Spring break at Illinois this week has given the Illinois football team a one-week break from spring practices. What has beat writer Matt Daniels learned through the first five practices? How's Wes Lunt looking? What about the offensive line? Don't the Illini have off-campus practices scheduled at high schools soon? How's the 2016 class looking?
Executive Sports Editor Fred Kroner is churning out plenty of All-Area selections and Player of the Year honorees this week for our winter sports. Who were some of the top athletes and teams he watched these last four months? What is his take on the area spring sports scene? Is it a good thing or bad thing that the boys' basketball state tournament will remain in Peoria through 2020?
The offseason is fully upon the Illinois men's basketball program. Our beat writer, Marcus Jackson, doesn't take one, though. That's why he's chatting on Wednesday afternoon. What was the main message in John Groce's season-ending press conference on Monday? What are the biggest areas of need for the 2015-16 season? What will the roster look like next season?
The Illinois baseball team keeps hitting home runs and winning series. More recruits are picking the Illini volleyball team. The women's basketball team took a serious hit with the transfer of Jacqui Grant. Beat writer Scott Richey is ready to answer any and all questions you might have this week with another 2 p.m. Tuesday chat.
What was Bob thinking when he picked Iowa State for the title game? Is Chris Borland's sudden retirement just the start pf a trend in football? How did the first week of spring practice go for Tim Beckman's team? Veteran sportswriter Bob Asmussen, in his 26th year at The News-Gazette, is here to answer your questions. Load him up. The trickier, the better.
Beat writer Matt Daniels will handle all inquiries regarding Tim Beckman's program as Illinois wraps up its first week of spring ball. How does Wes Lunt look? What about new co-defensive coordinator Mike Phair? Has anyone surprised the coaches? When's the spring game again? No topic is off limits and feel free to submit questions ahead of time.
Did you feel the sunshine over the weekend? It's spring time, and that mean's we're already in the thick of the Illinois baseball season. Of course, the Illini volleyball team is getting into the meat of its spring practice season, and despite the UI women's basketball season ending in the second round of the Big Ten tournament there's plenty of roundball to talk about still.
Beat writer Marcus Jackson is nearly as busy traveling as he is writing about John Groce's Illini. What does he think of Illinois' game at Alabama to open the NIT? What was his reaction to the disappointing loss to Michigan? As he looks back on the regular season, what's one game that really hurt the Illini's NCAA tournament chances? When will Illinois land a stud point guard?
What happened to the Illinois basketball team in Chicago? Should John Groce be on the hot seat? What are the key positions that need to get settled for the Illinois football team during the spring? Fire away at veteran sportswriter, who is in his 26th year on the News-Gazette staff.