Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald Won’t Rule Out Green Bay Packers

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CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald dodged a line of questioning when asked Thursday whether he will interview with the Green Bay Packers for their head-coaching vacancy.

After Northwestern's win against Utah in the Holiday Bowl on Monday night, Fitzgerald said, "I'm not going anywhere. This is home forever." 

Regardless of Fitzgerald's recent comments, the Packers are believed to still want to interview him. Would he go through an interview with them just to get the experience?

"Well, I'm interviewing with you guys right now," Fitzgerald said on the "Mully & Haugh Show" on Thursday morning. "So I don't think I need any more experience. I feel pretty confident in the way we run our program.

"I'm very proud to be a Wildcat," he added, "and I look forward to doing it as long the university sees that I'm the right man for the job."

Fitzgerald is 96-70 in 13 seasons as the head coach at Northwestern. When asked whether he was speaking literally when he said "home forever," Fitzgerald did not give a direct answer.

"We've got a long way to go here as a program, and that's what we're going to get working on," Fitzgerald said. "Not that we've stopped, but I think to see the commitment of the facility, the Walter Athletics Center, now moving forward and to continue to push and move this program forward, I think we've made a bold commitment to each other -- multiple 10-year contracts. And my hope is we can continue to do that. But it's a testament to the program. It's not about me. It's about what we've collectively done. I'm just so thankful for everybody."