Jim Phillips announced Tuesday the signing of Pat Fitzgerald and Chris Collins to multi-year contract extensions. Fitzgerald’s contract now runs through the 2026 football season while Collins’ contract has been extended through the 2024-25 campaign.
Northwestern has agreed to a new contract with football coach Pat Fitzgerald that runs through the 2026 season, according to two people with direct knowledge of the deal.
It’s difficult to believe, but Pat Fitzgerald is entering his 12th season as head coach at Northwestern. The all-time great Wildcat linebacker already is the all-time wins leader in Evanston with 77 with two 10-win seasons (2015 and 2012 and a nine-win effort in 2008).
It’s cliche to say someone bleeds his or her school color, but Northwestern legend Pat Fitzgerald just may bleed purple. The former Northwestern student and all-world linebacker and current football coach loves his school, and all of its sporting teams. Fitzgerald gave everyone an idea of his Northwestern fandom Thursday, when cameras captured him interrupting Chris Collins’ postgame speech to congratulate the team on winning the program’s first NCAA tourney game in its debut. Northwestern looks to improve to 2-0 in the tourney and advance to its first Sweet 16 vs. No. 1 seed Gonzaga at 5:15 p.m. ET Saturday.
We've posted the press conferences from Monday's Big Ten Football Media Day in the YouTube player at the top of this post as well as on our YouTube page. BTN coverage runs from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET Monday.
BTN.com's Tom Dienhart caught up with Fitzgerald this week to talk about spring drills, which concluded in Evanston last weekend.
Wisconsin RB Corey Clement could be out until the Badgers open their Big Ten season. Ohio State left a school's name off their trophy. A detailed look at Braxton Miller's transition. And no football ticket price increases any time soon for at least one Big Ten school. We touch on these stories and more in Friday's Big Ten links.
Can you guess which school offers a pregame selfie with their head coach for $125? Also, we look at Rutgers' interim football coach, the challenge ahead for Illinois, what you need (and don't need) to have a winning program, and more from around the Big Ten beats on this Thursday.
Here’s Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald’s full media conference from Big Ten Football Media Days. Also today on BTN/BTN2Go: Watch our four-hour “BTN Live” at 3 p.m. ET for more Big Ten football interviews and analysis. On Saturday, BTN will air a Kickoff Luncheon Special at 7 p.m. ET, hosted by Dave Revsine. Coaches will join BTN’s lead studio host to discuss the upcoming season. Indiana’s Nate Sudfeld and Ohio State’s Joshua Perry will speak on behalf of the players in attendance. BTN is the sports fan’s home for championship football in 2015, as Ohio State begins its title defense on
Proof that time flies: This will be Pat Fitzgerald's 10th season at the helm in Evanston. And, it has been an interesting ride. Check out Tom Dienhart's Q&A with Fitzgerald inside.