For Northwestern, What is Success?

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Success is a funny thing, especially in sports. One moment you have it and the next it’s gone.

Success is defined as: “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose,” but for a program with an all-time record of 503–642–44, how should Northwestern Football define success?

It’s a question that, as Northwestern prepares to take on Pittsburgh in the Pinstripe Bowl, has been asked time and time again over my four years at Northwestern.

Pat Fitzgerald was asked this very question in Sports Illustrated’s 2013 College Football Preview. In it, the ‘Cats were ranked No. 22, coming off a Gator Bowl win, their first bowl victory since 1949, and a 10-win season. Expectations were high for the 2013 season, with a potentially huge matchup against the top-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes already circled on fans’ calendars.

In the preview, Fitzgerald was asked, “Has the program reached the point where fans can expect…

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