The Northwestern Wildcats are a founding member of the Big Ten Conference and field 19 varsity teams. Northwestern has won eight team NCAA national championships, one in men’s fencing and seven in women’s lacrosse. Additionally, Northwestern has four unofficial men’s swimming and diving championships and one unofficial men’s basketball championship. Despite the awarded national championship, the men’s basketball team has been historically bad, especially since World War II. Northwestern is one of two power conference teams to never win an NCAA tournament game (Nebraska). In fact, Northwestern is the only “BCS conference” team to never appearing in the NCAA tournament at all. Until the 2008-2009 season, Northwestern never had a team win 20 or more games. Northwestern has appeared in the NIT seven times with four straight appearances from 2009 to 2012 under head coach Bill Carmody. Current head coach Chris Collins finished his second season at Northwestern in 2015. His record so far is 29-35 and is 12-24 in Big Ten play. The Northwestern football team hasn’t had a lot of success either. In fact, they have the most Division-1A football losses in history with 652 and one of the worst all-time winning percentages (.433). The Wildcats are 2-9 in bowl games and have eight conference titles. Northwestern has been better as of recently, winning the Big Ten title outright in 1995 and were co-champions in 1996 and 2000. Current head coach Pat Fitzgerald took over the program after Randy Walker’s death following the 2005 season. Fitzgerald, a College Football Hall of Famer linebacker who played at Northwestern in the 1990’s, was the youngest coach in NCAA Division-I when he took over the program. Fitzgerald has appeared in five bowl games in his nine seasons and has only had a losing record in the regular season three times including his first season, 2006, and the last two seasons (5-7 records both years). In 2012, Northwestern went 10-3, finishing third in the Big Ten with a 5-3 record and won the Gator Bowl over Mississippi State, 34-20. The Wildcats finished 16th and 17th in the Coaches and AP polls respectively. The Gator Bowl victory was Northwestern’s first bowl victory in 64 years and their 10 wins tied a school record. Fitzgerald is already the all-time winningest coach in Northwestern history with 60 wins and is one of three Wildcat coaches to lead his team to three consecutive winning seasons.
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6-2-15: Northwestern has signed Joey van Zegeren, who has transferred from Virginia Tech for the 2015-16 school year. A native of The Netherlands and standing at 6-feet-10-inches, he left the Hokies after being suspended for an undisclosed incident at VT. He has one year of eligibility remaining in his college career and can play during the 2015-16 NCAA season. He was announced as a Wildcat on Monday.
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2015 Northwestern Wildcats Football Schedule
09/05/2015 - Northwestern Wildcats vs Stanford Cardinal at Ryan Field
09/12/2015 - Northwestern Wildcats vs Eastern Illinois Panthers at Ryan Field
09/19/2015 - Duke Blue Devils vs Northwestern Wildcats at Wallace Wade Stadium
09/26/2015 - Northwestern Wildcats vs Ball State Cardinals at Ryan Field
10/03/2015 - Northwestern Wildcats vs Golden Gophers at Ryan Field
10/10/2015 - Michigan Wolverines vs Northwestern Wildcats at Michigan Stadium
10/17/2015 - Northwestern Wildcats vs Iowa Hawkeyes at Ryan Field
10/24/2015 - Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Northwestern Wildcats at Memorial Stadium - NE
11/07/2015 - Northwestern Wildcats vs Penn State Nittany Lions at Ryan Field
11/14/2015 - Northwestern Wildcats vs Purdue Boilermakers at Ryan Field
11/21/2015 - Wisconsin Badgers vs Northwestern Wildcats at Camp Randall Stadium
11/28/2015 - Illinois Fighting Illini vs Northwestern Wildcats at Soldier Field Stadium