Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

'Reverend' Ere catches UI's eye in courteous way

GREAT BEND, Kan. – He prefers Chuck Taylor high tops, answers to the nickname "Reverend" and spends his weekend nights playing H-O-R-S-E until last call.

Ebi Ere isn't your typical junior college basketball star.

Fearless forecast

Now the college season is over, sports editor Jim Rossow looks ahead to 2001-02 in the Big Ten:

Brits get improved Archibald for World Games

He's added so much muscle and confidence, Robert Archibald isn't sure if his World University Games teammates will recognize him when he reports to practice this summer.

A lot has changed in two years.

Roberts has eye on Tulsa

CHAMPAIGN – If Tulsa wants to chat again, Norm Roberts certainly will listen.

The Illinois assistant, a finalist for Tulsa's men's basketball opening last summer, reiterated his interest in the job Tuesday after the school announced Buzz Peterson had resigned after one season.

Illinois' McClain open to football

CHAMPAIGN – Sergio McClain isn't in any rush to start his professional basketball career. In fact, he might spend another year at Illinois.

Playing football.

No rest for the weary

The college basketball season ends Monday night in Minneapolis, but Bill Self's schedule remains booked.

He has a scholarship to hand out, a nonconference schedule to wrap up and a house to build (it should be ready by July 1). He has to hire an assistant coach, do some NBA homework for his sophomore point guard and recruit like the armed services.

Year in review

Sports editor Jim Rossow analyzes the highs and lows of Illinois' 2000-01 season:

Williams vows to return

SAN ANTONIO – Frank Williams reiterated his plan Sunday to stay at Illinois for another season.

Damir Krupalija is going to do some begging just in case.

Painful loss hard for Illini to digest now

SAN ANTONIO – The players have a choice.

And, by the looks on their mugs Sunday evening, it’s doubtful they’ll watch a second of the Final Four on TV.

Talk is cheap with Final Four berth on the line

SAN ANTONIO – Trying to separate fact from fiction at the Midwest Regional is trickier than guarding Frank Williams. The innuendo is as thick as some of the burritos in town.

Lucas Johnson is either a raving maniac who belongs in the XFL or a good kid from Des Plaines who gives it his all. Arizona is either soft as elevator music or silky smooth like college basketball should be. The Big Ten either encourages its players to swing elbows or goes by the rules set by the NCAA. Bill Self is either a master motivator or someone who lucked into a winning lottery ticket.

It all depends whom you ask.