Thursday, October 18, 2012

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald institutes mandatory nap on gamedays

While most major college football programs spend their time leading up to gameday going over scouting reports, running over plays, or even stuffing their faces with a big meal, the Northwestern Wildcats are employing a different approach this year -- napping.

"We'll wake up, have our pregame meal, do our mental things and then have a mandatory nap," Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter said. "Those hotel beds are really comfortable and the pillows are soft. After our naps we'll come down refreshed and ready to kick some butt."

Head coach Pat Fitzgerald decided to institute a mandatory nap into the team's gameday regimen after his Wildcats came out sluggish during in an affair earlier this season against Boston College. He asked his leadership council what the problem was and they said the 2:30 PM start impeded on their nap time. The rest is history.

Northwestern also has a 2:30 PM start this weekend against Nebraska, so Fitzgerald has allocated some time to make sure his team gets sufficient rest. The Wildcats usually arrive at the facility around 6:50 a.m., eat breakfast and attend meetings, but Fitzgerald made sure his team had nap time scheduled for around 9:30 a.m.

As strange as it may seem, you cannot argue with the results. The Wildcats are 6-1 for the first time since 2008.

Credit to Graham Watson of Dr. Saturday for the lead.

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