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Northwestern releases trailer for “The Foundation”

by Max Gelman 0 Comments

Northwestern’s football program has released a video preview for an upcoming show called “The Foundation.”

The show will give Wildcat fans a “behind-the-scenes” look at the team throughout the 2016 season, according to a press release. NU had previously produced “The Foundation” for spring football practices and summer basketball campaigns.

The first episode will debut Aug. 31 at 4:30 p.m. on CSN Chicago. Watch the full video below:

Northwestern football ranked No. 50 in all-time AP Top 100

by Tim Balk 0 Comments

In the first ever AP ranking of the top 100 all-time college football programs, Northwestern came in at No. 50.

Big Ten peer Ohio State topped the list, and Nebraska and Michigan clocked in at No. 6 and No. 7 respectively. Seven Big Ten programs made the list’s top 25, including Penn State, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Iowa. Rutgers was the lowest ranked program from the conference at No. 86.

The ranking is based on a formula taking into account the AP’s rankings going back to the poll’s creation in 1936. Ohio State has appeared in more than 77 percent of all AP polls since the ranking’s inception and has topped the ranking 105 times. The Wildcats hold an all-time record of 14-60-1 against the Buckeyes. 

NU finished last year ranked No. 23 in the AP poll having peaked at No. 12 before its bowl loss to Tennessee. The Cats landed ahead of academic peers such as Duke (No. 53), Boston College (No. 57) and Vanderbilt (No. 89) in the all-time ranking. They also finished one spot ahead of in-state rival Illinois.

NU kicks off its season Sep. 3 against against Western Michigan. The AP will release its preseason rankings on Aug. 21.

Joey Calistri makes first career MLS start

Joey Calistri makes first career MLS start
(Daily file photo by Zack Laurence)

Former Northwestern forward Joey Calistri, the second-leading scorer in program history, will made his first career MLS start Wednesday night for the Chicago Fire.

Calistri has played in four games so far this season, coming on as a substitute on all four occasions. He played a career-high 37 minutes on April 30, his most recent appearance.

Fire coach Veljko Paunović had told The Daily last month that Calistri would see more playing time and had a chance to start during a busy, tiring May schedule for the Fire.

With star forward David Accam still out with an injury, Calistri will seek to take advantage of the opportunity to start when the Fire face the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday night.

Dylan Wu, volunteer assistant Tim Streng qualify for U.S. Open sectional qualifier

Dylan Wu, volunteer assistant Tim Streng qualify for U.S. Open sectional qualifier
(Daily file photo by Nathan Richards)

The U.S. Open, one of golf’s four major championships, plays host to golf’s biggest stars every year. But it fills out its field each year in a unique way — with open qualifying tournaments all over the country that attract the best amateur players and club pros in America to play for a shot at glory. Last year, 22 golfers qualified for the 156-player field through these local qualifying tournaments.

On Monday, two representatives from Northwestern’s men’s golf team put themselves a step closer to the U.S. Open. Sophomore Dylan Wu, who was recently named to the All-Big Ten second team, finished tied for third at the local qualifier hosted at the Village Links in Glen Ellyn, shooting a 2-under 70 in a single round to secure one of the five sectional qualifying spots from the tournament.

However, Wu was bested by one of his coaches on the day. Volunteer assistant coach Tim Streng shot a 3-under 69 to finish second at the qualifier and book a ticket to the sectional qualifying round. Streng was a decorated golfer at Western Illinois and is no stranger to the U.S. Open qualification process — in 2008, he finished just 3 strokes out from securing a spot in the U.S. Open at a sectional qualifier.

Wu and Streng will play two rounds on June 6 at a to-be-announced location for their chance at the U.S. Open. And while the numbers are against them making an appearance at Oakmont this summer — last year, nearly 600 golfers qualified for the sectional rounds — they will get their shots at one of the most prestigious events in golf.

Dan Vitale’s new role with Buccaneers evokes throwback term

Dan Vitale’s new role with Buccaneers evokes throwback term
(Daily file photo by Jacob Swan)

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Dan Vitale in April’s NFL Draft, it guaranteed a shot at a professional career for the former Northwestern superback. But his role as a professional was still very much in the air. Vitale was best known for his pass-catching work throughout his career and was the Wildcats’ leading receiver last season, but he spent the pre-draft process highlighting his willingness to block out of the backfield as a fullback.

With a player so versatile, it’s impossible to know how the Buccaneers will use Vitale until the pads are on. But an article on the Buccaneers’ team website gave some insight into the possibilities, including dropping a term that will make fans of retro football proud.

You won’t hear the word “wingback” on many NFL broadcasts these days. Those familiar with football history are most likely to use it in order to evoke memories of players like Johnny Rodgers, the Heisman Trophy winner at Nebraska in 1972.

Though the term wingback originated out of arcane offensive formations like the single-wing, today it is used to describe a hybrid role like the one Vitale is projected to play for the Buccaneers.

The story goes on to explain that the modern “wingback” role will involve much greater responsibilities in the passing game than it would have back in the day, and Vitale is currently listed as a tight end on the Buccaneers roster. After serving as the archetype of one unique position at NU, it would only be fitting for Vitale to bring back another one in the pros.

Former baseball star Kyle Ruchim has contract purchased by White Sox

Former baseball star Kyle Ruchim has contract purchased by White Sox
(Daily file photo by Sean Su)

Northwestern’s top baseball player from last season is getting his chance at making the majors.

Former Wildcat Kyle Ruchim, who had been playing baseball this past season with the independent-league Schaumburg Boomers, had his contract purchased by the Chicago White Sox, the Boomers announced Thursday.

The Buffalo Grove native batted .306 throughout his career at NU and was named to the All-Big Ten third team in 2013. In 60 games with the Boomers, Ruchim hit .304 with 3 home runs, and now he will have a chance to advance his way through the White Sox organization.

Bryant McIntosh invited to Stephen Curry’s basketball camp

Northwestern sophomore guard Bryant McIntosh was invited to join NBA MVP Stephen Curry to help out at Curry’s SC30 Select basketball camp, according to a video he tweeted out Tuesday afternoon.

The camp is intended to help a select number of elite high school guards hone their skills. McIntosh previously assisted Curry with instruction last year.

In the video, Curry also congratulates McIntosh on a great season and says that the Wildcats guard — in tandem with coach Chris Collins — have NU on the “up-and-up and in line to do some great things next year.”

Pro golfer Luke Donald returns to practice at Northwestern

Luke Donald, who was a four-time All-Big Ten golfer at Northwestern from 1998 to 2001, returned to Evanston this weekend to practice at the Wildcats’ indoor facility, sharing the above photo on Instagram.

Donald turned pro in 2001 and is tied for the program’s second-lowest 54-hole score since 1990, scoring a 202 in the 2001 U.S. Collegiate Championships. In 1999, Donald won the individual NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships, breaking the scoring record previously held by Tiger Woods. He was also named a first-team All-American in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Professionally, Donald was named PGA Player of the Year in 2011 and battled back and forth for the No. 1 spot in the world with Rory McIlroy in 2012. His best finishes in a major were ties for third in the 2005 Masters and 2006 PGA Championship.

Director of Golf and Player Development Pat Goss also tweeted about Donald’s return as the golfer visited The Glen Club in Glenview, Illinois earlier Saturday.