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New Lions let games do talking

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Eleven days ago, Eric McCoo had the best game for a Penn State freshman running back since 1983.

Taking over for junior Cordell Mitchell, McCoo gained 163 yards on 19 carries, with one of the runs going 77 yards. McCoo also had a 12-yard touchdown reception.

Penn State talent level a cut above

Another crowd of 94,000 – they must enjoy reruns – will witness Illinois' efforts to crack the ironclad Penn State defense Saturday. These Pennsylvanians happily attend because they already know the happy ending about to take place in Happy Valley.

A large media turnout will report the event, but not the regulars from Springfield and Decatur. For them, it is an arduous journey to a foregone conclusion.

Illini men''s basketball report

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Illinois receivers kept guessing

CHAMPAIGN – Rob Majoy opens his notebook each week, not really sure what he's about to find.

Inside, he knows there is a copy of the Illinois depth chart. One week, Majoy is listed No. 3 on the receiver list. The next week, he moves up a spot.

Ailment forces Illini swimmer Didde to retire

University of Illinois swimmer Erin Didde has decided to retire from the sport after continuing to experience pain from a back ailment.

The Illini senior, who holds every school backstroke record, told UI coach Jim Lutz of her decision Monday.

Illinois starter a mystery

   CHAMPAIGN - Ron Turner isn''t into secret coach stuff. If he knew his starting quarterback for Saturday''s game at Penn State, Turner would tell you.

   So far, he doesn''t know. Check back later. Much later.

Knight not silent on reform topics

CHICAGO – Indiana coach Bob Knight was 30 minutes late arriving to Sunday's Big Ten basketball media day, so he wasted no time with pleasantries.

When asked to make an opening statement, Knight's response was, "Who has a question?"

Tate: Many teams in Big Ten vulnerable

“It’s just one of those things. We in the Big Ten need more big people, and other leagues are getting them.”

– Purdue coach Gene Keady

Grentz laughs off coaches’ snub

CHICAGO – Given her sometimes strenuous relationship with her peers, Theresa Grentz could only laugh when told Illinois was not among the top five Big Ten teams in a preseason survey of league coaches.

In the media poll released Sunday, the Illini were predicted to finish second behind Purdue with nine first-place votes.

Illini women''s basketball report

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