Word on the Street: Are you the next Cubs announcer?

Word on the Street: Are you the next Cubs announcer?

Monday, Feb. 28, 2011CSNChicago.com

Are you the next Cubs announcer?

The Cubs announced a contest giving fans a chance to become their next public address announcer at Wrigley Field. The current PA announcer Paul Friedman is leaving the organization to "pursue a new job opportunity" that would keep him from working day games at Wrigley.

Fans can submit their audio or video applications to http:cubs.careerbuilder.com. Finalists will be selected by March 14, and the winner will be selected March 25. (NBC Sports)

DePaul's Melvin to miss remainder of season

Head coach Oliver Purnell announced that Cleveland Melvin will miss the rest of the 2010-2011 season with a left thumb sprain. The DePaul freshman injured his thumb on Feb. 23 during a game against St. John's and missed Saturday's game against USF.

Melvin is a candidate for the Big East Rookie of the Year and leads the Blue Demons and all Big East freshmen with 14.3 points per game this season. DePaul hosts Rutgers in the final home game of the regular season Wednesday night at Allstate Arena. (DePaulBlueDemons.com)

Another Rookie of the Week honor for DePaul

Brandon Young picked up the slack in the absence of injured DePaul standout Cleveland Melvin on Saturday, racking up 23 points against USF. He was rewarded Monday with his second Big East Rookie of the Week honor this season. Together, Young and Melvin have earned the honor six times in 15 weeks during the 2010-2011 season.

Young was 10-of-17 shooting from the field against the Bulls on Saturday. It was his third game with 20 or more points. He also registered a conference-scoring high with the 23 points. (DePaulBlueDemons.com)

Hawkeyes going to Outback Bowl for fifth time, taking on Florida


Hawkeyes going to Outback Bowl for fifth time, taking on Florida

Iowa is going back to the Outback Bowl.

Yes, for the fifth time in the last 13 seasons, the Hawkeyes will wrap their campaign with a trip to Tampa and an appearance in the Outback Bowl. And for the third time, their opponent there will be the Florida Gators. That game kicks at noon on Jan. 2.

Iowa and Florida met in the Outback Bowl to conclude the 2003 and 2005 seasons, splitting those two matchups.

This time around, the Hawkeyes are coming off an 8-4 regular season, a disappointing follow up to their 12-2 campaign a season ago that started off a perfect 12-0 before postseason losses in the Big Ten title game and the Rose Bowl.

Kirk Ferentz has led his team to a bowl appearance in 14 of his 18 seasons, though Iowa has lost the last four of those games, without a bowl win since taking down Missouri in the 2010 Insight Bowl.

Iowa is 2-2 in its four previous Outback Bowl appearances, beating Florida, losing to Florida, beating South Carolina and losing to LSU.

As for the Gators, they own an 8-4 record, as well, after falling to Alabama in Saturday’s SEC Championship Game. Florida is known for its sluggish offense, one of the lowest-scoring teams in the country.

Start spreadin' the news: Northwestern to face Pitt in Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium


Start spreadin' the news: Northwestern to face Pitt in Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium

Start spreadin' the news.

Northwestern is heading to New York for its bowl game this season, specifically the Bronx, where it will battle Pittsburgh in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

Though it isn't your typically warm bowl destination, the baseball-stadium setting should be pretty fantastic. The game will be played at 1 p.m. on Dec. 28.

The Wildcats reached bowl eligibility with their sixth win in the regular-season finale against Illinois. Northwestern is heading to back-to-back bowl games after missing out on the postseason in back-to-back seasons in 2013 and 2014.

This is just the 13th-ever bowl trip for the Cats, though it's their seventh in 11 seasons under Pat Fitzgerald. Northwestern has a 1-5 record under Fitzgerald in the previous six bowl games, though that win is one of just two all-time bowl victories by the program.

This season started slowly for the Cats, who lost upsetting home games to Illinois State and Western Michigan and started 1-3. But Northwestern turned things around with back-to-back road wins over Iowa and Michigan State and finished 6-6. The Cats' offense has been particularly effective this season compared to seasons past. Wide receiver Austin Carr took home Big Ten Receiver of the Year honors and is a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award after leading the conference in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches. Running back Justin Jackson was the league's leading rusher until getting surpassed by just a couple yards by both Wisconsin's Corey Clement and Penn State's Saquon Barkley, who both competed in Saturday night's Big Ten Championship Game, adding to their respective rushing totals.

Pitt has had a pretty noteworthy season. Despite having four losses, it beat two teams that finished ranked in the top five of the College Football Playoff rankings: No. 2 Clemson and No. 5 Penn State. The Panthers are coached by former Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi.