SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | It's Ditka Day in Illinois.
FILE - This Jan. 26, 1986 file photo shows, Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka reaches to shake hands with New England Patriots coach Raymond Berry after the Bears won Super Bowl XX in New Orleans. Ditka is being carried by William Perry, right, and Steve McMichael. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's off…
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — It's Ditka Day in Illinois.
INDIANAPOLIS | Brandon Miller understands anything is possible at Butler.
There's a roster of new coaches across the nation, from Mike McCoy in San Diego to Doug Marrone in Buffalo. It spans the top of the standings with Andy Reid and 5-0 Kansas City to the bottom with Gus Bradley in 0-5 Jacksonville.
The Bears' Marc Trestman has been one of the successful coaching hires this season in the NFL.
INDIANAPOLIS | Purdue coach Darrell Hazell and defensive coordinator Greg Hudson are ready for the sequel.
Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell, right, lost to Jordan Lynch and Northern Illinois last season in the Mid-American Conference championship, when Hazell was the head coach at Kent State.
INDIANAPOLIS | The brother of late Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson endorsed a plan Friday that would require all Indiana youth football coaches be trained in detecting and preventing concussions, but also urged state lawmakers studying the issue not to ignore other youth sports.
WEST LAFAYETTE | Darrell Hazell doesn't have to make this week's point by breaking down game tape.
Purdue head football coach Darrell Hazell greets fans after last Saturday's win.
WEST LAFAYETTE | Darrell Hazell is all about formality.
VALPARAISO | Bryce Drew rounded out the Valparaiso men's basketball coaching staff on Monday afternoon, announcing the hiring of former Stanford guard Matt Lottich.
EVANSTON, Ill. | One big hurdle is out of the way. Plenty remain.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. | In Alabama, there is Paul Bryant, and there is everyone else. To even suggest that another football coach could be compared to the Bear is practically sacrilegious.
Offense is out of control.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban is rapidly gaining on Paul "Bear" Bryant, a man still revered by Crimson Tide faithful, in stature and national titles after leading Bama to three of the past four BCS championships.
DETROIT | The Mid-American Conference will have a hard time topping the last 12 months, when Northern Illinois made it to the Orange Bowl and Central Michigan's Eric Fisher was the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.
INDIANAPOLIS | Butler found its next basketball coach the same place it usually does — inside the family.
VALPARAISO | The blisters on the back of Clay Yeo’s ankles are just one example of how rough the transition from high school basketball to the college hardwood can be.
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