Did We Just Find the NU Version of JoePA?

Almost all of the response to the new Northwestern Head Coach is positive. Here's an example: My older sister, older brother and I are all NU Alums. My brother and I are obsessive NU football fans. On Saturday after Randy Walker passed I was speaking with my brother and said that I hoped Pat Fitzgerald would be named head coach.

I do not necessarily think that Fitz is the most qualified candidate today.

However, as a player Fitz is a two time Big Ten champion and NCAA defensive Player of the year. He has played and coached under Gary Barnett, the man who took us from the basement to the penthouse in the mid '90's. He has also coached under RW who has built character and stability into the program.

Pat Fitzgerald is the model of all that is good about NU football. I would have hated to see another man named head coach and then to lose Fitz to another program a numer of years down the line because he is eager to be a head coach. I think that Fitz may coach at NU for 30- 40 years. My impression is that he is more loyal to the purple than to the green. So, I am all for appointing him head coach now.

Hopefully, he will be able to bring a defensive focus to the team that we have lacked for the last several years. Imagine how tough we could be if we held opponents below 20 points a game. I also fully expect that he will continue to get the most out of his players just as RW did.

I am 37 years old and I find myself wondering if Fitz might be our head coach for most of the rest of my life. If that is the case, I think we will all have many exciting autums ahead of us and numerous January Bowl games.
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