Northwestern coaches Fitzgerald, Collins get long-term deals

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Northwestern has locked up its homegrown football and basketball coaches for the long term.

The school announced Tuesday that football coach Pat Fitzgerald has signed a new contract that runs through the 2026 season. Basketball coach Chris Collins' contract was extended through the 2024-25 season. Both are Chicago-area natives.

The 42-year-old Fitzgerald has been head coach at his alma mater since 2006. He is 77-62 with the Wildcats, including seven bowl appearances and two bowl victories. Northwestern had not won a bowl game since 1948. The former Northwestern linebacker has led the Wildcats to two 10-win seasons since 2012.

The 43-year-old Collins, a former Duke player and assistant, is 73-60 in four seasons at Northwestern. He led the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament for the first time last season.

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