Jim Matta no longer attends most of his son's games. That's because Thad's dad moved from Hoopeston to Hilton Head, S.C., in July. "We get all the games on TV but I hate to have to watch them on TV," Jim Matta said.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The 10-minute cooling-off period had expired. Michigan coach Tommy Amaker had finished his session with reporters. And everyone was waiting on Illinois coach Bruce Weber.
Nearly 40 minutes after the end of Wednesday's 71-61 loss to Michigan, Weber finally emerged from a hushed Illinois locker room.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Now seems like a good time to pop the question.
Not "Who monkeyed with Greg Oden's birth certificate?" We'll dig into that at Saturday's game.
CHAMPAIGN – Jim Sheppard, the longtime public address announcer for Illinois men's basketball games, will not return next season.
Sheppard said he was told by Division of Intercollegiate Athletic officials he will be replaced after the 2006-07 season, his 22nd behind the mic. Sheppard, 58, said he's been told he will call football games in the fall.
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Illinois wraps up another home season Saturday against Purdue. Not since 2001 have the Illini finished with a winning record at Memorial Stadium, but at least the games are competitive. A freshman quarterback, a planned renovation and a some high recruiting hopes have the arrow pointed up. But enough looking ahead. Sports editor Jim Rossow looks back at the best and worst of 2006:
It's been a while since he coached football at Michigan State, but George Perles remains close to the Green and White. The former Spartan still lives in East Lansing, does pregame radio and has season tickets. On Tuesday, he'll find out if his election bid for a spot on the Michigan State Board of Trustees is successful. The last Spartans coach to win a Rose Bowl took time out from campaigning to talk politics, John L. Smith's firing and Bo Schembechler with sports editor Jim Rossow: