Pat Fitzgerald praises assistant who has coached in 24 percent of school's all-time wins

Posted by: Josh Kendall on Thursday November 29, 2012


Posted by: Josh Kendall on November 29, 2012

Pat Fitzgerald moved into a tie with Pappy Waldorf as Northwestern's all-time winningest football coach on Saturday with his 49th victory, 50-14 over Illinois.

However, the Wildcats head coach ended his locker room speech talking not about that but about defensive backs/assistant head coach Jerry Brown's wins record with the team. Brown, a 1972 Northwestern alumnus, has won 118 games as an assistant with the school. What makes Brown's mark all the more noteworthy is that he has coached in 24 percent of the school's 491 all-time wins, which date back to 1876. Fitzgerald presented Brown a game ball and led a chant of "Jerry, Jerry" in the locker room.

Fitzgerald also applauded his team's effort in the locker room after the game, which gave the Wildcats a 9-3 record to end the regular season and the Land of Lincoln trophy.

"As always, it's about us," Fitzgerald said. "When you focus on us, that's the outcome you get. When we decided to play Wildcat football, we dominated like we should. The next opportunity we've got, let's do it for 60 minutes. That's a great trophy. We expect to have that in our case every single year. Every guy that has ever put on the purple and white, needed us to go get this one. It's for us but it's for everybody in our family, everybody who has ever been a part of our family."

In his seventh season, Fitzgerald can get his first 10-win season with a victory in a bowl game.

"It's going to be our stiffest challenge of the year whoever we play," he said. "It's going to be a road game, it's going to be hot and it's going to be a darn good football."

 

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Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to josh@coachingsearch.com




Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to josh@coachingsearch.com