CSN to provide expanded, live White Sox-Tigers coverage Sept. 11-13!

CSN to provide expanded, live White Sox-Tigers coverage Sept. 11-13!

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO PROVIDE EXPANDED, LIVE WHITE SOX vs. TIGERS COVERAGE SEPTEMBER 11-13!

Live coverage includes remote U.S. Cellular Field editions of Chicago Tribune Live, SportsNet Central, White Sox Pre-Game Live & White Sox Post Game Live

The Big Hurt Frank Thomas to takeover CSN Chicagos White Sox Talk Twitter!

Plus - expanded CSNChicago.com coverage highlighted by feature stories, talent blogs, in-game Twitter messages from Insiders & on-air talent and much more!

Chicago, IL (September 10, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the AL Central Division 1st place Chicago White Sox, will deliver expanded U.S. Cellular Field remote coverage for the teams BIGGEST SERIES OF THE SEASON -- this weeks huge showdown against the division rival Detroit Tigers. Comcast SportsNet will carry live game and expanded surrounding coverage of the final three games of the series on September 11-13.

Note the following programming line-up from Comcast SportsNets expanded live, U.S. Cellular Field remote coverage beginning at 5:00 PM tomorrow (Tuesday, September 11):

5:00 PM Chicago Tribune Live presented by Smirnoff - LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field! Hosted by David Kaplan, program will preview the huge White Sox-Tigers series, including analysis from Tribune writers, along with special guests from U.S. Cellular Field and much more!

6:00 PM SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse - LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field! Pat Boyle and Mark Schanowski continue the live pre-game coverage from the ballpark featuring live guests and an extended preview of the evenings big game.

6:30 PM White Sox Pre-Game Live presented by Honda City LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field! - Hosted by Chuck Garfien, Bill Melton and The Big Hurt Frank Thomas, this special remote edition of White Sox Pre-Game Live will preview the evenings game and overall series, along with providing a detailed pitching analysis and position breakdown, plus commentary from CSNChicago.com White Sox Insider Dan Hayes and other special guests.

7:00 PM WHITE SOX vs. DETROIT (L) Featuring Ken Hawk Harrelson & Steve Stone with the game call.

9:45 PM White Sox Post Game Live presented by Orland Park Nissan (time approx.) LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field! Complete post-game analysis from Garfien, Melton & Thomas, including the LIVE post-game press conference featuring White Sox manager Robin Ventura, along with numerous player interviews and much more.

10:00 PM & 10:30 PM GMC SportsNet Central Comprehensive White Sox-Tigers recap, highlights, interviews and more from the entire day in sports.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For its White Sox-Tigers telecasts on Wed, September 12 & Thu, September 13, Comcast SportsNet will once again provide viewers with live, remote editions of White Sox Pre-Game Live presented by Honda City and White Sox Post Game Live presented by Orland Park Nissan featuring Garfien, Melton & Thomas live from U.S. Cellular Field beginning at 6:30 PM.

Also, fans are in for a BIG treat as The Big Hurt Frank Thomas will takeover CSN Chicagos White Sox Talk Twitter handle during Tuesday & Thursday nights games. Thomas will provide his thoughts, insights and answer fan questions via @WhiteSoxTalk or twitter.comwhitesoxtalkcsn.

In addition to even more extensive White Sox-Tigers coverage throughout the big series via its White Sox Talk section, including feature stories, talent blogs, videos, etc., fans and viewers can interact with Thomas via a live blog on CSNChicago.com that will include game commentary from White Sox Insider Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN), Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) and White Sox Talk producerblogger J.J. Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz).

Let's speculate: Could Les Miles come back to the Big Ten?

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Let's speculate: Could Les Miles come back to the Big Ten?

Les Miles was fired Sunday after 12 seasons as the head coach at LSU.

Miles has an awesome resume: a 114-34 record with 62 SEC wins, plus a national championship in 2007 and another trip to the national title game in 2011. Seven of his 12 seasons ended with double-digit wins, and two of them ended in SEC championships.

So he's sure to be a hot commodity when teams look to fill not-yet-existent head-coaching vacancies this offseason.

As far as we're concerned here in Big Ten Country, though, will a Big Ten program be able to land the Mad Hatter as a high-profile splash?

Miles is a Big Ten product, remember. An Ohio native, he played for Bo Schembechler at Michigan and later coached under Schembechler and Gary Moeller as a Michigan assistant from 1987 to 1994. He has familiarity with the conference and the recruiting grounds.

It's all pure speculation right now, as it's quite possible there will be no openings in the conference when the regular season wraps in late November. But if we were to project which Big Ten programs might be looking for new coaches this offseason, could we find a spot for Miles?

The obvious team that might be parting ways with its current head coach is Purdue. Darrell Hazell has had almost no success running the Boilermakers, currently with a 8-31 record in three-plus seasons and a grotesque 2-22 mark in Big Ten play. That's usually enough for a tenure to come to an end, but is it too much losing to keep Purdue from being an attractive choice for the free agent Miles? Certainly we've seen high-profile coaches take jobs at less-than-power programs before, particularly after wearing out their welcome at their previous spot of employment. Lovie Smith just surprised by taking a job at Illinois after a long career as an NFL head coach. Perhaps Purdue can use similar tactics — new athletics director Mike Bobinski just started his tenure and would surely like to make a splash — and of course there's all that Big Ten TV money that should make competitive pay no problem at all.

But there will more than likely be other suitors from bigger programs and ones with more storied traditions. Could one of them be Penn State? James Franklin is only in Year 3 in Happy Valley, but the Valley isn't so happy at the moment, with the Nittany Lions getting crushed by Michigan on Saturday to show just how big the gap currently is between the top of the Big Ten East Division and Penn State. Bill O'Brien worked wonders in the immediate years after the Jerry Sandusky scandal had such a big effect on the program, but Franklin's continued reclamation effort isn't going too swimmingly in that ultra-competitive division with 7-6 records in each of his first two campaigns. There's certainly a case to be made for giving Franklin more time, but college football fans (and athletics departments) aren't famous for their patience. The tradition and profile of Penn State would have to be attractive to Miles, who dealt with a high-profile environment at LSU, and if the university is real serious about getting the Lions back to the top of college football's heap, bringing in Miles — and his track record of recruiting success — would do it, at the very least from a public-relations standpoint.

And then there's the obligatory mention of Michigan. Michigan? Jim Harbaugh is just in the second year of his tenure and seemingly has a lifelong title set up as the King of Ann Arbor. But should Harbaugh, who's had great success turning the Wolverines around in lightning-quick fashion, head back to the NFL, that would create an opening. Who better to fill that hypothetical vacancy than another Michigan Man in Miles? Miles has had his name linked to Michigan before, of course, with the obvious connection sparking speculation when the Wolverines needed to find replacements for Lloyd Carr, Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke. There's no indication Harbaugh's going anywhere, of course — we're in speculation land, remember? — but because it's Miles, the possibility has to be at least addressed.

It's all a guessing game at this point, and there are sure to be other high-profile openings around college football that will become speculative destinations for Miles, not to mention other job titles that aren't "head coach." But it'd be something to see him join the Big Ten's already-loaded roster of head coaches.

White Sox grieve Jose Fernandez's death along with rest of MLB

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White Sox grieve Jose Fernandez's death along with rest of MLB

CLEVELAND -- Whether they knew him or not, the overwhelming sentiment throughout the White Sox clubhouse on Sunday is that baseball was robbed of one of its most likeable players when Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was tragically killed in a boating accident.

Known for his vivid celebrations on the field and his wide, endless smile, Fernandez made a strong impression, whether with his skillset or infinite love of the game. White Sox players had their eyes fixed on several televisions littered throughout the visiting clubhouse at Progressive Field on Sunday during a morning press conference confirming the death of Fernandez, 24, and two others.

White Sox reliever Dan Jennings played with Fernandez for two seasons. Though he enjoyed a 3-0 White Sox win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, Jennings said his happiness was muted as he mulled the death of Fernandez, who was killed when the boat he was on slammed into a jetty in Miami Beach, Fla.

“He seemed invincible is what it was,” Jennings said. “A lot of guys know what I mean when I say he was invincible on the mound. There were days he was unstoppable, and that’s how you viewed him is invincible. It’s too hard to really put into words what he meant to the game and what he meant to Miami.”

“I just hope to love the game as much as he does some day. It’s tough to do, but he did. He had fun, and he loved the game more than anything.”

Todd Frazier remembers how approachable he found Fernandez in their limited interactions. The two met in the outfield one day after they faced each other for the first time and joked around.

“I was like, ‘Dog, you don’t throw me any fastballs,’ ” Frazier said. “He was like, “Why would I throw you fastballs?’ And we just started laughing.

“That’s the kind of guy he was. You could come up and talk to him. He had an infectious smile and just had a love for the game that I hope every ballplayer could have. It’s a terrible, terrible day.”

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Fernandez’s death reminded him of the March 22, 1993 accident that took the lives of Indians pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews. Only pitcher Bob Ojeda survived that crash and Ventura remembers the shockwaves it sent through clubhouses throughout baseball.

“I can still remember … just how sad that was,” Ventura said. “You don’t have to know them personally. But they’re within their group, and it breaks everybody up. It really does.”

White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon didn’t have a chance to meet Fernandez, a pitcher he admired for his competitive style and bulldog mentality. But another reason Rodon looked up to Fernandez is for the way he seemed to play the game with such joy. Marlins manager Don Mattingly said during a press conference Sunday that Fernandez enjoyed the game like a Little Leaguer does.

Rodon recently spoke about rediscovering his own joy of baseball. Naturally, Rodon’s thoughts drifted toward Fernandez when he took the mound on Sunday.

“You could tell,” Rodon said. “We had a beautiful day to come out and play and sad to say that one person is never going to get to play again. He’ll be very missed. You can’t take these days for granted. Just hope you guys go home today and tell the people you love, you love them. Losing a person like that is hard.”