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Foursome a big catch for Grentz

   CHAMPAIGN  Nothing less than a Tauja Catchings broken ankle would have been required to wipe the smile off Theresa Grentz''s face Wednesday.

   With national letters of intent in hand, Grentz for the first time could speak publicly about the Illinois women''s basketball''s team new recruits. She failed to contain her giddiness, and it wasn''t hard to decipher why.

Illini Men's Basketball Report

ESPN IN TOWN:

The reunion of IHSA legends Frank Williams, Sergio McClain and Marcus Griffin is making national news.

Beitz sets record in win

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

So is Disa Johnson's school record for assists.

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 softball adds catcher

Erin Montgomery, who hit .431 last spring for Casey-Westfield's Class A state championship softball team, committed to Illinois. She selected the Illini over Missouri and Illinois State.

Illini make Melton feel like family

He doesn't get his picture in the program for another year, but Brett Melton already feels like a member of Lon Kruger's Illinois basketball team.

He's gone head-to-head with Cory Bradford and Sergio McClain at open gyms all over campus. He's hung out at the Melrose Apartments. And just last weekend, he drove in from Mahomet and accompanied Robert Archibald and Damir Krupalija to a women's volleyball match at Huff.

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.

Illini Women's Basketball Report

- FRESHEN UP:

When Theresa Grentz spent summer days watching films of last season, she found herself whispering advice. To herself.

The jolly green giant

   Two new head coaches. Five new McDonald''s All-Americans. And a new way for Bob Knight to get in trouble.

   About the only constant in Big Ten men''s basketball these days is the team to beat.

Illini Football Report

News and notes from Tuesday's practice: