Bob Asmussen

Bob Asmussen

Asmussen | Finally, college baseball is catching fire

For those of us fortunate enough to grow up in Omaha, Neb., college baseball has always been a really big deal.

Being the home of the College World Series since 1950 made it a must.

Great to see the rest of the country is catching on.

Top of the Morning, May 31, 2019

RICHARD CROSS won't need Google Maps to get to today's Illinois-Clemson baseball game at Swayze Field.

The ESPNU play-by-play announcer knows the Mississippi campus well. He went to school there and still lives in Oxford.

Asmussen | Harris fits right in with experienced roster

Call him "Gramps," "Pops" or the "World's Oldest Sophomore," it doesn't bother Josh Harris.

The Marine-turned-Illinois relief pitcher is having the time of his life.

"Like I've been telling people all season, I'm super happy I chose to come play here," Harris said.

Asmussen | Fun's over, now time for Illini to get down to business

If you drove by Urbana Country Club at 11:20 Monday morning, you heard a loud roar. And it wasn't a reaction to an ace.

Inside, on two huge screens, the Illinois baseball players and coaches saw their name go on the board for this year's NCAA tournament. That's when the cheering started in a room full of supporters, including Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman.

Asmussen | Belgium-to-Illinois pipeline continues to pay off for Mike Small

Pieters and Detry bring credibility to program in convincing talented Belgian players to pick Illini

The Belgium-to-Illinois men's golf connection started with Thomas Pieters. Then, Thomas Detry. And now Giovanni Tadiotto and Adrien Dumont de Chassart, a Big Ten medalist as a freshman.

All four have played critical roles in Illinois' long run of NCAA tournament success.

'That’s how we’ve built this thing'

The Illinois men’s golf team is making its 12th consecutive appearance in the NCAA championships. The tournament starts today at Blessing Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark., and concludes next Wednesday.

Top of the Morning, May 24, 2019

For as long as News-Gazette Media radio operations Manager JIM LEWIS can remember, WDWS has been the local radio home for the Indianapolis 500.

The tradition continues at 10 a.m. Sunday with prerace and race coverage. The green flag drops at 11 a.m.

MARK JAYNES returns as the Voice of the Indianapolis 500, a role he took in 2016.

Asmussen | Van Scoy out to make new memories in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. — Of course, Illinois third baseman Grant Van Scoy is thrilled to be playing Big Ten tournament games at home. The Papillion, Neb., native has a cheering section of 60-plus at this week's games.

"It means a lot to play in front of my family and friends again," Van Scoy said.

Asmussen | Roundtree's injury reminds us life is fragile

We see football players in their helmets and body armor. Looking invincible.

Until we are reminded — over and over and over again — that they are human. Flesh and blood, just like the rest of us.

They are not immune to tragedy. They don't have any special guarantees. Bad things happen to even the biggest and strongest.

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: