Illinois Football Sharp In Non-Contact Session

Muhammad Abdullah prepares for the 2000 season.
Muhammad Abdullah prepares for the 2000 season.

March 31, 2000

PRACTICE NOTES: The University of Illinois football team took to the field today for a two-hour non-contact session before a crowd of 1,650 high school coaches in 65-degree westher at the East Practice Fields at Memorial Stadium.

"We looked very sharp today," head coach Ron Turner said. "We will see more action tomorrow during the scrimmage, but today was good for us to get the fundamentals and plays down."

ILLINI SCRIMMAGE: The Illini will take to the field Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. for a scrimmage following the conclusion of the IHSA clinic. Warm-ups will begin at 2 p.m. followed by the scrimmage at 2:30 p.m. at the North fields on the corner of First and Stadium Drive.

DUNGY TO SPEAK AT IHSA CLINIC: Tampa Bay Buccaneer head coach Tony Dungy will speak to a record crowd of 1,650 tomorrow at Illinois High School Association's Coaches Clinic. The three-day clinic is enjoying it's largest turnout since the programs inception. The coaches were able to listen to lectures and chalktalk during the morning sessions on Friday, followed by the Illini practice in the afternoon.

UNDER THE LIGHTS: Notice the change in the practice schedule, Illinois will practice under the lights on Friday, April 7th at the Illinois Soccer field off St. Mary's Rd. The practice will be open to the public and the media and will feature some 11-on-11 scrimmage work.

PRACTICE TIMES: Practices are open to the public and media and photographers will be able to shoot the first 20 minutes. The 2000 spring practice times are as follows:

Practice #7Saturday, April 12:00 p.m.
Practice #8Monday, April 33:45 p.m.
Practice #9Tuesday, April 43:45 p.m.
Practice #10Thursday, April 63:45 p.m.
Practice #11Friday, April 77 p.m.
Practice #12Monday, April 103:45 p.m.
Practice #13Wednesday, April 123:45 p.m.
Practice #14Thursday, April 133:45 p.m.
Spring GameSaturday, April 152:00 p.m.