Bob Asmussen's three random thoughts
Television normally messes with our college football universe.
Not this time.
For a change, the networks have picked a reasonable time for a West Coast Illinois game.
Fox will air the Sept. 13 Illinois-Washington game at a reasonable 3 p.m. (Champaign-Urbana time).
Besides allowing fans to get to bed before “Saturday Night Live,” it will also keep the Illini in a normal game-week pattern.
Nothing harder on a team than playing at 7 p.m. on the Left Coast, then having to fly all night back to C-U.
A bonus: The reasonable kickoff time will allow us reporter types to actually spend some time on our stories.
So, you will get the freshest stuff from Matt Daniels, Loren Tate and yours truly.
That would be my advice to top players in the state of Illinois.
Why? Because often when they leave, it doesn’t work out.
Former Joliet Catholic star Ty Isaac is the latest to consider a return home.
The running back first went to Southern Cal but is looking to the Big Ten, possibly Illinois.
That follows recent returnees Kyle Prater (Southern Cal to Northwestern) and Wes Lunt (Oklahoma State to Illinois).
Of course, players should pick the school they feel best about, no matter where it is located.
But when they go outside their home area, their comfort level isn’t the same.
The reality is that a player from far away won’t always be treated as well by the coaching staff and fan base.
Why? Because a recruit from a nearby school knows he has the protection of future recruiting.
If a college coach knows he wants to go back to the same school time after time, he needs to treat those players well.
If it is a one-shot deal, the consistent effort won’t be the same.
College coaches always preach area loyalty.
The problem comes when they try to take players out of another area.
The Big Ten last Thursday named its 2014 Sportsmanship Award winners.
In the least- shocking decision ever, former quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase was one of two Illinois winners (softball player Jenna Mychko was the other).
For those who got to know Scheelhaase during his time at Illinois, there has never been a better guy in the program.
He treated everyone with respect and kindness, even reporters.
He answered tough questions after losses and made time for the fans.
When he attended public events, Scheelhaase waited until every autograph seeker was satisfied.
He looked at the quarterback job as being bigger than just about throwing and running. It was a leadership position.
Two bowl trips in his first two years set him up for one of the best careers in school history.
It didn’t end like he wanted, but you would never know it from listening to him.
We like to point out the Big Ten flaws. This time, the league got it right.