Ex-Illini thermometer

Who''s hot and who''s not.

Polling place: Players give inside stuff on Big Ten football

The best team (Purdue) went 8-3. The projected cellar dweller (Northwestern) had the same record. And Joe Paterno finished with a losing record.

Nothing is like it’s supposed to be in the conference with too many teams for its name.

UI women''s basketball box score

&lbsp;Tennessee 111, Illinois 62

Illini women can't duck dunk

The Illinois' women's basketball team became a footnote in history Saturday but not in a way it would prefer.

Second-ranked Tennessee whacked No. 21 Illinois 111-62 in the final of the inaugural Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii, the UI's largest defeat since a 112-49 drubbing by Purdue in 1991, the worst loss in school history.

Turner earns extra work

While his players will spend the holidays at home, Illinois coach Ron Turner will be on the sidelines for Christmas.

Turner will be the offensive head coach for the Blue squad in the annual Blue-Gray Classic in Montgomery, Ala. The game will be televised by ABC (WAND locally) at 11 a.m.

Tate: Turner likes state's best at Memorial

If the 61-23 collapse at Northwestern is negatively impacting Illini football recruiting, you couldn't tell it from Ron Turner Saturday.

"I don't see that at all," said the UI coach, bouncing between rain-splattered contests and in-office meetings with coaches, prospects and parents.

Hardin, UI vow to regroup

The 2000 volleyball season ended in fitting fashion for Illinois coach Don Hardin.

One of the toughest seasons in recent history ended with a five-game loss to Big Ten foe Indiana at Huff Hall on Saturday night.

Illini seeking help for ailing Williams

CHAMPAIGN – Frank Williams, who missed Saturday's practice because of the flu, might not play today.

Texas Southern certainly benefits. But can Illinois, too?

UI women''s basketball box score

Illinois 73, Alcorn State 56

Penn State bounces UI spikers

Penn State's eighth-ranked Nittany Lions shook off strong performances by Illinois' Shadia Haddad and Betsy Spicer on Friday, posting a 15-10, 15-5, 15-7 volleyball victory at Huff Hall.

Illinois led 8-4 in the opening game, but Penn State chipped away behind Mishka Levy (16 kills) and Katie Schumacher (12 kills), sister of Illinois linebacker Jerry Schumacher.