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Pat Fitzgerald: ‘My job is on the line’

[ 0 ] October 26, 2013 |

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald was asked after Saturday’s 17-10 loss to Iowa whether any jobs were on the line with regard to his team.

“I’m not ready to answer those types of things,” Fitzgerald said. “We need to win football games. That’s the bottom line. So yeah, my job is on the line.”

The reporter then tried to explain that he wasn’t asking whether Fitzgerald’s job was on the line. Fitzgerald still refused to answer the question.

“I’m not very happy right now,” he said after watching his record fall to 5-3 against Iowa.

Fitzgerald was also questioned as to why he didn’t use a timeout when Iowa was facing a fourth-and-11 at Northwestern’s 35 with about a minute to go in regulaation. Instead of calling timeout, the Hawkeyes wound the clock to 15 seconds before calling timeout. Jake Rudock was intercepted on Iowa’s next play, and Northwestern took a knee to force overtime.

“We were playing to win the game,” Fitzgerald said.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz greets Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald before Saturday's game.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz greets Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald before Saturday’s game.

Northwestern committed five penalties for 55 yards Saturday, all of the flags coming against the offensive line. An illegal block was especially costly, pushing Northwestern back 15 yards when it appeared to be driving for a possible win in the final minutes of regulation.

“Do your job and don’t get penalties,” Fitzgerald said. “It was unbelievable the amount of penalties today. I’ll look at the tape on the bus ride home, but it looked like our guys just weren’t moving their feet.”

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About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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