Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Rossow: Slumping Augustine''s spirits high

CHAMPAIGN – The James Gang, 23 members strong, did not ask for refunds after Saturday''s game.

But they weren''t going to let the 6-foot-10 reason for their one-time-only trip from New Lenox get off the hook without some serious razzing.

Smith''s technical foul doesn''t help Illinois cause in hostile environment

MADISON, Wis. – Bruce Weber has seen Nick Smith''s temper flare up before, and he''s let it slide.

On Saturday, he took a stand and gave Smith a seat.

Rossow: Sentimental feelings take a back seat

Did you think, just because the head coaches are such close friends, that Purdue and Illinois would come out the tunnel Saturday afternoon and hug at midcourt?

That Purdue Pete would follow the Chief for halftime entertainment? That the Illinois band would wheel out and bang a giant drum like the one the Boilermakers use at home?

Richwoods junior gives UI his word

PEORIA – The last time Jamar Smith talked to Sergio McClain, the Peoria Richwoods star got an earful of recruiting advice from the former Illini.

"He told me, ''Just keep it in Illinois,'' " Smith said. "That was a big thing for me."

Rossow: A little R&R puts Head on straight

CHICAGO – If you think Luther Head was bummed out by the way he was playing basketball earlier this month, you should have seen his face Christmas morning.

He made the Grinch look downright pleasant.

LetterRIP

Several readers gave us their take on whether Illinois should renovate the Assembly Hall or build a new basketball arena. An overwhelming number of responses favored a new arena. Some examples:

FaceOFF

This week''s topic: Should the University of Illinois renovate the Assembly Hall or build a new basketball arena?

Nobody has a better rivalry game than Illinois-Missouri

There are rivalries, and then there''s Braggin'' Rights. - - It''s different from the rest. It''s better.

You know it. Missouri fans know it. You''d better believe the Illini and Tigers know it.

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.

Parent: Son might press for charges

The father of a University of Illinois student says that at least two suspended UI basketball players were among a group of people that broke into his son's apartment and stole about $3,000 worth of merchandise.

Randy Brown, whose son is a junior at Illinois, said Thursday that Luther Head and Aaron Spears were two of a group of men who broke into his son's Champaign apartment the morning of Nov. 2 and stole electronic equipment and clothes.