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Fitzgerald era opens with emotional first win

Updated: September 1, 2006, 3:38 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

OXFORD, Ohio -- They sang the Northwestern fight song when it was over -- the widow of the former coach in the stands with the fans and the baby-faced new coach on the field with his players, both pumping their fists.

Then Pat Fitzgerald invited Tammy Walker into the postgame locker room and presented her the game ball. Life after Randy Walker wouldn't -- couldn't -- begin properly without this gift. Since the coach of the Wildcats' sudden death June 29, this was a moment that needed to ...

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