Johnson finds more pain in loss

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Three weeks ago, Penn State hurt Illinois quarterback Kirk Johnson. He didn't find out how bad until 13 days later.

Johnson suffered two broken ribs in a 27-0 loss to the Nittany Lions. He didn't even know they were broken as he completed 21 of 28 passes against Indiana.

Illini's NCAA hopes alive despite defeat

CHAMPAIGN – Mary Coleman remembers the thrill of high competition, the intensity of NCAA postseason volleyball. As a freshman starter on Illinois' 1995 team, she helped lead the Illini to the tournament.

Following Saturday night's home loss to No. 8 Wisconsin, Coleman said chances of returning are still strong.

Dietz: Ex-Illini hopes for hard-hitting ministry

Being the gunner on a punt team and preaching the Gospel seem like different worlds.

But here's Scott Turner, flying down the football field looking to bust heads each Sunday. And there's Turner speaking to youths and spreading the word.

Two UI wrestlers claim crowns

University of Illinois sophomores Adam Tirapelle and Ben King won titles Saturday in the St. Louis Open wrestling tournament.

UI women check out fine

CHAMPAIGN – Don't ask Illini guard Lisa Guarneri to explain the finer points of the NCAA's new rules concerning hand checking.

"I don't know. It's this weird thing with the elbow ... I don't know," she said, bearing a look of disdain. "I never really get that close. Maybe somebody like Tauja ... My defense isn't good enough to be like that yet. I'm not much of a hand checker."

Ziegler may change shirts

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Four Michigan natives made the trip to Michigan State with the Illinois football team. One of them might not be back.

Quarterback Jeff Ziegler, a redshirt freshman quarterback from Jackson, said he is considering a transfer. Strongly considering it.

Grange’s reputation still tops

Former Illinois great Red Grange still is picking up honors.

The three-time All-America halfback, who led Illinois to the 1923 national championship, recently heads the list as one of the top 10 college football players of the century by Sport magazine.

Campbell super sub for UI

CHAMPAIGN – Bryan who?

Take a look in this season's Illinois media guide, and there is no profile of a Bryan Campbell.

Nada. Nothing. Zilch.

Asmussen: Kansas State QB easy choice for Heisman

The Heisman ballot came this week. The people at the Downtown Athletic Club are spending some money, sending the ballots out by priority mail and asking they be returned the same way.

No problem for The News-Gazette's designated voter.

Illini learn their lesson, finally win close game

CHAMPAIGN – Sergio McClain was wheeling and dealing like he was back at Peoria Manual. The fans were on their feet. The point guard was playing it smart.

Now that's more like it, people.

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