Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Good cheer

Sports editor Jim Rossow's take on today's game:

10 questions with B. Joseph White

He arrived on campus about the same time Ron Zook did and — like the football coach — loves his Xs and Os. The 16th president of Illinois will be in his usual seat for Saturday's home opener, rooting on the Illini and talking college football. He'll probably field a question or two about Appalachian State's upset of Michigan, where he spent nearly three decades, serving as interim president in 2002. An avid runner, White took time out from a busy week to talk about the Wolverines, Memorial Stadium and Zook with sports editor Jim Rossow:

Upon further review

Sports editor Jim Rossow's take on Saturday's UI football game:

Speed read

Sports editor Jim Rossow's take on today's game:

Both teams like Week 1. Missouri has won five consecutive openers, and the UI's streak is at three.

10 questions for ... Kurt Kittner

He's been out of football since 2005 and misses it every day. But Kurt Kittner, 27, hasn't totally let the sport go. He works for one of the best quarterbacks ever, Roger Staubauch, whose commercial real estate business has grown to 60 branches. He tutors Chicago-area high school quarterbacks during the summer. He sheepishly admits to owning his first fantasy team. And on Saturday the former Illini will make his Illini Radio Network debut as analyst. Sports editor Jim Rossow caught up to Kittner this week as he was sweating over the idea of pronouncing Hoomanawanui on live radio:

Big Ten football

Want to know which of Saturday's games are worth your time? Here's the scoop from sports editor Jim Rossow:

Watkins won't enroll at Illinois this fall

CHAMPAIGN – Quinton Watkins, a highly regarded shooting guard from California, will not enroll at Illinois for academic reasons this fall.

Illinois coach Bruce Weber said today that "it is a complicated academic issue. Privacy laws won't let me get into it. We felt we had recruited a quality player later and we're very disappointed for him and his family.

UI to go on without Watkins

CHAMPAIGN – Quinton Watkins, a highly regarded shooting guard from California, will not enroll at Illinois for academic reasons this fall.

Illinois coach Bruce Weber said today that "it is a complicated academic issue. Privacy laws won't let me get into it. We felt we had recruited a quality player later and we're very disappointed for him and his family.

Stricker delivers PGA pick-me-up

Hard to tell who was happier with Sunday's win at The Barclays, Steve Stricker or Sam Wells.

As the former Illini celebrated his first win on the PGA Tour in 61/2 years, Wells did a fist-pump of his own at his home in Philo.

Illini coach, PGA champ side-by-side at the end

Illinois golf coach Mike Small is scheduled to entertain a potential recruit on campus today.

If he makes it back from the PGA Championship in Tulsa, Okla.