The Next Step for Northwestern Football

Posted by Jonathan Hodges on September-2-2009 Add Comments

As any Northwestern fan knows, Gary Barnett and that '95 squad (featuring Pat Fitzgerald, of course) took the first step by moving out of the dark ages. Not only did that team reach double-digit wins in a season, but they also went to the Rose Bowl and won the conference outright.  The 'Cats then put on a repeat performance, sharing the '96 conference title and heading to the Citrus Bowl.

Since then, there have been ups and downs, but Randy Walker stepped in and brought stability to a program that took a nosedive after the 1995-96 run, ending with Barnett ditching NU for greener pastures (well, greener in terms of the color of money, at least).  Walker took NU to three bowl games during his 1999-2005 tenure and racke...

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