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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.

DePaul extends contract of women's basketball head coach Doug Bruno through 2023-24

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DePaul extends contract of women's basketball head coach Doug Bruno through 2023-24

One of the icons of DePaul athletics is sticking around.

Monday, DePaul extended the contract of women's basketball head coach Doug Bruno through the 2023-24 season. Bruno just wrapped up his 32nd season as head coach of his alma mater, leading DePaul to its 16th consecutive NCAA Tournament.

While the Blue Demons were eliminated in the Round of 32 this March, Bruno has led the program to the Sweet 16 three of the last eight seasons.

“I am so thankful to be working at a great institution like DePaul,” Bruno said in a press release. “I never would have been here without coach Ray Meyer who gave me a basketball scholarship, Frank McGrath and Gene Sullivan who hired me in the 1970s."

Behind Bruno, DePaul went 27-8 in 2017-18, winning its fifth-straight Big East regular-season title. The Blue Demons also won their third Big East Tournament title in five years, defeating rival Marquette 98-63. Bruno also picked up his 700th career victory in February, defeating conference-foe Butler 86-68.

“I’ve been fortunate to have great assistant coaches through all the years,” he said. “My current staff is absolutely one of the best in the country.

"Most important, the reason you succeed is the players. I’ve been blessed to have tremendous student-athletes help build the DePaul women’s basketball legacy.

“I am excited about this contract extension because we still have work to do. As proud as we are of everything we have achieved, our expectation through the length of this extension is to take the Blue Demons to even higher places.”

 

Loyola rewards Porter Moser with multi-year contract extension

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Loyola rewards Porter Moser with multi-year contract extension

Loyola is rewarding Porter Moser for his basketball team's success this season.

Loyola and Moser have agreed to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday. The deal is through the 2025-26 season.

"We are excited to be able to announce a new contract for Porter that will keep him at Loyola a long time," Loyola Director of Athletics Steve Watson said. "He is the perfect fit for Loyola and operates his program the right way, with student-athletes who achieve excellence on the court and in the classroom and are also excellent representatives of the institution.

"We are fortunate to work at a university like Loyola, that values and has made a commitment to athletics. It is nice to reward Porter not just for an outstanding season, but also for the job he has done during his time here."

That's a well-deserved extension for a head coach who led the Ramblers to a NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1985.

As the 11th seed, Loyola exceeded all expectations, shocking the world with a Final Four appearance. The Ramblers took down No. 6 Miami, No. 3 Tennessee, No. 7 Nevada, and No. 9 Kansas State before losing to No. 3 Michigan, who would go on to lose to No. 1 Villanova in the championship game.

Loyola finished the regular season with a 28-5 record and a MVC Championship.

In seven seasons, Moser has a 121-111 record with the Ramblers, though three of his last four have been winning seasons.