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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 previously worked with Scout.com for five years and also has experience covering the professional sports scene in Chicago.

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DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Emma: Purnell Embraces Daunting DePaul Job

“We feel like we have a culture shift,” Oliver Purnell says.

CBS Chicago–09/17/2014

Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Emma: After Adversity, Golson Sparking The Irish

“He just understands the game,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says.

CBS Chicago–09/16/2014

Ohio State and coach Urban Meyer, center. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Emma’s End-Around: Searching For A Silver Lining

The Big Ten is down — and perhaps out of the College Football Playoff already.

CBS Chicago–09/12/2014

The Northern Illinois Huskies celebrated after Saturday's win at Northwestern. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Top Dogs: How NIU Has Found Sustained Success

The Huskies’ rise to prominence has been years in the making.

CBS Chicago–09/10/2014

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Emma: Bears Stress There’s A Lot Of Season Left

The Bears won’t say it, but the concern is quite palpable.

CBS Chicago–09/08/2014

Jay Cutler  is sacked by Brandon Spikes and Kyle Williams of the Buffalo Bills. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Emma’s Notebook: Bears Sputter When It Mattered Most

It seemed so methodical, like the Bears could do no wrong.

CBS Chicago–09/07/2014

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Emma: As Northwestern Falters, Fitzgerald Held Accountable

For all Pat Fitzgerald’s flashy words, the Wildcats haven’t had much success lately.

CBS Chicago–09/04/2014

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, left, and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Emma’s End-Around: How The Big Ten Will Be Won

Stability is such a key in the Big Ten, and Ohio State and Michigan State have it.

CBS Chicago–08/29/2014

Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Emma: Wisconsin To Face Similar Style Against LSU

The Badgers and Tigers will provide an early test for each other Saturday in Houston.

CBS Chicago–08/27/2014

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Emma: Big Ten Power Rankings, Preseason Edition

With an elite defense, Mark Dantonio’s Spartans are dreaming of the College Football Playoff.

CBS Chicago–08/25/2014

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Emma: Bears Aim To Make Noise In Seattle

“It’s rough, to go into a stadium like that,” Jay Cutler says.

CBS Chicago–08/22/2014

Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Emma: Bears ‘Still Growing’ Halfway Through Preseason

“You’re just trying to make sure you have more good days than bad days,” D.J. Williams says.

CBS Chicago–08/20/2014

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 19: Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks takes the field for the 2014 NFC Championship against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field on January 19, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.

Bears Notes: Players Understand Friday’s Tall Task

Plus, Jay Cutler is high on the signing of wideout Santonio Holmes.

CBS Chicago–08/19/2014

Bears receiver Micheal Spurlock is competing for a role as kick/punt returner. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: In Search Of Returns

Plus, the defense is “revealing itself” and the latest injury news.

CBS Chicago–08/18/2014

Santonio Holmes. (Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)

Emma: Holmes Embracing Opportunity With Bears

“It’s going to be fun this year,” Santonio Holmes says. “That’s all I have to say about it.”

CBS Chicago–08/18/2014

Bears running back Ka'Deem Carey. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: Chicago Far From Finished Product

Kyle Fuller and Zach Miller also exited the game early with injuries.

CBS Chicago–08/15/2014

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Emma: With Camp Over, Bears Start Next Chapter

Chicago still has questions to answer entering its second preseason game.

CBS Chicago–08/14/2014

Head coach Marc Trestman of the Chicago Bears during the first half of a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field on August 8, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Emma: Bears Take A Moment To Smile, After Strong Preseason Opener

Satisfaction had set in, not too long after the final whistle. It wasn’t an overjoyed celebration; this was just a preseason contest. But the Bears were pleased with their play.

08/09/2014

Bears tight end Zach Miller hauls in a touchdown pass from Jay Cutler in the first quarter of Chicago's 34-28 preseason win against Philadelphia on Friday night at Soldier Field. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: Miller Among Breakout Names In Chicago’s Win

Meanwhile, Chicago’s special teams struggled and the offensive line lost a man.

CBS Chicago–08/09/2014

David Fales. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Emma: Fales Tries To Find NFL Way In Limited Reps

“We like what we’ve seen up to this point,” Marc Trestman says of David Fales.

CBS Chicago–08/06/2014

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