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RECAP: This week in Northwestern athletics, July 11-17

Another week, another bounty of Northwestern content. Catch up on anything you missed here.

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State of affairs

We continued unpacking Northwestern’s roster, highlighting a few breakout candidates for the upcoming season and projecting the Wildcats’ depth chart at the midway point in the summer. Content!

More accolades *yawn*

This past week, Anthony Walker was added to the Butkus Award watch list, Justin Jackson was placed on the Doak Walker Award watch list and both were added to the Walter Camp Player of the Year watch list. Turns out these guys are pretty good.

No, no, no, nooooo

Stick to the stuff you knooow… Did Pat Fitzgerald turn down a starring role in High School Musical to pursue Northwestern’s vacant head coaching position in 2006? Definitely not, but he’s certainly 'sticking to the status quo', as Northwestern football is returning the same coaching staff for the sixth consecutive season… Are we sure this a good thing? Or is Northwestern putting the ‘con' in continuity? I don’t feel great about what I just wrote. Read and discuss here.

CROOTIN'

While there was no substantial recruiting news this week, we caught you up on the state of Northwestern’s football recruiting and broke down Chris Collins' struggles putting together a 2017 class.

Pound the Talk

Pound the Talk made a return on Tuesday, as our Zach Pereles and Martin Oppegaard previewed Northwestern’s defense and special teams and somberly discussed the sad state of basketball recruiting. Listen here.

Schedule analysis

Northwestern finalized its schedule for 2016 this week, so we kicked off our Know Your Opponent series, highlighting Northwestern’s first three out-of-conference adversaries:

These out-of-conference matchups could end up being more important than you think. Read why here.

Switching it up

In non-football/basketball related news (we do that), Northwestern baseball finished its first season at the new Rocky and Bernice Miller Park in the spring. Take a dive into how NU baseball’s new home was conceived here.