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Northwestern Wildcats football

Northwestern Wildcats football
CurrentSeason2011 Northwestern Wildcats football team
TeamNameNorthwestern Wildcats football
HeadCoachDisplayPat Fitzgerald
HeadCoachLinkPat Fitzgerald
StadiumRyan Field (stadium)
StadiumLinkRyan Field
StadSurfaceNatural grass
LocationEvanston, IL
ConferenceDisplayBig Ten
ConferenceLinkBig Ten Conference
AthlDirectorDispJim Phillips
AthlDirectorLinkJames J. Phillips
FightSongGo U Northwestern
MascotDisplayWillie the Wildcat
MascotLinkWillie the Wildcat (Northwestern)
MarchingBandNorthwestern University Wildcat Marching Band
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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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Football: Northwestern freshmen on the field - Daily Northwestern Tweet this news
Daily Northwestern--The -Wildcats-' standout freshmen not only came into the season ready to roll, but performed well enough to convince Fitzgerald that they deserve significant ... - Date : Thu, 28 Oct 2010 04:17:54 GMT+00:00
Northwestern Wildcats vs Michigan State Spartans live stream football 2010 ... - Football Soccer Today Tweet this news
Football Soccer Today--It is primarily used for American -football-, and is the home field of the -Northwestern- University -Wildcats football- team. The field opened in 1926 and holds ... - Date : Sat, 23 Oct 2010 15:15:09 GMT+00:00
Gameday: Chappell's pistol offense looks to gun down Cats - Daily Northwestern Tweet this news
Daily Northwestern--Utilizing Indiana's pistol offense, quarterback Ben Chappell has the seventh-most passing yards in the -Football- Bowl Subdivision. The -Wildcats- have their ... - Date : Fri, 29 Oct 2010 05:48:49 GMT+00:00
Illinois Football: What Is a Realistic Final Record For The Illini? - Bleacher Report Tweet this news
Bleacher Report--Minnesota, at -Northwestern-, and at Fresno State. None of the five remaining opponents are ranked in the AP Poll Top 25, and the Illini have the potential to ... - Date : Thu, 28 Oct 2010 21:29:52 GMT+00:00
Arizona football notes: Wildcats a rare big favorite in L.A. - Tucson Citizen Tweet this news
Tucson Citizen--Here's how ridiculous it is: Between Nick Foles and Matt Scott, Arizona is completing 75.2 percent of its passes, just edging -Northwestern- for the national ... - Date : Fri, 29 Oct 2010 07:01:48 GMT+00:00
Big Ten Football Preview: Week 9 - Big Ten Conference Tweet this news
Big Ten Conference---Northwestern- leads the all-time series, 43-34-1, but Indiana holds an 18-17 edge at Memorial Stadium. IU upset the No. 22 -Wildcats- in the last meeting in ... - Date : Fri, 29 Oct 2010 03:05:01 GMT+00:00
Gameday: Looking to level the playing field - Daily Northwestern Tweet this news
Daily Northwestern--After the -Wildcats- left, the Hoosiers embarked on a massive renovation project, echoing changes NU made in the mid-1990s to help turn around its program. ... - Date : Fri, 29 Oct 2010 06:40:52 GMT+00:00

Conference Championships :

Conference Championships :
Year Conference Coach Record Conference Record
1903 Big Ten Walter McCornack 10 1 3 1-0-2
1926 Big Ten Glenn Thistlethwaite 7 1 5 0
1930 Big Ten Dick Hanley 7 1 5 0
1931 Big Ten Dick Hanley 7-1-1 5 1
1936 Big Ten Lynn Waldorf 7 1 6-0
1995 Big Ten Gary Barnett 10 2 8 0
1996 Big Ten Gary Barnett 9 3 7 1
2000 Big Ten Randy Walker 8-4 6-2
Conference Champions 8

2006-Present: The Pat Fitzgerald Era :
Name Position
Pat Fitzgerald Head Coach
Jerry Brown Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Backs Coach
Mick McCall Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Mike Hankwitz Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Coach
Adam Cushing Recruiting Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach
Randy Bates Linebackers Coach
Bob Heffner Superbacks Coach
Marty Long Defensive Line Coach
Matt MacPherson Running Backs Coach
Vacant Wide Receivers Coach

Inactive Rivalries : University of Chicago
Season Game Opponent Result
1948 Rose Bowl California W, 20-14
1995 Rose Bowl USC L, 32-41
1996 Citrus Bowl Tennessee L, 28-48
2000 Alamo Bowl Nebraska L, 17-66
2003 Motor City Bowl Bowling Green L, 24-28
2005 Sun Bowl UCLA L, 38-50
2008 Alamo Bowl Missouri L, 23-30 (OT)
2009 Outback Bowl Auburn L, 35-38 (OT)
2010 TicketCity Bowl Texas Tech L, 38-45

College Football Hall of Fame Members :

College Football Hall of Fame Members :
Name Position Years at NU Inducted
Otto Graham Quarterback 1941-43 1956
Alex Agase Coach 1964-72 1963
Lynn Waldorf Coach 1935-46 1966
Jimmy Johnson Quarterback 1904-05 1969
Paddy Driscoll Halfback 1915-16 1974
Charlie Bachman Coach 1919 1978
Pug Rentner Halfback 1930-32 1979
Ara Parseghian Coach 1956-63 1980
Ralph Baker End 1924-26 1981
Steve Reid Guard 1934-36 1985
Jack Riley Tackle 1929-31 1988
Edgar Manske End 1931-33 1989
Ron Burton Halfback 1957-59 1990
Alex Sarkisian Center 1946-48 1998
Pat Fitzgerald Linebacker 1993-96 2008
College Football Hall of Fame Members 15

Other alumni : National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame
Opponent Location Date Game
Michigan Evanston, IL October 6, 1996
Wisconsin Madison, WI October 19, 1996
Michigan State Evanston, IL October 18, 1997
Duke Durham, NC September 18, 1999
Iowa Evanston, IL October 16, 1999
Wisconsin Madison, WI September 23, 2000
Minnesota Minneapolis, MN October 28, 2000
Michigan Evanston, IL November 4, 2000
Michigan State Evanston, IL September 29, 2001
Indiana Evanston, IL November 2, 2002
Iowa Evanston, IL November 5, 2005
Indiana Evanston, IL October 24, 2009
Auburn Tampa, FL January 1, 2010

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