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BREAKING: Northwestern fires associate head coach/safeties coach Matt MacPherson

Northwestern’s busy Thursday continues.

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David Braun is making another change to his coaching staff.

Northwestern associate head coach/safeties coach Matt MacPherson will not be returning to NU for the 2024 season, per The Inside Zone’s Matt Fortuna. MacPherson, who has spent the last 18 years at NU, was let go alongside offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian, offensive line coach Kurt Anderson and special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Jeff Genyk.

MacPherson spent the first 12 years of his stint with the Wildcats coaching the running backs and is in part responsible for the development of Justin Jackson, who went on to become Northwestern’s all-time leading rusher. Prior to the 2018 season, Pat Fitzgerald promoted MacPherson to associate head coach and placed him in charge of the defensive backs. Since taking over the DB room, MacPherson saw two cornerbacks get selected in the NFL Draft.

In 2023, MacPherson helped lead a secondary, alongside Lamarcus Hicks, that finished 25th in the nation in passing yards allowed and also saw the development of Devin Turner, Theran Johnson and Garnett Hollis Jr.

Despite creating talent over the years, MacPherson’s tenure as a Wildcat was darkened after being named in a lawsuit this summer saying he witnessed multiple acts of sexual hazing, including “running,” but did not report or intervene to stop the actions. A former player also said MacPherson witnessed naked pull ups when Northwestern used to participate in Camp Kenosha.

Braun will either now have to find a new safeties coach, or change the current alignment. As of now, Hicks is the program’s only coach in the Northwestern secondary.