TAMPAâ€”Northwestern Wildcat fans everywhere were given bad news today as they learned that the 8-4 football team has backed out of the Outback Bowl. The decision was made following Coach Pat Fitzgerald’s call to sit 3 running backs out of the game. â€śWith all our backs out, we have no choice but to back out of the Outback bowl,â€ť Fitzgerald said in a New Yearâ€™s Day press release.
One NU running back was ruled out after he got lost inside the parking garage behind Northwesternâ€™s Tampa hotel. A second accidentally traveled to Australia, taking the bowlâ€™s name a little too literally. A third ruptured a disk during practice the day before the game. â€śWe have a sticky running back situation,â€ť said Fitzgerald, â€śone back is out back, another back is out in the Outback, and a third back threw out his back the day before the Outback.â€ť
Fitzgerald explained that although going to Tampa for nothing was hard on his team, there is still hope. â€śWe went out to the Outback and back, but donâ€™t count us out. Weâ€™ll be back.â€ť He then dismissed the reporters to attend the postseason barbecue by saying, â€śAs for questions, when you’re out, thereâ€™s baby back out back. Donâ€™t hold back, pig out!â€ť
Northwestern hopes that if they cannot return to the Outback Bowl, that they will at least make the Insight bowl in Phoenix. â€śThe Insight is in sight,â€ť said Fitzgerald, â€śbut only if we incite sightings of great play.â€ť