David joins volleyball staff

CHAMPAIGN – Melissa David, the 2002 News-Gazette Area Player of the Year in volleyball, has joined the Illinois volleyball coaching staff as a graduate assistant.

The former Champaign Central standout will serve as a volunteer coach, the UI announced Thursday, while pursuing a master's degree in sport management.

Illinois-Missouri tickets on sale

ST. LOUIS, Mo. –Tickets for the Sept. 1 Illinois-Missouri football game went on sale at 10 a.m today.

Individual tickets are available as well as group and special VIP packages.

Weight is off Wienke's shoulders

TUSCOLA – Things have cooled off a bit for John Wienke.

Eleven days ago, the Tuscola quarterback called Michigan coach Lloyd Carr and committed to play football for the Wolverines after high school.

Countdown to camp

Every day leading up to the start of Camp Rantoul, college football beat writer Bob Asmussen will tell us why he's excited about the 2007 season.

Hodge's arrival delayed

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Deries Hodge still plans to play football at Illinois. It just won't be as early as he had hoped.

The Harrisburg High School running back failed to make a qualifying test score, meaning he won't be eligible as a freshman. Hodge has made arrangements to attend Milford (Conn.) Academy, where he will play football in 2007. He reports to the school July 18.

Bonadonna stealing way to Northwoods League stardom

DULUTH, Minn. – The fish are biting. ESPNU has come calling. And the stolen bases continue to pile up.

For Joe Bonadonna, life is good in the Northwoods League.

Naik earns academic honor

CHAMPAIGN – Former Illinois golfer Meghan Naik recently was honored as a member of the National Golf Coaches Association All-America Scholar Teams.

Richmond growing into new role

DEERFIELD – Like he was editing a movie trailer, Jereme Richmond pieced together a 52-second string of highlights.

The 15-year-old, who last November became the first high school freshman to commit to Illinois, did not show too much – just enough to make you wonder how it will end.

Recruit takes gold in steeplechase

SAO PAULO, Brazil – Illinois recruit Danelle Woods won the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase Saturday at the Pan American Junior Championships.

Legal experts explain caution on guilty pleas

Torriano Johnson recently tried to plead guilty to charges at his arraignment in Champaign County Circuit Court, but a judge would not let him.

Why not?