Turner doesn't let job get the best of him

CHAMPAIGN – On Tuesday, voters will decide who is going to run the country.

The president of Illinois football, Ron Turner, is completing his own first term. On Dec. 2, it will be four years since Turner was named as Lou Tepper's replacement.

Look at a picture of Bill Clinton before he went into office and today. It's scary how much the guy has aged. Having the weight of the world on your shoulders, plus a few troubles at home, will do that to you.

Asmussen: Fans gain TV bonus from WBUI

Until Wednesday, the best college football game of the weekend wasn't going to be seen in Champaign-Urbana.

Virginia Tech visits Miami on Saturday with national title implications. The game is being carried at 11 a.m. by CBS.

Illini Insider

News-Gazette staff writer Jeff Huth''s review and preview of University of Illinois sports.

Illinois soccer offense clicking

CHAMPAIGN – Michigan State women's soccer coach Tom Saxton didn't really need any convincing, but what he saw Thursday left no doubts about Illinois.

The Illini were the highest-scoring team in the conference heading into the Big Ten Tournament, and that wasn't by luck, according to Saxton.

UI men's basketball practice report

If you can break away from tailgating, Bill Self's Illini will have an open scrimmage at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Ubben Basketball Complex.

UI baseball team ranked

Illinois is ninth in the preseason USA Today/ESPN college basketball poll, the second Big Ten team listed. Michigan State is fifth and Wisconsin 22nd.

Welsh rescues Penn State

CHAMPAIGN – She didn't quite hobble onto the field like Kirk Gibson before his game-winning home run in Game One of the 1988 World Series.

But ailing Penn State forward Christie Welsh provided a finished just as dramatic in the opener of the Big Ten soccer tournament.

Arizona best in the West

Arizona, expected to be one of the nation's top college basketball teams, was the unanimous choice to win the Pac-10 Conference this season.

The Wildcats face Illinois in a Nov. 16 matchup at the United Center in Chicago.

Illini football practice report

Illinois fullback Jameel Cook was limited in practice Wednesday, though he was in full pads.

Coach Ron Turner said he expects Cook to be able to do more in practice today and lists the junior as probable for Saturday's game against Indiana.

UI seniors Lantz, Schueller basking in soccer glow

CHAMPAIGN – Julie Schueller can remember the day another Wisconsin prep coach told her Illinois was starting a women's soccer team.

The Mequon, Wis., native had led her high school to the state championship as a junior and was looking for a chance to play college soccer in 1997.