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  • Playoffs could create chances for Big Ten teams Jul 29, 2014 2:15 PM
    The old BCS system is out. A four-team playoff to determine a national champion is being implemented this season, and that could open some more opportunities for the Big Ten and the other four power conferences. “Hopefully, this will give everyone an equal opportunity to play for a national championship, which everyone wants,” Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook said Tuesday as the Big Ten wrapped up its two-day media event.

     
  • Fitzgerald: Union push unified Northwestern Jul 28, 2014 2:13 PM
    No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insisted there is no more unified team than his Wildcats. For that, he credits the players’ push to unionize. Fitzgerald said he’s “proud of the maturity” his players displayed as the story unfolded.

     
  • Fitzgerald ready to get Northwestern back on track Jul 28, 2014 8:51 PM
    Heading into his ninth year in Evanston, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald has also gotten used to a tradition of often being mentioned as one of the league’s also-rans. “We’re not a preseason type of a place, I guess,” Fitzgerald said.

     
  • Dunn savoring WNBA farewell tour Jul 26, 2014 5:43 PM
    On Tuesday, Indiana Fever head coach Lin Dunn roamed the sidelines in Chicago for perhaps the last time, barring a playoff matchup with the Chicago Sky. Dunn is retiring at the end of the summer after 44 years of coaching basketball. Her career includes a successful run as the head women's coach at Purdue.

     
  • Illini add former Maryland assistant Brattan Jul 17, 2014 5:26 PM
    Illinois has hired former Maryland offensive line coach Tom Brattan to fill the same role for the Illini. Brattan replaces A.J. Ricker who left earlier this month to coach the offensive line at Missouri.

     
  • NIU, Illini, NU land players on Hornung Watch List Jul 7, 2014 11:30 AM
    College football players from Northern Illinois University, Illinois and Northwestern were named to the 2014 Paul Hornung Award Watch List by the Louisville Sports Commission on Monday.

     
  • Harrington giving back to the game of basketball Jul 4, 2014 9:04 PM
    A decade after Sean Harrington hit the final shot of his Illinois career, he is standing in a hometown gym with a basketbaall in his hands. At 33 years old, the former star for Elgin High School and the Fighting Illini is still not ready to let go. He plans to give back to the game he loves by launching The Players Camp with college basketball players as coaches.

     
  • Report shows prosecutor pushed for Sandusky charges in 2010 Jun 24, 2014 10:54 AM
    A report showed a prosecutor heading the Jerry Sandusky child molestation investigation sought to have him charged in 2010 but her higher-ups felt the single victim at that time wasn’t enough. The review of how the Sandusky case was handled faults police and prosecutors for long delays in bringing charges but found no evidence that politics affected the investigation into the former Penn State assistant football coach. The report was issued Monday.

     
  • Big Ten head paints dire picture of paying players Jun 20, 2014 5:13 PM
    The head of the Big Ten painted a dire picture Friday of what college sports would look like if players were paid. He said his conference likely would cease to exist and the Rose Bowl probably would not be played.

     
  • Big Ten basketball leads nation in attendance Jun 18, 2014 1:04 PM
    The Big Ten leads the nation in men's basketball attendance for the 38th consecutive season, and three conference teams finished in the Top 10 nationally.

     
  • Indiana QB to transfer Jun 11, 2014 5:42 PM
    Quarterback Tre Roberson appeared to be Indiana’s quarterback of the future after becoming the first true freshman to start for the Hoosiers. But in 2012, the sophomore broke his lower left leg, and he wound up splitting the quarterback duties with Nate Sudfeld most of last season.

     
  • Big Ten museum opens Saturday in Rosemont Jun 6, 2014 6:23 AM
    The Big Ten Experience, a new interactive museum in Rosemont, will open to the public on Saturday, and it aims to bring the conference's history to fan's fingertips.The museum features 13 interactive exhibits, which showcase notable events in the conference dating back to when the conference was founded in 1896. “It gives people a place to come and celebrate the history of the schools,” conference spokesman Adam Augustine said Thursday.

     
  • Quite a run by Northwestern lacrosse May 23, 2014 11:58 PM
    Northwestern was again representing at the NCAA women's lacrosse championships. The Wildcats played in their 10th straight Final Four on Friday. In other news, DePaul women's basketball coach Doug Bruno will again be coaching with USA women's basketball and former Sky forward Swin Cash returns to Allstate Arena on Saturday.

     
  • Paul pleads guilty, sentenced to court supervision May 14, 2014 5:03 PM
    Suspended University of Illinois basketball player Darius Paul has pleaded guilty to underage drinking but had another charge dropped. Paul entered his plea Wednesday in Champaign County Circuit Court. A second charge of resisting a peace office stemming from his April 22 arrest was dropped as part of a plea deal.

     
  • Big Ten commissioner against unionization May 14, 2014 4:08 PM
    Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany insists he is all for empowering college athletes and improving conditions for them. He’s just as adamant that forming a union is not the way to go, and he thinks the public agrees with him on that.

     
  • Illini plan morning kickoff for October homecoming May 13, 2014 1:01 PM
    Illinois has set an 11 a.m. kickoff for its homecoming game against Minnesota this fall. The Illini announced the start time for the Oct. 25 game on Tuesday. No television coverage plan has been announced.

     
  • Witnesses oppose NLRB ruling on college athletes May 8, 2014 5:49 PM
    Baylor University President Ken Starr voiced strong opposition Thursday to a regional National Labor Relations Board ruling that scholarship football players at Northwestern University are technically school employees and thus entitled to collective bargaining rights. Starr, a former federal judge and prosecutor, said it would be very disruptive if college athletes were allowed to unionize.

     
  • DC to become part of Big Ten tourney ‘rotation’ May 6, 2014 7:59 PM
    Tom Izzo is coming up on 20 years as Michigan State’s basketball coach, so if anyone might be skeptical about moving the Big Ten Conference tournament to the East Coast, it would be him. Like some fans, Izzo did have his doubts initially when Commissioner Jim Delany decided to put the league’s 2017 men’s basketball tournament at Verizon Center in Washington.

     
  • NU tennis team roars into NCAA action May 2, 2014 5:19 PM
    The Northwestern women's tennis team used a big, enthusiastic crowd to defeat Michigan for the Big Ten championship last weekend. The Wildcats are hoping to get similar support next weekend when they host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

     
  • War of words in Northwestern-athletes' union fight Apr 17, 2014 7:23 PM
    Northwestern University and a group trying to unionize college athletes are trading accusations as the National Labor Relations Board considers the school's appeal of a federal ruling that scholarship athletes essentially are employees of the university and therefore have the right to unionize, bargain collectively and even strike.

     
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