Northwestern headed in the right direction

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Northwestern headed in the right direction

Northwestern hasn't won a bowl game since 1948, but Washington Redskins defensive tackle and Wildcats alum Barry Cofield sees the arrow trending upward for the football program.

"The program is taking off. Fitz Pat Fitzgerald was the right man for the job. He's got the program going in the right direction," an excited Cofield told CSNChicago.com.

While Cofield attended Northwestern, Fitzgerald was the team's linebackers coach before taking over the team in 2006 after the passing of the late Randy Walker. In Cofield's four seasons with the Wildcats, he registered 197 tackles, 6.5 sacks and earned Second-team All-Big Ten honors as a senior in 2005.

The list of Northwestern players in the NFL isn't that long (14 total), but Cofield stays in touch with them as much as he can, including Bears linebacker Nick Roach and defensive end Corey Wootton.

"Northwestern's NFL network isn't that big, so we all stay in touch," Cofield told CSNChicago.com.

The former New York Giants Super Bowl champion still watches as many NU games as he can and is still holding out hope for a bowl victory.

"It's exciting to watch them play. I'm just hoping they can win a bowl game here," Cofield told CSNChicago.com.

In the Gym at EFT: Muscle activation

In the Gym at EFT: Muscle activation

In this week's edition of In the Gym at EFT, physical therapist Emily Sluis tackles muscle activation. 

Sluis enlists the help of Super Bowl XLIX Champion Darius Fleming to demonstrate dynamic stretches that get an athlete ready to compete. 

Check out key techniques in the video above, and be on the lookout for the next edition of In the Gym at EFT.

Morning Update: Bulls win first meeting with Cavs; LeBron pays off Cubs-Indians bet

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Morning Update: Bulls win first meeting with Cavs; LeBron pays off Cubs-Indians bet

Here are some of Friday's top stories in Chicago sports:

Saturday on CSN: Bradley vs. Nevada; Illinois State vs. New Mexico

Dwyane Wade, Bulls take first blood with LeBron James, Cavs

Bears-49ers: And the winner is?

Jonathan Toews practices but won’t play vs. Flyers

For Cubs, winter meetings will be all about the hunt for pitching 

White Sox reportedly asking for No. 1 prospect plus more in trade return for Chris Sale

'Quarterback' Rajon Rondo executes Bulls' game plan, logs first triple-double of the year

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

LeBron James pays off bet, rocks Cubs uniform to the United Center

High School Lites basketball roundup: Week 1