Nov. 15, 2000
Hey, I'm here for one last session. Ready to take your questions as we gear up for Illinois and a shot at the Big Ten title this weekend.
John Thomas from norris.esu6.k12.ne.us at 8:00pm ET
What about out of state recruits who want to start college during the spring semester? How often does this happen, how is the situation handled?
Randy Walker at 8:01pm ET
A student-athlete must have all the necessary credentials for admission to Northwestern. Once those standards are met, he can enroll and begin practice. We currently have a player who enrolled last spring and was able to go through spring practice and get a little ahead of the standard procedure. His name is Gilles Lezi
at 8:02pm ET
Why do you think Damien Anderson
isn't getting the Heisman talk that many feel he deserves?
at 8:04pm ET
To be considered seriously for the Heisman, you need to have a great junior season that "sets the table" for a senior run at the Trophy. As you know, most publications picked us at the bottom of the Big Ten, and with little evidence from 1999 he started that race way behind the other candidates. Hopefully, this outstanding season by Damien will put him in the forefront for awards next season.
at 8:05pm ET
What is your plan for bouncing back from such a tough loss last week?
at 8:06pm ET
I think all of us were disappointed in the performance but excited about the opportunity still ahead. I think the challenge of playing a great Illinois team, as well as having a lot at stake, helps us all get back up in the saddle.
at 8:07pm ET
What worries you the most about the Illini?
at 8:08pm ET
A lot of things concern us, but it's obvious as you look at the Illini that Coach Turner has done a great job of preparation. They are sound in every aspect of football, and have some outstanding players on both sides of the ball. It will take out best effort to have a chance to win this week.
at 8:09pm ET
Having the rigorous academic standards at NU, does that hurt your ability to recruit top athletes compared to schools with less rigorous standards?
at 8:10pm ET
Actually, I think it's an asset to have the academic standards because it attracts the very best student-athletes. Most prospects realize that they need a great education once their playing career is over. We can provide a great situation for any player.
at 8:11pm ET
I was at the game saturday, It appeared that the hawks shut the offense down. How do you think you can prevent that if it happens again?
at 8:11pm ET
With all the powerful offenses in the Big Ten, do you think that the Big Ten is losing its toughness and importance on defense?
at 8:13pm ET
I'll answer Jimmy's question...
Most of the time, when an offense fails to move the football, it is a result of SIW's..."Self Inflicted Wounds." We were inconsistent because of our inability to eliminate penalties and some negative-yardage plays. We are looking forward to playing a much better game this week.
NU Fan from Houston
at 8:13pm ET
After such a great season in just your second year, what are your plans to continue to improve the team next year?
at 8:15pm ET
There are two ways to continue in improvement. First, we must continue to develop the talent that is already on our campus. That development takes place during the offseason in the weightroom and in the conditioning program. Secondly, we must continue to recruit quality student-athletes to Northwestern, and I'm happy to say that our recruiting is going very well.
at 8:17pm ET
do u think a win over the Illini will keep u alive in the rose bowl hunt?
at 8:19pm ET
Certainly a win over Illinois will ensure us a tie for the Big Ten championship. But we need the right set of circumstances to make it to Pasadena. In the other two matchups, we need Indiana to beat Purdue and Michigan to beat Ohio State. Of course, the most important thing is that we play well and take care of business here at Ryan Field.
All right, time for one more question.
at 8:20pm ET
As a prospective NU student, can I look forward to more exciting years to come in the NU football program?
at 8:22pm ET
I am very excited about the future for our football program here at Northwestern. In addition to having an outstanding academic institution, we have first-rate facilities that can attract quality student-athletes. The talent level of the young players in our program is excellent, so I believe that we can continue to improve and compete at the highest level.
Thanks, everyone, for a great year online. We'll see you at Ryan Field this weekend for the Illinois game.