8:24 PM EDT, Fri August 01, 2014

Video: Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald

 Coach Pat Fitzgerald talks about how Northwestern is re-establishing the "Wildcat way," and he shares his expectations for the upcoming season.

B1G coaches see playoff as equalizer

CHICAGO -- The preseason primping in college football is over. The beauty contest has been canceled. If the playoff selection committee does its job, nothing that is said, written or ranked between now and early October will matter. And that's a very good thing, according to Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald. "You've got to go win," Fitzgerald said Tuesday. "Finally! You've got to go win. No longer can you have a traditional name behind you and four coaches with statues in front of the stadium and 90,000 people every week and you're automatically going to be ranked .
Chicago Tribune Jul 28, 2014

Pair of four-star recruits decommit from Northwestern

Northwestern lost the two highest-rated prospects in its 2015 recruiting class Monday when twins Andrew and David Dowell of Lakewood, Ohio, withdrew their commitments, according to multiple reports.
Chicago Tribune Jul 28, 2014

Fitzgerald, NU players own up to failing late in games

Coach says 'we'll drive to get better'At Northwestern, the term "ownership" normally refers to upperclassmen taking control of the team.

Big Ten Tuesday mailbag

Welcome back to another edition of the mailbag. As you've probably noticed, we're taking more of your questions from Twitter these days. And Adam and I now have our own separate Twitter handles: Here's mine and his. The ESPN Big Ten account is also still active, and you can always use our mailbag links on the right-hand side of this page as well. Got all that? Good. Let's get to your questions:   Brian Bennett: I say it's Northwestern. There's simply no way Pat Fitzgerald's team can have the same amount of bad luck as last year, which included four losses by a touchdown or less (five if...
Chicago Tribune Jul 22, 2014

Fitzgerald sinks winning putt, zings Nebraska

Northwestern had trouble closing games last season. Based on the debacles at Nebraska and against Michigan, that’s putting it mildly.

B1G media day preview: Northwestern

SEC media days finally have wrapped up, and several other leagues will be on the stage next week. The Big Ten holds its media festivities July 28-29 in Chicago, and we're running through three questions facing each Big Ten team and the potential answers we could hear at the Hilton Chicago. Northwestern is next on the proverbial dais, as coach Pat Fitzgerald will be joined by quarterback Trevor Siemian, safety Ibraheim Campbell and linebacker Collin Ellis.
Chicago Tribune Jul 18, 2014

Meet the man behind the Northwestern football ruling

Chicago-based NLRB regional director works to protect those without a voicePeter Sung Ohr has found it best to keep silent, ignoring emails and comments after he granted Northwestern football players "employee" status.
Chicago Tribune Jul 16, 2014

NU football game times set for first two games

The Big Ten Conference announced start times for the first two Northwestern games of the 2014 season Wednesday, which should excite tailgating fans in Evanston.
Chicago Tribune Jul 4, 2014

15 years later, Kelley Byrdsong reflects on shooting spree that changed her life

Fifteen years ago on the July 4th weekend, former Northwestern University basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong was murdered by a neo-Nazi on a hate-filled shooting spree.
Chicago Tribune Jul 3, 2014

Union asks labor board to affirm Northwestern football ruling

The March ruling cleared the way for players to form a union, potentially the first in college sportsThe union seeking to represent Northwestern University football players on Thursday asked a federal labor board to affirm a preliminary ruling that expanded the definition of “employees” and opened the door for them to form a union.
Chicago Tribune Jul 2, 2014

Filings due Thursday in Northwestern football union dispute

Northwestern University and the union seeking to represent its football players are set on Thursday to file additional documents backing their positions -- one against, one in favor -- of a ruling that expanded the definition of "employees" to the players, allowing them to unionize.