#ThinkB1G In-Foe-Graphic Series: Northwestern

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In conjunction with Maryland's historic move to the Big Ten Conference on July 1, Maryland athletics will be taking an in-depth look at its future Big Ten foes. Today we continue the series by profiling Northwestern University.

June 2: Illinois; June 4: Indiana; June 6: Iowa; June 9: Michigan; June 11: Michigan State; June 13: Minnesota; June 16: Nebraska; June 18: Northwestern; June 20: Ohio State; June 23: Penn State; June 25: Purdue; June 27: Rutgers; June 30: Wisconsin

About Northwestern

Location: Evanston, Illinois

Founded: 1851

Enrollment: 20,439

President: Morton Schapiro

Athletic Director: Jim Phillips

Northwestern Athletics

School Colors: Purple

Nickname: Wildcats

Joined Big Ten Conference: 1896

Football Stadium (capacity): Ryan Field (47,130)

Basketball Arena (capacity): Welsh-Ryan Arena (8,117)

Varsity Teams: 19

Most Successful Sport: Women's lacrosse - 7 national titles

First B1G event at Maryland: October 17, 2014 - Volleyball



• All-time basketball record: 974-1143 (.403)

• Conference Championships: 2

• Head Coach: Chris Collins


• All-time football record: 489-645-42 (.434)

• Conference/National Championships: 8/0

• Head Coach: Pat Fitzgerald

Notable Former Athletes

Basketball: Billy McKinney, Evan Eschmeyer, Don Adams

Football: Marquice Cole, Brian Arnfelt, Mike Kafka

Notable Alumni

Cindy Crawford: model

Stephen Colbert: television host

Seth Meyers: comedian, late night television host

Joe Girardi: manager of New York Yankees

Fun Fact: "Painting the Rock"

The Rock is a purple and white quartzite boulder located on Northwestern University’s campus that dates from hundreds of years ago. A gift of the class of 1902, The Rock was transplanted from Devil’s Lake, Wisconsin and once contained a fountain in the middle.

In the 1940s, students began painting The Rock as a means of expression – anti-war slogans, team support, advertisements, birthday wishes and even a marriage proposal. In 1957, the first permanent coat of pigment was applied to The Rock, giving it a blank canvas.

In order to gain the privilege of painting The Rock, students must “guard” The Rock for a full 24 hours — sun-up to sun-up — before they may begin.