UI spikers don't face day at beach

LONG BEACH, Calif. – If Brian Gimmillaro had his way, senior setter Misty May would wear a Long Beach State uniform for as long as she chose.

"We're trying to get her another year so we can keep her," Gimmillaro, the 49ers coach, joked this week before turning serious. "We hate to see her leave here. It's hard to think of her not being around."

Illinois tennis duo pulls rank

The Illinois doubles duo of Gavin Sontag and Jeff Laski, who started the season unranked, finished third in the nation in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association fall rankings.

Class of '99

Ron Turner's third Illinois football recruiting class is at seven and counting. Turner picked up two more commitments this week. The players expected to sign in February:

Center kept Illinois in passing lane

They'll never forget Nick Anderson's buzzer-beater at Indiana, Kenny Battle's in-your-face disgrace on Georgia Tech or Sean Higgins', ahem, push-off in Seattle.

But the move the Flyin' Illini remember most about 1988-89 happened 11 months before the Final Four, when center Jens Kujawa decided to skedaddle.

Illini memories

A look back at where the Flyin' Illini stood at this time 10 years ago:

Tate: Celebrating the all-time UI all-stars

If it seems too soon to choose the Illini's 20th century basketball all-stars, well ... consider this like getting a jump on New Year's Eve. It's so much fun, why not whoop it up early?

The rules for this celebration are simple: nobody before 1940.

Illini win commitment from Indiana recruit

Eugene Wilson didn't have the usual campus visit to Illinois. No Saturday basketball game. No crowd of players.

By the time the Merrillville, Ind., defensive back/receiver made it to campus, most of the other recruits were on their way home. Basketball games Friday and Saturday forced Wilson to postpone his trip until Sunday.

Tate: Seminoles deserving title shot

Florida State suffered a worse defeat – 24-7 to North Carolina State – than did Ohio State in its lone loss (28-24) to Michigan State.

But a deeper study confirms Bobby Bowden's Seminoles deserve the "championship game" slot opposite Tennessee on Jan. 4 in the Fiesta Bowl.

NCAA tourney tough sell for UI

CHAMPAIGN – The first two rounds of the NCAA tournament may have been a rousing success on the court for Illinois, but they were a puzzling disappointment at the gate.

Attendance last weekend for the two matches at Huff Hall ranked among the four smallest crowds at 4,500-seat Huff Hall this season. The opener Friday against Southwest Texas State drew 1,490. On Saturday, with a Sweet 16 berth on the line, No. 20 Illinois' victory over No. 17 Colorado attracted 1,403.

Not-so-easy grader

Forty-four college football teams received official bowl assignments Sunday. Illinois wasn't one of them.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Illini will spend the holidays at home. The last bowl trip came after the 1994 season. Illinois is 10-33-1 since.

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