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CHICAGO, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Three former Northwestern football players spoke Tuesday in support of a coach they said moved practices so they could attend classes and study.

Northwestern coach gets 10-year contract

EVANSTON, Ill., May 10 (UPI) -- Northwestern University football Coach Pat Fitzgerald has a new 10-year contract that runs through 2020, the university announced Tuesday.
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Northwestern coach extended to 2015

EVANSTON, Ill., June 23 (UPI) -- Northwestern football Coach Pat Fitzgerald agreed Tuesday to a new contract that runs through 2015.

Northwestern hires Fitzgerald as coach

EVANSTON, Ill., July 7 (UPI) -- Northwestern University, shocked by the sudden death of head football coach Randy Walker, turned to assistant Pat Fitzgerald Friday to guide the Wildcats. Fitzgerald, 31, an All-America middle linebacker at Northwestern when the Cats won back-to-back Big

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Pat Fitzgerald
NOP95123104-31DEC95-NEW ORLEANS,LA,USA: Texas tight end Pat Fitzgerald,#81, gets a pat on the head from teammate Mike Adams after Fitzgerald pulled in a James Brown pass for a 4 yard touchdown during first quarter action in the Sugar Bowl, 12/31. UPI aj/a.j.sisco

Pat Fitzgerald (born December 2, 1974(1974-12-02)) is the current head coach of the Northwestern University Wildcats football team. He was selected after the unexpected death of Randy Walker and announced at a press conference on July 7, 2006. He was 31 at the time of his appointment, making him the youngest coach in the Big Ten Conference and in NCAA Division I-A football by five years. With Lane Kiffin's hiring at the University of Tennessee on December 1, 2008, Fitzgerald lost his status as the youngest coach by about six months.

Fitzgerald starred at linebacker for the Wildcats in the mid-1990s, helping to lead the team to a 10–1 regular season record in 1995 and a berth in the 1996 Rose Bowl, the school's first appearance there since 1949. Fitzgerald was unable to play in the game, however, after breaking his leg in the next-to-last game of the 1995 season against Iowa. Fitzgerald returned for the 1996 season, leading the Wildcats to the 1997 Citrus Bowl.

In his playing career, he twice was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and won both the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Chuck Bednarik Award in 1995 and again in 1996, becoming the first two-time winner of both honors.

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