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Illinois coach Tim Beckman, Purdue’s Darrell Hazell will feel the heat

Try finding a college football coach who doesn’t like his team heading into training camp. One doesn’t exist. It’s the players, such as Illinois offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic, who sometimes are the most brutally honest. Cvijanovic understands why a dark cloud looms over Tim Beckman’s …


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Lincoln-Way West going the extra mile


After suffering a heartbreaking overtimes loss to Joliet Catholic in a Class 5A quarterfinal playoff game last season, Lincoln-Way West has put in extra work in the offseason to complete it’s state title run. read more...

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Iowa has a rock star in granite RB Mark Weisman


Can there be a better conference for running backs in 2014 than the Big Ten? Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah and Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford are straight-up stars. David Cobb is Minnesota’s best back in nearly a decade. Tevin Coleman, a home run hitter …

NCAA to pay for concussion screening; time for personal relief


RICK TELANDER: The NCAA has agreed to pay for concussion screening, medical monitoring and concussion awareness programs for college athletes. Now it’s time for the wounded former college safety to get some personal relief.

NCAA settles concussion suit


The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports. College sports’ governing body also …

Pat Fitzgerald, Tim Beckman fighting different battles


It’s hardly news that Northwestern, coming off a gut punch of a 5-7 season, is looking up at a collection of presumed contenders in the Big Ten in 2014. You’ve got Wisconsin, always good to go. And Nebraska, whose prospects for a championship run never …

Big Ten commish Jim Delany talking about same old ‘change’


We’ve seen this Jim Delany before. Not that it gets old seeing the same Big Ten commissioner give the final address of Day 1 of Big Ten Media days.

It’s just that Monday’s anthem sounded all too familiar.

Delany, among the most powerful men in …

10 takes from Big Ten football media day


Ten takes on Day 1 of Big Ten football media days, when the league’s coaches did a whole lot of gabbing:

1. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer knows star quarterback Braxton Miller has a history of being dinged up. But man, can that cat run. Will …

Big Ten East is a beast with Ohio State, Michigan State


If the strengths of college football teams “ebb and flow,” as Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany put it, then the current is heading hard east. So hard, in fact, that anyone looking to pencil in a conference champion doesn’t need to look on the left …

Book reveals college football hasn’t changed in more than century


Our utter fascination with college football is hardly new. Since its beginning, we have been so obsessed that we’ve overlooked rampant commercialism, the trampling of academic standards and deplorable violence.

It was as true in the 1890s as it is today. Just ask Big Ten …

Penn State close to naming AD

Penn State is on the verge of naming a new athletic director.

One name that has surfaced in the search is Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips. But if Phillips is going anywhere, that was news to multiple Northwestern sources on Friday.

Penn State’s outgoing athletic …

Charlie Weis has two goals: Lose weight, regain rep


DALLAS — Charlie Weis is saving his own life again. A 58-year-old man whose weight-related physical trials are well-known, Weis’ latest battle against his diet-and-exercise demons has been raging for nearly six months. The controversial former Notre Dame coach, now preparing for his third season …

Shawn Afryl, ex-Illini football player, died working out with team


Former University of Illinois player Shawn Afryl, 22, died Monday evening during a workout with teammates at Winona State University in Minnesota. Afryl, a Skokie native and graduate of Niles West, died at the Winona State football stadium, according to a release from the school. …

NIU still unsure who will replace QB Jordan Lynch


The biggest question heading into the season for Northern Illinois is so obvious that coach Rod Carey didn’t even wait to be asked Monday at the Huskies’ media day in Chicago. “Let’s get the quarterback thing out on the table right now,” Carey said in …

NCAA president Mark Emmert makes $1.7M to players’ 0


RICK TELANDER: Well, what new things do we know about the NCAA today? That it is a monster with so many probes, fingers and tails that it barely can control itself.

Frank Kaminsky back for more fun at Wisconsin


MADISON, Wis. — Three months later, there’s a part of Wisconsin 7-footer Frank Kaminsky that still burns over the Badgers’ ­74-73 loss to Kentucky in the Final Four. “I still believe we were the better team in that game,” Kaminsky said. “It just didn’t turn …

New College Football Playoff championship trophy unveiled


IRVING, Texas — A rising gold football-shaped trophy will be the prize for the national champion in the new College Football Playoff. College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock unveiled the more than 2-foot-high trophy Monday. Made from 24-karat gold, bronze and stainless steel, the …