CSN announces 2012 College Football schedule

CSN announces 2012 College Football schedule


17 Live Telecasts, including 4 games featuring Illinois State & NIUs Homecoming Game;
Plus Notre Dame & Northwestern weekly coaches shows

Chicago, IL (August 20, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, has announced its 2012 college football schedule highlighted by standout local match-ups featuring pre-season, nationally-ranked Illinois State of the Missouri Valley Conference, 2011 Mid-American Conference champion2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl winner Northern Illinois, plus additional action-packed match-ups from Conference USA and the SEC, along with weekly college coaches shows from Notre Dame and Northwestern.

Comcast SportsNets first of 17 live telecasts from its 2012 college football schedule takes place on Saturday, September 1 at 7:00 PM featuring Conference USA West Division standout Houston hosting Texas State. The following week, on Saturday, September 8 at 12 NOON, Comcast SportsNet will carry the first of four Illinois State Redbirds telecasts starting off with their visit to Eastern Michigan. Additional Illinois State games on Comcast SportsNets 2012 college football schedule this season include road match-ups against Western Illinois (Sept. 22 at 3:00 PM), Northern Iowa (Oct. 27 at 4:00 PM) and Indiana State (Nov. 3 at 1:00 PM).

On Saturday, October 13 at 2:30 PM, Northern Illinois Huskies fans will be in for a treat as Comcast SportsNet will carry the schools annual Homecoming Game as they take on MAC rival Buffalo. Please note the attached schedule for Comcast SportsNets complete 2012 college football schedule, including all Conference USA match-ups, along with scheduled datestimes for its SEC telecasts.

Comcast SportsNet will also provide college football fans with a pair of area team college coaches shows this season on Tuesdays beginning in September (air datestimes may vary during the season) Inside Notre Dame Football with Brian Kelly (4:30 PM) and Northwestern Football: The Pat Fitzgerald Show (11:30 PM).

2012 College Football Schedule

1. Sat, Sept 1 7:00 pm CUSA: Texas State @ Houston LIVE
2. Sat, Sept. 8 12:00 pm Illinois State @ Eastern Michigan LIVE
3. Sat, Sept 15 3:00 pm CUSA: Florida Intl @ C. Florida LIVE
4. Sat, Sept. 22 3:00 pm Illinois State @ Western Illinois LIVE
5. Sat, Oct 6 6:00 pm CUSA: North Texas @ Houston LIVE
6. Sat, Oct 13 2:30 pm Buffalo @ Northern Illinois LIVE
7. Sat, Oct 20 7:00 pm CUSA: Central Florida @ Memphis LIVE
8. Sat, Oct 27 12:00 pm CUSA: Southern Miss @ Rice LIVE
9. Sat, Oct. 27 4:00 pm Illinois State @ Northern Iowa LIVE
10. Sat, Oct 27 6:30 pm SEC: Teams TBD LIVE JIP 7:00 pm
11. Sat, Nov. 3 1:00 pm Illinois State @ Indiana State LIVE
12. Sat, Nov 3 6:30 pm CUSA: UAB @ Southern Miss LIVE
13. Sat, Nov 10 TBA CUSA: Marshall @ UAB LIVE
14. Sat, Nov 10 6:30 pm SEC: Teams TBA LIVE
15. Sat, Nov 17 11:00 am CUSA: Houston @ Marshall LIVE
16. Sat, Nov 17 6:30 pm SEC: Teams TBA LIVE
17. Sat, Nov 24 2:30 pm CUSA: Southern Miss @ Memphis LIVE

Schedule as of 82012 -- Schedule subject to change

(Live JIP) Live, joined in progress
(TBA) To be announced

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Why Cubs wouldn't pay the price for Andrew Miller and got Aroldis Chapman from Yankees

CLEVELAND — As the New York Yankees marketed Andrew Miller this summer and prepared for their first sell-off in a generation, their demands started at either Kyle Schwarber or Javier Baez — and the Cubs still would have been forced to throw in more talent to get the All-Star reliever.

This could be the fascinating what-if for this World Series. The Cleveland Indians paid the price, giving up a four-player package headlined by outfielder Clint Frazier (the fifth overall pick in the 2013 draft) and left-hander Justus Sheffield (the No. 31 pick in the 2014 draft) to get what turned out to be the American League Championship Series MVP.

The Cubs didn’t make Schwarber untouchable because they thought he would be ready in time for the World Series, but he’s preparing to be their Game 1 designated hitter on Tuesday night at Progressive Field after a remarkable recovery from major surgery on his left knee.

“It was impossible to avoid some of the names — particularly the Cubs — (with) the year they were having,” Miller said. “Whether I wanted to avoid it or not I heard it. Guys in the clubhouse, our media was certainly bringing it to us.”

Even in other possible deals for pitching, the Cubs never came close to selling low on Baez, who broke out as the National League Championship Series co-MVP for his offensive production and defensive wizardry. 

Instead of getting Miller’s late-game dominance for three pennant races — and giving up five potential 30-homer, 100-RBI seasons with Schwarber — the Cubs closed a different blockbuster deal with the Yankees for a left-handed power arm.

The Cubs wanted Aroldis Chapman’s 100-mph fastball to get the last out of the World Series and would rationalize his 30-game suspension to begin this season under Major League Baseball’s domestic-violence policy. Already holding an age-22 All-Star shortstop in Addison Russell, the Cubs surrendered elite prospect Gleyber Torres.

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“Gleyber’s a good baseball player,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “That kid’s going to be really good. So you have to give up something to get something. But also our guys felt if we got Aroldis this year, we’d have a chance to be sitting here and answering this question. And they were right.

“It’s an entirely different thing when you get a guy out there throwing 100 miles an hour. You feel pretty good about it, regardless of who is hitting. So he’s really a big part of why we’re doing this right now.”

Chapman has saved five playoff games — and become that reassuring ninth-inning presence at Wrigley Field — but he clearly responds better to a scripted role.

Miller has been untouchable during the postseason, throwing 11 2/3 scoreless innings and striking out 21 of the 41 batters he’s faced, giving Terry Francona even more freedom to manage a lights-out Cleveland bullpen.

“To be utilized like Miller,” Maddon said, “not everybody is cut from the same cloth mentally, either, or the ability to get loose and prepare. Andrew Miller — having done a variety of different things in the big leagues as a pitcher — is probably more suited to be able to be this guy that can get up in the sixth, seventh, eighth or ninth and warm up in a manner that gets him in the game both mentally and physically.

“Whereas Aroldis — if he wanted to do that — I think that would have had to be done from spring training. He’d have to differentiate his mindset. He’d have to have a different way to get ready. I do notice he throws a heavy baseball before he actually throws a regular baseball. That’s his routine.

“Whether you agree with it or not, that’s just the way it is. So with a guy like Aroldis — to ask him to attempt to dump his routine right now (and) do something else — I think you’re looking for failure right there.

“We stretched him to five outs the other night, which is a good thing, I thought. So now going forward he knows he can do that. But to just haphazardly throw him in the sixth, seventh or ninth, I think would be very difficult to do.”

Even in a World Series featuring historic droughts, Cy Young Award winners, MVP candidates and star managers, this October could come down to the bullpens shaped by deals with the Yankees.

“Both teams made aggressive trades,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. “Both teams are still standing. There’s something to that.”