Defensive end Fred Wakefield watched Tuesday''s practice from the sidelines. The Tuscola product had a health scare last week when a virus got into his chest and near his heart.
Give Ron Turner some extra space.
The coach is not a happy camper, and it isn''t just the Illini''s string of 12 straight losses under his direction.
Take the holiday weekend. And toss it in a dump in downtown Iowa City!
NORMAL – The season's barely begun, but the University of Illinois volleyball team already knows this much about itself:
No deficit is too big to overcome.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – A year from now, the trips will seem routine for the Middle Tennessee State football team.
Load the charter plane, fly to the site of a major college program, try to keep the game close and go home with a big check. A really big check.
Every game has a turning point, a play that divides the winner and loser. Here's the play from Saturday's Illinois-Washington State game:
CHAMPAIGN – He's made it pretty clear he doesn't want to talk about 0-11 anymore.
But something about Saturday night's 20-13 loss to Washington State gave Illinois coach Ron Turner flashbacks.
CHAMPAIGN – She got a free meal from her folks, and her team won another game.
Not a bad 32nd birthday for Illinois women's soccer coach Jillian Ellis.
PULLMAN, Wash. – Steve Havard isn't anxious for Robert Holcombe comparisons, but he cracked the 100-yard mark Saturday at Washington State and bolted 11 yards for a Holcombe-like Illini touchdown.
PULLMAN, Wash. – There's no more looking over the shoulder for Mark Hoekstra. Not this year.
Tim Lavery is playing baseball. Kirk Johnson is buried on the depth chart. Kurt Kittner and Jeff Ziegler still are learning.
SAN DIEGO – Frank Hartley comes from a long line of big guys, and he's always had natural strength.
It's hard to dwarf an NFL tight end, but at family reunions the 6-foot-2, 258-pound Hartley is the peewee. Dad checks in at 6-5 and 290 pounds. One of his uncles is 6-7, 310.