Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Ten questions for Glen Mason

Fired by Minnesota after 10 successful seasons, the 57-year-old former Illini assistant still gets his football fix as an analyst for the Big Ten Network. He hasn't ruled out a return to coaching but for now is tackling a career in television head-on. Sports editor Jim Rossow caught up to Mason as he was preparing to work Saturday's Indiana-Iowa game to get his thoughts on Joe Paterno, the Big Ten race and his feelings about Minnesota.

Big Ten football

Want to know which of Saturday's games are worth your time? Here's the scoop from sports editor Jim Rossow, who is 25-14 after a 4-2 week and a candidate for Comeback Forecaster of the Year:

Upon further review

– As RON ZOOK trudged off the field, he raised both arms to the Illinois fans gathered in the southwest corner of Memorial Stadium. He then shrugged and gave a look that I took to mean "We finally turned the corner." That might be too strong of a description, but what Zook has done is give us a meaningful game in Champaign when Penn State visits next Saturday. That alone is worth celebrating. According to my records, the last game that meant so much to Illinois was against Northwestern on Thanksgiving in 2001.

– At 3-1 with Ball State, Minnesota and Northwestern on the schedule, why not start thinking about a bowl game? With the Big Ten's best rushing game and a defense that hits harder each week, Illinois appears to be an up-and-comer. What Syracuse did Saturday – and what Missouri continues to do – only strengthens the argument.

Mendenhall running on fumes

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – As he talked on the cell phone during an interview with Fox Radio, Rashard Mendenhall leaned heavily on a gate outside the Illinois locker room.

His radio audience couldn't tell what anyone in the vicinity surely knew.

Ten questions for Jeremy Crabtree

As national recruiting editor at rivals.com, the 32-year-old Kansas State grad knows about every cornerback in California and receiver in Rhode Island. In the business for 10 years, he's seen the demand for information increase tenfold as more and more fans immerse themselves into recruiting. Crabtree, who scouts on weekends and works the phones on weekdays, took time to discuss Ron Zook, Notre Dame and two area stars with sports editor Jim Rossow

Big Ten football

Want to know which of Saturday's games are worth your time? Here's the scoop from sports editor Jim Rossow, who is 21-12 after a personal-worst 5-6 effort and seriously thinking about a new line of work:

Prep football insider

A look at area high school football:

Meyer sets IHSA mark as state champs continue to impress

MONTICELLO – To become the state record-holder for career extra points, Clayton Meyer has put in a lot of hard work.

And put down a lot of hard-earned cash.

Big Ten football

Want to know which of Saturday's games are worth your time? Here's the scoop from sports editor Jim Rossow, who at 16-6 after two weeks is rumored to be on the way out.

Ten questions for ... Howard Griffith

We expected him to be calling Illinois games on the radio this fall. But that was before the Big Ten Network made the former Illini great one of its featured analysts. The two-time Super Bowl champion doesn't hide his Illinois allegiance – on or off the air – in his role alongside Dave Revsine and Gerry DiNardo on "Big Ten Football Saturday." Sports editor Jim Rossow caught up with Griffith, who turns 40 in November, to talk about long hours, the BTN and the Illini's future.