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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.

Follow Chris on Twitter @CEmmaScout.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany. (Getty Images)

Emma: Let’s Finally Accept Big Ten’s Eastern Expansion

The Big Ten yearns to own two regions, which would be unprecedented for a collegiate conference.

CBS Chicago–05/14/2014

Northwestern's Ryan Field. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Emma: Northwestern’s Phillips Envisions Alternative To Unionization

Northwestern AD Jim Phillips will soon find himself at the forefront of a controversial issue.

CBS Chicago–05/13/2014

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. (Getty Images)

Emma: Anthony Rizzo’s Indelible Impact

A cancer survivor himself, Rizzo’s passion is helping sick children and their families through his foundation.

CBS Chicago–05/08/2014

Where have the days of Michael Barrett and A.J. Pierzynski exchanging blows gone? (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Emma: Crosstown Classic Lacks Luster

With both teams shy of their bright futures, the series doesn’t have the same feel.

CBS Chicago–05/05/2014

Cubs' Starlin Castro, left, and Cardinals' Matt Holliday. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Emma: Cubs Aspire To Match Cardinals’ Winning Model

The stock-the-farm system model the Cardinals have used is being mimicked by the Cubs nowadays.

CBS Chicago–05/02/2014

Cubs icons, from left, Billy Williams, Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, Andre Dawson and Randy Hundley at Wrigley Field's 100th birthday celebration. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Emma: Lasting Memories Make Wrigley Field Remarkable

Bundled up in Wrigley Field’s upper deck on a cold April day, a nine-year-old girl jumped from her seat and yelled to her father.

04/23/2014

Jeff Samardzija. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Emma: Teammates Can Learn From Samardzija

For the first time since taking residency on Chicago’s North Side, Cubs skipper Rick Renteria was visibly frustrated about a loss.

04/19/2014

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–04/17/2014

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

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