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Loss of Braxton Miller sends Big Ten to bottom of Power Five

How damaging to the Big Ten is the training-camp injury that knocked out Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller for the 2014 season? Look at it this way: With Miller in the fold, the Big Ten would’ve rated no worse than fourth — and might’ve been …


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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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Kelly, Notre Dame trying to look beyond four suspensions


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame unveiled its new threads during media day Tuesday. Officials displayed mannequins wearing the team’s home and road jerseys, as well as this year’s Shamrock Series uniform. It was a case of the show going on. Players have had a …

Coaches sure Notre Dame’s defense will get through changes


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Brian VanGorder didn’t want to gauge where Notre Dame’s defense stood right at this moment. ‘‘The one thing I do know is that there is a lot better football in front of us,’’ the Irish’s defensive coordinator said Tuesday. ‘‘We can …

If Notre Dame can’t stay clean, who can?


RICK MORRISSEY: Notre Dame always has viewed itself as the ideal of how academics and athletics should coexist. Raising the question: If the Irish can’t make this work, who can?

Oklahoma is our preseason No. 1 in college football


STEVE GREENBERG: A consolation game? Yeah, that’s how Alabama coach Nick Saban refers to the Sugar Bowl game last season against Oklahoma — and perhaps only he could dare say such a thing with a straight face. But the Sooners, who were surprise 45-31 victors in that memorable contest, don’t have to like it. And they sure as heck don’t.

NCAA Football: Sun-Times Top 25


Chicago Sun-Times college football writer Steve Greenberg ranks the Top 25 teams in his preseason poll.

Notre Dame football ranked No. 17 in AP preseason poll


There’s no asterisk next to Notre Dame’s name in the Associated Press’ preseason football poll. Perhaps there should be. The Irish landed at No. 17  in the poll, which was  released Sunday. But votes were due in before the  announcement Friday that four Irish players, …

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Notre Dame reputation tarnished again by academic scandal

RICK TELANDER: Four Notre Dame football players, all likely starters — including a potential All-American in defensive back KeiVarae Russell — were dropped from the team Friday in the midst of an academic-fraud scandal.

Brian Kelly pledges that ND will not ‘look the other way’


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The ­future of four of coach Brian Kelly’s players is up in the air. And the possibility exists that previous Notre Dame victories will be vacated. The word “distraction” would be quite an understatement. Notre Dame opens the regular season in …

Northern Illinois still seeking starting QB


DEKALB, Ill. — Northern Illi- nois coach Rod Carey said his sense after watching his team scrimmage Thursday was that none of his three quarterbacks ‘‘ran away’’ with the job. ‘‘I know a lot of them did some good things, and I know there are a …

The best of everything Big Ten has to offer


The Big Ten football season is fast approaching. Think of it as an oncoming train. A freight train sounds even better. We’re big around here on highly original metaphors.

A College Football Playoff-bound freight train? Let some air out of those brakes, conductor. It’s only …

Cheats could bring heat on ND coach Brian Kelly


There has been a broad range of controversies involving Notre Dame’s football program since Brian Kelly took the reins as coach in December 2009. Who remembers the heartbreaking story of Lizzy Seeberg? A freshman in 2010 at Saint Mary’s College, Seeberg, who was from Northbrook, …

ND investigates football players for academic dishonesty


For the second consecutive season, academic woes have rocked Notre Dame football. This time, though, the impact might be a much larger hit on the image of the program and the ­university as a whole. Notre Dame is investigating suspected academic dishonesty on the part …

Ranking the Big Ten coaches 1 to 14


Recalling the famous words of legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler, the Sun-Times ranks the Big Ten coaches from top to bottom.

Northwestern looking to move on without Venric Mark


KENOSHA, Wis. — Northwestern players knew they were going to be without Venric Mark for the first two games of the season because of a suspension for a violation of team rules.

And then came word of Mark’s decision to transfer for personal reasons.

“It …

Big Ten East preview: Two-horse race with Buckeyes, Spartans


Mark your calendars. Ohio State’s game at Michigan State on Nov. 8 is the game of all games on the Big Ten schedule this year. The rematch of the Big Ten title game last year will be a de facto conference semifinal. The Buckeyes and …