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Illinois coach wants program to reflect him after troubles

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) The Illinois women's basketball team hopes to move beyond an offseason of legal problems after former players accused the coach of running a racially abusive program.

But it was clear Thursday at the team's media day that those troubles are shaping what the team does now.

Coach Mike Bollant said he knew even before troubles surfaced that he needed to take steps to make sure the team reflected more of what he called his optimistic nature.


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2 Notre Dame36-3
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2 Tennessee30-6
3 South Carolina34-3
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5 Connecticut38-1
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