Northwestern’s head football coach Pat Fitzgerald joined Stewart Mandel (Sports Illustrated) and Pete Thamel (New York Times) in a media panel entitled “Beyond the Box Score: Covering College Sports in 2012.”
ESPN’s Rachel Nichols moderated the discussion, which focused on a variety of topics including pay-to-play stipends, football playoffs, social media’s role in college sports, how sports teams change/affect a school’s identity and the role of athletics at more academically demanding schools.
Fitzgerald was definitely “on” this evening. It wasn’t a regular college football Saturday post game media session, so he had a chance to break out and be himself, letting his sense of humor show.
“I thought we looked like Barney (the animated dinosaur), with a silver helmet, but the guys loved it and the guys designed it,” Fitz said of the all-purple uniforms versus Penn State.
“It’s all about branding the program. If I had trademarked the phrase GO CATS! 7 years ago, I could have retired