Northwestern reserves traditional senior honor for retiring DC Mike Hankwitz following final practice of 2020
Northwestern’s defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz wrapped up his final practice on Thursday as he puts the final touches on an incredible 51-year career.
Hankwitz has been at Northwestern since 2008, but he began his coaching career all the way back in 1970. That start began as a graduate assistant in Michigan for legendary coach Bo Schembechler.
Since then, Hankwitz has bounced around the country before spending the final stretch of his career with the Wildcats and Pat Fitzgerald. He will wrap up his career with one final game in Friday’s Citrus Bowl matchup against Auburn.
During the conclusion of Thursday’s final practice of the season, Fitzgerald told the players that things were going to be a bit different. Instead of having the traditional “senior walk” for all senior players, he decided to reserve that honor for one person alone.
Of course, it was for Hankwitz. Check it out:
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Hopefully, Hankwitz goes out on a high note with one more win. Citrus Bowl kickoff is set for 1 pm EST on ABC.