Who''s that Illini?

As a sophomore in 1953, I led the nation in rushing and broke the Big Ten record with 1,256 yards. A consensus All-American and seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting that season, I battled injuries as a junior before going to the Canadian Football League. That led to a 10-year NFL career with the Chicago Bears, where I was the team''s interceptions leader three times. I returned to the UI in 1967 for a 10-year run as an assistant coach and later coached the Urbana High football team. In 1980, I was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Graduation Gap: Staying the course

It's hard for any parent to hear stories of their child suffering through racial comments and disrespect. It's harder to be unable to stop or personally soothe the situation because their child's two hours away from home.

But Rosalba and Jesus Priego knew they needed to give their daughter, Jacky, sage advice, or she would leave the University of Illinois.

Dancer hasn''t had time to catch his breath yet

URBANA – As he finishes a telephone call, new Illinois men''s tennis coach Brad Dancer walks outside his office and notices a little surprise on his door overlooking the indoor courts at Atkins Tennis Center.

A sign with Dancer''s name has been placed in the slot reserved for the head tennis coach.

He''d be Lion if he said it wasn''t fun

CHAMPAIGN – No, Sean Bubin hasn''t attended extravagant parties or rubbed shoulders with celebrities. He hasn''t seen anyone saw a car in half like on "Any Given Sunday" or kickers smoking on the field as in "The Replacements."

After a year in the NFL, the vacationing Bubin has gotten all kinds of questions from friends back home. Bubin, who calls himself a "small fish," bursts their bubble a little bit.

Buckeyes fan still finds room to love Illinois

INDIANAPOLIS – Kosta Koufos couldn''t pry himself from the TV when Illinois'' perfect season was ruined in early March at Ohio State.

His mother and father graduated from Ohio State, so it''s not hard to imagine the excitement the North Canton, Ohio, native felt as his favorite team upset the Illini.

He''s always been tall, but Caldwell has matured

INDIANAPOLIS – Brian Carlwell knew he had this in him.

He had a feeling that he could compete against the best, that he could earn a college scholarship, that he could make the dream of playing professional sports a tangible future reality.

A recruiting chat with Adam Soebbing

Today''s guest: Sherman Dillard.

The Big Ten

We''re not in the business of ranking players, but while we were watching Illinois recruit Brian Carlwell go up against some of the nation''s best prep players, 10 guys caught our eye at the Nike All-America Camp. Our personal favorites:

Injuries put UI on hold

INDIANAPOLIS – James Augustine should have some answers Monday. Dee Brown will have to wait a little longer.

That was the report from Bruce Weber on Saturday night, when he made his second appearance at the Nike All-America Camp.

Brian''s random thoughts

Ken Dilger still is floating around as a free agent. There''s been talk he could re-sign with Tampa Bay, which actually has a glut of tight ends, or even retire.