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Who's that Illini?

I hold the Illini football record for rushing yardage in a single season. In 2002, I gained 1,330 to break Robert Holcombe's 6-year-old record. That senior season marked the third consecutive year that I led Illinois in rushing. I finished my career with 2,985 ground yards, ranking second to Holcombe in that category.

Spring in his step

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Justin Spring enjoyed his stay at this weekend's Big Ten men's gymnastics meet at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The NCAA meet in two weeks could be even more fun.

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Brett Dawson's look at Illinois returning players for next season:

Weber waiting on big things

CHAMPAIGN – When Robert Archibald was a sophomore in 2000, the big Scot played an average of three minutes over Illinois' last 13 basketball games. Lon Kruger gave him a bare minute in each of Illinois' NCAA tournament games against Penn and Florida.

Two years later he closed a splendid career with 25 points in an 87-81 tournament loss to Arizona.

Spring break no vacation

The lights are out at the Ubben Basketball Complex.

Out on the men's basketball court, a lone spotlight shines on the Illinois logo at center court. But it's spring break, and with the Illini scattered, there's no activity on the court on a cool, cloudy Thursday morning.

Inside the men's basketball offices, it's a different story.

Spring football is in the air

We asked beat writer Bob Asmussen to preview Illinois' spring practice and to examine the Big Ten and national scene:

Hartleb's squad sizzles in the sun

BRADENTON, Fla. – Illinois baseball coach Dan Hartleb's squad has been as hot as the spring weather in Florida.

Dave Schultz had four hits, including two home runs, to lead the Illini to their sixth consecutive win, 19-12 against Cornell on Friday.

Who's that Illini?

I am the greatest high jumper in the the history of Illini men's track and field. I hold school records both outdoors (7 feet, 3 inches) and indoors (7-3). I'm the last Illini to win a Big Ten title in the event, capturing the league indoor crown in 1981. My highest NCAA finish was fifth at the 1979 outdoor meet. A graduate of Sycamore High, I hold the IHSA state meet Class AA record of 7-3, set in the 1977 finals.

Spring chasing conference crown

CHAMPAIGN – He's a two-time NCAA champion. A seven-time All-American. A 2005 U.S. high bar champion. A current member of the U.S. National Team. A past World Championships competitor.

For all that Justin Spring has accomplished in gymnastics since arriving on Illinois' campus, the senior does have one noticeably sparse entry on an otherwise jam-packed resume.

What to watch

News-Gazette staff writer Jeff Huth offers three storylines apiece on this weekend's Big Ten Championships gymnastics meets: