With Illinois football nearing the 100 mark (96th) in the Sagarin computer ratings – and below the likes of Hampton, William & Mary and Appalachian State – don't blame a guy for seeking something positive on campus.
And perhaps we're seeing it in the steady development of Fess Hawkins on Lon Kruger's revamped basketball team.
Senior D.A. Points claimed his second consecutive tournament title as the Illini rallied for an 8-stroke victory over Notre Dame on Tuesday at the Persimmon Ridge Intercollegiate in Louisville, Ky.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. When Drew Brees played football in his back yard years ago, he pretended to be Joe Montana throwing to Jerry Rice, one of the most prolific combinations in football history.
But Montana quarterbacked at Notre Dame, one of Brees'' Purdue Boilermakers'' biggest rivals.
The 1988 Final Four was still weeks away when Kenny Battle started making plans to be at the '89 bash.
He was slumped in front of his locker at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum, still stinging from another early NCAA tournament exit.
UI PRACTICE NOTES
Why Purdue? Why not Illinois?
What series of events conspired to make Purdue a 27-point favorite at home Saturday when these teams were regarded as virtually even at the start of last season?
The answers are subjective and speculative. Here are some thoughts:
Forty-seven days left until one of the biggest moments in college football history. And the people in charge of the Bowl Championship Series still don''t know how it''s all going to work.
We know there''s a formula to decide the first I-A national title game. We know it''s complicated.
Illinois finally broke its Big Ten player of the week drought. It took a rusty offense to do it.
Punter Steve Fitts shared Big Ten special teams honors with Michigan punter Jason Vinson.
Larry Nuger's 71 propelled Illinois' men's golf team into second place after Monday's first round of the Persimmon Ridge Intercollegiate in Louisville, Ky. The Illini shot a 296, 8 strokes behind Notre Dame. The final round is today.
CHAMPAIGN – On a perfect Sunday afternoon, you couldn't find a quieter place than Memorial Stadium.
The Illinois players and coaches gathered for a 30-minute practice and barely made a peep. No laughing, no chatter.