Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald. Nov 19, 2022; West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; Northwestern Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald walks the sidelines during the second quarter against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

The Northwestern Wildcats have been under a ton of scrutiny following an investigation into hazing incidents going on within the football program led by head coach Pat Fitzgerald. A former player then came forward to reveal details of the disturbing hazing incidents, which led to Northwestern reconsidering its position on Fitzgerald’s job status on Monday.

The university previously issued Pat Fitzgerald a two-week suspension after the investigation was first reported. However, as more and more ugly details of the hazing emerged, it appeared very clear that they may have misjudged his sanction.

Northwestern president Michael Schill issued a statement on Saturday as more information emerged saying that he believed he may have been wrong about his initial punishment for Fitzgerald.

Even more disturbing details emerged on Monday about alleged racism that occurred under Fitzgerald’s watch, which seems like it was the final straw.

Shortly following this news, Northwestern finally made the decision to relieve Fitzgerald of his duties, according to ESPN’s Pete Thamel.

Considering all that has emerged about Pitzgerald’s program as of late, many fans wholeheartedly agreed with the decision.

Fitzgerald will leave behind an extremely complicated legacy at Northwestern, excelling at times when it came to wins and losses on the field. He notably helped the program reach multiple double-digit win seasons in his tenure, which is something that the program hadn’t done since 1995.

However, if these allegations are to be believed against him, he clearly contributed to a ton of damage psychologically to some of his former players that were victims of hazing and/or racism, which is likely what he will be remembered most for.

[Pete Thamel on Twitter]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.