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Bob Asmussen: Big Ten gets bigger

Welcome, my friends, to the conference that never ends.

Today, the Big Ten grows by two. From 12 to 14. Can 16 be far behind?

Yes, Maryland is now a part of the Big Ten. So is Rutgers. Officially.

Maryland leaves the comfort of its longtime affiliation with the ACC. We think of Lefty Driesell, John Lucas, Randy White, Len Bias, Boomer Esiason and Gary Williams.


Updated: Michael a finalist at Eastern Illinois

Eastern Illinois announced three finalists for its vacant athletic director position Monday. Illinois senior associate director of athletics Tom Michael is among those in the running to replace Barbara Burke, who left Charleston to become the deputy athletic director at Tulane. Here’s a closer look at the three finalists, who will be interviewed July 7-9:

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Asmussen's Top 50: No. 41 Georgia Tech

Bob Asmussen counts down his top 50 college football teams this upcoming season.

No. 41: Georgia Tech

Coach: Paul Johnson

2013 record: 7-6

Projected 2014 record: 7-5

Circle the date: Oct. 18 at North Carolina


41 days to Camp Rantoul

Counting down the 50 most important Illini

No. 41: Ralph Cooper, LB


Bob Asmussen: Beckman caught in tough spot

Tim Beckman can talk for hours about defensive schemes, personnel groups and recruiting strategies.

But ask the Illinois coach about potential reforms in college athletics and the answers become muted.

Though a youthful 49, Beckman is an old-school coach with old-school beliefs.

A former walk-on, first at Kentucky and later at Findlay, Beckman had to pay his own way.


42 days to Camp Rantoul

Counting down the 50 most important Illini.

No. 42: B.J. Bello, LB


Asmussen's Top 50: No. 42 Marshall

Bob Asmussen counts down his top 50 college football teams this upcoming season.

No. 42: Marshall

Coach: Doc Holliday

2013 record: 10-4

Projected 2014 record: 11-1

Circle the date: Sept. 13 vs. Ohio


Matt Daniels: Knox gets job done

CHAMPAIGN — Tim Knox shares an office with Juice Williams.

Yet the casual Illinois football fan would have a hard time picking him out of a crowd.

Let alone know what Knox’s responsibilities are.

The Illinois director of football operations wears many job titles.


Bob Asmussen: Right guys going

THE RIGHT GUYS


Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: Happy 26th birthday, Josh Brent!

Celebrating his 86th birthday Monday is former Illini baseball and football star Dick “Rocky” Raklovits. On his 23rd birthday, he was selected as the third baseman on the 1951 American Baseball Coaches Association All-America team.


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