Thursday, January 8, 2015

Pitt coaching staff (Updated 1-20)

I will update this as more names come out.


Jim Chaney, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks- Pat Narduzzi pulled off a coup by stealing the offensive mind behind the Arkansas Razorbacks. The 53-year old Missouri native was first an offensive coordinator at Purdue under Joe Tiller from 1997-2005. He and Tiller developed one of the first widely used spread offenses at a major college program. After a three years with the St. Luis Rams he became the offensive coordinator for the University of Tennessee. He was hired by Lane Kiffin but stayed on under Derek Dooley after Kiffin left for USC. There he helped Tyler Bray break school records. It was here that Chaney incorporated an offense that was more of a Pro Style, but also was very explosive. After four years at Tennessee, Chaney moved on to Arkansas where he was for the last two years. There it was believed that his style clashed with head coach Bret Bielema who wanted his offense more run heavy. Chaney wanted to blend a high powered passing attack with an excellent running game. Chaney is also an excellent recruiter, especially of quarterbacks.

Andre Powell, Running Backs/Special Teams- As of now, all we know is that he has been hired as the special teams coach, but he's also been a successful running back coach for many years, almost all of them in the ACC. He's coming from Maryland, but before that he did stints at Clemson, North Carolina, and Virginia so he's been in the ACC every year since 1997, except for last season with Maryland. As a running back coach he's coached CJ Spiller, Thomas Jones, and Tiki Barber, so that's pretty impressive. As a special teams coach he led Maryland to a No. 6 special teams ranking nationally this past year. He also recruited Maryland's top return man, as well as star cornerback, Will Likely, who came from recruiting hotbed Belle Glade, FL. To get Likely Powell had to beat out Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami, LSU, USC, and Oregon to name just a few. In the last nine years he has landed six 4-star recruits. Besides Likely, that also includes former Clemson star WR DeAndre Hopkins. As a player at Indiana he was the fullback for legendary running back Anthony Thompson. He's 48-years old.

John Peterson, Offensive Line- Came from Akron where he was the offensive line coach and assistant head coach under Terry Bowden. Petersen is in his mid-40s and graduated from Ohio State. It's there where he was the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator for Jim Tressel from 2004-2011. That, plus the fact that he's an Ohio native should help the Panthers land some quality Ohio kids from time to time. Prior to his one season at Akron, Peterson spent two years coaching the offensive line at UAB.

Kevin Sherman, Wide Receivers- The 46-year old Virginia native comes from Purdue where he coached the last two years. Prior to that, he was at Virginia Tech for seven years. The combination of experience and Virginia recruiting ties appears to make it a good fit.

Tim Salem, Tight Ends- Another longtime veteran, the Minnesota native is most known for being the quarterbacks coach at Ohio State under John Cooper, as well as the offensive coordinator at Central Florida. Most recently he spent two years at Illinois where he coached the running backs and special teams. While he's coached quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers in his career, he's also coached tight ends during his last three years at Central Florida. He's not known as being a productive recruiter, but when somebody with this pedigree is your tight end coach, then you have a really good staff.

Josh Conklin, Defensive Coordinator, Safeties- The 35-year old Wyoming native is considered one of the best young minds in college football. He actually sought Narduzzi out when he became the defensive coordinator at Florida International because he wanted to emulate Narduzzi's style. Now he has the chance to learn from the master. Last season at Florida International he led the Golden Panthers to a No. 35 total defense ranking after being No. 94 the previous year. His aggressive style also helped FIU to be No. 4 in the country in takeaways. Many big time programs wanted him this year but when you have one of, if not the best, defensive mind in college football as the head coach, the top guys want to learn from him. A big time coup for Pitt.

Tom Sims, Defensive Line- The former Panthers defensive tackle returns home after spending the last four years at Youngstown State as the defensive line coach as well as the assistant head coach. before that he coached at Kansas, Illinois, and Minnesota. He's very gregarious and charismatic, which should help him on the recruiting trail. He also played seven years in the NFL, which also helps.

Rob Harley, Linebackers- The former Ohio State safety has only been a major college assistant for one year, and that was this past season at Florida International. Prior to that he was a graduate assistant for two years under Mark Dantonio at Michigan State. He's pretty young, around 32 or so, but like Conklin he's already considered one of the better young assistants in the country. Also, like Conklin, you'd expect that he picked up some south Florida recruiting connections in his short stay.

Renaldo Hill, Cornerbacks- The 36-year old Detroit native played cornerback at Michigan State before Narduzzi was there, but after being taken in the 7th round of the NFL draft he played 10 years in the league, and started most of the games he played (114 of 141). He has only been a coach for two years, both at Wyoming, but his youth, Michigan connections, and vast pro experience makes him an ideal choice.


124 comments:

  1. the one thing u can see from all these hires(besides the fact they are good coaches), they are charismatic, seems people are drawn to them. Looking at Conklin's twitter it takes 2 minutes to know that he is a positive, good guy that people want to be around. I think Pitt needs some young spirit and drive to show what Pitt can be. Amazing how far good coaches can take a program, truth be told Pitt has lacked great coaches, lets hope this is starting to change.

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    1. and let me say they are charismatic in a way that is non-graham like. They are not fake people that oooz with slime.

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    2. Never heard of any of 'em which is fine by me. Just win baby.

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  2. Wow, going from one of the dumbest defensive minds to one of the best defensive minds? That really made my evening.

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  3. How is Conklin as a recruiter? At face value i like the hires thus far.

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    1. Conklin was hired for recruiting.
      I don't see this as a big coup as he would have landed one of the big DC jobs that were available in SEC, etc
      It's a good pickup for recruiting purposes so that was a smart move by Narduzzi. Conklin learned the recruiting trade from the best in the business, Sal Sunseri during his 1 year at TN.
      He was making $200K at FIU. This smells of cheap hire but that is ok since Narduzzi is Defensive HC. It's also ok if he needs to save the bucks for the OC hire. I'd rather see Narduzzi spend on top notch OC. 500k+.

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    2. He's considered one of the best young defensive minds in the country and Pitt had to pay for him. This was not even close to a cheap hire. This was a fantastic and aggressive hire and the rest of the college football world took notice.

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    3. Anonymous at 11:22 AM...HELLO JOE D!!!! YOU TWEETED THE SAME THING THIS MORNING.

      hacky 3

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    4. @Anonymous 11:22 am....If Conkiln would've been hired at one of the big DC jobs in the SEC, that means he's a hot commodity. Your logic makes no sense whatsoever. But considering the source, it makes perfect sense.

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    5. To @anonymous at 11:22 AM's point - I think his general gist was that IF he was a major coup, a major SEC school would have grabbed him.

      Note I don't necessarily agree with him.

      I think Chaney is a more impressive grab though, mostly because he had lesser reason to come here. Naturally, JC would come here for this job, its a big step forward in his career, he's less proven, etc. The jury is still out on him I would have to imagine in at least a track record sense, but all evidence indicates that at the very least, he'll be someone that can be molded into a good DC under Narduzzi's mentorship.

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    6. Both coordinator hires were very good ones. Chryst would have never gotten either one of them. In fact, he would have never even tried.

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    7. Be it as it may, a comparison to a faulty party does provide justification. I like the hires, but a year from now, we could all be saying how bad they were, too. Who knows? No one...

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  4. Glad to see the massive upgrade we are seeing on the defensive coaches. If Coach Powell knows how to defend an on-sides kickoff that also would be much appreciated.

    Hopefully the offensive coordinator will be someone we all are enthusiastic about as well. Given the defensive history of Narduzzi that is going to be the critical position on this new staff.

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  5. What's up with Tim Daoust? Is he still following you on Twitter?

    PittofDreams

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  6. It is impressive how PN is hiring people with experience. That come from logical recruiting areas (not HI), and are highly respected if not sought after coaches. On the flip side, was PC just that blind or was he handcuffed by the previous admin with no money to hire the right coaches?

    In addition, is it not an slap in the face to PITT, that House was good enough to be our DC but not worthy of that role with PC at Wisconsin?

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    1. Take it for what it is worth - I have read the PC had an authorization to spend up to $1.5 million for hiring new assistants last season, but he left $400,000 or so on the table.

      I guess PC figured he had a mulligan on House - chalk it up to his lack of HC experience or just plain old incompetence hiring him as DC here...take your pick.

      These hires are impressive. I think we are at the start of a new era in Pitt football....the PSU trolls are out in force on the PG pages lol...they are running scared.

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  7. Yes, winedogs, it is a slap in the face to Pitt that Matt House was good enough to be PC's DC at Pitt, but only good enough to be a position coach at Wisconsin.

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    1. Kevin

      You are seeing the influence of Lord Barry pulling the football strings regarding the staff. I'm sure Lord Barry is going to micromanage Chryst in all aspects.

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    2. Nah, I think you're both off track with the slap in the face point. Chryst gave a guy he thought could obviously be a good coordinator. This year proved he wasn't one, but it's hard to say whether or not he was a good technical position coach.

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  8. Kevin who cares MoveOn New sheriff in town time to get excited. H2p

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    1. Sorry, James, I was just responding to the post by winedogs. Otherwise, I wouldn't have posted, re; House. By the way, James, I am excited about PN.

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    2. JC - chill out dude.

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    3. Seriously....and KH tnx for answering my question.

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  9. Please people, lets focus on the future and not drag the past regime under the bus.

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    1. The past regime was BAD. One can focus on the future and still comment on the past regime. In fact, I think it is interesting to contrast them.

      You have Chryst, who hired his buddies and pretty much only people he knew. Chryst never conducted true full searches for his coaches. OTOH, you have Narduzzi who had names 3 deep at each position he wanted to talk to - including, shocker - guys he never worked with but thought highly of. Plus he is hiring guys who love to recruit and have contacts and lost of knowledge of areas that Pitt, as an ACC team should recruit in to be successful. Ask yourself, which approach is apt to be more successful?

      I am very excited about the future, moreso than any time in the last decade. And I am ecstatic Chryst and company are gone

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  10. Chris - Do you think that Pitt will hire Joe D/Anonymous as the new Athletic Director or will he be to upset that they did not hire him as Chancellor or Football Coach?

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    1. LOL!

      I tweeted Chris that he should unblock him just for some humor!

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  11. When Jackie Sherrill came back to pitt from Washington state he appointed Jimmy Johnson has his offense of Cordinator and mr. Fazio as d Cordinator Fazio was a linebacker coach I just hope that we have a repeat.h2p I can dream!

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    1. Jimmy Johnson was D-Coordinator and only here 2 years 77-78. Foge replaced JJ as DC but was LB coach under JJ..

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    2. Point is? And what was their record in the time they were here ?

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    3. JC - point is you don't have your facts straight.

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  12. The absolute BEST thing about the hires thus far? Two have previous experience recruiting in Florida. Pitt used to have a pretty nice pipeline in the state when Wanny and Harris were here, but haven't had in roads since then. Hopefully this regime restores those in roads. That's where the talent is.

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  13. Pat Amara tweeted that Jaquan Davidson will be moving from WR to QB this year, the position he played in HS, and the position he played on the scout team when Pitt was preparing for mobile QBs. Interesting development.

    https://twitter.com/_PatLiveFrom215/status/553368170938261504

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  14. Anonymous 5:00 FYI jimmy Johnson coached the University of Pittsburgh from 1979 to 1988 then he became the head coach of Oklahoma State in 1989 . The best football teams in modern era at the University of Pittsburgh ever had.

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    1. Johnson became HC of Dallas in 89 (he drafted Troy Aikman #1 that year.). He was HC at OSU from 79-83 then became HC at Miami until he went to the NFL.

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  15. I know this is going pretty far when It comes to coaching. But we might have a Jackie Sherrill or a Jimmy Johnson in the making. He has that type a personality. I just can't believe it took him this long to become a head coach.

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    1. Let me preface my following statement with this - I like the Narduzzi hire (before anyone jumps on me with a BRO BUT HE'S A COORDINATOR OF THE YEAR WINNER!!).

      However, I don't get the whole awesome personality thing with PN. I mean, he seems nice, but actually I didn't think he seemed that polished at the presser or when he was on TV at the bowl game. Seemed a little unrefined in that sense. Fine with me either way, who cares if a guy talks the talk. I just get that Pitt fans (often myself included), take blanket statements, over inflate their excitement, and get set up for disappointment.

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    2. That's what people like. Would you prefer a slimeball used car salesman like Todd Graham or James Franklin?

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  16. Tre Tipton is going to be a player for pitt. I think he's going to be the next star.

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  17. Adonnis Jennings is transferring per Adonnis Jennings himself. And so begins the process of transferring.

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    1. It happens to every program.

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  18. I like the initial hirings but would like to see more. Tick, tick, tick.

    Maybe the delays are related to potential candidates playing the negotiations game. But the first couple hires have stronger experience and have good experience with recruiting in ACC territory.

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  19. Pitt loses to Clemson at home. No NCAA bid in their future. Likely losing season.

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    1. Villanova was 13-19 two seasons ago and it's a basketball school with much better tradition than Pitt. Wright fixed it and I expect Dixon to fix Pitt. This season likely won't even end in an NIT berth.

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    2. If Dixon wants to fix Pitt like Wright fixed Villanova, then he has to start recruiting like Wright. And learn to adjust the game to suit those recruits.

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  20. Chris: Your thoughts on the Adonis Jennings transfer?

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    1. He doesn't have the mental makeup that Pitt can depend on. Not because he transferred. There are good reasons to transfer. But he never had the heart and it showed.

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    2. The 1st time I heard him speak, I thought the same thing Chris - seemed a little like a head case too.

      He had no fire at all - completely zero on the sidelines - nothing lost here - opens up a scholarship.

      Good luck to him but, he would have done next to nothing at Pitt.

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    3. Love CD's insight on mostly everything, but I'm always flabbergasted when people attribute a lack of success to "not having heart, or passion." Maybe he just wasn't that good. The kid's 18/19 years old, sometimes guys are reserved on the outside. No one knows if his "hearts not in it" unless the kid says it himself.

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    4. I've had people who've dealt with him say that he's wishy washy and while talented you can't really depend on him reaching his potential because of that.

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  21. Looks like Chryst and company are stealing Howe and Hornibrook. These "nice guys" will probably try to steal more too. I still can't believe that these coaches were out recruiting players on Pitt's dime after Chryst knew he was going to Wisconsin. You know he was recruiting them for Wisky while Pitt paid the bill.

    On another note LeBeau decides to leave the Steelers.

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  22. Seems with Hornibrook moving to WI and Davidson moving to QB one can speculate PN is going to a spread offense.

    How about PN looks at say Lincoln Riley from East Carolina. I don't think it will be Beck since he's unemployed I would have figured he would have been announced by now. Also, he's spent most his career in the Midwest so don't know if he typically recruited in ACC footprint.

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    1. Beck was the main target. He was delaying for the OSU job which he got today. Narduzzi set his sights high. No issue losing a guy to OSU - more money, prestige and chance likely to become a HC sooner

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  23. Chris - thought I read the ND S&C coach was coming to Pitt - not official yet or not true?

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    1. The assistant strength and conditioning coach at ND and it's true. I just put position coaches down.

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    2. Yeah he is coming...S&C coaches aren't position coaches, most likely why he was excluded. Not to say they don't play a factor. But - there's often less background on them, and direct results are a little harder to personally attribute or not attribute to them, in my opinion.

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  24. Just read that Tim Beck is joining Ohio State staff.

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  25. Arkansas OC Jim Chaney is being talked about for the same position at pitt. If Narduzzi got Chaney it would be an absolute coup.

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  26. Pitt put new meaning The word shooting guard still waiting for Jamie to produce one.

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  27. Main objective is to score points for his team shooting guard. Let's go get one of those

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  28. So I come from a world where Pitt fans argue across the inter webs that our Panthers could never poach a good Coordinator from a SEC team that wanted them. No lie I have seen this many times amongst our fans.
    I find the "poaching" of Chaney from Arkansas, as NBC headlines, quite refreshing. Things are mos def changing. We fans owe a lot to Gallagher. He's finally prioritizing success in football.
    Wonder if there's enough left in that fat budget to poach a big recruiter?

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  29. Fun Fact:

    When Jim Chaney was OC / QB Coach at Tennessee he did not offer Chad Voytik from Tennessee.

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    1. Must be a HORRIBLE Judge of Talent.

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  30. I dont see chaney bringing any coaches with him. So that means we still need an ol, dl, wr , db and te coach correct?

    as for players....I dont see storley coming to pitt. Kyle Kearns could be a darkhorse. Also Shurmur could flip. Other than that I think a transfer might be in the books.

    anyone you spin it...pretty exciting

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    1. Believe it was rumored he could bring two of his assistants.

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  31. Now THIS is how a college football staff is supposed to be built: With an emphasis on recruiting!

    The fact that unqualified Matt House and Paul Chryst's other similar crony hires are gone, replaced with guys who know that in college you gotta go get 'em before you can coach 'em up? Now I can join the people who for years were thanking Barry Alvarez for sending us HCPC (by now thanking him for taking HCPC back).

    I said from the very first day Paul Chryst was hired that college and NFL coaching were two different sciences, and that (for better or worse) HCPC had an NFL mindset ... which I predicted was doomed to failure in college. Hopefully we'll never again hire another fool that espouses HCPC's peculiar (or simply lazy?) "just offer" (i.e., 'If you insist to come to Pitt, we won't stop you') recruiting methodologies.

    As a sidebar, it'll be interesting to see how long (if at all...) that Barry Alvarez allows Wiscy's shiny new head coach to deploy "just offer" for the Badgers.

    Nice to have an actual college mindset. Now fingers crossed that these guys hit the ground running, and the learning curve to execute their vision is a short one.

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    1. Your obsession with Chryst is unhealthy. You should seek professional help.

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    2. What you're missing with PC is that coming from UW, that is their philosophy on recruiting, and it works for them because UW is an established Big 10 top tier program and they actually have depth in their program. They really don't have to chase kids too much, but it isn't like they beat OSU or Alabama for kids either.
      As you stated, PC wasn't really cut out for taking the Pitt job, although honestly he's a nice guy and did some good work here, just didn't translate to on field success as much as would have been hoped..

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  32. Coach Narduzzi seems to have a little different philosophy in his hiring of coordinators than his predecessor. Seems to want them to have a great deal of experience! Novel approach for a Pitt head coach. Must feel pretty secure as head coach. Also must be highly thought of by his peers to attract such talent! To be fair though, he also has the backing of a Big Time Chancellor!

    Starting to really drink the Kool-aid. Have a feeling this time it may turn out to taste like a fine wine or at least a great ale!

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    1. I think the difference you're seeing is in how the respective coaches looked at the Pitt opportunity. Narduzzi seems to view Pitt as an opportunity to not only coach a Power five program, but has a shot at being successful as well.
      IN PC, in my opinion you were looking at a guy that wasn't getting serious consideration as a HC candidate and basically needed Alvarez' meddling to get him hired at Pitt. In my opinion, he was waiting for the UW job to re open so that he could move along, his recruiting and performance in three years point to that, as does his staff hires where it was basically hiring people he knew giving them a shot at building their resume.

      I'm more than happy with the OC hire, but taking into consideration that Rudolph was offered the OC job along with associate head coach, and Narduzzi is hiring away an OC from SEC school where he's making $552K so he's making more here, and that shows you what PC and crew thought of Pitt.

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    2. Rudolph is set to become OL coach at UW. I think we can put the whole "he was offered the AHC/OC job" to bed. He wasn't. Period.

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    3. According to Richie Walsh at KDKA he was.

      Mike W.

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    4. Rudolph will be associate head coach and offensive coordinator.

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  33. So let me get this straight: we offer Joe Rudolph the oc job and assistant head coach and he turns it down they say. Then they offer Jim Chaney the oc job who has 10 times the experience and he excepts. Guys it can't get any better than this.h2p I feel like we're going back in time.

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  34. What are the odds Michael Smith comes with Chaney to be the WR coach? He would be another monster hire as both a coach and recruiter.

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    1. It would certainly seem like a possibility, he wasn't extended either. The only position coach on either side of the ball that's been officially hired is Powell, and it appears that he was primarily brought in for his Special Teams. That says that Conklin and Chaney will be allowed to bring in the guys they want in consultation with Narduzzi, rather than Narduzzi picking them on is own.

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  35. Ultimately Narduzzi and the Pitt football team will be judged by results on the field but how can anyone look at the current state of affairs and not feel that the program has improved?

    Gone is a .500 coach and his staff of assistants who were learning on the job and not thought to be strong on the recruiting trail with the exception of one or two. Also gone is an AD who was despised by a large part of the fan base.

    All of this replaced by an unknown in terms of his head coaching ability but someone with solid experience as a coordinator in a top program. Also surrounding himself with a reputable and experienced staff. A chancellor who appears to want to continue to build Pitt's excellent academic environment but also has sent the message that success in sports is worth trying to achieve as well.

    Pitt returns a good offensive team next season. If the defense can make strides maybe us fans will finally see something more than 6 - 6 and an obscure bowl game.

    This kool-aid tastes pretty good.

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    1. I think the main difference is that the HC hire this time is actually a coach that learned to be a HC under Dantonio, whereas with PC he basically had no responsibilities outside of running the offense.

      I hold no grudges against PC, he took the Pitt job when it was essentially a toxic waste dump and did make some strides in cleaning up the program, although the on field results weren't much.

      In looking at what PN is doing, he's essentially been given a bigger budget to hire a staff and he's taking advantage of it, which a smart coah would do. However, bigger budget means better results in a hurry, or he won't be here long either.

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    2. I agree Steve. I'm optimistic about the future.

      Chancellor Gallagher wants a successful football program, and is willing to commit the resources to make that happen. That's extremely important, because without a commitment from the administration, it's next to impossible

      I'm impressed so far with Coach Narduzzi. I like his hires, especially getting an OC from the SEC. He seems very committed to turning Pitt into much better than a mediocre program.

      Only time will tell, but I have a good feeling about the future.

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    3. The program doesn't imporve or get worse from last year until results are produced. College football (especially) has proved year in and out that teams, players, and coaches, look great on paper and often don't produce winners or meet expectations. I'm as excited as the next guy, but let's wait until there are some results before we annoint the current regime as better or worse.

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    4. Anon @ 5:17...We're all waiting for results on the field before we proclaim the program is better.

      However, Chancellor Gallagher's commitment is real, and Coach Narduzzi is making some impressive hires, and just looks and sounds like a guy who has what it takes to be a successful head coach. That gives people reason to be optimistic.

      We'll all wait and see how it plays out on the field before proclaiming anything to be a success.

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  36. I like the new OC and think he can really be good for Pitt. Especially like his experience working with various offensive systems and showing he's willing to adapt to his talent.

    The one thing I keep hearing differences on is his recruiting. I know he was a recruiting coordinator in the past but that was a long time ago. Many on the Arkansas boards felt he only covered Tennessee and Missouri and didn't do a great job of that for them. They also reference an opinion from someone at Rivals who I guess indicated he's just an average recruiter now. Chris any insights one way or the other? And any concerns he might not have connections to states where Pitt traditionally recruited?

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    1. He got a QB from NJ that he beat Rutgers, Wisconsin, Boston College, Georgia Tech, and Iowa among others. That's pretty good considering he got him all the way to Arkansas.

      He got a few 4-star QBs, including a kid from Florida that went to Tennessee, he got a 4-star WR from Michigan to Tennessee, he got the No. 1 player in the country, Bryce Brown, from Kansas, to go to Tennessee, and on and on. He's an excellent recruiter.

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  37. I am beginning to wonder if we’ll have a full time recruiting coordinator who doesn’t have coaching responsibilities. Arkansas has 8 coaches under Bielema and use’s their NCAA max 10th coach as a full-time Director of Recruiting with no positional responsibilities. Many programs are moving in this direction. With Powell as STC/RBs coach and Chaney as OC/QB coach I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up with 4 assistants on each side the bull under Narduzzi and one coach who is a full time recruiter.

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  38. Hornibrook has decommitted from Pitt and committed to Wisconsin. I know this might not be the popular position, but this a plus for Pitt. I am glad he's gone. I am so sick of taking QBs - the most important position in football - that no other P5 program wants. We have Voytik coming back, Bertke eligible to back him up, Davidson moving back to QB, and Repishack likely getting a scholarship as the 4th back up. There was zero chance of Hornibrook seeing the field for 2 years. I would much rather give Chaney/Narduzzi another scholarship to use in order to bring in a legit P5 prospect than waste the spot on yet another Chryst crap recruit.

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    1. Anonymous 8:10 PM - that's an interesting take and a very positive spin on the Hornibrook decommit.

      I do think though that you have overestimated our current QB situation.

      All QB's take time to develop so we're going to have to get more in the pipeline.

      The key is as you said...Narduzzi and Chaney must sign one - a Good one hopefully quick like but, I'm certainly with you regarding Chryst's lack of recruiting efforts overall.

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    2. I agree - no loss. I have far more faith in Narduzzi and his staff to find a QB prospect than Chryst. Chryst settled for his 4th or 5th choice, a guy who had no other P5 offers but Rutgers

      For the supposed offensive guru Chryst was supposed to be - his recruiting of QBs sucked. Which I guess is not surprising given his recruiting overall sucked

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    3. I'm not saying the situation is ideal, far from it. I just don't think he was going to be a difference maker. And certainly not for at least 2 years. We're better off hoping that actual recruiters will be able to use the lack of QB depth as a tool to bring in more talent. Bertke will now be guaranteed the garbage minutes that may have gone to Anderson, and since Bertke has a future and Anderson doesn't, that's a good move. Again, I'm not saying the QB situation is good, only that Hornibrook going elsewhere is addition by subtraction.

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  39. I am impressed with John Peterson, the new OL coach coming from Akron. Besides experience coaching the OL, he worked under Jim Tressell at Ohio State for eight years coaching tight ends and serving as recruiting coordinator. He is an Ohio native, and has extensive ties to Ohio which should help recruiting significantly

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    1. Maybe he can convince Kraig Howe to recommit. Sounds like a decent prospect.

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    2. It's hard to imagine why a defensive recruit would decommit in the first place when Narduzzi will be your new coach. He's one of the best defensive minds in the business.

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    3. Anon at 11:24, I had the same reaction. If you think Narduzzi isn't the guy you want to play for after committing to House, I do not want you on our team.

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  40. Like I said.............. Urban Meyer will leave OSU in 2-3 years and Narduzzi's petri dish and proving ground will be PITT. If he does well his next stop will be Ohio State.

    Cardale

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    1. If he does well our brand will improve, our tickets sales will spike, and our revenue increase will allow us to get another great coach.

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    2. Having another, arguably top-teir program such as Ohio State, covet your coach is a good thing. It means he's got it going on here at Pitt. We're winning big, recruiting well, fans are jazzed, there's buzz.

      It's the old joke about you never hafta worry about a fat ugly girlfriend leaving you.

      And there's nothing to say he hasta leave. Maybe he'll find Pitt a home... If Pitt takes care of him when other schools come a courting, like we have with Jamie Dixon (different sport but same concept).

      Thank heaven that Wiscy had an unexpected opening! With the body of work by Chryst House & Co., there's no other school that would have rescued us from our HCPC problem.

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    3. That's fine. He will have to do really well to get OSU to want him. Every college has to replace coaches.

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  41. Doesn't Nard get to hire 9 assistants? You only list 8 slots above.

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    1. I believe Tim Salem is being brought in as TE coach, but it has not been listed yet.

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    2. I haven't had time to write Tim Salem's bio yet because I'm watching Pitt basketball.

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  42. Tim Salem the new tight ends coach is missing. That makes 9.

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  43. Ok lets get into recruiting. There are some huge splashes the Panthers can make and lots of slots open.... we just have to move very very quickly. Everyone knows they will go hard after Mckee, Stocker and Miller. I am going to throw a few names out there and Chris you tell me if you think they will take a shot at trying to get the guy.

    CeCe Jefferson
    Jeffery Holland
    Jordan Conkrite
    Rashad Fenton
    Austin Brown
    Abu Daramy
    Chris Fobbs
    Jordan Fox
    Najee Clayton
    Juantez Mcrae
    Keon Paye
    Sidney Gopre
    Austrian Robinson
    Mark Fields
    Anthony Rush

    I know some of these guys are next to impossible especially with only a month to go, but some pretty exciting names out there that we will hopefully at least kick the tires on. I figure the good news keeps rolling in that maybe we could talk like we might just make a splash or two in the recruiting class this year.

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    1. I think we can expect them to make a push for Najee Clayton an Austrian Robinson at the minimum.

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    2. Sidney Gopre is an extremely interesting prospect that you've listed.

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  44. Something tell me this coaching staff is going to do great things fast.

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  45. The excitement brought to this program by Narduzzi has been great, but if I were his publicist, I would have advised these.

    Final game at mich. st wear a I hate Penn State shirt. Fitting for MSU as well as firing up the new program

    Narduzzi when asked about recruiting.."Id say we will dominate the state but im not a douche."

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    1. I'm glad you're not his publicist.

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  46. What kind of politicians do you have up in Pennsylvania. They put new meaning to win at all costs. They ought to be ashamed of themselves. Hail to Pitt down with the cult.

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    1. The pol that took the lead on that is a state senator from Centre County, go figure. The NCAA wasn't on stable ground with the sanctions anyway, as much as they were deserved, that's why they caved.

      Mike W.

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  47. Tom Sims really coached em up at YSU, including DE Derek Rivers (14 sacks, all conf. as a sophomore). Maybe he would consider a transfer. Thoughts Chris?

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  48. Chris, can you do an update on recruiting this year.
    The only person I speculate will commit tp Pitt soon is Stocker.
    There are new names that have popped up, who all are they and which ones seem likely to come to Pitt?

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    1. I was going to wait until there was more to say but I guess I can keep a running account.

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  49. When watching the pats I just don't know how they get away with all the funny bull they do. That is being nice!

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  50. Only when Jamie recruits guards That can shoot then we will see the final four.

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  51. Still no WR coach announced. Maybe an NFL coach?

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  52. @ James Conner....Totally agree with you....Dixon will not, has not recruited shooters...They hardly shoot any 3's bc they can't...it's such a huge weapon...If there were no 3 point line, Pitt would get to Final Four every year bc they are big, physical, tough d, but can't shoot..No reward for the deep ball....I want one guy who can drain it consistently..I don't care if he can't guard anyone or isn't a beast physical speciman!

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    1. They did have that guy, Ashton Gibbs, who was great until he didn't have as many scoring threats around him then he was pretty much shut down. Would be the same case this year.

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    2. @ Anon at 2:16...One shooter in the past how many years? Ashton was great his jr year and could stroke it, but come on, if that's the only guy you can name, that's supporting my point....Ron Ramon is another...but that's two in 12 years....not acceptable...you have to shoot the three

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    3. @Anon at 3:30 .. I'm not disagreeing with you, just stating that they rarely have an outside threat at the 2 on the floor, has pretty much been the case since Howland came here. Unfortunately Dixon has the same mindset even though he's now in a different conference where they don't play rugby on the hardwood.
      I'm hoping some of the kids he has coming in for 15 and 16 can provide more of an outside threat or at least some better athleticism than what they have in the backcourt right now. It's pretty sad when Newkirk is your most athletic backcourt kid.

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  53. Kevin Sherman from Purdue was just announced as the WR coach.

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  54. WR coach, Rod Sherman from Purdue

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  55. Chris:

    We are all very happy that the new chancellor has made considerably more money available for the football program. But I am puzzled as to why the former chancellor did not. Pitt is not a poor university. The money was there.

    I doubt that Gallagher had to take money away from somewhere else in the university to fund the football program. Or did he? And is this what Nordenberg did not want to do? I would appreciate any insights that you have about this.

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  56. How about a grade for each coach Chris?

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