Dancer era opens in style

URBANA – Brad Dancer enjoyed his first win as men's tennis coach at Illinois on Saturday.

No. 2 would be even bigger.

Tate: Small approach a big advantage

CHAMPAIGN – Every basketball coach wants a 7-footer. And a 6-10 power forward with Charlie Villanueva's versatility. And a 6-7 small forward with hops and a jumper.

Big is beautiful. And big often pays dividends.

Signed up

Ron Zook is expected to bring in a high-ranked class Wednesday. Here is a rundown of the last five years of Illinois recruiting.

Welcome to C-U

The following players are expected to sign letters of intent Wednesday to join the Illinois football team:

Who's that Illini?

No Illini football player accumulated more kickoff return yardage in a career that I did. From 1990 to '93, I returned 64 kickoffs for 1,383 yards. My average of 21.6 yards per return ranks ninth on the all-time school list. My best season was in 1990, when I averaged 22.5 yards per kickoff. It would be six more years before an Illini compiled a better figure.

Senior says hello to 600-meter mark

CHAMPAIGN – Last year, Tramell Smith said goodbye to Zach Glavash, his friend and fellow 600-meter runner.

On Saturday in men's track action at the Carle Health Alliance Classic at the University of Illinois Armory, the UI senior said goodbye to Gla-vash's Armory record in the 600 and welcomed in his own, winning the event in 1 minute, 17 seconds.

Rivals Top 100

Here are the nation's top 100 incoming freshmen, according to

Brown socks it to Boilermakers

CHAMPAIGN – Dee Brown says it's about style.

The Illinois guard insisted after Saturday's 76-58 win against Purdue that he'd lost his trademark high socks simply "to see how the low ones look on me."

Tall order includes quality, quantity

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The first stop on Illinois' march through the Big Ten's ranked women's basketball teams figures to be the hardest.

The Illini play three of the league's four Top 25 squads in eight days: No. 7 Ohio State today, No. 14 Minnesota on Thursday and No. 16 Michigan State on Super Sunday. It is the first time since the 2000-01 season – when Illinois beat No. 14 Auburn, lost to No. 5 Georgia and defeated No. 10 Penn State – the Illini have played three ranked teams in a row.

Asmussen: McBride discovers new neighborhood

CHAMPAIGN – For 2 1/2 years, Rich McBride has lived at 20 feet. And beyond.

On Saturday, the Illinois guard ventured into a strange, exotic land: that vast amount of previously unused territory inside the three-point arc. Turns out, he kind of likes it.