Who''s that Illini?

I have held the Illini men''s cross-country record for 8,000 meters since 1984. That year, while competing in the 10-kilometer NCAA District IV meet, I reached the 8K mark in 23 minutes, 43.0 seconds. I finished the race in 29:55.0, which still ranks me as the fifth-fastest individual in UI history for a 10K. The 1984 season was special for two other reasons: I placed third in the Big Ten meet to lead Illinois to the conference title and I finished 25th in the NCAA meet to earn All-America honors.

UI men''s tennis turns to Dancer

CHAMPAIGN  Brad Dancer, who came to Illinois last year to assist Craig Tiley, has replaced him as men''s tennis coach.

The former head coach at Fresno State was to be introduced today at an afternoon news conference on campus. Dancer takes over a program expected to be ranked in the top five for the 2005-06 season.

Small earns big trophy, bigger reward with PGA berth

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Mike Small wasn''t sure what time he would get to Chicago on Sunday night, but at least he was having pleasant thoughts as he killed time in a Charleston, S.C., airport.

The Illinois men''s coach was using this past weekend''s PGA Club Pro Championship at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island as a primer for the Western Open in Lemont. While he fine-tuned his game for the upcoming tournament, he also earned a spot in the PGA Championship on Aug. 11-14 at Baltusrol Country Club in New Jersey by winning his first CPC with a 1-over-par 239 for the four days.

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Who''s that Illini?

Young Illini fans know me as an analyst on UI football broadcasts. Their parents and grandparents remember me as a bruising fullback who finished his Illinois career in 1965 with 2,878 yards rushing – at that time the most in Big Ten history. An All-American in 1964 and ''65 and the MVP of the 1964 Rose Bowl, I was drafted in the first round by the Green Bay Packers and played six season in the NFL. In 1995, I was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Rossow: Illinois AD warming up to baseball idea

On Saturday at Omaha, Neb., Will Crouch and David Maroul homered to give Texas a 4-2 victory against Florida in the first game of their best-of-three series to decide the College World Series champion.

Meanwhile, at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois rallied with three runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Bowling Green 9-8 in the first game of their best-of-three series to decide the Northern World Series champion.

Top female athlete: Hurless wears her Illini pride well

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Not long after the photos were snapped for the Illinois senior athletes of the year special, Tara Hurless went running off to class in full uniform.

The highest-profile Illini soccer player to date was easily recognizable that day. And more people started to recognize the two-time All-American by the end of her brilliant career.

Who''s that Illini?

In 2000, the first season for Illini softball, I won the team''s Slugger Award. Though it was my only season on the team, I led the squad in hits (26), doubles (six), RBI (16) and steals (four).

A weekly recruiting chat ...

This week''s guest: Brian Caldwell.

Dawson: Weber hands Randle honor

Bruce Weber had called his team together for an early summer meeting to discuss a few details, and when talk turned to captains, everyone in the room knew what to expect.

Dee Brown? You bet.