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Joliet Catholic's Isaac signs with USC

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Joliet Catholic's Isaac signs with USC

Joliet Catholic running back Ty Isaac announced his commitment to USC on Tuesday, choosing the Trojans over fellow front-runners Auburn and Michigan. Isaac was rated by Rivals as a four-star player, the No. 2 prep running back and the No. 18 overall player nationally for the class of 2013.

As a junior, Isaac rushed 178 times for 2,629 yards and 51 touchdowns -- both school records -- leading Joliet Catholic to the 5A title game against Montini. In the championship contest, Isaac shattered numerous state records, rushing for 515 yards and six touchdowns but fumbled twice in the second half as Monitini won 70-45.

Isaac is just the fourth Rivals four-star running back to come out of Illinois since 2002, joining Robert Hughes (HubbardNotre Dame, 2007), Dale Martin (BolingbrookLouisville, 2007) and Rashard Mendenhall (Niles WestIllinois, 2005) as players with that designation.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Teddy Bridgewater too expensive for the Bears?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Teddy Bridgewater too expensive for the Bears?

Laurence Holmes, JJ Stankevitz and Mark Grote join Kap on the panel.

0:00 - The pressure continues to mount on Rob Manfred as the Astros scandal lingers. He apologized on Tuesday but should that be enough for him to keep his job?

17:00 - Drew Brees is heading back to New Orleans, so Teddy Bridgewater will be looking for a new home. The guys discuss if he'll be too expensive for the Bears. if he is, who could come to Chicago to join Mitch in the QB room at Halas Hall?

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Bulls coach Jim Boylen stumps for Rudy Tomjanovich's Hall of Fame bid

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Bulls coach Jim Boylen stumps for Rudy Tomjanovich's Hall of Fame bid

In case you forgot, Jim Boylen once worked for Rudy Tomjanovich. In fact, the former Rockets coach gave Boylen his NBA start, hiring him as an assistant coach and video coordinator way back in 1992.

Boylen saw first-hand the coaching chops and commitment Tomjanovich displayed as the Rockets won back-to-back NBA titles while Michael Jordan was playing baseball in the mid-1990s. So it's beyond loyalty when Boylen says he believes, like many others, that Tomjanovich belongs in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. The organization named Tomjanovich a finalist over All-Star weekend in Chicago.

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"He's deserving," Boylen said. "I don't know why he's not in there yet. It doesn't make sense to me. Two championships, a gold medal."

That's a reference to Tomjanovich coaching USA Basketball's gold-medal winning team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Tomjanovich is an occasional visitor to the Advocate Center to watch Boylen.

"What he did with those Rockets teams and his playoff games — sixth seed in '95 — nobody's duplicated that. To win it from the sixth seed, play on the road like we did," Boylen said. "He has an unbelievable record in elimination games, which I think is a true test of your coaching and being able to communicate your message. I think he's getting in."

Does Boylen possess inside information?

"No," Boylen said, smiling. "He's due."

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