Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Citizenship latest step in love affair

   Sujay Lama never intended to stay so long. His plan was to come to America, get a college degree and then hit the road.

   But he met a beautiful wife here, had a beautiful child here, found wonderful work here. He was living the American dream in vivid color, even if he wasn''t an American citizen.

Rossow: Assembly Hall could take new direction

   Some things to think about as anticipation builds for the home nonconference basketball schedule, especially the Maryland-Eastern Shore game:

   The question no longer is if the Assembly Hall will remain home to Illinois basketball. It''s who''s going to be running the joint?

Rossow: Tournament still looking good at 50

   SAVOY  The golf has always been good at the UI Open. But, after 50 years, the stories are even better.

   Like the time Marty Schiene won the area''s classic amateur tournament.

Guenther''s plate still piled high

June was supposed to be a slow month for Ron Guenther. And Bill Self was supposed to be coaching basketball at Illinois. "I''m still buried," the Illinois athletic director said. "Ever since the basketball search, I''ve been behind."

Rossow: Opportunity knocking for women

Those chauvinistic snobs on the PGA Tour who didn't want Annika Sorenstam sharing their golf course ought to spend some time in our town for rehabilitation.

It'd be cheap and effective.

Rossow: Illinois coach simply a man of the people

Bruce Weber doesn't change his own oil. When he thinks of a spark plug, he thinks of Dee Brown. And if you asked him to check the air filter, he'd probably start by opening the trunk.

But the way Illinois' new basketball coach worked a ballroom full of auto dealers earlier this week in Springfield, you would swear Weber was a close friend of Mr. Goodwrench. It's as if he showed up wearing a mechanic's shirt that said "Bruce" on the breast pocket.

Judson: ''I will always wish Illinois the best''

Rob Judson, a former player and assistant coach at Illinois, won''t turn his back on his alma mater after being passed over during the school''s latest coaching search. "As a former Illini student-athlete and coach, I will always wish Illinois

Comeback by Schilb complete

RANTOUL  It wasn''t that long ago Blake Schilb was a high school dropout with a murky basketball future. Now he''s realized his Division I dreams. "I never doubted myself, but I know there were a lot of other people who doubted I could do

Big name, big game don''t faze Centennial girls in bid to repeat

CHAMPAIGN  Centennial has a surging opponent and a high-profile recruit to deal with tonight. Just the way the confident Chargers like it. "Sure it''s a winnable game," Centennial girls'' basketball coach Tim Fairchild said. "We''re not

Illini must take road less traveled

CHAMPAIGN Tom Coverdale isn''t on the NCAA tournament selection committee. It just might seem that way to Illinois fans when the committee chairman chats with reporters at 2 p.m. today and says cross things about Bill Self''s team. "Nice team. Playing like gangbusters the last two weeks. Romps against Michigan State and Indiana had to be some sort of school first. Freshmen are acting like juniors. Brian Cook''s getting plenty of help. Probably the best the Big Ten has to offer. But ... "