EDINBORO, Pa. – Before he ever called a play, Lou Tepper personally called around town to find restaurants to cater his training camp practices.
Before folks at Edinboro University knew him as head football coach, they knew him as head fund-raiser. Edinboros football program generated about $3,000 last year. Tepper raised $70,000 in three months.<
Truth often is stranger than fiction. This one falls under the heading of recruits are where you find them.
The four Illini athletes who patrol the secondary, charged with the responsibility of batting away rival passes, hail from the four winds: California, New Jersey, Oregon and Indiana.<
If the Big Ten really is as strong and deep as it looks to be, Illinois cant afford to stumble too many times in the nonconference if it hopes to build an NCAA tournament-worthy record. Anything less than a 3-0 performance this weekend could do damage.<
DEKALB – It took five games for Betsy Spicer to find her form.
Any longer and Illinois might not be celebrating its fourth road win in five tries.
The dominant high school basketball player in Illinois and certainly one of the top four in the nation – Thornwood's Eddy Curry – will welcome Illini coach Bill Self into his south suburban home tonight.
Out of here
The Illinois freshman class it out of scholarship tailbacks. Jacksonville's Kenny Rogers quit the team this week.
"He decided big-time football is not for him," Illinois coach Ron Turner said.
SAN DIEGO – You be the fan. Consider the following options and decide which one you want to see:
A. Barry Bonds and the first-place San Francisco Giants coming to town for an important three-game series.
B. Hometown hero Terrell Davis showing up with his Denver Broncos.
C. Or Jack Hawley throwing 33 incompletions in a 10-7 loss to Arizona State.
At Illinois, the term "fullback" is losing its traditional meaning. The fullback isn't a big blocker who rarely will touch the ball. Instead, he's a runner and receiver who is going to give opposing defenses one more thing to worry about.