Well, that was a long night. At least we were entertained with a close Super Bowl game as the 49ers mounted an epic comeback after the lights went out in the Superdome for nearly 35 minutes. Just when you think you’ve seen it all. For those of you looking at CBS Sports sideline reporter and Northwestern alum, Steve Tasker trying to update you on power being restored as your bridge to Wildcat football, this is your week. National Signing Day is Wednesday and while there is likely little drama left for Northwestern fans, it will still be a day to celebrate at least 19 newcomers in what is projecting to be Fitz’s highest rated recruiting class yet.
Of course, tomorrow is another big day as Northwestern and the Chicago Cubs will announce a partnership that will include the ‘Cats returning to Wrigley for potentially multiple games starting in 2014. It will reportedly also include a slate of non-revenue games ranging from women’s lacrosse to baseball and soccer. This topic kept this very site humming on Super Bowl Sunday.
Back to Signing Day, though. We’ve got an interview lined up with Louie Vaccher, editor of WildcatReport.com, who will break down the highlights of this class and offer us context of where we won and places that are still a concern. We’ll also share blurbs on all 19 commitments, as there doesn’t appear to be a potential 20th. WR James Clark, who was the lone potential Signing Day get for NU as Clark is doing the hat dance on Wednesday and NU was among the finalists, until today. Clark just narrowed his list to Florida, Clemson and Ohio State.
Signing Day is akin to baseball spring training, where every team has a chance to win it all, and the injection of new players enables fans to start slotting line-ups in their minds. The highlight of the class is 4-star QB Matt Alviti, who ran the spread at Maine South (Park Ridge, IL) and is rated as a top ten QB in the nation. There are quite a few potential instant impact guys that you may not know much about and we’ll do our best to help you there as well. Northwestern is offering live access to press conferences and more at 12:30 pm ct on www.NUSports.com . Also, BTN will be hosting a Signing Day Special starting at 2:30 pm ct on Wednesday.
Women’s Hoops Upset
Congratulations to Northwestern women’s basketball as they upset #24 Iowa on a Kelly Roser buzzer-beating lay-up, 67-65 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena yesterday. The ‘Cats had been struggling mightily until late and have now upped their record to 11-11,3-6 with the school’s first win at Iowa since 1995. Click here for all the details.
In case you still can’t get enough of Northwestern’s impressive 75-60 win over Purdue on Saturday, NUSports.com’s Skip Myslenski has a neat feature on the postgame here. The bulk of the piece focuses on Reggie Hearn through Bill Carmody’s eyes and how he was concerned that Hearn wasn’t having any fun. The ‘Cats record breaking block (12) performance was startling to me, as I didn’t realize how many swats we had, but this piece really gives you a sense for just how well we played and the team’s attitude right now.