| Nov 27, 2014
| 4:15 PM
Each week our national college football writer describes how he would handle the television remote on the weekend, handicapping what's worth watching, and skipping:
Houston (6-4) at Southern Methodist (0-10)
9 a.m., CBS Sports Network (CBSSN)...
| Nov 28, 2014
| 5:41 PM
Offensive lineman Matt Frazier went to bed Monday night without seeing apartment-mate Zack Oliver. Same thing happened Tuesday.
Oliver burned the midnight oil cramming for a test. And that test will come Saturday against Illinois when he makes his first...
| Nov 29, 2014
| 5:04 PM
As Illinois players hoisted the Land of Lincoln trophy Saturday in the middle of Ryan Field after their 47-33 throttling of Northwestern, coach Tim Beckman issued a direct order amid the delirium.
"Bring it to the fans!" he yelled.
Those fans in...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 8:01 PM
Before adoring fans called him "The Moose" or "Joe College" or "Frank the Tank," Frank Kaminsky was known simply as "Frankie" or "Little Frank."
All year round, Little Frank would tag along with his 6-foot-10 dad to gyms around Chicago to watch "Big...
| Nov 29, 2014
| 3:43 PM
The Northwestern players exited Ryan Field quickly, ceding their turf to the victorious men in orange and white. As is custom, every Wildcat tapped a sign that says TRUST YOURSELF on their way out.
Truth is, the motto for this Northwestern offseason...
| Oct 19, 2014
| 5:26 PM
You might not have been able to see it even under the bright lights at Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday night, but it was there.
Some Florida State players could see it clearly in the reflection in the iconic gold helmets of the Notre Dame players they...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 7:59 PM
If you love Big Ten football — OK, we'll settle for like – you don't want to examine USA Today's Sagarin ratings.
The league's highest-rated team is Michigan State, at 14. Based on that, the Spartans would rank seventh in the SEC West. Yes,...
| Sep 20, 2014
| 7:57 PM
What a comeback for old-time Big Ten football (except for Michigan).
The proud, venerable league of Dick Butkus and Archie Griffin earned back some respect Saturday with an exceptional showing (except for Michigan).
The future of Jim Delany's scoffed-...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 4:56 PM
Bobby Baker was 5 when his mother put him in a Lemont Park District gymnastics program.
At the beginning, Baker was frustrated by being unable to get his body to do what he wanted it to do, what he saw some of the other kids already doing. But he...
| Feb 16, 2012
| 8:02 AM
After the Illini lost to Purdue on Wednesday night, about the only thing Bruce Weber forgot to say in his concession speech was that he was releasing his delegates to vote their conscience.
It’s not that Weber lost his job with his postmortem, it&...
| Mar 29, 2012
| 12:49 PM
The new Illinois coach said he wants to get the “best players who are Illinois guys.’’
Me, I'd rather see the Illini get Kentucky guys. But that's just me.
Then the first thing John Groce said about an Illinois guy is “a desire...