| Oct 28, 2013
| 5:39 PM
His sense of humor in better shape than his football team, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald kidded Monday about plans to make a proposal to the university president.
"We stink in October (so) I'm going to talk to President (Morton) Schapiro about...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 8:23 PM
Looking scary enough to still punish running backs and like it, Dick Butkus stood alongside the Illinois captains at Soldier Field and flipped the coin before Saturday night's game against Washington.
The sight confirmed there would be no toss-up over...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 5:47 PM
I have some golf to cover, so let's get right to it:
Akron (plus 37) at Michigan: Yes, Akron is that bad. The pick: Michigan.
Bowling Green (plus 2) at Indiana: Big Ten teams should not lose to MAC teams at home. The pick: Indiana.
UCLA (plus 4)...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 5:11 PM
The play defied time, space and the logic of soccer.
A Northwestern foul gave DePaul a direct kick 20 yards from the Wildcats' goal with 21 seconds left in the second overtime of a scoreless tie. The best Northwestern could reasonably hope for was to...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 8:18 PM
There's no use downplaying it. This is a huge weekend for Big Ten football, with conference heavyweights Wisconsin and Ohio State traveling to face Pac-12 teams.
"I think all of us were asked this at Big Ten media day: 'How do we change the perception...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 5:10 PM
The Illinois women's volleyball team had been playing a demanding schedule, to say the least. By the end of the season, that schedule would be ranked the most difficult in the country, with 15 of the first 21 matches against opponents ranked in the top 20...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 4:34 PM
Tell Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey that beating Iowa carried significance beyond being his first victory as a head coach and he lapses into language like someone destined for a career spouting cliches.
"It means we're 1-0,'' Carey said in an...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 5:18 PM
To honor, or dishonor, the 16th and final season of the Bowl Championship Series, here are 16 questions and answers as college football opens 2013:
1. How soon does USC Coach Lane Kiffin need to decide on a quarterback?
Answer: Sept. 21. Penn & Teller...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 5:41 PM
Bo Pelini's expertise has always been defense.
"Pelini's expertise has always been defense," his official Nebraska biography reads.
He played safety at Ohio State, coached linebackers in the NFL (Green Bay, New England), was defensive...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 5:47 PM
Dan Hicks knows he will be subjected to intense scrutiny as NBC's new play-by-play voice for Notre Dame football.
And that will be from within his own home.
His wife, ESPN's Hannah Storm, and members of her family are avid Notre Dame alums.
| Jun 4, 2013
| 8:22 PM
Ashley Spencer still thinks of herself a hurdler. That was the reason she went to Illinois, to be coached by Olympic bronze medalist Tonja Buford-Bailey, one of the leading 400-meter hurdlers in U.S. history.
Spencer never ran flat 400s — other...