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October 30, 1996 | By Ray Parrillo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This Friday night in State College, Pa., will be like every other on a football weekend for Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern's all-American linebacker, spiritual leader, clutch playmaker, human tackling machine and, well, perhaps the best darn defensive player in the land. He will pull the covers up, click on his compact disc player and, with the Counting Crows soothing his anticipation of Saturday's big game with Penn State, close his eyes and imagine himself in football heaven. "The ultimate game for a linebacker - you know, about 60 tackles or so, getting involved in every play . . . nirvana," Fitzgerald said yesterday from Evanston, Ill. "Probably every linebacker dreams of that, playing the perfect game.
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November 24, 2009 | By Rick O'Brien INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ibraheim Campbell, a football standout at Chestnut Hill Academy, has orally committed to play for Northwestern. Campbell spoke by telephone yesterday afternoon with Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald, a star linebacker for Northwestern in the mid-1990s. "Yeah, he was pretty excited when I told him," said the 6-foot, 195-pound senior running back and cornerback. Campbell, whose finalists also included Boston College and Stanford, rushed for nearly 1,900 yards and 28 touchdowns this season while sparking the Blue Devils to a 9-1 overall record and a three-way share of the Inter-Academic League championship.
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March 28, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
ALL INDICATIONS are that Duke's associate head coach, Chris Collins, will become the next Northwestern coach. Before Wednesday night's Sixers-Bucks game at the Wells Fargo Center, coach Doug Collins naturally was asked about it. And as you'd imagine, he sounded every bit the proud father, even though he was quick to point out that it's not a done deal just yet. Reportedly, the sides are close to reaching an agreement. Chris, who played for the Blue Devils, has been on Mike Krzyzewski's staff since 2000.
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October 17, 2012 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer
WHAT'S A GALLON of 20-year-old barbecue sauce worth? Almost $10,000 if it was left over from the days that McDonald's sold the McJordan sandwich, named after former NBA star Michael Jordan. According to an ESPNChicago.com report, a man from Chicago bought the sauce on eBay for $9,995. "I've got quite a bit of McDonald's memorabilia," said Mort Bank, who sold the sauce and was once the owner of a Mickey D's in North Dakota. "This was on my shelf, and my daughter who helps me with eBay said, 'I wonder what something like this would be worth?
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October 9, 2012 | BY TIM GILBERT, Daily News Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE - Bill O'Brien has changed a lot of things about Penn State football since he took the job in January. Names are on the backs of jerseys. Players can grow long hair. The team goes for it on fourth down most of the time. But here's an unexpected change - pass-interference calls are now a blast. "He makes pass interference exciting, I guess you could say," quarterback Matt McGloin said after Saturday's 39-28 win over then-No. 24 Northwestern. McGloin was clearly joking around, but the point still stands.
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July 8, 2006 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Pat Fitzgerald was in the middle of a stunning transformation at Northwestern during the mid-1990s. An all-American linebacker, he helped a longtime losing program win two Big Ten titles and earn trips to the Rose and Citrus Bowls. Now he's in charge, introduced as Northwestern's coach yesterday, little more than a week after Randy Walker died from an apparent heart attack. At 31, Fitzgerald becomes the youngest coach in Division I-A. When Walker signed a contract extension through 2011 in April, he told Fitzgerald the job would go to him in 2012.
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July 8, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
Pat Fitzgerald was in the middle of a stunning transformation at Northwestern during the mid-1990s. An All-America linebacker, he helped a longtime losing program win two Big Ten titles and earn trips to the Rose and Citrus bowls. Now he's in charge, introduced as Northwestern's coach yesterday little more than a week after Randy Walker died from an apparent heart attack. At 31, Fitzgerald becomes the youngest coach in Division I-A. "The most bittersweet feeling I've ever had in my life," Fitzgerald said of being offered the job and a long-term contract by athletic director Mark Murphy.
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September 24, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pat Fitzgerald last led his Northwestern football team into Beaver Stadium in 2012, only a few months after the NCAA slapped Penn State with harsh sanctions that could have left the players and coaches in disarray. But Fitzgerald saw the focus of the team firsthand, led by the Nittany Lions' strong senior class and coach Bill O'Brien. The Lions rallied from 11 down with a 22-point fourth quarter and defeated the Wildcats, 39-28, for their fourth straight win after an 0-2 start. Penn State finished the season 8-4. The Wildcats return Saturday to State College to meet an undefeated and happier Penn State team that now can play in the postseason and will get all of its scholarships back next year.
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August 30, 1996 | By Ray Parrillo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An anything-is-possible feeling permeates the Big Ten these days, and it's rooted in Northwestern's remarkable rise to the top of the ancient conference and its splash of purple on the national collegiate landscape last year. If Northwestern can do it, the thinking goes, any team can do it. "You bet it gives everybody hope," Minnesota coach Jim Wacker said. "Last year, Northwestern pulled off the most incredible feat this game has seen in about 50 years. They did what we all dream of doing.
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October 19, 2011 | BY BERNARD FERNANDEZ, fernanb@phillynews.com
NORTHWESTERN is next up on Penn State's schedule, which, if past meetings are any indication, means another journey into the improbable and the historical. No one is suggesting that Penn State-Northwestern is one of the Big Ten Conference's high-visibility rivalries, but the games, much like Halloween, can turn into a haunted-house thrill ride. In 2010, the historic significance was Penn State coach Joe Paterno going for his 400th victory, a highly exclusive club in which he was poised to become the first Football Bowl Subdivision coach to gain admittance, and only the third overall.
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September 24, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pat Fitzgerald last led his Northwestern football team into Beaver Stadium in 2012, only a few months after the NCAA slapped Penn State with harsh sanctions that could have left the players and coaches in disarray. But Fitzgerald saw the focus of the team firsthand, led by the Nittany Lions' strong senior class and coach Bill O'Brien. The Lions rallied from 11 down with a 22-point fourth quarter and defeated the Wildcats, 39-28, for their fourth straight win after an 0-2 start. Penn State finished the season 8-4. The Wildcats return Saturday to State College to meet an undefeated and happier Penn State team that now can play in the postseason and will get all of its scholarships back next year.
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March 28, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
ALL INDICATIONS are that Duke's associate head coach, Chris Collins, will become the next Northwestern coach. Before Wednesday night's Sixers-Bucks game at the Wells Fargo Center, coach Doug Collins naturally was asked about it. And as you'd imagine, he sounded every bit the proud father, even though he was quick to point out that it's not a done deal just yet. Reportedly, the sides are close to reaching an agreement. Chris, who played for the Blue Devils, has been on Mike Krzyzewski's staff since 2000.
SPORTS
October 17, 2012 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer
WHAT'S A GALLON of 20-year-old barbecue sauce worth? Almost $10,000 if it was left over from the days that McDonald's sold the McJordan sandwich, named after former NBA star Michael Jordan. According to an ESPNChicago.com report, a man from Chicago bought the sauce on eBay for $9,995. "I've got quite a bit of McDonald's memorabilia," said Mort Bank, who sold the sauce and was once the owner of a Mickey D's in North Dakota. "This was on my shelf, and my daughter who helps me with eBay said, 'I wonder what something like this would be worth?
SPORTS
October 9, 2012 | BY TIM GILBERT, Daily News Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE - Bill O'Brien has changed a lot of things about Penn State football since he took the job in January. Names are on the backs of jerseys. Players can grow long hair. The team goes for it on fourth down most of the time. But here's an unexpected change - pass-interference calls are now a blast. "He makes pass interference exciting, I guess you could say," quarterback Matt McGloin said after Saturday's 39-28 win over then-No. 24 Northwestern. McGloin was clearly joking around, but the point still stands.
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October 19, 2011 | BY BERNARD FERNANDEZ, fernanb@phillynews.com
NORTHWESTERN is next up on Penn State's schedule, which, if past meetings are any indication, means another journey into the improbable and the historical. No one is suggesting that Penn State-Northwestern is one of the Big Ten Conference's high-visibility rivalries, but the games, much like Halloween, can turn into a haunted-house thrill ride. In 2010, the historic significance was Penn State coach Joe Paterno going for his 400th victory, a highly exclusive club in which he was poised to become the first Football Bowl Subdivision coach to gain admittance, and only the third overall.
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November 24, 2009 | By Rick O'Brien INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ibraheim Campbell, a football standout at Chestnut Hill Academy, has orally committed to play for Northwestern. Campbell spoke by telephone yesterday afternoon with Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald, a star linebacker for Northwestern in the mid-1990s. "Yeah, he was pretty excited when I told him," said the 6-foot, 195-pound senior running back and cornerback. Campbell, whose finalists also included Boston College and Stanford, rushed for nearly 1,900 yards and 28 touchdowns this season while sparking the Blue Devils to a 9-1 overall record and a three-way share of the Inter-Academic League championship.
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September 29, 2006 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Northwestern's Joel Howells endured a kicker's nightmare in December's Sun Bowl: Two missed extra points. A blocked field goal. Two onside kicks returned for touchdowns. Six months later, on June 29, Howells' phone rang. It was Wildcats coach Randy Walker, wanting to know whether time had healed his player's wounded psyche. "Football was secondary to Coach," Howells said. "He wanted to know how you were doing and what was going on with you. " A few hours later, Howells' phone rang again.
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July 8, 2006 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Pat Fitzgerald was in the middle of a stunning transformation at Northwestern during the mid-1990s. An all-American linebacker, he helped a longtime losing program win two Big Ten titles and earn trips to the Rose and Citrus Bowls. Now he's in charge, introduced as Northwestern's coach yesterday, little more than a week after Randy Walker died from an apparent heart attack. At 31, Fitzgerald becomes the youngest coach in Division I-A. When Walker signed a contract extension through 2011 in April, he told Fitzgerald the job would go to him in 2012.
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July 8, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
Pat Fitzgerald was in the middle of a stunning transformation at Northwestern during the mid-1990s. An All-America linebacker, he helped a longtime losing program win two Big Ten titles and earn trips to the Rose and Citrus bowls. Now he's in charge, introduced as Northwestern's coach yesterday little more than a week after Randy Walker died from an apparent heart attack. At 31, Fitzgerald becomes the youngest coach in Division I-A. "The most bittersweet feeling I've ever had in my life," Fitzgerald said of being offered the job and a long-term contract by athletic director Mark Murphy.
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October 30, 1996 | By Ray Parrillo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This Friday night in State College, Pa., will be like every other on a football weekend for Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern's all-American linebacker, spiritual leader, clutch playmaker, human tackling machine and, well, perhaps the best darn defensive player in the land. He will pull the covers up, click on his compact disc player and, with the Counting Crows soothing his anticipation of Saturday's big game with Penn State, close his eyes and imagine himself in football heaven. "The ultimate game for a linebacker - you know, about 60 tackles or so, getting involved in every play . . . nirvana," Fitzgerald said yesterday from Evanston, Ill. "Probably every linebacker dreams of that, playing the perfect game.
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