Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

BCA among those irked with choice

Floyd Keith, executive director of the Black Coaches Association, will wait to evaluate Illinois'' hiring process until after the university submits its report.

His immediate reaction to Ron Zook''s hiring was disappointment.

Welcome to town, there''s work to do

Sorry about the commotion, Coach. It''s just that a lot of folks are glad to see you. - - You offer football hope, which was last spotted leaving town a few days after the 2002 Sugar Bowl.

We''re told you can recruit, that you''re a bundle of energy and you''re good on water skis. The great news is, if you turn Illinois into a consistent winner, someone might rent you Clinton Lake so you can slalom at your own convenience.

Rossow: Illini need to watch their step

CHAMPAIGN – Ask anyone on the only other Illinois team to knock off No. 1, and they''re quick to admit that what happened in the days after the upset was just as memorable as the day of it.

"We lost," said Rob Judson, a guard on Lou Henson''s 1979 Illini.

Rossow: It''s up to Illinois to shoulder Big Ten load

CHAMPAIGN – The word is Big Ten basketball is bad.
If you believe what''s been written and said, you''d think most of the league''s players wear dark socks and tight shorts and have trouble dribbling left-handed.

New season, same ol'' Dee Brown

CHAMPAIGN – Dee Brown shuffled the tape recorders at the press podium, lined them up until he had them just so.
Then he picked out one – a sleek black number that looked like an undersized cellphone – and went into his act.

UI swimming in uncharted waters

In between bites of steak and ribs at a crowded Texas Roadhouse on Sunday night, Illinois soccer players kept hearing "congratulations" and "good luck" from customers shuffling by their tables.

It was much easier on the ears than what the Illini heard a few hours earlier at Texas A&M''s soccer field.

Rossow: Upon further review

Sports Editor Jim Rossow''s take on Saturday''s contest:

Michigan runs with full tank

CHAMPAIGN – He might be a freshman, but Michael Hart stopped thinking of himself as a rookie games ago.

The Michigan first-year running back ran like he''s been in college for four years Saturday, posting a career-best 234 rushing yards on 40 carries as the Wolverines beat Illinois 30-19 at Memorial Stadium.

Rossow: Upon further review

Sports Editor Jim Rossow''s take on Saturday''s contest:

Beutjer passed over again

EAST LANSING, Mich. – He stood on the sidelines wearing a baseball cap. Not the football one he thought he''d have on.

For the second consecutive week, Illinois quarterback Jon Beutjer was benched in the second half. Chris Pazan took over for Beutjer and completed 5 of 11 passes in a 38-25 loss to Michigan State. Beutjer hit 10 of 14 in the first half for 96 yards.