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Of course, it's apples and oranges. But with the help of statistics, biographies and the wisdom of others, longtime News-Gazette sportswriter Bob Asmussen came up with his list of the 50 top University of Illinois athletes during the Tatelines era. Let the debates begin:

Things are looking good for the Champaign County Fair, the reopening of Li'l Porgy's, tours of the Solon House, a campus Sycamore that someone was concerned about and the market for assistant basketball coaches.

Welcome to “Good Morning, Illini Nation,” your daily dose of college basketball news from Illini beat writer and AP Top 25 voter Scott Richey. He’ll offer up insights every morning on Brad Underwood’s team:

During the Tatelines era, University of Illinois teams have won multiple national titles and endless Big Ten championships. After spending 33 years in the community covering the program, News-Gazette sportswriter Bob Asmussen ranks the best squads. He's looking forward to feedback from the readers (good, bad or indifferent).

On the day that Loren “Sonny” Tate was named sports editor of The News-Gazette, replacing Ed O’Neil, there were stories in the paper about urban renewal in Champaign, a new Howard Johnson motel for downtown Champaign and local bulls that won awards at the Illinois State Fair.

A clutch three-pointer to beat a hated rival. A critical fourth-down run to clinch an upset against No. 1. A groundbreaking football coaching hire. Longtime News-Gazette sportswriter Bob Asmussen considered those and many others as he ranked the Top 50 moments of the Tatelines era:

The wife of legendary News-Gazettes sports columnist Loren Tate pulls back the curtain for a look at the man Illini fans may not know about