Latest Pat Fitzgerald News

Packers president Murphy to hire next coach, GM involved

Dec. 3, 2018 7:04 PM EST

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers' head-coaching vacancy should be appealing for one big reason. He plays quarterback and signed a four-year, $134 million contract extension this year. Two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, though, will not be involved in the process of selecting Mike McCarthy's...

Ohio St beats Wildcats for Big Ten crown, hopes it's enough

Dec. 2, 2018 1:20 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Dwayne Haskins and Urban Meyer reveled in the victory celebration Saturday night. Now the College Football Playoff selection committee gets to decide whether the Big Ten champions will continue dancing through the next six weeks. Shortly after Haskins made his case to win the Heisman...

No. 6 Ohio St. ignores sideshows as Big Ten title game looms

Nov. 30, 2018 6:16 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Urban Meyer arrived in Indianapolis on Friday with one goal — heading home with another Big Ten championship trophy. He treated everything else as a sideshow. Meyer ignored speculation about his coaching future and deflected talk about what No. 6 Ohio State would need to earn a...

Fitzgerald, Northwestern eye Big Ten title upset, Rose Bowl

Nov. 29, 2018 6:31 PM EST

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Safety Jared McGee recalled how little he knew about Northwestern early in the recruiting process and the impression coach Pat Fitzgerald made during a campus visit. It's safe to say the coach played a major role in luring McGee to Evanston. "I was like yeah, Northwestern, what...

No. 6 Ohio State hopes to make playoff case vs Northwestern

Nov. 29, 2018 8:21 AM EST

Big Ten championship No. 21 Northwestern (8-4, 8-1, No. 21 CFP) vs. No. 6 Ohio State (11-1, 8-1, No. 6 CFP) at Indianapolis, Saturday, 8 p.m. EST (Fox). Line: Ohio State by 14. Series record: Ohio State leads 61-14-1. WHAT'S AT STAKE? Sure, Saturday's winner will be crowned the conference champion and establish...

Haskins steps forward as a leader as Buckeyes hit stride

Nov. 28, 2018 10:29 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dwayne Haskins Jr. has been throwing touchdown passes and impressing NFL scouts all season, but Ohio State coach Urban Meyer thinks his quarterback became a fully legitimate leader once he showed he was willing to run the ball. That didn't happen until two weeks ago in the narrow...

Big Ten: Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald voted coach of year

Nov. 27, 2018 5:55 PM EST

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald is the unanimous choice for Big Ten coach of the year. The conference on Tuesday announced half its postseason awards based on voting by coaches and media. Fitzgerald led the Wildcats (8-4) to the West Division title after going winless in nonconference...

For Northwestern, Big Ten title game presents big chance

Nov. 26, 2018 7:29 PM EST

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — The last time the stakes were this high for Northwestern, coach Pat Fitzgerald was a star linebacker on a team that captured the nation's imagination. A Rose Bowl run snapped a string of 23 losing seasons and made the Wildcats a feel-good story in 1995. More than two decades later,...

Big Ten championship has huge implications for Ohio State

Nov. 25, 2018 5:30 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Urban Meyer contends that nobody around Ohio State will be talking about the College Football Playoff this week, even though the Buckeyes inserted themselves back into the national championship conversation with a blowout of Michigan. Ohio State won the Big Ten East on Saturday with...

Thorson helps No. 20 Northwestern beats Illinois 24-16

Nov. 24, 2018 9:00 PM EST

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — With nothing really to play for, and with the Big Ten championship game looming next weekend, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald decided to pull many of his starters in the second half Saturday against rival Illinois. Fitzgerald stuck with the plan in spite of unexpected tense moments...