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Jack Cassidy is the managing editor of the Champaign Room, an alum of the University of Illinois, and a Chicago resident. Living and dying with the Illini builds more characters than digging holes.

Marshall wants Lovie Smtih to stay as head coach

Wide receiver Brandon Marshall gave head coach Lovie Smith his support on Sunday following the Bears' elimination from postseason contention.

Bulls go 1-1 over weekend

The Chicago Bulls picked up a split this past weekend on the road against the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks.

Bulls' Christmas week schedule

The Chicago Bulls face the Houston Rockets on Christmas and the Indiana Pacers the following day.

Bears playoff scenarios

The Chicago Bears do not control their own destiny but can greatly improve their playoff chances with a win against the Detroit Lions in Week 17.

Bears must rely on Cutler

Despite his recent and historical struggles as he approaches the postseason, the Chicago Bears have no choice but to rely on Jay Cutler in their final two games.

Sappelt hitting well in winter league

Chicago Cubs outfield prospect Dave Sappelt is swinging a hot bat in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Bulls take care of business over weekend

The Chicago Bulls played only one game this past weekend, and they took care of business, defeating the Brooklyn Nets, 83-82.

NIU, Nebraska announce three-year football series

Northern Illinois and Nebraska have agreed to a three-year football series, according to reports.

Bulls at No. 9 in latest power rankings

The Chicago Bulls move up to No. 9, jumping the Brooklyn Nets, in SB Nation's latest NBA power rankings.

Illinois beats Eastern Kentucky, remains perfect

No. 10 Illinois defeated Eastern Kentucky on Sunday to move to a perfect 12-0.