NIU QB Drew Hare looking to take the next step in 2015


NIU QB Drew Hare looking to take the next step in 2015

Northern Illinois QB Drew Hare finally has the keys to the Huskies' car.

The junior signal caller enters the 2015 season in DeKalb as expectations in the MAC remain high. 

“Being the starter, it’s a whole different feeling then last year’s camp when I was battling with two other guys,” Hare told “It’s a little easier in that sense, getting better at my own skills.”

After leading the Huskies to a win over Northwestern early last season, Hare took command of the offense and ended the year with 2,322 yards and 18 touchdowns. Most importantly, however, he protected the football, only throwing two interceptions. 

“It’s always nice when you have a quarterback coming back and you don’t have a quarterback battle,” said NIU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Bob Cole. “You’re pretty much way ahead from day one. That’s pretty much been the case through camp right now."

The matchup everyone in DeKalb has circled on their calendar is their September 19th showdown against the defending national champion Ohio State Buckeyes. While it'll be a daunting task heading into Columbus, Hare wants his teammates focused on the opening matchup against UNLV on September 5th. 

“Everybody’s thought about it; I’ll say that,” Hare said at Huskies' media day. “But like coach said, we have had an open conversation about it, got it out there, let it get done. Since then, I really do feel like we’ve been focused on just week one right now.”

Dave Leitao suspended 3 games, DePaul put on 3-year probation


Dave Leitao suspended 3 games, DePaul put on 3-year probation

The DePaul men's basketball team has been placed on three-year probation and head coach Dave Leitao has been suspended three games for the 2019-20 season, the NCAA announced on Tuesday.

The program was found guilty of "failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance while Leitao did not "prevent violations from occurring in his program."

A Division I Committee on Infractions panel concluded that a "former DePaul associate head coach violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when he knowingly directed the former assistant director of basketball operations to provide impermissible recruiting benefits to a recruit."

The NCAA found that three coaches knew about the situation but failed to report the infractions. DePaul will vacate all wins earned while the ineligible player competed and suffer recruiting restrictions. They were also fined $5,000 plus 1% of the men's basketball program budget.

In 2019, DePaul had their first winning season since 2007 by going 19-17. 

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


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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