What to expect from the Daily Northwestern sports office this fall


Daily archive photo by Joshua Hoffman

In 2021, the chairs at the Welsh-Ryan Arena were empty. After a year without fans, Northwestern’s fall sports teams will once again welcome students and supporters to the stands.

The history books will show that all of Northwestern’s college sports teams competed in the 2020-21 school year, but the idea that one of them had a normal season couldn’t be further from the truth.

Between COVID-19 protocols, season postponements, canceled matches, mandatory quarantines and lack of supporters, the sports program has faced an absolute gauntlet of challenges and setbacks that have changed the course of the season from each team.

This fall, everything is back. Six college fall sports, a year after a quiet fall on the Wildcats’ athletic fields. Students and supporters fill the stands at Martin Stadium and Welsh-Ryan Arena. A field hockey team with legitimate championship aspirations. And, of course, the freebies.

With our coverage of NU varsity sports this fall, we’ll give you a spot on the field for everything.

In addition to our weekly football coverage, we’ll keep you up to date on five electric sports – field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s cross-country, and women’s volleyball – and tell the stories of the athletes and coaches who do so. everything happens. On the field, Russell Payne is entering his first season at the helm of the men’s soccer team. Next door, junior Redshirt striker Bente Baekers is once again making his way through the Big Ten competition.

And keep an eye out for the occasional history of women’s lacrosse – I mean, how could we not write about this team? – and our special offer for men’s and women’s basketball later in the quarter.

If the past six months have been any indication, there’s a lot going on after the dashboard shuts down, and we’ll cover that as well. The legislation on name, image and likeness is changing the university sport and recruiting landscape. The realignment of conferences – between future SEC and Big 12 conferences and the mysterious pact known as the “Alliance” – has already caused a stir. And we’ll cover all of the other revolutionary and unforeseen developments that will present themselves to cats as they break up.

The winds of change are already swirling at the top of NU’s sports department. New athletic director Derrick Gragg is in, while University President Morton Schapiro is finishing his final fall before his departure in August 2022. We will continue our coverage of issues identified last spring, including the investigation of discrimination and harassment as part of the cheer program and the consequences of Mike Polisky’s nine-day tenure as athletic director.

This fall is a pivotal quarter for the Cats’ athletic program, both in terms of the standings and in charting a new direction. We’ll be hitting newsstands three days a week with our cover in print, and filling in the gaps we’ve widened in the digital sphere with online-only articles and exciting social media content you won’t want to miss. Whether you’re heading to the Welsh-Ryan Arena for every home volleyball game or just attending the occasional free pizza giveaway, we hope our coverage will enrich your experience watching NU sports and keep you up to date with what’s happening. matters most.

This fall season promises to be as interesting and important as any in recent memory. Hopefully it will be a little more normal as well.

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