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Team: Pittsburgh Panthers
Age / DOB:  (51) / 4/22/1966

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Pitt and West Virginia will square off to open the 2022 season.
The two squads have renewed the Backyard Brawl with a scheduled four-game series from 2022-25, with the first contest in the set to be played on Sep. 3, 2022. Pitt will host that contest, as they will for the 2024 contest, with West Virginia hosting the other two games. While the Panthers hold a 61-40-3 overall record in the series -- it's a series that began in 1895 -- the teams have not played each other since Nov. 25, 2011, when West Virginia emerged victorious by a 21-20 score. Jan 17 - 12:27 PM

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Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi has signed a new seven-year contract to stay with the school through the 2024 season.

This is a result of other coaches leaving programs for more prestigious jobs or higher paying contracts. This new contract likely strengthens the money pool for Narduzzi to pay his assistants more as well.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 11:11:00 AM

Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said Virginia Tech WRs "did a great job pushing off all night," in the school's 39-36 loss to the Hokies.

"Give them credit for that," Narduzzi concluded. This is the same coach who called out James Franklin for making excuses earlier in the season. Narduzzi is a solid coach and hopefully Pittsburgh brass and fans practice patience, as recruiting and signing players under a new decision maker takes some time.
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 10:15:00 AM

Pittsburgh will return to Heinz Field to play their final spring game for the first time since 2011.

The game's scheduled for April 16 and admission will not be charged. Said AD Scott Barnes, "We're really looking forward to making a big splash back at Heinz Field. What that [attendance] number is is yet to be determined, but [we want] a large number of our folks for our game." They've been playing these games at local high school fields since 2011. HC Pat Narduzzi actually wanted this Heinz excursion to occur last season, but construction foiled his goal.
Mon, Feb 8, 2016 04:16:00 PM

Pittsburgh and head coach Pat Narduzzi have agreed to a two year contract extension, according to Joe Schad.

This means Narduzzi and Pitt are tied to each other for the next six seasons. The head coach received this contract extension after just one year as head coach following his departure from Michigan State where he was defensive coordinator. Narduzzi has faced a number of road blocks during his first season, namely Tyler Boyd's suspension and James Conner's injury, and subsequent cancer diagnosis.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 10:07:00 AM

Pittsburgh HC Pat Narduzzi's "already got an offense that can hold its own within the ACC, and he’s been charged with fixing what his specialty entails: the Pitt defense," notes the Sport Quotient.

Narduzzi, the old Michigan State DC, is replacing former Pitt coach Paul Chryst, who bolted for his Alma mater, Wisconsin. Pittsburgh defense ranked 11th in the ACC in scoring defense (11th) last year, and finishing poorly in rush defense (8th) and total defense (8th). It also was infective in getting to the QB (ranked T-103rd in sacks) and creating turnovers (T-116th). "Clearly that’s where Narduzzi must prove his worth as his Spartan defense ranked third in the country at forcing turnovers (34) and tied for ninth in the country in sacks (42)," wrote SQ.
Mon, Jun 8, 2015 06:12:00 PM

Former Michigan State DC Pat Narduzzi has been named the head coach of the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Narduzzi was the Big Ten's highest-paid coordinator this year and has been a long-time HC candidate. He has spent the past 11 seasons on Mark Dantonio-led coaching staffs, three of those coming with Cincinnati. His defenses have impressed without producing star names into the NFL.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 03:20:00 PM

Pittsburgh will name former Michigan State DC Pat Narduzzi head coach on Friday.‘s Joe Schad reported on Wednesday that Pitt and Narduzzi had finalized a contract, and the school announced it will conduct a 3:30 p.m. ET press conference Friday to "address its head football coaching vacancy." Narduzzi was the Big Ten's highest-paid coordinator this year and is a long-time HC candidate. He has spent the past 11 seasons on Mark Dantonio-led coaching staffs, three of those coming with Cincinnati.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 03:13:00 PM

Michigan State DC Pat Narduzzi is in talks to be Pitt's next HC, according to Pat Forde.

Narduzzi was the Big Ten's top paid coordinator last year and has frequently been mentioned as a potential candidate for multiple jobs. In fact, Narduzzi reportedly turned down UConn's opening last year. His defenses have impressed without producing star names into the NFL.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 10:41:00 AM

The Michigan State athletic program received an endowment of $3 million from boosters, part of which will go to DC Pat Narduzzi in an effort to keep the coach.

Narduzzi's name had been floated around as a potential future hire at head coach for vacant programs. In August, Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman called Narduzzi the "top candidate" to move from defensive coordinator to head coach after the 2014 season. This appears less likely now that a bunch of money has come in. In an article posted on the school's website, it was announced that "The $3 million gift is being directed toward the endowment of the defensive coordinator position" as well as the school's basketball program. Michigan State's defense has consistently been a Top-10 unit under Narduzzi's watch.
Thu, Nov 6, 2014 07:26:00 PM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman believes Michigan State's Pat Narduzzi is the top candidate to turn a DC job into a HC gig.

Feldman calls Narduzzi the "best defensive coordinator in college football," citing the Spartans' D being the conference's top unit the past three years. "Last December, he turned down a shot to be the head coach at UConn, but he figures to have some even bigger opportunities this winter," Feldman writes. "He's also proven to be one of the best recruiters in the Big Ten." Narduzzi has pumped a number of prospects into the NFL over the last few years. He has never been a head coach at the college level.
Source: Fox Sports
Tue, Aug 12, 2014 02:19:00 PM

Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi has declined an offer to become UConn's head coach, according to Football Scoop.

Narduzzi has turned the Spartans' defense into one of the top unit's in the country. Ball State's Pete Lembo might be next on the list, but it is obvious that Narduzzi was UConn's first choice.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 01:32:00 PM

Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi was announced as winner of the Broyles Award, given annually to college football's top assistant coach.

Narduzzi beat out Auburn's Rhett Lashlee, Baylor's Philip Montgomery, Florida State's Jeremy Pruitt and Kurt Roper from Duke. Narduzzi, of course, led a ferocious Michigan State defense which helped the Big 10 Champion Spartans to a 12-1 record.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 04:48:00 PM