Golson stays poised against pressure of Oklahoma

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Golson stays poised against pressure of Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. -- Playing in just his second-ever collegiate road game, Everett Golson stood in the face of 86,031 fans and looked as poised as he's been all year.

Golson didn't blow up the box score, completing 13 of 25 passes for 177 yards and gaining 64 yards on 11 rushes. But the key number for him was zero, as in how many turnovers he committed.

"He's growing up," coach Brian Kelly said.

Beyond the stat sheet, Kelly saw his redshirt freshman quarterback do more than just play with confidence.

"He led -- he actually sensed that he was leading," Kelly said. "He was communicating, he was talking, he was doing things that you hope as you go through this process that start to see. He was confident, he was calm -- all the things that you need to see from your quarterback on the road against a very good opposition in Oklahoma."

That crowd of 86,031 was the largest on Oklahoma Memorial Stadium History. It's a stadium in which OU coach Bob Stoops had only lost four times in 83 games heading into Saturday. In other words, it's not exactly the place a guy making his sixth career start can win with ease. Golson did just that, even if his line doesn't show it.

A little more than a month ago, Golson was coming off a miserable two-interception performance against Michigan in which he was yanked in the second quarter in favor of Tommy Rees. But since then, he's grown, even with the pains of a trio of turnovers against Stanford.

"I don't think I would," Golson said of if he would have handled the atmosphere at OU well last month. "I think that's partially because of the game experience and it's also because of the guys around me. I can admit that six or seven weeks ago I didn't really feel that I was ready."

That growth has been a series-to-series process in games, as Kelly explained two weekends ago following Notre Dame's win over Stanford. Ask any of Golson's teammates, though, and they'll tell you the biggest strides are being made in preparing for those games.

"He didn't just grow up today, he's been growing each week and getting better and improving," tight end Tyler Eifert said. "It's just the way he goes to work, trying to get better and having that as his mindset."

Kelly and Notre Dame designed the Irish to rely on defense for its success as they developed a first-year starting quarterback. But on Saturday, Golson showed his promise -- maybe not statistically, but as a leader.

"Everett Golson led our team," Kelly said. "He had obviously been challenged to continue to grow and it's been a process, but I thought tonight was a big step up for our quarterback, and our offense elevated itself against a great competition on the road."

5 at 5: Cubs/Sox All-Star spots, D-Wade's fit and could Patrick Sharp return to Blackhawks?

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5 at 5: Cubs/Sox All-Star spots, D-Wade's fit and could Patrick Sharp return to Blackhawks?

In the debut of 5 at 5, Luke Stuckmeyer and Slavko Bekovic break down the top five Chicago sports storylines right now.

Included is an update on MLB All-Star votes and who from the Cubs and White Sox "deserve" to make the Midsummer Classic. Plus, Stucky and Slav discuss a potential reunion for Patrick Sharp and the Blackhawks, Dwyane Wade's fit on the Bulls and what will be the next Chicago sports jersey retired.

Also, who would win a Home Run Derby between the Cubs, White Sox, Nationals and Yankees?

The 5 at 5 on Facebook Live - Debut Episode

MLB All-Star Update: Bryant's in, Avi Garcia's 5th in voting. Which Cubs and White Sox deserve a spot? Welcome to The 5 @ 5 on Facebook Live! Sharp returns? How does D-Wade fit? Next retired Chicago jersey? We cover it all, so join the conversation RIGHT NOW!

Posted by CSN Chicago on Monday, June 26, 2017

Bulls parting ways with guard Michael Carter-Williams

Bulls parting ways with guard Michael Carter-Williams

Don't expect to see Michael Carter-Williams in the fold for the Bulls guard spots next season.

The organization is reportedly declining the qualifying option for the young guard, according to John Paxson on David Kaplan's radio show:

Carter-Williams, 25, was acquired in a trade with the Bucks last October in a move that sent Tony Snell to Milwaukee. Snell — the Bulls' first round pick (20th overall) in 2013 — turned in a career year with the Bucks, averaging 8.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game while making 80 starts.

Meanwhile, Carter-Williams appeared in only 45 games (19 starts) for the Bulls, suffering through the worst season of his professional career. He was drafted 11th overall in the same year the Bulls took Snell and Carter-Williams burst onto the scene with 16.7 points, 6.3 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game in his rookie season with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Carter-Williams was then traded to the Bucks in February 2015. He shot only 36.6 percent from the field in 2016-17 while averaging 18.8 minutes per game.

The Bulls are stacked at guard with Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo currently under contract plus 2016 first-round pick Denzel Valentine, Jerian Grant (acquired in the Derrick Rose trade), Cameron Payne (acquired in the Taj Gibson deal), Isaiah Canaan and then Kris Dunn and Zack LaVine (who were both acquired in the Jimmy Butler blockbuster last week).