PHOTO: Tim Beckman, Pat Fitzgerald called out by NIU alums

Tim Beckman is 5-18 (very likely 5-19 by the time you actually read this) versus FBS college football teams during his tenure at Illinois. It is a fact that the Northern Illinois football team has three wins over Big Ten teams in the past two years. Beckman has just one. It is a fact that NIU has the second most victories of any FBS team (Oregon is first) over the past four years...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Northwestern hosts NIU, looks to shake off loss

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Never before has Northwestern been in danger of going 0-2 under coach Pat Fitzgerald. Until now, that is. The Wildcats will try to avoid making it back-to-back losses to start the season when they host Northern Illinois on Saturday. ''It's a tough pill to swallow to lose a game, but I think our guys are pointing the thumb at each other, really looking...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 2: The Something Strange Is Always Les Miles

Big Ten football didn’t have too many shocks last week. There were only two real surprises, one pleasant (Rutgers’ win over Washington State) and one unpleasant but probably not all that surprising (Northwestern’s loss to Cal, which is the fault of everybody but Pat Fitzgerald, to hear him tell it). What’s in store for week two? Click through and see how I’m calling the...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Cal still accusing Northwestern Wildcats of faking injuries last season

There are sour grapes, and then there is losing and refusing to ever accept defeat. As Cal and Northwestern meet to start the 2014 season on Saturday, Cal apparently falls in the latter category. See, after last season’s 44-30 loss to the Wildcats, Cal head coach Sonny Dykes apparently took exception to the number of “injuries” that were happening to Northwestern’s defense...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Union talk fades as Northwestern begins season

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald flies around the practice field some days like he was still playing. Other days, he gets his kicks by running training camp more like a summer camp. Sing-alongs before practice, a watermelon-eating contest afterwards. Wall-to-wall music blasted by a guest DJ in between. If this is the most uptight team in major college football - as the Wildcats...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Pat Fitzgerald be The Great Catsby at Northwestern?

For Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern football “action is character.” Like all football coaches you hear the one-play-away-from-winning rhetoric, but you are what your record is. And the Wildcats look to make a bowl again after missing out for the first time since 2007 last season. They’ll attempt to do it without their best player, Venric Mark who is suspended for the first...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Big Ten Breakdown: Northwestern Wildcats Full Preview

In 2012, Pat Fitzgerald's Northwestern went 10-3. That was its first double-digit win season since 1995, and second double-digit win season in the program's history. Moreover, as Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune reported, the Cats were 5:03 away from a 12-0 record.With 14 returning starters in 2013, Northwestern was a darkhorse to win the Big Ten. Then the bottom fell...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Big Ten Previews, Pt. 5: Northwestern Wildcats

College football, probably more than any other sport, is a game of momentum. Entire games can swing on a single play, entire seasons (and entire coaching careers) can hinge on the result of a single game. Head coach Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern alum and linebacker on the 1995 team that went to the Rose Bowl, has [&hellip (Visited 2 times, 2 visits today) The post Big Ten Previews...
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August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald Calls Nebraska “A Boring State”, Jokes About Blocking Husker Fans From Ryan Field

If Pat Fitzgerald has his eyes on any players out of Nebraska, he probably isn’t making any new friends there. After playing in a golf tournament with the other NU coaches and dozens of Wildcat supporters, Fitzgerald asked fans to fill Ryan Field, especially for the October 18 Homecoming game against Nebraska, a fanbase that is notorious for travelling well. He also threw a jab...
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July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Northwestern Receiving 44-Foot Videoboard Upgrade (Photos)

  Northwestern has had some good success in recent years and it looks like they will get some stadium upgrades to go along with that. They are getting a new videoboard that is triple the size of the existing videoboard and will also install new LED ribbon boards overlooking both the north and south end zones.  Here is what coach Pat Fitzgerald had to say about it the upgrades...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Runnin’ Wildcats: Don’t Sleep On Northwestern’s Ground Attack in 2014

When people start talking about Big Ten title contenders in 2014, not many outside of (or even inside) Evanston, Illinois mention Northwestern. Most people drop the names of the usual suspects — Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin. You might hear Nebraska and Iowa mentioned as dark horses. Something tells me that doesn’t bother Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald. When...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Big Tentacles: James Franklin, Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern, and more.

Big Tentacles - The Big Ten and its influence over college football.  Binder full of winning?Paul Myerberg profiles Penn State head coach James Franklin, along with the 300-page binder of program information he carries along with him. (The Detroit Free Press)That Was The Week That Was.Off Tackle Empire kicks off its Northwestern week with a look back at the Wildcats' disappointing...
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May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Document reveals Northwestern's anti-union dialogue with players

A school Q-and-A between Northwestern and players considering unionization reveals the Wildcats' anti-union talking points leading up to Friday's National Labor Relations Board vote. Northwestern and coach Pat Fitzgerald tell players several times they would be "stuck" with a union if they vote to uphold last month's NLRB ruling to become employees, according...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Should Northwestern Wildcats Players Listen to Pat Fitzgerald?

Evanston, IL - Northwestern’s players, led by Kain Colter, made history recently as the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) ruled in favor of the university’s football representatives. The Wildcats’ Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald has now come out, warning his players to veer away from unionizing, perhaps because it will cause the program more harm than good. Should Northwestern...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald urges against union

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald is finally talking to his team about the unionization push and outlining why players should vote against forming a union later this month. Fitzgerald broke his silence Wednesday after conferring with university attorneys. He had been unable to address the topic since January when Northwestern players, led by former quarterback Kain Colter, filed...
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April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Northwestern Football Is About to Get A Sick Upgrade

Northwestern Football — The Northwestern Wildcats football program is about to get a sick upgrade. Reports say that the school has received the go-ahead to build a multi-sport athletic facility along Lake Michigan. While this beachfront building will hold several Northwestern activities, the main purpose will be for the football team, something coach Pat Fitzgerald has envisioned...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Northwestern coach testifies against unionization

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald testified for three hours Friday about a push by his players to form the nation's first union for college athletes, sometimes putting himself awkwardly at odds with his senior quarterback. Sporting a tie in team-color purple, Fitzgerald answered questions before the National Labor Relations Board, which must decide in coming weeks if the football...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Northwestern excited about trio of Chicago-area signees

National signing day brings out the hyperbole in everyone. Even Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald, who disdains the way recruiting websites inflate teenage egos, could not resist Wednesday, saying the Wildcats "dominated Chicagoland again." Well, there were four top-300 prospects offered by Northwestern who went elsewhere — two to Notre Dame, one to Michigan...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Northwestern lands 15 players

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald sounded almost giddy as he looked toward the future and unveiled the latest recruiting class. The Wildcats officially added 15 players Wednesday on national signing day as they try to pick themselves up from a disappointing season, including quarterback Clayton Thorson and of suburban Wheaton, Ill., and running back Auston Anderson of Plano, Texas...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Northwestern recruiting class: Pat Fitzgerald’s best ever (sort of)

Pat Fitzgerald will be the first to tell you that he was a “zero star recruit” (he’s making a joke, the lowest you can be is one star) and that he doesn’t pay attention to the star system. He understands that all dorks and geeks (my words, not his) that obsess about recruiting are just doing their job and that’s fine. But Fitz doesn’t buy into it. That’s why analyzing...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Countdown to Kickoff: Michigan at Northwestern

Right now the Wolverines are down in the dumps after losing two straight games and being eliminated from Big Ten championship contention. Hoke and company will still do their best of course in Illinois when they face Pat Fitzgerald and the Wildcats. So with that said, here’s my countdown to kickoff of things I’ll be looking for in today’s game against Northwestern. 5. Control...
November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Another Northwestern running back is out for the season

Northwestern University has lost a second running back for the season. The Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald reported Monday that senior Venric Mark will apply for a redshirt after playing only one full game on October 5th in a loss to Ohio State. Mark injured his leg in the season opener against California and fractured his ankle against Wisconsin one week after his only full...
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November 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Time to embrace next man up

Monday’s press conference was a gloomy one, with Pat Fitzgerald listing 20 Wildcats in his injury report. There’s still no time for excuses, writes Steven Goldstein.
November 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Pat Fitzgerald is at it again

Pat Fitzgerald is fast becoming the master of the unorthodox. Previously, we told you about how Fitzgerald’s unique approach toward players napping has helped give his Northwestern Wildcats an edge. Now, following a dispiriting loss to Wisconsin, Fitzgerald has yet…Read more →
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October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Big Ten Week 7 Preview and Predictions

After taking Ohio State to the wire last weekend at home, Pat Fitzgerald’s Northwestern Wildcats have the unenviable task of traveling to...
Via Athlon Sports
October 10, 2013  |  Discuss
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