Bob Asmussen

Bob Asmussen

Asmussen | This time, let's keep these resolutions

Ahhh, New Year's resolutions ... aka promises made to be broken.

Let's start with the basics: eat better and exercise more.

Turns out not all vegetables are gross, especially if you add the proper amount of cheese and bacon. A plate of broccoli shouldn't cause me nightmares.

Everything in moderation. Yes, pizza is the best food ever. But you don't need it for every meal.

Asmussen | Braggin' Rights meltdown inspires little hope for rest of Illini's season

ST. LOUIS — Postgame buzz on Saturday night inside the Enterprise Center centered around Jeremiah Tilmon and Javon Pickett.

They deserved it. The Missouri tandem played brilliantly.

And the fact that they were one-time Illinois signees only added to the chatter.

Ex-Illini has high hopes for Thomas' future

Terry Hawthorne is thrilled his former player, Jeff Thomas, is joining the Illinois football team.

"I feel good that he came back home, came back to the Orange and Blue family," Hawthorne said on Saturday.

But ...

"I would have loved for him to be in those shoes from the start," Hawthorne said. "Things happen and he makes his own decisions."

Asmussen | Bardo calls with charm

ST. LOUIS — Illinois fans should be happy about the analyst BTN picked to call tonight's Braggin' Rights game against Missouri: Stephen Bardo.

Start with the obvious: He is one of you. Bardo played four years for Lou Henson, helping the Flyin' Illini to the 1989 Final Four.

So, that's all good.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 21, 2018

For as long as anyone can remember, the Illinois-Missouri Braggin' Rights men's basketball game has been a December staple on the ESPN networks.

Until Saturday.

Breaking a long tradition, the game will air on BTN for the first time, with KEVIN KUGLER and former Illini STEPHEN BARDO calling the action.

Asmussen | What's next for Lovie? Find leader for defense

Illinois football coach Lovie Smith took care of his most pressing business Wednesday, signing 11 players to letters of intent.

Next on his to-do list: Hire a defensive coordinator. And figure out the rest of his staff.

"No timeline," Smith said. "You have to have priorities. Our priorities have been getting to this day, getting to this first signing period."

Asmussen | Contract extension stands as proof to recruits that Lovie is here to stay

Lovie Smith hasn't been available to the media since after the Nov. 24 season finale at Northwestern.

Today at Memorial Stadium, we get our next chance. I have many questions. Lots and lots of questions.

Like "What does a two-year contract extension mean to you?"

Asmussen | No rivalry quite like Braggin' Rights

Missouri week is here. Finally.

After Saturday's easy win against East Tennessee State, Illinois coach Brad Underwood answered question after question about what just happened. Why didn't Ayo Dosunmu play? (late for shootaround). Were the Illini less aggressive in the second half? (Credit East Tennessee State.) What did Samba Kane mean to the team? ("He's been great.")

Smith's revised contract drops buyout cost to $1 million in 2021

CHICAGO — If Illinois dismisses Lovie Smith without cause after his sixth or seventh year on the job, it would owe him $1 million, under the terms of his revised contract.

That's a fraction of the $12 million buyout Smith's contract called for following this past season, his third as Illini football coach.

Asmussen | Charlie Finn loved his Illini

Charlie Finn dreamed big. And inspired others to dream big, too.

Like me.

We lost Charlie on Dec. 8. His 85 years will be celebrated during a memorial service at 10 a.m. today at Savoy United Methodist Church. Afterward, there will be a lunch in the 77 Club at Memorial Stadium.