Fitzgerald: The "N" never comes off

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Pat Fitzgerald weighed in on the recent negative light surrounding college football coaches with the South Bend Tribune recently, and says he understands the negative light that has been cast on the profession but urges people to see the big picture.

"I understand (those feelings), but I hope people wouldn't generalize. There are terrific people in this profession across the board."

Fitzgerald said that in one of their first meetings as a staff with athletic director Jim Phillips, they were told "The 'N' never comes off", meaning that the coaching staff represents the University 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The saying has stuck with him ever since.

"If you don't operate that way, you're making a huge mistake." Fitz explained.