Video: Pat Fitzgerald answers reporter's cell phone

It’s kind of a big week at Northwestern. The 4-0 Wildcats are hosting Ohio State, which has won its last 17 games, Saturday night in a game that could be a preview of the 2013 Big Ten title game. If Monday’s press conference is any indication, Pat Fitzgerald isn’t letting the pressure of the big-time battle ruin his disposition.

Not even a poorly timed phone call. In what is becoming a more common occurrence these days, a call came through to a reporter’s cell phone that was placed in front of Fitzgerald to record his comments.

And, let’s just say, the coach handled the secretarial duties wonderfully.

“Gram’s calling for somebody,” Fitzgerald announced, when he noticed the call coming in. “Who’s phone is this?”

No one claimed the phone, so Fitzgerald answered: “Hey, Gram, we’re in a press conference, buddy. You’re going to have to call him back.”

Fitzgerald then listened to what Gram had to say on the other end. Best of all: Gram appeared to be completely unaware who answered the phone.

“OK, ‘Go Cats.’ Bye bye,” Fitzgerald said, with a big grin, as he ended the call.



@BTNJourney was at the press conference, too. Look forward to Ohio State-Northwestern coverage on the show.

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Gram on 9/30/2013 @ 4:54pm EDT Said:

That was me that was on the phone. My name is spelled Gram and I’m actually the President of Wildside, NU Athletics’ official student section. I was returning a call to one of my friends who covers the team. And yes, that call was awkward.

Ed Crawford on 9/30/2013 @ 6:14pm EDT Said:

That would sure be Karma if Northwestern knocked off ohio st, but later lost to …Iowa! Remember 2009 when they injured Stanzi, or 2008 when Shon Green was running over their whole team, but got speared in the head by a guy who got tired of getting run over. No call was made.

jkelly on 9/30/2013 @ 6:35pm EDT Said:

I really want to like Pat Fitzgerald…he’s a great coach, but his immature hatred of Iowa makes it kind of hard.

Tim Lawrence on 9/30/2013 @ 9:25pm EDT Said:

Jkelly, I can explain Pat’s hatred of Iowa in two words. Hayden Fry. And any NU football player that went up against Fry’s teams feel the same way. Learn some history and you will see who the immature coach really was.

James on 10/1/2013 @ 2:03am EDT Said:

Northwestern beats OSU then loses at Camp Randall next week. On Wisconsin!

Phil on 10/1/2013 @ 10:52am EDT Said:

Immature hatred of Iowa? There’s nothing immature about hating Iowa.