Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

UI men''s basketball practice report

   Brian Cook won''t play in today''s 7 p.m. scrimmage at the Assembly Hall. The sophomore sprained his left ankle the first day of practice and has been slow to recover.

Illini have ticket to ride, in style

   CHICAGO  The Illinois contingent arrived at Sunday''s Big Ten basketball media day in a white limousine longer than some traffic jams.

   "I felt like I had some clout," UI guard Shavonna Hunter said.

Practice report

- CURRY COMING: Illinois remains in the running for N-G All-Stater Eddy Curry of Thornwood. The senior center, who's considering skipping college to enter the 2001 NBA draft, will take an official visit to C-U next weekend, his high school coach said.

Curry earlier visited DePaul.

UI men's basketball practice report

If Bill Self had his way, he'd have two true point guards in his starting lineup. That won't happen at Illinois, where Frank Williams has the position to himself.

UI men's basketball practice report

The next time L. Rick Cornett II comes to Champaign, he'll be in uniform.

Rossow: Don''t count Illinois out of race yet

   No one has said Illinois can''t go to the Rose Bowl. Not Ron Turner. Not Kurt Kittner. Not the Big Ten commissioner. Not even Judge Louis Garripo in his 70-page report.

   The Illini have a Green Party''s chance of making it, but it can happen. All it takes is good football, better bounces and no more bad practices.

Illinois men''s basketball practice update

   A sore left knee kept Marcus Griffin from participating full time during four-man preseason workouts. Now healthy, the senior has caught coach Bill Self''s eye the first week of practice.

Illini men''s basketball practice report

   Brian Cook watched the end of Tuesday''s practice, his left ankle wrapped in ice. The sophomore suffered a sprain Saturday and has received treatment since. Cook is expected to rejoin the team Wednesday.

   "He''s one guy that for sure doesn''t need to be missing time because he needs the repetitions," Illinois coach Bill Self said.

UI men''s basketball practice report

   Two high school seniors who have committed to Illinois  Joliet''s Roger Powell and Chicago Manley''s Luther Head  were at Saturday''s scrimmage at the Assembly Hall as part of their official visit. Another high school senior who expressed interest in Illinois  Morgan Park''s Najeeb Echols  didn''t make the trip.

Rossow: UI defense answers cry for help

CHAMPAIGN – Robert Franklin didn't need an angry coach, a dissatisfied teammate or a vindictive columnist to provoke him and his defense into playing better.

His oldest daughter took care of it the night he got home from Minnesota.