WBEZ | Big Ten http://www.wbez.org/tags/big-ten Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Looking at the past and hazy future of fraternity pledging http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-03-26/morning-shift-looking-past-and-hazy-future-fraternity <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/hazing Flickr opacity.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We get a preview of Governor Pat Quinn&#39;s budget address. Also, some details behind a proposal to create another Big Ten public university in Illinois. And, housing news from real estate reporter Dennis Rodkin.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-looking-at-the-past-and-hazy-future/embed?header=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-looking-at-the-past-and-hazy-future.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-looking-at-the-past-and-hazy-future" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Looking at the past and hazy future of fraternity pledging" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 08:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-03-26/morning-shift-looking-past-and-hazy-future-fraternity Dreary day in Chicago sports http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-03/dreary-day-chicago-sports-106009 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_hawk_fan_nam_y_huh.jpg" style="float: right; height: 212px; width: 300px;" title="First time Hawks fans watch their team lose at UC. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" />The gray, wet miserable Sunday was a perfect backdrop for the Chicago-area sports teams in action. Losses for the Blackhawks, Bulls, Northwestern and Illinois ended the weekend.</div><p><strong>First Blackhawks loss at home</strong></p><p>What looked like a huge blow out in the making for Edmonton was almost a dramatic comeback for the Blackhawks. &nbsp;The Hawks came close, but lost 6-5 suffering their first regulation defeat at the United Center this season.</p><p>The Oilers pelted Blackhawks starting goalie Ray Emery, scoring three times in the first ten minutes of the first period. After the third score from the Oilers&#39; Ryan Whitney, Coach Joel Quenneville pulled Emery and put in Corey Crawford. Edmonton scored on Crawford with a power play goal just two minutes later.</p><p>Down 4-0 the &ldquo;Madhouse on Madison Street&rdquo; was silent for a period for the first time this year and came alive in the second. Goals by Patrick Kane, Sheldon Brookbank (his first of the season), Marian Hossa and Brent Seabrook got a maudlin crowd back into the game. The Oilers had to go with their backup goalie when starter Devan Dubnyk was lambasted by his own teammate, as Hossa crashed the net. Edmonton did score one more time in the second and led 6-4 going into the final period.</p><p>Kane notch his second goal during the 3rd and cut the deficit to 6-5, but the Hawks were unable to complete the rally and now&nbsp;have back to back losses. &nbsp;In his post-game comments, Quenneville pointed out that Kane &ldquo;had a heck of a game.&rdquo; The team promotional give away were St. Patrick Day hats. If Kane could have pulled off the hat trick it would have been fun to watch them littered on the ice.</p><p>Most people agree that it would have been impossible for this team to remain at the high octane level the Blackhawks were playing this season. It isn&rsquo;t surprising the Hawks look a little tired and a bit slower the past two games, they have played seven games in eleven days. &nbsp;After the game, the players said the schedule was not an excuse, however, they all agreed they are looking forward to their longest rest (three days off) until they hit the road. Coach Q will not have a practice until Wednesday and then they travel to Columbus to begin a four game road trip on Thursday.</p><p><strong>No sunshine for the Bulls on the road</strong></p><p>On the West Coast, the very banged up and battered Bulls team started their week in California with a loss to the LA Lakers. They held Kobe Bryant in check with 19 points, but could not contain the Lakers big man Dwight Howard, who tore down 21 boards and scored 16 points in the 90-81 win over the Bulls. Missing another game were Kirk Hindrich, Richard Hamilton, Taj Gibson and of course Derrick Rose. What is a Bulls game without another report about the injured guard? During the game, the network broadcast had a report that Rose feels like his hamstrings are &quot;on fire&quot; after work-outs. Who knows what the reality of that situation is, but the lack of personnel is being felt.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Nate Robinson led the Bulls with 19 points and Joakim Noah had a terrific day with 18 points and 17 rebounds. Coach Thibodeau only used seven players all game and one (Marquis Teague) played just 4 minutes.The injury-depleted Bulls travel to Golden State and Sacramento later this week.</p><p><strong>NU and Illini lose too</strong></p><p>Illinois and Northwestern finished their regular season schedule with losses. The Illini were beaten at Ohio State 68-55 and the Wildcats dropped their season finale to Michigan State 71-61. Next up is the Big Ten Conference Tournament at the United Center this Thursday. Eight seed Illinois will play #9 Minnesota at 11 a.m. Later that evening, #11 Northwestern will play #6 Iowa. Could this be the final game for Wildcat coach Bill Carmody? Probably.</p><p>The tournament has sold out the four day weekend (a first prior to the event). That pretty much underscores the fact that this is considered the premier conference in the nation. The United Center should be rocking!</p><p>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout">@CRayeStout</a> and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame </a></p></p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-03/dreary-day-chicago-sports-106009 Hot Hawks, cold Bulls and women sports characters http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-03/hot-hawks-cold-bulls-and-women-sports-characters-105953 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" ap="" carcillo="" charles="" class="image-original_image" colorado="" first="" game="" goal-a="" his="" photo="" rex="" scores="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_1danny_carcillo_co_game_winner%20arbogast_0.jpg" style="width: 620px; height: 404px" title="Danny " vs="" winner="" /></div><p><strong>Twenty-four games left for the Blackhawks and counting&hellip;</strong></p><p>The story and the excitement keep building for the Blackhawks. Halfway through the NHL season, they have yet to register a loss in regulation (21-0-3). Tonight they hope to continue this unbelievable ride with a rematch with the Avalanche in Colorado. A few injuries are a concern, specifically Patrick Sharp. But this team has had different players step in and step up. Last game Danny Carcillo scored the game winner in the final seconds. After the win, coach Joel Quenneville refereed to Carcillo by his nickname, &ldquo;Car-bomb&rdquo;. That may offend some, but it was funny just to hear that nickname used by a coach.</p><p>As the Hawks keep winning, the Derrick Rose drama for the Bulls is going on and on. It almost feels like the movie <em>Groundhog Day</em>. Twenty one games left on the NBA schedule, still no decision in sight. Now there is daily reporting when he sits with the team on the bench and when he doesn&rsquo;t. It is just becoming too monotonous for everyone. Tonight the Bulls host Utah and then spend the next week on the road.</p><p><strong>Women in sports</strong></p><p>Two kicks for one young lady, ten steps back for women in pro-sports? Much has been made about the failed kicks by Lauren Silberman, at the NFL regional combine event in Florham Park, N.J. The former soccer player made two very poor attempts in kicking try-outs that resulted in a flurry of responses.</p><p>There are indications that Silberman was hurt. She should have postponed the workout or not done it at all. The other major factor: she has never played collegiate football. That could be more of the problem about her failed attempt at the NFL regional combine.</p><p>One thing that you learn physically in the sports world -- man or woman -- is know your limitations. Silberman should have learned a valuable lesson. If you are injured, not prepared or do not have the aptitude to do it (particularly when it is impactful) rethink your situation. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Speaking of impacts, there is no doubt that Northwestern Women&rsquo;s Lacrosse coach Kelly Amonte-Hiller continues to be a force in her sport. On Wednesday, she registered career win 200 when the Wildcats won their home opener beating Boston College 17-10. Tomorrow 4-1 Northwestern will play at John Hopkins on the east coast.</p><p>Did you realize that the Big Ten women&rsquo;s basketball tournament is in the Northwest suburbs at the Sears Centre Arena? Most people haven&rsquo;t a clue about that event. The arena has had a tough time trying to stay afloat and the businesses in Hoffman Estates are hoping this tournament will be a boost. It is a real bargain with the tickets going for $15 a session. Next weekend when the men play at the United Center, you will see a lot more attention for that event (and pay much more).</p><p><strong>What was he thinking?</strong></p><p>Dennis Rodman being part of the theatre of the absurd is always a natural in the sports world. It is ridiculous and dangerous when the former Bulls player steps into the international political world. The eccentric and controversial former NBA player went to North Korea to be entertained and seen with the country&#39;s leader Kim Jong-Un, it made headlines. You would think it was a sketch from Saturday Night Live. A sketch would be funny, the real scenario was not and makes you wonder: what was Rodman thinking? Having been around Rodman while he played for the Bulls, he doesn&#39;t think, nor does he care about most things. Dennis just does what he wants to do and if he gets paid, so much the better.&nbsp; Maybe Rodman thought it was all fun and games like a reality show. But when he visits a country that has declared the U.S. as its sworn enemy, it begs the question: Does he have any common sense at all? Apparently not.</p><p><strong>Characters that will be missed</strong></p><p>Bears cutting ties with defensive back DJ Moore made a lot of reporters unhappy. He was one of the few players on that team that didn&rsquo;t filter his thoughts about anything and anyone (including Jay Cutler). His playing time diminished after he made the negative comments about the Bears QB. Coincidence?</p><p>The baseball season begins three weeks from Monday. I miss Ozzie Guillen! This will be the first time in years he will not be in a dug-out. Some how, some way he will be heard. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Baseball is coming...</strong></p><p>Yesterday the White Sox extended the contract of&nbsp; left hand pitcher Chris Sale 5 years to the tune of $32.5 million. There are two two option years on the back end that can net him millions more.</p><p>And the Cubs are selling single game tickets today. Nice to think about baseball, when you have mounds of snow all around. Season begins April 1st - no fooling.</p><p>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout">@CRayeStout</a> and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame</a></p></p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-03/hot-hawks-cold-bulls-and-women-sports-characters-105953 Unpacking Penn State fallout http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-11/unpacking-penn-state-fallout-93963 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-11/20111108__joe-paterno-110811y~p1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>College football is no stranger to scandal but the situation at Penn State University involving allegations related to the sexual abuse of minors has criminal implications.</p><p>Former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was charged on Nov. 5 with 40 counts related to the sexual abuse of minors.</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> discussed the evolving claims with regular sports contributor Cheryl Raye-Stout and espn.com senior writer Lester Munson.</p><p>Raye-Stout spoke with Penn State alums and current Chicago Bears players Anthony Adams and Robbie Gould about the allegations and about playing for coach Paterno.</p><p>“I think the biggest part is it made you become a better man,” Bears kicker Robbie Gould began. “Obviously being on time for things, making sure that you’re responsible for doing whatever homework or assignments or projects or helping your teammates out; being held accountable for things that you do, obviously is something that we all learned from him. Obviously we became better people and better athletes by attending Penn State and that’s why you go there,” Gould added.</p><p>Gould’s teammate Adams’ expressed shock by the details in the grand jury’s report.</p><p>“You can’t make sense out of this stuff. I mean, 23-page, you know, that report… it’s hard to read that,” Adams tried to explain.</p><p>Raye-Stout told <em>Eight Forty-Eight's</em> Alison Cuddy that players’ reactions changed throughout the week—at first, she said, Adams thought it was just “allegations and innuendos” but after he read the indictment, the allegations took on a new shape and he became quite distraught.</p><p>The Big Ten powerhouse continued to crumble throughout the week. Head coach Joe Paterno was fired Wednesday for failing to do more to stop Sandusky.</p><p>Munson reported that there were three investigations underway: One by Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, Linda Kelly, who filed the criminal charges against Sandusky; a second by the Department of Education, which is led by Secretary Arne Duncan, who Munson said was “outraged” by what he had learned about Penn State and the coaching staff; and a third investigation by the University’s Board of Trustees.</p><p>The Trustees have been under considerable pressure from the Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, who began the investigation more than two years ago while serving as the state’s attorney general.&nbsp;</p><p>Both Munson and Raye-Stout said that they had never seen anything like this in years of covering sports. In his 22 years reporting on scandals and legal issues in sports, Munson said there have been times when, as a journalist, there was some satisfaction and happiness in covering a scandal—but that this was no such an occasion and referred to the reports of the alleged abuse thus far as, “disgusting, repulsive and abhorrent.”</p><p>Unfortunately, Munson added, he was afraid there could be more abuse allegations to come.</p><p>As to whether the NCAA might pursue the matter, Munson said it has no jurisdiction. But, he expected that Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany would exercise his authority in some way. In a statement, Delany offered sympathy for the alleged victims and their families and added that there would be no comment or conclusions drawn until the grand jury and the university’s Board of Trustees’ Special Committee finished their respective investigations of the circumstances that gave rise to the grand jury report.</p><p>The elephant in the room, Raye-Stout explained, was the fact that college sports remained a multi-billion dollar industry which creates power and desire to cover up any malfeasance so sports can continue to profit.</p><p>Munson wrote a column Friday in response to the fallout wherein he suggested that for Penn State to recover, it should cancel football for the next two years and start over. He echoed Raye-Stout’s point and said that the money involved in college sports skews everything, adding that it distorts the balance between academics and sports and is the root cause for the many bizarre things that happen in college sports. Munson noted that his employer, ESPN, pays billions of dollars for college sports making the media giant a part of the problem as well.</p><p>As additional alleged victims come forward, they will be debriefed by Pennsylvania authorities.</p><p>“We must also watch,” Munson said, “as Sandusky prepares his defense—is he going to dig in and defend this or is he going to plead guilty and take his punishment and make a bargain with the prosecutors? All of this, we have, on the horizon,” Munson finished.</p></p> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 16:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-11/unpacking-penn-state-fallout-93963 Illinois point guard Big Ten player of the week http://www.wbez.org/story/award/illinois-point-guard-big-ten-player-week <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Big Ten Basketball Court.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois point guard Demetri McCamey shares this week's Big Ten Player of the Week award with Purdue guard E'Twaun Moore.</p><p>McCamey averaged 20.5 points and 8.5 assists in wins over Iowa and Wisconsin this week. The senior scored 20 points last week in the win over Iowa to open Big Ten Play. He had 21 Sunday against the Badgers to push Illinois to 2-0 in the conference.</p><p>Moore averaged 26 points and eight rebounds in Purdue's two wins over Michigan and Northwestern in the past week.</p><p>McCamey is the first Illinois player to be named a conference player of the week since he won the honor in February 2010.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 03 Jan 2011 22:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/award/illinois-point-guard-big-ten-player-week Big Ten may reconsider division names http://www.wbez.org/story/big-ten/big-ten-may-reconsider-division-names <p><p>The Chicago-based Big Ten conference may be reconsidering the names of its new divisions.<br /><br />Earlier this week the Big Ten announced the creation of two divisions, Legends and Leaders. The divisions were necessary after the conference added a twelfth school, Nebraska, which will join the Big Ten in time for the football season next fall. Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney said the names were meant to highlight the conference's rich athletic history.<br /><br />But fans and critics alike have mocked the division names. And now Delaney says the conference may reconsider Legends and Leaders.<br /><br />Delaney made his comments in a radio interview, saying the Big Ten offices have been flooded with letters asking the conference to change the names.<br /><br />He said new division names could come after the first of the year.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 17 Dec 2010 20:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/big-ten/big-ten-may-reconsider-division-names