1:25 AM EDT, Tue March 31, 2015

Northwestern relishes return to normalcy

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Alarm bells started ringing in the Nicolet Football Center early Monday afternoon, with an automated voice informing all inside to evacuate because of a fire emergency. Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald and his staff calmly walked outside, where they spent a few minutes in the shockingly warm, not-quite-spring air. After the ringing stopped, the coaches returned and continued to dissect film of Saturday's practice. If a false alarm during a week where no practices are being run is the biggest distraction of Northwestern's spring session, Fitzgerald will gladly take it.

Northwestern looks for answers at quarterback

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern fans could count on several things during the first seven years of Pat Fitzgerald's tenure: wildly entertaining, down-to-the-wire games; defenses that bent, sometimes broke but also made plays; bowl games (at least after the first two years); and standout quarterback play. From 2007-12, the quarterback position undoubtedly was a strength for the Wildcats. C.J. Bacher, Mike Kafka, Dan Persa and Kain Colter all were among the Big Ten's more productive and dynamic signal-callers.