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Video: Pat Fitzgerald takes pies to the face

Pat Fitzgerald is all for helping out good a cause, so it was no shock to see him taking pies to the face during a recent Pi Beta Phi fundraiser. For just $2, anyone could smash a pie in the football coach’s face, with all proceeds going to children’s literacy.

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Northwestern union vote coming up on Friday

To unionize or not to unionize. That’s what Northwestern players will vote on Friday in what could be a watershed event in the annals of college sports.

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Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald talks unionization efforts

Northwestern had anything but a typical offseason. The unionization efforts, spearheaded by former star QB Kain Colter, was something few people saw coming, especially at a place like Northwestern. The efforts not only happened, the National Labor Relations Board recently ruled in favor of the players, stating that student-athletes are employees.

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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.

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First 'Cat Naps' for Wildcats, now sleep assessment studies

Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern gave new meaning to the phrase “cat nap” prior to last season’s home game vs. Nebraska. Heck, “Cat Nap” was listed on the team’s game itinerary, with the word “Mandatory” before it. So, the Wildcats all took a nap prior to the 3:30 p.m. ET game.

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Wildcats' Fitzgerald: 'Ready to take the next step'

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald is the king of the measured statement sprinkled with a heavy-dose of “we just have to improve” coachspeak.

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Look Back At Our Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon Special

We capped off our coverage of the two-day Big Ten Media and Kickoff Luncheon with the 90-minute TV show Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon Special, with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. It included various interviews and analysis from the event in Chicago. Watch a number of video clips from that Friday night show in this post.

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Video: Pat Fitzgerald at Media Day

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald discussed Northwestern’s rivalry with Illinois and his returning players among other topics during his press conference at Big Ten Media Day on Thursday. Find all of our Big Ten Media Day coverage.

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Football Fix: Fitzgerald Q&A

It is four bowls in a row and counting for Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern. But something is missing: A bowl victory. Fitzgerald is 0-4 in the postseason; Northwestern. But Fitzgerald presses on, coming off his first losing season (6-7) since his 4-8 debut in 2006. And his Wildcats have issues to address this spring. Chief among those is improving a defense that ranked 11th in the Big Ten overall (407.7 ypg), 12th vs. the pass (230.4 ypg) and 10th against the run (177.3 ypg). The offense also has work to do with Dan Persa gone under center. I caught up with Fitzgerald as he was in the midst of spring drills.

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Step Into My Office: Coach Fitzgerald

On last week’s Step Into My Office, our Mike Hall sat down with Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema and the week before that it was Michigan coach Brady Hoke. At 9 p.m. ET tonight on BTN, Hall takes you behind the scenes with Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald. Hall, who can be found on Twitter, @BTNMikeHall, filed a couple bonus Web-only video clips from his visit to Evanston. He also wrote a little about what it was like to hang with Fitzgerald, whose Wildcats play at Iowa at 7 p.m. ET Saturday on BTN. Watch a bonus clip now and see more at the bottom of this post, plus read Hall’s comments.

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Report: NU's Fitzgerald talks Wolverines

On Friday’s Big Ten Football Report, our Tom Hart caught up with Pat Fizgerald the day before his Wildcats welcome the Wolverines to Ryan Field. Watch the video here, dive in for more football video, and get ready for another big day of Big Ten football.

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