October 11, 2009 |
Oklahoma State passed its character test Saturday. Battling through the fallout surrounding the suspension of their top receiver and injuries to key players, the Cowboys defeated Texas A&M, 36-31. Quarterback Zac Robinson played a vital role, passing for 279 yards and two touchdowns in a win Coach Mike Gundy said was "comparable" to his team's season-opening victory over Georgia. Dez Bryant was ruled ineligible by the school last week for lying to the NCAA about contact he had made with a former NFL player.
August 4, 2009 |
Regis Philbin learned a little bit about baseball and gained a lot of respect for those who make a craft of pitching when he recently threw out the first pitch at a Florida Marlins game. Recounting the experience on David Letterman's show, Philbin said it was intimidating because "you're all alone out there and there he is -- what is it, 66 feet away? -- and I got it down there. But I wanted to throw a bullet because that's the kind of guy I am."
March 12, 2001 |
1. ILLINOIS (24-7) * First-round opponent: Northwestern State-Winthrop winner. * Season in brief: Bill Self left Tulsa to take over for Lon Kruger, who bolted for the NBA's Atlanta Hawks. Self worked wonders with Kruger's talented leftovers. Illini played tough defense and a tough schedule and showed heart in overcoming a 21-point deficit to beat Seton Hall and rallied from 17 down to beat Wisconsin. * Player to watch: Frank Williams.
July 18, 2010 |
They were 10 miles apart this week, Jon Gruden in a Culver City studio shooting his "Monday Night Football" intros, and Sean Payton staying in a Hollywood hotel, in Los Angeles for both the ESPYs and to promote his new book. In many ways, though, Gruden and Payton are even closer than that. They're good friends and the only coaches ever to lead NFC South teams to Super Bowl victories. They're also separated in age by just four months, both were small-college quarterbacks (Gruden at Dayton; Payton at Eastern Illinois)
September 4, 2013 |
Rankman has always had an East bias in his rankings but acknowledges a superb opening weekend with victories by Eastern Washington, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Michigan and East Carolina. Of course, they're still not ranked. Elsewhere, note the market correction as Texas A&M moves up seven spots with that gravy win served over Rice. We promised to put the Aggies in their proper place if Johnny Manziel was eligible, and watch how much line cutting they do if they beat Alabama on Sept. 14. And, while it hurts to dunk-tank Rankman-favorites Oregon State and Boise State this early, here's hoping they meet in the Las Vegas Bowl.
August 23, 2010 |
The Times' Chris Dufresne unveils his preseason college football top 25, one day (and team) at a time. No. 10 Iowa There are two games — one at the start, one near the end — that should scare the corn kernels off Iowa as the Hawkeyes plot a run for the Big Ten title and national championship. One involves a directional school and the other involves the defending Rose Bowl champion. Survive these obstacles and the Hawkeyes could be parading on Colorado Boulevard, or at the Glendale not near Pasadena — the one in Arizona, which is hosting this season's national title game on Jan. 10. The first possible season-wrecker is Iowa's home opener on Sept.
September 4, 1986
Angelica Jackson, Kim Harsch and Kris Morton led the San Diego State women's volleyball team over Eastern Illinois in its season opener Wednesday at Peterson Gym. In the 15-4, 15-5, 15-10 victory, Jackson had eight kills and five blocks, and Harsch and Morton had nine kills each for the 10th-ranked Aztecs.
February 27, 2003 |
A jury issued Illinois' first death sentence since former Gov. George Ryan emptied death row with a blanket clemency last month. The jury ruled Anthony Mertz should be executed for killing a 21-year-old Eastern Illinois University student after he broke into her off-campus apartment in June 2001. New Gov. Rod Blagojevich has said he will continue a moratorium on executions but plans no commutations.