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Northwestern Wildcats football

Northwestern Wildcats football
CurrentSeason2011 Northwestern Wildcats football team
TeamNameNorthwestern Wildcats football
ImageSize150px
HeadCoachDisplayPat Fitzgerald
HeadCoachLinkPat Fitzgerald
HeadCoachYear6th
HCWins36
HCLosses30
StadiumRyan Field (stadium)
StadiumLinkRyan Field
StadCapacity47,130
StadSurfaceNatural grass
LocationEvanston, IL
ConferenceDisplayBig Ten
ConferenceLinkBig Ten Conference
ConfDivisionLegends
FirstYear1876/1882
AthlDirectorDispJim Phillips
AthlDirectorLinkJames J. Phillips
WebsiteNameNUsports.com
WebsiteURLhttp://nusports.com
ATWins476
ATLosses619
ATTies44
BowlWins1
BowlLosses8
ConfTitles8
Heismans0
UniformFile:BigTen-Uniform-NU.png
Color1Purple
Color1Hex431F81
Color2White
Color2HexFFFFFF
FightSongGo U Northwestern
MascotDisplayWillie the Wildcat
MascotLinkWillie the Wildcat (Northwestern)
MarchingBandNorthwestern University Wildcat Marching Band
PagFreeLabelOutfitter
PagFreeValueAdidas
PagFreeLabelRivals
PagFreeValueIllinois Fighting Illini
Purdue Boilermakers
Wisconsin Badgers
Iowa Hawkeyes

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The Northwestern Wildcats football team, representing Northwestern University, is a NCAA Division I team and member of the Big Ten Conference, with evidence of organization in 1876. The mascot is the Wildcat, a term coined by a Chicago Tribune reporter in 1924, after reporting on a football game where the players appeared as "a wall of purple wildcats." Northwestern achieved an all-time high rank of #1 during the 1936 and 1962 seasons, then plummeted to extended levels of futility from the mid-1970s to 1994.

Recent years have been far kinder to the Wildcats, who have won three Big Ten championships or co-championships since 1995, and have been "bowl eligible" (a status that requires at least a .500 regular-season record) seven out of the last eight seasons.

Northwestern consistently ranks among the national leaders in graduation rate among football teams, having received the AFCA Academic Achievement Award four times since 2002. Despite the stricter academic standards, Northwestern has produced many notable athletes, such as former first-round draft picks Luis Castillo and Napoleon Harris.

The Wildcats have played their home games at Ryan Field (formerly Dyche Stadium) in Evanston, IL, since 1922, and this accounts to over 80 years ago.


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