David was the exception. The bully usually wins.
And that's what Goliath ... ah, er, Purdue ... did Wednesday night, taking on the personality of red-faced, iron-jawed Gene Keady as they bumped and bullied Illinois to the tune of 19 offensive rebounds in a nightmarish 69-66 Assembly Hall result.
CHAMPAIGN – Move over, Bob Knight. You've been replaced.
Tom Davis no longer at Iowa? Fine.
The Illinois basketball fans have found a new villain: Purdue's Brian Cardinal.
Never mind that he grew up a couple of Cory Bradford three-pointers away from the Assembly Hall. Or that he knows the security guards by name. Or that his dad, Rod, works as the Illinois trainer.
CHAMPAIGN – After watching his team blow another lead and drop another heartstopper to another Big Ten team, Lon Kruger stepped up to the mike and said, "Blame me."
To which his Illinois basketball players said, "Give me a break."
When Lon Kruger's Florida team reached the Final Four in 1994, the primary players participated in all 37 games.
"Not only that," Robert McCullum, Kruger's 11th-year assistant, said, "they didn't miss any practices, either. They not only didn't miss any games, they didn't miss any preparation."
Edward Kral, a former Oswego High School athletic director, was named athletic director at The High School of St. Thomas More, which is scheduled to open this fall in Champaign.
CHAMPAIGN – By tipoff time tonight, every one of Victor Chukwudebe's teammates should be able to rattle off the site, score and starting lineups of the last eight Illinois-Purdue games.
The senior's schooled them well on the sore subject.
ST. LOUIS – It was one of the hardest phone calls Mark Kornfeld has made in his young life. He didn't have any choice.
Late last week, the St. Louis University High School quarterback had to tell Iowa State he wanted out of his scholarship commitment.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Brian Cardinal will walk away from Purdue this spring with a bachelor's degree in general management, a job offer from a pharmaceutical company in New Jersey and a bright future ahead of him in the business world.
But before he goes buying his first briefcase or power tie, the toast of Tolono wants to explore his options in another line of work.
Use your head, not your feet!
If they had made three "better decisions," Purdue's Boilermakers would be riding into the Assembly Hall Wednesday with a 12-2 record and a 2-0 start in the Big Ten.