Third and long: Asmussen's favorite TV networks for college football

Our college football writer is counting down the days until the 2019 season. Here are his favorite TV networks for college football:


For me, it will never get better than watching/listening to Keith Jackson calling rivalry games late in the season. He's been gone more than a year and he continues to be missed.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: June 16, 2019

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James B. "Scotty" Reston is one of the University of Illinois' most influential alumni (1932), but it's largely unknown that he was a two-sport letter winner for the Illini.

Top 50 most important Illini: No. 47 Casey Washington

Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Scott Richey is counting down the Top 50 most important Illini heading into the 2019 season:

No. 47: Casey Washington

Vitals: 6-2, 175, Fr., WR

Hometown: Pflugerville, Texas

High School: Pflugerville

Tate | Devil in the defense for progressing UI football

While we're waiting to see who'll line up at quarterback for Illinois in 2019, here are numbers that speak even louder.

Think Defense. With a capital D. Twelve Illini opponents in 2018 averaged 6.0 yards per rush. Only Oregon State and UConn finished below Illinois (508.3) in yards permitted per game. More than anything, that explains a 4-8 record.

Asmussen | New job at Delaware 'makes sense' for former Illini leader Cubit

Delaware Stadium hasn't changed much since Bill Cubit was a receiver and quarterback for the Blue Hens in the early 1970s. The 22,000-seat facility, one of the largest in the FCS, was built in 1952.

"It's interesting because the only thing that's different in the stadium from when I played is they put FieldTurf in," Cubit said.

Free-pass tally tips cap to Dowling's power at the plate for Spartans

ST. JOSEPH — Five pitchers can lay claim to striking out St. Joseph-Ogden's Bailey Dowling during the 2019 prep softball season.

None of that quintet produced more than one punchout versus the longtime Alabama commit.

The last on the list was Mattoon's Raven Morrison, who must have wiped her brow when Dowling tipped a ball into the catcher's mitt for strike three.

Rain washes out Saturday's round of UI Open

SAVOY — Derek Meinhart spent last week north of the border.

A friend of his, Joseph Deraney, qualified for the PGA Tour's RBC Canadian Open and was in need of a caddy.

Meet the first team | 2019 N-G All-Area softball

Natalie Bates | Tuscola, SS, Sr.

Why she made the team: After missing her junior season with a knee injury, Bates roared back to the tune of

First and 10: Asmussen's 10 choices for the 2020 College Football Hall of Fame class

Our college football writer ranks his choices for the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Ballots are due Friday: