10/24/11 Morning Dump- a quick rundown of Illini related stories from around the media landscape

Kind of a rough weekend…losses in volleyball and football, but basketball is just around the corner. One team managed to salvage the weekend, though.
Soccer defeats Cornhuskers, secures second place in Big Ten

The Illinois soccer team has tied the longest winning streak in program history after tallying its seventh consecutive conference victory this weekend against the Big Ten’s newest addition.

The Kicking Illini wrapped up 2nd place in the Big Ten, and gaining sweet revenge for the loss in volleyball to the Cornhuskers.

Former Illini Jereme Richmond keeps struggling on road to NBA

Richmond was jailed Friday for allegedly failing a drug test imposed as a condition of his bond.

Yet in an interview he gave the Tribune two days before his latest run-in with trouble, Richmond, 19, was upbeat, describing his problems as “hiccups” common to many teens. He vowed they would not keep him from his goal of becoming a successful professional basketball player.

“I will be on somebody’s roster,” he said. “I believe it will happen for me.”

I know it’s popular to run down Jereme, and I think a lot of that is richly deserved. But at what point do you stop ascribing this sort of thing to simple bad behavior and start thinking about some form of mental illness? He has to know he’s screwing up and that he’s on a short leash. Why does Richmond keep doing such stupid things? It’s an utter mystery to me. Perhaps a psychiatrist or social worker would be able to help him work some things out.

BCS rankings: Illinois drops out of top 25, Wisconsin 15th

Meantime, Illini Head Coach Ron Zook said in an Associated Press report: “No one on this team is a quitter. No players, no coaches, no one on this team will quit.”

The Illini have scored the fourth-most points (100) in the Big Ten this year, trailing only Wisconsin (138), Michigan (114) and Northwestern (114). However, they’ve also given up the fourth-most points (93) in the Big Ten, trailing only Indiana (161), Northwestern (155) and Minnesota (144).

Quick shoutout to the Rock River area! Interesting point about the points scored/points given up. Every game the Fighting Illini have played has been close, except for the Indiana game. However, Illinois is actually 6th in points surrendered and 6th in points scored. This is smack dab in the middle of the B1G, right what you’d expect for a .500 team.

Weber pleased with team in Orange and Blue scrimmage

A buzzer-beating game-winner by a counted-on newcomer.

Acrobatic plays from a third-year player who has always beckoned with promise.

And a glimpse of what could be from the team’s most significant big man.

The Illini basketball team delivered a little of everything in Sunday’s Orange & Blue intrasquad scrimmage and at least left an Assembly Hall crowd of 4,000 with a feeling of hope.

After watching and live-blogging the game yesterday, I, too, am hopeful. I’ll be putting up a full account of the game, with player-by-player evaluations later on today. Watch for that!

Tags: Basketball Bruce Weber Football Illini Illini Basketball Illini Soccer Ron Zook

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