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Report suggests Big Ten coach could make jump to NFL originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
After leading the Wildcats to a blowout win over the Auburn Tigers in the Citrus Bowl, there’s a chance Pat Fitzgerald could become the next college coach to make the leap to the NFL. According to a report by Adam Schefter, Fitzgerald is open to interviewing with NFL teams.
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Northwestern HC Pat Fitzgerald is open to taking NFL HC interviews; Ohio State HC Ryan Day is not, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 3, 2021
Some Bears fans have called for the team to move on from current head coach Matt Nagy, and to give Fitzgerald a chance. But an earlier report suggested Nagy’s job is safe for another season.
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Other teams have already decided to part ways with their head coaches however. If Fitzgerald decides to leave Evanston, he could end up with the Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons or Houston Texans. All those teams fired their head coaches over the course of the 2020 regular season. In addition, various reports have indicated the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars could move on from Adam Gase and Doug Marrone, respectively.
Fitzgerald became the Wildcats’ head coach in 2006 and has led Northwestern to a 106-81 record over his 15 seasons with the team. He lost his first four bowl games as a head coach, but since then he has gone 5-1 in bowl games. Fitzgerald won the Big Ten Coach of the Year Award in 2018, and the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award in 2020.