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Table of Contents General information • 2-43

2008 in review • 128-141

Quick Facts/Credits............................... 2 Big Ten Champs................................. 3-5 Ryan Field.......................................... 6-7 Facilities.............................................. 8-9 ’Cats in the Community.................. 10-11 Wildcat Traditions........................... 12-13 Camp Kenosha.................................... 14 Walk-On Opportunities........................ 15 Pro Timing/NFL Draft...................... 16-17 Academic Excellence..................... 18-19 Life as a Wildcat............................. 20-21 Big Ten Conference............................. 22 The Big Ten Network........................... 23 Media Exposure.............................. 24-25 Northwestern University................. 26-29 Notable Alumni............................... 30-31 President Morton O. Schapiro............. 32 Director of Athletics Jim Phillips........... 33 Academic Services......................... 34-35 Athletic Excellence.............................. 36 Wildcat Athletic Administration............. 37 Athletic Endowments........................... 38 Strength and Conditioning................... 39 Intercollegiate Sports Medicine........... 40 Evanston and Chicago................... 41-43

2008 Stats.................................. 128-131 2008 Game-by-game Offense........... 132 2008 Game-by-game Defense.......... 133 2008 Starters and Superlatives......... 134 2008 Honors and Awards.................. 135 2008 Recaps.............................. 136-141

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record book • 174-193

Season Notes................................. 46-48 Personnel Breakdown......................... 49 Rosters........................................... 50-51 Preseason Depth Chart....................... 52 NU Recruits the Nation........................ 53 2009 Opponent Information................. 54 All-Time Series Records...................... 55

history • 144-171 Yearly Summary................................ 144 Year-By-Year Results................. 145-150 Letterwinners.............................. 151-157 Wildcat Legend Otto Graham............ 158 All-Americans/All-Big Ten........... 159-160 Academic All-Big Ten.................. 161-162 NU Most Valuable Players................. 163 Northwestern Team Awards............... 164 College Football Hall of Fame........... 165 All-Star Game Participants......... 166-167 Wildcats in the Pros.................... 168-169 Wildcat Professional Draftees.... 170-171

Total Offense..................................... 174 Rushing...................................... 175-176 Passing....................................... 177-179 Receiving.................................... 180-181 All-Purpose Yards.............................. 182 Punt Returns...................................... 183 Kickoff Returns.................................. 184 Punting.............................................. 185 Scoring....................................... 186-188 Defense...................................... 189-191 Team Offense/Team Defense..... 192-193

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bowl history • 196-201

Adamle-Ebert.................................. 58-69 Fields-McNaul................................. 69-82 B. Mitchell-Porcelli.......................... 82-88 Rooks-Wootton............................... 89-98 Newcomers................................... 99-105

Bowl Records.................................... 196 1949 Rose Bowl................................ 197 1996 Rose Bowl................................ 197 1997 Citrus Bowl............................... 198 2000 Alamo Bowl............................... 198 2003 Motor City Bowl........................ 199 2005 Sun Bowl.................................. 199 2008 Alamo Bowl........................ 200-201

wildcat staff • 108-125

media reference • 204-208

Pat Fitzgerald..............................108-111 Jerry Brown........................................112 Mike Hankwitz....................................113 Mick McCall........................................114 Randy Bates.......................................115 Adam Cushing....................................116 Bob Heffner........................................117 Kevin Johns........................................118 Marty Long..........................................119 Matt MacPherson.............................. 120 Graduate Assistants.......................... 121 Support Staff............................... 122-125

Media Information....................... 204-205 Broadcast Partners............................ 206 Media Outlets/Future Schedules....... 207 Travel Information.............................. 208

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quick facts/credits 2009 Quick Facts City, State: Evanston, Ill. Founded: 1851 Enrollment: 8,000 Nickname: Wildcats School Colors: Purple and White Stadium: Ryan Field (cap. 47,130) Playing Surface: Grass Affiliation: NCAA Division I (FBS) Conference: Big Ten President: Morton O. Schapiro (Hofstra, 1975) Director of Athletics and Recreation: Jim Phillips (Illinois, 1990) Athletic Department Phone: 847/491-3205

2008 Overall Record: 9-4 Conference Record/Finish: 5-3/T-4th 2008 Postseason: Valero Alamo Bowl Offensive Formation: Multiple Spread Defensive Formation: 4-3 Letterwinners Returning: 48 (Offense: 24, Defense: 23, Specialty: 1) Letterwinners Lost: 23 (Offense: 12, Defense: 8, Specialty: 3) Starters Returning: 14 (Offense: 5, Defense: 8, Specialty: 1) Starters Lost: 12 (Offense: 6, Defense: 3, Specialty: 3)

The Official 2009 Northwestern University Football Media Guide and Recruiting Guide is published by the Northwestern University Athletic Communications Department. Editors—Julie Dunn, Doug Meffley and Mike Wolf Editorial Assistance—Nick Brilowski, Betsi Burns, Cody Cejda, Rand Champion, Al Cubbage, Anne Egger, Carolyn Fleming, Scott Hammer, Nolan Jones, Jocelyn Serranilla Photography—Gene Boyars, Stephen Carrera, Stephen Green, Tony Quinn/MLS/Getty Images, Tommy Hultgren, John Sandberg, Bill Smith, James Steinkamp, Mike Stone Interior Design—Julie Dunn

Head Coach: Pat Fitzgerald Alma Mater, Year: Northwestern, 1997 Career Record (year): 19-18 (fourth) NU Record (year): 19-18 (fourth) Football Office Phone: 847/491-7274 Assistant Coaches: • Randy Bates, Linebackers • Jerry Brown, Assistant Head Coach/ Defensive Backs • Adam Cushing, Offensive Line/ Recruiting Coordinator • Mike Hankwitz, Defensive Coordinator/ Safeties • Bob Heffner, Superbacks • Kevin Johns, Wide Receivers/ Passing Game Coordinator • Marty Long, Defensive Line • Matt MacPherson, Running Backs • Mick McCall, Offensive Coordinator/ Quarterbacks • Louis Ayeni, Graduate Assistant—Offense • Alan Wolking, Graduate Assistant—Defense • Nolan Jones, Director of Football Operations • Sharrod Everett, Associate Director of Football Operations

On the back cover ... 1. Mark Woodsum 2. Zeke Markshausen 3. Andrew Brewer 4. Adam Hahn 5. Corey Wootton 6. Chris Jeske 7. Brendan Smith 8. Sherrick McManis 9. Kevin Frymire 10. Marshall Thomas 11. Kevin Mitchell 12. Desmond Taylor 13. Mike Kafka 14. Brad Phillips 15. Brendan Mitchell 16. Kurt Mattes





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Big ten champs 1995



Northwestern has won EIGHT Big Ten Championships.

The last three are profiled here.


What a year 1995 was for the Northwestern Wildcats! Picked to finish no higher than 10th in the Big Ten by anyone, the ’Cats shocked the nation by going undefeated to claim their first conference title since 1936. Equally impressive was their regular season ranking of No. 3 in all the major polls and a berth in the ‘Granddaddy of Them All’—The Rose Bowl. Steve Schnur

“If it wasn’t for everybody else, I wouldn’t be anybody.” —Darnell Autry

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Heisman Trophy Finalist, 1995




In 1996, Northwestern

Written off as one-year wonders, the ’Cats found ways to keep people on the edge of their seats the entire season, winning five games by a total of 13 points.

provided fans with a very entertaining follow-up to the 1995

The ‘Wild’ Cats were Big Ten Champions again and played in consecutive New Year’s Day bowl games for the first time in school history.

Rose Bowl season and proved the prognosticators wrong again.

1997 citrus bowl Orlando Florida

THe wildcats enjoy the festivities prior to facing Tennessee in the Citrus Bowl.

D’Wayne Bates Pat Fitzgerald and the Wildcats had plenty to celebrate during the 1995 and 1996 seasons.


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When the 2000 season began, who would have predicted that Northwestern would meet the pre-

That is exactly what happened, though, as the Wildcats overcame low preseason expectations to earn a share of the Big Ten title. Along the way were some amazing games—a 47-44 double-overtime win at Wisconsin, a 41-35 last-second win at Minnesota, and a 54-51 victory over Michigan (below) that ESPN dubbed an “Instant Classic.”

season No. 1 team in the country, Nebraska, in a bowl game?` The wildcats celebrate their victory over Illinois .

“To have that part of history, to be a part of that celebrating with your fans, you can’t really describe it. It’s just one of those things you’ll always have in the back of your mind. When you think about it, I guess it just brings back what you worked hard for.” —Damien Anderson zak kustok

former nu head coach randy walker and the WILDCATS savor another Big Ten Championship.

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he day after the last home football game in 1996, a $30 million renovation of NU’s stadium began. Opened in the fall of 1997, the new stadium was christened Ryan Field, in honor of the Patrick G. Ryan family. Mr. Ryan served as chairman of Northwestern’s Board of Trustees from 1996 through Aug. 31, 2009, and has been a member of the board since 1978. The 1959 graduate of Northwestern is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Aon Corporation in Chicago. His wife, Shirley, a 1961 Northwestern graduate, is chairman and co-founder of Pathways Awareness Foundation and is chairman of the Chicago Community Trust. She has been a member of Northwestern’s Women’s Board since 1978. The Ryan family made the major gift to the Campaign for Athletic Excellence, Northwestern’s fund-raising drive for athletic facilities. Mr. Ryan, who is currently leading Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympics, also led the 1982 athletic fund-raising campaign that resulted in new facilities for Northwestern basketball, baseball and several Olympic sports. The renovations of the stadium included new seating, the replacement of artificial turf with natural grass and an enclosed three-tier structure on the stadium’s west side that includes the stadium club and two floors for the media. Also, an end zone facility housing the football locker room, sports medicine and equipment rooms was constructed. As part of the $30 million Campaign for Athletic Excellence, a full-scale multipurpose indoor practice facility was constructed. This facility, named for former NU Board of Trustees chairman Howard J. Trienens, was opened in the fall of 1996. Gridiron interest has helped NU’s stadium return to its status as a leading center of Chicagoland football, a position it held in the ’40s and ’50s when more than 40,000 people regularly attended Wildcat home games. In fact, Northwestern averaged more than 40,000 fans from 1996-98. The last time that occurred was from 1961-64. The old stadium, built in 1926, was named for William A. Dyche, former vice president and business manager of the University. A graduate of Northwestern, Dyche served as mayor of Evanston prior to his appointment as business manager in 1903. In 1905, he directed construction of the original wooden stands which had a seating capacity of 10,000. By the early 1920s, football’s popularity had outgrown the wooden bleachers, and Dyche spearheaded the planning of a 45,000seat stadium to be erected on the site of the old field. He proposed to the board of trustees that the project be financed by a bond issue. The original estimate of $800,000 soared to $1,425,000 by the time construction was finished in Dyche’s 23rd year as business manager. In 1949, the stadium was enlarged by a horseshoe enclosure at the south end, increasing seating capacity to 49,256. Dyche Stadium’s capacity occasionally rose to 55,000 by the addition of temporary bleachers at the north end. A press box and an elevator to the second deck were installed in 1961. Tartan Turf replaced the grass field in 1973 and much more refurbishing of the old stadium took place during the early years of John Pont’s tenure as head coach and athletic director.


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GAME DAY IN EVANSTON Northwestern has played host to a number of nationally and regionally televised games at Ryan Field, several of which have become ESPN “Instant Classics.” The excitement of Big Ten and Northwestern football comes alive early on Saturday mornings at Ryan Field. Cars and trucks packed with hot dogs, burgers, chips, and yes, plenty of purple, reach the stadium gates hours before kickoff. Once game time rolls around and Wildcat fans have worked themselves into a frenzy, Ryan Field transforms into one of the most electric places to watch college football. NU’s successful turnaround of its football fortunes could not have happened without the Wildcat faithful and their purple pride.

The Northwestern Alumni Association and Northwestern Athletics teamed up to create Wildcat Alley in 2001. Open two hours before kickoff, and with free admission, Wildcat Alley is a great place for fans of all ages to start their Wildcat Game Day.

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FACILITIES • Recreation Management Magazine called Ryan Field one of the “Country’s Best” in 2004. • Ryan Field was named the 2000 College Football “Field of the Year” by the Sports Turf Managers Association. • The John Evans Club locker room includes solid oak lockers, three 32-inch flatscreen TV’s, plush carpeting and a players’ lounge. • The Buehler Sports Medicine Center features state-of-the-art facilities including a hydro-therapy pool, hot and cold tubs, a sauna and rehab equipment. • The 12,000-square foot, glass-encased Byron S. Coon Center houses a large array of brand new free weights and weight machines for the Wildcats to use. • Trienens Hall houses a full-scale, 80-yard multi-purpose indoor practice facility. In 2003, a 40-yard annex was added to the facility. In 2008, FieldTurf was installed. • The John C. Nicolet Football Center is the headquarters of the football staff and players.


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FACILITIES • The Nicolet Center features a 125-seat auditorium for team gatherings and film viewing, plus an additional nine meeting rooms. • The newly renovated coaches offices and football reception area are located on the second floor, overlooking the interior of Trienens Hall. • The Nicolet Center also serves as a viewing area for photographs of Northwestern’s All-Americans, All-Big Ten selections, Players in the Pros and the Wildcats’ Big Ten Championships and bowl appearances.

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orthwestern Athletics is committed to providing our student athletes with a “world class” experience—academically, socially and athletically. Our football program illustrates this concept in every way by maintaining one of the best grade point averages and graduation rates in the country, winning on the field and being socially responsible in our community. According to Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald, “Northwestern Football takes great pride in our positive impact on local organizations. Throughout each year, we take part in many organized community outreach events and many smaller and less public events. In fact, our football team alone averages over 600 hours of community service per year.” The student-athletes can be found reading, tutoring and mentoring in local elementary schools, volunteering for Campus Kitchens, coaching Special Olympics, or visiting with patients in one of our local hospitals just to name a few. Fitzgerald models the importance of giving back to the community through his work in the community and encouraging the players to participate in community outreach effort by actively supporting the athletics departscott concannon, ricky weina and jacob schmidt participate in the Wildcats’ annual canning for Misericordia. ment’s PRIDE Challenge and the team’s own Wildcats games, where the players earn “Only 22 of 120,000 Division I college football players throughout the points for their good works in the community. country are recognized for this honor each season.” Eric Peterman was Fitzgerald is also proud of the fact that the team has been nationally named to the 2008 AFCA Good Works Team joining past winners Joel recognized for their community outreach efforts. “In addition, NorthwestHowells and Adam Kadela. ern Football has had a member of our team recognized to the AFCA Good One highlight from the 2008-09 year was the Special Spectator visit Works Team for an unprecedented three consecutive years,” said Fitzgerald. to the September 13 contest. It marked the sixth year of collaboration with

PRIDE COMMITMENT Northwestern studentathletes have developed a values statement for the athletics community, called PRIDE. PRIDE stands for Perseverance, Responsibility, Integrity, Dedication and Education; all of which are values that guide the actions of the members of the athletics community. The following statement describes what it means to have PRIDE as a Northwestern Wildcat:


As a student-athlete at Northwestern University, I will be proud to be a member of a community that strives to embody and promote the following attributes: Perseverance As a Wildcat, I will strive to achieve in all aspects of my life, despite obstacles and challenges, through hard work, cooperation and patience. Responsibility As a Wildcat, I will accept responsibility for my behavior and will hold all members of my team accountable for their actions.

Integrity As a Wildcat, I will adhere to the highest standards of honesty, respect and morality. Dedication As a Wildcat, I will dedicate myself to being the best I can be in all aspects of my life and to the goals and aspirations of my team and the athletics program as a whole. Education As a Wildcat, I will commit to the pursuit of knowledge academically, athletically and as a citizen of Northwestern University.

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’CATS IN THE COMMUNITY Special Spectators, a non-profit whose mission is to create a fun day for children with serious illnesses. Blake Rockwell, executive director for Special Spectators said: “The Special Spectators events at Northwestern have been fantastic. Thanks to the generous support we’ve received from the Betsi Burns and the athletics administration, Coach eric peterman, who assisted on a community service project Fitz and the entire NU in New Orleans at the Sugar Bowl, was named a member of the football family, the AFCA Good Works team. impact on the seriously ill children and their families has been extremely powerful. “I recall last year’s event during the game against Southern Illinois. Nearly seven inches of rain fell that day and the families watched the game while sitting in a deluge. No one left early and the youngsters were very excited to meet the players after the game. The ’Cats didn’t disappoint! The guys were great with the kids and everyone returned home with big smiles.” The team is already looking forward to making a difference in their community during the 2009 campaign.

2008-09 FOOTBALL COMMUNITY OUTREACH STATISTICS • 90 percent of the team participated in at least one community outreach event. • Combined, team tallied over 630 hours of volunteer work and assisted over 25 community organization including local schools, hospitals, youth and non-profit organizations. • Eric Peterman was named to the 2008 Good Works Team and received the 2008 ARA Sportsmanship Award. • Almost 650 tickets were donated to various non-profit organizations in order for their participants to attend a nonconference football game.

AFCA Good Works Northwestern has had a member of the football team named to the AFCA Good Works team the past three years for their outstanding efforts in the community. Eric Peterman (left) is the most recent Wildcat to be honored. Below is a list of his community service activities. On campus, he was a member of: • The McCormick School of Engineering Student Advisory Board • The Undergraduate Leadership Program (campus leaders trying to better the University community) • The National Scholar’s Honor Society (elected to organization based on academic performance as well as community service and extracurricular activities) • The Gateway Sciences Workshop Program (voluntary program for upperclassmen to mentor fellow engineering students) • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) • The Northwestern Football Leadership Council (one of 10 elected leaders).

Off campus, Peterman was heavily involved in a number of community service projects, including: • Visiting Children’s Memorial Hospital on Friday mornings of weeks when the Wildcats played home football games • Misericordia Candy Days • Dance Marathon • NU Field Day • CommUniversity Day • He also took part in NU’s annual visit from Special Spectators, an organization that brings chronically ill children and families to a football game each year.

Head coach Pat Fitzgerald shaves his hair for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds to cure children’s cancer.

Tyrell Sutton participates in the Kid’s Fair at Northwestern’s Dance Marathon.

• Over 700 tickets were donated to community organizations to assist in their fundraising activities.

quentin davie with participants in NU’s annual Field Day.

the wildcats visit the VA Hospital to sign autographs and mingle with veterans.


WILDCAT TRADITIONS Historical Beginnings On November 11, 1882, a group of Northwestern boys played a “football heat” against a group of Lake Forest boys, and thus, Northwestern football was born. Northwestern’s first intercollegiate games were played in a series against Lake Forest and resulted in a victory for Lake Forest by a score of one goal, two touchdowns and two safeties to nothing for NU. In the return game at Evanston, NU won by a score of one goal and one touchdown, against two safeties for Lake Forest. Since that day, thousands of young men have come to the Evanston campus and worn the Purple and White of the Wildcats. Northwestern Football has had many great moments, many great athletes and coaches and many great years, including national rankings of No. 1, Big Ten Championships and a Rose Bowl victory.

University Hymn Hail to Alma Mater! We will sing thy praise forever; All thy sons and daughters Pledge thee victory and honor. Alma Mater, praise be thine, May thy name forever shine! Hail to Purple! Hail to White! Hail to thee, Northwestern!



Northwestern has been part of many intense rivalries through the years with one of the earliest and strongest against the University of Chicago, when that institution was still part of the Big Ten. The Purple and the Maroon met 37 times between 1892 and 1926. The Wildcats still meet many of the opponents they first played in the 1890’s and, of all the Big Ten Conference teams, downstate foe Illinois is the most natural rival.

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WILDCAT TRADITIONS The WildcaT Nickname “... football players had not come down from Evanston; Wildcats would be a name better suited to (Coach) Thistlethwaite’s boys ... Stagg’s boys, his pride, his 11 that had tied Illinois a week ago, were unable to score for 57 minutes. Once they had the ball on the 9-yard line and had been stopped dead by a Purple wall of wildcats.” These lines were written by Wallace Abbey in the Chicago Tribune following the memorable Northwestern-Chicago game in 1924 that heralded a new era in Northwestern football. From that day on, all Northwestern athletic teams have borne the nickname of “Wildcats.” Following the Chicago contest, which NU lost 3-0 on a last-minute field goal by Bob Curley, Northwestern met the famed “Four Horsemen” of Notre Dame and battled the Fighting Irish to a standstill before bowing 13-6. Northwestern’s points were scored on two drop kicks by All-American Ralph “Moon” Baker. After that, there could be no question of the appropriate nature of the new nickname. Years later, Major General Robert H. Wienecke, captain of Northwestern’s 1924 squad, recalled: “We were just an average team which developed a spirit that carried us to superb heights against Chicago and Notre Dame. I feel that the reputation gained by the team in those two final games of the 1924 season launched a momentum that was to lead to the Big Ten championship two years later.”

Northwestern-Illinois to play for new trophy The intra-state rivarly between Northwestern and Illinois has traditionally been one of the most spirited events in the Big Ten. From 1945-2008, the victor claimed the Sweet Sioux Tomahawk (below) however, the game will now be played for the Land of Lincoln Trophy. At publication time, the two schools are working together to create the new trophy with the first meeting for the Land of Lincoln Trophy scheduled for Nov. 14 in Champaign.

Go! U Northwestern Words and Music by Theodore C. Van Etten, ’13 Go! U Northwestern! Break right through that line. With our colors flying, We will cheer you all the time, U! Rah! Rah! Go U Northwestern Fight for victory, Spread far the fame of our fair name Go Northwestern, win that game! Go! U Northwestern! (Whistle) (Yell) Go! Northwestern Go! (Whistle) (Yell) Go! Northwestern Go! Hit ’em hard! Hit ’em low! Go, Northwestern Go! (Repeat chorus)

walk with us On June 29, 2006, college football lost one of its greatest ambassadors. Former Northwestern coach Randy Walker died suddenly that evening, his life ending much too early at the age of 52. A tremendous football coach, but even a greater man, Coach Walk touched the lives of so many people, including hundreds of football players who he mentored for 30 years. Northwestern has remembered Walker in many ways. Some of these including the “Walk for Randy” 5K walk (left), with proceeds going toward the Walker Memorial Scholarship Fund. Additionally, two-and-a-half hours before kickoff, the band, cheerleaders and fans greet the team as they get off the bus and head to the locker room (bottom).

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his is the 18th year the Wildcats will spend part of their preseason camp at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside for “Camp Kenosha.” Located 55 miles due north of Evanston, just across the Wisconsin border, UW-Parkside offers the “football-only” atmosphere that Pat Fitzgerald and his staff feel is necessary to build team chemistry and regain competitive focus after the summer break. Northwestern also conducts several practices and its annual preseason scrimmage at nearby Carthage College, which features a FieldTurf game field. While at “Camp Kenosha,” the players, coaches and staff are housed in eight-person apartments that feature a central living area, a kitchen and four large bedrooms. Practices are conducted on a pair of football fields, placed side-by-side and located a short walk from the living and dining facilities. The dining hall features a complete training table for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Having experienced Camp Kenosha as both a player and as a coach, I can tell you the time spent away from everyday distractions and the ability to concentrate just on football is invaluable. The accommodations, hospitality, and the facilities provided by the University of WisconsinParkside are second to none, which allows us to focus on becoming the best football team we can be for the upcoming season. We leave Kenosha prepared to win a Big Ten championship!

CHRIS JESKE races to finish his watermelon in the annual Watermelon Eating Contest, one of the highlights of the Camp Kenosha experience.


—Pat Fitzgerald Head Coach

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Year 1999 2000 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

WALK-ON OPPORTUNITIES Walk-ons Who Have Earned Scholarships since 1999 Player Jeff Baer Kyle Sanders Derrick Thompson Jon Walters Bob Barz Ben Kennedy Steve Natali Sean Wieber Doug Szymul Eric VanderHorst Donnie Baskin Eric Batis Bryan Heinz Scott Brownley Adam Crum Joel Howells Ryan Pederson Nathan Shanks Phil Brunner Ben Rothrauff Chaz Richart Mark Woodsum Amado Villarreal Keegan Grant Doug Bartels

Pos. Hometown/High School DT Bedford, Pa./Chestnut Ridge DB Jackson, Mich./Jackson WR Harvey, Ill./Thornton Township OL Naperville, Ill./Central LB Lisle, Ill./Benet Academy DL Naperville, Ill./North OL Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South S Sandusky, Ohio/Perkins LB Des Plaines, Ill./Maine West LB Grandville, Mich./Grandville OL Naperville, Ill./Central WR San Antonio, Texas/Central Catholic DB Lone Tree, Colo./Highlands Ranch S Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg OL Anchor Crest, Alaska/Homer PK Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore P Westerville, Ohio/North RB Taylorville, Ill./Taylorville LS South Milwaukee, Wis./South Milwaukee S Columbus, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales CB North Vernon, Ind./Jennings County SB Arlington Heights, Ill./Buffalo Grove PK Englewood, Colo./Englewood OL Coal City, Ill./Coal City OL Caledonia, Ill./Rockford Boylan Catholic

Senior Phil Brunner, a three-year letterwinner, walked on to the team in 2004 and earned a scholarship in 2005. Brunner received his bachelor’s degree in chemical enginering and his master’s degree in material science and engineering. This summer, as part of his PhD work in polymer science, Brunner is doing an internship through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) working at a German company, specifically working with plastics. The South Milwaukee, Wis., native also was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a firstteam Academic All-American.

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“Our walk-ons invest greatly in our program and we try to reward as many as possible. With 85 scholarships, identifying quality student-athletes is extremely important to the success of our football team.” —Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald Northwestern’s football program values the contributions of each player in the Wildcat family. Scholarship reduction has increased the importance of attracting quality walk-ons to the football program. In the past 10 seasons, 25 walk-ons have been awarded full scholarships. These players have invested greatly in the Northwestern Football Family and have been rewarded for their commitment.

2008 Scholarship Recipient Doug Bartels


PRO TIMING DAY Throughout the 2008 season, over 75 NFL scouts visited the Nicolet Football Center. The evaluations culminated after Pro Timing Day on March 12 with 25 scouts and coaches working out the 2008 seniors. Over the past seven seasons, Northwestern has had 32 players sign NFL contracts. All but one earned a Northwestern degree before entering the NFL.


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NFL DRAFT DAY ’Cats in the Super Bowl A Wildcat has played in the Super Bowl, and has been a member of the winning team the past four years. Trai Essex (Pittsburgh, 2006, 2009), Matt Ulrich (Indianapolis, 2007) and Barry Cofield (New York, 2008) all participated in the sport’s ultimate game.

wildcats in the NFL (as of July 1, 2009)

Brett Basanez.............................. Chicago Bears Year Kevin Bentley............................. Houston Texans 2006 Luis Castillo........................ San Diego Chargers Barry Cofield............................. New York Giants 2005 Marquice Cole.............................. New York Jets Trai Essex............................. Pittsburgh Steelers John Gill...........................................Detroit Lions 2003 Noah Herron...........................Cleveland Browns 2002 Ikechuku Ndukwe....................... Miami Dolphins Eric Peterman.............................. Chicago Bears Nick Roach.................................. Chicago Bears 2001 Zach Strief........................... New Orleans Saints Tyrell Sutton..........................Green Bay Packers 2000 Jason Wright........................... Arizona Cardinals 1999

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NFL Draft picks in the past decade Player (Round), Team Barry Cofield (4th), New York Giants Zach Strief (7th), New Orleans Tim McGarigle (7th), St. Louis Luis Castillo (1st), San Diego Trai Essex (3rd), Pittsburgh Noah Herron (6th), Pittsburgh Austin King (4th), Tampa Bay Napoleon Harris (1st), Oakland Kevin Bentley (4th), Cleveland Sam Simmons (5th), Miami Dwayne Missouri (7th), Baltimore Harold Blackmon (7th), Seattle Jay Tant (5th), Arizona Barry Gardner (2nd), Philadelphia D’Wayne Bates (3rd), Chicago Sean Bennett (4th), New York Giants

Trai Essex luis Castillo

Matt Ulrich

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Tim Mcgarigle, brett basanez and nick roach at Chicago Bears training camp.

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academic excellence W

hen student-athletes come to Northwestern University, they become members of one of the top athletic programs in what may be the most media-exposed conference in the country. They also receive one of the best college educations in the nation. In fact, there may be no better combination of academics and athletics than at Northwestern. Need more proof? Consider some of the following statistics and facts: • Northwestern is annually ranked as one of the nation’s top universities by U.S. News & World Report. In the most recent edition of these rankings, NU placed first among Big Ten Schools and 12th among 248 peer schools. • Northwestern counts some of the most influential people in the country and the world, in all walks of life, among its alumni. These people are ready, willing and able to help recent graduates of their alma mater, extending Northwestern’s reputation for molding the leaders of tomorrow.

northwestern graduate success rate comparison 97%

Academic Progress Rate (Football Only)

This past spring, Northwestern student-athletes combined to recorded a department-best 3.21 GPA. Additionally, the football program recorded a 3.0 GPA for the first time in its program’s history.


Data reflects the 2001-02—2006-07 academic years.

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Head coach PAT FITZGERALD with wide receiver ERIC PETERMAN, who graduated with a degree in industrial engineering and a minor in economics.

Data reflects 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years and is based on a scale of 1,000

“Our institution does a tremendous job providing our student-athletes with an environment conducive to achieving academic success. At the same time, our student-athletes make that same commitment to the University both academically and athletically.” —Pat Fitzgerald Head Football Coach


University President HENRY BIENEN, who retired on Aug. 31, 2009 and Tammy Walker, wife of former Wildcat head coach Randy Walker, along with head coach Pat Fitzgerald and the 2009 graduating seniors.

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Assistant head coach Jerry Brown (second from left) receives the 2007-08 AFCA Academic Achievement Award from the Touchdown Club of Memphis.


our times in the last seven years Northwestern University has received the American Football Coaches Association’s Academic Achievement Award, which is presented annually by the Touchdown Club of Memphis. Northwestern has won the award five times, having been honored in 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2007. The school has also earned honorable mention honors six times since Big Ten schools became eligible for the award for the first time in 1998. “This is an award that Northwestern takes great pride in,” Northwestern Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald says. “First and foremost, our student-athletes work hard on and off the field, and realize the value of a Northwestern degree. We also have a tremendous support system, led by our academic services department, that allows a Northwestern student-athlete to reach his potential in the classroom.”

First-Team Academic All-Americans The following Wildcats were named first-team Academic AllAmericans. The award is voted on each year by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and is the most prestigious Academic All-America program in the country. In addition to these honorees, Northwestern football players have been awarded numerous second-team Academic All-America and All-District honors by CoSIDA. 1956 1958 1961 1962 1963 1970 1976 1980 1986 1987 1988 1990 1995 2002 2003 2004 2008

Al Viola Andy Cvercko Larry Onesti Paul Flatley George Burman Joe Zigulich Randy Dean Jim Ford Mike Baum Bob Dirkes Todd Krehbiel Mike Baum Mike Baum Ira Adler Ryan Padgett Sam Valenzisi Jason Wright Jason Wright Jeff Backes Luis Castillo Phil Brunner

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Since 1998, when Northwestern became eligible for the honor, the Wildcats have won five awards, the most of any Football Bowl Subdivision school. Year 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

Winner Honorable Mention • Northwestern — Duke Northwestern Syracuse Northwestern Notre Dame, Vanderbilt Northwestern Northwestern — Duke Northwestern Northwestern, Boston College — Northwestern, Duke — SMU Northwestern Northwestern, Notre Dame — Vanderbilt Northwestern

• Graduation rate of 90 percent or better

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Jason Wright (left) was a two-time First-Team Academic All-America selection. Luis Castillo (above) was awarded the honor in 2004.


wildcat player development wildcat leadership “Our entire offseason is devoted to developing our team in all aspects of their life— athletically, academically and socially. We do this through empowering our players to take complete ownership of the team. During the offseason, all aspects of our program are a competition, which helps our players excel in every phase of their life. In the end, our Leadership Council establishes the goals for the upcoming season.” —Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald


n the January of 2008, Northwestern introduced the Leadership Council, a group of 10 student-athletes from all class levels are elected by their teammates and help lead the Wildcats’ offseason development. Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald instituted the Leadership Council concept in order to promote offseason growth and add competition to all aspects of the Wildcat football program. 2009 Leadership Council “Our program prides itself Mike Kafka on having the best developSherrick McManis ment staff in the country,” says Brendan Smith Fitzgerald. “Our entire offseaBrad Phillips son is devoted to developing Nate Williams our team in all aspects of their Corbin Bryant life—athletically, academically Dan Persa and socially. We do this through Brian Peters empowering our players to take Jeravin Matthews complete ownership of the team. Quentin Williams During the offseason, all aspects of our program are a competition, which helps our players excel in every phase of their life. In the end, our Leadership Council establishes the goals for the upcoming season. “Although these 10 student-athletes are the players that they elected to lead them, we have many outstanding leaders within our program.” Each Leadership Council captain drafts players for his team and then attaches a name to his squad. The team name must be related in some form or fashion with Northwestern, Wildcats, victory, winning, etc. Each team has a mixture of offensive and defensive players, as well as older and younger, to help earn points starting with the offseason winter workouts and ending with the start of preseason camp. Teams go through daily competitions in the weight room, winter conditioning and spring football practice as well as in academics and NU’s ’Cats in the Community program.

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From left: Mike Dinard, Director of Student-Athlete Development Betsi Burns, Brendan Mitchell, Eric Peterman, Alex Quinn (field hockey) and Sabel Moffett (volleyball).


he football team also has taken on active leadership roles in the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the PURPLE (Peers Urging Responsible Practices through Leadership and Education) peer mentoring program. The mission of SAAC is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunities across campus, protecting studentathlete welfare, and fostering a positive student-athlete image. SAAC is comprised of two members from each team and the committee serves as the voice for all student-athletes to the athletics administration. Kevin Mitchell just completed a term as the SAAC co-president, and our football representatives on SAAC work hard to fulfill the mission of SAAC within our athletics community, campus community and the greater Evanston and Chicagoland community. The PURPLE program consists of one to six student-athletes from each team serving as peer mentors who have undergone training in various health, wellness and communication skills in order to function as a resource to their peers within their team and within the athletics community. The 2009-10 PURPLE mentors serving the football team are Jeravin Matthews, Jared Carpenter, Brendan Mitchell, Brian Peters and Kyle Petty. Additionally, each year, members from PURPLE are selected to attend the APPLE conference, a training and leadership symposium “dedicated to substance abuse prevention and health promotion for student-athletes and athletics department administrators” and requires each university team to create an action plan from implementation on campus. At least one football player has be selected to be a part of the team representing Northwestern at this conference. Mike Dinard, Brendan Mitchell and Eric Peterman were representatives in 2008 and developed a peer alcohol education program for all new student-athletes. In 2009, Brendan Mitchell and Kyle Petty were a part of the team developing a departmental recruiting program.

“I think we do a great job of improving leadership on our team simply because Coach thinks it’s so important. Coach doesn’t want lessons from the team coming directly from him. Sometimes they have to, but ultimately, what he wants is for the leaders on the team—the actual teammates—to coach up other teammates. And that means everyone from freshmen to seniors. I think that’s something that’s really different from other places.


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Our playbook here is a lot more diverse than most because they know there are smart people here. They know that they can put in new formations three or four days before the game because they know we can pick up on it with one day of practice. Going in and practicing at the rookie mini-camp with the Chicago Bears, it was easy to pick up things because of little tactics that the coaches here have taught me to look for. They’ve taught me the overall football concepts instead of simply saying, ‘you need to run a post on this route.’ Teaching us the whole offense is something I’ve been able to carry over into the NFL game.” —Eric Peterman Wide Receiver Class of ’09

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s part of the world class experience at Northwestern, each student-athlete is able to access services to enhance their on-the-field performance from the Northwestern University Intercollegiate Sports Medicine Sport Psychology Program. This resource provides performance enhancement and clinical services to teams and individuals, as well as consultation with coaches, staff athletic trainers, and team physicians. There are a multitude of factors that can affect and challenge the optimal performance of the student athlete. Some of these include managing mood and anxiety, regulating emotions, dealing with pressure and stress, coping with injuries, and dealing with performance deficits. The overall purpose and vision of the NU Sport Psychology program is to assist student-athletes in achieving their highest potential, both on and off the field. At Northwestern, we want to provide our student-athletes with the best opportunities to maximize their performance. Our clinicians incorporate their expertise in both clinical and performance psychology to offer a thorough, in-depth and unique understanding of Big Ten athletics. The NU Sport Psychology program provides personal counseling related to one’s performance in the sports arena, performance enhancement training, and team consultation to the NU student-athletes, and coaches. Our clinicians are passionate about helping the athlete tap into his/her

Speed Training “Tom’s program is effective, not only because of its exceptional structure, design and innovative drills but more importantly because of Tom’s coaching style and knowledge of the field. Our athletes have responded well to Tom and his staff because they get results.”

—Larry Lilja, NU Strength and Conditioning Coach


he Wildcat football team has access to some of the top speed development professionals in the country. The staff at TC Boost, along with the Northwestern strength and conditioning staff, guide the football student-athletes in their speed and agility development through out the year. Tom Christian, owner and director of training at TC Boost is a former Wildcat football player and assistant director of strength and conditioning at Northwestern. He is charged with developing the training routines for the football team and consulting with the Northwestern staff on the speed development of all the varsity student-athletes. Working with Tom is his brother Bob Christian, another former Wildcat and 11-year NFL veteran. Bob is co-owner of TC Boost and director of the elite athlete training programs and assists with the workouts at Northwestern. TC Boost’s expertise allows the Wildcat football players to reach their full athletic potential.

potential so that individual and team goals can be reached. Another important component of the program is our Injury Counsel where psychologists from our on-campus counseling center (CAPS) meet with injured student-athletes in a group setting to help them stay focused and positive during a difficult period of the athletic careers. Jeffrey A. Fishbein, PsyD., P.C. is licensed clinical psychologist with both a master’s and doctorate degree in clinical psychology and a specialization in sport psychology, Dr. Fishbein has been with the athletics department since 2002. Dr. Fishbein has worked with athletes from all sports on the NU campus, including football, helping them maximize their athletic ability and perform more consistently. His work here on campus with many of our football players has assisted many of them in achieving national recognition for their performances. In addition to Dr. Fishbein, sports psychology services are also provided by Lynette Craft, PhD. Dr. Craft is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Craft has been an applied sport psychology consultant since 1998 and has worked with Wildcat student-athletes since 2008. She has worked with elite youth, high school, and collegiate athletes participating in a variety of sports.

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orthwestern Athletics places a high priority on nutrition as an integral part of performance, strength and conditioning for student-athletes. Beyond one’s own genetics and training—what, when and how often our student-athletes eat and drink can positively impact performance and gives them a competitive edge. The sports nutrition program is committed to helping studentathletes optimize their overall health and performance. We strive to build a foundation of sound nutrition habits that will help our student-athletes achieve their athletic goals and also empower them to maintain healthy nutrition habits for a lifetime. The principles of the program are to focus on educating, fueling, and counseling our student-athletes to train consistently and compete at their highest level. Proper nutrition and hydration gives our football players energy to train and compete, improve recovery from training and games, and decreases down time due to illness and injury. Nutritional coaching has positively impacted our student-athletes through improved speed and strength and achievement of optimal weight and body composition for specific positions. Deb Ognar, registered dietitian and certified specialist in sports dietetics, delivers year round nutrition services to Northwestern University Football student-athletes. She provides team nutrition education and works individually with the players to customize nutrition plans. Some of the services she provides include: • Evaluation of health and performance markers via body composition analysis • Design training table menus • Assess fluid intake and hydration levels • Recovery nutrition • Medical nutrition therapy • Nutrition analysis • Evaluate safety, legality, and efficacy of nutritional supplements • Cooking classes • Grocery shopping tips

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the big ten conference BIG LIFE. BIG STAGE. BIG TEN. The Big Ten Conference is a union of 11 world-class academic institutions who share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. The conference’s 100-plus years of history, strong tradition of competitive intercollegiate athletic programs, vast and passionate alumni base, and consistent leadership in innovations position the Big Ten and its entire community firmly on the Big Stage. The Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness in all aspects of its student-athletes’ lives, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that each individual has the opportunity to live a Big Life.

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STUDENT-ATHLETE OPPORTUNITIES • Big Ten universities provide approximately $100 million in direct financial aid to more than 8,500 men and women student-athletes who compete for 25 championships, 12 for men and 13 for women. • Conference institutions sponsor broad-based athletic programs with more than 270 teams. Other than the Ivy League, the Big Ten has the most broad-based athletic programs in the United States.

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• Big Ten universities are members of the nation’s only conference whose constituency is entirely composed of institutions that are members of the AAU, a prestigious association of major academic and research institutions in the United States and Canada.

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MORE TELEVISION EXPOSURE • The Big Ten’s media agreements with CBS Sports, ABC/ESPN, the Big Ten Network and CBS College Sports Network provide the conference with its greatest television exposure ever. • In 2006, the Big Ten created the first national conference-owned television network devoted to the athletic and academic programs of a single conference. The Big Ten Network launched on Aug. 30, 2007, and became the first new network in cable or satellite television history to reach 30 million homes in its first 30 days. The Big Ten Network is now available to more than 70 million homes nationally through agreements with more than 250 cable/satellite affiliates and appears in 23 of the top 25 national media markets. • Since the current media agreements began in 2007-08, every home football and men’s basketball game has been produced while women’s basketball has received more coverage than any other conference. • The Big Ten’s new media agreements have resulted in the broadcast of more than 500 events nationally and regionally on an annual basis, compared to 300 events in the final year of the previous agreements.

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NATION’S BEST FANS • Big Ten fans are some of the nation’s most supportive, with more than 8.7 million patrons attending conference home contests during the 2008-09 seasons for football, men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball alone. • Over the last 31 seasons, the conference has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 nationally in football, men’s basketball and wrestling attendance. For the past 17 seasons, women’s basketball has been ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 nationally in attendance. • Big Ten institutions have more than 4.2 million living alumni and over 300,000 undergraduate students attending their universities.

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SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMS • During the 2008-09 season, the Big Ten claimed five team national championships, including titles for Iowa wrestling, Penn State fencing and women’s volleyball, Northwestern women’s lacrosse and Wisconsin women’s ice hockey. In addition, Big Ten teams finished as the national runners-up in men’s basketball and men’s gymnastics. • Big Ten teams have claimed at least three national titles in nine of the last 10 seasons (1999-2000 through 2008-09). Over the last decade, the Big Ten has produced team national crowns in the sports of basketball, cross country, fencing, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, synchronized swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball and wrestling.


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the big ten network About the Network


vailable to approximately 70 million households nationwide, the Big Ten Network is the first nationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With approximately 350 live events, and nearly all of them in high definition, the network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country, allowing them to see their favorite teams, regardless of where they live.


Head coach Pat Fitzgerald is a regular guest on the Big Ten Network. He was a guest on The Big Ten Quad, a show filmed on NU’s campus at the Medill School of Journalism (left) and has made several appearances in studio and on set (below, at Minnesota).

• Through the creation of the Big Ten Network, every home Big Ten football game is televised. • Each team is guaranteed to make a minimum of two appearances on the network per year and one of those must be a conference game. • The network televises approximately 35 to 40 football games each fall and nearly all of them are available in high definition. • The network employs some of the top hosts, announcers and football analysts in the country, many with Big Ten and/or Midwest ties, including Northwestern graduate Dave Revsine, former Indiana head coach Gerry DiNardo, former Illinois running back Howard Griffith, long-time Big Ten play-by-play announcer Wayne Larrivee, former Northwestern defensive back Chris Martin, former Ohio State linebacker and Minnesota head coach Glen Mason, Ohio native Thom Brennaman and many more.

FOOTBALL STUDIO PROGRAMMING Big Ten Football: Breakdown (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. CT): • Every week, Big Ten coaches and players review the previous week’s game film, looking for the positives and the negatives. Our analysts will give fans a look at the subtle nuances of the game and what affected the teams’ success. Big Ten Football: Sites & Sounds (Wednesdays, 9 p.m. CT): • The show includes segments from press conferences, media interviews and the games, as well as other behind-the-scenes footage, and is hosted from our Chicago studios. Big Ten Football: Game Plan (Thursdays, 9 p.m. CT): • Our resident head coaches go head-to-head each week, breaking down film and putting together game plans for the upcoming week’s games. Big Ten Football … & Beyond (Fridays, 9 p.m. CT): • Our team previews the weekend’s games with reports from each Big Ten stadium. The show also takes a look at key national match-ups that could impact Big Ten postseason plans. The Big Ten Quad • Each week, former Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George hosts three Big Ten personalities in an open forum taped in front of a studio audience at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Some of the first season guests included Northwestern’s Mike Adamle, Tim Doyle, Pat Fitzgerald and Tyrell Sutton. Big Ten Tonight • Bringing the viewer Big Ten highlights, analysis, features, historical segments, interviews and breaking news from all Big Ten sports, Big Ten Tonight has unprecedented access to Big Ten athletics. Friday Night Tailgate • Friday Night Tailgate visits a different Big Ten campus each week to capture the true essence of the collegiate atmosphere leading up to game day. Hosted by Mike Hall, new episodes air at 7:30 p.m. CT on Fridays during the fall.

Big Ten Network Quick Facts • Agreement: 20-Year joint venture between subsidiaries of the Big Ten Conference and Fox Cable Networks. • Headquarters: Chicago, Ill. • Launch date/time: August 30, 2007, 7 p.m. CT • Sports televised: Football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and other NCAA-sponsored sports • Programming: Approximately 350 live events, original programming, historic footage and classic games; coaches’ shows; up to 60 hours per year of original programming from each institution • Distribution: The Big Ten Network is available to approximately 70 million households nationally through national agreements with AT&T U-Verse, Charter, Comcast, Cox (Cleveland), DIRECTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and 250 cable operators. Select content is distributed through alternative media platforms including Video On Demand, Internet, iPods, cell phones and other emerging technologies.

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media exposure • Eight television stations and six radio stations cover the Wildcats on a daily basis, as do six newspapers, and several internet sites. • Northwestern receives daily visibility on the two-year-old Big Ten Network, a national cable channel, which is based in downtown Chicago. • All of NU’s games are broadcast on WGN Radio (and the internet), which is heard in 38 states nationwide and Canada, including every Big Ten member state. • 12 of Northwestern’s 13 2008 games were televised on national or national cable television (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ABC or the Big Ten Network). Over the past six years (2003-08), 67 of the Wildcats’ last 72 games have been televised or broadcast on the internet. • Northwestern’s 2004 game vs. Ohio State on ESPN2 was, at the time, the network’s most-viewed college football telecast ever with a 2.3 rating. Northwestern’s 2008 game vs. Ohio State was the fifth-most-watched Big Ten football game ever on ESPN2 (1,727,233 TVHH). • Northwestern and the Big Ten Conference continue to set new ratings standards on ESPN. On Oct. 8, 2005, three ESPN games, which started with the NorthwesternWisconsin game, totaled an unprecedented 8.45 rating points. NU’s game, which finished with a 2.68 rating and averaged a 1.98, was the season’s highest-rated game in the noon window. • Northwestern is located in the largest media market among the Big Ten schools and the third largest in the nation.

Two Northwestern graduates, Dave Revsine (right) and Chris Martin, cover Big Ten Football for the Network. Below: Former Indiana coach Gerry dinardo and Martin break down Big Ten football.


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media exposure Since the 2000 season, Northwestern has been a part of five ESPN “Instant Classic” football games. The latest victory “classic” was the 33-27 overtime win against Ohio State in 2004. At the time, that was ESPN2’s most-viewed college football telecast. Four of the five “Instant Classics” were Northwestern victories: the 2000 Northwestern vs. Minnesota game, the 2000 Northwestern vs. Michigan game and the 2001 Northwestern vs. Michigan State game.

media training Each preseason, Northwestern employs the services of Sue Castorino and Randy Minkoff, officially known as “The Speaking Specialists,” to help Northwestern’s football studentathletes and coaches to effectively communicate not only with the media, but also with fans, booster groups and potential employers. The Speaking Specialists, who have 23-plus years of experience and have worked with more than 100 colleges and universities, the NFL, Major League Baseball and U.S. Olympic teams, help Northwestern:

• Understand and deal with new media, social networks and its impact on the image of the NU program • Prepare for media interviews at the local, national or international level • Improve their overall public image through leadership, sportsmanship and communication training • Teach important elements for all public speaking and job interview challenges • Deal with a crisis and assist in preparing a plan before something happens

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THE UNIVERSITY THIS IS NORTHWESTERN............................................................................................... 28 SCHOOLS OF NORTHWESTERN.................................................................................... 29 NOTABLE ALUMNI........................................................................................................30-31 PRESIDENT morton o. Schapiro.............................................................................. 32 DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS AND RECREATION JIM PHILLIPS...................................... 33 ACADEMIC SERVICES................................................................................................34-35 ATHLETIC EXCELLENCE.................................................................................................. 36 WILDCAT ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATION.......................................................................... 37 ATHLETIC ENDOWMENTS............................................................................................... 38 STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING.................................................................................... 39 Intercollegiate SPORTS MEDICINE services..................................................... 40 EVANSTON........................................................................................................................ 41 CHICAGO........................................................................................................................... 42 THE ULTIMATE SPORTS TOWN...................................................................................... 43

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orthwestern University was founded in 1851 as a private institution of “the highest order of excellence” to serve the Northwest Territory, an area that now includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and part of Minnesota. Today one of the nation’s premier universities, Northwestern occupies two campuses along the shore of Lake Michigan and is connected by both geography and programming to one of the nation’s great cities, Chicago. In addition, Northwestern has a campus in Doha, Qatar. In this midsize research university, 11 schools— each with relatively small academic departments—offer high-quality programs spanning a remarkably diverse portfolio. Northwestern is recognized both nationally and internationally for the quality of its educational programs at all levels. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks the University’s undergraduate and graduate programs among the best in the country.

more about Northwestern • From 25,000 freshman candidates each year, about 6,500 are offered admission for a freshman class size of 2,000. • Students from all 50 states and more than 50 foreign countries make up the undergraduate student body of approximately 8,000. The undergraduate population is about 54 percent women, and just under 30 percent are African American, Hispanic or Asian American. Total enrollment is approx­imately 17,000, including 1,100 part-time students in evening programs of the School of Continuing Studies. • Undergraduate financial aid is need based. More than half of all Northwestern undergraduates receive some combination of needbased scholarships, student loans and work-study employment. • Among the more than 50 fellowships awarded to students or alumni in 2008–09 were two Rhodes, one Marshall, four Gates Cambridge and 32 Fulbright Scholarships. • Among graduate programs, the J.L. Kellogg School of Management regularly ranks among the top five business schools in the country for both its traditional curriculum and its executive master’s program. • U.S. News & World Report placed Northwestern’s School of Law in the top 10 law schools nationally and the Feinberg School of Medicine in the top 20 medical programs. In its most recent assessment of doctoral programs, the National Research Council ranked five Northwestern programs in the top 10 percent nationally and 10 programs in the top 25 percent.


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on the shore of lake michigan The unde rg radu at e sc h ool s The Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences is the largest of Northwestern’s undergraduate schools with more than 4,000 undergraduate students and 500 faculty members. It is the cornerstone of a University that believes study in the liberal arts and sciences is the foundation of a strong undergraduate education. Students may enhance their studies with independent research projects, ad hoc majors or minors, Chicago field studies and study abroad. The School of Communication offers opportunities for study in five top-ranking departments: communication sciences and disorders, communication studies, performance studies, radio/television/film and theatre. Cocurricular opportunities include the top debate team in the country, hospital internships, student video and film projects, theater productions and the largest student-run college radio station in the country. The School of Education and Social Policy started as a department in the College of Liberal Arts and became a separate school of education in 1926. “Social policy” was added to its name in 1986 to reflect a distinctive mission among schools of education—to understand and improve learning communities (schools and classrooms, workplace settings, families and neighborhoods), to study lifelong learning and to improve lives through policy. By producing scholarly research that informs and influences public policy-making about education, this small school (350 undergraduates, 300 graduate students and 23 faculty) has earned national recognition. In the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, about 1,300 undergraduates and approximately 750 graduate students choose from among 15 majors, including such interdisciplinary fields as materials science, biomedical engineering and environmental engineering. Recent curriculum innovations and the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center give students exceptional opportunities for team learning, collaborative projects and computer-assisted learning. The Medill School of Journalism prepares students for careers in newspapers, magazines, broadcast journalism, new media or integrated marketing communications. Medill students have consistently won in the Hearst Foundation’s National Writing, Photojournalism and Broadcast News Championships, the Pulitzer Prize competition of college journalism; and its students dominate the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards competition. Established in 1895 as an integral part of the University, the HENRY AND LEIGH BIENEN School of Music combines a nationally ranked music program of conservatory intensity with the academic rigor and scholarly resources found only at a firstrank research university. Students are encouraged to grow as both artists and people and to explore the myriad career options available in a life devoted to music. Artists from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and other world-class performing organizations are among the faculty.

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notable alumni Business

Nick Chabraja Former chairman and CEO, General Dynamics Douglas Conant President and CEO, Campbell Soup Co. Lester Crown Chairman, Henry Crown Industries Robert Eckert Chairman and CEO, Mattel Robin Neustein Advisory director and chairwoman of the Private Equity Group, Goldman Sachs William Osborn Chairman, Northern Trust Harry Pearce Chairman, Hughes Electronics Linda Johnson Rice President and CEO, Johnson Publishing Company Pat Ryan Executive chairman, Aon Corp. Gordon Segal CEO, Crate and Barrel Manuel Valdes President, Frontera Foods


Katrina Adams Former pro tennis player D’Wayne Bates Former pro football player Luis Castillo Pro football player, San Diego Chargers Luke Donald Pro golfer Charles “Chick” Evans First golfer to hold National Open and National Amateur titles at same time Joe Girardi Manager, New York Yankees Napoleon Harris Pro football player, Minnesota Vikings Kenesaw Mountain Landis First commissioner of Major League Baseball


Lee Phillip Bell Creator, The Young and the Restless Greg Berlanti Executive producer, Brothers and Sisters Zach Braff Actor, Scrubs Charles Busch Tony-nominated playwright Stephen Colbert Reporter, Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report Ileen Getz Actress Michael Greif Director, Rent Heather Headley Tony award-winning actress Marg Helgenberg Emmy award-winning actress Laura Innes Actress

Government and Public Service


on and off the field: Joe Girardi, the 2006 National League Manager of the Year and a 2007 CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame inductee, exemplifies the success of former Wildcats.

Julia Levering Former president, U.S. Tennis Association Mark Loretta Pro baseball player, Los Angeles Dodgers Billy McKinney Director of Scouting, Milwaukee Bucks Brent Musburger Sportscaster Jerry Reinsdorf Chairman, Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox Jeff Robinson Pro personnel assistant, Minnesota Vikings Rick Sund General manager, Atlanta Hawks Dr. Debi Thomas Two-time U.S. Ladies Figure Skating champion

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Judy Biggert U.S. Congresswoman, Illinois Sara Jane Bloomfield Director, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Ruben Castillo U.S. District Court judge, Chicago Rahm Emanuel White House Chief of Staff George McGovern Former U.S. Senator, South Dakota; presidential candidate Ronald Riley Presiding Judge, Sixth District, Cook County Circuit Court John Paul Stevens U.S. Supreme Court Justice Adlai Stevenson II Former Illinois governor; ambassador to UN; two-time presidential candidate James Thompson Former Illinois governor

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On Screen and Stage: Many Northwestern alumni, such as Zach Braff (above), and Stephen Colbert (at left), receive accolades for their work in the entertainment industry.

Richard Kind Actor Cloris Leachman Academy award-winning actress John Logan Academy award-nominated scriptwriter Shelley Long Emmy award-winning actress

notable alumni Julia Louis-Dreyfus Emmy award-winning actress Ann-Margret Academy award-winning actress Garry Marshall TV and movie producer Megan Mullaly Emmy award-winning actress Dermot Mulroney Actor John Musker Director, Hercules, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid Dennis O’Hare Tony award-winning actor

Journalism and Literature

Marie Arana Book editor, Washington Post Ira Berkow Author; former sportswriter, New York Times Christine Brennan Columnist, USA Today; commentator, ESPN

PARDON THE INTERRUPTION: Wildcat alum Michael Wilbon visits Welsh-Ryan Arena for Halloween Hoopla.

In Books and Newspapers: Elisabeth Bumiller is just one of many Northwestern alumni pursuing successful careers as writers, editors or journalists.

staying connected: Northwestern alums often return to campus. Julia Louis-Dreyfus addressed graduates in June 2007.

Charlotte Rae Actress Jeri Ryan Actress Stu Schwartz Producer, Good Morning America David Schwimmer Actor Kate Shindle Actress; Miss America, 1998 Nicole Sullivan Actress Kimberly Williams Actress Mary Zimmerman Tony award-winning director; NU faculty member

Elisabeth Bumiller Reporter, New York Times Robert Olen Butler Author; Pulitzer Prize winner Joie Chen Reporter, CBS Rance Crain President, Crain Communications R. Bruce Dold Editorial page editor, Chicago Tribune; Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Duffy Editor, U.S. News & World Report Robert Eaton Senior VP and Managing Editor, ESPN Michael Greenberg Anchor, ESPN Radio Kelly O’Donnell Correspondent and anchor, NBC News Dave Revsine Anchor, Big Ten Network Tina Rosenberg Writer, New York Times; Pulitzer Prize winner; author Darren Rovell Sports business reporter, CNBC Carole Simpson Reporter/anchor, ABC News Richard Stolley Former founding managing editor, People Margaret Sullivan Editor, Buffalo News Julia Wallace Editor, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Michael Wilbon Columnist, Washington Post; co-host, Pardon the Interruption David Willey Executive editor, Men’s Journal

Other Notable Alumni

Madeleine Wing Adler President, West Chester University Johnetta Cole Former president, Bennett College Karen Lipschutz DeCrow Former president, National Organization for Women Ada Kepley First woman to graduate from a U.S. law school Ned Rorem Composer and author Joseph Schwantner Composer; Pulitzer Prize winner Judi Sheppard Missett CEO and founder of Jazzercise David Skorton President, Cornell University Graham Spanier President, Penn State University Dr. Thomas Starzl Performed first liver transplant George Stigler Economist; Nobel Prize winner Augusta Read Thomas Composer Wayne Watson President, Governors State University Dr. Daniel Williams First African American admitted to the College of Surgeons

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university president morton O. Schapiro M

orton Owen Schapiro was named 16th president of Northwestern University on December 16, 2008 and will begin his term on September 1, 2009. President Schapiro is among the nation’s premier authorities on the economics of higher education, with particular expertise in the area of college financing and affordability and on trends in educational costs and student aid. He is widely quoted in the national media and has testified before U.S. Senate and House committees on economic and educational issues. Before coming to Northwestern, he was president of Williams College from 2000 to 2009. Among the initiatives implemented during his presidency were a substantial reduction in average class size, a tripling of the number of courses offered in the college’s signature tutorial program and the completion of a number of major building projects including a center for theatre and dance, a student center and new faculty office/classroom buildings. Courses taught by President Schapiro at Williams College included introductory microeconomics, a tutorial on the economics of higher education and two interdisciplinary seminars, one on the economics and philosophy of education and the other on disease, culture and society. He previously served as a member of the Williams College faculty from 1980 to 1991, as Professor of Economics and as Assistant Provost. In 1991 he went to the University of Southern California where he served as Chair of the Department of Economics until 1994 and then as Dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences until 2000. During his last two years as Dean, he also served as the University’s Vice President for Planning. President Schapiro has written more than 100 articles and five books, and he has edited two others, most with his longtime co-author Michael McPherson. These include: The Student Aid Game: Meeting Need and Rewarding Talent in American Higher Education (Princeton University


Press 1998); Paying the Piper: Productivity, Incentives and Financing in Higher Education (also with Gordon Winston, University of Michigan Press 1993) and Keeping College Affordable: Government and Educational Opportunity (Brookings 1991), plus two recent edited volumes College Success: What It Means and How to Make It Happen (College Board 2008) and College Access: Opportunity or Privilege? (College Board 2006).

President Schapiro has received research grants and contracts from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the World Bank, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the College Board, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and other groups to study the economics of higher education and related topics. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Hofstra University in 1975 and his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979. President Schapiro and his wife Mimi have three children: Matt, Alissa and Rachel.

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ames J. Phillips became Northwestern’s 21st director of intercollegiate athletics and recreation on April 14, 2008, bringing a track record of Division I success and a commitment to the values NU always has maintained in collegiate athletics. “The opportunity to lead Northwestern’s athletic and recreation programs is both exciting and humbling,” Phillips said. “Northwestern is a world-class institution that does things right in terms of college athletics and what they stand for.” One of 10 children, Phillips, who grew up in the Portage Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side, is the perfect fit to head up NU’s 19-sport program in the nation’s No. 3 market. His Windy City roots and family orientation are integral parts of his philosophy of providing student-athletes with a “world-class experience” that enables them to succeed academically, socially and athletically. One of Phillips’ first actions at Northwestern was to begin the implementation of a Department of Athletics and Recreation re-organization that was completed in January of 2009. NU’s existing departments were broken into three key “silos:” internal, external and student-athlete welfare. Northwestern’s stellar marketing and promotions staff continued to excel in 2008-09, winning its sixth national NACMA award since 2003. Ticket sales for Big Ten football home games went up 17 percent, men’s basketball sales improved 13 percent for weekend games and overall attendance was up at all seven of NU’s admission-charging sports. New courtside seating at Welsh-Ryan Arena sold out for the men’s basketball season. NU signed corporate sponsorship deals with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Harris Bank, re-branded its media rights holder to Northwestern Sports Properties (NSP), defeated Notre Dame at U.S. Cellular Field in baseball and created an Annual Report to showcase the department’s previous year. Phillips hired ultra-successful women’s basketball coach Joe McKeown in June of 2008. McKeown came to Evanston after 19 years at George Washington, where he took his team to the postseason 17 times and compiled a 509-174 record. Phillips’ second coaching hire was to name Tracey Fuchs the head of the field hockey program in January of 2009. Fuchs had arguably the most successful playing career in USA Field Hockey history and has been referred to as the “Michael Jordan of field hockey.” In 2009, Phillips signed a four-year deal with WGN Radio, the long-time radio outlet of Northwestern football and men’s basketball. In addition to those two sports, a new weekly Inside

Wildcat Athletics show will air on The Voice of Chicago through the 2012-13 season. Phillips also inked head football coach Pat Fitzgerald to a new seven-year deal that will keep him on the Wildcat sidelines through 2015. Northwestern had a great athletic year in 2008-09, beginning in the fall with the Wildcats’ 9-4 Alamo Bowl season. The team became the fifth in NU history to win nine contests, finishing No. 23 in the BCS. The football team also earned a program-record 26 Academic All-Big Ten awards and earned a 3.0 or better team GPA during the spring quarter for the highest team GPA in school history. In addition, men’s soccer made its second appearance in the NCAA quarterfinals in the last three years. In the winter, men’s basketball earned NU’s first postseason bid during head coach Bill Carmody’s tenure. Northwestern recorded its fourth-straight year with an individual national champion when Jake Herbert won the 184-lbs wrestling title, the Hodge Trophy as the nation’s top collegiate wrestler and the Big Ten’s Jesse Owens Award. In the spring, Northwestern won its fifthstraight NCAA women’s lacrosse title and Hannah Nielsen repeated as the Tewaaraton Trophy winner. Women’s tennis ranked No. 1 for much of the year and won the ITA Indoor national title, a first for a northern school. Men’s tennis made a great turnaround to qualify for the NCAA Tournament and men’s golf made the NCAA Championships. Seven of NU’s eight men’s teams had postseason representation in 2008-09, making it arguably the top year for men’s athletics at NU in history. Academically and in the community, the Wildcats had a banner year in 2008-09. Northwestern touted a school-record-tying 879 studentathlete quarters in which a 3.0 GPA was earned, and 17 teams achieved a 3.0 or better team GPA. All 19 varsity squads recorded a 2.9 or better mark for two academic quarters (fall and spring) for the first time in school history. Northwestern’s combined student-athlete GPA for the spring was a school-record 3.21. NU’s APR and GSR scores ranked in the nation’s top five and 10, respectively. In the community, student-athletes volunteered a school-record 5,346 hours while serving 66 organizations in Evanston and greater Chicagoland. In June of 2009, Phillips served on the NCAA Champions Forum panel. The panel consisted of football coaches and athletics directors making an effort to bring minority football coaches closer to the mindset of those who hire football coaches. He also is part of the NCAA Mentoring Program, the NACDA Executive Committee and the 2016 Chicago Olympic Committee. Beginning in 2004, Phillips served as Northern Illinois’ athletic director for four years. In 2006, he was promoted to associate vice president in addition to his director of athletics title. He was chosen to serve as chairman of the MAC Athletic Director’s Council and also served on the NCAA

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women’s basketball selection committee. Phillips spearheaded the fund raising and construction of the $14-million Yordon Academic and Athletic Performance Center, the largest capital project in athletics history at NIU. The Huskies also opened an indoor practice facility for baseball, softball and men’s and women’s golf and began construction in the spring of 2008 on a soccer/track and field complex. During Phillips’ tenure at NIU, he helped schedule football games with Michigan and Ohio State that resulted in NIU’s first national TV appearances. He negotiated playing Iowa at Soldier Field in 2007 as a home game, a contest that sold out in less than a week. Phillips also signed a multiple-year agreement for the radio power WSCR-AM (The Score) to carry football, men’s basketball and a weekly NIU Live radio show. A 1990 Illinois graduate, Phillips worked as a manager and student assistant in the Illini’s athletic department. He earned a master’s degree in education at Arizona State (1992) while serving as a restricted earnings basketball coach before moving into athletics administration in the Arizona State development office. Phillips holds a Ph.D. in educational administration from Tennessee, completed in 2007. Phillips served as an assistant athletics director with the Volunteers until 2000. He directed a $12.4 million annual athletics giving program and aided in the first-ever capital campaign for athletics at UT that raised over $50 million for endowments, facilities and programs. Phillips moved to Notre Dame in 2000, serving as associate director of athletics and senior associate director of athletics for external affairs. He helped launch the Rockne Heritage Annual Fund and played an integral part in the funding of a $24-million, 96,000-square foot athletic facility. In addition, he managed the ticket office, various corporate sponsorships, athletic programs and a weekly Irish radio show. Phillips and his wife, Laura, have five children: Luke, Madeline, Meredith, John and James.

The Phillips family: (from left) Front: John, Meredith and Madeline. Back: Laura (holding James), Luke and Jim.


academic services and student development

Margaret Akerstrom Associate AD

Betsi Burns Assistant AD Director of Student Development

Shea’na Grigsby Academic Advisor

Mary Beth Hawkinson Associate Director

Davon Robb Intern

The staff of Academic Services and Student Development assists student athletes in their pursuit of academic excellence. The professional staff, which consists of four full-time advisors and an intern, helps the students make the most of all of the opportunities Northwestern University offers.

Mission Statement “The mission of the Office of Academic Services and Student Development is to offer a comprehensive array of the support programs and services, integrated with University resources, that empowers all student-athletes to achieve academic success while balancing the demands of athletic participation and everyday college life. The Office is built on the philosophy of individual responsibility and personal integrity, with the end result being the overall development and preparation of the studentathletes for a successful life after college.”

freshman assistance. The advisors work closely with the freshmen to help ease the transition from high school to college. The freshmen meet weekly with their advisors to discuss their performance in the classroom and to receive academic assistance when necessary. The evening study skills/tutoring program is held at the University Library 7 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The tutoring staff consists of mostly graduate students, with some outstanding undergraduates rounding out the 30-plus staff. The tutors are available for drop-in assistance, small group learning teams and individualized tutorial sessions.

I believe we have the best academic support in the country. That, coupled with a culture of young men who believe in the value of a Northwestern education, and the experiences that go along with that, creates an environment for success. We continuously have one of the highest graduation rates in the country and this past spring, we recorded our highest GPA ever—a 3.0— as a football program.This is a direct reflection of the support the academic services staff provides.

—Head Football Coach Pat Fitzgerald

registration advising. In close collaboration with the advising staffs in each of the six undergraduate schools, the Academic Services and Student Development staff also provides advice to help student-athletes develop a plan of study, including guidance in selecting majors and minors. An important component of their services is course registration advising. Prior to the beginning of each quarter, student-athletes meet individually first with their schools’ academic advisors and then with their athletic advisors to plan their curriculum for the upcoming quarter and discuss the registration process. career planning. Preparation for a productive and successful entry into the workforce or graduate school begins during the freshman-year orientation programs. In conjunction with University Career Services, the provision of career counseling and the education of job search skills help Northwestern student-athletes obtain relevant summer employment and internships, as well as permanent employment or graduate school admissions upon graduation. The ’CATS Life Skills Program includes programs on major selection, finding a summer internship, securing a full time job, and the transition from school to work. The N club has partnered with the Life Skills program to provide mentoring opportunities as well as to facilitate internships and full-time employment. With the numerous companies and organizations that specifically recruit Northwestern student-athletes and with the help of the Wildcat network of alumni and fans, excellent job opportunities in all fields are possible.

NU academic advisor named best in the nation



ssociate Director for Academic Services & Director of Student Development Betsi Burns has been honored with the 2008 Lan Hewlett Award from the National Association of Academic Advisors in Athletics. The award, given for outstanding performance as an Academic Advisor for Athletics, is presented to an advisor who, in part, achieves a merited stature among and support from student-athletes, faculty, coaches and fellow administrators in addition to creating an innovative response

to the varied and emerging needs of student-athletes. It also recognizes significant contributions and leadership to the field both nationally and within the university. An 11-year veteran as an academic advisor at Northwestern, Burns has an impressive list of accomplishments in that time span. She has instituted the Junior Jumpstart and Senior Transition workshops, implemented the PURPLE Peer Mentoring Program and launched the Career Athlete program that currently has

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50 mentors and 150 student-athletes registered with multiple job postings. Burns developed “An Insider’s Guide to Northwestern Athletics” and also created Field Day, an event that has brought together student-athletes from all 19 of NU’s varsity sports and hundreds of community children for the past nine years. Burns has done all this while serving as an academic advisor to over 150 student-athletes.

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he Ron Burton Academic Advising Center, the focal point of Harold Anderson Hall, occupies an entire wing of the new building completed in June of 2005. The building came at a cost of $9.5 million and stands at the northeast corner of Ryan Field with 8,000 square feet of additional space devoted to studentathlete academic advising. Computers, crucial for all student work these days, are at the center’s core. In addition to constructing an area that meets the technological needs of the 21st century, the new building provides space for more than two dozen computers for student-athletes’ use. The Burton Center also optimizes office space for academic advisors and includes several meeting rooms, which enable the academic services department to host speakers and job recruiters. The Burton Center honors one of Northwestern’s football legends. Burton, who passed away in 2003 at the age of 67, was a first-team All-America halfback in 1959 and twice earned first-team All-Big Ten. He is also enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind. All five of Ron and JoAnn Burton’s children attended NU, including four boys who all played football for the ’Cats: Steve ’85, Ron Jr. ’88, Phil ’94 and Paul ’96. Elizabeth ’85, their daughter, is an NU alum as well. For 51 years of involvement with Northwestern athletics, the new wrestling facility—part of the new Anderson Hall renovation—is named in honor of Ken Kraft. Kraft, who retired as senior associate athletic director at NU in 2004, earned four letters with the Wildcat wrestling squad and served as head coach for 22 years.

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orthwestern University’s athletic department is consistently one of the finest in the Big Ten and the nation. The school has gained prominence in the last 15 years with the renewed success of the Wildcat football team, but fans who know college athletics know that Northwestern has long been a hidden gem in numerous other sports. A quick look across the board yields some truths about the quality of the Wildcats’ 19 varsity programs—and makes it no surprise to find out that Northwestern has been ranked in the Top 25 of The Sporting News listing of the top athletic departments in the nation every year that TSN has performed the survey. Since the 1995-96 athletic year, Northwestern has had 40 conference players of the year, 28 conference rookies of the year, and 29 conference coaches of the year. Twenty-six teams have been crowned with a conference championship, and 62 individuals have won Big Ten titles while 595 have received All-Big Ten recognition. Northwestern athletes have been accorded 130 first-team All-America honors during that time, while six different NU coaches have earned National Coach of the Year honors since 1997. Northwestern also has added five NCAA team championships (women’s lacrosse in 2005-09) and nine NCAA individual titles to its ledger. Northwestern finished 44th in this past year’s U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup standings after posting three-consecutive top-30 finishes from 2005-07. Northwestern’s five-year run of finishing among the top-45 Division I programs in the country marks its best-overall stretch of athletic success. Northwestern’s athletes also deliver in the classroom—the department has had more than 1,530 Academic All-Big Ten certificates delivered since 1995-96, including more than 100 each of the last 10 years. The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has honored a Northwestern athlete 28 times with Academic All-America recognition, and 81 times with Academic All-District accolades. The women’s lacrosse team recorded its fifth-consecutive NCAA title. Senior Hannah Nielsen (bottom right) won the Tewaaraton Trophy for the second-straight year.

2008 Valero Alamo Bowl

The No. 1-ranked wildcats captured their 11th-straight Big Ten Championship and won the ITA Indoor Championship in 2009.

Northwestern freshman ERIC CHUN won the Big Ten Individual title and helped the ’Cats advance to the NCAA Men’s Golf National Championships.


The MEN’S SOCCER TEAM tied a school wins record and reached a program-best No. 2 national ranking. It also advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the second time in three years.

Senior jake herbert was the 2009 NCAA champion and Dan Hodge Trophy recipient, which is presented annually to the nation’s most dominant collegiate wrestler. Herbert also was named the Big Ten’s Jesse Owens Award winner, given to the top male athlete across all sports in the Big Ten Conference.

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Wildcat Athletics

Jim Phillips

Bob Gundlach

Ken Seeskin

Steve Green

Jack Griffin

Maureen Harty

Tracie Hitz

Brad Hurlbut

Dr. Carrie Jaworski

Rob Lichten

Tory Lindley

John Mack

Noreen Morris

Shon Morris

Mark Wesoloski

Mike Wolf

Jean Yale

Director of Athletics and Recreation

Deputy Director of Athletics/Internal Affairs

Associate AD/Head Athletic Trainer

Faculty Representative

Assistant AD/ Director of Wildcat Fund

Senior Associate AD/ Sales and Marketing

Chair, Committee on Athletics and Recreation

Associate AD/ Academic Services and Compliance

Senior Associate AD/ Student-Athlete Welfare

Margaret Akerstrom Scott Arey Associate AD/ Academic Services

Associate AD/ Sales and Marketing

Senior Associate AD/ Development

Assistant AD/ Facilities

Senior Associate AD/ Operations

Assistant AD/Ticket Sales and Operations

Dan Bulfin Assistant AD/ Recreation

Director of Sports Medicine/Head Team Physician

Assistant AD/Athletic Communications

Betsi Burns

Assistant AD/ Academic Services and Student Development

Assistant AD/Business

Donor Relations/ Events Coordinator

northwestern university institutional purpose and athletics philosophy Intercollegiate athletics have long been an integral and visible aspect of Northwestern University life. The success of the athletic program is not measured solely by wins and losses. Rather, success in intercollegiate athletics at Northwestern University is inextricably linked to the educational mission of the University, especially with regard to the academic and personal development of student-athletes and the institution’s commitment to honoring the highest standards of amateur competition. Northwestern associates success in its athletic program with the welfare of its student participants. A truly effective athletic program produces student-athletes who succeed in their academic work as well as in their chosen sport and whose careers after graduation are a tribute both to them and their university. The educational aspects of athletics, which include the opportunity to exercise leadership, to develop the ability to work with others as a team, to accept and appreciate the discipline of sustained practice and training, and to realize the value of good sportsmanship, are at least as important as the physical aspects. The student-athlete concept is the guiding principle of Northwestern University’s participation in Division I athletics. The University’s goal is for student-athletes to receive a high-quality experience both in the classroom and on the playing field. To ensure that this goal is met, Northwestern University offers its student-athletes a comprehensive system of services and resources, including excellent athletic and recreational facilities, highquality coaching, academic counseling and assistance, first-rate medical

care, and highly competitive athletic programs. At Northwestern, athletic competition is an integral part of the education process; athletic participation enhances the intellectual, social and personal development of studentathletes. In pursuing its mission—the highest order of excellence in its academic and professional programs—Northwestern University gives special emphasis to high-quality undergraduate education; research committed to institutional leadership in scientific discovery, intellectual inquiry, and creative performance; and a commitment to serve society through teaching as well as research. Northwestern is unique among private American research universities in providing so rich an array of programs in its six undergraduate schools. Its talented and highly diverse student body enters Northwestern with a broad range of interests and backgrounds. As both the talent and the diversity of undergraduate students increase, the University must also ensure that students feel part of a learning community larger than their departments or schools. All Northwestern undergraduates should enjoy such common experiences as a sense of responsibility for the ownership of their education; the opportunity to work closely with faculty; the mastery of core competencies; the appreciation of the relationship between a student’s academic concentration and that field’s social and academic or artistic contexts; and the development of the intellectual and artistic passion that defines, in part, the liberally educated person.

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athletic endowments Through The Generosity... Each year more than 90 Northwestern student-athletes, representing all sports, are awarded a prestigious endowed scholarship, thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends of the Wildcats. These donors and recipients met for the annual Endowed Athletic Scholarship Luncheon which was held in Welsh-Ryan Arena (pictured at left). • Alex Agase and Tom Noble Honorary Scholarship • Alex Agase Wildcats’ Scholarship • Harold and Virginia Anderson Scholarship • Harry D. Brookby Baseball Scholarship • Henry S. Bienen Basketball Scholarship • Henry S. Bienen Tennis Scholarship

• Stanley E. and Louise G. Hathaway Scholarship • Jennie Stoker Helwig Scholarship • John L. Hennerich Baseball Scholarship

• Carleton H. and Bradford H. Pendleton Memorial Scholarship

• Jay and Michaela Hoag Basketball Scholarship

• James J. Progar Athletic Scholarship

• Thomas J. Hoehn Tennis Scholarship

• Ray Regalis Basketball Scholarship

• Thomas J. and Dorothy Somers Hoehn Athletic Scholarships

• James and Mary Jo Rausch Family Scholarship

• Patricia and Albert Buehler Scholarship

• Steve and Audrey Sawle Scholarship

• Willard J. and Evelyn G. Buntain Family Football Scholarship

• Paul and Margaret Schutt Scholarship • Walter K. Smart Scholarship

• John and Rita Canning Student-Athlete Scholarships

• Stearns Family Scholarship

• Ronald J. and Elizabeth D. Chinnock Scholarship

• Marie Mikkelsen Stoker Swimming Scholarship From left: richard dean, tammy walker, joel howells, adam kadela, jane dean, pat fitzgerald at the 2007 event.

• Combe Family Tennis Scholarships • June S. Cordier Memorial Scholarship • Dean Family Scholarship • Richard H. and Jane S. Dean Scholarship • Ross and Elizabeth Dean Football Scholarship • Bruce and Betty DeSwarte Scholarship • Eggemeyer Family Endowed Scholarships • Raymond F. Farley Endowed Scholarship • Waldo Fisher Memorial Scholarships • Scott Freidheim Soccer Scholarship

• Thomas J. and Dorothy Somers Hoehn Memorial Scholarship • Dr. Robert W. Johnson Memorial Scholarship

• Bruce Thompson Wrestling Scholarship • Torch of Center Court Scholarship • Joseph H. Trienens Swimming Scholarship

• Ronald E. Kiper Memorial Scholarship

• Bob and Charlotte Voigts Recognition Scholarship

• Koldyke Family Scholarship

• Randy Walker Memorial Football Scholarship

• Laird Koldyke Baseball Scholarship

• Sidney Warshauer and Joseph Stein Athletic Scholarship

• Mildred and Sidney LaPidus Scholarship • Robert F. and Gordon E. Lietzow Athletic Scholarship • Sophia and Konstandino Loukas Endowed Scholarship

• Philip J. Weber Scholarship • Mr. and Mrs. Roger LeMoyne White Basketball Scholarships • Mildred White Endowed Football Scholarship

• Shirley Louise Malloy Memorial Scholarship

• Trent Whitney Endowed Scholarship

• Edwin C. Gage Memorial Scholarship

• Gene G. and Merrill H. Mundy Athletic Scholarship

• Alfred S. Wiltberger Memorial Scholarship

• Charles “Doc” and Helen Glass Scholarship

• N Club Scholarship

• John H. Glenn Memorial Scholarship

• Nelson R. Nedde Memorial Scholarship

• Bon and Holly French Swimming Scholarship


• Robert K. Rauth Scholarship • Patrick and Shirley Ryan Family Scholarships

• Dr. James R. Buntain Endowed Basketball Scholarship

• Vandy Christie Memorial Scholarship

• Robert and Dorothy Osborn Endowed Scholarship

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strength and conditioning

BIGGER, STRONGER, FASTER In the summer of 2008, Northwestern received brand new, stateof-the art equipment, giving student-athletes have the opportunity to train and improve their strength in one of the finest weight rooms in the nation. The Byron S. Coon Center is now a 12,000-square foot, glass-encased facility housing brand new equipment. The Coon Center is connected to the Nicolet Football Center, just off Ryan Field, and is the hub for all of Northwestern’s student-athletes. Step inside the glass walls during any afternoon; the center is a hive of activity. In addition to retaining some of the original Sorinex equipment, Northwestern added new Power Lift equipment and all new Uesaka Bumper Plates in the summer of 2008. The current weight room is equipped with: • Brand New State-of-the-Art MONDO Flooring • 17 Olympic Platforms • 21 Power Racks • 2,210 kg of Uesaka Bumper Plates • 15,000 lbs. of York Plates • 10 Eleiko Olympic Bars • 7 Uesaka Olympic Bars • 21 Texas Power Bars • 100 pairs of dumbbells, ranging from 5-150 lbs

• Two Power Lift 4-way Multi-Hip Machines • 13 Power-lift Benches • 15 Sorinex Benches • Five Power Lift Free-Standing Combo Pulley Units • Two Samson Leg Press Machines • One Sorinex Leg Press Machine • Two Reverse Hyper Machines • Two Hip Extension Machines • One Power Lift Belt Squat Machines

“The equipment that we’ve purchased and put in this weight room is geared toward the serious athlete, whose intent is to train and compete at the highest level of competition. It’s very heavy duty; it’s very skill-and-sport specific equipment. It’s not a health club atmosphere here—when you step through those doors, you better be prepared to work.” —Larry Lilja Director of Strength and Conditioning

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Dr. Carrie Jaworski

Tory Lindley

Melissa Wuelser

Jennifer Brown

Head Team Physician Director of Intercollegiate Sports Medicine

Associate Athletic Trainer Football

Associate AD Head Athletic Trainer

Associate Athletic Trainer Football

orthwestern University’s athletic teams receive the finest in medical care. A staff of six team physicians, a talented certified athletic training and physical therapy staff tend to the medical and rehabilitation needs of all Wildcat student-athletes. Dr. Carrie Jaworski serves as Northwestern’s head team physician and director of intercollegiate sports medicine since August of 2007. Dr. Jaworski is a primary care, sports nedicine fellowship trained physician with over 13 years of sports medicine experience. As a full-time athletics department employee, Dr. Jaworski is able to dedicate her time and energy to health and wellness of all NU student-athletes, including football. Assisting Dr. Jaworski as Wildcat Football team physicians is primary care physician Sherrie Ballatine, DO, as well as orthopedic specialists Mike Terry, Mike Schafer and team dentist Lance Robbins DDS. In addition to NU’s team physicians, studentathletes have access to over 25 specialty medical consultants in the Chicagoland area. The philosophy of the sports medicine staff at Northwestern is twofold: to help prevent injuries as much as possible through effective preventative programs and to facilitate an effective post-injury rehabilitation program for a timely, safe return to competition. In all cases, the ultimate well-being of each student-athlete is considered the top priority, not only while athletes compete at Northwestern but over their lifetimes as well. Northwestern’s athletic training and physical therapy staff is led by Head Athletic Trainer Tory Lindley, ATC. Additionally, the staff consists of 11 full-time staff-certified athletic trainers, one full-time physical therapist/certified athletic trainer, four certified intern athletic trainers and over 20 students seeking careers in sports medicine. Assisting Lindley with football-specific needs are Associate Athletic Trainer Melissa Wuelser, ATC, Associate Athletic Trainer Jennifer Brown, ATC and Staff Athletic Trainer Ryan Collins. Each plays an integral role in year-round delivery of health care to NU’s football student-athletes. Associate Athletic Trainers Danielle Colegrove, ATC and Lanny Bradford, ATC, Rehabilitation Coordinator Michelle Krause, PT ATC and Staff Athletic Trainers Courtney Jones, ATC, Robbie Byrd ATC, Laura Koss, ATC, Lisa Palazzolo, PT ATC, and Kristi Myren, ATC serve the needs of student-athletes involved in Northwestern’s other 18 intercollegiate sports.

Ryan Collins

Staff Athletic Trainer Football

Northwestern is one of only a handful of Division I schools that has a full-time head team physician on staff.


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evanston, illinois Recreation The Northwestern campus provides numerous recreational oppportunities. Students can enjoy the bike and walking paths along Lake Michigan year-round and the University’s private beach or sailing center during warmer months. Students also have the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion and Norris Aquatics Center at their disposal. This state-of-the-art fitness facility includes the Combe Tennis Center, the tennis team’s indoor home venue, as well as an Olympic-size swimming pool, weight and fitness machines, three full basketball courts and courts for racquetball and squash.

Dining If you can’t find a restaurant to your liking in Evanston, you’re not trying hard enough. The city Northwestern calls home is also home to more than 100 restaurants, many within walking distance of campus. These establishments offer incredible variety, both in the food they serve and the atmosphere they provide. With hot dog stands, pizza houses, fast-food joints, sandwich shops, diners and some of the finest full-course restaurants in the Chicago area, the dining options in Evanston can satisfy any appetite.

Entertainment Arguably the most diverse and cosmopolitan suburb in the Chicago area, Evanston is one of the best college towns in the nation. It truly has something for everyone. The state-ofthe-art Century 12 and CineArts 6 theaters (left) show the latest blockbusters as well as independent films. Bill’s Blues Bar presents folk music as well as blues, and Pete Miller’s showcases jazz. Evanston also boasts a lively theater scene. Fairs and festivals are presented throughout the year and include a Saturday morning farmer’s market from May through November. These cultural and entertainment options complement the wide range of entertainment offered on campus. And if the activities in Evanston or on campus don’t meet your needs, downtown Chicago is just a train or shuttle bus ride away.

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hicago is the third-largest city in the United States, behind only New York and Los Angeles. It has everything you’d expect of a world-class city. • Sports: Chicago is one of the best sports towns in the country. Among the pro teams that call Chicago home are the Cubs and White Sox (MLB), the Bulls (NBA), the Sky (WNBA), the Bears (NFL), the Blackhawks (NHL), the Rush (Arena Football), the Bandits (NFP Softball) and the Fire (MLS). • Nightlife: The pioneering Second City is just one of a host of top-flight comedy clubs in the city. Chicago is also famous for blues clubs and jazz lounges, including the Green Mill, the oldest jazz club in the U.S.

Evanston and Chicago Downtown Chicago is just 12 miles south of Northwestern’s Evanston campus. Students without cars can easily get to Chicago by taking the Northwestern shuttle bus or hopping on an el or Metra train at stations close to campus.

• Theater: Chicago has one of the most important and active theater communities in the nation. You can find everything from intimate store-front productions to the latest and greatest musicals. • Shopping: Ecletic boutiques can be found in neighborhoods throughout the city. Chicago’s downtown shopping, with all the major retail chains, is concentrated on State Street and Michigan Avenue. • Recreation: Chicago has plenty of beaches and parks easily reached from most neighborhoods as well as running and biking paths that stretch for miles along Lake Michigan. • Dining: Chicago boasts some of the finest dining establishments in the country. Among the most popular are Harry Caray’s, Ditka’s, the Chicago Chop House and the original Gino’s East (deep-dish pizza). • Museums: From the Impressionist collection at the Art Institute to the Boeing 727 at the Museum of Science and Industry, you’ll find an exhibit to match your interests. The museum campus, featuring the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium, is a popular destination for a day in the city. • Music: The choices for music lovers range from small clubs to outdoor festivals, from the latest in pop music to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera. If an artist or group is on tour, you can bet they’ll be coming to Chicago. • Festivals: The world famous Taste of Chicago in Grant Park is the largest of Chicago’s many festivals. Smaller fairs and festivals provide an opportunity to explore Chicago’s many neighborhoods. • Skyline: You can visit the top of the Willis (formerly known as the Sears Tower) Tower, the nation’s tallest building, for a breathtaking view of one of the world’s most beautiful skylines. Or enjoy the view of the lake and city while dining at the Signature Room in the John Hancock Center.


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the ultimate sports town Da Bulls, Da Bears and More When an athlete attends Northwestern University, he or she joins the Chicago sports family—an elite group that includes some of the most famous athletes in the world. • College sports: Chicagoland is the home base of the Big Ten Conference, and the local media serve as the hub for Big Ten coverage throughout the Midwest. Everyone loves a winner, and when Northwestern is winning the media coverage—both regional and national—is unparalleled.

Chicago’s Pro Teams

• Stadiums and arenas: Chicago is also home to some of the most famous sports venues in the country. The “friendly confines” of Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs, and Soldier Field, home of the Bears, are landmarks. The United Center is home to the Bulls and Blackhawks, while U.S. Cellular Field hosts the White Sox. Soldier Field, Home of the Chicago Bears

• Bandits, National Pro Fastpitch • Bears, National Football League • Blackhawks, National Hockey League • Bulls, National Basketball Association • Cubs, Major League Baseball • Fire, Major League Soccer • Machine, Major League Lacrosse • Red Stars, Women’s Professional Soccer • Sky, Women’s National Basketball Association • Thunder, United States Pro Volleyball • White Sox, Major League Baseball • Wolves, American Hockey League

US Cellular field, home of the 2005 world champion white sox

the chicago blackhawks advanced to the conference finals of the 2009 stanley cup playoffs.

Patrick Kane, 2007 NHL Rookie of the Year



2009 team backGround information • 46-55 record book • 174-193 history • 144-171 2008 Stats ................................. 128-131 2008 G...

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