Sept. 10 Bob Asmussen chat

Sept. 10 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 10:00am

How did Illinois look against Western Illinois? Who filled Mikey Dudek's place at receiver? How well did the freshmen perform?

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

Bob Asmussen wrote on September 10, 2018 at 10:09 am
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Welcome back to another Bob Asmussen chat. I am going to be here for about an hour, then have to jump on the American teleconference before the Illinois press conference. Mondays are busy and fun.

Hope everyone had a great weekend. I watched a lot of football and watched a lot of football. Then, on Sunday, I mixed it up and watched baseball and football.

Big win for Illinois, which survived the loss of quarterback AJ Bush. I thought M.J. Rivers played well off the bench. I don't think this week's starter will be known until kickoff.

Enough stalling, time to get to your questions. As always, thanks for your participation.

 

Q wrote on September 10, 2018 at 10:09 am

First time in chats. I love reading all information concerning my Illini. I'm down here in Texas so forgive me if my question is out of sorts. What update do you have on the OL Kieven Meyers ( I think that's how it's spelled)?

Bob Asmussen wrote on September 10, 2018 at 10:09 am
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Q,

 

Welcome to the chat. Hope to hear from you in the future.

After clearing academic issues, Myers joined the team recently. He is going to be behind physically. But the the new redshirt rule will allow him to get on the field later in the season. He is a huge kid and I know the coaches were excited to get him, And I think recruiting Texas is a smart move for Lovie Smith and his staff.

 

Anonymous User wrote on September 10, 2018 at 10:09 am

Now that Cam Thomas has decided to transfer, do you see others leaving? How will this effect the class of 2019? With ten commits now what do you think will be the number of commits we take? Seems like we also have to get some commits on both sides of the line doesn't it? 

Bob Asmussen wrote on September 10, 2018 at 10:09 am
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Anon,

 

I don't think a lot of players will leave. Cam Thomas was in unique situation because he was behind a senior and had three freshmen behind him, Had he stayed on the team, I believe he would have gone in Saturday after AJ Bush was hurt. I am trying to find out about his next stop.

I don't think Thomas leaving will have a major impact on the 2019 class. The team already has a quarterback commit, Isaiah Williams. He will compete with the three freshmen. And I won't be surprised if Illinosi adds another grad transfer quarterback.

No question, most of the final spots in the 2019 class will go to linemen on both sides of the ball. If there is a great receiver or defensive back or running back that wants to come, the coaches will find a spot for him too.

The class will end up with 18-22 players.

 

Anonymous User wrote on September 10, 2018 at 10:09 am

Reading your article on the Smith bros. made me want to write. I've been an Illini fan for over 50 yrs. it takes something pretty monumental for me to miss a game. Last wk. I skipped a visitation to watch the game. I watch from kickoff to final buzzer no matter the score. Of course I'd rather see them win but my joy is just watching the orange and blue. Do you think there's something wrong with me or are there other out there like me? P.S. I'm the same way with Da Bears although last nite was really hard to take.

Bob Asmussen wrote on September 10, 2018 at 10:09 am
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Anon 2,

 

There is nothing wrong with you. You are a loyal fan. That's a good thing and something to be proud of.

I hear from people that Illinois will never win at a high level and I don't buy it. The team has been close to finding that consistency a few times during my 30 years in Champaign. The right combination of coaching and talent can win anywhere. Including C-U.

 

 

Anonymous User wrote on September 10, 2018 at 10:09 am

I thought I saw that a decision whether to procede with hockey would maybe be made by the end of the year. The biggest thing would be the facility and how to pay for it where the sport would be played correct? I also saw that community businessmen or businesswomen would be consulted and would have a hand in the financing of the facility. Would this mean the university wouldn't own it, or would own it, or a portion of it and some kind of multipurpose arena would be built to share with other sports and concerts and things like that? What do you see happening here and how close to fruition do see this coming together? What sports would share in it? You would have to add a women's sport also correct? And would that sport be hockey also? One last question is how realistic is it that we could beat South Florida at Soldiers Field this Saturday? I think a win in Chicago would be great for recruiting in the Chicago area! Thanks for the chats!

Bob Asmussen wrote on September 10, 2018 at 10:09 am
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Anon 3,

While it hasn't been officially announced as a done deal, I believe hockey is coming to Illinois. There is excitement in the community and at the school. And Illinois is working on an agreement for Champaign to build the arena at a downtown site near train station. It will be great for downtown and is not too far for the students to get there.

I think volleyball, wrestling and gymnastics will use the new facility for competition, which will add to its appeal.

To me, adding women's hockey is the most logical idea. It has been a hit at some schools. No reason it can't be a hit here.

Yes, Illinois can win Saturday against South Florida, but it will have to play an errorless game and maybe force a couple turnovers. If Illinois wins, it is a huge victory for Lovie Smith's program. It won't guarantee a bowl bid, but gets the team closer. South Florida is a good team and better than most projected.

 

Bob Asmussen wrote on September 10, 2018 at 10:09 am
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Wow, you took it easy on me today. Thanks for all of your great questions.

I will be back next Monday at the same time. If you have any questions between now and then, feel free to email me at asmussen@news-gazette.com.

If you are in Champaign tonight, stop by The Esquire for "Monday SportsTalk." Former Illini safety Kevin Mitchell will be our guest. Hope to see you there.

Have a great week everybody.