Asmussen's college football notes: Is Fleck a fit in the Big Ten?

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News and notes from Jim Delany’s favorite conference

■ Smart move by ESPN to extend the contract of “GameDay” icon Lee Corso. The former Indiana coach, who is in his 30th year at the network, signed a multiyear deal.

Corso closes each show by picking who he thinks will win the game involving the “GameDay” host school.

Cochrane comes through for Central as No. 9 hitter

CHATHAM — Jake Cochrane had plenty of outfield space to work with in Saturday’s Class 3A sectional championship game against Chatham Glenwood.

The Titans — center fielder Todd Fowler in particular — were already playing shallow defensively. They creeped in a little closer still to the infield with Cochrane, Champaign Central’s No. 9 hitter at the plate.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, June 4, 2017

One thing you should know about Illinois' new basketball coach: If you ever happen to be in the same room as him, whatever you do, don't let him have the remote — 'unless you like never staying on the same channel for more than one minute,' buddy Garth Gardiner says.

Will other ailing athletes follow Cvijanovic's example?

After convincing his alma mater to cut him a quarter-million dollar check for medical issues stemming from playing three seasons on Illinois' offensive line, Simon Cvijanovic has set out on a new course:

Helping scores of other college athletes who suffered like he did — and have sought his counsel, via private Twitter messages — get the same result.

Top of the Morning, June 4, 2017

A sure sign that legendary Lou Henson is feeling better these days:

The Hall of Fame basketball coach just won his first big-time bridge tournament.

Henson and Urbana's Bill Strauss placed first in last weekend's Charity Open Pairs event at the Illini Regional Bridge Tournament in Champaign. Their reward: bottles of champagne.

St. Joe State Finals Baseball

Class 2A IHSA State Finals first place game featuring St. Joseph-Ogden vs Teutopolis, Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Dozer Park in Peoria. Teutopolis defeated St. Joe 10-2. 

Spartans’ unlikely return to state final ends with loss

PEORIA — The expectations changed, but the goals never did.

Therein lay the cognitive dissonance as the St. Joseph-Ogden baseball team took photos, some with glum expressions that switched to smiles just before the cameras flashed as the second-place state trophy sat in front of them.

Great like '68: Maroons rally for first sectional in 49 years

CHATHAM — Zak Hartleb’s leadoff single in the bottom of the sixth inning chased Glenwood starter Reid Detmers on Saturday at Chatham Community Park.

Sort of.

Spartans lose state title game in heart-breaking fashion

EAST PEORIA — The journey started in southern Illinois, when the St. Joseph-Ogden softball team opened its season almost three months ago.

Defeating Carterville, the 2016 Class 2A state champion, in its second game of the season gave the Spartans early confidence.

2A Softball State Championship: SJO vs. Beecher

St. Joseph-Ogden vs. Beecher in the State Class 2A softall championship gam at Eastside Centre in East Peoria on Saturday, June 3, 2017.