I was annoyed when I saw him celebrating what I thought was a crap call, but being annoying is not the worst thing...If anything, it made Northwester look small - "we celebrate bad calls that help us win games against Michigan, because hey, we don't win games against Michigan very often."
Pat Fitzgerald responds to criticism of sideline antics
I thought it was a little odd and somewhat anoying but then I moved on. It is not a big deal and it had literally no impact on the game whatsoever, for better or worse.
M Won. Its easier to let knuckleheadedness go, and move on. I've done dumb stuff too (I know, shocker)--thankfully not on TV...unthankfully some on MGoBlog.
I'm not saying any action should be taken, and clearly it wasn't that big of a deal, but I still found it unprofessional and unecessary. This will be forgotten in a matter of weeks, but I thought people would like to know what exactly he was doing.
I agree with the unprofessional vibe but this will be around forever. It was one of the funniest things I have seen this year. I was into the game and I still laughed at him hopping up and down like a giddy schoolgirl.
Just my opinion..it was a bonehead foul by Beyer and a Bonehead response by Fitzgerald..and it almost had a huge impact on the game.
Because every coach ever wants their players clowning around on the sidelines. That's how you get it done in a tight game.
After Devin scored the go-ahead TD in OT, he danced toward the sidelines and Hoke gave him a chest bump, then they really started to whoop and holler. I was completely okay with it, including when Hoke did the breakdancing twirl-on-your-head move. Totally cool.*
*(Actually, Hoke grabbed his arm and had a word with him. I don't read lips well, but it was pretty clear he was reminding his QB that the game wasn't over and to cool it.)
He was in a big game. He was frustrated over not getting calls he thought they should have gotten. Did he act kind of dumb? Yes. Should this be that big of a deal? No. It's football. People take it seriously.
Maybe I'm reading it wrong, but that quote seems to me like he's basically calling himself a clown and a knucklehead - in other words, he's admitting that it was an inappropriate way to act.
No, he's saying that sometimes being a clown and knucklehead is the appropriate way to act.
Yeah, I clicked through and read the article. The rest of the quotes make it seem like he's okay with it.
I took it as self-deprecating. He seems to acknowledge that the behavior is goofy and a little childish, but he just chalks it up to "that's just the way I am".
Had that same play happened on the opposite sideline, the tv cameras aren't trained on Fitzgerald, and nobody even thinks about it.
It is really interesting, how the television broadcasts affect post-game discussions. There's a lot of power in the decisions of a director, and the suggestions of broadcast announcers. Did the announcers say anything? Because honestly, the people sitting on the east sideline didn't get excited at all about anything Pat Fitzgerald was doing. If he was really being a dick, you just know that the crowd would be yelling; he's right in front of everybody including all of the folks around the tunnel entrance. It didn't happen.
Look, I'm not saying it's a big deal. I thought iwas weird, nothing more. The director didn't "make a choice", Fitzgerald was standing right where the hit occurred, and the camera caught him jumping up and down with his hands in the air, immediately, when the flag went in the air. The announcers didn't say much, just sort of had a chuckle. The TV did nit exaggerate or enlarge his reaction - his reaction was what it was. Ifmyou didn't see it, it's likely because there were 30 players between you and him, or you simply weren't concentrating on him.
I wasn't concentrating on Fitzgerald the way that the camera lens did. And yes as I suggested, the camera lense was there because the play ended right at Fitzgerald's feet. And, there is no doubt about what Fitzgerald did. He jumped up and down; either four or five times by my count, with his arms extended. I think the fairest explanation is that he was getting into the grill of the Referee, who was right in front of him and who appears to have gotten the message; "You guys have screwed us so many times in games with Michigan; you don't mind if I now celebrate this call going our way like it was a freaking touchdown, do you?"
In this case, I had thought that the penalty was marginal at best (Heitkamp only touched the Northwestern player when they were both in bounds, by my observation of the replay), but is the kind of thing that does get called in front of the 'innocent' team's bench, and especially when there is a splashy out of bounds collision on the part of the guy getting shoved out.
Of course, Fitzgerald was working the refs. And as always, home-stadium fans are sensitive to truly bad antics of opposing coaches. But on the east sideline, I at first thought it was an inevitable call as I watched it myself in real-time. And there wasn't any chorus of boos that Fitzgerald was being a nut or that he had influenced the call. Indeed, Fitzgerald only reacted to the call. Only the replay showed it to be a more marginal penalty, and so I don't think anybody was surprised or ruffled by Fitzgerald. The call was the call. And the big thing was that it kept Northwestern moving the ball.
I agree with your point about TV affecting things from a high level, but I was at the game and when I saw the college football coach act like that (like a bitch, best way to describe), I was immediately happy we had not hired him and said so in my area. People were asking what he was doing. We were not watching TV. We were loudly discussing what an idiot he was. The call was marginal, but I cannot complain it was made. I just expected more from him. I did get texts immediately from friends watching on television commenting on the antics (again, he was acting like a bitch). Not a big deal in the scope of the game. A big deal to me if he was my coach (I have some high standards maybe). It was weird and made the announcers laugh. It was unbecoming of a coach, a coach I used to like and respect. If this is his largest transgression, then he will be ok in my book I bet eventually. But right now, he is a bitch. Plain and simple. Especially since he lost.
never distorts anything and is a completely unbiased look at the issues leaving the viewer to form an opinion without any agenda or spin. Sincerely, The Fox New Channel.
So the tv announcers laughed? I didn't know that. I wonder if that is part of the perception. Law profs in evidence classes love to do stuff like that. Have a guy run into the class and grab something and run out, and then say to the class, "What did that guy with the curly hair just take?" And then debate what was taken, and at the end have the guy return to the lecture hall and discover the guy had straight hair. One of the older demonstrations of witness perception.
So by the way, were you on the west side of the Stadium?
I once had the privilege of talking to Gary Moeller, before the the Stadium renovations were finished. And I asked him about his possibly sitting on the east side, if he were asked to entertain University donors, in the Jack Roth Stadium Club to watch a game. I asked him how weird would it be for him, sitting on the opposite side from where he coached and where he had watched all of the games from the old press box. At first, he hadn't considered it. Then he thought how odd it might feel. I said to Gary that one of the things I like about the east sideline was getting the unfettered view of Michigan coaches along the sideline. But the other thing with that is that they are so far away by comparison. Being close to the visitor sideline, you can just about lip-read everybody on the opposing team.
from the article,
"I'm a really good knucklehead. I pride myself in that."
"Like I tell [my wife] Stacy all the time, you'll have to excuse my passion. Get over it."
Personally, I don't think it's that big of a deal. Did it make him look dumb? Sure, but it's not like he went over to Beyer and was all like "yaaaaahhhh booooooiiiiiiiii"!!!!!!
My problem is basically there's only two ways of interpretating it
- He's excited because he knows it was a bad call and the refs are possibly handing hime the game unjustifiably, or
- He's excited for the free first down, even if it comes from a player safety penalty that could potentially mean one of his players was seriously hurt
Either way it seems sorta D-bagish. I guess the takeway is I'm glad we have Brady Hoke.
because Pat Fitzgerald celebrates a penalty that goes against Michigan. On the other hand they want to call MSU big brother until everyone BUT us sees we're idiots. There's a certain level of. . . opacity here that, Bisby is right, never quite goes away.
That was a pretty difficult post to both read and interpret. I have no idea what he is saying or spelling.
I question why he thought a personal foul for a late hit on the most important player on his offense was a good time to celebrate. He could have at least faked like he was concerned for his quarterback. Or he could act like all he cared about was the 15 yards and winning the game. He chose the latter and looked like a dickbag doing so. Face the consequences Fitzgerald.
Post worth it for Danny Hope's imaginary E Honda.
Not going to lie, that's about 60% of the reason I made the post.
ESPN didn't do a very good job of crediting the creator, though....
MGoBlog has something up and, in a few weeks, it shows up on ESPN as if it just happened.
Rittenberg lurks Mgoblog quite a bit.
But seriously, from now on, all of my gifs are getting watermarks, LSUFreek style.
You, sir, deserve a free dinner on ESPN's tab...or a beer on mine.
He could have just said it was an intense moment in an important game and his emotions got the best of him. If he actually wants US to believe that his celebration was tactical he be crazy.
Eh... I actually like Fitzgerald's sideline demeanor. He expresses every emotion that passes through his head. There's something strangely refreshing about that (especially coming from a dude who looks like a drill sergeant). And at least he doesn't publicly humiliate his players like Bo Pelini or Brian Kelly.
I completely agree. Pat Fitzgerald is far and away my favorite leader of young men in college football outside of Hoke. I could care less that he got excited about a first down by penalty in the 4th quarter of a 4 point game.
I thought he looked like a massive tool. But I'm not going to lose any sleep over it.
Didn't notice it before...but his team doesn't respond to the antics on the sideline, just a few people calling for a penalty.
No we wouldn't. We would find a way to spin it as a positive.
It was a chump move and he should know better. You don't celebrate personal fouls on your QB like you just won the game. You shouldn't celebrate that stuff at all.
I have so much more respect for a guy like Tuberville who owned up to his sideline incident and said it was the result of getting heated and that it was unacceptable behaviour.
Yeah, but there is a little difference between physically assaulting someone and jumping up and down moronically..
It was a personal foul in that it was a late hit, but it's not like the hit could have injured Colter or knocked him out of the game. If it had been a dirty play or if Colter had been hurt, I don't think Fitzgerald would have reacted the way he did.
Colter could have easily been hurt on the play. I am with the majority here in that I think it was a silly reaction, but couldn't really care less about it now. I do think however, that Colter could have easily been hurt on the play. He fell awkwardly into the players on the sidelines and injuries often happen as a result of such an occurrence.
Wait. You have more respect for a guy that hit an employee than a guy who acted annoyingly, simply because the guy that hit his employee admitted it was wrong? Are you nuts?
Its a little odd the way that he celebrated about it. I don't personally care, nor does it even bother me. The way in which he did it did make him seem like a little kid though.
In any case, here's both (in gif form):
What he wanted to say but couldn't without getting fined/reprimanded: "I was kind of upset at this point by the fact that we'd been called for a lot more penalties and been penalized for a lot more yards than Michigan. This was my sarcastic reaction to this state of affairs."
Don't agree with his assessment or his reaction, but that's what's probably going on here.
Since we don't know for sure, and he is an opposing coach, I'll assume the worst. It is my right and duty as a fan.
agree with that. Said it yesterday. It was simply a Bronx Cheer from a guy who thought nothing prior to that had been called his way. He's still a class act compared to many other BIG football coaches. (Pelini, Meyer, Dantonio) Not to mention Kelly.
When I saw it, I thought it was 100% that; Fitz reacting sarcastically to getting a PF call after an earlier Pf flag against UM had been picked up and after a few close penalty calls went against NU.
He looked dumb, but man, big deal.
In other news, the Danny Hope gif is priceless.
My problem is that Beyer was right there. It was borderline taunting of a player on another team who had just made a huge mistake. It was a DB move pure and simple.
His over-exuberance for a personal foul call--which was not even for a potentially more legitimate reason like a TD, game-winning FG, sack, or goal line stand--upset his karma ... if you believe in that kind of stuff
He just made himself look stupid, end of story. Nothing overly malicious or amoral, not a big deal, he just comes off as a clown, like he puts it. Fine by me
I like Fitz. One of the better representatives of the Big Ten. But that was kind of embarrassing. And I don't buy that it was a sarcastic response to not getting calls all day. I think he lost his composure. Not the end of the world, but not his best moment.
I don't like him. He was doing that same double arm raise after they beat Michigan in the rain a couple of years back. He's supposed to be the coach, not a player. Even if he's happy while raising his arms in triumph, it makes him look like a twit. It was funny to see the clip of him sacking Brian Griese during the game, because he was doing that same double arm raise when he was a player. It's his trademark I guess.
He's Steve Holt.
That is all.
Rub a stuffed animal in someone's face
The word clown and sports go well together.
He adds a lot of personality to the conference. He coaches and talks like football is just a game, and I think a lot of us could use a reminder of that, sometimes.
He generally is not a douche and I have much respect for the job that he does at N'western. We all have our moments that we're not real proud of, here was his. IMHO
In the overall scheme of things, and I was sitting right behim Fitzgerald when he was jumping around like a clown, it didn't matter. I'm much more pissed off about the reffing in the MSU-Nebraska game that probably cost us a trip to Indy.
or lack thereof, cost us a trip to Indy. Not preparing Devin every week hurt us against Nebraska. We can only blame ourselves.
No offense to all the voters out there but this is fact. Blaming MSU, PSU, or the refs for costing us a trip to Indy when all we had to do was win is pretty lame. Just because it isn't a warm and fuzzy response doesn't mean it's flamebait. I would +1 you if I could.
I didn't have a problem with it at all. He probably felt immense disappointment that the play appeared to not be a success, and then saw the flag and, along with most of us, assumed that it had sealed a win for his team. What we were feeling in disappointment was what he was feeling in excitment.
Now, had he been chirping or taunting Desmond Morgan after the flag came out, it would be a different story.
he would have looked real foolish chirping at Morgan.
Eh, Beyer, Morgan...all white people look the same.
That's my take exactly. His team got a first down in a critical moment in the game when they needed to score. Who would have not jumped up and down, excited for an extremely important first down??? The self righteousness on this board is incredible! You're a hypocrite for blasting Fitz if/when you would have done the same thing in a critical moment. What's he supposed to do? Coddle his QB? They just moved 15 yards closer to the endzone (for perhaps the WIN!) vs it being 3rd and long. Get over your hypocritical selves, people. And give Fitz some benefit of the doubt here...
I hate when people tell me what I would have done. I coach a lot and have never done anything like that. Even in make it or break it momements you try to have some composure. There is a way to show enthusiasm without jumping up and down like a 9 year old girl that just got a pony for Christmas.
Now this isn't douchebaggery on a Dantonio scale, but let's just say that Fitz has used up his stupidity points and will be watched closely from here on out. I'm sure he's a nice guy and a good coach, but that was pure bush league.
Gif is priceless
given Fitzgerald's career, my tremendous respect for him as a player and coach I find this explination very disatisfying.
I still love the guy and what he's done for Northwestern but that's some weak sauce.
Let the records show that the only place I've seen anyone bitching about this on MGoBlog. So...yeah.
I'm going to file this in the "Who Gives A Shit?" category and move on to more pressing needs: What do we sacrifice to AIRBHG to keep him in Iowa City?
There was some bitching about it on one of the Northwestern blogs too.
The tone of this board would be a lot different had we lost. As it were, he looked like a fool for a few moments in an intense game in a key situation. Time to move on.
i have no problem with the way fitzgerald acted, if someone were to put a camera in my house while i watched a UM game, i would probably look similar. he just happen to have a tv camera capture his actions, i honestly believe he had no idea how dumb he looked
Along the same lines. I'm a big fan of coaches that show their emotions during the game so long as it isn't direct negatively toward players. If you are at a school with limited talent and history maybe that little extra emotion inspires the players a little. The first one is awesome just because every word can be heard.
Anyone who wants to hate on Fitz really needs to go somewhere far, far, FAR away and never come back.
Fitzgerald is a GREAT coach. He loves his program and he wants like HELL to take NW to the next level. I saw nothing wrong with that he did...he was just trying to motivate his team. He didn't show up ANYONE on Michigan. He wasn't in anyone's face, he was just trying to put some emotion into his team.
Face it, I don't care if Michigan is ranked or not...when you're NW and you beat them, it's a HUGE win.
If Michigan didn't have Hoke, the best coach in the conference. They'd be honored to have Fitz, the 2nd best coach. Hoke and Fitzgerald also have tremendous respect for one and other.
If you didn't read any of the above. Maybe this will sink in: If you don't like Pat Fitzgerald. You can't like Jordan Kovacs. They're one in the same. May not have all the tools, but they're going to give you EVERYTHING they have to win and fight like hell for their team.
With Fitz strongly suggest he is a classy guy. I have met and played for/against a lot of B1G coaches in all sports and Pat Fitzgerald noticeably has his act together more than most. I can't forget the '06 PSU/NU game when PSU came from behind to win. I was fortunate to be on both sidelines during that game and I came away much more impressed with how Fitz interacted with his kids than any other coach that day. Even though NU suffered a mind-blowing loss that included PSU making a 4th and 20 inside their own 10 with a minute to play.
I wrote about other interactions I have had with Fitz in the other thread. Over a 5 year period I really have nothing bad to say about him.
That is why it stands out. He is usually such a good guy that has it all together. It was so against is usual sideline demenor at an inappropriate time. If he was out there stuffing chew all the time it wouldn't be such an issue.
I was a few beers in and in section 10. When I saw the flag fly I pointed out to my buddy "look at that idiot jumping on the sideline" he then asked who it was and I told him"gotta be a student assistant or something. Pat Fitzgerald is better than that". Was kinda upset to find out it was him. I have great respect for what he has done there but that was terrible sideline behavior for a head coach
The head coach saw his team get 15 yards closer to the endzone to take the lead. Yeah, he shouldn't have been excited about that.
Not when it came from a penalty that is called because one of your players could be hurt by a dangerous hit (allegedly)?
what play might players not get hurt from? It's freaking football! It's not like it was a nasty rip your head off Gholston style penalty or anything. The dude was knocked out of bounds late... and a first down ensued and the winning TD got closer and closer.
I just watched the play again (and replay). It really didn't seem to be a ROUGH late hit at all... And Fitz was RIGHT THERE watching it all ensue. I mean, I'm not a Fitz fan, and I don't really care to defend him, but his reaction just doesn't seem to justify all the HATE on this board. I don't get it.
Was it less than classy? Yes. Was it borderline childish? Yes. But it's not a very big deal within the context of that game and certainly not in the wider context of college football behavior. It's no "60 minutes of unncessary roughness" statement.
Besides, his punishment will be his childrenand grandchildren never being able to escape the gif of that moment when the google the old man.
He looked like an immature teenager. That being said, I don't think it's that big of a deal and regardless
of what he is saying about his actions, I'm sure he is embarrassed behind closed doors.
That being said, at the moment I was watching him jump around, I was kinda glad he decided to not leave NW when we were conducting our coaching search a few years ago.
YAY My QB possibly just got injured, I'm going to jump around like an idiot.
I keep seeing people say, "Well, if there was a camera in my living room..." Well, there isn't one. We aren't paid a lot of money to be public representatives of a university. Fitzgerald is. Did he jump around like that when his team scored a td to take the lead with 4 minutes to go? No. He only did this after a personal foul on his QB. The guy is a douche. If there were a camera in my living room, then I'd adjust my behavior. I certainly wouldn't jump around like a fool after a personal foul on my qb. Now, I might jump around like a fool after Rountree makes an amazing catch, after Gibbons kicks the tying field goal, after DG scores the go-ahead td in OT, or after Demens makes a monstrous stop on 4th and 2 to end the game...but not for some random pf call that you don't even know is going to result in a score.
I actually like this part. "Like I tell [my wife] Stacy all the time, you'll have to excuse my passion. Get over it."
Seems to me a coach acting like a "knuclehead" will most likely motivate his players to act like knucleheads.
At least Fitzgerald displayed better sense jumping around on the sideline than he did when shopping for a chair recently: