March 23 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 2:00pm

What was going to go in The News-Gazette's sports section this past Sunday before Brad Underwood was hired? What do other college basketball experts think of Josh Whitman's hire? How is Lovie Smith's program progressing? What area high schools are poised to have good spring sports? Sports editor Matt Daniels will answer any and all questions in his 2 p.m. chat on Thursday.

Trial of former Illini to play out on CBS

CBS’ “48 Hours” will devote its 9 p.m. Saturday broadcast to an examination of the murder case filed against former University of Illinois football team captain Curt Lovelace.

Lovelace was tried twice on charges that he suffocated his wife, Cory.

Jim Dey: A reasonably dubious rap

A Sangamon County jury had little trouble last week reaching a conclusion in the murder retrial of Quincy lawyer and former Illini football captain Curt Lovelace, agreeing on a not-guilty verdict in about two hours.

March 20 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 10:00am

What is next for the Illinois football team? Who will be the first 2018 recruit to commit? Will Illinois be able to hire top coaches for both basketball teams?

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

UI paying the price for coaching changes

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URBANA — The buyouts continued Tuesday as Illinois shed yet another coach, but top university officials say that's the cost of doing business in the high-priced world of college athletics.

March 17 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 1:00pm

Who is the next Illinois basketball coach? Will Isaiah Martinez win another national championship this weekend? What's next for Lovie Smith's program? When will Mark Smith decide on a college? Sports editor Matt Daniels will take any and all questions on a variety of topics at 1 p.m. on Friday. Feel free to submit plenty of questions ahead of time.

PODCAST: Saturday SportsTalk 03-11-17

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March 13 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 10:00am

How well did the Illinois football team perform during spring practice? What are the priorities for the team before the start of the season? Who will be the first 2018 recruit to commit to Lovie Smith?

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

Top of the Morning, March 10, 2017

A month after his own signing day, Illinois football coach LOVIE SMITH took part in a second.

Smith was a guest Thursday at the Illinois College of Business Signing Day ceremony at the Business Instructional Facility Commons. During the annual event, sophomore business students declared their majors.

Crouch working to be Illini team leader

CHAMPAIGN — Looking at him on the field, you can’t tell Illinois quarterback Chayce Crouch is limited.

On Wednesday afternoon, he high-stepped through the ropes, just like the rest of the quarterbacks, running backs and receivers. Everything was all-out for Crouch. The junior-to-be has only one speed.