CHICAGO – Close to home? Check. Familiar territory? Check. Nice place for the family to live? Check.
Tempted by an offer from the Baltimore Ravens, Ron Turner''s decision ultimately came down to comfort. For him, wife Wendy and four children. The former Illinois head coach accepted a position with the Chicago Bears during the weekend. That''s the same organization he left to take over at Illinois in December 1996.
Illinois forward James Augustine today was named Big Ten player of the week for the first time in his career after helping lead the Illini to a 2-0 start in conference play.
Augustine averaged 14.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in wins against Ohio State and at Purdue. He had his best game of the season against the Buckeyes, scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds for his 12th career double-double. The 6-foot-10 junior, who leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage at 64.2 percent, was 10 for 13 on the week (71.4 percent).
EVANSTON – Beth Combs'' first season at Northwestern might turn out to be her most challenging.
In her fourth season as a college head coach, the former Illini is charged with the formidable task of turning around a program that hasn''t won more than three Big Ten games in a season since 1998-99.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – There are times, like those in the second half Saturday, that Illinois seems to have joined the ranks of the invincible.
The Illini squash Purdue under a 28-8 run and all seems right in the world, according to Illini Nation. Unbeaten season, here we come.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – He is among the Big Ten''s most electrifying players, adored by fans and christened the "One-Man Fast Break."
Hair cornrowed. Shorts billowed.
Maybe it all will work out for Larry Fedora and Joe Wickline. Maybe Oklahoma State will be able to outrecruit Oklahoma and Texas. Maybe the school will move to the top of the Big 12 South. Maybe Mike Gundy will be better than Les Miles.
Then again, maybe not.