News & Notes

There are several decisions the franchise had to make about their temporary move to the University of Illinois, but none may be more important to the players than the team method of transportation.

Bill McGrane, the Bears director of administration put together three different plans for traveling to Champaign --a 3:15 minute bus ride from Halas Hall, a train ride from downtown and a flight from O'Hare. Team president Ted Phillips and general manager Jerry Angelo discussed the plan with coach Dick Jauron, who in turn polled the players for their reference. The flight home immediately after the game was the winner.

The Bears even decided to upgrade the size of the aircraft after several complaints last year from players who felt cramped on the smaller airplanes the team used on short trips.

``We've done everything we can to make all the travel issues as easy as possible,'' Phillips said.

Expert Instruction: Former Bears quarterback Erik Kramer, whose 80.7 career passer rating is the highest in team history, will conduct a passing camp for high school-age players at Stevenson High School July 8-10.

In addition to stressing technique for quarterbacks and receivers, Kramer and former Bears tight end Ryan Wetnight will offer instruction in film breakdown and analysis, mental approach and leadership.

For more information, call (800) 969-3572 or visit

Bear Report Top Stories