Northwestern Wildcats announce Football Staff Firings

EVANSTON, Illinois – Northwestern football will not retain defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil, defensive line coach Marty Long and wide receivers coach Dennis Springer, Dan and Susan Jones Family Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald announced at the end of the season. 
 
“Our entire football family is grateful for what these three men brought to our program on and off the field,” Fitzgerald said. “They recruited and developed student-athletes who will be prepared for life and make our University community proud for years to come. Marty and Dennis have been Wildcats for more than a decade and helped lead us to two division titles and five bowl championships. Ultimately, these difficult decisions were made with the intention of putting our team in the best position for success on gameday moving forward. The process to fill these important roles on our staff will begin immediately.” 
 
The Wildcats will open the 2023 campaign on Saturday, September 3, at Rutgers, and return home one week later to kick off a home slate at Ryan Field that will include visits from Iowa, Penn State, Purdue and Minnesota. 

COURTESY NORTHWESTERN ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

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