Kelly confident Golson can handle atmosphere at OU


Kelly confident Golson can handle atmosphere at OU

Only four quarterbacks have ever led their team into Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and won since Bob Stoops took as Oklahoma's head coach in 1999. If Everett Golson is to become the fifth, he'll have to do something plenty of other signal-callers haven't been able to do: Play composed in the face of one of college football's most charged atmospheres.

Golson's already quarterbacked a win on the road, with that coming Sept. 15 at Michigan State. While that's game was Notre Dame's only true road test of the season, coach Brian Kelly thinks his first-year starter can handle everything at Oklahoma.

"It's bits and pieces throughout the year, at Michigan State in a very hostile environment, and then in big-game situations where we're playing on the road in Chicago. It's just a cumulative effect," Kelly explained. "In other words, all the pieces that come together for him to make him a better quarterback than he was earlier in the year is his experience, and we think he'll build on that and should not have any problem playing in a big environment at Oklahoma because he's already done it."

Kelly said Saturday he expects Golson to be 100 percent for Notre Dame-Oklahoma, but clarified Sunday that Golson has one more test to pass. On Monday, Notre Dame will have Golson go at his full physical exertion to make sure he's good to go from a cardio standpoint.

"I just want to make sure that we've covered everything, so in talking to our doctors we're going to put him through a good physical exertion tomorrow," Kelly said. "And we expect that to go well. If it goes well, it's just full steam ahead Oklahoma."

Fast Break Morning Update: Cubs visit White House; Blackhawks, Bulls in action tonight

Fast Break Morning Update: Cubs visit White House; Blackhawks, Bulls in action tonight

Here are some of the top Chicago sports stories from Monday:

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Avalanche tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Bulls host Mavericks in search of third straight win

Cubs meet President Obama in unforgettable, symbolic White House visit: ‘They said this day would never come’

Blackhawks' rough weekend 'a little bit of a wake-up call'

The state of the Bulls after the first half of the season

Reports: Dolphins assistant Jeremiah Washburn to be Bears' new O-line coach

Does Cubs president Theo Epstein have a future in politics?

President Obama, with Cubs at White House: 'Among Sox fans, I'm the Cubs' No. 1 fan'

At Cubs' White House visit, President Obama touts Michelle Obama's Cubs fandom, shouts out Jose Cardenal

Fire trade for midfielder Dax McCarty

The state of the Bulls after the first half of the season

The state of the Bulls after the first half of the season

Who are the Bulls? The team that beat Cleveland and Toronto or lost to Dallas, Minnesota and Milwaukee?

That's the question Bulls fans are currently asking and the one Bulls Insider Vincent Goodwill posed in the video above.

The Bulls have had impressive wins and shocking losses, but neither of those should be surprising at this point. The Bulls are, as Goodwill put it, consistently inconsistent.

The first half of the season has proven that Dwyane Wade still has some memorable moments left to give and Jimmy Butler continues to approach superstardom. On the downside, the drama surrounding Rajon Rondo has meant the 'three alphas' that were hyped up in the preseason haven't been the dynamic trio some Bulls fans had hoped.

Coach Fred Hoiberg doesn't have the shooters his system needs, but can he still rally the troops and get something out of Rondo?

Watch the video to see Goodwill's look back on the Bulls' first half and what could be ahead.