Daniels cleared to help Notre Dame in BCS Championship

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Daniels cleared to help Notre Dame in BCS Championship

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- DaVaris Daniels is fully recovered from a broken collarbone suffered Nov. 10, and has re-joined the Notre Dame offense in time for the team's rigorous preparation for the BCS Championship against Alabama Jan. 7.

"He's good," coach Brian Kelly said. "We would not put him out there unless he was free from injury."

Daniels' return is welcome news for the Irish offense, adding another weapon to Everett Golson's arsenal against a fearsome Alabama defense. Golson successfully looked Daniels' way at a higher rate in the few weeks leading up to his injury, and Daniels hasn't noticed a dropoff in that chemistry despite being out of commission for about a month.

"We kind of just gelled back together," Daniels said. "Once I got back in there, there were no setbacks or anything."

Daniels was cleared for Notre Dame's physical, full-contact practices this week and said he took a "pretty good blow" Friday. That came after weeks of wearing a red jersey, usually reserved for quarterbacks won't get hit during practice.

"I never have been the type of guy to shy away from contact -- when you have to, it's kind of a different situation," Daniels said, adding, "I don't know, it was kind of fun not being able to be touched."

Before putting the red jersey on to participate in some timing drills, Daniels had to sit on the sidelines and watch as his teammates prepared for and played against Wake Forest and USC, with a trip to the BCS Championship on the line.

That wasn't easy, especially for someone who played a significant role in Notre Dame's narrow win over Pittsburgh -- the closest the Irish came to a defeat all season.

"It was hard," Daniels said. "Even watching practice, it was the worst feeling I've ever felt."

Daniels isn't guaranteed to fit back in to his usual role for the BCS Championship, though. While he hopes to be in that spot and will have plenty of practice reps with Notre Dame's first-team offense over the next week, it won't be handed back to him. But either way, Notre Dame plans on utilizing his skill set against Alabama.

"I think we'll be fine with him," Kelly said. "He's a really good player that understands that his reps are going to be based upon how he practices and how he performs. I'm certain that he'll play a role in the game."

DePaul basketball program on the rise after landing 5-star recruit Tyger Campbell

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DePaul basketball program on the rise after landing 5-star recruit Tyger Campbell

DePaul hoops received a huge boost this week as five-star recruit Tyger Campbell committed to the university.

The elite point guard recruit out of La Lumiere, will join the Class of 2018, choosing DePaul over schools like Michigan State, Illinois and Memphis.

"I like DePaul and honestly my coach (Shane Heirman) just went there and we have a great connection and he's always had my back," Campbell told Scout.com. "I like [DePaul] coach Dave Leitao, too. I like his program and he's an intelligent guy.

"Mainly what I like about the school is I want to help bring it back. I love Chicago; it's a great city. I want to bring the city a college back to cheer for."

Campbell also said the Blue Demons' new Wintrust Arena at McCormick Place Event Center, which is slated to open this fall, is a big draw for him.

The Blue Demons are a combined 18-45 the last two seasons and hasven't had a winning season since 2006-07 when they went 20-14 and made the NIT Quarterfinals.

The program last made the NCAA Tournament in 2003-04 during Leitao's first stint as the team's head coach.

Northern Illinois adds running back Fotis Kokosioulis

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Northern Illinois adds running back Fotis Kokosioulis

Northern Illinois University added it's fourth known verbal commitment today in its growing Class of 2018.

Maine South junior running back Fotis Kokosioulis (5-foot-8, 165 pounds) added an offer from the Huskies on Tuesday after making a spring practice visit, and today he gave head coach Rod Carey his verbal commitment.

"I chose NIU because it's been a school that I've liked for awhile now," Kokosioulis said moments ago. "I like the facilities at NIU, the stadium and everything else they have to offer. I also really like all the coaches at NIU. I felt that even if I got more offers I would've still chose NIU over other schools. I know that there are bigger school and programs but I feel that I just fit in well at NIU, so I committed."

Kokosioulis, who was an All-State performer for the Class 8A state champion Maine South Hawks in 2016, is now the fourth known in-state verbal commitment for Rod Carey and the Huskies and the fifth known commitment overall. Kokosioulis joins Andrew defensive end Mike DeHaan, Plainfield East defensive end Jack Sullivan and Danville tight end Julian Pearl in the NIU Huskies in-state Class of 2018.