A former standout at Decatur MacArthur, Adrian Walker earned All-America honors after placing seventh in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2004 NCAA outdoor championships. He set the Mideast Regional meet record of 50.01 seconds, good for third on the UI''s all-time list. He''s also a member of Illini relay squads, with the sprint medley group of which Walker was a part winning the Drake Relays last weekend.
URBANA – Chris Martin wanted an iPod, or he wanted out of the room.
His teammates gathered to watch the NCAA tennis selection show Wednesday at Atkins Tennis Center, but Martin had no interest in a bracket or a breakdown from ex-pro Luke Jensen.
Bruce Weber always has loved the opportunity basketball has given him to see the world. This summer, he'll have another in a long line of opportunities.
The Illinois basketball coach has been named to coach the Big Ten men's foreign tour team, which will play in Spain Aug. 9-19.
I was a seven-time national champion in gymnastics from 1938 to 1940, an NCAA record matched only by Nebraska''s Jim Hartung (1980-82). Three of the titles came in all-around and three others in tumbling. I also was a nine-time All-American, including four such accolades in 1940. I ruled tumbling in the Big Ten, too. Of my five conference titles, three came in that event. In 1966 I was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
CARBONDALE – Fred Huff can go on and on with stories about Itch Jones.
Like the time in the late 1960s, when Huff, then the Southern Illinois sports information director, shared a hotel room with Jones in Memphis, Tenn.
CHAMPAIGN – Last time Illinois went to Merrillville (Ind.) High for a football player, he ended up being a star.
Eugene Wilson went from an All-Big Ten player at Illinois to Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots.
ROCKY RIVER, Ohio – Somehow Richard Semrau avoided the awkward phase.
Unlike many kids his size – 6-foot-9 and 215 pounds as of today – Semrau managed to skip that growth spurt that makes many a lanky high school kid seem downright goofy.
Only two players compiled more combined wins in their Illini tennis careers than I did from 1996 to 2000 (226). However, I was best known for my work in doubles. In the 1998-99 campaign, I joined with my partners to win 39 doubles matches, a school record that still stands. I also stand No. 2 on the UI career doubles list with 118 wins. In 2000, I earned All-America honors after helping Illinois to its second straight trip to the NCAA quarterfinals. That same year, I reached the round of 16 in the NCAA Singles Tournament.
EAST LANSING, Mich. – If the Illinois men''s golf team was looking for a spark heading into next weekend''s Big Ten tournament, it got one Sunday.
The Illini shot a 3-under par 285 as a team during Sunday''s final round to move up four spots and tie for second place with Xavier at the Bruce Fossum/TaylorMade Invitational. The finish is Illinois'' best in 10 tournaments this season.
GRAFTON, OHIO – Richard Semrau doesn't mind taking things fast.
So when he fell in love with Illinois basketball over the weekend, the high school junior had no qualms about speeding up the recruiting process.