N-G Media to remain home for UI sports broadcasts through 2022

CHAMPAIGN — Broadcasts of University of Illinois athletics will remain on WDWS 1400-AM and WHMS 97.5-FM for at least the next four years.

Jan. 15 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, January 15, 2018 - 10:00am

Who will Lovie Smith hire as his offensive coordinator? How about the 10th coaching spot? What position is most important to Illinois in the next round of recruiting?

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

Where does Dana Howard rank?

This week's announcement that Dana Howard made the College Football Hall of Fame got us thinking about the days when Illinois was referred to as Linebacker U (ask your parents).

Where does Howard rank among the greatest Illini linebackers?

In this week's Tatelines: Unedited, Loren Tate gives us his Top 10 plus others who just missed the cut.

1. Dick Butkus

Why would he be smiling?

Halas Hall was all smiles Tuesday with Matt Nagy officially introduced as the new Chicago Bears coach. Staff writer SCOTT RICHEY breaks down why the move could work in the Windy City:


Bob's final AP Top 25 Poll: Roll Tide

College football writer and AP Top 25 voter Bob Asmussen of The News-Gazette checks in with his final ballot from the 2017 season after Monday night's national championship game saw Alabama rally to defeat Georgia 26-23 in overtime.

UI's Whitman eager to maintain facilities

SAVOY — Facilities are never far from the mind of Josh Whitman.

Whether it's improving the ones currently on the Illinois campus or having donor interest for a possible new facility, the Illinois athletic director knows these venues are of keen interest.

Howard receives nod of a lifetime

Three weeks ago, a FedEx package arrived at Dana Howard's St. Louis area home. In the middle of a move to a new house, the former Illinois football star put it aside.

"It came before Christmas and I didn't know what it was," Howard said

5 reasons why Dana Howard is a Hall of Famer

We asked 29-year college football writer Bob Asmussen why Dana Howard made the cut as a College Football Hall of Famer, limiting him to five reasons:


Nobody in the history of the Big Ten has more than his 595 tackles. That's 94 more than the No. 2 tackler in Illinois history, John Sullivan.


Howard gets Hall of Fame nod

Linebacker Dana Howard, the first Illinois player to win an individual national award, has been selected for the College Football Hall of Fame on Monday.