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Notebook: Britt McHenry, 87.7 The Game, Fighting Illini, Chicago Fire, 120 Sports

Notebook: Britt McHenry, 87.7 The Game, Fighting Illini, Chicago Fire, 120 Sports
Northwestern graduate Britt McHenry is the latest Medill School of Journalism product to join the World Wide Leader. She's based in D.C. but on St. Patrick's Day (she indeed has the luck of the Irish) she will start doing national work for ESPN. More Britt McHenry photos and career bio at this link. And check out the gallery in this post too. -Screen grab below is from Fox Sports Live (their version of SportsCenter) on Fox Sports 1. When he visited Northwestern, I asked University of Minnesota Golden Gophers Coach Richard Pitino about the top trending topic in college basketball this season- that would be Twitter. Quite a few big name college hoops coaches publicly discussed social media and the adverse effect it’s having on their programs and players: Tom Izzo, Thad Matta, Pitino's Dad Rick Pitino, John Calipari, Following the Golden Gophers 54-48 win at Northwestern, Richard Pitino gave a very colorful and insightful answer to my question....

Sarah Kustok to Testify Tomorrow on Behalf of Her Father's Defense

Sarah Kustok to Testify Tomorrow on Behalf of Her Father's Defense
Yes Network reporter Sarah Kustok is back in her hometown of Orland Park, Illinois today. She will be at the courthouse in Bridgeview Thursday morning as the state of Illinois' case against her father, Allan Kustok continues. He is on trial for murdering his wife Jeanie Kustok; Sarah's mother. Sarah Kustok is a current Brooklyn Nets television presenter formerly of Comcast SportsNet Chicago. She has been subpoenaed by the court and will testify on behalf of her father's defense. Sarah was back in Chicago when jury selection began in the murder case against her father, but in between the start of the trial and her testimony, she flew back to New York and resumed her duties with the Brooklyn NBA team. This past Saturday, Sarah Kustok even called the women's game between DePaul and Marquette on Fox Sports 1. It's amazing and extremely commendable that she can focus on work at an extremely trying time such as this...

Former ESPN Analyst Steve Lavin Sizes Up DePaul (Exclusive)

Former ESPN Analyst Steve Lavin Sizes Up DePaul (Exclusive)
Steve Lavin is well known as a college basketball analyst, having served in that role for seven years with ESPN in between his two head coaching gigs. Lav led UCLA to a 145-78, 80-46 in conference with an Elite 8 appearance in 1997 and five sweet 16 appearances. Now Steve Lavin in his fourth season at St. John’s, who fell to Providence, 84-83, in double-overtime on Thursday night to drop their fifth-straight game and move to 0-5 in Big East play. The Red Storm did beat Ivy League weakling Dartmouth on Saturday to end their losing streak. The star power of Steve Lavin is showing up in the ticket sales numbers as Carnesecca Arena saw a 38% increase in attendance, the fourth largest in the nation. But they're winless in conference play. They lost to the Blue Demons on Tuesday night at All State Arena. It was there where I had an exclusive with Steve Lavin and asked him about the improvement DPU has shown this season...
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Fox Sports 1 hosting big event at DePaul

Fox Sports 1 hosting big event at DePaul
DePaul and the Big East Conference will have their own midnight madness event on Friday night. Fox Sports 1 televises the Big East Tip-Off Party on Friday, Oct. 25. Fox Sports 1 will do a similar event on the campuses of all the schools in the "league" on Friday night. Fox Sports 1 has a television deal with the "conference." I only say that in airquotes because in college hoops there really aren't "leagues" or "conferences" anymore. Instead we have groupings and affiliations based on mutual television contract advantages. The Fox Sports 1 event will take place in Lincoln Park as the Blue Demons kick off the 2013-14 season...

Media Notebook: College Gameday, '03 Cubs Doc, DePaul Fox Sports 1 event

Media Notebook: College Gameday, '03 Cubs Doc, DePaul Fox Sports 1 event
ESPN College Gameday set up shop this morning at Lakeside Field on the Northwestern University campus in Evanston. Tonight at Ryan Field, not be confused with the Fox Sports 1 anchor named Ryan Field, the #4 Ohio State Buckeyes, favored by a touchdown, will take on the #16 Wildcats. Kickoff at 7pm on ABC with OSU alum Kirk Herbstreit and NU alum Brent Musburger on the call. Heather Cox will be on the sidelines. I love College Gameday, but the best part of it, in my opinion, would be the signs. I’ve led this post with a great sign about Kain Colter. And posted a few in gallery. You can see a few more signs here. NU will look to upset the Red Menace tonight, and have a much better outing than the last time College Gameday was on site for a NW home game. That was the infamous “we conveniently forgot about the lack of space in Wrigley Field, so we’ll have both teams go one way/the same way the whole time” game. The Illini shredded NU 48-22 at the Friendly Confines as Mikel Leshoure ran for an Illinois record 330 yards rushing. Here's to hoping the Cats don't have a repeat of that performance tonight; and cut shut down Jordan Hall and Carlos Hyde. -From Crain’s, Northwestern sells the naming rights to their Athletic Director position. They've come such a long way in Evanston. Three decades ago, they were considering abandoning big time sports entirely to join the Ivy League. According to the Wall Street Journal....

DePaul Basketball: Media Coverage News and Arena Artist Renderings

DePaul Basketball: Media Coverage News and Arena Artist Renderings
Really big day for DePaul basketball. Major news from all angles in the past 24 hours. First off- the artist renderings for the new McCormick Place downtown Arena have been released (see them here) DPU hired the same architectural firm that did the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (once the tallest buildings in the world) The 10,000-seat DePaul Arena is scheduled to open for the start of the 2016-17 college basketball season. Secondly, DePaul basketball announced that they are extending their radio partnership with WSCR 670 The Score for two more years. The Score has been the primary home of DePaul basketball since the start of the 1997-98 season. Today was also the DePaul basketball season tip-off media luncheon, and one of the topics discussed was the new partnership between Fox Sports 1 and the Big East Conference. As you know FS1 ratings have been abysmal out of the gate, somewhat due to the failure of their afternoon talk show Crowd Goes Wild. Maybe Big East basketball can help change that...
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Chicago Bulls radio announcer Chuck Swirsky (exclusive)

Chicago Bulls radio announcer Chuck Swirsky (exclusive)
Chuck Swirsky is the radio play-by-play man for the Chicago Bulls. You can hear him on WMVP AM 1000. Swirsky came to Chicago in 1979, where he was a sportscaster on WCFL. He then joined WGN radio AM 720 in late 1981.  He stayed there until 1994. Swirsky then left WGN for Detroit WJR, where he became Sports Director. Swirsky left there in 1998 to become the play-by-play guy on tv and radio for the Toronto Raptors. He was with the Raptors for ten years, and has been with the Bulls for five. While he was with WGN he also did play-by-play for DePaul. Swirsky also did Chicago Bears, and Cubs pre and post, as well as Northwestern football for the old SportsChannel television station. He also did morning drive talk radio with Bob Collins and Wally Phillips. While he worked in Detroit, he covered the Tigers, Red Wings and University of Michigan basketball and football...

NBA Draft Combine hits Chicago: recap, synopsis, news and notes

NBA Draft Combine hits Chicago: recap, synopsis, news and notes
The NBA Draft Combine was held here in Chicago this past Thursday and Friday. Almost every player likely to get picked in the 2013  NBA Draft came to the Windy City for workouts in front of NBA scouts and interviews with the local and national media.

During the interview sessions, the draft combine reporter gets up close and personal with every former college basketball star soon to hear their name called on draft night. Each player gets his own table in the conference room and journalists rotate like speed daters to obtain quality face time with everyone. Conversation is much more in-depth here than at post-game press conferences. It's about the big picture here -- no time to waste on the boringly banal queries from newspaper beat writers forming out their pedestrian game recap articles.

On top of the media grilling, the draft combine includes tougher inquisitions from the league's teams. Four years ago, Arizona's Chase Budinger, picked 44th by the Detroit Pistons, currently balling for the Minnesota Timberwolves, said he faced a psychological aptitude test from our hometown Bulls. He had to arrange blocks to match a picture they presented. A lot of reporters toss boring, easy softball questions ("if you could have dinner with anyone in history who would it be?" "what's your favorite late night snack?)", but the professionals on NBA payrolls pull no punches. They're investing major paper, long dough in their selection. That means doing due diligence. Even players' personal lives are in bounds. At the NBA Draft combine, teams want to know if players are single, married, have kids, baby mommas, baby momma drama etc. Multiple players said they had to reveal if they had a "friend with benefits." Are we talking to a league front office? Or is this your prom date's father?
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New DePaul Arena helps "Sell" the Program

New DePaul Arena helps "Sell" the Program
Recruiting is to college basketball what lending is to financial markets; lifeblood. Landing better recruits will help DePaul obtain more wins. More victories equals more publicity, higher ticket sales, more je nes se quoi. And as consequence, improved future recruiting classes. It’s a snowball effect; a positive reinforcing cycle. However, the DePaul Blue Demons lacked that catalyst to get the ball rolling. In computer terms, they needed a “killer app.” They acquired it with the new downtown arena. Blue Demons basketball will soon be playing home games again with the city limits of Chicago; where they belong. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and DePaul University worked together to finalize the deal on a large-scale project near McCormick Place. It includes construction of a 10,000-seat, multipurpose events center. DePaul coach Oliver Purnell said today the new arena is already helping to land Chicago area prep recruits. Purnell said the positive impact on recruiting is already being felt in the very next class. “It will be one of the major selling points without question,” Purnell said. “I can tell you that facilities are huge in terms of influencing a prospect and his family. Certainly perception right off the bat, it helps you. Because perception can become reality in so many cases. This is a positive PR tool for this great institution.”...
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McDonalds All American game notebook

McDonalds All American game notebook
Before we begin the McDonalds All-American game media notebook, I just want to say RIP to Sun-Times columnist, UI alum, iconic journalist and great man Roger Ebert. His life achievements were too many to list, and his passing is much bigger news than any basketball game. As an Illinois alum, I recommend you read one... Read more »
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