Top of the Morning, April 13, 2018

Champaign's CHARLIE FINN knows more about RED GRANGE than anyone. Don't believe me? Check out Finn's program "The Galloping Ghost: Red Grange Visits Allerton" at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Allerton Park library.

Tickets are $15 for the two-hour event, which will include Finn's talk and multiple videos.

Asmussen | Moderation key to Friday college football

James Franklin still plans to show up at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 21. But he isn't going to be happy about it.

What's the beef? Nothing Illinois related. Or anti-Champaign-Urbana.

The Penn State football coach's issue is the day of the week his Nittany Lions are scheduled to play Illinois in the 2018 season: Friday.

DiLauro: 'A surreal moment'

Christian DiLauro is trying to reach the NFL. And the 23-year-old former Illinois offensive lineman is giving The News-Gazette a weekly look into his journey.

'Critical conversation' on Chief brings a bit of closure if no resolution

CHAMPAIGN — Nothing was resolved, but Tuesday's conversation about Chief Illiniwek may have provided a bit of "closure" 11 years after the Chief's last halftime dance, some participants said.

Asmussen | Offensive line play key in Illini's success

Talk all you want about the Illinois quarterbacks, receivers and running backs. They are the skill guys who pile up stats and get most of the credit for wins or losses.

But the fate of the 2018 Illini offense will be decided by the people who never touch the ball. At least, not on purpose.

Illinois entertains recruits, fans at spring scrimmage

Coach Lovie Smith and Illinois hosted a gaggle of recruits, including five-star quarterback commit Isaiah Williams, and hundreds of fans for Saturday's scrimmage. Check out highlights here.

Illini showcase run-friendly offense in spring scrimmage

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois fans and the media got their first look at Rod Smith's offense Saturday. Turns out, it is running back-friendly.

Reggie Corbin and Ra'Von Bonner had a series of long gains during a scrimmage at Memorial Stadium.

Bonner returned in the spring after missing time during his rookie season because of an injury.

UI Final Spring Football Practice

University of Illinois's final Spring Football workout, Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Memorial Stadium. 

Browns coach on Lovie: 'I've always admired him'

CHAMPAIGN — Late in Friday afternoon's keynote speech at the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Clinic, Cleveland's Hue Jackson offered to answer questions.

With one caveat, that is.

"If anybody asks me about the draft," Jackson said, "I'm running out the door."

April 9 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 10:00am

How did Lovie Smith's team look in its final spring workout? What is the biggest need for Rod Smith's offense? Who will be the next player to commit to the 2019 class?

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