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7-6, 4th in Big Ten - West

William Weinbaum ESPN 

As Northwestern president Morton Schapiro escorted Billie Jean King to the stage Friday at Ryan Field, an ensemble played "Philadelphia Freedom," the 1975 hit Elton John dedicated to her. King received an honorary doctorate as a trailblazer for equality and gave the commencement address. She said freedom needs to be won in each generation and "You can follow the money, money, money, which is not bad, actually, but only if you never lose sight of your moral compass." When she concluded, King introduced newly minted Wildcat tennis grads, who hit balls into the crowd of 10,000+ as the band again performed John's classic.

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17dTom VanHaaren

Big Ten West teams poised to score big upsets

Pulling off an upset can make a good season great. Here are some Big Ten West teams that could score some surprise victories this fall.

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25dDan Murphy and Tom VanHaaren

Picking over/under win total for Big Ten West teams

The oddsmakers don't think any Big Ten West team will win 10 games, or that Nebraska and Iowa will even win seven games. Are they right? Yes, and no.

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30dAdam Rittenberg

Northwestern WR to miss season after surgery

Northwestern wide receiver and returner Solomon Vault will be out for the 2017 season following surgery for a lower-body injury. The senior will use a redshirt and plans to play in 2018.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern's Austin Carr, the 2016 Big Ten Receiver of the Year, talks about why he chose to sign with the Patriots and which player he has developed a quick connection with in short time.

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37dTom VanHaaren

Young recruiters giving the Big Ten a boost

Six Big Ten teams are in the top 20 of the 2018 recruiting class rankings, and a big reason is the infusion of youth in the assistant coaching ranks.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern AD Jim Phillips said the prospect of scheduling a nonleague game against a Big Ten opponent isn't off the table, as nonleague scheduling has increasingly become more difficult. "There's been some discussions of that. I know we've had a discussion a few years ago about potentially doing that with a (Big Ten) school we didn't face on the calendar."

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

The Colts have announced that they have signed second-round pick cornerback Quincy Wilson, fifth-round pick cornerback Nate Hairston and fifth-round pick linebacker Anthony Walker.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

New Vikings DE Ifeadi Odenigbo was so stressed from waiting to see where he'd be drafted, he drove from Evanston to Chicago to find somewhere to eat. The call from the Vikings came when Odenigbo was in the restaurant. "What would a Viking order?" Odenigbo said while talking to reporters from the restaurant. "I'm going to order a steak. That's what men do."

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

The Colts wrapped up their draft – barring a trade – by selecting Northwestern linebacker Anthony Walker with 161st overall selection. The selection of Walker means the Colts used six of their eight draft picks on defensive players, which was the goal coming into the weekend. Walker had 7.5 sacks and four interceptions in his career at Northwestern.

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Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

A few details on Pat Fitzgerald's new contract at Northwestern. It runs through the 2026 season. Fitzgerald's assistant coach salary pool will remain competitive in the Big Ten, according to a source. That's significant given the higher cost-of-living in the Chicago area compared to most Big Ten markets.

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