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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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Jared Allen. (Getty Images)

Emma: Allen Hopes To Key A Bears’ Turnaround On Defense

When you play defense with a good offense, it makes it fun,” Jared Allen says.

CBS Chicago–06/18/2014

Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Emma: A Day With Iowa’s Coach McCaffery

The fiery Fran McCaffery has won over fans and turned the tide of Hawkeye basketball.

CBS Chicago–06/18/2014

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Emma: Ausmus Learned Managing As A Player

“Executives are putting … more stock in the ability of a manager to relate to his player core,” Ausmus said.

CBS Chicago–06/12/2014

Illinois football coach Tim Beckman. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Emma: A Day With Illinois’ Coach Beckman

Through the good and bad, Tim Beckman cherishes each moment in dream position.

CBS Chicago–06/09/2014

Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Emma: Granderson’s Gift Built To Inspire 

Curtis Granderson’s $5 million gift to alma mater UIC is providing youngsters new opportunities.

CBS Chicago–06/09/2014

Cubs president Theo Epstein. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Emma: With Slugging Catcher Schwarber, Cubs Wisely Take Talent Over Need

The Cubs’ baseball brass knew all along it would end up with Kyle Schwarber, the 21-year-old slugging catcher from Indiana University.

CBS Chicago–06/05/2014

Northwestern coach Chris Collins. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Emma: A Day With Northwestern’s Coach Collins

Chris Collins has never shied away from the challenges at Northwestern.

CBS Chicago–06/02/2014

Manny Ramirez. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Emma: Ramirez Can Be Trusted To Benefit Cubs’ Prized Prospects

On a fall day in 2011, the Cubs unveiled their new direction. There were no mixed words — this is Theo Epstein’s baseball team, and his job is to win a World Series.

05/25/2014

White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Emma: For Eaton, Full Speed Is The Only Way

With his hard-nosed style, Adam Eaton feels like he’s found a home in Chicago.

CBS Chicago–05/20/2014

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

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