I played in more baseball games (240) and made more starts (236) than any player in UI history. Those feats are especially impressive on two counts: I played in the era (1997 to 2000) after the NCAA imposed limitations on regular-season scheduling. And I originally was a walk-on. I combined consistency with power, setting a school record for career total bases (469) that still stands. I also rank third in career RBI (190) and am tied for fourth in career home runs (38).
CHAMPAIGN – Bruce Weber is back from vacation, and he stepped out of bed and right into bedlam.
There are more than 400 campers on campus, taking up more than 20 courts. There''s a meeting with Ron Guenther at lunchtime. There are summer classes starting.
CHAMPAIGN – Deron Williams and Cassie Hunt today were named recipients of the Dike Eddleman Award as the top male and female athletes at Illinois.
Williams, who helped Bruce Weber''s Illini reach the NCAA tournament''s championship game, is the first men''s basketball player to win the Eddleman since Kendall Gill in 1990. Like Gill, Williams left school early to pursue an NBA career.
I am the premier shot putter in Illini history. I hold school records for the event, both outdoors and indoors. I also was among the best in the nation in the early 1980s. In 1982, I was the NCAA indoor champion with a heave of 67 feet, 7 inches. I also was the outdoor NCAA runner-up in 1981 and ''82, and placed third in the national indoor meet in 1981. My resume includes four Big Ten shot put crowns and one conference discus title. I still hold the Big Ten indoor meet record for the shot put: 69-2, set in 1982.
CHAMPAIGN – His team won a Big Ten championship, set a single-season school record for league wins and produced five major league draft picks.
Itch Jones, for 39 years a Hall of Fame college baseball coach, couldn''t think of a better way to go out.
CHAMPAIGN – The question had been asked for a few years; this morning, Itch Jones had the answer.
After 15 years as head baseball coach and 39 years overall, Jones announced his retirement from coaching this morning, stepping down after leading Illinois to the Big Ten regular season title and earning his second conference coach of the year award.
The Illinois basketball centennial DVD begins toward the end of the 2003-04 basketball season, taking its viewers early on into the heat of a Big Ten title-clinching game at Purdue.
It''s a beginning as pulse-pounding as it is problematic.
I was the seventh coach in Illini football history, guiding the team during the 1901 and ''02 seasons. With an 18-4-1 record, I compiled the best winning percentage (.818) of any UI coach who served more than one year. My second squad recorded eight shutouts. Despite going 4-2 in the Big Ten each season, neither team finished better than fourth. I coached two players of particular note: running back/guard Jake Stahl, who went on to manage the Boston Red Sox, and tackle Justa Lindgren, who coached UI football in 1906.
DUESSELDORF, Germany – Former Illini Kurt Kittner led Amsterdam to its first World Bowl title Saturday, throwing two touchdown passes and setting up a third score with a 54-yard pass in the Admirals'' 27-21 victory against the Berlin Thunder.