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20 days to Camp Rantoul

Counting down the 50 most important Illini.

No. 20: Justin Hardee, WR


Asmussen's Top 50: No. 20 Texas Tech

Bob Asmussen continues his countdown of the Top 50 college football teams this fall.

No. 20: Texas Tech

Coach: Kliff Kingsbury    

2013 record: 8-5

Projected 2014 record: 9-3

Circle the date: Nov. 15 vs. Oklahoma


Texas standout a game changer, even after injury

LANCASTER, Texas — For Elijah Thomas, the toughest part of dealing with the torn tendon in his left ring finger that resulted in surgery and kept him off the court for four months was not sitting idly as his teammates struggled without him.

It wasn’t the void in competition or simply missing out on playing the game he loves.


21 days to Camp Rantoul

Counting down the 50 most important Illini.


Asmussen's Top 50: No. 21 Southern Cal

Bob Asmussen continues his countdown of the Top 50 college football teams this fall.

No. 21: Southern Cal

Coach: Steve Sarkisian    

2013 record: 10-4

Projected 2014 record: 9-3

Circle the date: Nov. 22 at UCLA


After hitting the shot, Ekey gets his shot

In the days and weeks immediately following his last-second, game-winning three-pointer at Iowa, Jon Ekey expected and received plenty of praise.

“It was all kind of crazy,” he said.


Brandon Paul 'trying to stay positive'

His goal is to join the list of former Illini in the NBA. For now, Brandon Paul is healing up from shoulder surgery and getting ready for his next pro shot. Where and when are to be determined.

Staff writer Bob Asmussen caught up with Paul two days after surgery on his right shoulder:


Groce breaking boundaries in search for talent

For a century and more, the Illini basketball program has been Lincoln Land-locked.
Young Hoosier jump-shooters have always worn western blinders. Iowa preps view the land east of the Quad Cities as toxic. When’s the last time anyone north of Beloit wandered down here? And so on.


07-19-14 Saturday Sportstalk

07-19-14 Saturday Sportstalk: Play now!

07-19-14 Saturday Sportstalk.  Brian Barnhart and Loren Tate.  Today's guests, Marcus Jackson from The News-Gazette and IlliniHQ.com, Tom Michael the new AD at EIU, and Eric Snider now with Louisville  Baseball.

 

 

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