Pat Narduzzi has only been Pitt’s head football coach for one season, but that didn’t stop university higher-ups from extending his contract.
According to an official statement from the school, Narduzzi has received a two-year extension that will keep him with the Panthers through 2021. He originally signed a five-year deal prior to the 2015 season after serving as Michigan State’s defensive coordinator for nearly a decade.
“The University of Pittsburgh is an incredible place with incredible people,” Narduzzi said. “My family and I plan to make Pittsburgh our home for a very long time and we’re glad the leadership at Pitt feels the same way. It is an honor to serve as Pitt’s head football coach and I’m continuously energized by what we can, and will, accomplish here.”
Pitt AD Scott Barnes also added a statement of his own.
“Pat Narduzzi has adrenalized Pitt football on and off the field,” Barnes said. “We are proud of what our program has accomplished this season. Moreover, we’re excited about what our student-athletes can continue to achieve–on the field, in the classroom and in the community–under Pat’s long-term leadership.”
Narduzzi led the Panthers to a record of 8-4 (6-2 ACC) in his first season, all while being without star running back James Conner, who suffered a knee injury in the first game of the season against Youngstown State. Pitt also ranked 24th in total defense.
Needless to say, the man has won over a lot of people in the Steel City and should continue to do just that for the foreseeable future.
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