Word On The Street: NU extending Fitzgerald?

Word On The Street: NU extending Fitzgerald?

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011
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Contract extension for NU coach?

Teddy Greenstein reports that top Northwestern University officials are working on a lucrative and comprehensive contract extension for Pat Fitzgerald, in an effort to make the coach part of the program for many years to come. The deal is expected to be wrapped up in the next few weeks.

The Big Ten coach already has a deal through 2015, but NU athletic director Jim Phillips told Fitzgerald that the school wanted to enhance his contract after this season.

Kerry Wood demands broadcast job?

In December, Wood signed a 1.5 million, one-year deal with the Cubs. WSCR-AM 670 reported that Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood had a clause in his contract guaranteeing him of a broadcast job after his playing career ends.

According to a Cubs spokesperson, "there is absolutely no truth to that."

CSNChicago's David Kaplan spoke with Kerry Wood and the Cubs reliever laughed off the story saying "I have no interest in broadcasting and that report is untrue." (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Reed Johnson back on the North Side

Fans were pleased when the Chicago Cubs signed Kerry Wood last month. Now another fan favorite is back in the friendly confines.

Chicago Tribune's Paul Sullivan reports that outfielder Reed Johnson was signed to a minor-league deal with no guaranteed money. Johnson won over fans with his wall-banging dives during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. According to Sullivan, he'll be competing with Fernando Perez for the reserve outfield spot. (Chicago Tribune)

Notre Dame's Floyd passes on NFL

Michael Floyd accepted the Sun Bowl MVP trophy on New Years Eve and his teammates knew that he had played his final game for Notre Dame. But Wednesday Floyd announced that he will be back for his senior season.

"This was one of the toughest decisions I have ever had to make," Floyd said. "My dream has always been to play in the NFL but I didn't think that this was the best time to make that jump." (Chicago Tribune)
Seahawks coach teaches press conference etiquette

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was interrupted during his press conference in which he addressed the media about his upcoming opponent Chicago Bears. The interruption came from a reporter's cell phone. Using it as an audio recorder, the phone was placed on Carroll's podium, and started vibrating in the middle of the presser.

Carroll was a good sport about the mishap, answering the phone and politely telling the caller that it was not a good time to talk, as he was in the middle of something. (Yahoo Sports)
Bulls commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.

On January 9, the North Suburban YMCA hosted a special event celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Current and former Chicago Bulls players visited the event and met with participants of the Y youth basketball program and children from the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago.

Ronnie Brewer, Sidney Green, and Bob Love signed autographs and posed for pictures with the children after watching a film about Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement, and then led a discussion about the effect Dr. King had on the nation. (Trib Local)

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.