April 20 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, April 20, 2015 - 11:00am

What did our longtime college football writer think about the Illinois performance in the spring game? Who made a move up the depth chart and which position needs the most work? How did the Big Ten coaches come across in their spring football press conference? Any and all topics are in play.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Stephen Bardo

Happy 47th birthday to Flyin’ Illini alum Stephen Bardo. The son of Dr. Harold Bardo, former Southern Illinois University athlete and longtime director of SIU’s Medical/Dental Education Preparatory Program, was recruited to Illinois by Lou Henson.

April 7 Bob Asmussen chat

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 11:00am

Longtime News-Gazette staff writer Bob Asmussen remembers John Wooden's dynasty at UCLA and what it was like to see NC State end the run. Who will win Monday's NCAA title game? How did the Illinois football team look at Homewood-Flossmoor? Will Champaign get a new high school? No topics are off limits.

Detry finishes third, team seventh

PALM CITY, Fla. — Thomas Detry finished third at the Valspar Collegiate Invitational, leading top-ranked Illinois to seventh place in the team standings Tuesday.

Detry finished the 54-hole tournament at 8-under-par 205, 4 strokes behind medalist Greg Yates of Texas A&M and 1 stroke behind Florida State’s Hank Lebioda.

Second-ranked Florida State won the team championship.

Martinez wins NCAA wrestling championship

Martinez stops by our WDWS radio show Monday at 5:10.

ST. LOUIS — Isaiah Martinez saw the orange Illinois wrestling singlet at Huff Hall one day this season and did a double take.

The Illini redshirt freshman wanted to wear it. On a big stage. With all the attention focused on him.

Jeff Scott: Day 2 at NCAA wrestling tourney

Former Champaign Central wrestling coach Jeff Scott was at the NCAA meet. His report from Friday’s action:

March 24 Bob Asmussen chat

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:00am

What was Bob thinking when he picked Iowa State for the title game? Is Chris Borland's sudden retirement just the start pf a trend in football?  How did the first week of spring practice go for Tim Beckman's team? Veteran sportswriter Bob Asmussen, in his 26th year at The News-Gazette, is here to answer your questions. Load him up. The trickier, the better.

Jeff Scott at NCAA wrestling tourney

ST. LOUIS — It has been a number of years since Illinois brought 10 wrestlers to the NCAA Championships.

With 10 qualifiers in the NCAA tournament, Illinois has a chance to finish among the nation’s elite programs. However, the Illini had a difficult Thursday evening and have their work cut out for them the rest of the weekend.

Asmussen: NCAA wrestling capsules

Jim Heffernan’s Illinois wrestling team competes in the NCAA Championships starting Thursday at Scottrade Center. Staff writer Bob Asmussen talked to the 10 Illini qualifiers:

Jesse Delgado

Weight: 125

Class: Sr.

Record: 9-2

March 16 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:00am

What happened to the Illinois basketball team in Chicago? Should John Groce be on the hot seat? What are the key positions that need to get settled for the Illinois football team during the spring? Fire away at veteran sportswriter, who is in his 26th year on the News-Gazette staff.