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Fitzgerald IS Northwestern football

Wildcats coach's devotion to his alma mater has program on verge of new heights

Updated: October 4, 2013, 2:42 AM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- It's Thursday morning, two days before either the biggest game in the post-1996 Rose Bowl history of Northwestern or the most overhyped one, and Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald can't stop doing media.

This is who he is. This is who he has to be.

So in a few minutes of free time as he prepares for Ohio State this Saturday, Fitzgerald gets on the phone for a last-minute interview request and starts off smooth, with a knowing anecdote about this reporter, fed to him by his ...

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