Parseghian’s Wildcats

Northwestern Football, 1955–1963


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About the Book

Over a memorable eight-season run (1956–1964), Ara Parseghian transformed the Northwestern University football program from a cellar-dweller in the Big Ten Conference to a nationally known power. Before his arrival from Miami of Ohio, he had never been associated with a losing team, as a coach or as a player. At 32, he would face his biggest challenge at Northwestern but would eventually lead the Wildcats to winning seasons in four of his last five years there. The payoff came in 1962, when the Wildcats were ranked number 1 in the nation and a safe bet to play in the Rose Bowl. This biography—the first documenting his stint at Northwestern—recounts Parseghian’s struggles and successes as a dynamic young coach in the years before he made history at Notre Dame.

About the Author(s)

Jack Danilewicz began his writing career as a correspondent for the Daily Southtown in Chicago. His articles have appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Omaha World-Herald, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, and other newspapers. He lives in Ewa Beach, Hawaii.

Bibliographic Details

Jack Danilewicz

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 231
Bibliographic Info: 10 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2024
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8481-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5067-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface 1
One. August of 1962 3
Two. The Sensational Sophomore 15
Three. Building the Foundation 25
Four. 1959: A Run for the Roses 41
Five. Ag 63
Six. They Call Me Ara 78
Seven. High Hopes 93
Eight. Big Ten Wars 110
Nine. Thirteen Days 121
Ten. Claiming No. 1 140
Eleven. Hitting the Straightaway 148
Twelve. The Fallout 155
Epilogue 173
Acknowledgments 197
Chapter Notes 199
Sources and Bibliography 213
Index 215