Tate: Character helps Turner stay positive

OK, so football is your hobby, and you suffered during the Illini''s 1-11 football season.

Imagine if it was your job, your livelihood! You''re trying to maintain your senses during 18-hour workdays, searching for the right buttons with a worried staff, and striving to keep 100 disappointed athletes from blowing apart.

Illinois Women''s Basketball Statistics

4 - 4 record

Illinois Mens Basketball Statistics

6 - 2 record

Evanston''s two-way star picks Illinois

EVANSTON – Jody Ellis has committed to play football at Illinois. It''s up to Ron Turner to decide which position the Evanston Township star will play.

The receiver/safety, who visited Illinois last weekend, gave Turner his 22nd commitment.

Tate: Comeback on schedule for Williams

While his teammates practiced Thursday on the far end of the Ubben Basketball Complex, sweatshirted sophomore Deron Williams flipped a couple of shots toward a vacant rim.

A week after fracturing his jaw in two places, the sturdy Texan is into the healing process. Asked to respond, he gave a thumbs up.

Kolze adds award

The awards continue to pile up for Illinois'' women''s soccer players.

On Thursday, senior defender Meghan Kolze was voted onto the NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-America first team.

UI''s Argabright, Virtue honored

Illinois senior Lisa Argabright was named a third-team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Wednesday, and junior Erin Virtue was an honorable mention selection.

Argabright became the first Illini to earn AVCA All-America honors since Erin Borske made the first team in 1995. The 6-foot-5 middle blocker led the Illini in kills, attack percentage and blocks this season.

Wigley room Freshman accepts leading role for Grentz''s Illini

CHAMPAIGN – To some, Erin Wigley might appear quiet, reserved, even shy.

But that would be only partly representative of who Wigley is. The Illinois freshman forward has stepped in to accept a large load as a starter, but she doesn''t always feel the need to verbalize how she''s feeling.

Tate: Saga puts Missouri in bad light

Like pus from an open sore, Missouri''s nightmarish internal problems are discoloring the accomplishments of a roaring Tigers basketball team.

The news isn''t that Arthur Johnson and Rickey Paulding sparked a stunning comeback at Indiana. It''s whether the two seniors have been receiving under-the-table cash payments.

Self has fun with ''funeral''

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Bill Self is alive and well. Trust him, he''s checked.

"I''ve been checking my pulse," Self said Monday. "I heard they had a funeral for me up there (in Champaign)."