CSN announces 2012 College Football schedule

CSN announces 2012 College Football schedule

COMCAST SPORTSNET ANNOUNCES 2012 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

17 Live Telecasts, including 4 games featuring Illinois State & NIUs Homecoming Game;
Plus Notre Dame & Northwestern weekly coaches shows

Chicago, IL (August 20, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, has announced its 2012 college football schedule highlighted by standout local match-ups featuring pre-season, nationally-ranked Illinois State of the Missouri Valley Conference, 2011 Mid-American Conference champion2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl winner Northern Illinois, plus additional action-packed match-ups from Conference USA and the SEC, along with weekly college coaches shows from Notre Dame and Northwestern.

Comcast SportsNets first of 17 live telecasts from its 2012 college football schedule takes place on Saturday, September 1 at 7:00 PM featuring Conference USA West Division standout Houston hosting Texas State. The following week, on Saturday, September 8 at 12 NOON, Comcast SportsNet will carry the first of four Illinois State Redbirds telecasts starting off with their visit to Eastern Michigan. Additional Illinois State games on Comcast SportsNets 2012 college football schedule this season include road match-ups against Western Illinois (Sept. 22 at 3:00 PM), Northern Iowa (Oct. 27 at 4:00 PM) and Indiana State (Nov. 3 at 1:00 PM).

On Saturday, October 13 at 2:30 PM, Northern Illinois Huskies fans will be in for a treat as Comcast SportsNet will carry the schools annual Homecoming Game as they take on MAC rival Buffalo. Please note the attached schedule for Comcast SportsNets complete 2012 college football schedule, including all Conference USA match-ups, along with scheduled datestimes for its SEC telecasts.

Comcast SportsNet will also provide college football fans with a pair of area team college coaches shows this season on Tuesdays beginning in September (air datestimes may vary during the season) Inside Notre Dame Football with Brian Kelly (4:30 PM) and Northwestern Football: The Pat Fitzgerald Show (11:30 PM).

COMCAST SPORTSNET CHICAGO
2012 College Football Schedule

1. Sat, Sept 1 7:00 pm CUSA: Texas State @ Houston LIVE
2. Sat, Sept. 8 12:00 pm Illinois State @ Eastern Michigan LIVE
3. Sat, Sept 15 3:00 pm CUSA: Florida Intl @ C. Florida LIVE
4. Sat, Sept. 22 3:00 pm Illinois State @ Western Illinois LIVE
5. Sat, Oct 6 6:00 pm CUSA: North Texas @ Houston LIVE
6. Sat, Oct 13 2:30 pm Buffalo @ Northern Illinois LIVE
7. Sat, Oct 20 7:00 pm CUSA: Central Florida @ Memphis LIVE
8. Sat, Oct 27 12:00 pm CUSA: Southern Miss @ Rice LIVE
9. Sat, Oct. 27 4:00 pm Illinois State @ Northern Iowa LIVE
10. Sat, Oct 27 6:30 pm SEC: Teams TBD LIVE JIP 7:00 pm
11. Sat, Nov. 3 1:00 pm Illinois State @ Indiana State LIVE
12. Sat, Nov 3 6:30 pm CUSA: UAB @ Southern Miss LIVE
13. Sat, Nov 10 TBA CUSA: Marshall @ UAB LIVE
14. Sat, Nov 10 6:30 pm SEC: Teams TBA LIVE
15. Sat, Nov 17 11:00 am CUSA: Houston @ Marshall LIVE
16. Sat, Nov 17 6:30 pm SEC: Teams TBA LIVE
17. Sat, Nov 24 2:30 pm CUSA: Southern Miss @ Memphis LIVE

Schedule as of 82012 -- Schedule subject to change

(Live JIP) Live, joined in progress
(TBA) To be announced

Connor McDavid believes Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat will succeed in NHL: 'He's a special player'

Connor McDavid believes Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat will succeed in NHL: 'He's a special player'

Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat is putting up video-game numbers in the Ontario Hockey League.

He ranks first among all players with 49 goals and 104 points, and has done so in only 50 games. That's an average of more than two points per game.

DeBrincat, the Blackhawks' second-round draft pick (No. 39 overall) in 2015 thanks to the Andrew Shaw trade, became the Erie Otters' all-time leading goal scorer earlier this year and on Saturday, he tied Brad Boyes for second on the team's all-time points list with 309. The only player he's chasing now is teammate Dylan Strome, who has 329 and counting.

Connor McDavid, who ranks fourth in Otters history with 285 points, was there for DeBrincat's rookie season when he scored 51 goals and 50 assists. The 20-year-old Oilers captain very much still pays attention to the Otters, and isn't surprised by the heightened success of his former teammate.

"He’s having another amazing season," McDavid said. "No surprise there."

It was easy to suggest DeBrincat's numbers were inflated because he benefited from having a player like McDavid centering his line. But McDavid insists that wasn't the case.

"Honestly, we helped each other," McDavid said. "It was not a one-way street by any means. He finds a way to score goals. My year they were saying, 'Oh, he was just playing with me.' Then the other year, he’s playing with (Strome). He’s playing with Stromer again. To score 50 three seasons in a row is absolutely incredible no matter who you’re playing with or what you’re doing. Absolute credit to him."

[SHOP: Gear up, Blackhawks fans!]

The numbers back it up, too.

DeBrincat's points per game average has increased in each of the last three seasons: 1.53, 1.68 and 2.08, a significant jump from his second to third season. It's especially impressive when you factor in that he's scored only eight of his 49 goals on the power play this year after combining for 34 goals on the man advantage in his first two. 

Initially, McDavid was a little skeptical when informed that newly-signed winger DeBrincat, who's now listed as 5-7, 170 pounds, would be his new linemate. It didn't take long for that to change.

"He kind of just came out of nowhere," McDavid said. "I remember us signing (him) and looking, and it said he was 5-2, 140 pounds, whatever. The GM at the time, Sherry Bassin, said 'I found you a new winger.' I’m like, ‘That guy is going to play with me?’ Sure enough, he comes in and we kind of have that chemistry right away.

"He knows where the net is. He finds a way to score basically every night. He’s got a great shot. He’s one of the feistiest guys I’ve ever played with. It’s really remarkable about what he’s been able to do."

Size is surely to be the biggest concern for DeBrincat at the NHL level, but players such as Cam Atkinson (5-7), Johnny Gaudreau (5-8) and Mats Zuccarello (5-7) are proving that you can be among the league's best despite being undersized. And the game is evolving into more of an up-tempo style where teams built on speed is becoming the new norm.

DeBrincat's willingness to stick his nose into dirty areas combined with his offensively-gifted ability is a big reason why McDavid believes his former linemate will succeed at the highest level.

"I think well," McDavid said when asked how DeBrincat's game will translate into the NHL. "He’s just got such a drive and such a nose for the net that I don’t think he’s going to be stopped. He takes on guys much bigger. I don’t really know how he does it.

"Especially when he was a rookie and I was playing with him, he’s going into scrums against guys that are 6-5, and you’re on the ice thinking, ‘How the hell am I going to help you?’ He definitely picks his fights. He’s a special person and special player."

CSN's Dan Hayes meets the White Sox Dan Hayes

CSN's Dan Hayes meets the White Sox Dan Hayes

Is the White Sox clubhouse big enough for two Dan Hayeses?

We're about to find out this spring training as CSN White Sox Insider Dan Hayes covers the team, which includes first base prospect Danny Hayes.

The Sox prospect Hayes battled .250 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs in 55 games for Charlotte last season.

The big-league hopeful and White Sox beat reporter spoke with CSN's Chuck Garfien about the similarities the two (don't) have.

No word yet on whether they'll battle the two Rougned Odors and Geovani/Geovany Sotos to an Anchoman-style duel.

Check it all out in the hilarious video above.