CHAMPAIGN – As a player, Mary Coleman was a major factor in helping Illinois twice reach the NCAA volleyball tournament.
Now, the Illini''s No. 2 career kills producer is returning to lend a hand on the practice court and the bench.
CHAMPAIGN – Dan Roushar has been the offensive coordinator at Butler, Ball State and Northern Illinois. Today, he wears the title in the Big Ten.
Illinois coach Ron Turner is promoting his running backs coach to offensive coordinator. But don''t expect the Illini to start using plays from Roushar''s Clinton (Iowa) High days.
Two months after he fractured his jaw, Deron Williams can open wide.
The Illinois sophomore missed Thursday''s practice to have the final wires on his repaired jaw removed. The wires in the back of Williams'' mouth were clipped in an outpatient surgical procedure Thursday.
CHAMPAIGN – The pressure, at least from external sources, is off. At 10-12, the Illinois women''s basketball team isn''t supposed to reach postseason play.
That''s the conventional thinking. No one has told the Illini that.
Illinois will host the 2005 USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championship Tournament in Chicago, the school announced Wednesday.
The tournament will take place Feb. 17-20, 2005, at Chicago''s Mid-Town Tennis Club (2020 W. Fullerton Ave.)
CHAMPAIGN – James Augustine will turn 20 on Feb. 27, but for the past several weeks he felt more like 60.
Saddled with assorted ailments, the Illinois forward has been forced to muddle through the toughest part of the season. But everything changed Tuesday.
With most teams idle last week because of the USA Gymnastics Winter Cup, there was little change in the NCAA men''s collegiate rankings.
CHAMPAIGN – It might have seemed to Luther Head that he was a lost soul at the turn of the new year.
He was catching it from all sides. Northwestern students pretended to be in handcuffs as they cheered the Wildcats to a convincing defeat of the Illini. His own fans weren''t sure what to think of him. The soft handling of his two incidents – an alleged burglary and driving without a valid license – had critics first expressing strong disapproval of the state''s attorney and then questioning the judgment of the athletic department.
CHAMPAIGN – The day Bruce Weber walked into his new office at the Ubben Basketball complex, the first thing he saw was a photo of "Paint the Hall Orange" night.
On Tuesday night, he finally saw the event in living color. And he got a glimpse of something else he''d pictured on his first day on the job as Illinois basketball coach.