Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Charlie Weis has two goals: Lose weight, regain rep ]]> Lead story image

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 at the helm of the Kansas Jayhawks, admitted to wife Maura in February that he was “scared to death” by how he was feeling. Then and there, he pledged to her that he would lose 100 pounds. “I was breaking some scales in February,” he said from his podium at Big 12 media days. “They … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:59:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Book reveals college football hasn’t changed in more than century ]]> Lead story image

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 Network studio host Dave Revsine, the author of The Opening Kickoff, a fascinating and eye-opening history of the early days of college football. From an account of the 1893 Yale-Princeton game, which drew a Super Bowl-like crowd of 50,000 in New York City, to the storied career of Pat O’Dea, the Australian wanderer who became … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:55:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 director, Dave Joyner, begins his retirement on Aug. 1. Penn State sent out a press release Friday saying it would hold a press conference to announce a “personnel decision in intercollegiate athletics.” Phillips could not be reached for comment. The move would obviously be a step up for Phillips who has been able to gain … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:54:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Shawn Afryl, ex-Illini football player, died working out with team ]]> Lead story image

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. An offensive lineman, Afryl played in only one game at Illinois but earned his degree in 2013. He transferred to Winona State with plans of using his final season of eligibility there. “All of us in the Fighting Illini football family are greatly saddened by Shawn’s passing,” said Illini coach Tim Beckman. “He was a … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:05:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ NIU still unsure who will replace QB Jordan Lynch ]]> Lead story image

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 his opening remarks. “I still don’t know.” Call it the Jordan Lynch effect. After a yearlong Heisman Trophy campaign that landed Lynch in third place in voting, it was a given that the second-year coach would face questions about how he would replace the most prolific offensive player in school history. But history will be … ]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:31:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ NCAA president Mark Emmert makes $1.7M to players’ 0 ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:30:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Frank Kaminsky back for more fun at Wisconsin ]]> Lead story image

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 out in our favor. It’s frustrating, but we know we can do better.” For a lot of Final Four teams, there’s nowhere to go but down. Up in Wisconsin, next season can’t get here soon enough. There’s zero question whom the favorites to win the Big Ten title will be. There’s little chance more than … ]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:47:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ New College Football Playoff championship trophy unveiled ]]> Lead story image

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 bottom of the trophy is shaped like a football and rises to form an actual-sized ball at the top. There are four laces, reflective of the four teams that will make it to the playoffs. When addressing the cost of the trophy, Hancock called it a “priceless one-of-a-kind piece of art.” The trophy, which weighs … ]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:48:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Illinois basketball considering Peoria during renovation ]]>

One of the places Illinois appears to be considering when its men’s basketball team won’t have a home court to play on late next year is Peoria’s Carver Arena. ]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:00:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ 2 U of Miami players charged with sexual battery on helpless victim ]]> Lead story image

The University of Miami reacted swiftly Tuesday after sexual battery charges were brought against two of its football players, immediately dismissing both from the Hurricanes team and suspending them as students. ]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:48:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Will Mahone no longer enrolled at Notre Dame after arrest ]]>

Wide receiver Will Mahone is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame, a university spokesperson confirmed Monday. According to the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office public documents, Mahone was arrested for disorderly conduct, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, intimidation and vandalism last month in Ohio. He is from Austintown, Ohio. Notre Dame initially indefinitely suspended Mahone from all football-related activities shortly after the arrest. Mahone didn’t see any playing time for Notre Dame in 2012 and appeared in two games (against Purdue and Michigan State) in 2013. He missed most of Notre Dame’s spring practice after having surgery to repair … ]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 23:06:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Nick Zeisloft transfers to Indiana from Illinois State ]]>

Indiana coach Tom Crean says the Hoosiers have added to their roster 6-4 guard Nick Zeisloft, who is transferring from Illinois State after earning his degree in finance. ]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:08:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Freshmen carrying heavy load for Northwestern basketball ]]> Lead story image

Northwestern’s basketball freshmen shouldn’t get used to watching assistant coach Brian James haul a laundry basket up a few flights of stairs. Armon Gates, another assistant, wheeling players’ suitcases up and down hallways? That’s a one-time deal, too. And on most days, burgeoning center Alex Olah likely has better things to do than raise a mini fridge above his 7-foot frame. But on Sunday, when the Sun-Times was present for move-in day for the 2014 recruiting class, it was said that this was the red carpet the Wildcats roll out for every ­recruiting class. That did nothing to suggest that … ]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:40:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Notre Dame, Georgia football to play in 2017, 2019 ]]> Lead story image

Notre Dame hasn’t faced a Southeastern Conference team during the regular season since 2005. That will change in 2017. The Irish said Wednesday they will play a home-and-home series against Georgia. The teams will play Sept. 9, 2017, in South Bend, Indiana, and Sept. 21, 2019, in Athens, Georgia. ‘‘These are two very  attractive football games against a Georgia program that also has impressive history and tradition,’’ Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said in a statement. ‘‘[Georgia coach] Mark Richt has done an excellent job keeping that program at the forefront, both in the SEC and nationally.’’ The 2017 game … ]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 02:24:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Vanderbilt tops Virginia for first College World Series title ]]> Lead story image

OMAHA, Neb. — John Norwood’s home run in the top of the eighth inning gave Vanderbilt the lead, and the Commodores beat Virginia 3-2 on Wednesday night for their first national championship. Norwood turned on Nick Howard’s 97 mph fastball and sent it into the left field bullpen to break a 2-2 tie in the third and deciding game of the College World Series finals. It was Norwood’s third homer of the year, his first since April 19, and Vanderbilt’s first since May 16. It also was only the third home run in 16 CWS games and the 22nd in … ]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:05:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wisconsin coach on ‘quality teams,’ omits Illinois, Northwestern football ]]> Lead story image

MADISON, Wis. — Gary Andersen sat in his office and laid out the reasons the Big Ten’s newly formed West division deserves to be looked upon with the same respect being accorded the football-power-filled East, which boasts Ohio State, Penn State and both Michigan schools. “Let’s just talk about it. Let’s go head to head,” began Andersen, Wisconsin’s second-year coach. “Nebraska’s with us. Wisconsin’s on our side, obviously. Now you’ve got Iowa, now you’ve got Minnesota; those teams are playing with anybody in the conference week in and week out. “So there are quality teams on both sides.” Sure, fine, … ]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:49:44 -0500