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NORTHWESTERN ENDS BOWL DROUGHT! What Chicago team is next?

NORTHWESTERN ENDS BOWL DROUGHT! What Chicago team is next?
Today, the Northwestern Wildcats ended their 64 year old bowl drought. They upped their record in bowl games to 2-9. And they did it over an SEC team no less, the once 11th ranked Mississippi St Bulldogs. In 2010, the Chicago Blackhawks ended their 49 year old Stanley Cup drought. In 2005, the Chicago White Sox ended their 88 year World Series drought. So now that leaves only two: Northwestern basketball, who’ve never made a NCAA Tourney. Well, with how they’ve played at home lately, their injuries and an RPI of 105, I’d say they have to wait a year- at least. And the Chicago Cubs 104 year Sahara like drought? Well, they lost 101 games last year, so don’t expect that drought to end anytime soon. Let’s get back to what the Cats accomplished today...

Northwestern handles Iowa Hawkeyes to move to 7-2

Northwestern handles Iowa Hawkeyes to move to 7-2
It’s pretty clear who should run the Northwestern offense. It’s also pretty clear how they should game plan. This was all evident in the handling of the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday. Kain Colter, not Trevor Siemian is NU’s starting quarterback. There should be no rotation or switcheroo. This is Colter’s team. And they need to... Read more »

Northwestern's Venric Mark on Hornung Award watch list

Northwestern's Venric Mark on Hornung Award watch list
The Louisville Sports Commission announced that Northwestern junior Venric Mark is one of 49 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players named to the Paul Hornung Award Preseason Watch List, handed out annually to the most versatile player in college football. Mark excelled as a kick and punt returner in his first two years in Evanston, entering... Read more »
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Northwestern football: 2012 comprehensive season preview

Northwestern football: 2012 comprehensive season preview
What a difference a year makes for Northwestern QB Kain Colter. Last season the backup QB to Dan Persa found himself making the stat sheet as a triple threat. You had to look in three areas of the box score: rushing, passing and receiving, to see the entire scope of his impact on the game. This year, the starting signal caller job is all Colter’s and his main weapon will be Kyle Prater (if the NCAA waiver goes through). A lot of things have to go right in Evanston, but if they do, NU will have one of the best pitch and catch combos in the Big Ten, and the Wildcats offense could make some noise this college football season. On defense, well……...

Chi Chi Ariguzo figures to be player in Northwestern Defense

Chi Chi Ariguzo figures to be player in Northwestern Defense
Northwestern’s defense was much maligned last season. The pass defense was especially substandard. But at the conclusion of 2012 spring practice, the D was ahead of the offense and it showed a lot of improvement. The secondary will be retooled, so the defense figures to lean on the front seven this fall. And when you’re... Read more »

Northwestern spring football game recap, nuggets and tidbits

Northwestern spring football game recap, nuggets and tidbits
Spring college football is always interesting for it’s unique scoring system. It’s an intra-squad game and every school does it different. Some schools divide into two teams, others, like today’s Northwestern spring game, go offense vs. defense. And therefore, Ryan Field in Evanston today featured a “pick-17″ (instead of a “pick-6″) with the points system... Read more »
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Chicago's 3 current sports droughts: Cubs, Northwestern basketball and football

Chicago's 3 current sports droughts: Cubs, Northwestern basketball and football
By 5:30 pm central time today, we will receive confirmation of what we already know- that Northwestern is not being selected for the NCAA Tournament. Just like every year that they have played college basketball, they will not be taking part in the big dance. Their season will continue on in the NIT, meaning that... Read more »

NU's Pat Fitzgerald Stars at Medill Sports Media Panel

NU's Pat Fitzgerald Stars at Medill Sports Media Panel
Northwestern’s head football coach Pat Fitzgerald joined Stewart Mandel (Sports Illustrated) and Pete Thamel (New York Times) in a media panel entitled “Beyond the Box Score: Covering College Sports in 2012.” ESPN’s Rachel Nichols moderated the discussion, which focused on a variety of topics including pay-to-play stipends, football playoffs, social media’s role in college sports,... Read more »

(UPDATE) Derrick Rose fans angry at Northwestern Football Tweet about Jeremy Lin

(UPDATE) Derrick Rose fans angry at Northwestern Football Tweet about Jeremy Lin
(UPDATE:) It’s rare to see a complimentary tweet stir up the blood the way this one has. A tweet previously mis-attributed to Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald admired newly minted New York Knicks star and ESPN pet of pets (yes, the fawning over there is greater than or equal to Tim Tebow level) Jeremy Lin. The... Read more »
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Pat Fitzgerald has his Best National Signing Day Ever

Pat Fitzgerald has his Best National Signing Day Ever
Happy National Signing Day. Northwestern’s 21 commits (the largest class of the Pat Fitzgerald era) hail from 10 states. The Wildcats signed 13 of their 21 players from three states—five from Pennsylvania, four from Illinois and four from Ohio. Scout ranks the class 5th in the Big Ten, 44th in the nation. Those numbers are... Read more »
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