkeley, Calif., lining up with the kickoff return teeam.

Tate: Cal defense no gauge for UI offense

   "Cal''s unique. I don''t think we''ll see a defense like that again this season."

 Illini quarterback Kurt Kittner

   Before handing the Biletnikoff Trophy to Brandon Lloyd and the O''Brien Trophy to Kittner, understand that major offensive adjustments will soon be in order for the Illini.

Illini Lloyd receives honor

Brandon Lloyd's opening game of the 2001 season impressed his teammates, coaches and opponent. Now, the Big Ten has joined the list of fans.

Illinois continues streak of success away from Big Ten

CHAMPAIGN – In case you haven't been counting, Saturday's blowout at California makes it eight nonconference wins in a row for the Illinois football team. Pretty good for a school that went 2-7 out of the Big Ten from 1996 to '98.

Why the run? The Illini aren't sure.

The Day After

Every game has a defining moment when the outcome is established. Here is the play from Saturday's Illinois-California game:

Lloyd's return gives Illinois swagger in win over Cal

BERKELEY, Calif. – Before the game even started, Brandon Lloyd started celebrating. He must have known what was coming.

As California prepared to kick off, Lloyd raced toward the corner of the end zone. He looked into the section of Illinois fans, put his hands to his ear holes and asked for some noise.

Rossow: Questions answered in runaway

BERKELEY, Calif. – It's dangerous to make assumptions based on a game against Cal, which is Top 25 in things like crew, rugby and skateboarding but lately plays football like it's in some of the thickest fog in these parts.

But Illinois did enough good things in Saturday's 44-17 day at the beach that the Illini would have cruised even if Cal figured out how to run a quarterback sneak. Or stop one.

Illini power way to title

FAIRFAX, Va. – Middle blocker Lisa Argabright was named tournament MVP as Illinois' volleyball team remained perfect this season, defeating George Washington and William & Mary on Saturday at the Patriot Invitational.

Dietz: Ex-Illini holding breath

Labor Day weekend never meant so much to several former Illinois football players.

While you're working the grill or chilling by the pool or lining up that birdie putt on No. 18, eight ex-Illini rookies await the biggest news of their football lives.