Pat Fitzgerald calls in to CTL after bowl win
He is the great Pat Fitzgerald. That's congratulations. Watching you progressed as the head coach and to see the on -- -- and you are faced when they dumped Gatorade I -- when -- high five in your guys. That asked the make all the late nights here early mornings worth it. Nightcap for the kind war birds and just spoke earlier for our seniors are young man and and -- after a lot of sacrifice or goes -- So that's great so profession and we have to develop and mold young man and now we're so incredibly thankful. That we get to do -- young -- that we can do without a basis. You know you bleed purple you played there you loved northwestern you never hidden that fact what the the emotions like because you treat it as a family it's not. I'm a football coach and I can do my job anywhere this is where you choose to live your life what your emotions like. 34 minutes to -- all in here hanging onto this lead. Well we got the fourth down stop and we we you know there were just a couple of knees and that. The game would be over purchasers. Not hard to describe where are capitalists are tired. Well patient you know a young and that are currently in a purple white belt and have been every horse. You know all the coaches now go back to -- coach Barnett brought me to northwestern. Margaret teammates and respectful for the -- in the locker room -- walker brings it back. On staff as an assistant coach and you're not a our coaching staff are great lives -- a great church for a larger culture recruited more in our trustees itself. We're just -- start out you know that and you know we got some unbelievable moment right now huge. -- -- -- for the program and coach or Scioscia words that he. It's great to VS Chicago pretend team struggled to return championship team. I wanna go back to ask -- technical question on the jump on the route for the pick six early in the game was that something you guys saw on tape. Just the play wanting your guys made because it looked like. Last night the Scottie report cares what they like to do good here's how we're gonna play at MI -- did. Yeah my kick which you're here you get Camelot and you're gonna -- -- -- -- offense with the bat which handed. You know we we hear they like some combinations -- the boundary -- the and we had given some things up. Course of a year or -- it puts more wrinkles and some adjustments and it was just the right call the right time and a great interception by Clinton and are huge huge. Or when you deal with a team like Mississippi State they may not be Alabama but they're exceptionally talented and unbelievably. Athletic. When you first looked at them on tape. What -- initial thoughts. Well you know obviously you are concerned. You know number one just getting up to speed on on the personnel -- -- to do once dramatically. Then when you watch the way that they played and -- to church -- a football coach -- -- were great speaker just calorie and tell us. As yourself from watching a game today they want a pound Iraq and a little like -- return team. From a schematic standpoint -- and I think social -- the -- And and then what we we look there are so critically on tape this year you know the wire that we thought we played. Much of troops was in the kicking game and and that that surgery today I really thought we won a pure position battle and when we needed to make a good kick. They kick off coverage or -- really stepped up and you know again the credit goes to church your meant. That's what did you tell your guys at halftime from thirteen nothing thirteen ten they get a feel -- that what you tell them in the locker room. All about moving forward to the second half. Well you know we we have our adjustments and you're done there's two guys are typically your dress each side of the ball wonders are Jones and -- -- some. Others policies -- on defense. Some -- -- first street and it seemed like you did before the game in and they didn't spokesman hearts. And then when I brought that up -- say you know -- thirty minutes done. And and we have a three point lead. Let me ask you how you feel thirty minutes right now with a three point lead -- gesture. -- -- -- -- about all of that and now again the cargo short guys they're the -- -- responded responders and tops. Thought game this year. That that you know player player made you work. Or or or a different location -- for a bigger prize I think just for the the process and then what you're trying to do a great program -- -- thankful for our young men are seniors in particular are richt pushing. Pat as somebody who grew up I went to watch northwestern play a lot when I was a kid in program was. Unfortunately at a different level at that time to where it is today. How much will this be a huge shot in the arm when you go back got to make recruiting calls tonight and you hit the road again tomorrow. Well it's huge -- out -- missed it these are the words -- you know put acceleration. Into your plan and you know again we got this amazing 200 toward -- dollar facility that. With -- -- families or about -- brick round here. Which is an unbelievable financial and emotional support. To our program and then you know you have consistent success in your pole winning trade him in input as well political winners and that's who we are. We're not start over we're not trying to sort of all we're trying to make the step in the Olympic and national champions and that's the next step in the progression. Are you ready for camp cannot assure you -- take a little time to just relax. I enjoy my or -- members that are out here and it's nice to have a lot of a couple of great team -- -- and enjoy this once and I -- travel back concert tomorrow and again just bruised ankle after your friendship to me that I you've been -- -- us and they are. You know it's terrific and it -- -- -- a little bit about those sort of help you get here. Wouldn't be here our coach or head to walker and he. Go back Marshall there's a counselor can learn OK to me that prepared her for everything and not look for this just in the beginning. The special things up and since they're so much as always go okay. Go cats congratulations. Enjoy great meal tonight we are really really proud of you. But I'm very appreciative to get. Like Pat Fitzgerald. Extremely happy. With what happened today -- the Gatorade bath. Okay your wildcat alarm yes sir got your degree from there yes sir how excited are you very excited because this is. A long journey bring yes they have not won a bowl game since Truman was president. But they've gotten over the hump and now it's all right let's take the next step I thought this year -- should want to the Rose ball. The three games they lost all three games you're double digits in the fourth quarter. To Nebraska Michigan and Penn State or -- you're playing. Right now ops at the shelf so -- that they're taking steps in the right direction problem is with Urban Meyer Brady hope Ohio State Michigan. There's not going to be pretty well do you Wear would -- be in the rankings. If they had not -- those three games. They probably what would not be playing in the title game. But they'll be playing that if -- toward third definitely -- top -- -- -- -- -- top. This -- -- -- -- didn't intend to -- they'd still be in the Rose Bowl right -- they're probably still -- -- -- they would not have gotten ahead of Alabama -- noted that I don't think it would've -- Alabama they're -- an interesting argument would've could've -- but this was -- had a -- -- -- again there he believes. He can win a national title at northwestern. -- in football it's a tall. Basketball you can do because takes fewer people football that's a tall order yeah I think it's remarkable what they're doing now I really do I agree I -- yeah -- what they've done. I mean I grew up in this -- even airlock that they were horrible oh yeah it'll lose seventeen to seven Ohio State not a winnable games. -- to think that they would they had a ten win season and won a good bowl game -- this is not going to the you know. Well wild Buffalo Wild Wings are the of one little -- -- valuable ticket city bowl that was ridiculous that people Brady's bowl mean you're you're going to -- the Gator Bowl as a traditionally good bulletin New Year's Day bowl game that usually gets good teams. And and really they should've been. Probably in the Outback Bowl or the -- Capital One Bowl so you know when you look at what this football team did it. As we said they lost the three games they lost all of them winnable games. The fact that northwestern northwestern. Was it ten win team all of a sudden it's it to me not only is -- a game changer for your program's history. But now you go to recruits and say not only are we building it we've built. This team the one that nobody thought would ever get there. To a ten win level and a bowl winning level I think. It's a complete -- -- -- for the proverbial the other thing about he's going to turn the program around but he's made an exciting program.
Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald joined CTL Tuesday after the Wildcats' victory over Mississippi State - 1/1