Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune has a nice piece on Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald. The tidbits about how far Michigan actually went to attempt to hire him were interesting:
Until now, it has been reported that Michigan merely made a third-party inquiry to Fitzgerald.
The reality is that Michigan’s interest in Fitzgerald was so sincere, representatives of the school laid out salary parameters, according to sources.
As a (semi) Northwestern fan and Chicagolandian I am very familiar with Fitzgerald. As a Michigan fan, there is no one I would have rather had1. But I have long said Fitzgerald will never leave NU. He is from Chicago, he went to NU and he can coach there forever2, so why would he leave?
If he can’t be a coach at my favorite school, staying at my 2nd favorite school until he retires is fine with me.
(via Adam Rittenburg)