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Chris Emma

Chris Emma mugChris Emma covers the college sports scene for CBSChicago.com, focusing on the Big Ten, Notre Dame and DePaul. He has worked with Scout.com for five years, where he currently covers Purdue athletics and recruiting. A native of Chicago’s western suburbs, he currently lives in the great state of Indiana.

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Marcus Semien. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Emma: Semien Facing Golden Opportunity With White Sox

The San Francisco native keeps it California cool on the outside, but must steady his mind for a long season.

CBS Chicago–6 hours ago

Trevor Siemian. (Getty Images)

Emma: Unity Too Strong For Northwestern Unionization

On April 25, Northwestern’s scholarship football players will vote on the potential formation of a union, the first of its kind in college athletics.

CBS Chicago–04/12/2014

Starlin castro, left, and Ryan Sweeney. (Getty Images)

Emma: Clubhouse Leadership Has Different Dynamic For Rebuilding Cubs

There aren’t many long-tenured stalwarts or stars for the Cubs, but the chemistry is still clicking.

CBS Chicago–04/11/2014

Mike Olt. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Emma: Olt’s Future Clear Of Concern

Mike Olt has a renewed belief and confidence with his vision problems behind him.

CBS Chicago–04/10/2014

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg. (Getty Images)

Emma: Memories Come Flooding Back For Cubs Legend Sandberg

By Chris Emma- CHICAGO (CBS) — On a brisk April morning in Wrigleyville, the same warm sentiments returned to Ryne Sandberg. Memories were renewed as the Phillies’ team bus approached Wrigley Field, driving through the [...]

CBS Chicago–04/04/2014

Bo Ryan. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Emma: Final Four Primer

One way or another, Shabazz Napier, Frank Kaminsky and Andrew Harrison will be difference makers.

CBS Chicago–04/04/2014

Kentucky's Aaron Harrison. (Getty Images)

Emma: Kentucky Comes Together, Just As Calipari Envisioned

The Wildcats are off the the Final Four after their third straight double-digit comeback win.

CBS Chicago–03/30/2014

Florida coach Billy Donovan. (Getty Images)

Emma: Sweet 16 Power Rankings, Storylines

Kentucky, Virginia and Michigan are peaking, and Florida’s as strong as ever.

CBS Chicago–03/26/2014

(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Emma: In Las Vegas, March Brings True Madness

Names like Sean Locke won’t ever fade for those on the wrong end of the point spread.

CBS Chicago–03/21/2014

Lacey Holsworth and Michigan State's Adreian Payne. (Getty Images)

Emma: Spartans Find Inspiration In 8-Year-Old Lacey

Young cancer survivor Lacey Holsworth and the Spartans have a special bond.

CBS Chicago–03/16/2014

Michigan State's Travis Trice is guarded by Wisconsin's Traevon Jackson. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Emma: Spartans Save Their Best For Last

With a week off from a busy basketball season, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo took his team on a trip.

03/15/2014

Bo Ryan. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Emma: ‘The Badger Way’ Drives Wisconsin’s Sustained Success

By Chris Emma (CBS) INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — In bold lettering on their red warm-up shirts, the Wisconsin Badgers are reminded of what their program’s culture is all about: The Badger Way What does it mean? [...]

03/14/2014

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery.  (Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

Emma: Iowa No Longer In Control Of Its Own Destiny

“There’s no magic formula,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says.

CBS Chicago–03/14/2014

Michigan coach John Beilein. (Getty Images)

Emma’s Big Ten Tournament Primer: Best And Worst Case Scenarios

There’s no salvation waiting for Purdue, but hope resides for Minnesota, Illinois and Indiana.

CBS Chicago–03/10/2014

Jimmy Garoppolo. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Emma: Garoppolo’s Story Nearly Unfolded At Northwestern

The Wildcats passed on an interested Jimmy Garoppolo at a one-day camp in 2009, but he’s content with the path he took.

CBS Chicago–03/04/2014

Tim Miles. (Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Emma: Tim Miles Has Nebraska Believing

Picked to finish last in the Big Ten, the Cornhuskers have the NCAA Tournament in their sights.

CBS Chicago–03/03/2014

John Groce. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Emma’s Big Ten Power Rankings: Conference’s Bubble Grows Larger

Somewhat miraculously, Illinois and Indiana have climbed into NCAA Tournament contention.

CBS Chicago–03/03/2014

Glenn Robinson III. (Getty Images)

Emma: Michigan Shows Resiliency In Another Special Season

Despite losing star big man Mitch McGary, the Wolverines have climbed to the top of the Big Ten.

CBS Chicago–02/27/2014

Terran Petteway. (Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Emma’s Big Ten Power Rankings: In Nebraska’s Capital City, A Basketball Program Is Reborn

By Chris Emma- (CBS) Decades have passed since Nebraska had hope on the hardcourt. A team that has historically been an afterthought on its own campus — plus everywhere else — has energized a fan [...]

CBS Chicago–02/24/2014

Kain Colter. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Emma: Colter Is An Outlier In Cause He’s Fighting For

CHICAGO — At 9 a.m. sharp on Tuesday, Kain Colter’s movement for change began. The doors opened inside the federal courthouse, and the quarterback became a star witness. Colter walked in wearing a grey suit [...]

CBS Chicago–02/19/2014

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