This week''s topic: At this point of the basketball seeason, who is Big Ten Coach of the Year?

Former Illini earn kudos

Today, Illinois will announce details of the celebration of its 100th season of basketball.

On Sunday, the Illini tradition added a possible new chapter.

Letter RIP

We asked our online readers what Illinois must do to beat Wisconsin on Wednesday. Some responses:

Illini continue to struggle in close, winnable games this season

CHAMPAIGN – In a season filled with losses, Illinois coach Theresa Grentz frequently has mentioned a concept her team is lacking. It never showed more than in Sunday''s 63-54 defeat against No. 10 Minnesota.

"I don''t know if sometimes we really believe we deserve to win," Grentz said.

Asmussen: Replay might have an instant impact

There will be no red flags pitched by angry coaches. And no officials ducking under a hood to look at a television monitor.

When the Big Ten brings instant replay to college football officiating, the system won''t be as high tech.

Tate: Politics will have impact on UI future

Whether it is Bill Clinton or George W. Bush in the Oval Office, for all our groans and complaints, the magical business of government purrs along.

Sure, the jobless rate fluctuates and the bureaucracy grows, and our troops wind up on too many foreign shores, but essentially the wheel keeps turning.

Gymnasts make point

Setting eight school records, Illinois posted the nation''s top score in beating Illinois-Chicago in men''s gymnastics Saturday night at Huff Hall.

The UI set school records on pommel horse (38.150), parallel bars (36.600) and high bar (38.000).

From Cook to ''Rook''

INDIANAPOLIS – The NBA''s most recognizable, imposing figure stands nearby and chats. Vanessa Williams'' husband shows him post moves. The league''s all-time greatest coach offers advice.

Just another day in the humdrum life of Brian Cook.

Bob''s random thoughts

We shouldn''t be surprised that a federal judge ruled in favor of Maurice Clarett and against the NFL. We should be surprised that it took so long.

Not much is certain as March Madness looms

The NCAA tournament captivates us every spring, with our office pools and frat-house parties.

For one month every year, it''s the center of the American sporting universe.