Klopas prepares for 2012 season

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Klopas prepares for 2012 season

By Nina Falcone
CSNChicago.com

When Frank Klopas was brought in as the Fire's interim coach, he quickly realized he wanted more involvement with the team. His job was to support former coach Carlos de los Cobos, but he hoped to shed the "interim" title as fast as possible.

His love of being on the field with the players caused him to jump on the opportunity to become the Fire's new head coach as soon as position presented itself.

In terms of 2010-2011 team, Klopas felt very comfortable with the players the team brought in and saw them as a good base to work off of.

"Right now if we can bring another forward in that can provide some scoring and another player in the midfield that's more of a two-way guy, that can obviously get us some points and goals going forward, but also help on a defensive side," Klopas said.

"So not that many changes, we will bring a couple impact players if we can to make the team better and provide some more depth. That way we'll feel very comfortable going into next season."

But it's not solely about the players' performances on the field. Klopas is making a scouting trip to Europe and South America in December to find players that he believes will be a good fit for his team.

"We have a good database of players that we researced a year ahead of time, so more than anything when we go on these trips we get to know these players on a character standpoint... It's very important for us to build a family."

Northwestern's Scottie Lindsey named Big Ten Player of the Week

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Northwestern's Scottie Lindsey named Big Ten Player of the Week

Scottie Lindsey's been tearing it up lately, and the Big Ten has taken notice.

The conference named Lindsey its Player of the Week on Monday, the junior guard and Fenwick High School product receiving that honor for the first time in his career.

Lindsey scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds in Northwestern's win over Rutgers last Thursday and added 22 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals in Sunday's win over Iowa.

Lindsey is the Wildcats' leading scorer this season with 15.8 points per game, good for seventh in the Big Ten. He also ranks fourth in the league with an 88.9-percent shooting clip from the free-throw line.

And how about this fun fact: Lindsey has scored in double figures in all 19 of the team's games this season, the longest streak by a Cat since John Shurna in 2011-12 and the longest streak by a Cat to start a season since Evan Eschmeyer in 1998-99.

Northwestern is 15-4 on the season and 4-2 in conference play after Sunday's 35-point blowout of Iowa.

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