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Asmussen: Big Ten TV deal nearly perfect

When Adam Silver or Rob Manfred or Roger Goodell speaks to a crowd of fans, they are booed. Loudly. Commissioners, for some reason, draw the ire of the people.

Except in the Big Ten.

There will be no booing the next time Jim Delany speaks. As commissioners go, he always wins the popularity contest.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Luke Butkus

Celebrating his 37th birthday Sunday is former University of Illinois player and current Illini football assistant coach Luke Butkus.

Named to head coach Lovie Smith’s staff on March 10, Butkus returned to the Champaign-Urbana campus as offensive line coach. He also served in that capacity during the 2012 season for coach Tim Beckman.

PODCAST: Saturday SportsTalk 06-25-16

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Michael Kiser and Loren Tate host the Saturday edition of Sports Talk. They talk with Jason Heggemeyer, Ron Turner, Adam Fletcher and Mark Schanowski.


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Hester moving on from radio

CHAMPAIGN — Jerry Hester’s final year of professional basketball came as Illinois was making a run to the national championship game.

When Hester hung up his sneakers after playing six years overseas — mostly in Poland — Stephen Bardo was stepping back from the microphone as the full-time radio analyst for Illini basketball.

Illini offer DePaul Prep guard Cowan

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois is making a habit of becoming the first high major offer for some of the state’s top rising sophomores.

The latest to snag an Illini offer on an unofficial visit on Thursday? Perry Cowan, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard out of DePaul Prep.

Illini first-round NBA draft picks


Don Sunderlage    9th    Philadelphia Warriors    1951

Played two seasons — one each for the Milwaukee Hawks and Minneapolis Lakers — and was an All-Star in 1953-54 for the former.

Nunn plans to play for Oakland

ROCHESTER, Mich. — Former Illinois guard Kendrick Nunn will continue his basketball career at Oakland, multiple outlets reported Wednesday night after Joe Henricksen of City/Suburban Hoops Report broke the news.

PODCAST: Sports talk 6-22-16

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Steve Kelly and Marcus Jackson talk with Derek Piper from Illini Inquirer.


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UI releases Whitman's contract

CHAMPAIGN — Annual compensation of up to $800,000, two courtesy cars and a $1 million buyout for leaving are among the highlights of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman's five-year contract, which was obtained by The News-Gazette on Wednesday.

Richey on Roundball, June 22, 2016

How does 9-9 sound? College basketball beat writer Scott Richey gives his take on the Illini’s Big Ten schedule. NOTE: Our weekly chat goes live at 12:30 p.m. today — submit questions by clicking here