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Gameday programs are back! Cal - Northwestern 2014

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My dad and I are back to supplying InsideNU with our custom gameday programs, sometimes retro, sometimes not

Fitz says O'Bannon is a "colossal waste of our time"

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"It's really just, I think, a colossal waste of our time."

I want to make clear that Fitz is very pro-NCAA change. He's not a fan of a lot of the rules. But he's also against change that comes from outside the system, even though that's really the only substantive change we've seen.

I know Fitz wants to see change in college sports, and he even said he wants to see it across the board, not just in college football. But to dismiss the entire O'Bannon lawsuit as a waste of time is short-sighted — whether he agrees with it or not — considering the lawsuit caused the NCAA to be considered a cartel in violation of antitrust. We'll continue to see this attitude from Fitz, but regardless of intent, he's going to be heavily criticized for characterizing substantive change as a waste of time.

Pat Fitzgerald wants to talk about his young men.

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As we pointed out in our terms sheet, Pat Fitzgerald loves to talk about his "young men." Basically, it's a way to point out that Fitz doesn't just coach football players, he turns them into terrific ... well ... young men. According to the ASAP Sports transcript, Fitz said the term six times during his opening 15 minute media session — a little over once every two minutes. To contrast that, he said "Northwestern" and "Big Ten" just twice each. During the breakout sessions, which are not transcribed, he said it even more ... up to 10 times, according to Paul Banks. We might not get football for another month, but it's great to see that Fitz's talking points are in midseason form.

Hey, look, another new scoreboard!

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From Teddy G.:

NU fans attending basketball games, volleyball matches and wrestling meets will notice a center-hung two-sided display board covering 300 square feet. Boards mounted on the east and west walls will cover 238 square feet.

For reference, the current video board at Ryan Field is 390 square feet (new one will be 1100).

Hey, look, a new scoreboard!

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Northwestern Athletics announced today (Monday) significant upgrades to the in-stadium video display capabilities in Ryan Field, with plans to nearly triple the size of the existing videoboard and install new LED ribbon boards overlooking both the north and south end zones.

Now, we just need to see Fitz and a few players use the new video board to replicate this great bit from Conan O'Brien.

Illinois Hate Post by MNWildcat on OTE

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With all due respect to the haters who came before him (chad et al.), this is the best piece of hate writing I've seen. We should all strive to hate this well.

An oral history of how next year's recruiting class came together

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This is awesome. Inside baseball on how Chris Collins is recruiting on a high level

My $35 helmet restoration project. In gif form.

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I found an old, beat-up helmet and decided to restore it. This is how I'm spending my free time. It's gon' be a long summer.

Northwestern's Forgotten NBA Star

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In this season of basketball futility, a story to brighten our spirits: Forgotten among Northwestern's many alumni is the NBA* league MVP from 1994!

* Where NBA = Nepal Basketball Association

JMIII Receives Full Scholarship

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From the NUSports website, this link surfaced showing James Montgomery III being called up in front of the full team, being praised for his hard work and perimeter defense, then being rewarded with a full scholarship. Everyone's favorite (former) walk-on then called his mom and sister, who were predictably pretty damn happy. For what it's worth, JMIII averaged .7 ppg, .5 rpg, and .3 spg, appearing most often after injuries forced Drew Crawford to seek a medical redshirt. He reached a high of 15 minutes in a rout at Purdue (that I was at--ugh), and scored a season-high 4 points against Michigan in a 94-66 rout. Congrats, James! I embedded the Northwestern Sports tweets below:

ICYMI. RT @NUMensBball: MUST WATCH: @coach_collins surprises @MontytheThird by awarding him a scholarship. #B1GCats http://t.co/dhncSlYMWo

— Northwestern Sports (@NU_Sports) October 22, 2013

Northwestern fans might want to tune in to watch the #SCtop10 tonight. @SportsCenter @MontytheThird @NUMensBball

— Northwestern Sports (@NU_Sports) October 23, 2013
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