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  • Northern Illinois Big XII looking better than ever Aug 28, 2014 7:53 AM
    lThe king indeed lived long, the king being the Knights. Kaneland won Northern Illinois Big X11 East football crowns the conference’s first three years. In Week 8 last season Sycamore snapped the Knights’ 35-game regular-season win streak, capturing the title. This makes the Spartans favored this year, right?

  • After Rice, NFL increases domestic violence bans Aug 28, 2014 5:19 PM
    Acknowledging he “didn’t get it right” with a two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including six weeks for a first offense and at least a year for a second.

  • Fedora: No. 23 UNC suspends 4 players for opener Aug 28, 2014 5:55 PM
    North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said Wednesday the team has suspended four players for this weekend’s season opener, a day after a report of an alleged hazing altercation that left a redshirt freshman walk-on receiver with a possible concussion. Fedora said the four players were suspended for a “violation of team policy,” but offered no other details about what rules were broken. The players suspended were sophomores Des Lawrence and Brian Walker, redshirt freshman Donnie Miles and true freshman M.J. Stewart. North Carolina has said it is conducting an investigation of what it described as an incident involving members of the team. That statement was released in response to a Yahoo Sports report, but did not confirm it was a hazing incident. “We’re going to hold all of our guys accountable for everything they do on the field and off the field,” Fedora said after the afternoon practice. “And we also have very high expectations for guys in this program, and they didn’t meet those expectations.” Fedora said he didn’t know if the investigation being conducted by the school’s office of student affairs was complete. He said he didn’t anticipate any more players would be suspended for violations that he said took place early in preseason camp. The Yahoo Sports report stated that the alleged hazing involved several players and occurred in a room at the hotel where the team stayed for preseason camp. Chapel Hill Police Lt. Josh Mecimore said Wednesday that his department had received no report from that hotel for an incident involving football players and that there was no active investigation. Lawrence and Walker were listed as starting cornerbacks on the depth chart for the No. 23 Tar Heels. Walker has three starts in his career, while Lawrence was to be a first-time starter. Stewart was listed behind Lawrence, while Miles was a backup at the “Ram” position — a hybrid role in North Carolina’s 4-2-5 defensive scheme. The Tar Heels open their third season under Fedora on Saturday night against Liberty. It marks the first time UNC has opened the season ranked in the Top 25 since 2010.

  • Schmidt goes from walk-on to starter at Notre Dame Aug 28, 2014 5:52 PM
    Former walk-on Joe Schmidt doesn’t believe he has made it because he is now Notre Dame’s starting middle linebacker. The 6-foot, 235-pound senior said he doesn’t ever want to feel as though he’s made it. “There’s so much more I want to accomplish, that I want us to accomplish as a team,” he said. “I have to take the same mindset every day, to attack the day, attack the practice, whatever we have — the meetings. ... I don’t really think that it behooves you to get fat and think that you’ve arrived ever.

  • Everyone watching as Barrett takes over for Miller at Ohio State Aug 28, 2014 5:50 PM
    There are a lot of ways to describe J.T. Barrett’s new, amplified role for Ohio State. His teammates and coaches say Barrett has taken over as No. 5 Ohio State’s starting quarterback as if that were the plan all along. It wasn’t, of course. Barrett, a freshman, got the job when two-time Big Ten player of the year Braxton Miller reinjured his throwing shoulder 10 days ago and was lost for the season.

  • It’s Mr. Rodgers’ neighborhood once again Aug 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    There are plenty of reasons not to hitch your wagon to Peyton Manning in the first round of your draft and instead take Aaron Rodgers (and maybe even Drew Brees) over the 38-year-old Broncos QB.

  • Week 1 football previews / Northwest Aug 28, 2014 3:47 PM
    Here's a look at the Week 1 football matchups from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League, plus St. Viator, Maine West, Leyden and Christian Liberty.

  • Notre Dame to hold out 5th player in investigation Aug 28, 2014 6:44 PM
    Reserve safety Eilar Hardy has joined four other Notre Dame players being withheld from practice and games as the university investigates possible academic dishonesty and NCAA violations. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said during a news conference Thursday that Hardy was not at practice. He played in 10 games last season, starting against Pittsburgh and BYU, and finished with 26 tackles. He did not play as a freshman or sophomore.

  • Players aren't the only ones tested on Opening Night Aug 28, 2014 8:20 PM
    Keeping track of the finer statistical details of a high school football game is almost a sport unto itself.

  • 5 things to watch for in Week 1 of prep football season Aug 28, 2014 8:21 PM
    The butterflies. Whether you play, coach, watch — or even write about — prep football, there's no avoiding those butterflies rolling through the stomach. And whether it's your first season-opener or, in my case, 24th, the anticipation never changes. Eyes on Five returns this school year, starting with a quick look at what makes this particular Week 1 special.

  • Going beyond the ice buckets to the real challenges ALS poses Aug 28, 2014 8:23 PM
    This summer there’s a good chance you’ve joined the smiling, shivering, sopping-wet masses.

  • Scouting this weekend’s DuPage County football games Aug 28, 2014 8:19 PM
    Scouting this weekend’s DuPage County football games

  • Nazareth stands in Benet’s way Aug 27, 2014 11:36 AM
    When asked his opinion on the best football players in the East Suburban Catholic Conference, Benet coach Pat New answered honestly. “Nazareth’s starting lineup.” Maybe it’s not that simple, but the point is sound. Nazareth returns double-digit starters from a team that closed the season with six straight wins before losing in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs. Four returning offensive linemen, two experienced quarterbacks and sophomore running back Ivory Kelly-Martin power the offense while linebacker Decxavier Kelly — who helped hand Benet its first loss in Week 7 last season — leads the defense. In a pack of heavyweights among six playoff qualifiers from a year ago, Nazareth appears to have everything it takes to win one of the state’s most-prestigious conference titles.

  • Burlington Central should be in BN-East hunt Aug 27, 2014 9:38 PM
    Up for grabs. That seems to be the consensus among coaches in the Big Northern Conference East Division as to who could walk away with what could be the division’s penultimate title in October. A majority of the teams in the BNC East have either committed to or are thinking about leaving the conference for the new Kishwaukee Valley Conference for the 2016-2017 school year.

  • USC’s Shaw admits to lying about injuries, rescue Aug 27, 2014 11:56 PM
    Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw confessed that he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew. The school swiftly suspended him Wednesday from all team activities and acknowledged his heroic tale was “a complete fabrication."

  • MSC East provides St. Edward a more level playing field Aug 27, 2014 9:35 PM
    The musical chairs college athletic conferences have been playing in recent years has morphed into high school athletics in Northern Illinois. A variety of schools have switched conference affiliation in recent times, with the greatest exodus/influx occurring in the expanded Metro Suburban Conference, which now features 14 teams after the defection of seven former Suburban Christian Conference members, including St. Edward.

  • DVC set for 'strange year' Aug 27, 2014 11:48 AM
    It's transition time in the DuPage Valley Conference. With Glenbard East and West Aurora departed to the Upstate Eight Conference — and with Metea Valley, Neuqua Valley and Waubonsie Valley still a year away from joining — the DVC's down to a group of six schools. The biggest impact will be felt this football season.

  • McGraw: Sizing up the Big Ten Aug 27, 2014 7:41 PM
    What's new for the Big Ten in 2014? Well, 14 teams, for one thing. Here are some of the prominent questions heading into the start of college football.

  • NFL suspends Browns star WR Gordon for 2014 season Aug 27, 2014 5:31 PM
    Josh Gordon’s wait is over, so is his 2014 season. The star wide receiver’s career is now in peril. The Cleveland Browns learned Wednesday that Gordon’s indefinite suspension by the NFL has been upheld and he will miss at least 16 games for another violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. A repeat drug offender, Gordon had appealed the penalty, hoping it would be reduced so he could play this season.

  • Football Focus: Week One Preview Aug 28, 2014 4:02 PM
    The week in high school football is previewed in this Daily Herald video hosted by preps writer Joe Aguilar.

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