Illinois' Jennifer McGaffigan and Tennessee's Wade Orr were named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's summer circuit players of the year.
In a perfect world for the Illinois football team, there would be no plane to catch Friday, no long bus ride to the hotel and no chance to see Fisherman's Wharf.
In a perfect world for the Illinois football players, they would eat dinner at the Champaign Country Club before pulling up the covers at Urbana's Park Inn. They would wake up Saturday morning, make the short ride to Memorial Stadium and play in front of their own fans.
CHAMPAIGN – Emily Brown's name is all over the record books for the Illinois women's soccer team. Unfortunately for the Illini, it's nowhere to be found on the roster.
During the team's recent trip to England, the program's all-time leading scorer announced she was leaving the team for "personal reasons." So Illinois begins its 2001 season Friday afternoon at Iowa State without its two-time All-Big Ten performer.
It was Labor Day in 1989, and Illini coach John Mackovic still was unhappy about losing the neutral site, Moscow, for the "Glasnost Bowl" football opener with Southern Cal.
Illinois trailed 13-0 midway in the fourth quarter at the Los Angeles Coliseum when Jeff George's long pass deflected off a defender and directly to Shawn Wax for a 53-yard touchdown. Minutes later, with 2:19 on the clock, George capped an 80-yard drive with a 20-yard TD pass to Steven Williams for a 14-13 upset of a Top-10 foe.
Don't blame Mario Ivy if he looks a bit confused during practice. The junior college transfer has had a lot on his mind.
Like two positions. He started training camp as a linebacker, moved to defensive end and is now back at linebacker.
ST. LOUIS – Slowly but surely, it's all coming back to Robert Holcombe. The reads, the routes, just "carrying the rock" are becoming more and more familiar.
After two years as the St. Louis Rams starting fullback, the former Illinois star switched back to tailback this preseason. That was his position as Holcombe became the Illini's all-time leading rusher and where he started the Rams' 1998 season opener.
CHAMPAIGN – It's unlikely Illinois basketball players will use props during their games this season, and the schedule doesn't include the Washington Generals.
But the Illini have this Globetrotter act down.
MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – At one point during Duke's reunion game Friday night, coach Mike Krzyzewski had his former players try to reenact magical moments in Blue Devil basketball history.
When it came time for Christian Laettner to replicate The Shot, the miraculous turnaround jumper that beat Kentucky in the 1992 NCAA tournament, he missed.
CHAMPAIGN – There will be no billboards on Neil Street. No magnets sent out. No mousepads going to voters.
If Kurt Kittner wins the Heisman Trophy in 2001, it will be thanks to his work on the field. Period.
It's doubtful any Illinois volleyball player was looking forward to the annual alumni match more than Lydia Gard.
Anything to get on the same side of the net as teammate and fellow middle blocker Lisa Argabright.