Asmussen's way-too-early Top 10 for 2018

News-Gazette college football writer Bob Asmussen is also an AP Top 25 voter. Here are his 10 best teams going into the 2018 season:

1. Wisconsin

Asmussen's Heisman ballot: Love rises to the top

News-Gazette college football writer Bob Asmussen is a Heisman voter as well. Here's how his early ballot looks going into the 2018 season:

1. Bryce Love, Stanford

Still trying to figure out why he didn't turn pro after a 2,100-yard season. He was second in the voting last year and this year will climb to the top.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: June 3, 2018

Can you name the former Illini star and eventual Pro Football Hall of Famer who became the Washington Redskins' first African-American player? Bobby Mitchell, who will celebrate his 83rd birthday this coming Wednesday, was the man who integrated owner George Preston Marshall's NFL franchise in 1962, at a time when the District of Columbia was the hotbed of the civil rights movement.

Second-year Thomas brings energy to Illini football

CHAMPAIGN — Cam Thomas was 6 years old. Playing for the Homewood-Flossmoor Junior Vikings.

The other players were running around. Nothing special.

Then, Curtis Thomas saw his son in action.


"I knew then, if he developed," Curtis said of his son, "he'd be a really good athlete."

On the hot seat: Fedora era at UNC could soon end

Lovie Smith won't find himself on the hot seat in 2018, but here are 10 coaches News-Gazette college football writer Bob Asmussen says should be leery of their job status heading into the upcoming season:

1. David Beaty, Kansas

When your athletic director gets the boot, might want to start packing. Honestly, the 3-33 record isn't his fault.

Tate | Time to take stock post-NBA draft deadline

NBA draft deadline has passed, so now it's time to take stock

May 30 came and went, and here's what we know.

If your favorite university didn't produce players for the NBA draft — or at least have someone sniffing around before pulling out — your team isn't in the mainstream of NCAA basketball.

Beyond the arc: Conference USA wants multiple NCAA bids

There’s really no true offseason for college basketball. Here are three things that caught our college basketball writer and AP Top 25 voter’s attention in the last week:

Senior-laden Warriors place third in state

PEORIA — Statistically speaking, pulling Dalton Hoel from a baseball game in favor of a pinch runner is somewhere between unheard of and straight-up crazy.

Bombers cap season with third-place trophy

EAST PEORIA — The experience proved more than what Bailey Benton, Tatiana Garcia, Lydia Hays, Mikayla Kirkland, Maggie Millington and Amanda Peterson could have imagined.

In a good way.

Conversation with's Penn State beat writer Ben Jones

Penn State put together its best season since 2008-09, using a top 20 defense and top 50 offense to not only beat Ohio State three times but also string together five straight wins to claim the NIT title.'s Ben Jones weighs in on the Nittany Lions: