Stewart Mandel's timing was impeccable. Northwestern was wandering in college football's wasteland when he stepped on campus in 1995. The team entered its first game against No. 9 Notre Dame as a 28-point underdog. Three hours later, the Wildcats had stunned the Fighting Irish, 17-15. By season's end, Northwestern was headed to Pasadena to play in the Rose Bowl, a dramatic turnaround for a program that had a string of losing seasons dating to 1972.
"The thrill of that '95 Rose Bowl season energized the entire campus, and I quickly became aware of how the national media covered that story," he said. "I knew right then that I wanted to be one of those people, covering those type of stories."
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