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Pittsburgh’s Narduzzi Extension and My Take

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The University of Pittsburgh as signed Head Football Coach Pat Narduzzi for 7 more years according to a release by the University.

We’re thrilled Pat Narduzzi is our head football coach,” Lyke said. “We are deeply committed to helping him, his staff and his student-athletes achieve at the highest levels in the ACC and nationally. Coach Narduzzi is a tireless worker, dynamic leader and passionate about building outstanding relationships with our student-athletes and everyone connected to our Pitt family. He and his staff are fully dedicated to building a national-caliber program the right way, on and off the field.”

From what we have seen over the past three seasons, AD Heather lyke described Coach Narduzzi’s efforts well.  As important as it is for he and the program to win, he is not afraid to hold kids accountable at any time.  Even when your season starts with a 4 game juggernaut as this year did.

During that time, Coach was without several starters for the first 3 weeks having players miss Both Penn State and Oklahoma State.  Not to mention the complete Dismissal of another starter, Coach showed that no one person is above the program and it’s values.

Take a look below as the release outlined many highlights that I happen to agree with.  I believe this was a great signing and an important moment for the University.  They have a good coach that has made it clear to this point that he wants to be here.  That equals stability and signals signs of future prosperity.

A season-ending 24-14 victory over No. 2 Miami, the highest-ranked opponent the Panthers have ever defeated at home. Pitt snapped the nation’s longest active winning streak at 15 games by beating the Hurricanes.

Defeating two teams that finished in the top 5 of the final 2016 College Football Playoff rankings. The Panthers gave No. 2 Clemson—last year’s eventual national champion—its only loss (43-42) and kept No. 5 Penn State out of the playoff field by defeating the Nittany Lions, 42-39.

Sending 14 of his former Pitt players into the NFL. The Panthers had five players selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, their highest total in six years.

Eleven ACC All-Academic Football Team honorees the past two years, the second-highest total among conference schools.

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