February 12, 2007

McNaul tells his story

When Tim Brewster assumed the head coaching job at Minnesota in January, one of his first statements was to declare his intention to close Minnesota's borders and keep the best football talent in-state. And, he said, that included those players that had already committed to other schools.

That statement understandably sent shock waves through the Northwestern community, who were fearful that Brewster could persuade Eden Prairie linebacker Bryce McNaul to de-commit from Northwestern and pledge the U. The Cats had already lost Blake Sorensen, McNaul's fellow linebacker at Eden Prairie, when he de-committed and verballed to Wisconsin in October, so the WildcatReport message board was filled with fear and speculation.

With Northwestern coming off of a disappointing 4-8 season, many posters were wondering whether McNaul was having second thoughts, or attacking Brewster as unethical. Articles in the St. Paul Pioneer Press that named McNaul as one of the new coach's specific targets certainly didn't help matters.

It turned out, of course, that McNaul stuck with Northwestern and signed his national letter of intent as planned last Wednesday, along with the other 18 members of the Wildcats' class. And truth be told, McNaul said that he was never really that close to changing his mind.

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