It’s the 2016 NFL Draft, brought to you by Ohio State

By Jordan Ray Four years ago, Joey Bosa, Darron Lee, Eli Apple and Ezekiel Elliott took a picture together during an Ohio State football game. They were visiting the school as high school seniors on a recruiting trip. #tbt to where the journey began. Heading to Chicago to see these guys join a special class […]

NFL Draft: Tide turns for Alabama trio on Day 2

By Jordan Ray Defensive standouts Reggie Ragland, A’Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed were on the field when Alabama won its 16th national title in January. All three were in the Green Room on Thursday night at Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. All three were waiting to be drafted by the NFL in the first […]

NFL Draft: Goff, Wentz go 1-2; Tunsil tumbles to 13

By Jordan Ray Last month, Laremy Tunsil was the Tennessee Titans’ presumptive No. 1 overall draft pick. Two late trades made it no surprise that the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles ended up selecting quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz first and second, respectively, Thursday night. The surprise happened to Tunsil just minutes before […]

NFL Draft: Goff, then Wentz? Wentz, then Goff? That’s for Rams to decide

By Jordan Ray Which will it be? When the Los Angeles Rams are on the clock April 28 at Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre in Chicago for the 2016 NFL Draft, which quarterback’s name will they send in as the No. 1 overall pick? “We know (it will be a quarterback),” ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper […]

On the Clock: Medill’s 2016 NFL Draft Preview Podcast for the Chicago Bears

Medill’s Peter Dawson and Tolly Taylor join Jordan Ray for their first NFL Draft Preview episode. They break down if the Bears might be in play for a quarterback in one of the first two rounds and talk about a certain Penn State quarterback who has garnered their attention for all the wrong reasons.

Why Michigan State’s Connor Cook is the key to stemming the Crimson Tide

MSU Big Ten Championship

By Jordan Ray Connor Cook has done a lot of winning at Michigan State. He has won a Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, a Rose Bowl, a Cotton Bowl and two Big Ten championship games. He has won 34 games as a starter, more than any quarterback in Michigan State history and more than any active […]

Outback Bowl seems inevitable for Northwestern football

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By Jordan Ray After his team beat Illinois last weekend, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald made it clear he wasn’t happy with how the College Football Playoff committee has been ranking his team. “I saw a team (Stanford) ranked X amount of spots ahead of us that we beat,” Fitzgerald told reporters. “I don’t get it. […]

Northwestern, Illinois battle for Chicago at Soldier Field

Soldier Field

By Jordan Ray For Northwestern, it’s a chance to get one step closer to making program history. For Illinois, it’s a chance to prove Chicago isn’t just the domain of one Big Ten football team. The Wildcats and Illini face off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Soldier Field for the first time in the rivalry’s […]

Northwestern survives Purdue, awaits Wisconsin showdown

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By Jordan Ray Northwestern entered its game against Purdue as a 14-point favorite. So it was a little surprising when the score was tied with five minutes left. “You’re not just going to walk on the field and blow a team out,” Northwestern sophomore running back Justin Jackson said. “It’s not how it works, especially […]

Medill Reports: The audio show, Episode 2

Medill Reports’ audio producers and reporters cover topics ranging from business to science, entertainment to public affairs, sports, technology and more. This week, Medill’s reporters looked into apps for the healthcare industry, a group protesting the unfair treatment of Chicago’s homeless in the Uptown neighborhood, Northwestern University’s chances at a football bowl game, and a […]