Big Ten honors Illini freshman

Illinois guard Dee Brown today was named Big Ten men''s basketball Player of the Week, the first Illini freshman ever to win the award. The point guard led the unbeaten Illini past Missouri with a game-high 21 points in Saturday''s 85-70

Pete Elliott, by the numbers ¬

On this date in 1959, Illinois named Pete Elliott to replace Ray Eliot as the UI''s football coach. Elliott, a native of Bloomington, became the Big Ten''s youngest head football coach. In seven seasons at Illinois, he had a cumulative record of 31 victories, 34 losses and one tie. Elliott''s two greatest Illini athletes were Dick Butkus and Jim Grabowski. His career highlights, by the numbers: NUMBER SIGNIFICANCE 3 Number of schools Elliott represented in the Rose Bowl: Michigan (quarterbacking the Wolverines to a victory against Southern California in 1948); California (coaching the Bears in their 1959 loss to Iowa); and Illinois (coaching the Illini to a victory against

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ST. JOSEPH  With all that Unity has accomplished the past couple of seasons, there''s been one team that has been able to spoil some of the Rockets fun. Monticello has beaten Unity twice in the last two years and will have a chance for the hat


* McKENDREE HAS AREA FLAVOR: Seven area players were members of the McKendree College football team that made it to the NAIA championship semifinals. Junior offensive lineman Steve Kirk (Rantoul), and freshmen Nick Allen (offensive line, Sullivan), Danny Grohmann (offensive line, Arthur-Lovington), Adam Clapp (quarterback, Oakland), Eric Burge (receiver, Champaign Central), Brandon Thomann (defensive lineman, Georgetown-Ridge Farm) and Brandon Wright (linebacker, Central) were teammates

Illini fight tooth, nail

ST. LOUIS  They had to scratch a little, claw a lot and summon whatever reserves of energy were available after a week of brain-draining final exams. Saturday''s women''s version of the Braggin'' Rights game looked and felt an awful lot like a

Today''s Matchups

Bears Panthers QUARTERBACKS Chris Chandler and Rodney Peete are a combined 73 years old and often act their age. RUNNING BACKS Carolina''s Dee Brown (not the UI guard) gained 19 yards last week. UI frosh would suit Bears.

Young Illini come of age, whip Tigers

ST. LOUIS  A deafening dose of Braggin'' Rights intensity; a red-hot shooting start for Missouri; a little dose of Brian Cook foul trouble. Is that all you''ve got? Because it''s not enough to rattle Illinois and its flashy freshmen. Not

Former area players in the NBA

A daily glance at The News-Gazette area''s finest: * ROBERT ARCHIBALD (Illinois), Memphis Grizzlies: On injured reserve. * BRIAN CARDINAL (Unity), Washington Wizards: Did not play vs. San Antonio * KEON CLARK (Danville), Sacramento

By the numbers

A comparison of Rantoul''s current ranking in Big 12 enrollment and where it would rank in the Corn Belt, which it will enter in the 2004-05 school year): BIG 12 School Students Danville 1,555 Bloomington 1,518 Normal

UI''s Brown won''t stay down

ST. LOUIS  Dee Brown hit the floor in a heap and clutched his left shoulder, and only one thought crossed Bill Self''s mind. "Get up." That''s what Self said he was thinking when Brown went down early in the second half of Saturday''s