Asmussen: Hawkeye feels more at home

IOWACITY, Iowa – He could have taken the sure thing. Signed with a superpower like Tennessee or Miami. Been guaranteed bowl games and national TV appearances.

He could have gone with the local thing. Signed with his state school from the BCS conference, one coming off a Big Ten title season. But, unbelievably, it didn't pursue him.

Who's that Illini?

I led the 1998-99 women's basketball team in assists. A hotshot high school player from New Jersey, I was mostly a backup at Illinois, and I transferred to Virginia Tech after my sophomore season.

Cooke finds recipe for overtime success

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Double overtime has been the right time for Illinois' soccer team.

Charlotte Cooke scored the game-winner for the Illini in their 2-1 victory against Ohio State on Friday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Speed read

Sports editor Jim Rossow's three reasons to pay attention to today's 11 a.m. game:

Tate: Illinois at bottom of the hill

CHAMPAIGN – The buffaloes are stampeding, and Ron Zook's young Illini will be asked to turn the herd Saturday in Iowa City.

It is a monumental undertaking for a gang that just got trampled.

Who's that Illini?

I won six Big Ten titles from 1995 to '98. All six came in the shot put, an event in which I hold the UI's top five performance outdoors and the top five indoors. My best NCAA finish was sixth at the 1996 outdoor meet.

Local, federal officials warn of possible scams

Officials are warning citizens to beware of two possible "scams" – one involving a group claiming to raise funds for "Crimestoppers" and the other involving federal jury duty.

Champaign police Deputy Chief Troy Daniels, the law enforcement coordinator for Champaign County Crimestoppers, said an alert is being sounded for Crimestoppers groups nationwide.

Illini has set a course to reach her sky-high dreams

CHAMPAIGN – Some grandparents automatically would have popped a Disney movie into the VCR.

Robert Vrdsky, a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, had a different idea when the grandkids stopped by one day in 1988.

Illinois football practice report

Last time he was in Iowa City, Alan Ball made headlines. For getting wiped out.

Twice on one series, the then-freshman defensive back was at the wrong end of a Robert Gallery block. That's the same Gallery who won a bunch of national lineman awards and was a high draft pick by the Oakland Raiders.

The inside scoop

Each week during the season, experts from around the Big Ten will provide input on the teams they cover. This week's news and notes: