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July 25 Bob Asmussen chat

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 11:00am

Did Lovie Smith wow reporters at the Big Ten Kickoff? Which new coach came across the best? What were the biggest stories at the event?

For the answers to these questions, and anything else on your mind, check in with our longtime college football writer.

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July 20 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 2:00pm

The calendar is about to officially flip to 2017-18 for area high schools and Illinois athletics alike. So another year is about to start for The News-Gazette sports staff, too. What stories do you want to see this fall? Which area athletes have an interesting story to tell? What questions do you have about area preps or the Illini?

July 19 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 12:30pm

The first July evaluation period yielded three new Illinois recruiting targets, as the Illini coaching staff hit the American southeast (and assistant coach Orlando Antigua did a little globetrotting for the FIBA U20 Euroepan Championships). With the rest of the Big Ten — OK, mostly Indiana — turning July into a commitment frenzy, who might be the first off the board to Illinois?

July 13 Ask the sports editor

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 2:00pm

When does the Big Ten hold its annual football media days? When does practice start for Lovie Smith's Illini? What Class of 2018 recruits are the Illini pursuing in football and basketball? Can Brad Underwood turn around Illinois? Sports editor Matt Daniels will answer any and all questions thrown his way at 2 p.m. on Thursday during his weekly chat.

July 12 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 12:30pm

Where are Brad Underwood and his staff going the rest of this month as recruiting picks up? How are the newcomers adjusting to summer workouts? Will Mark Smith start the first game of the season? Is the NCAA tournament in the cards for the Illini in 2018? Beat writer Scott Richey will handle any of these questions and whatever else you'd like to talk about in his 12:30 p.m. chat on Wedneday.

July 6 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 2:00pm

With Year in Review coverage coming up this weekend (preps) and next (Illinois), it's almost time to hit the reset button and turn focus to the next school year. What do you want to see from The News-Gazette sports section? What could be the biggest storylines this fall? Do you know someone who has an interesting story to tell?

July 5 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 12:30pm

The Illini's summer workouts are about to enter their second month. The Illinois coaching staff, meanwhile, is about to hit the road again for the July evaluation periods. Could Brad Underwood and Co. start to close the deal on some 2018 recruits? Will new names pop up on Illinois' recruiting radar? July could be just as interesting (and busy) as April.

July 3 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 10:00am

How many recruits will Lovie Smith have lined up before the end of the summer? What is the greatest need for the team? Which freshman football player will have the biggest impact?

For the answers to these questions, and anything else on your mind, check in with our longtime college football writer.

June 29 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 2:00pm

Year in Review coverage is coming soon to The News-Gazette for both area prep sports and Illinois athletics. What stood out to you the most during the last year? What's next for The News-Gazette sports section? Will hockey be added at Illinois? Do other sports need a commitment first? Anything is fair game as sports editor Matt Daniels tackles your questions in his 2 p.m. chat on Thursday.

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