Finals were over. His team already had clinched the conference title. So Jim Schmitz figured it was time to give his Eastern Illinois baseball team a treat.
It will probably be the last.
CHAMPAIGN – Just because Andy Schutzenhofer has been an Illinois baseball player for only two years doesn't mean he's not up on his Illini history.
Postseason history, that is.
CHAMPAIGN – Larry Crews is the only reminder of the Illinois softball team's past.
Before there was a varsity team, he coached the Illini when softball was a club sport.
Here's what Nate Mast knows about his upcoming role as student assistant for the Illinois men's basketball team.
– He won't call any plays (that's the scoop from Bill Self).
Adam Tirapelle, John Lockhart and Matt Lackey have been named National Wrestling Coaches Association First-Team Academic All-Americans.
CHAMPAIGN – One word describes Terri Sullivan's role with the University of Illinois softball team:
Another word can be used to describe her daily outlook:
Shortstop Lindsey Hamma, who leads the Illinois softball team in hitting with a .319 average, was given the Slugger Award on Monday, one of eight Illini to receive postseason honors.
URBANA – It was progress. Just not what Mike Small and his Illinois men's golf team had in mind entering the Big Ten tournament.
"They didn't have the success they anticipated or hoped for," Small said after the Illini finished 10th Sunday at Stone Creek Golf Club.
URBANA – Who says the Northwestern men's golf team is Luke Donald and four no-names?
"Everybody," Wildcats redshirt sophomore Chris Thayer said. "Next year it's going to be five no-names. And that's fine. Bring it on.
"I hate to say it, but we didn't need him today."
In his former life, Mike Small would be wrapping up a week's stay in Raleigh, N.C., today.
Wouldn't have seen much of the city. Too busy getting acquainted with the TPC at Wakefield Plantation. That's the Hale Irwin-designed golf course that plays host to the Buy.com Tour's Carolina Classic.