Pat Fitzgerald Will Get HARD LINE on his Northwestern Football Team

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Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald is going to get tough love on his team this week. He’s going to go hard line, hard core and really ride the squad pretty hard in practice this week. Fitzgerald was very upset following his team’s very disappointing loss to #20 Nebraska.

The Northwestern Wildcats got out-gained 310-137 on the ground and 556-388 overall. Those stats do a much better job telling the story of this game than the 24-13 final score did.

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Tommy Armstrong, Nebraska Run Over Northwestern Very Ho Hum

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Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong continues cementing his position as the school’s greatest statistical quarterback ever. He’s re-writing the University of Nebraska offensive record book. He threw for 246 yards tonight, in a 24-13 win at Northwestern, increasing his career total to 7,622 yards. Entering the game, he had already broken the previous record of 7,258 yards held by Taylor Martinez. 

He also added 132 yards rushing tonight, giving his 378 of total offense for the evening. He’s now just 1,023 yards of total offense away from breaking the school record currently, also held by Martinez (10,233). Expect Tommy Armstrong to reach those marks by late October, early November.

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Ex Raiders LB Napoleon Harris Fends Off Muggers; Helps Catch Murder Suspects

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Take a seat because this Napoleon Harris story is one that you’ve got to consume.

I first knew Harris as a star on one of the most crazy athletic high school basketball teams of all time. On that Thornton Township high school hoops team with Napoleon Harris (Thornton Wildcats class of ’97) was- former 49ers wide receiver Tai Streets, former Pittsburgh Steelers star Antwaan Randle-El and former college hoops stars Erik Herring and Melvin Ely.

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Broncos QB Trevor Siemian: 2016’s Kyle Orton (“Game Manager”)

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The young gentleman in my building’s elevator that summer Sunday afternoon looked familiar, but I just couldn’t place him.

Had he not been wearing a Northwestern Wildcats football t-shirt and shorts, I probably wouldn’t have even realized that he was a person of at least a little bit of consequence in my world; the sports media universe.

The elevator ride ended. We parted ways and I thought ok “an NU football player lives here or is visiting someone who lives here.

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Northwestern WR Austin Carr is a True Renaissance Man

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Austin Carr is a lot more than just Northwestern’s top wide receiver; with a famous athlete name. He’s a singer, pianist, actor, philosopher and student at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management; one of the nation’s best MBA programs.

Carr is not to be confused with “Mr. Cavalier” Austin Carr, 1971’s #1 overall NBA Draft pick out of Notre Dame, who had his #34 retired by the Cleveland Cavaliers following a prolific NBA career.

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#20 Nebraska Football Game Preview vs Northwestern Wildcats

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This summer, Nebraska football was definitely at a crossroads; worthy of a Hollywood drama. As I wrote in my B1G preseason predictions and preview for RedEye:

The Huskers have the talent to win the division, but they need to watch Al Pacino’s “Any Given Sunday” speech: “Either we heal, as a team, or we’re going to crumble, inch by inch, play by play, ’til we’re finished.”

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Northwestern Football: 2015’s 10-2 Could Become 2016’s 0-6 or 1-8

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B1G Power Rankings are like the music of Katy Perry- absolutely nothing though-provoking or original there.

If you’ve perused the first wave of B1G power rankings for this week (the second, third and fourth waves are still coming yet) you’ll see the Northwestern football checking at #14 quite often. Yes, NU comes in 14/14 and if your rankings are based off this season alone, it’s very well deserved.

If you’re taking into account last year, then maybe it’s a bit harsh.

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P.J. Fleck Bests Pat Fitzgerald, Student Beats Teacher

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On a collective level, the team of Western Michigan upset Northwestern Wildcats today. On the individual level, a theme us media types love to over-exaggerate, P.J. Fleck bested Pat Fitzgerald.

It’s literally an example of apprentice taking out tutor, student besting teacher, padawan defeating Jedi master. No Fleck has never been an assistant under Fitzgerald, nor even coached on the same staff as him. However, Fitzgerald is Fleck’s role model, as he whole-heartedly expressed. 

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Western Michigan Achieves Controversial Upset Win at Northwestern

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Today, P.J. Fleck won for the second time this week. On Monday, Fleck dismissed two Western Michigan football players who were arrested on very serious criminal charges.

He then performed an action that few, if any, college football coaches ever do. P.J. Fleck put the onus on himself for what the players did. Yes, on the Mid-American Conference weekly coaches call, he took ownership of the situation, a bold, admirable move that’s almost without peer.

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Northwestern Football vs Western Michigan Game Preview

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We’re just days from the return of college football. You can even start counting down the hours, not just the days at this point. Northwestern football opens with a really tough Western Michigan team led by Coach P.J. Fleck. The Sugar Grove native has a public persona similar to that of Northwestern head man Pat Fitzgerald.

It’s not by coincidence. Fleck modeled himself after Fitzgerald, as Fitz graciously mentored him at a time when the WMU leader was still cutting his teeth in the coaching world.

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2016 Northwestern Football Season Preview, Predictions

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College football is here; finally!

Today will see Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald, along with team captains: WR Austin Carr, CB Matthew Harris, OL Connor Mahoney and LB Anthony Walker Jr. preview the season opener Saturday at home versus Western Michigan (we’ll have the game preview in this space here tomorrow).

The 2015 Northwestern football team quietly tied the school record for wins last season. Because they were lacking in style points last season, not as many people noticed as you would have expected.

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P.J. Fleck has Influential Role Model in Pat Fitzgerald

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Western Michigan football Coach P.J. Fleck has a public persona similar to that of Northwestern head man Pat Fitzgerald.

It’s not by coincidence.

Fleck modeled himself after Fitzgerald, as Fitz graciously mentored him at a time when the WMU leader was still cutting his teeth in the coaching world.

Both are well known for being high intensity, having a strong work ethic and occasionally YELLING when the situation requires it. That’s not by accident and Saturday will see the two clash at Ryan Field in the season opener for both teams.

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