Buckeyes building more than tradition

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The work at Ohio Stadium begins immediately after today's game. Illinois coach Ron Turner isn't surprised the school is adding more seats.

"They've got to keep up with everybody else," Turner said after the team's Friday walkthrough at the stadium.

Illini women''s basketball report

   UI boss Theresa Grentz said her recent contract extension helped allay the fears of potential recruits who wondered if she would be around for the duration of their careers.

Illini Football report

News and notes from Thursday''s practice.

Smooth move

CHAMPAIGN – As a youngster, Walter Young went next door to Rick East High School and watched great prep quarterbacks like Jason Stanicek, Jamie Pass and Quincy Woods.

Young and cousin Greg Lewis, both aspiring quarterbacks, threw passes to each other in the park. Young was bigger, so he got the edge when football turned to wrestling.

Illini Insider

News-Gazette staff writer Jeff Huth's review and preview of University of Illinois sports.

Illini''s training as good as gold

   CHAMPAIGN  Either there was a bad phone connection or Sarah McClennan was having some fun at her younger brother''s expense.

   Did Scott McClennan really hear that Miruts Yifter, a two-time Olympic champion from Ethiopia, was coaching Sarah and other members of her triathlon club in Canada?

UI wrestling nabs recruits

Paul Collum of Romeoville High School and Mark Jayne of Elyria, Ohio, signed national letters of intent with Illinois coach Mark Johnson's wrestling program.

Tatelines: Patience a necessity for recruits

Lon Kruger doesn't view new Illini signees Brett Melton and Nick Smith as "basketball projects."

But those two will need patience and perseverance. Even as Cleotis Brown and Victor Chukwudebe complete their Illini eligibility, Kruger will be two-deep in mature, experienced talent a year from now. The 2000-01 club should be the UI's best since 1988-89.

Illini Football Report

News and notes from Wednesday's practice:

It's official: Cornerback Tony Francis is out for the week because of a concussion sustained against Iowa.

Beitz sets record in win

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Illinois' losing streak is history.

So is Disa Johnson's school record for assists.