Many of NU's play calls Saturday left Wildcat fans scratching their chins, and their heads. Photo Credit: Jef Haynes, AP.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Week One

In the season’s first “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly,” WNUR’s Nick Scoliard gives freshman playmakers Justin Jackson and Solomon Vault high marks, but calls for improvement at the line of scrimmage and in the huddle.       After taking 24 hours to think about Northwestern’s season-opening loss to Cal, I feel worse […]

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Recap: Cal 31 Northwestern 24

WNUR’s Nick Scoliard (@NickScols) recaps Northwestern’s loss to Cal, and what positives can be taken from the game. It’s easy to look at a game like this, and think the season will be terrible. Heck, people were clamoring that the season was lost 14 minutes into the game, or calling the first half the worst […]

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WNUR’s Predictions: Northwestern vs. Cal

Greg Mroz (@wizard_of_mroz): California 49, Northwestern 42. The last team to score in this game will win, and Cal has the type of offense and the type of quarterback who can run an efficient two minute drill. Jared Goff burned the Cats for 450 yards in the air last year, and he comes back stronger and smarter. […]

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Around the Big Ten

WNUR’s Tralon Williams (@itsyaboytray) starts his brand new column rounding up the slate of Big Ten games as we head into the first week of college football. The 2013 season was as competitive as many expected it to be. Lots of competition inside the league, a championship game that saw two of the nation’s best […]

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Game Preview: Northwestern vs. Cal

WNUR’s Greg Mroz (@wizard_of_mroz) continues our opening week coverage, previewing the matchups to watch in Northwestern’s season opener against the Golden Bears. The 2013 Northwestern Wildcats and the 2013 California Golden Bears left much to be desired (Northwestern 5-7, Cal 1-11), but maybe the most exciting win for Northwestern (and competitive loss for Cal) came in […]

Goff returns after an impressive freshman campaign to lead the Bears out of the Pac-12 basement

Team Preview: Cal Golden Bears

WNUR’s Michael Stern (@michaeljstern23) previews Northwestern’s next opponent, the California Golden Bears. Last season, the Cal Bears welcomed Northwestern to Berkley to open the Sonny Dykes era. Unfortunately for the Bears, the Dykes era started the way the Jeff Tedford era ended, with lots and lots of losing. Cal lost to the Wildcats on opening […]

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Big Ten Team Preview: Ohio State Buckeyes

WNUR’s Eric Klaus (@eklaus1) previews the Ohio State Buckeyes and how they will improve on their successful 2013 campaign. The WNUR staff seems to think that the Buckeyes will be finishing higher than Eric thinks, mainly due to the result of the Spartans-Buckeyes game. The staff predicts the Buckeyes will finish first in the Big […]

Matt Harris has been added as a dependable starter alongside VanHoose and Campbell

Northwestern Defensive Back Preview

WNUR’s Greg Mroz (@wizard_of_mroz) breaks down the Northwestern secondary, and who can replace the dependable starts at their positions. One thing that has always seemed to trouble Northwestern is the lack of depth in the secondary. Coming into 2014, Northwestern looked to be deeper than they had been in a while with the return of […]

Treyvon Green now becomes the feature back with Venric's departure

Northwestern Running Back Preview

WNUR’s Nick Scoliard (@NickScols) previews the running back position for NU, and who to expect lining up behind Siemian. Last month, Northwestern’s running back situation looked great. Venric Mark was returning after barely playing last season due to injury. Backups Treyvon Green and Stephen Buckley all had significant carries last season, and looked to improve […]

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Big Ten Team Preview: Michigan State Spartans

WNUR’s Tralon Williams previews the Michigan State Spartans and how they will improve on their successful 2013 campaign. The WNUR staff seems to think that the Spartans won’t be finishing as high as Tralon thinks, mainly due to that Spartans-Buckeyes game. The staff predicts the Spartans will finish second in the Big Ten East, just a game away […]

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Big Ten Team Preview: Wisconsin Badgers

WNUR’s Ari Ross previews the Wisconsin Badgers and how conference realignment gives them a great chance to get back to the Big Ten Championship. The WNUR staff agrees with Ari, predicting a 1st place finish in the Big Ten West, leading to a Big Ten Championship appearance. WNUR’s Prediction: 11-1 overall, 7-1 in conference. After missing […]

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Big Ten Team Preview: Nebraska Cornhuskers

WNUR’s Ben Goren (@BenG412) previews the Nebraska Cornhuskers and if they can win the ripe Big Ten West. Ben’s prediction is slightly more optimistic than the WNUR staff, who slotted the Cornhuskers 2nd in the Big Ten West. WNUR’s Prediction: 8-4 overall, 5-3 in conference. I don’t think any Northwestern fan wants to revisit the events […]

Derrick Green looks poised to take over the Michigan running game

Big Ten Team Preview: Michigan Wolverines

WNUR’s Greg Mroz breaks down the Michigan Wolverines and if they can rebound after their disappointing 2013 season. For the first time this summer the staff prediction and the author’s prediction align, as both the staff and Greg predict an 8-4 overall record, good for 3rd in the East. WNUR’s Prediction: 8-4 overall, 6-2 in conference. When Brady Hoke […]

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Big Ten Team Preview: Penn State Nittany Lions

WNUR’s Michael Stern (@michaeljstern23)  breaks down James Franklin’s Nittany Lions, and how they will fare after the departure of Bill O’Brien. Stern’s prediction aligns with the WNUR staff, who expect a fourth place finish in the Big Ten West for the Nittany Lions. WNUR’s Prediction: 8-4 overall, 5-3 in conference. Year three of Penn State’s post-Sandusky sanctions […]

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Big Ten Team Preview: Iowa Hawkeyes

WNUR’s Nick Scoliard (@NickScols) breaks down Iowa’s chances this season, and they will replace the hole left from their graduates. Nick’s prediction skews a little higher than the WNUR staff, which put the Hawkeyes 4th in the Big Ten West. WNUR’s Prediction: 8-4 overall, 5-3 in conference. Iowa’s 2013 season was just what the program needed – a solid […]

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Big Ten Team Preview: Minnesota Golden Gophers

WNUR’s Jason Dorow (@jasondorow) previews the Minnesota Golden Gophers, and if they can use the new Big Ten West to jump ahead in the standings. WNUR’s staff poll suggests the Gophers are staying put at 5th in the conference, but just enough to make a bowl. WNUR’s Prediction: 6-6 overall, 4-4 in conference, sneaking into one of […]

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Northwestern Offensive Line Preview

WNUR’s Eric Klaus previews Northwestern’s offensive line, and who will round out the starting five by the start of the season After a rocky showing last fall, the Northwestern offensive line will be looking for a big bounce-back season in 2014. Last Season In 2013, offensive line was a major area of weakness for the […]

Junior wide receiver Stefon Diggs highlights one of the Big Ten’s best receiving cores.

Big Ten Team Preview: Maryland Terrapins

WNUR’s Axel Boada (@axelboada) previews the upcoming football season for the Maryland Terrapins. Will the program find success in its inaugural season as a member of the Big Ten? Our staff says they’ll sweep their non-conference schedule, but they drop to a fifth place finish in the Big Ten East by the end of the […]

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Northwestern Special Team Preview

WNUR’s Ryan Fish (@RyanMFish) previews the special team replacement squad, as main stays Jeff Budzien and Brandon Williams are now gone. Results were largely mixed for the Northwestern special teams unit in 2013. With new faces coming in, there are a lot of question marks; here’s a look at what to expect from the kicking, punting […]

Vitale will look to be a key part of the offense as Northwestern's premier superback

Northwestern Superbacks Preview

WNUR’s Axel Boada (@axelboada) previews the superbacks for the 2014 Northwestern football season. Northwestern is known for utilizing the superback position, a tight end/fullback hybrid that mixes a player’s athleticism and versatility into a role that barely fits within a title. Essentially, a superback is an “Everyman,” and it is no secret Northwestern values the […]

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Big Ten Team Preview: Illinois Fighting Illini

WNUR’s Jacob Murphey (@jacobmurphey22) previews the Illinois Fighting Illini, and predicts whether they can improve on last season’s 4-8 disappoitment. WNUR’s own prediction doesn’t look good for Northwestern’s neighbor. WNUR’s Prediction: Illinois will finish 6th in the Big Ten West, just ahead of Purdue, with a 5-7 record, 2-6 in conference. The 2011 campaign that saw the Illini […]

Gary Nova hopes to lead Rutgers as they start their first year in the Big Ten

Big Ten Team Preview: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

WNUR’s Jesse Kirsch (@JesseRKirsch) previews his hometown Rutgers Scarlet Knights, and why New Jersyans will have to wait to see Big Ten success. WNUR’s staff poll seemed to agree with Jesse; Rutgers’ introduction to the Big Ten will be turbulent at first. WNUR’s Prediction: Rutgers will finish last in the Big Ten East, with a 4-8 […]

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Northwestern Linebackers Preview

WNUR’s Jason Dorow (@jasondorow) previews the linebackers for the 2014 Northwestern football season. The Northwestern linebacking crew will continue to be the anchor of the Wildcat defense in 2014. NU’s three starting linebackers led the team in tackles last season with senior captain Damien Proby topping that list at 112 total tackles, 65 of which […]

Is Sudfield ready to lead the Hoosiers out of the Big Ten basement?

Big Ten Team Preview: Indiana Hoosiers

WNUR’s Ryan Fish (@RyanMFish) previews the upcoming football season for the Hoosiers. We polled our staff to predict the standings and record of all the Big Ten teams, and Indiana wasn’t considered very highly: WNUR’s prediction: Indiana goes 3-9 overall, only 1-7 in conference, good for 2nd to last place in the Big Ten East. There’s a […]

Tony Jones (6) will look to replace Rashard Lawrence (17) and lead the receiver corps

Northwestern Wide Receiver Preview

WNUR’s Ari Ross (@aross50) breaks down the returning WRs for the upcoming Northwestern football season. Northwestern’s offense hasn’t been known for it’s passing in years past as the ‘Cats passing offense was ranked No. 9 in the Big Ten in 2012. But with the transition to a more pass-heavy offense this past year with Kain […]

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Northwestern D-Line Preview

WNUR’s Michael Stern (@michaeljstern23) breaks down the defensive lineman for this year, and who will be stepping up to replace the holes left by Tyler Scott and Will Hampton. Northwestern’s defensive line play mirrored the rest of the team’s last season. The front four started off strong, holding opponents under 150 yards in each of […]

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Big Ten Team Preview: Purdue Boilermakers

WNUR Sports Director Cameron Songer (@CameronSonger) begins our team-by-team Big Ten preview with the Purdue Boilermakers. It can’t get any worse, right? For Purdue fans and second-year head coach Darrell Hazell, that’s the thought going into 2014. Leaving behind a historically bad 1-11 (0-8 B1G) campaign from a year ago, the stark reality is that […]

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Northwestern Quarterback Preview

WNUR’s Ben Goren (@BenG412) previews the quarterbacks for the 2014 Northwestern football season, and says who will be the starter by the end of the season (hint: it might not be Siemian). Spark plug. Game changer.  Versatile.  Leader.  Backstabber.  Brilliant.  Inconsistent.  All are words that have been used to describe one Kain Colter, the two-time captain, two-time […]

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Softball: Seattle Regional Preview

WNUR’s Ben Goren (@BenG412) and Michael Stern (@michaeljstern23) have the Seattle Regional covered from all angles. First, Ben takes a look at the current state of Northwestern’s softball team:  The Week That Was Northwestern learned clearly that six innings of softball isn’t enough to win games.  In the Wildcats’ 1-1 showing in the Big Ten […]

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Big Ten NFL Draft Recap

WNUR’s Ryan Fish (@RyanMFish) shows us where the Big Ten alumni ended up in last weekend’s NFL Draft. Unfortunately, no Wildcats ended up on the list, but Kain Colter, Tyler Scott, Jeff Budzien and Rashard Lawrence all signed with NFL teams as undrafted free agents. Thirty players from Big Ten schools were selected in this year’s […]

The American Lacrosse Conference tournament begins today with first round games. Second-seeded Ohio State will face Seventh-seed Michigan, third-seed Northwestern will face sixth-seed Vanderbilt, and fourth-seed Penn State will face fifth-seed Johns Hopkins. Photo Credit: nusports.com

Women’s Lacrosse: ALC Tournament Preview

WNUR’s Michael Stern (@michaeljstern23) looks at the field of seven for the final ALC Tournament, which begins this afternoon at Lakeside Field. Northwestern’s women’s lacrosse team is looking to keep an incredible streak going. The Wildcats, winners of seven NCAA titles between 2005 and 2012, have reached every Final Four since 2005 and every NCAA […]

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Big Ten Basketball Season Recap

WNUR’s Ari Ross (@aross50) looks through the stats of the Big Ten alumni in the NBA, and how they fared through the season, while also looking into how Northwestern alumni fared in their respective leagues. While Northwestern has no basketball alums currently playing in the NBA, the Big Ten Conference has 30 alums playing for […]

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Two Phases: Back with a Vengeance

WNUR’s Ben Goren (@BenG412) breaks down the week that was in Northwestern Softball as they head into the last week of the regular season. Two Phases: Back With a Vengeance It was a tale of two series for Northwestern Softball this past week, as what looked like a promising start against Illinois was erased by […]

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The Week That Was in Northwestern Baseball

WNUR’s Nick Scoliard (@NickScols) breaks down the Wildcats impressive week, and looks ahead to what they face this weekend. It’s hard to call this team anything but hot. After earning a 2-9 record in their past 11 games, the Wildcats bounced back with a 6-1 week, sweeping Chicago State, winning the Nebraska series, and earned […]

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Two Phases: Northwestern Softball

WNUR’s Ben Goren (@BenG412) takes a look back at this weekend’s sweep of Indiana for the Northwestern softball team and what it may mean for the team moving forward. Hitting: After a week that saw a loss to Iowa and two losses to Minnesota, Northwestern needed to regain some momentum. The schedule was soft, with […]

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Big Ten Pro Basketball Recap: Week of Mar. 11

WNUR’s Ari Ross (@aross50) recaps the past week for former Big Ten and Northwestern basketball players in the pros. While Northwestern has no basketball alums currently playing in the NBA, the Big Ten Conference has 30 alums playing for NBA Teams. Here’s how Big Ten basketball alums from four Big Ten schools are performing in […]

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Big Ten Ballin': Significance of the Big Ten Tournament

WNUR’s Greg Mroz (@wizard_of_mroz) explains what’s on the line for every team in the conference during this week’s tournament. The bracket for the 2014 Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis is set. All 12 teams vying to become the 2014 Big Ten champion and clinch their automatic berth to the big dance. Some might think that […]

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Big Ten Tournament Bracketology: Is it better for Northwestern to lose Sunday?

WNUR’s Michael Stern (@MichaelJStern23) looks at all the potential first round matchups for Northwestern in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. The Wildcats head into Sunday’s regular season finale against Purdue tied with the Boilermakers for 11th place in the 12-team Big Ten. Tomorrow is the final day of regular season play across […]

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Three Phases- The Next Phase

WNUR’s Ben Goren (@BenG412) recaps the season for Northwestern women’s basketball and looks ahead to next year. Where did it all go so wrong? As February started, Northwestern was 14-7, fresh off a home win over an 18th ranked Nebraska and a road win over Indiana. Then the wheels fell off. 2 tough losses against […]

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Then and Now Preview: Penn State

WNUR’s Michael Stern (@MichaelJStern23) previews each of Northwestern’s opponents by looking at how each team did for the first few years under their current head coach. Today: Penn State and Patrick Chambers. There are then and now success stories everywhere across the Big Ten conference: from Tom Crean at Indiana to Tom Izzo at Michigan […]

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Joe’s Corner: Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament Preview

In this week’s edition of Joe’s Corner, WNUR Sports co-Director Joe Misulonas previews the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament. You know what the best thing about March Madness is? It’s that every team gets to participate in it, not just the good teams. Everyone thinks the Madness starts during the first round of the NCAA […]

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Feed the Post: Basketball Season GIF Review

WNUR Sports Online Content Director Cameron Songer (@CameronSonger) tells the story of the 2013-2014 Northwestern men’s basketball team. Okay, okay, the season isn’t over yet. But with game #30 of the season coming up tomorrow, we have more than enough content to look back on to fondly tell the story of the 2013-2014 season. Since […]

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Big Ten Pro Basketball Recap: Week of Mar. 4

WNUR’s Ari Ross (@aross50) recaps the past week for former Big Ten and Northwestern basketball players in the pros. While Northwestern has no basketball alums currently playing in the NBA, the Big Ten Conference has 30 alums playing for NBA Teams. Here’s how Big Ten basketball alums from four Big Ten schools are performing in […]

Georgia earned a trip to the 2008 NCAA tournament with a run that won the SEC Tournament. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images North America)

Northwestern Fans Shouldn’t Give Up Yet

WNUR’s Michael Stern (@MichaelJStern23) previews Northwestern’s opponent- the Nebraska Cornhuskers- by explaining how a team in a similar spot as both the ‘Cats and the Huskers made the NCAA tournament. It’s a tough time for fans of Northwestern and Nebraska basketball. The ‘Huskers reignited their NCAA tournament hopes with a five-game conference winning streak that […]

Terran Petteway has led a surprising Nebraska team to the NCAA bubble in 2014. (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)

Mens Basketball Audio Preview – Northwestern vs Nebraska

Greg Mroz talks with head mens basketball coach Chris Collins and senior forward Drew Crawford about tomorrow’s game against Nebraska.

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Three Phases #4- Struggles

WNUR’s Ben Goren (@BenG412) breaks down Northwestern’s Thursday night loss to Michigan State on senior day. In a perfect world, winter temperatures bottom out at 31 degrees, spring starts in mid February, and seniors win on senior day. It is not a perfect world. Last night’s game against Michigan State was a rough outing, to […]

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Northwestern Baseball Report- Episode 3

CLICK HERE to listen as Greg Mroz and Northwestern head baseball coach Paul Stevens recap the Snowbird Classic and preview the upcoming three game tilt with Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, TN.

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Joe’s Corner: Player Unionization and Northwestern’s Image Problem

In this week’s edition of Joe’s Corner, WNUR co-Sports Director Joe Misulonas examines the push by Northwestern players for union recognition and how it may negatively impact Northwestern football. When Kain Colter and other Northwestern football players initially petitioned for union recognition, I was skeptical. On one hand, I believed the intentions of the players […]

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Feed the Post: 8 Reasons why Being a Northwestern fan Isn’t So Bad Right Now

WNUR Sports Online Content Director Cameron Songer (@CameronSonger) explains why Northwestern fans have reason to be happy and hopeful. Normally, this is a basketball column. However, the Northwestern men’s team has lost five in a row and the women have lost six in a row. The last time either team won was February 1st, when […]

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Joe’s Corner: Northwestern Recruiting Now Program’s Greatest Strength

Joe’s Corner: Northwestern Recruiting Now Program’s Greatest Strength

In this week’s edition of Joe’s Corner, WNUR co-Sport Director Joe Misulonas examines this year’s football and basketball recruiting classes. Yesterday, Pat Fitzgerald and the Northwestern Wildcats announced their 2014 recruiting class. There were no Signing Day surprises, and many consider this year’s class to be the best of the Fitzgerald-era. Most of the 2014 […]

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Big Ten Pro Basketball Recap: Week of Feb. 25

Big Ten Pro Basketball Recap: Week of Feb. 25

WNUR’s Ari Ross (@aross50) recaps the past week for former Big Ten and Northwestern basketball players in the pros. While Northwestern has no basketball alums currently playing in the NBA, the Big Ten Conference has 30 alums playing for NBA Teams. Here’s how Big Ten basketball alums from four Big Ten schools are performing in […]

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Feed the Post: Big Ten Mascot Power Rankings

Feed the Post: Big Ten Mascot Power Rankings

WNUR Sports Online Content Director Cameron Songer (@CameronSonger) tackles one of the big questions of life: which of the mascots of the Big Ten is the best? With Northwestern men’s basketball in the middle of a three-game losing streak and the women’s team on a four-game slide, I decided to take a break this week […]

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Season Preview: Northwestern Softball

Season Preview: Northwestern Softball

WNUR’s Jacob Murphey (@jacobmurphey22) looks at the 2014 season for Northwestern softball, including key players and the team’s schedule. The temperatures might still be hovering in the single digits, but it’s time to dust off the bats, gloves, and large yellow balls—the softball season begins today! The 2014 Northwestern softball team begins its season in […]

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Joe’s Corner: 10 Year Retrospective of Kanye West, Northwestern Sports

Joe’s Corner: 10 Year Retrospective of Kanye West, Northwestern Sports

In this week’s edition of Joe’s Corner, WNUR Sports co-Director Joe Misulonas (@jmisulonas) takes a look back at the state of Northwestern sports ten years ago in honor of Kanye West’s debut album. This week marked the tenth anniversary of Kanye West’s debut album, “The College Dropout.” The album immediately made an impression with it’s blend […]

Women's Basketball

Three Phases #3: Phases Reloaded

Three Phases #3: Phases Reloaded

WNUR’s Ben Goren (@BenG412) examines Monday night’s loss for Northwestern women’s basketball and explains how this team could make noise in the next month. Though it’s only been two weeks, the prospect of writing an article on a Thursday without a Thursday game is a little jarring. A trio of Northwestern freshman visited the Big […]

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Season Preview: Women’s Lacrosse

Season Preview: Women’s Lacrosse

WNUR Sports Director Joe Misulonas (@jmisulonas) explains how the story of the 2014 Northwestern lacrosse team won’t be defined by the players it lost in recent years. It’s hard to believe that a season that ends with a Final Four appearance for a Northwestern athletic program would be considered a disappointment. But for Northwestern women’s […]

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