David Lenti has his own identity at Mount Carmel

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David Lenti has his own identity at Mount Carmel

The process of organizing Mount Carmel's football team for each season begins in the summer when the brothers Lenti, Frank and David, discuss personnel. Who will play offense? Who will play defense? Who fits into Frank's split-back veer offense? Who can fill spots in David's 5-2 defense?
Mention Mount Carmel football and three things immediately come to mind--Frank Lenti, winning (nine state championships, a state-record 325 victories) and the split-back veer triple option offense.
David Lenti speaks for the defense. And his message is loud and clear. His defensive unit always is an intimidating presence.
"We have a unique and great relationship," Frank said. "He can be upfront about what I need to hear without hurting my feelings and vice-versa. Nobody is going to outwork him or out-prepare him. I never worry about what our defense will do. He always has a plan. He does his homework. He knows what the other team will do next. His kids are fundamentally sound and play with tenacity."
This year, while Frank's offense has averaged 38.8 points per game, David's defense has allowed only 110 points. The Caravan has shut out five opponents, held nine to one touchdown or less and permitted only two to score more than 15 points.
"It will be a smash-mouth game against Glenbard North (in the Class 8A final)," said Lyons coach Kurt Weinberg, whose team lost to Mount Carmel 45-10 in the quarterfinals. "Their defense is extremely disciplined. They never are out of position, always in the right spot. They have a lot of good players and they are well-coached. They play hard and are physical. They don't make mistakes."
Frank is the oldest of the six Lenti children. David is the youngest. He graduated from St. Francis de Sales in 1980. At DePaul, he managed Hall of Fame coach Ray Meyer's team that included Mark Aguirre, Terry Cummings and Clyde Bradshaw.
After graduating in 1984 with a degree in education, he served as a student teacher at Mount Carmel under football coach Bill Barz. When Barz left for Illinois Benedictine, Lenti was hired full-time and taught math for 14 years. For the last 15 years, he has been vice-president of institutional advancement. Translated, that means he is in charge of fund-raising.
When Frank became head coach in 1984, he hired David, who coached at the sophomore level for two years, then assisted on the varsity for three years before becoming defensive coordinator in 1989. They have been together for eight of Frank's nine state championships.
"He coaches the offense and I have the defense," said David, 51. "He trusts me to run the defense. We put a game plan together on our own, me and my assistants."
What does he look for in a defensive player?
"Every position is different, of course, but speed is the first priority, a kid who likes to stick his nose in there, who likes to tackle and hit people," David said. "You have to run to the ball. You have to have kids who can run. Everything is built around speed for us, fast and physical."
A defensive lineman must have good size and strength and exceptional quickness. A linebacker must have a lot of grit--"football moxie," David said--and run real well. The best athletes are earmarked for linebacker and defensive back. A solid defense starts with them, the brothers agree.
But the game plan has changed over the years. In 1989 and 1990, for example, when opponents ran 80 percent of the time, the outside linebackers were fast defensive linemen. Now, to combat the spread offenses, they are more physical defensive backs.
"You need more speed on the edge to control the spread. You have to be more athletic at the linebacker position," David said. "You looked for more run stoppers before. Now you look for kids who can stop the run and rush the passer. We try to put more pressure on the quarterback."
Don't forget the defensive backs, especially in this era of pass-happy spread offenses.
"The defensive back always plays pass first. We look for a kid who is smart and can read offenses, someone who can determine whether a play is a run or a pass," Lenti said.
He isn't ready to declare that this year's defense is the best he has produced, not until after Week 14. He compares it to 1992...no stars, no standouts, just a lot of kids with great chemistry, great resilience and a don't-give-up attitude.
He reminds that the 1992 defense, nicknamed the "Ninja Turtles" because they were so undersized, also hoisted a state championship banner. The biggest name was future NFL star Simeon Rice, who wasn't highly recruited out of high school but blossomed at Illinois.
This year's unit features two Division I recruits in the line, 6-foot-3, 260-pound junior Enoch Smith and 5-foot-11, 285-pound junior Steven Richardson. Other key contributors are 6-foot-1, 212-pound senior lineman David Denne, 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior linebacker D.J. Romero, 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior strong safety Justin Sanchez and 6-foot-1, 195-pound junior free safety Deontae Brown.
Romero is the team's leading tackler despite missing six weeks with a foot injury. He returned for the playoff. 
"These kids aren't worried about who gets his name in the newspaper or who gets publicity or who is being recruited," Lenti said. "They just want to get the job done."
For Lenti and his defensive assistants--Pete Kammholz, Mark Antonietti and Bill Nolan--the job of preparing for Saturday's state championship game against Glenbard North began after the semifinal victory over Neuqua Valley. The two finalists arranged for a film exchange.
At 8 a.m. Sunday morning, the coaching staff met at the school. They broke down three films of Glenbard North. Frank Lenti and his offensive coaches met in one room and David Lenti and his assistants met in another. The meeting didn't break up until about 5 p.m.
"We analyze all the offensive plays, the tendencies, their favorite plays, plays that could pose problems, what they like to run in certain situations, what they like to exploit, how they will attack your defense, their best athletes, best linemen, best pass plays, best run play," David said.
They begin the agonizing process of putting together a game plan, then go home, do more homework and finalize the game plan in a series of telephone conversations. When the staff arrives at school at 7 o'clock on Monday morning, it is all finalized.
At exactly 7:02, the coaching staff meets the players in the media center. Frank outlines the practice schedule for the week and a brief rundown of the bells and whistles that go into Thanksgivingchampionship week, which is a new experience for this team. Mount Carmel traveled to Champaign in 2005, 2006 and 2010 but hasn't won a state title since 2002.
"There is some motivational stuff. Mark Antonietti introduces the game plan for the kicking game. Then the offensive players go to one classroom with Frank and the defensive players stay in the media center to go over the defensive game plan with me, Pete, Mark and Bill."
Playing on Thanksgiving weekend and taking a bus to and from Champaign on Saturday for the state championship game is a new and thrilling experience for the players. For Frank, David and Pete, who has been on the staff for 31 years, it is a familiar theme.
"You come across a different group of kids every year," David said. "It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for them, their first time, maybe their only time. We appreciate it we are playing in a state final. We used to take it for granted. But we appreciate it more now.
"Every year is as meaningful as the year before. It's all about the kids. These seniors have never been to Champaign before. It is the juniors' first experience. We like to take the approach that it is more about us playing to our standard rather than the school we are playing."

CSN Chicago will live stream Cubs, White Sox games in 2017

CSN Chicago will live stream Cubs, White Sox games in 2017

CSN will live stream Cubs and White Sox games plus pre and postgame shows throughout the 2017 season.

This is thrilling news for all Chicago baseball fans and comes at an absolutely perfect time for a Cubs fanbase that will spend the rest of the year reveling in the 2016 World Series championship.

White Sox fans will also gain more opportunities to get up-close looks at the future as the South Siders continue on with their rebuild.

Both teams and the pre and post shows will be streamed on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports app.

CSN already streams Bulls and Blackhawks games and pre/post shows.

"We are thrilled to launch live streaming of our Chicago White Sox and Cubs telecasts beginning this MLB season," said Phil Bedella, Vice President/General Manager of CSN Chicago. "With live streaming currently offered for our Bulls and Blackhawks telecasts, the addition of MLB streaming further illustrates our commitment to provide our viewers with the most in-depth and compelling Cubs and White Sox content in and out of the home and on any device."

The complete CSN broadcasting schedules for Cubs and White Sox telecasts will be released over the next couple weeks.

"We are very pleased that our partners at CSN will be able to provide fans with the opportunity to watch the White Sox anywhere," White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said. "Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for fans to watch their White Sox, regardless of where they are or what they are doing.  Sports fans deserve to see all the action all season long."

"After such a historic season, we are thrilled Cubs fans will be able to stream games on their choice of device, either inside or outside the home," Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney said. "This access has been years in the making for our fans, but the timing is awfully good given the excitement around the 2017 campaign."

For more information, check out the complete press release.

CSN announces live streaming of Cubs, White Sox games during 2017 MLB season

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CSN announces live streaming of Cubs, White Sox games during 2017 MLB season

LIVE CUBS/WHITE SOX GAMES, “CUBS/WHITE SOX PREGAME LIVE” AND “CUBS/WHITE SOX POSTGAME LIVE,” TO BE ACCESSIBLE ON THE NBC SPORTS APP AND VIA CSNCHICAGO.COM

LIVE STREAMING SERVICE TO BE MADE AVAILABLE ON PC’S/TABLETS/MOBILE DEVICES/CONNECTED TVs AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO CSN CHICAGO SUBSCRIBERS

Chicago, IL (January 19, 2017) – The Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox will be available in more places and on more screens than ever before as CSN Chicago (CSN), the home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the north/southsiders, has announced that the network’s Cubs and White Sox games will be accessible live via CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports app to authenticated CSN Chicago subscribers beginning with the 2017 MLB season.  In addition, CSN Chicago will also offer live streams of every edition of Cubs/White Sox Pregame Live and Postgame Live throughout the season.

Beginning with this year’s MLB regular season, the new live streaming offering will be available without any additional costs as an added value to participating providers of CSN Chicago and their subscribers.  This initiative advances NBCUniversal’s implementation of “TV Everywhere,” which strives to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home, and on multiple platforms.

“We are thrilled to launch live streaming of our Chicago White Sox and Cubs telecasts beginning this MLB season,” said Phil Bedella, Vice President/General Manager of CSN Chicago.  “With live streaming currently offered for our Bulls and Blackhawks telecasts, the addition of MLB streaming further illustrates our commitment to provide our viewers with the most in-depth and compelling Cubs and White Sox content in and out of the home and on any device.”

“We are very pleased that our partners at CSN will be able to provide fans with the opportunity to watch the White Sox anywhere,” added White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for fans to watch their White Sox, regardless of where they are or what they are doing.  Sports fans deserve to see all the action all season long.”

“After such a historic season, we are thrilled Cubs fans will be able to stream games on their choice of device, either inside or outside the home,” said Crane Kenney, Cubs President, Business Operations.  “This access has been years in the making for our fans, but the timing is awfully good given the excitement around the 2017 campaign.”

To access the video player, viewers can visit CSNChicago.com on their PC, or download the NBC Sports app. The NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Win10, and Xbox. Authenticated CSN Chicago subscribers will also have the ability to access live Cubs and White Sox coverage, even when traveling outside of their region, provided they are within the United States. 

For a full list of carriers and more information about CSN Chicago’s live streaming service, viewers are urged to visit the following link: http://www.csnchicago.com/live-faq .  CSN’s addition of Cubs and White Sox streaming follows the 2014 introduction of Chicago Bulls live NBA streaming, along with this past November’s introduction of Chicago Blackhawks live NHL streaming.  NOTE: CSN Chicago will be announcing its complete 2017 Cubs and White Sox regular season schedules in the coming weeks.