Inside College Football
Sharp reader @adamstar83 tweeted a photo to me of Illinois coach Tim Beckman surrounded by a decent gathering of media at his podium Monday in Chicago, on the first day of Big Ten media days. Can’t tell how many media are in the photo (go on, check it out and take a guess) but I’m
If you’ve ever been to SEC media days at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala., you know that Nick Saban can’t buy a key chain in the gift shop without being mauled — in the most loving of ways — by upward of a billion crimson-clad supporters. And those are just the reporters who are
Being the champion always comes with a little something special. And the Spartans, who took home the Big Ten crown and a Rose Bowl victory, know that the storm is coming. “We’re certainly one of the hunted in this conference now,” Spartains head coach Mark Dantonio said. “Being hunted is obviously where you’d rather be,
Northwestern asked the full National Labor Relations Board on Thursday to overturn the decision by the regional director of the Chicago office, which catgeorizes the universities football players as employees and allows them to unionize. The university contends that the regional director overlooked evidence the university presented that indicates that its football players are primarily
Tyler Griffey is best known by Illinois basketball fans for a single second — the final one of a Feb. 7, 2013 game in which his layup beat the buzzer and No. 1-ranked Indiana. To get to that moment, though, Griffey, a senior that season, was pouring dozens of hours per week into basketball. Routinely
Northwestern announced Monday it will install a new video board at Ryan Field, nearly triple the size of the current one, in advance of the 2014 college football season. Additionally the university will install two LED ribbon boards overlooking both end zones. “This is an exciting announcement for members of the Northwestern Football family and
Ask Tim Beckman or a member of his staff if Wes Lunt will start at quarterback in 2014, and you’ll get a two-part answer: (1) “The competition for the starting job is ongoing”; and (2) eyes that say yes, yes, a thousand times yes, Lunt will be the guy over senior Reilly O’Toole or sophomore
CHAMPAIGN — Not everything I discussed with Tim Beckman made it into the version of the interview than ran in the Sun-Times print edition. In fact, much of our conversation ended up on the cutting-room floor. Below are some of the snippets I saved.
Napoleon had his Waterloo nearly two centuries ago. Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas had a pleasant lunch interrupted by yours truly in the town of Waterloo, Ill., just last week. It’s hard to guess which guy’s experience was worse.