There might be no secret weapon like Brandon Lloyd poised to burst forth in an Illini football jersey this season.
Those guys don't come along very often.
Illinois coach Ron Turner planned to get home Thursday night in plenty of time to see his favorite program: college football.
He had a particular interest in the 9 p.m. game on ESPN2. Illinois'' next opponent, San Diego State, hosted Arizona State.
Echols has immediate decisions
Can you imagine a scenario whereby the father, with whom Najeeb Echols resides, would be required to move outside Chicago's city limits to make Echols eligible to play basketball at a Catholic school in the city?
CHAMPAIGN – Ask what the three Rs stand for and most folks will say reading, writing and 'rithmetic.
Ask Illinois volleyball fans the same question, and they might say retention, revival and recruiting.
The top two Illinois tacklers from a year ago are gone. Danny Clark is playing in the NFL, and Eric Guenther is working in the athletic department while waiting for the XFL to start.
Cary Franklin and Oliver Greydon''s stay at the U.S. Open was a short one.
Former Illinois defensive tackle Garrett Johnson, who was released Sunday by New England, will work with the Patriots on their practice squad.
Just the articles
We weren''t allowed to look at it, but Loren Tate told us Illinois is ranked 16th according to Playboy.
Though it''s just late August, the October issue arrived in the mail Tuesday. Illini offensive lineman Marques Sullivan made the preseason All-America team.