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Fitzgerald focuses on continuing Walker's work

Barely one month has passed since Northwestern football coach Randy Walker died suddenly at age 52. His replacement, Pat Fitzgerald, looks to start his career and continue Walker's.

Updated: August 9, 2006, 6:29 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

EVANSTON, Ill. -- The way Pat Fitzgerald looks at it, in death as in life, Randy Walker continues to coach. Barely one month has passed since Walker, the Northwestern football coach, died suddenly at 52. Fitzgerald, his successor, spoke as softly as his raspy South Side foghorn allowed as he recounted staying up through the night, awakening players with phone calls to tell them their lives had been shattered.

"It just became more and more real every time I hung up the phone with one of my ...

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