Today is a football day with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn declaring it Northwestern Wildcat Football Day in the state of Illinois (pouring even more salt in the wounds the Wildcats have inflicted upon our neighbors downstate) and Northwestern celebrating its Gator Bowl victory one more time with the students and fans on campus at Norris this afternoon (actually right now, depending on when you read this).
It is a fitting way, perhaps, for the program to close the book and celebrate an amazing and surprising 2012 season. If you get the chance to go, be sure to share with those of us who cannot be there what it was like.
Pretty soon though, everyone in the football staff will finish the reminiscing and focus solely on 2013 and the future. We have done a little bit of that and will be doing more of that as we work our way through the Winter and prepare for Signing Day and Spring Practice.
Pat Fitzgerald though has probably already talked to the team about what needs to happen next season.
On the final episode of the Pat Fitzgerald Show this season, he said he told his underclassmen that they had achieved one of their goals on the goal board in the team’s meeting room. They had become bowl champions. But now the expectations would be raised and the next goal is to win the Big Ten. And that is very much the goal the Wildcats are setting for themselves. They have the team to do it in their opinion.
And these months waiting for the next season to start will be interminable as we wait for that opportunity.
h/t Dave for sharing the YouTube link to the show a few days ago with us.