Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Rossow: Congrats, we're movin' on up (I think)

In about a month, when the smoke rises from the chimney at The Sporting News, we''ll know where Champaign-Urbana stands as a sports city.

A year ago, we were 99th --which, considering there were 368 cities on the list, seemed reasonable. But Kalamazoo was 98th and Toledo was 95th – which, considering it was Kalamazoo and Toledo, seemed like Nancy Cantor was counting the votes.

Rossow: Illinois AD warming up to baseball idea

On Saturday at Omaha, Neb., Will Crouch and David Maroul homered to give Texas a 4-2 victory against Florida in the first game of their best-of-three series to decide the College World Series champion.

Meanwhile, at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois rallied with three runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Bowling Green 9-8 in the first game of their best-of-three series to decide the Northern World Series champion.

''Uphill battle'' for Illini

BATON ROUGE, La. – Skip Bertman, one of the most decorated college baseball coaches in the sport''s history, has a few words for Itch Jones'' replacement at Illinois.

Good luck.

Rossow: Tiley''s gone but far from forgotten

What was more surprising: That Craig Tiley left for another job or how fans of Illinois tennis reacted when he did?

No temper tantrums. No "I hope Australia never wins another Davis Cup match" rants. No charges of betrayal. No march on Atkins Tennis Center.

UI men's tennis coach heading Down Under

Craig Tiley called friend and former assistant coach Bruce Berque on Tuesday night and told him he was leaving the University of Illinois for a job with Tennis Australia.

Berque didn't drop the phone.

Men''s tennis coach heading Down Under

Craig Tiley called friend and former assistant coach Bruce Berque on Tuesday night and told him he was leaving the University of Illinois for a job with Tennis Australia.

Berque didn''t drop the phone.

Rossow: Next UI recruits: – The fans

MATTOON – He is 60 years old, half as tall as a defensive end and several steps slower than the combine he drives on fall Saturday afternoons.

But David Smith, a farmer from Windsor, can help Illinois football.

Illini vow to learn from loss to Florida State

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – For the first time in three seasons, Illinois failed to reach the Final Four of the NCAA men''s tennis tournament.

Enough of the bad news.

Coach takes latest award in stride

CHAMPAIGN – As his is custom, Gary Winckler greeted Wednesday''s news that he was named Big Ten Coach of the Year with a shrug.

"It''s going in the box I have at home, the one with all my other Coach of the Year trophies," Winckler said. "I even have a national award in there somewhere. I don''t look at them much."

Rossow: Please take loyalty, tradition, pride with you

Hats off to you, the Class of 2005.

It is indeed an honor to stand before you today, a day your parents probably won''t forget and a day, considering how late you stayed out last night, you probably won''t remember.