Bench, support staff play big roles

Updated: February 18, 2005, 12:00 AM ET
By Elena Bergeron, Bruce Feldman and Edward McGregor | Special to ESPN Insider
Editor's note: ESPN The Magazine went behind the scenes with Illinois. The stories below do not appear in the Magazine feature.

By now, every college hoops fan in the country knows all about the Fighting Illini and their quest for perfection.

Well, you've seen and heard from the stars of the show in the current issue of ESPN The Magazine. These are the stories of the dedicated supporting cast: the assistants, strength coaches, team managers, student trainers, walk-ons and fanatics.

Edward McGregor