Jim Rossow

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Ten questions for Jim Delany

Jim Delany didn't pout after Ohio State's dismal performance in Monday's national championship football game, which he called "the disaster in the desert." Instead, the longtime Big Ten commissioner sent a note to Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley, congratulating him on a job well done. "We try to teach our athletes about resiliency and getting off the mat, so we have to act that way, too," Delany said. Delany didn't dodge the topics of Big Ten bashing, a 2-5 bowl record and the Indiana-Illinois basketball feud during his conversation with sports editor Jim Rossow.

Big Ten basketball report

There's a chance Illinois' only remaining shot to beat a ranked team this season will take place next Saturday when No. 4 Wisconsin visits (the Illini don't return trips to Ohio State or Wisconsin and we haven't seen the Big Ten tournament or NCAA tournament pairings yet).

UI recruit Tisdale sidelined for season

RIVERTON – Illinois basketball recruit Mike Tisdale had surgery on a broken finger Wednesday night and will miss the rest of the boys' basketball season.

The Riverton High senior injured his right pinkie during Tuesday's win against Divernon.

Big Ten basketball preview

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.

Illini use lengthy postgame meeting to 'figure things out'

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.

Rossow: Is Illinois tourney worthy?

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.

Illinois to turn off Sheppard's mic

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.

Big Ten football preview

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Special Section — Q: Who are these guys?

A. Staff writer Paul Klee and copy editor Mike Goebel.

Big Ten football preview

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