CHAMPAIGN – There will be at least one Mallory on the Illinois football staff in the spring. And maybe two.
Former Indiana assistant Curt Mallory joined Ron Zook''s program Tuesday and will coach the secondary. His brother, Mike Mallory, is in contention to return as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.
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I was a prep star at Taylorville High, leading Coach Dolph Stanley''s Tornadoes to an undefeated record and the state title in 1943-44. Most folks don''t realize I matriculated to Illinois and earned varsity letters in football and basketball. I eventually transferred to Beloit College and became a star there, playing briefly in the pros. I got my first head coaching job in college at UMass, then moved to Ann Arbor, Mich., where I earned National Coach of the Year honors for the Wolverines in 1976. In 1981, Iowa State offered me its job, and I coached the Cyclones for 14 seasons.
LAS VEGAS – "Dee for threeee!" is music to Illini ears. And the vibes are sweeping through a newly attentive nation.
With a flashy, flamboyant style and a personality to match, UI junior Dee Brown has captured lightning in a bottle. He is riding herd on a stampede that includes 26 victories in the UI''s last 28 games.
Angelina Williams became the first Illinois player to be named Big Ten Player of the Week after leading the Illini to a victory against Illinois State.
CHAMPAIGN – The way Luther Head figured it, the call already was going to be made. When the Illinois senior held onto the rim for another tick, he counted on a technical foul.
So he completed the move, slapping the backboard for a certain whistle. And regretted it upon re-entry.
My high school team, the Harvey Thornton Flying Clouds, was one of the greatest prep squads of the 1930s. Though Illinois retired my famous number in another sport, I wore jersey number 11 for the Fighting Illini cagers. Sixty seven years ago today, my 13 points helped Illinois snap Notre Dame''s 19-game winning streak. Nine points a game earned me All-America honors at Illinois my junior year. I earned even greater fame on the baseball diamond, becoming the youngest manager in big league history. I won American League MVP honors in 1948. As a baseball announcer, I rang a cow bell to celebrate Cub home runs. I died in 2001 at the age of 84.
CHAMPAIGN – His holiday jollies long since departed, Bruce Weber still figured to be a Grinch on Monday night.
His team had just pasted Longwood 105-79 at the Assembly Hall, but the Illinois coach had plenty to bah-humbug about.