Big Ten not quite so predictable as before

Illinois and Purdue are Rose Bowl contenders. Ohio State is not.

What happened to the old, predictable Big Ten we used to know and love?

Rantoul revels in UI football camp

RANTOUL – Seventy-five minutes before the start of the Saturday's Illinois scrimmage, Steve Thornsbrough had his spot staked out at Bill Walsh Field.

"I wanted to make sure I got a seat in the middle," Thornsbrough said.

Morton takes star turn

RANTOUL – Ask the fans at Saturday's Illinois scrimmage, 'Who was the MVP?' and the choice would be easy.

First-year quarterback Christian Morton.

Illini take soccer scrimmage

CHAMPAIGN – Meghan Kolze and Tara Schuling scored as host Illinois topped Marquette 2-1 before a crowd of 400 in a women's soccer scrimmage Saturday night.

UI coach Tricia Taliaferro employed several combinations against Marquette in her team's tuneup to Friday's season opener at Eastern Illinois.

Tate: Scrimmage raises hope for season

RANTOUL – The system has been gathering momentum for four years now, and – hallelujah, citizens! – it's working.

Bo Schembechler wouldn't approve. The pass sets up the run, which challenges the Schembechler mantra.

Illini Football 2000: Camp Rantoul

The folks from ESPN's GameDay visited Champaign-Urbana on Thursday. And they liked what they saw.

GameDay coordinating producer Steve Vecchione and a network director checked out sites for a possible Sept. 23 broadcast from C-U.

Soccer squad set to show its wares

CHAMPAIGN – After a season of firsts, the Illinois women's soccer team will get its first competition of the 2000 season today.

The Illini host Marquette in a 7 p.m. exhibition game at Illini Field.

Tate: IHSA ruling won't affect UI's interest

Ron Turner and Illinois have a major interest in the controversy swirling around East St. Louis.

The IHSA's Marty Hickman is preparing to make an eligibility ruling on perhaps the most outstanding prep running back in the Midlands ... one who is considering the UI seriously.

Illini coordinator wants quiet time

RANTOUL – Kurt Kittner, Rocky Harvey and Walter Young should hear all the oohs and aahs tonight at Bill Walsh Field. Tim Kish is hoping for some silence, too.

Fans cheer offense. Coaches cheer defense. Kish, the fourth-year Illinois coordinator, expects a good performance by his unit in the annual scrimmage.

"I expect us to be flying around to the ball," Kish said.

UI an easy sell

Jessy Belter would have committed sooner to Illinois had volleyball coach Don Hardin let her.

The two-time Missouri all-stater was sold on Hardin's program after visiting earlier this year and told the coach her mind was made up.