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2011 Chicago State Cougars vs Hampton Pirates

Posted on November 28, 2011. Filed under: Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

CHICAGO-The Chicago State Cougars (0-6) came home, after a rough three-game road trip, to face the two-time defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion Hampton Lady Pirates who are sporting a 3-1 record. The Lady Pirates picked up where they left off from their previous midwest game against IPFW (79-62) defeating the Cougars 66-39.

“We wanted to come here and play well,” said third year coach David Six. “We are thankful that they (Chicago State) gave us an opportunity to play here.”

The Lady Pirates maintained the lead the entire contest, including a 34-19 halftime score, and by as much as 32 points (57-25) in the second half. In order to extend their early lead, they held the Cougars scoreless to start the second half for almost five minutes until Natalie Marlow stop the bleeding with layup (43-21).

Tonights victory came thanks to the performance by a pair of seniors, guard Choicetta McMillian who knocked down 21, followed by forward Melaine Warner, who added 19.

One concern of the coach was that “we have to take care of the ball. Period. This could be fatigue but we are not going to make any excuses.”

Hampton’s defense held the Cougars to 29.4% from the field and 20 points in the second half.

Janay Dockery, preseason first-team player, led the Cougars with 16.

This is both teams first-ever meeting and they do have future arrangements for a one-and-one where next season the Cougars will travel to Hampton.

“The one thing I (coach Six) will remember from our stay in Chicago is that traffic. It took the team four hours to get out of Chicago in order to make it to Fort Wayne, Indiana.
And that’s saying something considering he is from New York.

Up next for the Cougars (0-7) will be against Marshall (in Evansville, Ind.), Friday, December 2 at 5 p.m, and Hampton (4-1) will return home for their next matchup against South Carolina State, Saturday, December 3 at 6 p.m.

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Illinois Ends Zook Era after Seven Season

Posted on November 27, 2011. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , |

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — University of Illinois coach Ron Zook has been fired after seven seasons, athletic director Mike Thomas announced Sunday.

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“I assessed the entire program and felt that it was time for a change in leadership,” Thomas said in a release. “It is imperative that our program shows some consistency and competes for championships, and I think a change in coaches can help us get there sooner. I wasn’t here seven years ago when Ron Zook took over as coach, but it’s clear the program is in better shape than what he inherited.

“I believe we need new leadership to take the program to the level to compete for championships on a consistent basis. This is an extremely competitive conference, and we are determined to go head-to-head with the very best.”

Defensive coordinator Vic Koenning takes over as interim coach.

Illinois opened this season 6-0, then finished with six straight losses, including a 27-7 defeat at Minnesota on Saturday.

Zook is 34-51 at Illinois. He took the 2007 team to the Rose Bowl and lost to USC. Last season’s squad beat Baylor in the Texas Bowl.

Thomas said the search for a new coach would begin immediately.

“We will begin the process of finding a new coach as soon as possible,” Thomas said. “Obviously, we have some hiring policies and regulations to follow, and some candidates may be involved with their own teams and bowl preparations, but I expect to move forward quickly.”

The Illini could still go to a bowl game. It would be their first back-to-back bowl appearances since 1991 and ’92.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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2011 Basketball Illini vs Cougars

Posted on November 27, 2011. Filed under: Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , |

Illinois is now 10-0 lifetime in this particular matchup, but this is head coach Tracy Dildy’s first meeting… Can he turn it around and get the Cougars on the road for lots of victories?

Unfortunately, not today, as the Fighting Illini knock off the Chicago State Cougars 90-43. After dominating the first half with a commanding 44-19 lead (51.7%), the team continued their balanced attack shooting 56.5% from the field.

Coach Weber shared with us after the game “I just told the guys to play well and play hard.”

Myke Henry led the team with his personal best of 14 points and grabbing three boards. This all took place after missing four games due to injury. Four of his teammates were also in double digit territory: Meyers Leonard, D.J. Richardson and Nnanna Egwu all had 11, while Tyler Griffey had 10.

“We were in (game) shape but we really weren’t” said a smile Henry after the game talking about his transition from high school to college. “Once we got going and started to get a feel for it. We got better and better.”

Weber shared his thoughts about Henry “that he comes to play. He has no fear.”

It’s safe to say that the team didn’t have jet lag nor were they going to let up after winning the Cancun Challenge title early this week.

As for Chicago State, they shot 34% (first half 34.81%) from the field and were led by Jeremy Robinson who had 14 points.

But as previously stated, the buzz on press row was about the firing of football coach Ron Zook after seven seasons. Official announcement will be made at 4:15pm at the Squad Room of the Illinois Football Complex. For more information on this story visit http://t.co/zTRPtjMU.

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Posted on November 20, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

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Posted on November 19, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

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School Pride… do you have it?

Posted on November 18, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

School spirit is emotional support for one’s educational institution. This can apply to any type of school, from grade schools to universities. It can be manifested in the exhibition of school colors in dress and decoration, attendance of athletic events, or verbally in the form of chants or cheers.

Educators in primary and secondary education often associate proper behavior with school spirit, especially in the context of situations when students are outside the school itself. Because student behavior reflects on the school, representing it well shows a degree of student investment…. read more

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Posted on November 18, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

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Ten Things Common Youth Sports Misconceptions

Posted on November 18, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

Over the last couple of years, I’ve been asked a number of times, “what are the biggest misconceptions about sports for children?” So to address this question, I decided to list what I feel are the top 10 misconceptions and give you my take on them. As with many things, you may not agree with my comments: these are just things I have observed from my time in the trenches of youth sports.

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Steroids in High School Sports

Posted on November 18, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Parents know that when their kids play high school sports, there is always a meeting at the start of the season where coaches and administrators bring parents together to discuss grade-point averages and eligibility, rules of conduct and unexcused absences.

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12 Traits of a Champion…

Posted on November 18, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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