UI women''s basketball box score vs. Northwestern

Illinois 65, Northwestern 45

Junior college transfers get a jump on the rest

CHAMPAIGN – The crack-of-dawn workouts haven't scared them away. Neither have the size and experience of their new teammates.

Jamie Hanton and Mario Ivy walked away from junior colleges and into the Big Ten. Thankfully for both, they made it a semester early.

Illinois football recruiting capsules

Despite a 5-6 season and no bowl trip, Illinois was able to land what Ron Turner considers one of his best recruiting classes. Here is a closer look at players who will report to rookie camp in August:

Tate: New recruits puts Illinois on right road

Let's all agree:

Nobody really knows about 18-year-old football recruits.

Joe Tiller's Rose Bowl team was led by veterans – Drew Brees, Vinny Sutherland, Akin Ayodele, Tim Stratton – who ranked 11th in the Big Ten as Purdue's recruiting class in 1997.

With recruits signed, Illinois coaches already working on next crop

CHAMPAIGN – The fax machine has barely stopped beeping. The Internet junkies are still making comments.

But the Illinois football coaches can't look back. Their work for the 2001 recruiting class is done. Time to move on to next year.

Popularity an Illini plus

   Bill Self ran into a long line at lunch Wednesday at Silvercreek  on his way out of the Urbana restaurant.

   It took him 10 minutes to reach his car.

UI runner Felicien honored

UI redshirt freshman Perdita Felicien was named the Big Ten Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Week on Wednesday.

Big Ten women lagging behind in NCAA's eyes

CHAMPAIGN – It was a startling admission, given the source.

Coaches rarely take a shot at their own league, instead taking a tack that everyone will believe their claims of superiority in the battle of conferences.

Penn State's Rene Portland is a realist.

Illinois men''s basketball box score vs. MSU

Illinois 77, MSU 66

Crowd, Illini have a blast at wild Hall

CHAMPAIGN – The occasion called for a celebration in the locker room as wild and woolly as the one at midcourt, where a sea of orange swallowed anything that moved.

So Sergio McClain stood up and, the leader that he is, put his stamp on a win folks will be talking about years from now, a win against a defending national champion in an Assembly Hall so rabid and crowded the fire department had to be on edge.