In a virtual court hearing, attorney Dan Webb stated that former Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald will not be rehired until his case against the university is resolved. Fitzgerald filed a lawsuit against Northwestern and its president for breach of contract and defamation, seeking over $130 million in damages. The case involves hazing allegations, and a trial date has not been set, with the judge encouraging a settlement before trial. Northwestern fired Fitzgerald for cause following an investigation, while his attorney argued that the decision has significantly impacted Fitzgerald's coaching career.

State of Play
  • Fitzgerald will not be rehired until his case against Northwestern is resolved
  • A trial date has not been set, and the judge has encouraged a settlement before trial
  • Northwestern fired Fitzgerald for cause after hazing allegations surfaced
Bottom Line

The future of former Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald remains in limbo as he awaits the resolution of his case against the university, which has significant implications for his coaching career and the broader college football landscape.