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Brees cool with Purdue's push for pub

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Drew Brees is a Heisman-friendly candidate. He plays in a high-profile league, has the good fortune to be featured in a pass-happy offense and he has a catchy name.

Most important, he doesn't have a problem spending hours in front of microphones on days that end in y.

Asmussen''s daily diary

The Illinois football players aren't the only ones spending August in Rantoul. Staff writer Bob Asmussen, who covers UI football for The News-Gazette, is also a regular in the Pacesetter Community. His thoughts:

Illini's Zeder in chase for title

Illinois sophomore Nathan Zeder teamed up with Scott Eddins of TCU to reach today's doubles championship at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Summer Championships in Williamsburg, Va.

Tate: Rest is best golf remedy for Stricker

MEDINAH – Tall, easygoing Steve Stricker has hit one of those golfing dips that seem to haunt the game's rangy free-swingers.

Face it, the farther you hit the golf ball, the harder it is to keep it on the short grass. This is, for Stricker, a problem that always lies in wait, raising its ugly head at the slightest provocation. Statistics show that in his last previous nose dive of 1997, he was 191st in driving accuracy.

UI practice notes

   TOO MUCH ROUGH STUFF: The Illini won''t wear full pads until Tuesday. But that hasn''t kept the contact down.

Asmussen''s daily diary

   The Illinois football players aren''t the only ones spending August in Rantoul. Staff writer Bob Asmussen, who covers UI football for The News-Gazette, is also a regular in the Pacesetter Community. His thoughts:

Illini get back to work

RANTOUL – Danny Clark zeroed in on his target, lowered his shoulder and made the hit.

Too bad it was one of his own guys.

Journell, Cardinals make deal

When Jimmy Journell returns to the Illinois campus this fall, it won't be as a member of the Illini pitching staff.

The All-American reliever signed a minor-league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday night, ending almost 21/2 months of negotiations between the NL team and its fourth-round draft pick.

Good signs? Keep your eyes peeled

RANTOUL

It's hard to differentiate between good and bad at most football training camps. That's because the coaches always seem to be screaming, whether in a good mood or not.

UI practice notes

- FRESH START:

   The first two workouts went off without a hitch. The players even got some help from the weather.

   Normally, training camp is held with temperatures in the 90s. Not on Friday.