Northwestern extends Fitzgerald through 2030

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Pat Fitzgerald isn't going anywhere.

The Northwestern head coach agreed to a contract that runs through the 2030 season, the program announced Wednesday.

"We have one of the best coaches in college football and, more importantly, a leader uncommonly suited to this university," Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips said in a statement. "Over the course of his tenure, Coach Fitzgerald has built a culture of unwavering belief in excellence both on and off the field and led our Wildcats to unprecedented sustained success. They boast incredible achievement in the classroom, in the community, and in competition, and will for years to come."

Fitzgerald, who was already signed through 2026, reportedly generated interest from NFL teams looking for a new head coach this year.

The 46-year-old is entering his 16th season as Wildcats head coach, the sixth-longest tenure in the FBS. He's posted a 106-81 record while winning five of 10 bowl appearances. Northwestern has played in the Big Ten title game in two of the last three seasons.

He's the winningest head coach in Northwestern history.

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