Asmussen: Excursions a hit, miss at Eastern

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.

This is jeopardy

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.

Ex-club coach helps UI softball grow into power

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.

Rossow: UI's Mast an assistant in progress

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).

Illini wrestlers honored

Adam Tirapelle, John Lockhart and Matt Lackey have been named National Wrestling Coaches Association First-Team Academic All-Americans.

Sullivan confident about Illini

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:


UI softball awards work

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.

Illini walking before they run

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.

Wildcats pick up Cool Hand Luke, take team title

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."

Former Illini golfer tries to lead program back to elite status

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 Tour's Carolina Classic.