Soccer team rallies vs. Butler

   Tara Hurless scored two goals and Illinois overcame a 2-1 deficit to defeat Butler 4-2 on Friday night in a women''s soccer game at the Illini Soccer Stadium in Champaign.

   The victory was the first of the season for Illinois (1-2), which made its home debut.

Asmussen: All things equal; so is booth

   Every time she walks into a college football stadium, Pam Ward makes history. She won''t fight it.

   Today, Ward becomes the first woman to call an Illinois football game on television. She is working with former Ohio State and NFL linebacker Chris Spielman on ESPN2.

A weekly chat with Bob Asmussen

This week's guest: safety Mark Jackson

Rossow: Nice town, good team, big trouble

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – If we’ve learned anything from the NFL’s infiltration of Champaign, it is the importance of extending courtesy to the folks providing the hospitality.

Even if the beds are short, the curtains are tattered and the coffee cups are Styrofoam.

Illini at home away from home

   HATTIESBURG, Miss.  The first time he saw Ron Turner''s Illinois football team, Jeff Bower admits it wasn''t much to look at.

   In 1997, Bower brought Southern Mississippi to Champaign for Turner''s Illinois debut and drilled the Illini 24-7.

UI assistant reaches finals

   NEW YORK  For the second time in three years, Illinois assistant tennis coach JoAnne Russell is in the women''s senior doubles finals at the U.S. Open.

   Russell and partner Ros Fairbank of South Africa advanced Friday with a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Hana Mandlikova of Austria and Olga Morozova of Russia.

No walkthrough in park for Illini

   HATTIESBURG, Miss.  The first long trip of the season didn''t get off to a very good start for the Illinois football team.

   The Illini were scheduled to leave Willard Airport at 2:30 p.m. Friday. But plane difficulties caused about a two-hour delay.

Tate: Illini must find some leadership

Last year Kurt Kittner was more than a quarterback, he was a lineman wearing a QB''s number, a confidence builder in pressure situations, a collegiate Brett Favre.

No doubt about it, Illinois publicist Cassie Arner said. Kurt was the spiritual leader of that team. We miss that as much as his quarterbacking.

Players'' safety off the field an increased concern

The job is hard enough with its X''s and O''s, its W''s and L''s.

With the pressure from alumni and administration to succeed on the field and the recruiting trail, the task of coaching football in the Big Ten sometimes can seem like a life-or-death proposition.

That is, until life and death themselves come into play.

Schedule fills UI´s demands

CHAMPAIGN – When he looked at his 2002-03 basketball schedule, Bill Self saw a hole.

Figuring the NCAA tournament selection committee might spot it, too, the Illinois coach went to work plugging it.