Some big news surfaced out of Evanston on Sunday morning, as Northwestern announced that offensive coordinator Mick McCall will not be returning to the staff for the 2020 season.
Northwestern released a statement on McCall on Sunday afternoon. The announcement comes a day after the Wildcats concluded the 2019 season with a 3-9 record and a 1-8 mark in B1G play. Northwestern defeated Illinois 29-10 in the season finale.
“Mick was one of the first hires I made when given the honor of leading this program, and has been a trusted colleague and loyal friend for almost my entire tenure,” Fitzgerald said in a release. “He’s guided our offense through unquestionably one of the most successful periods in Wildcats history, with four bowl championships and nine postseason appearances. Mick recruited and coached great student-athletes and exceptional young men who have made the Northwestern community proud in so many ways after graduation.”
McCall was the offensive coordinator at Northwestern for 12 season.
This year, the Wildcats struggled significantly on the offensive side of the football. Northwestern ranked 126th nationally in scoring (16.3 points per game) and ranked last in the B1G in passing offense and 13th in total offense.
“I’m proud of what we accomplished at Northwestern, and the success I’ve contributed to throughout my career,” said McCall. “It’s been a privilege to represent this University, and work alongside some of the best student-athletes, coaches and staff I’ve encountered in my career. I’ll forever be indebted to Pat Fitzgerald and Jim Phillips for giving me this opportunity. A piece of my family and me will always belong to Evanston and Chicago.”