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2012 NFL Draft Capsule: LB Luke Kuechly

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2012 NFL Draft Capsule: LB Luke Kuechly

Luke Kuechly (LB), Boston College
6-3 237 lbs.

2011 Stats:
191 tackles, 12 TFL, 3 INT, 2 QBH

Projection:
Early-to-mid first round
Strengths:
Kuechly is one of the best pure tacklers in the country and does a good job lowering his pad level into contact and wrapping up on a consistent basis. He takes excellent angles in pursuit and showcases plus instincts inside vs. the running game. He uses his inside hand well to keep blockers at bay once he side steps contact. (National Football Post)
Weaknesses:
He isn't overly long and opposing lineman will wrap him up and engulf on contact. Kuechly isn't the most powerful athlete on contact and isn't going to force a ton of fumbles at the next level. He's just an above-average open field tackler. (National Football Post)

Fit for the Bears:
It would be a shock if Kuechly fell to the Bears at No. 19 since he's considered the top linebacker in the draft. With Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs getting up there in age, the linebacker position is one Chicago must address in the near future. Kuechly could start on the outside and once Urlacher retires, he would take over at MLB. Those three would arguably give the Bears the best linebacking corps in the NFL, but it's a pipe dream that Kuechly will still be on the board at 19.

Jalen Rose: Fab Five beef squashed with Michigan hiring Juwan Howard

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Jalen Rose: Fab Five beef squashed with Michigan hiring Juwan Howard

The Michigan Wolverines are hiring former Fab Five star Juwan Howard as the head coach of their basketball team. Aside from being a part of that prolific college basketball team, Howard is a two-time NBA champion with the LeBron James-led Miami Heat.

And he is a former local basketball hoops star at Chicago Vocational Career Academy, where we was named an All-American in 1991.

But the Fab Five have not been on the best of terms over the years, particularly current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose and Chris Webber. With Howard back in Ann Arbor, all beefs are officially over.

“It squashes any drama or any beef because we’re not going to bring that to Ann Arbor’s campus with Juwan Howard as our head coach," Rose told Mike Greenberg when asked about the beef Thursday morning on ESPN's Get Up. "The one thing that we both know is his success turning around the University of Michigan is first and foremost about him and about the players that he’s going to influence. Then it’s about us being there to support him, not being drama, not being splintered, not giving any indication of dysfunction.

"We’re going to move as a family and we’re going to do what we can to build on what John Beilein has established in Ann Arbor.”

Rose reiterated this point later in the day during a segment with fellow Michigan alum Adam Schefter.

Let's wait and see if Howard brings winning ways to Michigan to make this honeymoon period last, otherwise it could be back to business as usual.

Also, does Chris Webber feel the same way? Has Rose already talked to Webber to clear the air? Or is Rose just saying it's over on his side in the hopes Webber follows suit?

Both Webber and Rose made it clear that Howard was their preferred candidate, so they seem to be on the same page.

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Porter Moser announces he's staying at Loyola

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Porter Moser announces he's staying at Loyola

Porter Morter isn't going anywhere.

After reports circulated that St. John's offered him a long-term contract worth north of $2 million per year, the 50-year-old head coach has decided instead to stay at Loyola. He's led the Ramblers to three 20-win seasons in the past five years, and guided the program in 2018 to their first Final Four appearance since 1963 — a span of 55 years.

Moser released this statement on his Twitter account on Tuesday:


Dear Rambler Nation,

I know there have been a lot of things swirling out there the past few days. Because I have coached and coached with some amazing young men, and because I have had the support of the University, friends, family, and the loyal Loyola fans; opportunities have arisen. I know that is part of the business, but it doesn't change the fact that I'm humbled, grateful, and grounded with what comes my way.

People in business say I'm crazy for passing up opportunities and the money. But what they don't know is the amazing young men I coach and the culture we have built. What they don't know are the amazing young men who are committed to come to Loyola and wear the Maroon and Gold. What they don't know are the people and friends that make up the Loyola community. And what they don't know is what makes me tick.

So what I do say to Rambler nation is ... let's keep building this culture and making a difference. Let's keep chasing championships. Let's do things better than we have ever done before.

With that said ... I'M ALL IN!