Weber, Illini have plenty to study as NCAA unveils rules

CHAMPAIGN – Ask him again next year, and Bruce Weber''s answer might be similar. Or it might be different.

But the Illinois coach''s opinion on recent NCAA reform certainly will be more informed.

All the hoops that''s fit to print

These days, "college basketball offseason" seems like an oxymoron. News-Gazette staff writer Brett Dawson checks in on the news of the day:

Tennis teams nab hardware

Brian Wilson and Jennifer McGaffigan picked up team MVPhonors for the Illinois men''s and women''s tennis team''s, respectively, Monday night at the annual awards banquet at the Hawthorn Suites hotel.

Cynthya Goulet won her second Scholar-Athlete award after registering a 3.9 grade-point average. Chris Martin won the men''s award.

Ask Bobby

Bob Asmussen, our resident expert on college football, will take your questions on his specialty. Today''s inquiry:


We asked our online readers who they thought was the bigger UI basketball loss: Luke Zeller or Aaron Spears. Some responses:

Illinois golfers second

Illinois'' Patrick Nagle and Joe Affrunti finished sixth and seventh, respectively, leading the men''s golf team to a second-place finish at the Bruce Fossum/TaylorMade Invitational on Sunday in East Lansing, Mich.

Affrunti (219) shot a team-best 72 in the final round, and Nagle (218) shot a 73 Sunday. The Illini finished 4 strokes behind Indiana, the team''s best finish in five events this spring.

Illini make new Big Ten memory

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Brian Wilson, Michael Calkins and Phil Stolt remember the last time the Illinois tennis team had an unsuccessful outcome in Big Ten action.

The year was 2001. The four-time defending league tournament champion Illini were facing Ohio State in the title match, and freshmen Wilson, Calkins and Stolt were in the lineup. The result was a painful loss to the Buckeyes.

One step forward – four back

CHAMPAIGN – Jimmy Conroy hardly missed a beat in his much-awaited return to the mound Sunday.

Meanwhile, Illinois'' batting attack remained missing in action.

Tate: Basketball program sees another repeat

Let''s see now. A product of the Chicago Public League, Aaron Spears, encountered multiple difficulties – not the least of which was a bad knee – at this institution of higher learning and elected to leave the Illinois basketball program.

Did somebody express surprise? Was somebody fooled because he told the coach one thing and did something else? Is nobody paying attention to history?

UI Roundup

With their season winding down, Erin Jones and Janna Sartini kept the Illinois softball team on a roll.

Jones'' sacrifice fly in the 10th inning scored Sartini and gave the Illini a 1-0 win Saturday at Wisconsin. It was the fifth consecutive win for Illinois, which plays a doubleheader today at Minnesota.