NO WORRIES: Offensive tackle Tony Pashos is practicing with a slightly sore leg. He missed a few drills Wednesday.
"He's fine," Illinois coach Ron Turner said. "He'll be full speed tomorrow, ready to go. He did a lot of work."
The folks at ABC haven't lost the address to Memorial Stadium, it just seems that way.
On Saturday, the network broadcasts an Illinois football game for the first time in three-plus years. The last ABC appearance was Sept. 7, 1996, when the Illini lost 55-3 to Southern Cal. Maybe we can understand why ABC hasn't been back.
CHAMPAIGN – Illinois basketball fans might have to wait a while before getting their next glimpse at Frank Williams.
The redshirt freshman point guard missed his second straight day of practice Wednesday while tending to unspecified academic matters and could be held out of tonight's Orange and Blue Scrimmage if they're not resolved, coach Lon Kruger said.
GAME TIME: Jerrance Howard's out. Frank Williams is iffy. And unless Damir Krupalija's ankle's feeling better than it was Wednesday, he too may miss tonight's Orange and Blue Scrimmage.
Lon Kruger's depleted Illini tip it off at 7 p.m. at the Assembly Hall.
- PRACTICE BANTER:
The most vocal Illini during preseason workouts is senior Susan Blauser, constantly offering encouragement and tips for her teammates. It's a role the talkative Blauser is comfortable with.
- UP IN THE AIR:
One Illini starter faces a strong test this week to keep his job. Senior cornerback Johnny Rogers is being challenged in practice by junior college transfer Trayvon Waller. During the fourth quarter of the Michigan game, Waller worked in Rogers' place and as a fifth defensive back.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – A year before his famous leap, LaVar Arrington took a long walk on the Memorial Stadium turf. And turned nostalgic.
As a freshman in 1997, the Penn State star linebacker made two tackles late in the game against Illinois. He got Rob Majoy on a kickoff. He tackled Elmer Hickman after a 16-yard gain. A sign of things to come.
It's been years since we've had so much Illini football to chew on, bouncing from so far down one week to so far up the next.
But before kneeling at Joe Paterno's altar and planning keep-it-close speeches, let's agree that, however a contest turns out, the first 58 minutes can't be discounted in the evaluation.
- WILLIAMS OUT:
Frank Williams wasn't around for Tuesday's practice, coach Lon Kruger saying the point guard "has some academic things to take care of."
For years, Crystal McAdam's mother pointed out her old college residence on family trips to Champaign-Urbana.
Now Karla McAdam, Class of '81, has reason to make regular stops at another spot on the Illinois campus: the IMPE Building. Starting next fall, her daughter will be a regular in the IMPE Pool as a member of Jim Lutz's Illini women's swim team.