Bob Asmussen

Bob Asmussen

Asmussen | Criticize him all you want, but Dakich a fan of Underwood's Illini

Dakich visits with WDWS Saturday at 10:15 a.m.

"This won't end well for Illinois."

That was ESPN2 analyst Dan Dakich right before Ayo Dosunmu's clutch three-pointer Tuesday night against Michigan State.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 8, 2019

For at least the next five years, University of Illinois fans in Chicago won't have to hit the search button on the radio to find football and men's basketball broadcasts.

Starting with football in August, WLS-AM 890 will serve as the Illinois affiliate in Chicago.

Asmussen | Lovie cuts out the middleman in decision to run Illinois defense

Of course, Lovie Smith is the new Illinois defensive coordinator. What did you think was going to happen?

The Illinois head coach did double-duty during the 2018 season, serving as his own defensive coordinator after Hardy Nickerson's resignation.

"I loved it an awful lot," Smith said. "I feel pretty comfortable in that position."

Asmussen | Illini's upset win gives fans reason to proudly don their orange

CHAMPAIGN — Go ahead, Illinois fans, wear your orange today. For the first time in a while (not counting volleyball) there is a reason to be proud.

On Tuesday night at why-wasn't-it-full State Farm Center, Brad Underwood picked up his biggest win as Illini coach. By far.

Asmussen | Kenny Battle receives a hero's welcome

All these years later — 30 to be exact — the Illinois basketball crowd still reacts to Kenny Battle. Probably always will.

One of the most beloved players in program history sat courtside Saturday as the Illini held on for a 71-64 win against fading Nebraska.

Asmussen | Ex-UI lineman 'so grateful' to take another title shot with Patriots

I have talked to Super Bowl players before. Lots of them. Howard Griffith, Jameel Cook, Simeon Rice, Eugene Wilson, Greg Lewis, Kelvin Hayden, Dave Diehl and Pierre Thomas to name a few.

But never during Super Bowl week.

Until now.

First and 10: Asmussen's UI football stars most deserving of Hall of Fame nod

Our college football writer's most worthy football candidates to join the Illinois athletics Hall of Fame:

Four downs: Former Illini center Alex Hill

Illinois football beat writer Bob Asmussen chatted with former Illini center Alex Hill, who is now a regional sales manager for Nilfisk. The company makes floor cleaning equipment. Hill, 27, lives in Aurora with wife Mariah (Smith), a former Illinois track athlete. They have a 5-month-old son Dallas. He weighed 9 pounds, 9 ounces at birth.

Third and long: Asmussen's most important Illini recruits in past 30 years

Our college football writer is counting down the days until the 2019 season. Here are his most important Illini recruits of the past three decades:

Asmussen | McMahon right at home on Ed Orgeron staff at LSU

Greg McMahon, the pride of Rantoul, has found another happy place. This time in Baton Rouge, La.

The longtime special teams coach at Illinois turned longtime special teams coach with the New Orleans Saints just completed his first year with the LSU Tigers.