Northwestern Wildcats Nap Before Kickoff Against Huskers

Wildcats to Take Part in Team Nap Before Kickoff Against Huskers

10/19/12 in NCAAF   |   qallington   |   15 respect

Before the Wildcats play the Nebraska Cornhuskers at 2:30 pm CT in Evanston, head coach Pat Fitzgerald has decided to take a different approach to this week's game: Take a nap.
Oct 13, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Northwestern Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald looks on during warmups before a game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

After the Wildcats got off to a slow start against Boston College at a 2:30 pm CT kickoff time, Fitzgerald went to his team's leadership council, and asked what they think the team should do to be more prepared to play this week. He definitely got a different answer than what he was expecting.

"They looked at me, and they're like, 'Well, Coach, it's nap time,' " Fitzgerald said with a smile. "I'm like, 'What?' They go, 'It's what time we take a nap.' I said, 'OK, fine.'

"I can show you a copy of our itinerary. ... We're going to get them up earlier on Saturday. We have a full team breakfast. Then on there, we have it in big and bold, it says, 'TEAM NAP.' And underneath it, it says, 'Mandatory.' "

Fitzgerald agreed to the plan, but he still jokes about it due to the unexpectedness of it.

"It's unbelievable. Seriously? This is what I get paid to do? You know what I mean? Great, nap time. Seriously? It's pathetic."

Oct 13, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Northwestern Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter (2)  throws the ball for a first down in the third quarter against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. The Wildcats won 21-13. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIREJunior quarterback Kain Colter, who has had a very high impact 
on the rushing attack for Northwestern as he has accumulated 421 yards within seven weeks of regular season play, helped the council devise the plan, and he thinks he won't have any problem getting to sleep before the nationally-televised game.

"Those hotel beds are really comfortable," Colter said. "Those pillows are soft. It won't be a problem for me. ... We'll come down fresh and get ready to kick some butt."

The Wildcats are looking to notch another win against Nebraska, as they beat the Huskers last year in Lincoln 28-25 and also bring their record up to 8-1 with a chance to be ranked in the BCS rankings, while the Huskers look to redeem themselves after a bye week and a devastating loss to Ohio State 63-38 on Oct. 6th. 
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10/19/12   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

They take team naps in the morning after practice every day during the week so that coach knows they're all going to class. They're keeping a rhythm by doing this.

10/19/12   |   Jeff_P   |   19925 respect

Jess wrote:

hope they have their BERT and ERNIE SLIPPERS.................lmao.............

10/19/12   |   hskrdave   |   10850 respect

We can laugh now until it works...

10/19/12   |   Jeff_P   |   19925 respect

the WILDCATS WILL WIN THIS GAME.............35-28...............

10/19/12   |   Jess   |   35116 respect