May 28 Bob Asmussen chat

May 28 Bob Asmussen chat

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 11:00am

What is the latest news on injured Illinois defensive end Bobby Roundtree? How can I send my best wishes to Roundtree and his family? What kind of an emotional impact will his injury have on the rest of the players?

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 May 28, 2019 at 11:05 am
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Welcome back to another Bob Asmussen chat. I will be here for about an hour.

Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend. I went down to Busch Stadium to watch the Atlanta Braves split two with the Cardinals. I think I have told you this before, but I am a lifelong Braves fan. I felt bad Sunday night for the Cardinals fans who went with us.

In college baseball, Illinois is going back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since the 2015 powerhouse. Dan Hartleb and his guys want to get back to the super regional. Possible. Getting off to a good start against Clemson on Friday is a must.

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

 

Panera Guy wrote on May 28, 2019 at 11:05 am

Bob,

I hope you were able to pass along the thoughts and prayers to Bobby Roundtree, wishing him well during his recovery. If you haven't already answered the question in the chat, please let us know if there are any updates to his condition.

Any word on Matt Fink's possible transfer to Illinois? I had read somewhere that there were some questions about his graduation from USC, but it's been quiet ever since. 

Thanks again for the chats, I hope you had a nice Memorial Day weekend.

 

Bob Asmussen wrote on May 28, 2019 at 11:05 am
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Panera Guy,

 

I did pass along your thoughts about Bobby Roundtree. School administrators are aware of the great interest in Bobby's recovery from the fans. As I understand it, there will be information released soon detailing ways that fans can help.

Knowing Illinois fans like I do, I imagine there will be overwhelming support for Bobby Roundtree. There are great people who follow the program and care about the athletes and coaches involved.

The school has to make sure it follows rules in terms of privacy laws, etc.

I have been impressed by the reaction from the Illinois coaches and staff. Lovie Smith went to see Bobby Roundtree immediately and so did defensive line coach Austin Clark. It means so much to the patient and his family to have caring people around.

On Matt Fink, I have been told he is coming. He has some work to finish up this summer, but it souonds like he will be here as soon as he can.

Will he be ready to play right away? No way to know right now. It will be interesting to see how it goes.

 

I have some Illinois facilities questions. Anonymous User wrote on May 28, 2019 at 11:05 am

The information and prognosis on Roundtree's injury is very guarded as well it should be. Reports came out he was sitting up and eating sound promising, But I fear the lack of news isn't all that good either. I would imagine playing FB again is something only he would dream about. Hopefully he will be alright. 

Bob Asmussen wrote on May 28, 2019 at 11:05 am
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Anon,

 

I would not read too much into the lack of information on Bobby Roundtree. There are rules and procedures that have to be followed.

I understand the high interest in the case. I have the same feelings. But it is important for Bobby Roundtree and his family be allowed to handle it the way they think will be best.

I know this for certain: Bobby Roundtree is getting the best care available.

As soon as we get inforrmation, we will put it on IlliniHQ immediately.

mustwhiz1 wrote on May 28, 2019 at 11:05 am

Bob: Any timetable for Ford to be cleared, hopefully? Anything new on the transfer QB market or other positions? Would u agree that the season rests with the QB and WRs and their development? As it stands now, it's hard to see a bowlgame even if the running game excells. Thnks for your recent gof articles...the really have ben special!  Jim

Bob Asmussen wrote on May 28, 2019 at 11:05 am
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Mustwhiz1,

The last I heard about Luke Ford, the process is moving forward. The school is hoping for a resolution sooner rather than later. I thought he would be a lock to be eligible when he first applied. Now, I am not so sure after the initial rejection. I understand Illinois has made a strong case.

You are right about the QB and receivers having a major impact on the season. The running game figures to be strong, but the offense will be one-dimensional without solid play in the passing game.

I continue to tout Isaiah Williams as the answer at quarterback. Expecially if he is able to get a lot of work done here in the summer.

The key to a bowl game for Illinois, in my mind, is the team getting off to a 3-0 start. That would mean it needs only a 3-6 record in the Big Ten. Possible. Not for sure, but possible. Just don't ask me to predict the three wins.

mustwhiz1 wrote on May 28, 2019 at 11:05 am

Bob: Who would be a good person to talk to at the NG to solve some problems with the HQ subscription? Thx. 

Bob Asmussen wrote on May 28, 2019 at 11:05 am
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mustwhiz1,

 

Email me at asmussen@news-gazette.com. I will get you in touch with the right person. I will get back to you right after the chat,

Sorry about that.

Illini Football Fan wrote on May 28, 2019 at 11:05 am

Bob -

As a hypothetical committee member with the NCAA, what rule changes would you recommend in governing and monitoring the transfer portals of all sports, including grad and undergrad? 

 

Thanks

Bob Asmussen wrote on May 28, 2019 at 12:05 pm
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Illini Football Fan,

 

First, they are never puting me on a committee, though I would love the job.

I wrote a column about this early in the Luke Ford case: Make everything transparent and equal. I want to know why a transfer is eligible at Miami and Ohio State, but not at Illinois. It should be either all or nothing. The NCAA gets itself into trouble when the decisions seem so random.

The best idea I have heard is that a player in any sport can transfer one time without penalty. But, if she or he wants to go to a third school, then the athlete must sit out a year and loses one year of eligibility. I don't think it's a good thing for athletes to go to three or more schools in four years.

I have some Illinois facilities questions. Anonymous User wrote on May 28, 2019 at 12:05 pm

One of the questions you put out there for the chats is who will be the next commiment for the FB team? Who do you think it will be?  With the Harper kid from Simeon decommiting that hurts because we didn't sign a strong OL group last year. Why do you think he changed his mind so quickly and do you think he has closed the door on the Illini, and have we closed the door on him? Also we seemed to have upped our recruiting in-state and in the St. Louis area. Also we seem to have connections in Texas and Florida. I know we seemed to get some god kids out of Ohio and  Pennsylvania in years past but not now. Is that strictly a result of where the coaches have conections or what? Lastly with our coaching staff do you see any other areas of the country we might try and go recruit? Hopefully we will start getting some more players from Chicago and its suburbs also. Far to many kids leave this state don't you think?

Bob Asmussen wrote on May 28, 2019 at 12:05 pm
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Anon2,

 

Lots of very good questions. Thanks.

I'd be throwing darts guessing on the next recruit. Logic tells me to look to the St. Louis and Chicago areas. Trinity Catholic and East St. Louis have been good to Illinois in recent years and that seems likely to continue.

I'm not sure what happened with Marcus Harper. He's got a bunch of Power 5 offers from the Big Ten, Big 12 and ACC. Never say never, but I don't think he will rejoin the Illinois class.

During the Ron Zook and Tim Beckman eras, the coaches had strong ties to Ohio and Pennsylvania. Those have gone away and been replaced by ties in Texas and parts of the South.

One area where I expect Illinois to get heavily involved is Charlottoe, N.C. New offensive line coach Bob McClain knows it well.

The best Illinois football teams in my 30 years here included a strong group from the state and nearby. That should always be the goal for the Illinois staff and I think it is now.

 

Illini Football Fan wrote on May 28, 2019 at 12:05 pm

Bob -

What things should be done to significant curb/reduce corruption in ameteur sports? Should there be giving/donation limits with sponsorships or donations to schools? Should there be ratio requirements with funds distributed to DIAs/Athetics and academia? For example, for every dollar donated to a school/entity, a percentage must be given toward academia or non-sports general fund of a given school or entity.  Should coaches salaries be reduced to be equitable to tenured faculty or tecahers? What are your ideas coming out of your magic wand? Should ameteurism be re-defined? Especially with compensation disussions of likeness/marketing value be deferred to posrt-graduation compensation?

Thanks

Bob Asmussen wrote on May 28, 2019 at 12:05 pm
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Illini Football Fan,

 

Sadly there has been corruption in sports pretty much since the beginning of the games. Fixing, under-the-table payments, etc.

I don't think there is one answer that will cure it all. But I do think there are some changes will will help.

I go back and forth on whether or not athletes should be paid. But the bottom line is the bottom line. There is not enough money to pay everybody. If you pay a football player you must pay a volleyball player or wrestler. The athletic programs will all go broke.

Allowing more scholarship money related to the cost of education has always made sense to me because of the time burden of sports. My son or daughter can work while in school if they aren't an athlete because they have the time. Not so for a center or second baseman.

I think student-athletes should be allowed to earn money for their likeness. Again, it gets tricky because you want it to be fair. Of corse, an athlete at Southern Cal would have more access to that kind of money than an athlete in Manhattan, Kan.

If this happens, it will be important for the NCAA to keep a handle on it. And it might open up more corruption. You've got to watch what you wish for.

Hope that makes sense. I will consider it more and get back to you next time.

 

Illini Football Fan wrote on May 28, 2019 at 12:05 pm

Bob -

From your point of view, how many more/less wins did this Roundtree loss costs the Illini? A bump up or down in # of wins or break even?  Sometimes, a player loss could partially derail the season or perhaps be a silver lining behind an inspired football team to perform beyond expectations.

Thanks

Bob Asmussen wrote on May 28, 2019 at 12:05 pm
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Illini Football Fan,

 

He was obviously going to have a huge impact on the team, He is the best player on the team and was a likely draft pick, Right now, what matters is Bobby Roundtree's health and well being. The football part is a topic for later.

The games will go on. One way for the team and the coaches to pay tribute to Bobby Roundtree is by giving every bit of effort they can muster.

I have not had a chance to talk to any of the current Illinois players. But I have heard they have great feelings for their injured teammate and are in his corner. Of course.

The outpouring of support for Bobby Roundtree has been so strong. From the fans to the coaches to the players. Very impressive.

 

Bob Asmussen wrote on May 28, 2019 at 12:05 pm
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I am going to close the chat off for today. Sorry about any questions I didn't get to. Thanks as always for your participation.

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

Have a great week everybody.

 

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