Five Chicago area products are listed among the Top 100 players in the nation in the class of 2014, according to recruiting analyst Tom Lemming of CBS Sports Network.
NIU has emerged from the shadows of the top conferences to rank among the best schools in the country, netting a bid to the Orange Bowl New Year's Day, where they will take on Florida State.
In his first full season as the starting quarterback for Northern Illinois, Jordan Lynch was named MAC Conference Player of the Year on Wednesday.
University of Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas ended the speculation about Tim Beckman possibly not returning as head football coach in 2013.
Notre Dame may not be the only Chicagoland team to play in a BCS Bowl game.