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William Weinbaum ESPN 

Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey, a 1996 alum of Northwestern Univ.'s McCormick School of Engineering, is to be back in Evanston Saturday morning to deliver its convocation address at Ryan Field, his alma mater's football stadium.

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65dAdam Rittenberg

Ex-Clemson QB Johnson transfers to N'western

Quarterback Hunter Johnson is transferring from Clemson to Northwestern but must sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Clemson quarterback Hunter Johnson has chosen Northwestern as his new landing spot according to a source. Announcement should come shortly.

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77dAdam Rittenberg

Sources: NU to host Badgers at Wrigley in 2020

Northwestern will host Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020, sources confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday. Northwestern last played at Wrigley in 2010, when it hosted Illinois. The Chicago Tribune first reported the site for the game.

Prospect Profile: Godwin Igwebuike (0:35)
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205dTom VanHaaren

Most improved players from 2016 recruiting class

Adjusting to college can be difficult, but here are a handful of players whose performances grew by leaps and bounds in their second year on campus.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson recently underwent successful ACL surgery, according to the school. An additional update on his prognosis could come soon. Wildcats linebacker Nate Hall also recently had successful ACL surgery. Thorson's injury occurred in the Music City Bowl, while Hall's happened during bowl practice.

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211dKyle Bonagura

Music City Bowl refs threatened after UK's loss

Pac-12 referee Chris Coyte, whose decision to eject Kentucky running back Benny Snell from the Music City Bowl was widely criticized, received a barrage of threatening calls to his cell and office phones, sources told ESPN.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

I can confirm Pitt is hiring Randy Bates as defensive coordinator, as first reported by Yahoo! earlier today. Bates coached linebackers at Northwestern, which could move recently hired Tim McGarigle into that role. But I'm told Pat Fitzgerald will take his time sorting out the roles on defense.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern has officially hired Lou Ayeni as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. On this first day that FBS programs are allowed to add a 10th assistant coach, Ayeni leaves his role at Iowa State, where he worked for four seasons -- the past two under Matt Campbell as associate head coach and running game coordinator. Ayeni played running back and safety at Northwestern and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the Big Ten school. Veteran Matt MacPherson moves for the Wildcats to special teams coordinator and cornerbacks coach under Pat Fitzgerald.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Source: Northwestern is hiring Iowa State's Louis Ayeni as running backs coach. Ayeni, who played running back at Northwestern, coached the backs and served as associate head coach at Iowa State. Yahoo first reported the move. Strong hire for Pat Fitzgerald.

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson tore his ACL in the Music City Bowl, the school confirmed. Thorson, a three-year starter with one year of eligibility remaining, will have surgery in the middle of January.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

Playoff losses by Oklahoma (Rose Bowl vs. Georgia) & Clemson (Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama) Monday ensured that Northwestern's 8 straight victories will be the Power Five's longest & FBS's 3rd-longest win streak when the Wildcats open next season 8/30 at Purdue. Central Florida's 13 & Florida Atlantic's 10 are the two longer FBS streaks.

Big Ten dominates bowl season (1:29)

William Weinbaum ESPN 

Longest active FBS win streaks: Central Florida - 13 (won Peach Bowl vs. Auburn). Florida Atlantic - 10 (won Boca Raton Bowl vs. Akron). Northwestern - 8 (won Music City Bowl vs. Kentucky). Oklahoma - 8 (plays Georgia in Rose Bowl). If Clemson beats Alabama in the Sugar Bowl & then defeats the Rose Bowl winner for the national title, it will have 8 straight wins.

Kentucky falls short to Northwestern in Music City Bowl (1:44)
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Northwestern edges Kentucky in Music City Bowl

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald made it back-to-back bowl wins for the first time in program history as the Wildcats beat Kentucky at the Music City Bowl on Friday.

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229dESPN News Services

N'western RB Jackson rushes to 10th all time

Justin Jackson's 157-yard performance put him in the top 10 for most all-time rushing yards in FBS history, as Northwestern edged Kentucky at the Music City Bowl on Friday.

Fitzgerald proud of his team getting to 10 wins (0:55)

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