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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....

Tracy Abrams: very media savvy leader for Illini Basketball

Tracy Abrams: very media savvy leader for Illini Basketball
Junior point guard Tracy Abrams is a very big reason that Illini basketball has held each of its first seven opponents to 63 points or fewer this season, something an Illini team hasn’t done since the 2006-07 season. Abrams, from Chicago's Mt. Carmel high school, is a gritty defender and tough leader, reminiscent of another Illini basketball player who manned the same position-- Chester Frazier. UI is now 15-0 in November under head coach John Groce.  Overall, the Illini basketball program has won their last 26 games in the month of November. “Without Tracy Abrams we probably don’t get it done. He willed us to a win. He’s a big part of what we do,” Groce said after the last Illini basketball game, a very ugly home win over Low-Major IPFW. They take on Georgia Tech in an important road contest in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in a couple hours. Illinois are slight underdogs to slight favorites, depending on who you talk to...

Illini Basketball Media Day: 5 takeaways to Preview the Season

Illini Basketball Media Day: 5 takeaways to Preview the Season
Illini basketball Media Day was Wednesday which means it’s time to preview the season. The great thing about Media Days are the ability to bring up just about any topic and talk about anything. The bad side of Media Days are the press conferences are more cliche and predictable than at any point of the entire season. Everyone is “just excited to get going” with a “great group of guys.” Everyone is undefeated on Media Day. That said Illini basketball tips-off with a scrimmage in six days, an exhibition in 13 days and the season opener versus Alabama State on Friday November 9th. So here are five takeaways from Illini basketball media day, to help you preview the season. Aided by the help of two in-depth team season previews. My own and that of David Kmiecik, college basketball nerd and the man with the most accurate NBA Mock Draft on the planet. Enjoy...
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Double Duty: I'm now doing Illini, Northwestern analysis for KOZN Omaha

Double Duty: I'm now doing Illini, Northwestern analysis for KOZN Omaha
This Saturday I’ll be “the doing the double.” The term comes from auto racing, but I’m applying it to college football. Illinois is playing Washington at the home of the Chicago Bears, Soldier Field at 5pm Saturday. After I’m done, I’m headed to Evanston for Northwestern vs Western Michigan with a 8pm kickoff.
Any other local Chicago sports media doing the doubleheader? If my good friend Lindsey Willhite, PR Director for the Chicago Wolves, was still working for the Daily Herald I know he’d be right there with me.
Anyway, the auto racing version of doing the double is the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 and the IRL Indianapolis 500 on the same day.
Tony Stewart has done it three times. And keeping with this theme of doubling up…
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Illini, Northwestern hoops schedule for ESPN, CBS National TV Released

Illini, Northwestern hoops schedule for ESPN, CBS National TV Released
I know it’s hard to think about college basketball when a.) it’s so freakin hot outside and b.) college football appetizers are served tomorrow night, with the main course just two days after that. However, the Big Ten announced its 2013-14 basketball conference schedule, with at least 49 games to be televised by CBS Sports or an ESPN Network. Remaining network assignments will be announced at a later date. Obviously, this will be highly subject to change, depending on how the teams perform, but if you want to grab your day planner and write down what you want to do in February and March, yes on a Late August afternoon, I won’t stop you. I’m certainly not expecting you to do that, but I won’t stop you either. Let’s look at where the Illini and Northwestern fit in...

Former NFL Player, RPFPC President Marques Sullivan talks Business

Former NFL Player, RPFPC President Marques Sullivan talks Business
Marques Sullivan is a fantastic local success story. The Chicago native starred at Fenwick Academy in Oak Park, where he became one of the nation’s most sought after recruits in the class of 1996. He went to Illinois, where he was a big star Offensive Lineman for Ron Turner’s Illini teams. The first bowl game I ever covered was the 1999 MicronPC.com bowl in which Sullivan was named All-Bowl Team. The Illini crushed Thomas Jones Virginia Cavaliers 63-21 that night. His senior year, Marques was named first team Playboy All American and third-team FWAA All-American. Marques Sullivan was selected in the fifth round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. He started 25 games for the Bills for the 2002 and 2003 seasons, blocking for Pro Bowlers Travis Henry and Drew Bledsoe. In 2002, Sullivan was named Most Improved Player by the Buffalo Bills. He later played for the New York Giants, New England Patriots and Chicago Rush...
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Illini and White Sox form Marketing Partnership

Illini and White Sox form Marketing Partnership
The University of Illinois and the Chicago White Sox will soon share a broadcast partnership. WSCR Chicago is home to radio broadcasts of all White Sox games; WSCR 670 AM will also carry Illini basketball starting in 2013-14 and football in 2014. (STEAKS AND CAKES!) The logo of WSCR 670 The Score is blue and orange for a reason. All CBS owned radio stations adopt the colors of their local NFL team for the station logos. Obviously, WSCR got it’s colors from the Chicago Bears. Papa Bear Halas brought the colors with him to the Bears from the Illini...

Northwestern vs Illini Rivalry Ramps Up Again

Northwestern vs Illini Rivalry Ramps Up Again
Maybe Northwestern and Illinois can be the Big Ten version of the West Coast vs. East Coast ’90s hip-hop feud? Remember, that rivalry started as a one-on-one individual bloodfeud between Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. before blowing up into true bi-coastal beef. The Illini vs. the Wildcats aren’t anywhere near Death Row Records vs. Bad Boy Entertainment. And the relationship between Illini A.D. Mike Thomas and Northwestern A.D. Jim Phillips isn’t anything remotely close to Biggee and Pac. However, this rivalry is getting much more interesting by the day...

Despite Losing, Illini Football again Represents in NFL Draft

Despite Losing, Illini Football again Represents in NFL Draft

Illini football doesn’t win on most autumn Saturdays, but they do always win:  on NFL Draft night and in 2nd-3rd tier bowl games. Illinois saw an O lineman go in the 3rd round, a D lineman go in the 4th. Just wanna reiterate this, so we're absolutely clear: football in 2012: 2-10, 0-8 in . (And I very convincing 0-8 in the Big Ten I might add)

Illini Football in 2013 2 picks in the top 100, 4 overall.

Illinois OL Hugh Thornton has gone through a lot of adversity to get to the NFL. And I mean genuine adversity; not the cliched “adversity” you hear from college football players and in “coachspeak.” During his childhood, Hugh Thornton saw his parents get divorced, his mother and sister were murdered while visiting he was them in Jamaica and he had to move in with his aunt after being abused by his father while living with him in Idaho. He made this move his senior year of high school across the country to Ohio. I don’t mean to sound all Les Miserables, as Friday night was actually a joyous event. However, watching Illini football last fall made me feel…."I used to dream my life would beeeeeeeeee......so different from this hell I’m living!” Former Illinois OL Hugh Thornton was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the 3rd round (86th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. He’ll be reunited with Coach Gilbert on the Colts and join former Illini CB Vontae Davis in Indy. (You might have read about Vontae Davis recent Twitter flap a couple months ago.)...
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WSCR 670 New Home for Fighting Illini Sports

WSCR 670 New Home for Fighting Illini Sports
The logo of WSCR 670 The Score is blue and orange for a reason. All CBS owned radio stations adopt the colors of their local NFL team for the station logos. Obviously, WSCR got it’s colors from the Chicago Bears. Papa Bear Halas brought the colors with him to the Bears from the University of Illinois. And now with the Illini joining forces with WSCR, it all comes full circle. Illini A.D. Mike Thomas announced today WSCR 670 The Score will be the newest radio affiliate on the statewide Illini Sports Network. WSCR will be the home for Illini sports in Chicago...