Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Pat Narduzzi expected to be next Pitt football coach

Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi is expected to be named the next Pitt football coach, probably in the next few days. The 48-year old Youngstown, OH native is considered one of, if not the best, defensive coordinators in the country. 

He has been the defensive coordinator under Mark Dantonio since 2003 at Cincinnati. He was the coordinator there for three years, after a one year stint as the defensive coordinator for Miami, OH.  In 2007, Narduzzi followed Dantonio to Michigan State where he has been the coordinator until now.

Narduzzi's defenses have been in the top 10 nationally for the past four years. They are his creation so this is not the case of former defensive coordinator Dantonio calling the shots. Complete creation and implementation has come from Narduzzi.

The defensive style calls for aggressive play, especially from the cornerbacks who are in the face of the receivers at the snap. His defenses make a lot of big plays and are often among the national leaders in turnovers.

As for his staff, Narduzzi will probably try to bring DB coach Harlon Barnett and LB and Special Teams coach Mike Tressel. But Barnett is a Michigan State alum who could very possibly stay to take over for Narduzzi. That may leave Tressel to get a promotion to defensive coordinator for Pitt.  Tressel, who is the nephew of Jim Tressel, has been a coach at Michigan State for eight years. He is the Spartans' main recruiter for Pitt target Anthony McKee. 

For offensive coordinator, QB coach and recruiting coordinator Brad Salem may be an option. It's been rumored that Vanderbilt is interested in hiring to be their offensive coordinator. He has mentored  probable future first round draft pick Connor Cook, and when he was the running backs coach prior, he mentored Le'Veon Bell.

Back to Narduzzi, he seems like a perfect fit. He is from the same part of the country, he's a tough no nonsense guy, and he loves coaching football. From what I hear he really wanted this job and he considers it a destination job. 

There's always a concern of a learning curve since he's never been a head coach before, but his defenses should be spectacular eventually, and much improved immediately. He will also keep the pro style balanced offense that Pitt has been built for. If he finds an excellent offensive coordinator, then I think Pitt could be excellent in the near future. 

Narduzzi will also get a budget that's better than Pitt has ever had. New ACC money and a new chancellor is a good start for that, but also Narduzzi would not take this job unless he got a high budget for his staff.

Bottom line, I had him on my list and if I knew Pitt was this open to coordinators then he would have been near the top of my list. Part of me is still a little frustrated that Pitt has to hire coordinators instead of hiring away Power 5 head coaches like others do. And while I don't know any names I have no doubt that some big names were interested. But Pitt clearly fell in love with Narduzzi. And that's easy to do, to be honest. If Pitt built a head coach in a lab he might be Narduzzi. A better fit would be hard to find. I think he has a much higher ceiling than Paul Chryst and he's a much better fit. Because he was never a head coach I wouldn't consider him a home run hire, but he is definitely a big swing that could be a home run.

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  1. The more I read about Narduzzi the more excited I get. I was leaning towards Holliday and can't help but wonder about the 'big names' but this seems like a really solid hire, especially with the increased budget for assistants and other parts of the program.

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  2. Any chance Rudolph would stay as coordinator and is that even something that Narduzzi would consider based on your knowledge of the situation? Also, any primary recruits Narduzzi may bring with him? pghfan1992

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  3. Nice write up Chris.

    Great gift to find in our Pitt football Christmas stockings! :)

    Hope this finally shuts up those who wanted a 'local guy' in charge. Though in a different state, Youngstown, where Narduzzi is from, is pretty damn local. Sounds like except for actual HC experience, he will satisfy most everyone. (And I heard that he received extra 'training and responsibilities' at Mich State to help prepare him to be a HC - can you confirm?)

    Blue Collar guy? Check

    Hard Nosed Defense? Check

    Smashmouth Offense? Check

    Family Guy? Check.

    Exciting yet not 'splashy'? Check

    A Pittsburgh type coach & person? Check

    Gotta love it.


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    1. Tommymac it sounds like the second coming of Foge!

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      Seriously, afa second coming of Foge - hell 'Duzz has just as much chance to be the second coming of Jackie. Hiring an assistant to a first time HC position is always a risk. Time will tell - but it is very encouraging to see that the Pitt front office got the hiring process done right this time. Refreshing change from 4 and 5 years ago.

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    3. Just hope the buyout is big enough that if he ever leaves we an afford the next guy

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    4. So much for "Pitt going Big".
      This is the typical, safe, low budget hire.
      I will be curious to the assistant coaches and if he will hire like Chryst (only those who are connected to him) instead of the best person available. I hope he gets $2.5million for Assistants.
      That said,
      Narduzzi was on my Original list but NOT on my "Going Big" list.

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    5. Another a series of unproven B10 coordinators? Check.

      Zero head coaching experience? Check.

      Home run hire? Big splash hire? Nope, no check ... at least not yet.

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    6. Litany of fans thinking they know what the future holds but choose to bitch first...check

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    7. I love that because some random Internet site used the phrase "big splash" and "big name" that people assigned those phrases to Gallagher like he put it in a press release. You guys let football scoop or whatever site get in your heads, and now you're disappointed despite Pitt making what by all accounts is a good hire.

      There are only a handful of genuinely low risk coaches, and most of them are happy where they are and have no interest in Pitt at present. Pitt is a better job post Pedersen and Chryst then it was after graham bolted and Pedersen was still in charge. If we make a smart AD hire and Narduzzi gets to 8/9 wins for a few years in a row, fewer yellow seats, and the resulting revenue from that success and Pitt will be an even better job than it is today.

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    8. @tommymac

      My point was he has same attributes and similar resume as Foge, Foge was a great DC unfortunately not even a good head coach.

      We shall see how Narduzzi works out.

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  4. Well the new era of Pitt football begins. I hope they got it right this time. First game YSU, a nice measuring stick to see if we have improved from the previous regime.

    Oh by the way does anyone stick from the current staff or do they go to Wisconsin or hit the unemployment line?

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  5. I like it.

    I don't buy that this is a destination job for him, and I don't care. Also, I don't care that they hired someone with no head coaching experience. I think Florida St, Clemson, Oregon, Stanford, and Florida all recently tried it, with most having success. Hiring coordinators is exciting because of the unknown factor, and it can work out very well if you know what you're doing -- just ask the Steelers.

    One of the little things I like about Narduzzi is that he spent time improving his public speaking skills. It's a small thing, but it shows how much he wants to be a very good head coach.

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  6. It makes me somewhat more comfortable with the hire in the you seem to be half way enthusiastic about it. That, in and of itself, make be a first for a while.

    I am still upset that they could not hire someone that had coaching experience at a P5 school. Personally I am going to take a wait and see attitude. There are two things that have to happen next year to make me agree that this was a good hire. The first is that we need to thoroughly beat both Youngstown State and Akron at Akron. The second is that we need to finish no worse than 8-4 in the regular season. If either of these two things do not happen then my reservations about this hire will be justified. I believe that if Chryst had stayed he would have accomplished both of those criteria.

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    1. Only 16 P5 programs have a head coach who had previously been a P5 head coach out of 65 schools. And 2 of those are Pitt's two former coaches. It's understandable that people want that experience but most schools don't go that route and two of the four teams in the playoffs -FSU and Oregon- have HCs who were coordinators with no HC experience.

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    2. C'mon man....those two were promoted from within for continuity sakes...c'mon now! The bigger question is to name the last Defensive Coordinator that turned around a collegiate program from a DC position?

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  7. Looks like Pitt narrowed their search to 2-3 guys from a list of 3-4 guys as usual.....

    He might be a good one though...I guess. Depends on his assistants budget and who he hires. Whitehead should be excited about this guy if he wants to play defense though. Should be a upgrade either way over Sleepy Paul and his meh recruiting strategy.

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  8. Thoughts

    - Congratulations to PN on becoming the next HC

    - I would have preferred a person with head coaching experience but a high energy individual who's also a strong recruiter will do.

    - In a previous post I listed Jim Tressel as a potential but do to an autocorrect error I "meant" to post Mike Tressel will be part of Pitt's next staff....Dang autocorrect!!

    - A poster on Pittblather mentioned hearing that Brennan Carroll will be coming as recruiting coordinator. Chris you hear anything about this or just another of the million rumors flying around?

    - I'm interested in seeing the $$ amount PN has to hire coordinators. But more importantly is who he hires with that money.

    - Hope he's not going to coach MSU for the bowl game. Has work to do here.

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  9. We just hired the Paul Of defense's like Groundhog Day. Will wait and see but he's obviously in better position than one coach Paul came in.

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  10. I firmly believe that Narduzzi will be a home run hire - I'll say one last time - I never liked the Chryst hire and especially after I heard him speak the 1st time....gawd.

    And, I completely agree with Starkey of the Trib-Review and his article on Chryst - a failure.

    I am beyond happy that he and especially Pederson are gone - good riddance to both.

    This Narduzzi hire will turn out to be the best since Sherrill.

    We should all Thank Patrick Gallagher for his extraordinary vision and quick decisive action toward Pitt's athletic department.

    I couldn't be happier with coach Narduzzi!!! Pitt will be IT again!!!

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  11. I admit I'm a little disappointed ... not exactly the big-splash hire I was led to believe we'd make.

    But at least there's nowhere near the waves of nausea I felt when we first announced we'd hired Paul Chryst. At least Narduzzi has the reputation as a good recruiter, which is paramount in college football. Which was my main gripe when HCPC was announced.

    I'll reserve judgment until I see who Narduzzi hires as his OC and DC, and whether they're great recruiters. Plus his first recruiting class. Hopefully he does more than bring in a bunch of no-name cronies who also can't recruit, ala Paul Chryst.

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    1. Led to believe by an Internet site few football fans had ever heard of, not by anyone at Pitt. The same site ironically that said Pitt was only looking at candidates with HC experience.

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    2. So you'll be whining when Narduzzi's 1st class doesn't meet your expectations. Just remember 2 names - Darquez Dennard & Shilique Calhoun.

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  12. The Paul Chryst of defense? What the hell does that mean? These two coaches are so different in many ways. If you're saying he's the opposite of Chrysts offensive scheme is that really all that bad? Not sure what you wanted, the same as Chryst? I like this hire, and I believe he is capable of staying here for a long time. If he is a good head coach and continues to bring in recruits from the surrounding 7 hour drive then we will be good. Then Pitt admin will have to pony up more
    Money to keep him here. He has no dream job or alma mater, this could be his dream job!

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    1. I'm saying that just like coach Paul came in as a well-known offense of Cordinator he's coming in is a well-known defense of coordinator tell me it's just the same it's just that we don't have to start all over again. Let's see how he is as a head coach that's all I'm saying it's the same scenario just three years later.

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    2. Narduzzi is energetic and really has a personality and will engage. Chryst is a wallflower and boring.

      I believe recruiting will be much better.

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    3. I don't believe recruiting can get much worse.

      The announcement moved from today, xmas eve to Friday. Lets see if he wants to coach MSU in bowl game. If that is the case, then bad move by Pitt for permitting it. Chryst did the same and it showed how clueless he was in recruiting and supporting new team!

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  13. I am excited about this hire. As anyone who has followed my thoughts over the years, I hated the Chryst hire - in fact i started a fire Chryst thread the day he was hired that the brethren on the Liar hated.

    Narduzzi is different - great recruiter, great motivator. Will bring excitement to the program.

    And Chris - I had to laugh when you wrote this "but his defenses should be spectacular eventually, and much improved immediately." Ya think? A chipmunk could improve immediately over Matt House

    On this great day of Festivus, thank you Barry Alvarez, thank you. In one fell swopp you rid us of Chryst, Pederson and Matt House. There will be no airing of grievances for you Barry. Happy Festivus

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    1. I bet you House does not end up at Wisconsin !

      Alvarez pulls all the strings regarding the football program, we shall see how Chryst deals with it because Belima and Anderson became tired of Barry's antics and bolted.

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  14. All you people crying about "having head coaching experience" cool bro, that always works out eh. Even the few you were pining for weren't all successful all the time, and a couple of those guys only have been for a year or two. "Oh no .. This isnt going big!!!". So your saying you rather grab headlines instead of finding the right fit? Ah I see. GTFOH

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  15. I'm much more enthusiastic about the hiring of Coach Narduzzi than I was about Chryst. He seems to be a much more dynamic person, and a far better recruiter than Chryst is. I think this is at least a good hire, with the potential to be a great one. Only time will tell, but I have a much better feeling about Coach Narduzzi than PC.

    I've seen some videos of Narduzzi, and he's a much more effective speaker and communicator than Chryst, at least in public. I liked PC personally, but listening to him speak could be brutal.

    The defense should benefit greatly from this hire, and as long as the offense continues as it has, good days could be ahead for the program.

    Welcome to Pitt Coach Narduzzi!!!

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  16. Nice balanced assessment, Chris. You have long been a strong proponent of hiring someone with head coaching experience, and although you still have reservations (with good reason) about Narduzzi not having this experience, you cite all kinds of other reasons as to why he can be successful. It speaks very well for Coach Duzz that you can be enthusiastic about him in spite of not having a qualification that you have felt so strongly about in the past. As someone who worked for six years at MSU and who is still a Spartan fan (after my first love, Pitt), I am equally enthusiastic about Narduzzi.

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  17. Look at the time Chryst was exactly what we needed here!! Settlement and calmness to chill the program out a little. In my opinion, he was perfect at the time. I also believe it was time for him to go and it was even better that he was fired or quit!! He took a better gig for him and his family and moved on!! This could actually catapult this team to a constant top 20 team for the next few years!! It could also implode, it's happened but even if it does I like the direction that this chancellor wants to go!

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    1. He was never fired or quit. He moved on big difference

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  18. Disclaimer: 99% of the time I hate pointless, irrelevant discussions on hypothetical situations. I also have no meaningful knowledge of the situation, but,

    Maybe if this happened last year for whatever reason, Pitt would have had a better shot with Montae and Dravon? Couldn't imagine the difference they could have made on this defense

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    1. I don't think there's any doubt that Pitt could get both if Narduzzi was the coach.

      We'll find out if Pitt lands Damar Hamlin and Lamont Wade.

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  19. I like the way new myths are being written about Pitt football constantly by the instant gratification crowd. For them, any coach who hasn't had at least a 10 win season by year 3 and made it into the top 25 and has prospects of contending for the MNC in year 4 or 5 is a terrible coach, a failure and should be fired. And, of course, they invent false narratives to support their factually incorrect conclusions.

    Just wait until next year or the year after and the cycle will repeat itself if Narducci doesn't prove to be the 2nd coming of Majors I. LOL

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    1. Regrettably, you are right about this. And you need to include some in the media in the instant gratification crowd, most recently and blatantly Joe Starkey in the Trib, who declared Chyrst to be a "miserable failure." This is ridiculous and makes Starkey look like a fool for saying it, although the instant gratification crowd will agree with him, which says the same about them.

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    2. Chryst was a failure. If you can't admit that, then you have a problem. The man could not recruit, made poor game day decisions, had questionnable personnel moves, hired incompetent assistants who were his buddies and went 16-18 against non FCS opponents.

      Please show me where in any of that he was successful

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    3. Chryst brought much needed stability to a situation at Pitt that had become a national embarrassment. So he rebuilt the foundation, which didn't lead to immediate demonstrable success on the field but which will enable Narduzzi to begin his time here without having to deal with all of this.

      Please remember that Chryst had more wins and went to three more bowls than Wannstedt did in his first three years. And if he had stayed three more years like Wanny, he might have done reasonably well for the remainder of his time here.

      Some well-respected people (e.g., John Congemi and even Dave Wannstedt) disagree with you.

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    4. Stability - as going 16-18 and recruiting poorly?

      I guess if you want to give Chryst credit for not embarassing himself, yes the big oaf had that going for him. He didn't hit his babay mama like Haywood or talk like a brash Texan like Graham - but he could not coach well at all.

      you apparently have quite a low bar for success. Stability and don't do anything embarrassing. Me - i prefer winning - that is how you measure success in college football

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    5. You must be president of the instant gratification club.

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    6. And you must be President of the 30 years of mediocre football - just give the Big Oaf more time club

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    7. I think we are both happy that Pat Narduzzi is our new coach. Onward and upward. Happy Holidays and Hail to Pitt!

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    8. Maverick dear sir, you haven't a clue. The Pitt program was in turmoil because of the coaching carousel as well as a moronic and inept AD. This point cannot be understated. The AD held the program back much more than the coach.

      I am thankful we had a man of character accept the position three years ago. He re-stored high school coaches trust in the program. He created the foundation and Narduzzi will take us to 8 or 9 wins next year, especially if the keep a professional offensive approach. By controlling the ball, it will give the Nard a better chance to turn things around defensively.

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    9. Maverick bragged about establishing a FirePaulChyrst website before he even coached a game or a practice. So you are right. Maverick doesn't have a clue and never has had.

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  20. I'm excited to see how this plays out. I wasn't as concerned about prior head coaching experience as many seem to be. There are a lot of successful head coaches that had to get their first head gig somewhere. I like that this guy has experience and comes from an established program.

    Hopefully he wins his first press conference and proves to be a sold recruiter. Will be interested to see who he adds to his staff. I would be happy if Rudolph stayed on as OC but unless he's getting a lot of $ to do so, I suspect he'll follow Chryst back to Wisconsin.

    Chryst brought some stability but how three years were marked by several bad losses rather than any real statement win. Had Pitt not beat Syracuse and Miami to end this season he would have absolutely been on the hot seat next season. Everything that's happened may have just happened a year sooner in the end.

    Hope Narduzzi can get in here and hang on to this recruiting class plus seal the deal on maybe a few more impact players.

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  21. Big splash? Home-run hire? Judging by the national buzz, not quite: Not a single syllable in the Denver Post this morning about Pitt's big-risk hopeful-reward hire.

    Of course, a lot of today's coverage was about Colorado State announcing they've also hired an unproven coordinator as its next head coach, Georgia's former OC Mike Bobo.

    Hey, Mike Bobo and Pat Narduzzi might be the next big thing for all I know. Or they might be the next Paul Hackett and Foge Fazio too, for all we know. Which is the point:

    As long as Pitt continues to act "minor league" beneath our rich tradition and current big-league status as a member in good standing of a Power Five conference (by doing things like hiring unproven coordinators on the cheap, like MAC and Sunbelt Conference teams), then the rest of the nation -- and blue-chip recruits -- will follow suit and treat us that way too.

    It's high time that Pitt starts acting like the major program it is. But we decided to act minor league instead. That's why I'm a little disappointed. I expected more this time.

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    1. The college football is buzzing with this hire, as is the national media, so you are very wrong about this.

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    2. You obviously don't know anything at all about college head coaches. Heaven forbid Pitt hire an unproven coordinator for head coach. It could be ruinous like it was for FSU and Oregon with their current HCs. Or maybe we'll be really unlucky and end up with anyone Dabo Sweeney at Clemson. What a nightmare.

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    3. You keep hyping the Coordinator hires at Oregon and FSU. Those two coaches were in the program of their predecessor. For continuity sake, it just made sense. That is why a Rudolph discussion was not a bad idea.

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  22. Chris,

    I've gone on record saying I wasn't thrilled about going with a potential DC but after reading about Narduzzi I've come around a bit. One question is how good of a recruiter is Narduzzi? We heard prior to hiring Chryst that it wasn't his strongest asset and unfortunately that proved to be true.

    On a side note, it's so refreshing knowing that Pederson wasn't involved in the interview process. That guy was so toxic to Pitt athletics. It's a new chapter and the new era begins with Narduzzi.

    When does the list of potential ADs come out?

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  23. Jimbo Fisher, Gus Malzahn, & David Shaw were some of the hottest names of Coordinators as of two years ago. PN has arguably had a top 3 defense nationally over the past 3 years. This IS a big splash hire of all the coordinators that were out there looking to be head coauthors. Appreciate what's been done from a head coaching stand point.

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  24. Certain of yinz are chiding certain of us who are lamenting Pitt going cheap, once again, by hiring yet another unproven coordinator.

    Now, Pat Narduzzi might end up being the second coming of Jackie Sherrill for all I know. I hope so. And the fact that he (reportedly) is a good recruiter – when HCPC sucked at it, so much so that Wiscy didn’t even use their star OC on the recruiting trail in his first stint there (a fact that still mystifies me why they wanted him back so badly, but I digress) – give me hope that Narduzzi can buy time with superior talent until he learns nuances of his new head coaching job. Nuances he rightly shouldda learned on the job at the expense of a MAC or Sunbelt Conference school, whatever.

    Anyhoo, here’s why some of YINZ should also be concerned. Here’s the list of Pitt coaches since 1974, when I began to follow the program:

    PREVIOUSLY HEAD COACHES:
    Johnny Majors I – Epic success (3 points)
    Jackie Sherrill – Epic success (3 points)
    Mike Gottfried – Significant success (2 points)
    Johnny Majors II – Significant failure (-2 points)
    Dave Wannstedt – Significant success (2 points)
    Todd Graham – Marginal success (1 point)
    Total Score: 9 points of a total 18 available (50% score)

    PREVIOUSLY COORDINATORS (or less):
    Foge Fazio – Significant failure (-2 points)
    Paul Hackett – Epic failure (-3 points)
    Walt Harris – Epic success (3 points)
    Paul Chryst – Marginal failure (-1 points)
    Pat Narduzzi – TBD
    Total Score: (-3) points of a total 12 available (<0% score)

    So that’s why. Okay, sure, hiring a head coach with previous experience is no guarantee either. But sure as hell has a much better track record of success. Which makes total sense if you think about it in light of the “Peter Principle.”

    Admittedly my scoring system is subjective, and is also based on what they had to work with (hence, for example, Foge Fazio put up records that Paul Chryst could only dream about, but HCPC scores better in my book). Plus it’s based moreso on how they finished (Harris and Wannstedt).

    I don’t know how this same percentage applies to schools nationwide, but I certainly wouldn’t be shocked if it’s roughly the same.

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    1. You do realize that pretty much every successful head coach in football was once a coordinator, right?

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    2. The possible problem is not being a coordinator, but staffing. A current successful HC can bring a full staff more easily than a coordinator. The challenge for Narduzzi is to find a high quality OC. If he struggles as a new HC in putting together a good staff on the offensive side of the ball, then the team will struggle. Defense will not be an issue as he can always step in.

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    3. The Pitt administration fired mike gottfried and Jeff long ran Walt out of town, they were decent coaches working on a shoestring budget.

      The problem with Pitt football has been the incompetent administration having champaign tastes with a beer budget and no clue on how to run a major college football program.

      They hired one of top assistant coaches in the country, get on the bus and support him with donations and going to games.

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    4. Chris, counterpoint to your point: Pretty much every abysmal failure of a head coach was once a coordinator too....

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    5. I know and I acknowledge that. But you pointed out some coordinators that didn't make it without listing all of those that did.

      At the end of the day, it doesn't matter where the guy comes from. Somebody can either coach or they can't.

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    6. How is Todd Graham a marginal success and Chryst a marginal failure?

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    7. "Now, Pat Narduzzi might end up being the second coming of Jackie Sherrill for all I know."

      You do realize that saying something like that invalidates everything you say afterwards, right?

      Narduzzi was better at running his defense at MSU than Chryst was running his offense at Pitt. Allegedly Chryst only spent 1.3 million a year on assistants. Allegedly he was allotted more but didn't spend it. Non-allegedly, I realized that if that is true I was wrong to have ever defended Chryst.

      Allegedly, Narduzzi is getting a lot higher ceiling than Chryst on assistant coach money. Allegedly, Narduzzi intends to actually spend it. Two weeks at the very most and a lot of the Pitt-ying about Narduzzi will have been confirmed or refuted by events.

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    8. Reply to Anon Bros @ 1:54 PM, "How is Todd Graham a marginal success and Chryst a marginal failure?"

      Like I said, it was based on how they finished. TG was saddled with nincompoop Tino Sunseri as his QB in his only year, it's a miracle he won even six games with that banana slug under center. And he had a top-15 recruiting class ready for the taking in his one year's attempt.

      And altho it doesn't benefit Pitt, TG has shown at ASU that he can flat-out coach. We'll never know, but it would have been fun had he stayed.

      On the other hand, HCPC couldn't dream of a top-15 recruiting class. Mid-40s was his high-water mark. HCPC had much better QBs than ABT in 2 of his 3 seasons, but still couldn't manage to win more than 6 games in the regular season.

      In fact, I came close to scoring HCPC as a significant failure just for [crapping] the bed in his inexcusable losses to Y-State and Akron at home, but decided to be generous.

      So that's why.

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  25. Thanks for the coverage. Are you hearing if there was any "input" from boosters in terms of pushing for or against a candidate? What about making large donations due to recent changes?

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  26. This is interesting. I just spoke with the father of one of our starters and he told me that the team is ecstatic over the Narduzzi hire. He also said that is SP was still AD, we would have no chance at Narduzzi? Are you hearing anything like this Dokes. Thanks Merry Christmas all!

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    1. Few people wanted to work with Pederson. That is a fact.

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    2. I guess Graham figured him out and bolted for greener pastures.

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  27. By the way, I highly suggest that people follow me on twitter. I tweet many times a day and in the past few weeks, as this coaching stuff was going on, I must have tweeted hundreds of times a day. Many little nuggets and questions answered that aren't big enough to write an article about.

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    1. Chris, well i was following you but somehow a few weeks ago you blocked me- not sure why. I know you said you have had it happen with others. Can you unblock please. Thanks

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  28. Merry Christmas Chris to you and your family and Merry Christmas everybody!

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  29. OK now Chris can you give us a list of potential assistants?

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    1. I have said a few already. Tressel on defense potentially. Salem as OC, John DeFilippo for OC maybe. Narduzzi is well respected. He's not going to have trouble hiring a staff.

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  30. Great blog Chris, keep up the heat work for us non Twitter people, the few that are left. Happy Holidays. Jodus.

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    1. It's just as easy...

      https://twitter.com/chrisdokish

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  31. Narduzzi sounds like the anti-Franklin. He could really take some of the wind out of Franklin's sales pitch and Holgorsen's attitude that lying is okay in recruting.

    On that front we sure hit a jackpot and I have to believe Gallagher was aware of the recruiting bonanza we could reap.

    You got to love a Ph.D. physicist who has common sense and athletic acumen,

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  32. For all those lamenting that Narduzzi isn't a 'big time' hire & pining for someone with P5 head coaching experience, please list for me the candidates who would be both realistic & attractive. I'll wait.

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  33. So you're telling me that the dynamic recruiters of Breckterfield, Haering and House are gone? Those guys were so instrumental in bringing guys to Pitt.

    Haering was brought in to forge a relationship with WPIAL coaches and that didn't quite work out as planned. Look for him to get back into coaching locally in the near future.

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    1. I love the sarcasm.

      But don't forget that Breckterfield was poised to reap a mighty harvest of the 100s of Hawaii guys wishing to fly over Oregon and California on the way to Pittsburgh. He'll be missed.

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  34. Naruzzi was rated the #1 DO in the nation. He's not just any DO or even a good DO.

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    1. Okay, I'll bite: What's a DO?

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    2. I suspect he went DC but auto correct struck again.

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  35. Wow... Colorado State paying HC 1.35million/yr...
    but the big surprise is the Assistant pool is $2.3million!!!

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  36. Chris. Any chance Montae Nicholson transfers to Pitt with Narduzzi coming home?

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  37. Random thought from snowed-in Rocky Mountains: Do you think HCPC will continue with his "Just offer" and "If you insist to come to Wiscy, we won't stop you" recruiting methodology now that he works for a different program.

    Or will he be forced to, you know, actually recruit, either by his boss or dictated by the other B10 teams competing for the same guys?

    Guess we'll find out if he truly believed (believes) in that mad-scientist social experiment, or if he was just being lazy and careless and his AD/boss let him get away with that approach.

    That will be very interesting to watch play out.

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    1. Lord Barry will personally micromanage all aspects of the football program including recruiting.

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  38. Regardless of how this all turns out, can we all agree to refer to him only as "NARD-DOG" from now on?

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    1. No...let's not try and dictate what everyone should do.

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    2. NARD-DOG it is! lighten-up

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    3. Call him what you want bro...I'd rather be concerned about what kind of head coach he is

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  39. I have no solid info, but my gut is telling me Tim Beck will be the new OC at Pitt. Narduzzi needs to hire someone proven, he is. Narduzzi knows him from coaching against him in the Big10. Hell, Narduzzi knows him from playing against him in High School (yes they are both Youngstown boys).

    With Pelini (another Younstown product) gone from Nebraska, Beck is on the market.

    It just makes too much sense for it not to happen

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    1. Let's just hope he gets the best guy available and not just some pal...

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  40. Narduzzi just got off on the wrong foot with me.
    He will be coaching MSU at bowl game!
    Please don't give me all the reasons why that is ok!!

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    1. It's only a few days and there's nothing he needs to do for Pitt that he can't do at the same time. This happens all the time. He can still hire coaches and call kids, and he will. Not an issue at all.

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    2. Yeah... I dunno about that. The infamous Pitt story is Jimmy Johnson during the Tangerine Bowl:

      "I was an assistant at the University of Pittsburgh and took a job at Oklahoma State. We were playing in the Tangerine Bowl. With my ego, I stayed for the bowl game. I felt like I was going to contribute to the team. As it turned out, about seven or eight of the assistant coaches on that Pitt team were making the decision to come with me to Oklahoma State. ... It was such a distraction that we really played very poorly (and lost)."

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    3. So Narduzzi stays at MSU thru bowl game, but Chryst does not stay at Pitt thru its bowl game. Yet 3 years ago Chryst stayed with Whisky thru its bowl game. Double stds. All over the place.

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  41. Till I see something different this hire looks like déjà vu.

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    1. Other than the fact that he's a better X and Os guy, a better recruiter, and a better leader.

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    2. @JC

      I have to disagree with you, first off Narduzzi has been recognized as a top national assistant via his 2013 Broyles award. Second this guy has a personality and has a plan regarding adding a coaching staff with options. I like this guy he has moxie.

      Narduzzi will energize whereas the guy before him bored you to death.

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    3. Maybe this article will convince you:

      http://spartannation.com/2014/12/26/what%E2%80%99s-next-for-the-michigan-state-defensive-coordinator-position/

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    4. I think Coach Narduzzi is much different than Coach Chryst, and in a good way. He's much more dynamic and energized, he's a better recruiter, better communicator, etc.

      Only time will tell if that translates to success at Pitt, but there's no way I equate Narduzzi with Chryst.

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  42. I am hoping that Narduzzi is a step up over Paul Chryst. The first thing that stands out is his evident enthusiasm. He also seems to be better prepared to be a head coach than Chryst was, and possibly still is, especially in managing the entire scope of the job. Reading between the lines, it appears Pitt has stepped on on assistant coaching salaries, so Narduzzi will be able to hire true, fully prepared coordinators.instead of trying to train raw material on the job.

    We will get an idea of how good this coach is going to be in a couple of weeks when he announces his coordinators and the rest of his staff. In another month we will then see how this group does in the recruiting area by seeing how much of the existing class they salvage.

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  43. Some people wouldn't be happy unless Knute Rockne was introduced by Pitt today... Jesus... is widely considered one of, if not the best assistant coach in the country, is local, and seems to be very passionate.. WTF else do some of you people want ???

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  44. Chris there's no facts of what you just said. I see the only difference is personalities they both have succeeded as coordinators. I see only time will tell how much better one is from the other.

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    1. The college basketball world, who don't have a dog in this fight, rave a lot more about this hire than the Chryst hire. And it's not even close. Narduzzi is at a completely different level.

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    2. Time will tell whether these basketball people and football people are right. I for one hope so.

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  45. Nothing Narduzzi said even comes close to the quote by Acting Pitt Athletic Director Randy Juhl.

    ALL-TIME Pitt Classic.

    We need this Guy and his attitude not just as Interim... but FULL TIME!

    PittofDreams

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      I never agree with you but I agree about Juhl, he brought the house down.

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    2. Juhl had a better quote...something like...."we cured polio, we invented CPR, we sure as hell should be able to win 10 games".

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  46. Chris:
    Thanks again for all your Pitt input, I am one of your new folowers on twitter. I am old school so not into the facebook, twiiter generation so for some of you old farts like me there is nothing to do to get on twitter other then typing your email address. I am enjoying more of Chris's comments more frequently and should have done this sooner. Looking forward to Chris's s input on Coach Narduzzi's assistant. I have no problem in having Coach Narduzzi wait until after the Cotton Bowl to dsome on board.. H2P!!

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  47. Meh. I guess the good news is he comes from a program where he was OC and obviously had a huge impact on the direction of MSU. That said... he did well... against B10 offenses. ACC is a totally different story.

    Meh.

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    1. They looked decent against Stanford in last year's Rose Bowl though.

      http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/1/1/5264518/rose-bowl-2014-final-score-michigan-state-stanford

      The main thing will be in the area of recruiting. A big upgrade over PC and his staff.

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  48. Time will tell but I think Pitt may look back on the events of the last couple of weeks as a turning point in the fortunes of the football program. I think they made a good hire and although he hasn't been a head coach he appears to me to be an upgrade over Chryst. Certainly comes across as someone who will be more aggressive on the recruiting trail, especially if he can sell a winning program.

    A new AD is on the way and it seems that could go a long way to success at football and other sports as well.

    The new chancellor seems to have taken the position that a winning football program is important to the overall health of the university.

    Again, time will tell, but there is much reason for optimism,

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  49. Chris - any feedback from the players and recruits on Narduzzi being the new coach?

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  50. Many are very happy with PN's introduction to Pitt and I too support the hire and hope he's successful here for a long time. But before you start casting his statue, here's a differing viewpoint on some of his comments:

    1. Says Pitt is not a destination job (i.e. as soon as I can get a better job I'm outta here) Gee thanks coach....

    2. Says he's going to coach MSU D for bowl game (i.e. MSU is more important than Pitt). This one really, REALLY burns me and I can't believe Chris and others are giving him a pass on it.

    3. Says he hasn't looked at any tape yet of Pitt as he's been focusing only on Baylor and didn't seem to know any players names. But don't worry, he'll learn that during his "free" time getting MSU ready for their game....

    4. Says he'll stop by to visit during Pitt's bowl game. (i.e. You bunch of losers can wait until I finish taking care of some real players)

    5. Says he's going to be a CEO of the team. That's great but we still don't know where the pressures on if he can make the right calls and manage the game. It's the same issue many had with PC and Pitt's going to have to live with those growing pains.

    Overall: During his press conference I have to say Dr. Juhl looked more prepared and at ease. PN looked very nervous, kept dancing from side to side, was sweating like crazy, and gave an overall impression of someone who didn't prepare any comments and was out of his comfort zone. Not a great impression for someone who's expected to do just this type of thing.

    As for the possibility of any of the MSU D assistants coming down here, I'd pass. If Dantonio feels that either of them giving 100% of their time getting ready for Baylor isn't equal to PN giving 75% of his time then why are they good enough to coach Pitt's D. My guess is neither of them will be hired as the next MSU DC. Or maybe PN is giving MSU 100% of his time and Pitt get's pushed aside once again.

    All those who bitched and moaned about PC not being an aggressive recruiter or coach and yet it's all good the new guy can waste a week not learning about Pitt or interviewing and hiring coaches so he can help out his "OLD" team. Hiring coaches faster means they could be out recruiting sooner and also learning about their needs because last I checked, LOI day is still Feb 4th, 5 weeks from now and he's giving one of those weeks up to help out MSU. Ask yourself would Alabama, OSU, FSU do that??

    Oh, and I don't see PC doing Pitt that same favor. Also, those 15-20 extra practices that Pitt got for the bowl game. You're telling me PN wouldn't gain insight into what he's got on the roster by being there and watching them, talking with them, and interacting with the team vs. sitting in a film room getting ready for Baylor???

    If Pitt wants to be a national power in football then that starts with putting the interests of PITT above any other school. I'm guessing we're the only school in a major conference who's hired a new HC and is letting him still coach for their old school. And people thinking that's ok is the definition of SOP.

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    1. Narduzzi has already contacted at least a half-dozen of Pitt's commits for the incoming class.

      No Chris he doesn't have to be kidding, that is a perfect example of how insane and quite frankly stupid a large portion of the Pitt fanbase is. His post should be memorialized in perpetuity; it is exemplary enough to be a case study for the entire breed.

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    2. Just a little more: Baylors OC accepted the Tulsa HC job and left the team. So he won't be coaching them but PN has to coach for MSU....

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    3. Kent - why don't you try and see if you can be more negative regarding this hire?

      #1) - That was taken completely out of context and you know it.

      #2) - Coaching MSU is zero big deal - hell, he's already calling Pitt recruits the 1st day on the job!

      #3) - 1st day on the job w/ Pitt and he's supposed to watch Pitt player's tapes? He's prepping for a MSU bowl game and rightly so - he's been with D'antonio over 11 years - give him a break on that???

      #4) - seriously, you're the one who sounds like a loser with this ultra negative post.

      #5) - of course - there's no sure thing and guarantees with the job - geez.

      And, he's supposed to make a coordinator hire in a short period of time - there's plenty of time for that for him to make careful consideration and make the right choice.

      Give the guy a break already.- Support him - this has the potential to be a great hire.

      If you're sorry to see Chryst go, follow the Badgers then.

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    4. Wow, just wow Kent

      1. there are only 3 or 4 college coaching jobs in the country that are destination jobs. hate to break it to you - Pitt ain't one of them

      2. It's a week. Who cares. They do have this little invention called the phone you know. It is an amazing device - allows you to communicate with people all over the world. You don't think he is using it to contact recruits / potential coaches?

      3. Watch film on Pitt - for what? C'mon now. Plenty of time for him to learn the players. What would watching film on them this week accomplish?

      4. Your comment is so absurd it is impossible to reply

      5. you never know with any coach. That said, Narduzzi is so far ahead of Chryst it isn't funny.

      I am the guy who hated the Chryst hire - started a fire Chrsyt the day he was hired. I was proven right. I am telling you, I feel so much better with the Narduzzi hire. Recruiting, passion, leadership - it is all there. Just watch and see

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    5. Wow, double wow, smh. Kent, come on man. Seriously???

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    6. Kent is clueless about how college sports works. What is sad is I think he is a school teacher.

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    7. Anony,

      The only person I need to teach is you if you think the "norm" Is for power five conference teams to allow the HC to coach for the prior team

      So far Kansas, Wisconsin, Oregon State, Nebraska, Florida and Pitt have filled their HC jobs. Guess who's the only one allowing this???

      Class dismissed.

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    8. This couldn't be a bigger non-issue.

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    9. Kent, Riley was on the sideline eating hotdogs and hanging out. Is that what you want Narduzzi doing? It's a dead period for college ball other than bowl games. I really hope you aren't a teacher as the other poster said.

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    10. LOL. Yes Anony's, I'm the teacher of "your" children....oh, and they agree with me too!! SMH. I'd ask for your qualifications but I honestly don't give a crap who you are or what you do.

      Chris, agree this shouldn't even be an issue but unfortunately the new HC opened it up by prioritizing MSU over Pitt.

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    11. Are you Joe D? Because you sure seem like Joe D.

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    12. I agree with Kent on this one! He is not JoeD.
      Pitt should not permit Narduzzi to coach MSU at bowl game. So, he is off to a bad start with me, just like Chryst. We shall see though. I'm curious as to who Narduzzi selects as Coordinators and assistant coaches.
      Joe D

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    13. LOL. Why's that, because I have an opinion and I'm willing to have exchanges with others.

      Anyway, to answer your question, no I'm not Joe D.

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    14. No because like Joe D, you don't understand college football but think you do.

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    15. Well gee whizz. Maybe someday I can be edumacated just like you.....LOL.

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  51. Chris,
    Is it plausible Narduzzi can put together a top-30 recruiting class this year if he and his staff hit the ground running?

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  52. Time Will tell whether we got a good one. We're starting all over again.! That's a fact!

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  53. So when Pitt loses a game next year.... lets wait and see the haters try to claim that 'if only Narduzzi had watched some Pitt tape in the days after he was hired'....

    If only he watches tape this week, Pitt might not ever lose a game again !!

    Pitt fan in NC....

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  54. Kent bowler: you my friend are correct. Maybe in the college football world this is their version of a two week notice. But our last two coaches have signed contracts to coach for the University of Pittsburg and then left to coach their former team don't get it

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  55. I'm actually very supportive of PN but as I mentioned above there's another way to view his initial actions. I hope he wins 30 straight national championships at Pitt but he's a HC now and his actions and words matter.

    Calling a couple recruits is nice but I'm not giving him credit or pat's on the back for doing his job. My issue is somewhat with his press conference and the decision to coach MSU.

    One more example, Mike Bobo accepted the CSU job and left Georgia immediately. I see that as saying my new school and job are my priority now. PN has sent the opposite message IMO.

    Give him a break. Please, he's now the HC which means he got all the money he wanted so save the poor PN stuff for someone else.

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    1. Kent - lets see, in the course of 30 hours Narduzzi has reached out to our current recruits, already offered at least one, maybe more top 2016 recruits and I suspect has had conversations with potential coaches for his staff (which probably have been taking place all week).

      Amazing invention, that little phone

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    2. pittMav,

      That's all great stuff but how many of those 30 hrs has been spent doing work for Dantonio's benefit? I get what you and others are saying that it's only a week when looking at the big picture but any minute spent helping MSU is a minute he's not helping Pitt, HIS school now.

      I don't know anything about Tressel and the other guy who were hired as co-D coordinators at MSU and if PN had interest in them. But the rumor mill indicated he did and still might. But it's a great example of Dantonio saying FU and what you want for Pitt, MSU comes first and I have to look out for MY program. Meanwhile our HC is sitting in a film room braking down Baylor tape for a game that has no, zero, nada impact on the University of Pittsburgh.

      Herman at OSU can say he's trying to get a national championship on his resume. But honestly, who gives a crap about being a coordinator for the Cotton Bowl whenever you're already the HC of another school??

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  56. Yes Mr. Chancellor I except the head football coach at the University of Pittsburgh. But Mr. Chancer before I go out and get my assistant coaches and start as head coach I would like to coach my other football team one last time. But I also would like to sign a contract and be paid by the universe Pittsburgh until then. Wow we are in the wrong profession. Just some thoughts!

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  57. Kent : you are so right and I see the same thing. Who is paying you coach.

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  58. PN's bread and butter,his future is with Pitt. Is there any possibility that he does not know that? Of course not. So why would he give up this important time (and it is important, not critical) to stay with MSU? One reason: He thinks its the right thing to do for the players and for the HC whom he has worked for all these years. I see that as the thinking of a person with excellent character. Does character matter? I vote yes.

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    1. Last coach had character too. See we're that got us.here we go again

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    2. We know he's calling current commitments, because Darrin Hall tweeted that he spoke with Narduzzi on the phone and used "we" when referring to Pitt's bright future. Narduzzi is doing things behind the scenes.

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  59. we dont know what is going on behind the scenes with recruiting and putting a staff together. I do know that in todays game with everyone bailing on the kids they recruited, it speaks volumes that a coach puts them first. He is a coach that preaches finishing....playing through the whistle.....living for each other. Thats why he is a great recruiter.

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  60. Guys I want the new head coach to be just as successful as you do. But don't put greatness next to his name just yet. Fact: Michigan State recruiting last four years are 42 34 22 40

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    1. They played for the Big 10 Championship and finished #8 in the country. Must have coached those guys up.

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    2. Or they saw something that the raters didn't, like with James Conner and Aaron Donaldson, both 3 star recruits.

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    3. Those are also misleading numbers - they had several classes of 17 players and they do continue to take 2/3 two stars per class, but end up with 6 or so 4 stars. The overall quality is very high.

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    4. I think they've been able to prove at MSU that highly ranked recruiting classes are not the harbinger of success. Duzz and Dantonio have been recruiting the same type of kids for years, they've managed to be quite successful.

      The key is having depth, not stars. If you have an established two to three deep with upper classmen/redeshirt soph's you can recruit kids that may not pop in football in shorts camps but can play and need time to develop. Outside of OSU and Michigan, this recruiting technique has worked quite well for the MSU's and UW's of the Big 10.

      Mike W.

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  61. Ok. I'm done with the him coaching MSU's bowl game, even with it being a huge screw up. That ship has sailed and I'm wondering who's being considered for the OC/DC positions. Chris, any word on the types of qualities he's looking for from the coaches? So far have only heard they have to be able to recruit.

    I hope he's targeting those with existing coordinator experience not just some position coach. With PN being a first time HC I think we've all learned from PC that experienced hires are needed while he get's himself settled. Maybe down the line he can make those types of moves but not out of the gate.

    Also, if the does have money to spend (say $500-700k for each position??) then that should buy him experience vs. potential.

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  62. 1. what are the chances we have an offensive co. after the niners game today?
    2. Lets speculate any defensive players we might possibly flip from PSU(I wish we could pull a guy like Reid, but I don't really see that happening.)
    3.What does Narduzzi do for future classes in the Pittsburgh area..... Does it turn Hamlin from a leaning PSU to a leaning Pitt? Does it swing Lamonte Wade?
    4. What kids can we look at that were not on the Pitt radar before that we might be able to snag before the deadline.
    5. Malik Barrow got an offer, any other guys out there we can speculate getting offers soon that we knew nothing about?

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  63. Tim Daoust just started following me on Twitter so do the math.

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  64. Chris - I saw where a few recruits tweeted that PN called them and they are excited about being a Panther. I didnt see that from Jordan Whitehead - is there any concern that he might open up his recruiting? He seems like a perfect fit for the press coverage that the new defense will be employing with the CB's.

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    1. Well, that is a good sign that Narduzzi making calls.
      Chryst didn't make a call to a recruit until a week after the Rose Bowl.
      Voytik was holding the class together.

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    2. Whitehead doesn't really do twitter, he's only tweeted like 50 times total. He is following Narduzzi though. God I hate myself for knowing this.

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  65. Did anyone catch Andrew Fillipponi on the Sports Showdown last night discussing the Narduzzi hire? His dislike for Pitt is palpable.

    The look on his face spoke volumes. Had the look of someone who would rather be anywhere else than talking about Pitt football.

    At least Chris Mueller was fair and objective; Fillipponi couldn't wait to say negative things about the hire.

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    1. in a way you must consider a guy like Ron Cook as an almost "grandfathered" in type of columnist who understood how to get to the press buffet first and what bar to sidle up to his icons at. His step brother "Bob" is actually a pseudo-CPA who relies on stats and an abacus to garner interest in a story. Neither are or were any good and should have been pushed aside with the Clark and Zagnut candy bars. Both Bob and Ron have been perfectly happy with the status quo at PITT and would gleefully "toss in" with the Paterno crowd if the Penn State scandal had not been exposed. Pittsburgh newsreaders and PITT would be much better off if these two pseudo-columnists were run off to Steubenville or Johnstown to report on high school football and field & track.

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  66. Is it any surprise Fillponi hates Pitt? He's been sucking up to Ron Cook, and we all know what Cook thinks..

    I'd love to ask Cook about the prestigious performance of the WVU defense yesterday, specifically the D-Line who is coached by his favorite drinking buddy Tom Bradley.

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    1. Cook would never reply. He's too busy pledging allegiance to the confederacy of Penn State and WVU.
      I would not be surprised if he corresponds with Jerry Sandusky congratulating him on New Year's victories of days gone by.

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  67. Hi Chris,

    Do you think any of the current Pitt coordinators or assistants will be retained?

    Usually there are 1-2 just for continuity. But with the current cast of cronies and other sad-sacks that HCPC had assembled, this could be the exception to the rule.

    If Joe Rudolph were a better recruiter, maybe he'd have a shot to be retained as OC if he wants the job. Does he?

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    1. Rudolph is a good recruiter but I don't think he was ever an option. He's best friends with Chryst and Wisconsin is his alma mater. I see no reason why he would have wanted to stay to be OC. And I'm sure Narduzzi want his own guys, which is another reason why I doubt that he will keep anybody.

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    2. Junko, Poteat and LaSala will stay right?

      That seemingly would be a good move especially for the old guard H/S coaches in the WPIAL.

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  68. Hasn't Lasala and some of the other football administrative types been there fore about 15 years? We fired the AD for a reason. I see no reason to keep any of the football administrative guys, the football program has been a joke for a long time. Fire them all, let the new AD bring his/her own people. John Settle would be the only person I'd like to see on staff, other than Hueber, who will absolutely be rejoining his pal Paul as Wisconsin.

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  69. Junko and LaSala are very well respected in the WPIAL - that's the reason you keep them.

    I'm sure they're not paid that much and do little if any coaching and I'm sure Narduzzi doesn't have anyone that knows the WPIAL like those two.

    Firing the AD should have no bearing on keeping these two with the contacts that they have.

    So you'd be in favor of firing EJ Bourghetti as well?

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    1. Getting rid of LaSala and Junko would be the height of stupidity. As you stated, they are the main contacts with practically every WPIAL coach and program, they're the reason Pitt gets in the door with any kid in the WPIAL. It's not like these kids grow up dreaming of playing for Pitt anymore, that ship sailed with ESPN, recruiting services and the internet..
      Nike W.

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  70. Doke,
    excellent post as always! Happy New Year!!!!!

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  71. I'm hearing Jim Heacock has expressed interest in joining Narduzzi's staff. I'm not sure whether it would be as position coach or as DC. But, that's out there.

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  72. Chris, Pitt hall-of-famers in NFL 85-87. You forgot Jimbo Covert and Russ Grimm

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    1. I forgot about Grimm. Covert isn't in but many want him to be. If he got in that would mean 6 Pitt Hall of Famers were in the NFL between 85-87.

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  73. AnonymousDecember 26, 2014 at 4:47 PM
    Some people wouldn't be happy unless Knute Rockne was introduced by Pitt today... Jesus... is widely considered one of, if not the best assistant coach in the country, is local, and seems to be very passionate.. WTF else do some of you people want ???

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    Prefer Jock Sutherland, for him Pitt was a "destination job"!!! :-D happy new year all!!!

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  74. Looks like the ACC is not taken a backseat with any P5 conference!

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  75. Coach PN is having an extremely long day vs Baylor

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    1. Because it's not the garbage Big 10 offense they're playing.

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    2. Great adjustments by Narduzzi almost brilliant, can't wait for him to coach

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  76. It's been almost 12 minutes since Baylor's last score though. He's down on the sidelines now too. Gotta like that he's not cracked under pressure and make the necessary adjustments to keep MSU in the game

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  77. Wow what a Great football game and great fourth quarter by Michigan State unbelievable.

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    1. Pretty much and JC you were doubting him, shame on you!!

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    2. Have to admit I was impressed with that fourth-quarter think we might have a good one.

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  78. Urban Meyer.... now that is one hellava coach.

    On his 3rd string QB, overcome death of a player... and beats Alabama soundly!
    That is due to Meyer being a great motivator.
    A great game planner,
    a great coach.
    Something Chryst never was.

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    1. Meyer took a 6-6 team and what in his 3rd year is on the cusp of a national championship. Great coach and great recruiter.

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    2. We all know Chryst wasn't a great coach, and isn't in Meyer's league (at least coaching-wise). Not many coaches are as good as Meyer, there's no shame in that.

      The Chryst era is over, no need to dump on him. Let's look to the future and the Natduzzi era.

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  79. What an incredible day of football. I feel it reinforced that with the right talent, coaching, and commitment any program can win big. Location and conference mean little (sorry SEC).

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  80. Wow hard to watch this pitt team after yesterday games . They look like there in quick sand and qb is way difference .

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  81. Thought Voytik played fantastic today. Team appeared well prepared, more so today than all season. Props to the players and staff.
    Jody

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    1. LOL... it's either laugh or break my TV. Good Riddance Matt House... please take Lafayette Pitts with you!!!!!

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  82. Wow. Just unbelievable. Pitt up 31-6 and now Houston on the verge of tying the game because Houston recovered back to back onside kicks.

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  83. Wow. Houston gets into the end zone and makes the two point conversation to take a 35-34 lead over Pitt after being down 31-6. What a collapse.

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  84. Unbelievable

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  85. What a.complete collapse. Worst loss in a long time.

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  86. I have two words for the poor performance of the Pitt "D", today......Matt House. He who was annointed DC by HC PC. Soo glad PC is gone. Hope he takes MH and makes him DC at Wisconsin.

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  87. Ok guys these coach are gone. But I said it all year the players do not know how to win.

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    1. Chryst coaching staff doesn't know how to motivate.
      How Chryst is an HC is beyond me.

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  88. At least now Narduzzi knows what he's up against....a complete house (no pun intended) cleaning from all the the coaches to 95% of the defense.

    Make every player play for his scollie next season. All of them....

    And while Doke says this game means nothing going forward, tell that to the empty seats next season. SOP until proven otherwise....

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  89. This is what you get with a leaderless, mediocre team that doesn't know how to play with a comfortable lead nor act like winners. Narduzzi has an uphill battle with culture change in addition to getting better players.

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  90. Total team choke job including the great Tyler Boyd who dropped a very catchable ball to set up potential winning FG.

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    1. Leave them in Texas and make them walk home, I went to the game and froze.

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  91. "Stat of the game: Three-fifths of a percentage point or 0.6. That was the probability of a Houston win when the Cougars trailed by 21 points with about five minutes remaining and facing a third-and-long play."

    http://espn.go.com/blog/acc/post/_/id/79096/instant-analysis-houston-35-pittsburgh-34

    That folks sums up Pitt football for the last 30+ years...

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  92. So Grigsby is on the hands team ???????

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