After the handshake line, and after all the jubilant hugs, Chris Collins had a chance to digest history.
Northwestern beat Ohio State in Columbus on Sunday for the first time since 1977, and when Collins was pulled aside for a postgame TV interview, he reflected on the meaning behind that achievement.
“We want to be different,” Collins said after mentioning that the 40 years of road losses to the Buckeyes had been his team’s motivation. “We want to be different,” he repeated.
Northwestern has never made the NCAA tournament, and there’s a narrative to be pushed that these Wildcats are playing for 80 years of Wildcats that have come before them. In reality, they’re doing anything but. The program has fundamentally changed, from an infrastructural level all the way up to the players and the head coach. Those 80 years of teams were what they were. This team is what it is. In many ways, the two are not relatable aside from theRead More »from Northwestern is 'different,' and a first NCAA tournament bid is well within reach