Justin Jackson ready to take NU “Prime Time” in 2015

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Move over Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan, Glenbard North High School could have a new celebrity alumni in the making soon.

Justin Jackson, the Northwestern running back (not the North Carolina Tar Heels basketball player) had a huge breakout rookie season for NU in 2014. Jackson rushed for 1,187 yards and 10 touchdowns during his rookie campaign as he recorded the 16th 1,000-yard rushing season in program history and just the second by a freshman (Tyrell Sutton had 1,474 in 2005)

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Northwestern Football: Never Too Early Season Preview


When last we left Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern football, he was helping Chicago break new ground in hosting the NFL Draft. The event’s final day included a special, unique moment when Fitzgerald, serving as an analyst for NFL Network’s live broadcast, witnessed one of his players getting selected. Safety Ibraheim Campbell went to the Cleveland Browns while Fitz was getting his color commentating on.

It was a proud moment in Fitzerland.

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2015 College Basketball transfers list (6-5-15)


College basketball transfers are becoming a growing trend.  Here is a list of players from the marquee conferences who are transferring out of their respective programs after this past season and a list of college basketball transfers who will be eligible to play at their new school for the 2015-16 season.  Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.

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Chicago Bears DB Sherrick McManiss leads GRIDIRON FIT


I don’t know if Chicago Bears nickel back Sherrick McManis ever won the IRON CAT competition during his days at Northwestern, but he’s leading the very first session of Nike’s Train Chicago; a very IRON CAT like experience. The Iron Cat is an annual award Northwestern football hands out to the player who wins the weight room.

McManis is a great American success story of re-invention, as he was just a two-star recruit coming out of high school.

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Pat Fitzgerald doing NFL Draft broadcast; adding local appeal

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Following a spring practice a few years ago, Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald told reporters an anecdote about playing alongside Troy Aikman at Dallas Cowboys training camp. That specific war story was about as far as Fitzgerald’s NFL playing career went, but Saturday brings a new chapter.

Fitz will be a crucial part of analyzing the NFL Draft, and he may get the opportunity to provide punditry regarding the Cowboys late round picks. He may also very likely be on-air commentating when one of his own gets selected.

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Auston Anderson has more personality than your team’s RB


Auston Anderson has a garrulous personality, as his Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald put it. The loquacious and witty Northwestern running back would stand out an entertaing dude if he hung out with you and your buddies on an average Saturday night.

So when you place Anderson and his gregarious nature within the sanitized press conference culture…well, he really does seem like…”he is….the most interesting man in the world.”

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Chris Collins didn’t show any real progress in year two

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Chris Collins “said all the right things” yesterday following his team’s rather decisive defeat at the hands of a desperate Indiana Hoosiers team. IU never really let NU have a chance Thursday night, as the Hoosiers were playing with their NCAA chances (and perhaps even Tom Crean’s job security) hanging in the balance.

The Hoosiers played with the sense of urgency that Illinois should have had, but lacked, earlier in the day. Following the loss, Chris Collins made it official that his Northwestern Wildcats would not be playing in the CBI.

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Alex Olah having a breakout season at Northwestern


Northwestern has been plagued with very poor play from their center position for years and it took a player from Romania to finally break the trend. Alex Olah is a 7 footer who has had his ups and downs during his time in Evanston. It was not until Coach Chris Collins arrived on campus that Alex Olah started to reach his potential as a basketball player and started to play like a dominant big man.

Editor’s note: this Doug McDermott feature article authored by new Sports Bank contributor Wes Evans. (@WesEvans24)

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Vic Law starts to make progress at Northwestern

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The Northwestern Wildcats have never made an NCAA men’s basketball tournament and barring a miracle, they will be on the outside looking in again this year. Coach Chris Collins is looking to break this “tradition” in the upcoming years and has recruited some talented pieces to achieve that goal.

Editor’s note: this Vic Law feature article authored by new Sports Bank contributor Wes Evans. (@WesEvans24)

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NU’s Scottie Lindsey has Coach Collins’ Confidence


The Northwestern Wildcats achieved their third straight victory in Big Ten Conference action yesterday by a resounding margin of 60-39. Coming off big wins against Iowa and Minnesota, the Cats kept it going thanks to Coach Chris Collins’ 2014 recruiting class.

Headlined by PG Bryant McIntosh and F Vic Law, a third member of NU’s freshman class has quietly produced nice numbers and has gained the confidence of Coach Collins…that would be  Scottie Lindsey.

Editor’s note: this Scottie Lindsey feature article authored by new Sports Bank contributor Wes Evans. 

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Basketball Gods grace Chris Collins; smite Iowa Hawkeyes


Finally, the “basketball gods” have smiled upon Chris Collins and his Northwestern basketball program.

“I’m a believer in the basketball gods, I got that from Coach K, there’s basketball gods and sometimes the basketball gods are really harsh to you; and sometimes they can be good to you when you deserve it.”

“I really feel that shot by Uthoff [to send the game to overtime] went in to test us, in a sick kind of way,” said Collins.

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Northwestern basketball: they fight and fight, fight and fight and fight

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Obviously, Northwestern basketball has taken a step back in year two of the Chris Collins regime. Their 1-10 conference record; as well as a couple of the recent blow-outs attest to this. Last night was especially harsh, as “mop up time” actually commenced before the half.

It was a football like 38-14 at halftime, and it was 55-21 when the under 12 timeout approached. The wide margin between the two teams was very astounding when you consider how just a couple weeks ago the two finished regulation tied in East Lansing.

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