Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald unhappy his quarterback participated in APU

Sep 7, 2013; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald coaches against the Syracuse Orange during the first quarter at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

By now you’re probably aware of the All Players United (or APU) protest that occurred across the college football landscape last weekend. The movement has drawn both praise and criticism (shocking!), but one specific person upset with the situation is Northwestern Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald, whose quarterback, Kain Colter, displayed initials on his gear last Saturday. While Fitzgerald didn’t criticize the movement as a whole, he did express frustration that Colter didn’t run the idea by him first, telling CBS Sports the following:

We meet every Monday. The last question I ask the guys, ‘Is there anything to know that I don’t know?” and that didn’t come up.


I told him I was disappointed in him, not that he believes in the cause and not that he was taking a role in that but … what we try to do collectively is team focused.


I told him, ‘I don’t think you were trying to draw attention to yourself. I don’t think you were trying to step out of bounds of the team, but if you’re going to do things like that in the future it needs to be done and vetted through the systems we have in place.’ It was a teachable and coachable moment.

It will be interesting to see how the APU movement manifests itself throughout the remainder of the college football season. Those looking for more information should check out the National College Players Association website.

[Source: CBS Sports]

Topics: All Players United, Kain Colter, Northwestern Wildcats, Pat Fitzgerald

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