Bob Asmussen offers up the next team on his Top 50 countdown this fall.
No. 18: Florida
Coach: Will Muschamp
2013 record: 4-8
Projected 2014 record: 8-4
Circle the date: Sept. 20 at Alabama
Counting down the 50 most important Illini.
No. 18: Dawuane Smoot, LEO
CHAMPAIGN — The price tag for the massive renovation of State Farm Center is about to get even bigger.
The $165 million budget could bump up to almost $170 million pending approval from the UI Board of Trustees.
The board meets Thursday in Chicago to consider the request for a budget increase and several other proposals, including a raise for basketball coach John Groce.
CHARLESTON — Tom Michael had to choke back emotions as he formally accepted his new position as athletic director at Eastern Illinois University on Tuesday at the Baker/Warmoth Hall of Champions at Lantz Arena.
Somebody called me a “know-it-all.” Actually, the opposite is true.
I don’t know enough. Doubts and unanswered questions carom through my brain like an off-track locomotive. Mostly without resolution.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois football players and coaches woke up Tuesday morning to devastating news.
Former Illini offensive lineman Shawn Afryl died Monday night during a work-
out at Winona State University in Winona, Minn., the school announced Tuesday afternoon.
GLENVIEW — Illinois men’s golf coach Mike Small watched Alex Burge move up the leaderboard Monday at the 65th Illinois Open.
Burge, one of Small’s players, was 1 stroke out of the lead after the first round at The Glen Club.
On Tuesday, Small was one of the biggest movers, carding a 6-under-par 66 to vault from 88th to a tie for ninth at 143.
Brian Moline delivers the latest in sports headlines, chats Cubs/Cards with Rob Neyer (FoxSports.com), then talks with author/public speaker Joe Alexander about his speech to U of I campers, and his upcoming book on former Illini Gene Vance.
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