Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

AskJimbo

Jim Rossow, sports editor of The News-Gazette, will take your questions – and answer each one – at jrossow@news-gazette.com.

Today''s query:

"Taking into consideration that Illinois went 1-11 last season, is coverage of Ron Turner''s football program going to change this fall?"

Rossow: Good sports will brighten readers'' day

Local authorities might not like it. But it being the Fourth of July and there being so many difference-makers who deserve a pat on the back or a pick-me-up, why not dip into the fireworks to celebrate their efforts? It''s definitely worth the risk.

Rossow: Forward thinking for Illinois

We''d like more than three minutes of sports on local TV, a season pass to the new indoor golf facility and one of those parking spots next to the stadium. But that''s not going to happen.

Here are some more reasonable requests as Illinois steams toward another school year (football practice starts in 56 days).

Rossow: Back in his hometown, Cook''s a celebrity for all the right reasons

LINCOLN – Like a lot of folks in this cozy town of 16,000, Marilyn Wheat will plop down in front of her TV tonight as the Lakers open the NBA Finals.

Not to watch Kobe, Shaq or the Mailman. But to catch a glimpse of the skinny rookie perched at the end of the bench. The one who has his hometown as excited about the Lakers as Jack Nicholson.

Rossow: UI students clearly nuts about tennis

Given the chance, they''d probably call the No. 1 singles player by his girlfriend''s name, light firecrackers when opponents are serving and spend entire tennis matches acting like Ilie Nastase on a bad day.

But the Netnuts aren''t like that. At least when the umpires are looking.

Rossow: What''s a Krzyzewski? Not a homebuyer in Mahomet

MAHOMET – Went looking for Coach K''s place Wednesday. - You know, the one he bought in Mahomet when Illinois was looking for a basketball coach to succeed Lou Henson. Then Lon Kruger. Then Bill Self.

Seemed like a good time to do it, what with Illinois taking on Duke on Friday. Just didn''t have much luck. Ran into a river, some road construction, an empty high school and a lot of friendly people.

Illini ready to duke it out in Atlanta

Coach K. Great players. Great tradition.

Those were the words that came to mind when Illinois players were asked about the Duke Blue Devils.

Thanks to a 92-68 win Sunday against Cincinnati at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, the Illini advanced to their third Sweet 16 in four years. They will head to Atlanta for a Friday night meeting with one of the nation's most storied programs.

Illini ready to duke it out in Atlanta

Coach K. Great players. Great tradition.

Those were the words that came to mind when Illinois players were asked about the Duke Blue Devils.

Illini tennis success like a broken record

MINNEAPOLIS – His men''s tennis team can relax.

The way 42-year-old Craig Tiley sees it, it''ll be a long time until someone challenges the Illini''s NCAA record streak of 45 consecutive wins.

The highlight zone

The Big Ten''s irregular regular season ends today, and though they say it was a down year in the league, there''s plenty to talk about. The News-Gazette''s Brett Dawson and Jim Rossow take a look back, including a glimpse at how Dawson probably will vote on his All-Big Ten ballot, due Monday: