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No excuses in Northwestern offseason

Northwestern pointed to injuries and misfortunes throughout 2013. In the offseason, the team will have no more excuses, writes Steven Goldstein.

It's astounding how much the narrative shifted with one win. Lose to Illinois, and continue wallowing in the apocalyptic, winless season; beat Illinois, and seemingly restore hope. There's a cathartic power to the last game of the year, and sloppy as it was, Northwestern won it. That changes the way we approach this offseason, if even slightly. For now, it doesn't matter that the defense gave up...

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