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.