Signing day brings more than just player additions

Illinois coach Lovie Smith discusses his two newest linebackers Shammond Cooper and Tarique Barnes and his two newest coaches Miles Smith and Keynodo Hudson.

Illinois finalizes defensive staff

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois football coach Lovie Smith officially rounded out his defensive coaching staff Wednesday afternoon. The Illini coach will resume his dual role as defensive coordinator for the 2019 season, Miles Smith was kept on as a full-time assistant as linebackers coaches and Keynodo Hudson was hired as cornerbacks coach.

Shammond Cooper is waiting to sign on the dotted line

Lovie Smith has already landed the majority of his 2019 class, but will add at least two more recruits today, including four-star linebacker Shammond Cooper  out of

St. Louis Trinity Catholic. Beat writer SCOTT RICHEY breaks down the class as a whole:

Illini set spring game for April 13

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois football will start spring practices March 26 and will hold a spring game for the first time since 2015 at 1 p.m. on April 13 at Memorial Stadium. Admission for the spring game will be free and is the only event on the spring calendar open to the public.

Third and long: Asmussen's most important Illini recruits in past 30 years

Our college football writer is counting down the days until the 2019 season. Here are his most important Illini recruits of the past three decades:

Asmussen | Ex-UI lineman 'so grateful' to take another title shot with Patriots

I have talked to Super Bowl players before. Lots of them. Howard Griffith, Jameel Cook, Simeon Rice, Eugene Wilson, Greg Lewis, Kelvin Hayden, Dave Diehl and Pierre Thomas to name a few.

But never during Super Bowl week.

Until now.

Asmussen | McMahon right at home on Ed Orgeron staff at LSU

Greg McMahon, the pride of Rantoul, has found another happy place. This time in Baton Rouge, La.

The longtime special teams coach at Illinois turned longtime special teams coach with the New Orleans Saints just completed his first year with the LSU Tigers.

Tate | Sensible fixes to save sports

Imagine all the things you'd like to change about sports.

Me too.

Like removing college football from the gender equity equation, and equalizing men and women scholarship numbers without Division I football's monstrous numbers (85).

Four downs: Former Illini center Alex Hill

Illinois football beat writer Bob Asmussen chatted with former Illini center Alex Hill, who is now a regional sales manager for Nilfisk. The company makes floor cleaning equipment. Hill, 27, lives in Aurora with wife Mariah (Smith), a former Illinois track athlete. They have a 5-month-old son Dallas. He weighed 9 pounds, 9 ounces at birth.

Just Askin' | Grange Grove beer sales

Q: How much revenue do beer sales at Grange Grove bring in?

A: Nearly $1,500 per game during the 2018 football season.

During six games at Memorial Stadium last year, the Grange Grove beer tent brought in $8,704.