Bubin, Diehl taking turns trying to replace star tackle Sullivan

CHAMPAIGN – Last one out of the Irwin practice facility, don't forget the lights.

It's a pretty good bet David Diehl or Sean Bubin will be the one flipping the switch.

Jackson digs dual position

CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois coaches might need to create a new position name for Bobby Jackson.

How about Big, Fast Guy?

Jackson is listed as a safety but plays like a linebacker.

Fischer finds broom for UI

Rob Fischer went 3 for 5 and drove in four runs as Illinois defeated Western Michigan 10-3 Wednesday at Illinois Field to sweep the two-game series.

Andy Schutzenhofer was 3 for 4 and scored three runs for the Illini, who scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Illinois gymnasts like their chances at national meet

URBANA – Less than two-tenths of a point separated No. 4 Illinois from Penn State at the Big Ten Men's Gymnastics Championships.

Less than two points proved the difference between finishing third and finishing second.

Tate: Jones tries to overcome bad breaks

There's a big load on Andy Dickinson's slender shoulders Friday.

The Freeport southpaw, 6-0 for Itch Jones' Illini this season, goes to the mound at Ohio State vs. the Big Ten's only ranked team (No. 22 by Collegiate Baseball). If Dickinson can't pull it off with his assortment of breaking balls, it might not be a pleasant trip.

Morton''s turning corner

CHAMPAIGN – Monday night, Ron Turner watched Christian Morton make throw after throw toward a net target.

Some were on line. Others sailed high or wide.

Turner didn't know it at the time, but those were Morton's last passes of the spring.

Tate: Linebacking talent at UI looking good

April 4, 2001

Dear Dick (Butkus):

Pleased to see you at the UI's new practice facility Monday. You look trim. The XFL must agree with you.

Roberts has eye on Tulsa

CHAMPAIGN – If Tulsa wants to chat again, Norm Roberts certainly will listen.

The Illinois assistant, a finalist for Tulsa's men's basketball opening last summer, reiterated his interest in the job Tuesday after the school announced Buzz Peterson had resigned after one season.

Illinois' McClain open to football

CHAMPAIGN – Sergio McClain isn't in any rush to start his professional basketball career. In fact, he might spend another year at Illinois.

Playing football.

UI tight ends making most of new status

CHAMPAIGN – The numbers are dwindling. And the leader, Josh Whitman, is off to make his fortune in the NFL or big business.

But Brian Hodges, Kenny Boyle and Anthony McClellan aren't walking around with frowns. The tights ends like their position and status in the Illinois offense.