Morning Jolt: Wrigley Field to host college football game?

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Wednesday, March 3

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College football in Wrigley Field?

Even the voice-cracking humiliation of singing at a Cubs game has not soured Illinois Coach Ron Zook on the idea of returning to Wrigley Field -- especially if the occasion is a game against Northwestern. The teams are set to meet Nov. 20, and Zook hopes the teams can square off at Wrigley Field. "It would be great national exposure and a neat thing for both sides," said Zook, who visited Chicago on Tuesday. "Wrigley Field transcends the whole country." Northwestern officials, buoyed by the success of the NHL's Winter Classic, have been trying for more than a year to make a Wrigley Field game a reality. On Jan. 17, NU athletic director Jim Phillips said: "Within the next month or so, we'll decide if it's something that can work. There are a lot of moving parts." (Chicago Tribune)Comment

Henne confident he has support

Welcome to the offseason of questions for Miami starter Chad Henne. Now in his first offseason as the starter, Henne is being asked: Does whatever the Dolphins do with previous starter Chad Pennington -- attempt to re-sign or let him go -- indicate how they feel about Henne? "Yeah, I mean," Henne began, before pausing for a second. "Actually, I don't know. I know they have confidence in me and have high expectations of me. I have high expectations of myself. Whatever they do, I think they still have confidence in me." (Miami Herald)Comment

Can Crean create a winner at Indiana?

Tom Crean's honeymoon is already over, but how long will he be given to correct the Hoosiers' program. Whether you like Crean's rah-rah, clap, clap, clap approach or not doesn't really matter in the long run. Whether you like his substitution pattern with a team that is rarely consistent and requires some creative lineups also really doesn't matter. Whether you don't like the offense, or the defense, or anything else really is not the point. The point is it's impossible to judge a coach based on the things Crean has had to deal with these first two years. It may still be impossible next year. (Indianapolis Star)Comment

Must-See Photo

Hasheem Thabeet, the second overall pick by the Grizzlies in last year's NBA Draft, made his home debut for the Dakota Wizards. Thabeet, who was sent down to the D-League last week, logged 18 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks. (Dave Eggen/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

Sabres goalie (and Team USA hero) Ryan Miller gets a bigger ovation from the Pittsburgh fans than hometown boy Sidney Crosby.

Game To Watch

No. 5 Kansas State at No. 2 Kansas, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN Full Court/Big 12 Network

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SI Vault: George Foreman

This Day in Sports

  • 1920 -- Montreal Canadiens scores NHL-record 16 goals to beat Quebec Bulldogs.
  • 1959 -- San Francisco Giants rename their stadium Candlestick Park.
  • 1974 -- George Foreman KOs Ken Norton.
  • 1984 -- Peter Ueberroth elected baseball commissioner (effective Oct. 1).
  • 1985 -- Willie Shoemaker becomes first jockey to win $100 million.