Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Rossow: Bandwagon has room available

   BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  You''d figure a 4-1 team wouldn''t be a hard sell. You''d figure a team that passes a lot, a team that tackles a lot, a team that for all we know goes to class a lot, would be a hot ticket.

UI´s Piazza deservedly in spotlight

Blocking a punt didn´t surprise Nick Piazza. But being asked to talk about it threw him for a loop.

Somebody came up to me in the locker room and said the press wants to talk to you, he said. I said, Where´s that?´ They had to point me here. I had no idea.

Ward, Illini feeling low

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Illinois quarterback Dustin Ward enjoyed his first trip to Michigan Stadium much more than his second, even though he threw a touchdown pass Saturday.

The Centennial product, then a true freshman, dressed for the UI´s win in 1999, helping signal plays to Kurt Kittner.

Michigan pulls sneak attack

   ANN ARBOR, Mich. - You think Michigan, you think power football.

   You think run between the tackles. You think smashmouth.

Illini forecast shows plenty trouble ahead


Michigan has been more than a football game for Illinois under Ron Turner. It´s been a forecast, as reliable as any you´ll find on the 10 o´clock news.

Even coach can´t keep hype bottled

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Ron Turner said today´s game at Michigan is like any other Illinois will play this season.

He went on to say Rocky Harvey is tall, Tony Pashos is skinny, Big Ten officials are the best and Champaign-Urbana needs more road construction.

Opportunity banging on Illinois´ door

Antoineo Harris studies his Big Ten football like he runs up the middle.

With passion.

UI glad to fight the good fight

CHAMPAIGN - Kurt Kittner heard the whistle blow. So did his teammates. And most of the Louisville players did, too.

We might never know what Cardinals defensive end Michael Josiah was thinking.

Spotlight deservedly on anthem

The person who will have the biggest impact on today´s game hasn´t played football in 25 years. He´d probably start huffing and puffing halfway through a 40-yard dash. And, at 42, he´s twice the age of the starting quarterbacks.

But Barrington Coleman has a voice that carries from here to Hume. And today, that´s what counts.

Lackluster UI can´t afford another slip

Lacking the golf skills to join a tour or even find the fairway on most holes, Luke Butkus knows all about mulligans. The Illinois center uses one every time he sends a chip shot into the Wal-Mart parking lot near the UI Orange Course in Savoy.

He almost asked for another Saturday afternoon when Illinois was staring at a double-bogey on the easiest hole of the course.