Football

Updated: Illini land defensive back

CHICAGO — Illinois offered a scholarship to Pat Nelson on Tuesday.

The Chicago Hales Franciscan defensive back didn’t wait long to let Illinois coach Tim Beckman and his staff know his intentions.

Nelson orally committed to Illinois on Wednesday, becoming the first defensive recruit for Beckman in the Class of 2015.


Bob Asmussen: Reda gets kick out of gig

It is going to get loud.

At least that’s Jason Reda’s hope.

The former Illinois kicker is the general manager of Champaign’s Derailed.

Open less than a year, the downtown bar has become Soccer Central during the U.S. World Cup matches.

At 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Reda opens the doors at Derailed. Five hours, 30 minutes earlier than usual.


These coaches are feeling the heat

College football writer Matt Daniels offers up a glance at some coaches across the country who might want to pad their resume if the 2014 season doesn't treat them kindly.

ACC
On the hot seat ...
Mike London. Virginia coach is only 18-31 during time in Charlottesville, and Cavaliers didn’t win a conference game last year.


46 days to Camp Rantoul

Counting down the 50 most important Illini

No. 46: Zach Hirth, LS


Asmussen's Top 50: No. 46 Fresno State

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

No. 46: Fresno State

Coach: Tim DeRuyter

2013 record: 11-2

Projected 2014 record: 8-4

Circle the date: Oct. 17 at Boise State


47 days to Camp Rantoul

Counting down the 50 most important Illini

No. 47: Eric Finney, STAR


Asmussen's Top 50: No. 47 Penn State

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

No. 47: Penn State

Coach: James Franklin

2013 record: 7-5

Projected 2014 record: 8-4

Circle the date: Oct. 25 vs. Ohio State


Asmussen: Maryland stadium nothing special

Disney World. The beach. Europe.

These are vacation destinations for the normal.

Ohio Stadium. Sanford Stadium. Autzen Stadium.

These are vacation destinations for the weird. Like me.

OK, maybe not weird. But certainly college-football obsessed.


48 days to Camp Rantoul

Counting down the 50 most imporant Illini

No. 48: Zeph Grimes, STAR


Asmussen's Top 50: No. 48 Virginia Tech

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

No. 48: Virginia Tech

Coach: Frank Beamer

2013 record: 8-5

Projected 2014 record: 8-4

Circle the date: Sept. 6 at Ohio State


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