June 20, 2024

Who Are Northwestern Wildcats and How Did They Get to Where They Are?

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Northwestern Wildcats are the athletic teams that represent the Northwestern University. Northwestern is a private campus founded in 1851 with an undergraduate enrollment of more than 8,000. In 2008, the university opened a third branch in Doha, Qatar. The lakefront campus sits on 240 acres suburban setting.

The school’s ranking in the 2019 issue of Best Colleges in National Universities is position 10. Northwestern offers 9 undergraduate programs and 10 graduate and professional programs. Main campuses are situated alongside Lake Michigan in Chicago and Evanston.

The Northwestern Sports Properties are the exclusive multimedia rights holder managing all aspects of the rights relationship, furnishing corporate partners both new and traditional media opportunities with the university. This helps the institution garner maximum exposure and bolster their brand through inventories such as event promotions and sponsorship, radio and television, visibility via the official athletic site, and digital engagement.

The institution has hundreds of university organizations to fulfill various students’ interests. Besides, Chicago is next door. Meaning, students can take free rides in the campus shuttle buses to the world-class city where they’ll enrich their undergraduate experience with music, sports, and entertainment. Moreover, a new state-of-the-art sailing center on the campus’s private beach and a stretched out recreation center provide outstanding fitness facilities for all students.

In sports, the university is a Division I university in the Big 10 athletic conference offering 19 university sports in one of the most competitive divisions of the NCAA. For this reason, students get to witness some of the best college sports, including basketball, football, soccer, and lacrosse.

To mention, the campus’s women lacrosse team has won several NCAA national championships. In 2017, the men’s basketball team received its first-ever bid and powered through the second round, and was the Cinderella story of the NCAA Tournament.

Founded in 1876, the Northwestern University football team has the name of the campus all over it. Northwestern Wildcats reached an all-time rank of number 1 in the 1936 and 1962 seasons, which until today hasn’t been duplicated. Additionally, the Wildcats won the 1949 Rose Bowl.

Following the unexpected death of football coach Randy walker in 2006, Northwestern linebacker Pat Fitzgerald assumed the position of coach. Primarily regarded as hero-player-returns-as-savior-head coach, Fitzgerald was the leader of the 1995 team that advanced to the Rose Bowl.

In 2012, Northwestern won 10 games out of 13. Won the 2013 Gator Bowl and beat Mississippi to the canvas. Part of 2017 season, the Wildcats were solid, finishing second in the Big 10s west division, and triumphing over Iowa and Michigan State.

Flash-forward, Northwestern stunned the entire world in 2018 with their unexpected 9-5 overall record, winning the Big 10 West Division trophy for the first time in history.

The 2019 season, Wildcats quarterback Hunter Johnson is predicted to lead the offense team after transferring from Clemson. But the key departures of Northwestern Wildcats could be critical, considering they are scheduled to go on road contests against Wisconsin, Stanford, and Nebraska. And more, back-to-back home games against Iowa and Ohio State.

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Bernard - Side-Line Staff Chief editor
Bernard Van Isacker is the Chief Editor of Side-Line Magazine. With a career spanning more than two decades, Van Isacker has established himself as a respected figure in the darkwave scene.

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