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Better than Grange? Not a ghost of a chance

He doesn't have the most yards in school history. He doesn't have the most touchdowns. And he is falling quickly off the career rushing chart.

But ask anybody "Who was the greatest Illinois player of the 20th century?" and the answer comes back loud and clear: Red Grange.

The readers have spoken. And now we will.

No secret: Agents are out there

CHAMPAIGN – The moment Illinois linebacker Danny Clark finishes his last game this season, he will become a free agent.

It's not so much with NFL teams yet. He'll have agents trying to earn his trust and his signature.

Rossow: No reason for UI to get too excited

   If Ron Turner needed to remind his team about not letting down for San Diego State, all he had to do was bring the Illini outside his Memorial Stadium office after Saturday''s romp and show them the left rear tire of his Chrysler.

   Flat.

Kittner tightens grip on quarterback job

   CHAMPAIGN  Ron Turner switched quarterbacks for the umpteenth time Saturday, sending Kirk Johnson in for Kurt Kittner with a quarter to go.

   Only this time, it wasn''t because Kittner had been bad.

What a difference

   CHAMPAIGN  Somebody comb the Illini Union. Check the dorms. Look in Campustown.

   Find out what happened to the Illinois football team Saturday.

Tate: Optimism tempered by reality

   What do we know about Illini football today that we didn''t know Saturday morning?

   First, we must agree with Ron Turner that Saturday''s opening triumph was a highly focused effort.

Illini flip over Wilson

   CHAMPAIGN  Fool me once, shame on you.

   Fool me twice, the next one is going for a touchdown.

Dean''s number comes up

   If you''ve seen Steve Martin''s "Bowfinger" at the Savoy 16, that''s Eddie Murphy playing two outrageous parts.

   And if you saw the Illini on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, you weren''t seeing double. There were two UI players  senior receiver Michael Dean and freshman safety Marc Jackson  wearing the same No. 1 jersey. One of them, Dean, excelled as a pass catcher. The other, Jackson, blocked a punt in his first UI game.

Ex-illini enjoying super ride

DENVER – Cyron Brown learned a lot about the business end of pro football during his rookie season last year.

He's learning one of the crueler lessons this year. Brown, who starred at Western Illinois after transferring from Illinois, has earned a spot on the Denver Broncos' defense.

Sour taste of defeat lingers for Illinois

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Fourteenth-ranked Illinois is off to an 0-2 start in its volleyball season, but it wasn't because of a lack of effort Saturday against North Carolina at the Long Beach State Tournament.

UI junior Betsy Spicer, a middle blocker, had 18 kills and 12 digs, but North Carolina won 15-12, 8-15, 15-3, 11-15, 15-9.