Pat Fitzgerald finalizes new deal

Updated: May 10, 2011, 9:57 AM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Northwesternfinalized a new 10-year contract for football coach Pat Fitzgerald on Tuesday.

Salary figures won't be disclosed because Northwestern is a private institution.

Fitzgerald received a seven-year contract extension in June 2009 that takes him through the 2015 season.

Northwestern started working on Fitzgerald's extension in January, after Michigan expressed interest in the coach for its vacancy. Athletic director Jim Phillips had Fitzgerald return from a recruiting trip so the school could affirm its commitment to him. The details of the agreement took several months to finalize.

Salaries for Fitzgerald's assistants were considered in structuring the coach's new deal.

Fitzgerald is 34-29 in five seasons at Northwestern and has guided the Wildcats to three consecutive bowl games for the first time in team history.

An All-America linebacker in the 1990s, Fitzgerald helped the Wildcats reach the Rose Bowl but missed that game because of a broken leg.

Adam Rittenberg covers the Big Ten for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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