Tate: Illini safety recovers in a hurry

If you didn't know, sophomore Ivan Benson's Illini teammates did.

He was the one who checked back too quickly on an anticipated Louisville punt Sept. 13, allowing the Cardinals to run 25 yards unhindered and irrevocably alter the fourth-quarter momentum of a 14-14 game.

UI spikers ranked 25th

On Monday, Don Hardin wondered aloud whether the University of Illinois volleyball team's victory over No. 21 Arkansas last week would be enough to vault the Illini into the national rankings.

Today, the Illini coach learned that it was – barely.

Turner names Lavery as starting QB

   CHAMPAIGN  Tim Lavery, who played in relief against Washington State, will make his first college start Saturday against Iowa.

   Illinois football coach Ron Turner told Lavery and Mark Hoekstra of his decision Sunday night after reviewing film of Saturday''s loss.

Points finishes third

Illinois junior D.A. Points shot a 74 Sunday for a 54-hole total of 220, good for third place individually in the Hawkeye Intercollegiate at Iowa City, Iowa.

Rossow: Something good could still happen

Women's basketball coach Theresa Grentz showed perfect technique in taking down Godzilla during an amusing halftime show Saturday. She squared her shoulders, kept her head up and wrapped the furry creature with both arms until it cried uncle. Butkus would have been proud.

But Grentz is not eligible to suit up for Ron Turner's football team. That eliminates one way to salvage this season.

Tate: Big plays not in cards for Illini

That was the difference between Washington State and Illinois on Saturday. The antelopes outran the snails. The fast break upstaged the slow break.

The Cougars carved huge chunks out of the Memorial Stadium AstroTurf, threatening the Big Play even during the mid-game stretch when they weren't able to pull it off.

Quarterback situation remains UI mystery

CHAMPAIGN – As good as friends as they are, Mark Hoekstra and Tim Lavery would rather not work side by side.

At least not in the University of Illinois backfield. Both quarterbacks prefer starting and finishing with no breaks in between.

Wakefield takes a bow

CHAMPAIGN – The usual suspects stepped into the UI postgame press conference Saturday.

Robert Holcombe? Check.

Mark Hoekstra? Check.

Fred Wakefield? Hey, wait a minute. What are you doing here?

Fumble drops Illini for a loss

CHAMPAIGN – Three fumbles. One counted, two didn't.

Guess which team the one belonged to?

If you've been following Big Ten football the last two years, the answer comes easily: Illinois.

D''Alessio: Slimmer Gee beefs up his expectations

It took Chris Gandy four years to get his act together.

Jarrod Gee thinks he can do it in three.