Pat Fitzgerald Dodges Questions On Packers' Rumors

"I'm very proud to be a Wildcat," Pat Fitzgerald says.

Mully & Haugh Show
January 03, 2019 - 11:22 am
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald

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(670 The Score) Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald dodged a line of questioning when asked Thursday whether he'll interview with the Packers for their head coaching vacancy.

After Northwestern's win against Utah in the Holiday Bowl on Monday night, Fitzgerald said, "I'm not going anywhere. This is home forever." 

So did he mean that literally or metaphorically?

"Holy cow -- metaphoric, I can't even spell that, and I'm a Northwestern grad," Fitzgerald said on the Mully & Haugh Show on Thursday morning. "My goodness gracious. Listen, it's a testament to the program, and I'm just so thankful for our staff. It's everybody.

"We've got a long way to go here as a program, and that's what we're going to get working on. Not that we've stopped, but I think to see the commitment of the facility, the Walter Athletics Center, now moving forward and to continue to push and move this program, I think we've made a bold commitment to each other -- multiple 10-year contracts. And my hope is we can continue to do that. But it's a testament to the program. It's not about me. It's about what we've collectively done. I'm just so thankful for everybody."

Regardless of Fitzgerald's recent comments, the Packers are believed to still want to interview him. Would he go through an interview with them just to get the experience?

"Well, I'm interviewing with you guys right now," Fitzgerald said. "So I don't think I need any more experience. I feel pretty confident in the way we run our program.

"I'm very proud to be a Wildcat, and I look forward to doing it as long the university sees that I'm the right man for the job."

Fitzgerald is 96-70 in 13 seasons as the head coach at Northwestern.