Dec. 5 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 10:00am

Did the College Football Playoff selection committee get it right? How is recruiting going for Lovie Smith? How will win the Heisman? For the answers to these questions and anything else on your mind, check in withour veteran college football writer.

PODCAST: Saturday SportsTalk 12-03-16

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Michael Kiser and Loren Tate host the Saturday edition of Sports Talk. They talk with Former UI AD Ron Guenther, Tim O'Halloran, Jess Settles, and Will Leitch


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Top of the morning, Dec. 2, 2016

Normally, bobbleheads don't look a lot like their subjects. But they got Gene Honda's right.

"I think the likeness is pretty spot on," said Phil Sklar, co-founder and CEO of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. "I remember Gene saying something to the effect, 'It looks great, except it looks too much like me.' "

Bob Asmussen's Huddle Up (Week 14, 2016)

Each week, college football writer — and AP Top 25 and Heisman Trophy voter — Bob Asmussen breaks down the sport he loves:

PODCAST: SportsTalk 12-1-16

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Steve Kelly and The News-Gazette's Matt Daniels talk Illinois football and trades and free agent signings in Major League Baseball.


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Cain transferring from Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — One of the more productive Illinois football players in 2015 hardly played in 2016 and likely won’t ever play again for the Illini.

Wide receiver Desmond Cain announced on his Twitter account Thursday that he is transferring from the program. Messages left with Cain were not immediately returned.

Ex-Illini to use Camp Rantoul

RANTOUL — Football academies are popular on the East Coast.

The academies, designed to shore up a youngster’s academics and give him a better chance to play college football, are practically nonexistent in the Midwest, according to former Illinois offensive lineman Marques Sullivan.

Dec. 1 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 3:30pm

What were the differences for the Illini in snapping a three-game losing streak with Tuesday night's win against North Carolina State? How hot is John Groce's seat? What positions do Lovie Smith and his staff need to fill with the 2017 recruiting class? What area high school boys' basketball teams might make a run to Peoria? How does The News-Gazette pick its All-State football team?

Phillips highlights All-Big Ten picks

CHAMPAIGN — Two summers ago, Carroll Phillips proclaimed he wanted to shatter the single-season sacks record established by former Illinois greats Whitney Mercilus and Simeon Rice.

“My goal is to beat Simeon’s record,” Phillips said at the time. “I’m already striving to get that.”

UI roundup: Smoot, Phillips among award finalists

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois football defensive ends Dawuane Smoot and Carroll Phillips saw their collegiate careers end Saturday, but they’re still being recognized for their contributions to the Illini.