Huth: Upon further review

– Given all the optimism, respect and good will that Illinois built over the previous three weeks, Saturday's performance is particularly disappointing. We've seen what a handful this team can be as a major underdog against Penn State, Wisconsin and Ohio State. Where was that team Saturday against a mediocre Purdue squad that had lost four of its previous six games?

Freshman helps UI run to first

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – Illinois made women's cross-country history Saturday.

It hopes to do it again later this month at the NCAA Championships.

UI coach 'sorry' for seniors after loss

CHAMPAIGN – The streaks are turning ugly again. Six losses in a row. Six consecutive times leaving the home folks unhappy. Another 0-4 Big Ten record at Memorial Stadium.

The Illinois football team has no more chances to snap out of it. Not after Saturday's 42-31 turnover-plagued loss to Purdue on a chilly Senior Day.

Losing taking a toll on Thomas

CHAMPAIGN – For the ninth time in his career, Pierre Thomas ran for more than 100 yards in a game. What he really wanted was the ninth win.

"It really does hurt," Thomas said. "I went out there and tried to do the best that I can on my field. Right before I walked in the locker room, I turned around and took one more look out there on the field. I had to take my one picture."

UI women know opportunity's knocking

CHAMPAIGN – Lori Bjork surveys the Big Ten women's basketball landscape and sees exactly what everyone else sees.

"The Big Ten's pretty wide open, especially after Ohio State and Purdue," the Illini sophomore said. "There's an opportunity there."

It's your business: Family firm keys on home access

For years, Mike Fry and his two sisters, Julie and Renee Fry, talked about launching a business together.

Spread across the country, the three of them didn't let distance get in their way. When they settled on a concept, they held weekly conference calls to plan their venture – a home remodeling business that caters to the elderly and people with disabilities.

A weekly chat with Bob Asmussen

This week's guest: linebacker J Leman.

Former Illini Delic ends victory drought, eyes strong finish

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It was a streak that could have struck a nerve.

In the span of seven tournaments on the USTA Challenger tour this year, Amer Delic reached the finals four times.

Recruiting momentum has Illinois coach thinking big

CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois football team just had a very good day of recruiting. One that Ron Zook can't specifically talk about.

But generally, Zook said Friday afternoon, recruiting is going well.

Asmussen: Brasic's enjoying final days

He could be the crabby senior. You know the guy, the one who never smiles. The one who turns down interview requests. The one who makes everyone else's life miserable.

But after being around Tim Brasic for five years, you understand early he never was going to be that guy.