Illini numbers dwindling

CHAMPAIGN – What was once a robust class of Illinois freshmen is dwindling at an alarming rate.

Guard Danielle Gratton is the latest freshman to be sidelined, suffering a stress fracture in her right foot that will keep her on the Illinois basketball bench for four to six weeks.

Who's that Illini?

I was the lone Illini representative on the 1984 All-Big Ten men's golf team. That same senior year, I won my first and only collegiate tournament title, capturing medalist honors in the Purdue Invitational. My career average of 76.54 ranks among the top 15 all-time at Illinois.

Illini effort rankles Grentz

CHAMPAIGN – Theresa Grentz said she could sense it during her team's shootaround, hours before the Illini women took on Wisconsin.

Illinois had finished a punishing six-game stretch – five against ranked teams – and was about to play a ninth-place Wisconsin squad it had thumped by 30 points last month.

Tate: Self, Jayhawks could make some March noise after all

Only Bill Self really knows his lowest moment since leaving basketball paradise.

He has encountered more than his share. It might have been when he realized, for all his good works, how many bitter Illini fans had turned against him.

Q & A with Cara Pomeroy

Illinois gymnast Cara Pomeroy started her career with a notable achievement. As a freshman in 2004, the Ottawa, Ontario, native recorded a perfect 10 on uneven bars to win the South Central Regional, joining teammate Ashley Williams as the first UI gymnasts to compete at the NCAA meet in 17 years. Last season she won 11 event titles and was named first-team All-Big Ten.

Who's that Illini?

I am the Illini record-holder in both the indoor and outdoor pole vault. During my senior season in 1989, I cleared 18 feet, 8 inches outdoors and 18-6 indoors to break both records. My greatest collegiate success came indoors, as I won NCAA and Big Ten titles in 1988 and '89. I also placed as high as third in the NCAA outdoor meet, in 1988. I went on to a successful national and international career, highlighted by a bronze-medal performance in the 1997 World Championships.

Illini in challenging position

CHAMPAIGN – The old formula says sweep at home, split on the road and you'll have a chance to win the Big Ten title.

This season, that isn't going to work for the Illinois basketball team.

Jeff Huth's Illini Insider

Illini's journey not about wins

CHAMPAIGN – Three days before the Pittsburgh Steelers won the AFC championship, Theresa Grentz's Illini were 4-1 in the Big Ten and fresh off a 30-point whipping of Wisconsin.

All was orange and blue in Illini Nation.


Big Ten honors junior Pomeroy

PARK RIDGE – Cara Pomeroy, who led Illinois to a season-high team score last weekend, was named Women's Co-Gymnast of the Week by the Big Ten on Wednesday.