Bob Asmussen

Bob Asmussen

First and 10: Asmussen's 10 all-time best Big Ten running backs

Our college football writer ranks the Big Ten's all-time best running backs:

1. Archie Griffin, Ohio State

Only two-time Heisman Trophy winner remains among the FBS rushing leaders almost 45 (his college number) years after his career ended.

Asmussen | Back with Terps, Locksley settles into head coaching life

You always knew Mike Locksley would get another chance as a head coach.

Too much potential.

Locksley's first stop at New Mexico wasn't a fair fight. The Lobos were a mess when he got there. He probably should have said "Thanks, but no thanks," when the school called.

Third and long: Asmussen's most draftable Illini for 2020

Our college football writer is counting down the days until the 2019 season. Here are the Illini most likely to get the call in the 2020 NFL Draft:

Four downs: Former Illini defensive back Asim Pleas

Illinois football beat writer Bob Asmussen chatted with former Illini defensive back Asim Pleas, who started for Lou Tepper and Ron Turner from 1996-99. He had a monster game in Illinois' classic 1999 comeback win at Michigan, recording 11 tackles. That was 20 years and four kids ago for Pleas, who lives in Miami with wife Brandy. Son Asim Jr.

Asmussen | Lucky charms the envy of Illini's Edwards

LEXINGTON, Ky. — When she first arrives at John Cropp Stadium today, Illinois senior pitcher Taylor Edwards will go hunting.

Not for strikeouts or pop flies.

Greener than those. And harder to find.

She'll be looking for four-leaf clovers.

Top of the Morning, May 17, 2019

Thirty years ago, Champaign Central's BRENT and CHAD RAKERS teamed up in the Charlie Due baseball tournament. On Saturday, the former Maroons will be back to throw out the first pitch at 8 p.m. Friday at Spalding Park.

The Rakers will be joined for the first pitch by their dad, HARRY, a longtime area baseball coach and administrator.

Asmussen | Eager Illini take Cinderella dreams into NCAA regional

Three berths in the last four NCAA tournaments. Three trips to Lexington. Ky.

Talk about your old Kentucky home.

The Illinois softball team doesn't need directions to the site of Friday's regional opener against Virginia Tech. John Cropp Stadium has become a home away from home for the Illini. Well, sort of.

Tournament Talk: Illini men's golf Q&A

The Illinois men's golf team begins NCAA regional play today at Myrtle Beach, S.C. Staff writer Bob Asmussen caught up with the Illini regulars before they tee off:

Bryan Baumgarten Jr., Granite Bay, Calif.

Asmussen | Small's passion for Illinois - and winning - remains unmatched

CHAMPAIGN — It's lunchtime Wednesday at bustling Black Dog near downtown Champaign. There's a celebrity in the room: arguably, the most successful coach in Illinois history — in any sport.

You might think his presence would cause a stir. If Lovie Smith or Brad Underwood walked in, there would certainly be handshakes, a selfie or two and some rubber-necking.

Tuscola elementary students show fundraising prowess

Have good news to share? Email Jim Rossow at

TUSCOLA — The students, faculty and staff at North Ward Elementary recently demonstrated their ability to raise funds — and their willingness to give back to the community.