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Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald does not sound like a man planning to join the Green Bay Packers.

Following a 31-20 win over Utah that gave Northwestern nine wins, Fitzgerald pledged his loyalty to the university as reports circulate of the Packers' plan to make a play for the coach.

"Hashtag Go Cats, man. I'm not going anywhere. This is home forever," Fitzgerald said. He later added, "I'm a Wildcat for life."

However, ESPN reported Tuesday that Fitzgerald is expected to accept an interview for the job.

Packers CEO and president Mark Murphy knows Fitzgerald well. He was Northwestern's athletic director when Fitzgerald was hired in 2006.

The Packers fired Mike McCarthy on Dec. 2 and have begun interviewing candidates for the vacancy.

McCarthy, meanwhile, appears to be a popular candidate in the latest NFL coaching cycle, with interviews on the docket for three or more teams.

McCarthy will interview with the Cleveland Browns on Thursday before finalizing additional sitdowns, though the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals are among those known to have interest in the displaced Packers coach.

McCarthy was fired Dec. 3, ending 13 seasons in Green Bay, where he worked with Browns general manager John Dorsey and other prominent members of the scouting staff - assistant general manager Eliot Wolf and vice president of player personnel Alonzo Highsmith.

McCarthy, 55, is 125-75-2, and has 10 playoff wins, including a Super Bowl victory after the 2010 season.

The Jets fired Todd Bowles after three seasons with the team on Monday, the same day the Cardinals parted with Steve Wilks at the end of a 3-13 campaign, his only season in Arizona.