They raised the Roofs

CHAMPAIGN – The Roof Clan, over 20 strong, was on hand Friday night at Illinois Field.

Which begged this tongue-in-cheek question from Illini senior shortstop Shawn Roof: Where have you been all this time?

Training session on open government set

Terry Mutchler, public access counselor for the Illinois attorney general's office, will teach on the state's Freedom of Information and Open Meetings acts at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St.

Champaign County Clerk Mark Shelden scheduled the session to follow April's election so new board members can learn about public meetings and open records in Illinois. Mutchler's office answers questions from the public about possible violations of the open government laws and offers training across the state.

UI's Winckler rates honor

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois women's track and field coach Gary Winckler was named Big Ten Outdoor Coach of the Year in a vote by league coaches.

Winckler captured his sixth outdoor honor and the 11th of his Illini career.

Buckeyes in the way of determined Illini

ATHENS, Ga. – It was after an embarrassing loss to Ohio State on April 15 that Brad Dancer called his Illinois men's tennis players together and called them out.

The coach wasn't happy about the match result (7-0 Buckeyes) or the team resolve (barely detectable) and nearly lost his voice making his opinion known.

Former UI football player fires attorney

URBANA – Former University of Illinois football player and accused residential burglar Derrick McPhearson fired his attorney this morning and had his case set for Monday.

Champaign attorney Mark Lipton asked Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis this morning to allow him to withdraw from representing McPhearson on charges of residential burglary alleging he entered four apartments on campus intending to steal in early March.

Davis takes aim at joining elite group

CHAMPAIGN – In the 126-year history of University of Illinois baseball, the roll call of .400 hitters numbers 21.

Should Illini catcher Lars Davis join that exclusive fraternity this season – as is looking highly likely – perhaps no one will appreciate the feat more than Kyle Hudson.

Griffith gets Illini radio call

CHAMPAIGN – Former Illini and two-time Super Bowl champion Howard Griffith has joined the Illini Radio Network as football analyst.

Griffith, who spent eight seasons in the NFL, replaces Jim Grabowski.

UI Board of Trustees to consider tuition hike

Get out your calculators.

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees is expected this week to set tuition and fees for the coming school year. And, as is the trend at colleges and universities across the country, tuition is not going down.

Big innings pay off for Missouri

SAUGET – Lars Davis homered, doubled and drove in two runs, but 17th-ranked Missouri defeated Illinois 12-5 on Tuesday in a wooden-bat contest.

Fulfilling Elite Eight aspirations might take a little luck

CHAMPAIGN – College tennis victory celebrations don't last long in May.

As soon as Ryan Rowe clinched the Illinois men's tennis team's regional title by defeating Michigan's Matko Maravic 6-7 (7-9), 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday, he let out a guttural cry. His teammates, who had surrounded his court cheering for him, leapt into his arms.