VIDEO: This guy is very high on Trevor Siemian, Northwestern


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Before he suffered his “lower body injury,” Northwestern QB Trevor Siemian was one of the best pure passers in the Big Ten. Then in midseason, his production slipped, and his ankle/foot etc slowed him down. His accuracy and efficiency declined. Siemian made a couple critical mistakes of staring down his primary receiver when near his own South end zone. And that was critical versus close home losses to Minnesota and Ohio State.

Trevor got right versus Illinois, but then again who doesn’t? The Illini Corners were very young and showed zero progress as the season went on. Trevor Siemian put up 4 bills + on one of the worst secondaries in college football, and one statistically, the worst defense in Illini football history.

Still, throwing for 400 yards was a great way for Trevor Siemian to end this season on a positive note, and to be optimistic for this year.

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Chris Collins will be an assistant with Team USA basketball


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Chris Collins will be coaching the USA Select Team which is a group of upcoming NBA stars who are practicing against the National Team in preparation for 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain Aug. 30-Sept. 14.

The Select Team roster includes for Big Ten standouts Trey Burke (Utah Jazz/Michigan), Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors/Michigan State), Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York Knicks/Michigan), Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic/Indiana) and Cody Zeller (Charlotte Hornets/Indiana).

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Ohio State once again Big Ten favorite, MSU not far behind


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Big Ten Media Days start tomorrow, as the season is now a month and change away.  The league actually does it much later than the other power conferences, so if you think this is too early, than you must really think the other leagues are insanely early. Over the weekend, the Big Ten released its preseason poll, and the usual favorite in Columbus, is once again expected to win it all. However, Michigan State is right up there as well. 

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AUDIO: Previewing NU football, ripping preseason award watch lists


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Time to talk NU football. Yes, it’s not too early. Would you rather someone talk more Chicago Cubs storylines that have been BEATEN TO DEATH?  Yeah, the current Cubs are in last place, but they have best farm system in baseball…yeah, got it. We’ve heard that enough. Since Chicago sports talk radio pretty much never talks college football, or at least they never discuss Northwestern or the Illini…well, I talked some NU football on 1620 The Zone this morning.

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Will Northwestern football get back to a bowl game?


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It’s time to stop to talking about Northwestern football being good by Northwestern standards. You know, standard cliches about what Pat Fitzgerald has done, despite the limitations. This discussion needs to end. No need for qualifying statements anymore. No more “given the…”

It’s now just Big 10 standards; now plain and simple. This past year should have taught you that Northwestern football has arrived to the point where you can hold them to the same standards as the rest of the teams in the conference. I know that sounds bizarre given that they finished 5-7, missing a bowl game for the first time since 2007, but it’s true. They have hosted ESPN College Gameday not once but twice in the past four seasons.

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The World Cup Sweet 16 and their college hoops doppelgangers


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It’s down to 16 teams; single game elimination in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Just like in March madness, it’s “survive and advance” time. So I decided to match each country with their corresponding college basketball program. If you’re a college hoops fan, but still need a rooting interest in the World Cup, this will help you pick a team.

I’m still not sure how much Americans have embraced soccer; as of yet. I do know they’ve embraced skipping work to go drink and watch sports during the day.

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VIDEO: Daily Show profiles NCAA Football Union, Kain Colter


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Jon Stewart, or I guess more specifically, Jordan Klepper is late to the party on the NCAA Football union story. At least in terms of giving it in-depth treatment. Since the new year began, we’ve had plenty of coverage.

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UPDATED: Complete 2014 College Basketball transfers list


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College basketball transfers are becoming a growing trend.  Here is a list of players from the marquee conferences who are transferring out of their respective programs after this past season and a list of college basketball transfers who will be eligible to play at their new school for the 2014-15 season.  Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.

UPDATED: 6/3/14

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ESPN Pres. John Skipper on what will become of big time college sports


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It’s actually been awhile since we’ve heard anything about the imminent revolution coming in college basketball and college football. There hasn’t been much publicity surrounding the unionization effort, CAPA, Northwestern football, Kain Colter etc. etc. Which is obviously a stark contrast from January-April when we heard about it incessantly.

Also we never heard from the man Sports Illustrated called the “4th most powerful person in sports,” John Skipper, President of ESPN on the matter. We do now, as a reporter recently asked him about the possible revolution taking place within college sports.

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Illini, Northwestern NFL Draft prospects: pretty much non-existent


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There are two occasions where you can usually rely on Illini football winning: fourth tier bowl games and NFL Draft night. Last year the Illini had more NFL Draft picks than any Big Ten team; despite going 2-10 the previous college football season. From 2007-2012, the Illini had more first round draft picks than any Big Ten team. Illinois saw guys taken in both the first and second round in both 2011 and 2012; despite going just 14-12 in the two season preceding those drafts.

This draft though, brings nothing to get excited about for Illini fans. Ditto for Northwestern.

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UPDATED: 2014-2015 preseason top 25 college basketball rankings


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Now that we know which college basketball players have declared for the NBA Draft and top 2014 recruit Myles Turner has made his college decision, it is time to update my insanely early 2014-15 Top 25 college basketball rankings.  Here is a list of which players have already announced they are transferring and entering the draft.  Leave a comment below if you think a team is too high, too low, not getting enough respect, or if you notice an error in a projected roster.  (Click here to see how my 2013-14 way too early preseason college basketball rankings turned out.)

Allow me to present to you my way too early 2014-2015 preseason Top 25 college basketball rankings.  (Check out The Sports Bank’s 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.)

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Caley Chelios, Chris Chelios daughter, continues family athletic tradition


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Caley Chelios is one of four Chelios offspring continuing the athletic tradition of their famous father. Former Blackhawks legend Chris Chelios was in attendance, as his daughter Caley Chelios, a Northwestern lacrosse defender, saw some playing time in the Friendly Confines. NU defeated USC 12-7 last night in front of about 5,000 people.

Caley hails from Detroit, where her dad works in the Red Wings front office, and she’s a graduate of the famous Cranbrook Academy. (Quoting Jimmy B. Rabbit Smith, in reference to his rap battle opponent Papa Doc in 8 Mile: “Cranbrook- that’s a private school!”) Caley led Cranbrook to a state title in ice hockey in 2010, but chose lacrosse instead in college.

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