CHAMPAIGN – To setter Erin Virtue, every match the Illinois volleyball team plays this season is a statement match.
If so, the latest spoke volumes about how wrong Big Ten coaches were about the Illini in their preseason poll.
A 20th anniversary retrospective on the Illini''s Rose Bowl season.
"We''ve got to get a lot better, and we need to do it in a hurry."
UI coach Ron Turner
CHAMPAIGN – No more long flights to West Point or East Carolina for John L. Smith. Just the way the Michigan State coach likes it.
The Spartans made a brisk 40-minute trip from East Lansing to Champaign on Friday afternoon. The team arrived at 1:15 p.m. at Memorial Stadium, 45 minutes earlier than expected.
CHAMPAIGN – On the first glitch, they know the rumblings will start. A dropped pass. A false start. A blown coverage.
Think the football fans'' expectations are high in Champaign-Urbana? Spend a few minutes in Lincoln or Columbus or Austin.
In 25 years as Nebraska''s coach, Tom Osborne won three national titles, 13 conference championships and went to 17 consecutive major bowls.
Prior to Friday night''s game against Illinois, No. 11 Ohio State had not allowed more than one goal in a game this season.
It took the Illini 16 minutes to score twice, and that was all Janet Rayfield''s team needed, beating a ticked-off bunch of Buckeyes 2-0 in Champaign.
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The cover of the Michigan State media guide this year serves as a tribute to the school''s football tradition. Photos of Duffy Daugherty, Bubba Smith, George Webster and T.J. Duckett fill the pages.
There isn''t a lot of space devoted to the 2002 team.