Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Grayslake Public Library Offers Patrick McCaskey Presentation

Grayslake Public Library
Patrick McCaskey, director of the Chicago Bears and author of "Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships," will share stories about the most legendary coaches the game has seen at 7 p.m., May 28 at Grayslake Public Library. 

McCaskey will also discuss the Bears and his family's long connection with the NFL.  He will also highlight the story of the Chicago Bears, including his family's football roots. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. Tickets are required and available at the Adult Reference Desk.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Bears Draft Kevin White

The Bears picked the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Kevin White from West Virginia last night with their number 7 pick in the first round of the 2015 draft.   After transferring from Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pennsylvania, White played at West Virginia, but he learned some lessons along the way.  

White was red-shirted in his first year with the Lackawanna Falcons  and then because of problems with financial aid paperwork, he sat out another year before he actually played for Head Football Coach Mark Duda.  His coach helped ground White and the athlete has a fondness for the school as was evidenced by his recent pre-draft visit.  During White's visit, he said: “Coach Grande (Assistant Coach) and Coach Duda are strict on grades. One thing that Coach Grande said was that I could serve a Slurpee at 7-Eleven or I could own it. That stuck with me for a long time."

White left the school which is "said" to be down the road from The Office Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.  And like the Office, Lackawanna College has a lot of fans as it successfully turns out a large number of students who like White, go on the big college programs.  

According to Head Football Coach Mark Duda: "The goal of a great two-year college football program (at Lackawanna College) is to successfully recruit young men and take on the responsibility to do what our program can to prepare and help young student athletes to move on to a four-year institution. Seeing these players commit to a NCAA institution to continue their college educational and playing career is a source of great pride and satisfaction to our coaching staff."

At West Virginia, in his final season, white had 109 receptions for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns.  Most analysts believe that he will contribute immediately to the Bears efforts this year.
Sporting Chance Press is the publisher of Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships.