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The following players have made commitments to join Ron Zook's Illinois football team in 2007:

Ogren places ninth at invite

TOLEDO, Ohio – Illinois junior Mark Ogren carded a 3-over-par 74 Tuesday and finished ninth at the sixth annual Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational.

Brown enters kill zone

CHAMPAIGN – When Vicki Brown squared off Tuesday night against a team from her home state, it was nothing personal.

Truth is, the Illinois middle blocker has been treating virtually all opponents the way she did Dayton in this nonconference match at Huff Hall – with tunnel-vision efficiency.

Tate: Recruiting and losing a tricky mix

CHAMPAIGN – Ron Zook's unrelenting, nonstop personality brought 28 new faces into the Illini football program this year.

With this infusion of athleticism, the sweeping Illinois attitude quickly became "when," not "if."

Bob Asmussen's insider

News-Gazette beat writer Bob Asmussen's weekly look at the game he loves:

More double-talk for Illini: Punter

CHAMPAIGN – You know there isn't going to be a change at quarterback for Illinois. No change at punter, either.

"Kyle (Yelton) is our punter," Illinois coach Ron Zook said. "Kyle's got the ability to do it. We've got to make sure we protect him and let him do it."

Get well soon: Zook's wishes for Indiana coach

CHAMPAIGN – In early August in Chicago, they were talking and enjoying each other's company. Just like they have for years.

But on Oct. 7, Ron Zook likely won't get to shake hands with longtime friend and Indiana coach Terry Hoeppner.

Illini runners sixth in poll

CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois women's cross-country team was ranked sixth today in the first U.S. Track and Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association poll of the season.

Karen Harvey's team returns All-American Cassie Hunt and All-Big Ten runners Stephanie Simms and Katie Engel from the group that finished fifth in the NCAA Championships in 2005.

Illini not making excuses for blowout

CHAMPAIGN – The unhappy feelings didn't go away during a two-hour plane ride home. Or during a restless Saturday night.

Two days after a humbling 33-0 loss at Rutgers, the Illinois football players still were trying to figure out what went wrong. And keep it from happening again.

Ex-Illini hurdlers in top four

STUTTGART, Germany – Two former Illini women's hurdlers placed in the top four Sunday at the IAAF World Athletics Final.