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Sullivan confident about Illini

CHAMPAIGN – One word describes Terri Sullivan's role with the University of Illinois softball team:

Coach.

Another word can be used to describe her daily outlook:

Optimistic.

Rossow: UI's Mast an assistant in progress

Here's what Nate Mast knows about his upcoming role as student assistant for the Illinois men's basketball team.

– He won't call any plays (that's the scoop from Bill Self).

Illini wrestlers honored

Adam Tirapelle, John Lockhart and Matt Lackey have been named National Wrestling Coaches Association First-Team Academic All-Americans.

Ex-club coach helps UI softball grow into power

CHAMPAIGN – Larry Crews is the only reminder of the Illinois softball team's past.

Before there was a varsity team, he coached the Illini when softball was a club sport.

UI softball awards work

Shortstop Lindsey Hamma, who leads the Illinois softball team in hitting with a .319 average, was given the Slugger Award on Monday, one of eight Illini to receive postseason honors.

Illini walking before they run

URBANA – It was progress. Just not what Mike Small and his Illinois men's golf team had in mind entering the Big Ten tournament.

"They didn't have the success they anticipated or hoped for," Small said after the Illini finished 10th Sunday at Stone Creek Golf Club.

Wildcats pick up Cool Hand Luke, take team title

URBANA – Who says the Northwestern men's golf team is Luke Donald and four no-names?

"Everybody," Wildcats redshirt sophomore Chris Thayer said. "Next year it's going to be five no-names. And that's fine. Bring it on.

"I hate to say it, but we didn't need him today."

Ohio State golfer doesn't let deafness get in his way

URBANA – Meningitis robbed Kevin Hall of his hearing at age 2 1/2.

His mother wants you to know there are worse things for a golfer than being deaf.

Former Illini golfer tries to lead program back to elite status

In his former life, Mike Small would be wrapping up a week's stay in Raleigh, N.C., today.

Wouldn't have seen much of the city. Too busy getting acquainted with the TPC at Wakefield Plantation. That's the Hale Irwin-designed golf course that plays host to the Buy.com Tour's Carolina Classic.

Tate: Illini plans unfolding in summer

Issues to wonder about heading off into my summer break:

How soon will Ron Guenther establish UI department policy to counter activists, who sent an anti-Chief packet to Oklahoma-bound Ebi Ere during Bill Self's attempted recruitment of the prize forward? And is there another prospect anywhere close to Ere?