November 4, 2016

To be fair, he did address it, but declared the topic dead to him going forward.

There was a laughable attempt to link Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi to the vacant Purdue job early in the week. It wasn’t by the media. Their only reference to Purdue was that reportedly the powers that be at Purdue were looking to go big on the hire and willing to make a financial commitment.

Basically, boilerplate stuff from the Boilermakers.

No power conference school — no matter how bad or how cheap, and Purdue encompasses both parts — is going to talk about settling on the cheapest most convenient candidate. They want to talk up their plans so they can get agents for coaches putting feelers of their own out to Purdue to gauge interest.

Are coordinators at major conference schools interested? How about sitting head coaches at the Mountain West or American (and, man, that would be the most Tommy Tuberville move to jump to Purdue for one more payday as the discontent at Cinci rises)? Do they have to go down to the MAC or Conference USA (again)?

But I digress.

Penn State fans (but definitely not rivals to Pitt) got it going a bit with rumormongering on Pat Narduzzi going to Purdue.

Earlier this week, something of a joke surfaced on Twitter when various users began connecting Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi to the vacant coaching job at Purdue, a chain of commentary that even came with its own #Purduzzi hashtag.

When asked about it Thursday at his final press briefing before the Panthers’ game against Miami, Narduzzi took the joke in stride while affirming his commitment to his current employer.

It can be treated as a joke, because no one took it seriously. Not the media. Not Pitt fans. No one was buying this one. Though, the hashtag was solid.

That Narduzzi got asked about it strikes me as amusing. I’m sure Penn State partisans will take it as a victory that he was even asked. Narduzzi was fairly definitive.

One posting said a representative of Narduzzi met with Purdue officials at Midway Airport in Chicago.

“That’s funny,” Narduzzi said. “I’m not going anywhere. I don’t know who makes up those rumors.

“We don’t need to talk about that, but I can just tell you it ain’t happening. You can take that to the bank.”

He added, “From now on, I’m not even going to comment on it.”

I’m betting he extends the ban on the topic to all coaching carousel stuff.

Meanwhile Penn State has been hit with the largest fine ever from the Department of Education.

The U.S. Department of Education is hitting Penn State with a record $2.4 million fine for violating a law that requires colleges and universities to report campus crimes and warn people if their safety is threatened.

The fine announced Thursday was the result of a five-year federal investigation into how Penn State officials handled complaints about former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky before he was charged in 2011 with child molestation.

The agency says Penn State largely ignored many of its duties under the Clery Act.

And their list of attorneys to have at the ready.

Pitt’s D hasnt been this bad since Majors 2. I mean it took us back 20 years. Thats not progress.

Comment by TX Panther 11.05.16 @ 3:21 pm

I believe I did a look back at Pitt’s worst defenses since Dave Hart era. Maybe it was over on other site.

But this is certainly one of the worst Pitt defenses in Pitt HISTORY. Even one of Dave Hart’s 1 win teams had a better D.

Comment by Emel 11.05.16 @ 3:23 pm

Been a few years since I came here to observe the aftermath of some SOP. But… just LOL… this guy is a total loser. Sloppy, undisciplined, unmotivated, mistake filled football means losing to teams with less talent – and Narduzzi does that very well. I watched the Navy game before switching to Pitt for some self-inflicted Saturday frustration. What a difference a great coach makes. Navy makes no mistakes (lowest penalties in FBS), plays hard every down, expresses zero frustration, and plays up to their competition – that is a well coached football team. And that is how a team with less talent at every position beats ND and Houston. This guy ensures a team with NFL players at skill positions finds a way to lose 6-7 games in a mediocre ACC. Perhaps this is why he is a 25 year assistant. Wake me up when he takes his yell-fest mediocrity to the Big 10.

Comment by DeVanzo 11.05.16 @ 3:26 pm

The 1996 teams Points Against was like 39 ppg I believe but it was skewed by the one game (72 points).

The 1992, Hackett’s last year was really bad as well.
35 or 36 ppg against.

This years team might break that mark.

Comment by Emel 11.05.16 @ 3:27 pm

The calls for Narduzzi to Purdue will become louder. Might not be a bad thing. Pitt just lost some recruits given its pathetic performance today.

Comment by TX Panther 11.05.16 @ 3:28 pm

It lost me as a fan for the rest of the year.

Comment by TX Panther 11.05.16 @ 3:29 pm

Emel could you imagine how bad they would be if Narduzzi wasn’t a defensive genius? LOL

Comment by WLAT 910 radio and the big beat! 11.05.16 @ 3:29 pm

Emel the Hackett secondary was referred to as the burnt toast patrol, this group we have is worse.

Comment by WLAT 910 radio and the big beat! 11.05.16 @ 3:30 pm

Right WLAT,

Seemed like no matter how many points Alex Van Pelt and the boys put up, it mostly wasn’t enough.

And of course Paul Hackett wasn’t a defensive genius

Comment by Emel 11.05.16 @ 3:33 pm

its depressing to see teams like Wyoming, western Michigan, Colorado have the ability to resurrect their programs and pitt can’t get out of its own way.

Comment by goalie44 11.05.16 @ 3:49 pm

BIG Play of the Game… 1st DOWN on the FIVE… the NO. 1 Touchdown MAKER in Pitt History in the Backfield (aka James Conner) in the Backfield… Matt Canada “What do you do?”… “Let’s THROW the Football.”

Comment by PittofDreams 11.05.16 @ 3:50 pm

As stated earlier… next week DEATH VALLEY… followed by SPLIT (my opinion) with Duke and Syracuse.

Bottom Line… Pitt ends up with a LOSING Record in the ACC.

Tell me where this is anywhere near OK?

Comment by PittofDreams 11.05.16 @ 3:55 pm

Meanwhile… back in Wisconsin…

Comment by PittofDreams 11.05.16 @ 3:59 pm

PoD – Chryst is playing with another coaches players just like Narduzzi is and went to a school that ran the same system. Wait until next year. Then you’ll have a better idea of which way the programs are trending. I have a feeling you’ll see a dip the next two years.

Having said that, this was a bad loss. The offense was not crisp. I was not a fan of the 2 games in 21 days that the bye week created. Football is about momentum and consistency both of which were hurt with the extended break(s) in the heart of the season.

I think you’ll see a more crisp team next week … unfortunately it will be against Clemson so who knows if it reflects on the scoreboard.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 11.05.16 @ 4:50 pm

The honeymoon is over.

Comment by Tony in Harrisburg 11.05.16 @ 5:08 pm

I dont think Narduzzi will have any leverage to get a pay raise or extension after this year. Purdue can call him.

Comment by TX Panther 11.05.16 @ 5:11 pm

Clemson will hang 80 on Pitt with their second string QB.

Comment by TX Panther 11.05.16 @ 5:12 pm

Maybe they will adjust on defense next week and EITHER get pressure on the qb OR help the corners.
Anyone think of either of those ideas yet?

Comment by TVax1 11.05.16 @ 5:38 pm

It’s amazing how much some of you don’t understand CFB. There are no quick fixes for talent and depth.

This is a list of coaches that Dokish just posted on Twitter, after two years on the job … and what I’ve been saying for two years …

Record after first 2 yrs:

MacIntyre 6-18
Dantonio 15-10
Swinney 15-12
Briles 8-16
Strong, Lou 14-12 Tex 11-18
Kelly 16-10
Petersen 15-12

Sometimes coaches go to places that have similar skill sets to the systems they run like Brian Kelly, Tom Herman and Paul Chryst. You can’t judge them on their success yet either because they are playing with other coaches kids. Years 3 and 4, when the coach is playing with his kids recruited for his system are the judgement years.

Narduzzi is still 10-1 in favored games. The one constant in the losses is talent. Pitt does not have the talent in the lineup yet.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 11.05.16 @ 5:42 pm

Tossing, here’s what I posted on Reed’s site today… my first Post.

What would people have said if Chryst came in and the Offense performed similarly to the way the Defense has for Narduzzi?

Just to put things into their PROPER Perspective.


Remember that Chryst IMMEDIATELY made a Quarterback out of Tino… DRAMATICALLY improving his Passing.

What Chryst did was build an Offense that Sunseri could operate in.

That’s what Coaches do… adapt to the Players you have.

Narduzzi has REFUSED to do that… which is IDIOTIC.

Like one VERY well known Coach once said… “You play to win the game.”

Comment by PittofDreams 11.05.16 @ 5:43 pm

Narduzzi is going to be a footnote in Pitt history Just another Losing headcoach I am pissed that Barnes said wait and see who we hire An old 1st time headcoach Same Old Pitt nothing changes Fire Narduzzi and Barnes and the new Chansellor They ALL SUCK even worse than POtatoe Head at least he could recruit an offensive line Next year The offensive graduates Good Luck

Comment by Boo Boo #1 11.05.16 @ 5:43 pm

Pitt football is going down not up and will be the dregs just like Boston College Pitt is getting worse not better Pitts playes suck pull their schlorships and have walk on Pitt campus guys play They cant do any worse Hey Justin u guarenteed Pitt would win You Deplorible Republican

Comment by Boo Boo #1 11.05.16 @ 5:48 pm

And what is just plain STUPID…. you have a 1st DOWN on the Miami FIVE Yard Line and Pitt’s ALL-TIME TD Maker in the Backfield.

What do you do? How about we PASS?

No, what you do is GIVE the Ball to Conner… as many times as necessary to get into the End Zone.

This is NOT complicated. But to Narduzzi, it obviously is.

Comment by PittofDreams 11.05.16 @ 5:49 pm

Even without Watson for more than half of game.

Clemscum 54 Syracuse 0

Dungy got hurt in 1st half never returned for Cuse. Pitt’s only hope to win that game.

Comment by Emel 11.05.16 @ 5:50 pm

Today Canada has been exposed to being more MARRIED to his SCHEME than the Players.

Just like Narduzzi.

Comment by PittofDreams 11.05.16 @ 5:52 pm

Or let me put it this way… MORE devoted to proving me right… than WINNING!

Comment by PittofDreams 11.05.16 @ 5:54 pm

PoD – I never liked Chryst or the hire. I’m very biased against him. I cannot look at him with an honest eye. I admit it. I hope he loses miserably in Wisconsin.

The problem with Chryst though is in year three there was no progress. It was the exact same three years running. I still thought Chryst deserved 4-5 years but he bolted before that and left Pitt in the same situation it was in when he came on board … another 4-5 year rebuild. Which is what is happening and Pitt fans are flipping out over.

Chryst did not adjust his system for the QB. He just shrank his playbook to run plays the QB could run competently. Sunseri was a pro-style QB so he fit the system. Chryst still ran a pro-style system with Voytik even though Voytik should have been running the option. He put in packages for Voytik but it was not his base offense.

Boo Boo – hoopies suck. Barnes didn’t even hire Narduzzi.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 11.05.16 @ 5:54 pm

Smart people adapt.

Comment by PittofDreams 11.05.16 @ 5:55 pm

Tossing… Voytik is possibly the biggest OVER-rated Quarterback Recruit in Division 1 History.

Sitting that Bench at Arksansas State… which by the way is something I predicted.

Your comment regarding Sunseri pretty much supports the argument I am making.

Again… SMART people adapt. Narduzzi REFUSES to do so.

Let that speak for itself.

Comment by PittofDreams 11.05.16 @ 5:58 pm

Hoopies rape sheep

Comment by TX Panther 11.05.16 @ 5:58 pm

On a POSITIVE note… I fully expect Stallings to Adapt.

In fact, he already has.

Comment by PittofDreams 11.05.16 @ 5:59 pm

lol Division 1 history. What about Pat Bostick ? ha

Comment by Emel 11.05.16 @ 6:04 pm

Voytik delivered 7 wins and a bowl game win. Last Bowl Game Pitt won he was QB. Should have been 8 and 2 Bowl Game wins if not for a total defensive and special teams collapse against Houston.

And when was the last time Pitt had the same QB for 2 Bowl Game wins.

Comment by Emel 11.05.16 @ 6:07 pm

Kid got totally ‘jobbed’ by Chubbs.

Pitt is getting what it deserves. Letting a fat slob like him come in and just ruin a kid.

Comment by Emel 11.05.16 @ 6:08 pm

Emel… Your Voytik was an “Elite 11” QB.

That’s as BIG as it gets.

Funny thing is… from the first time I watched him in High School on ESPN, I knew he was WAY overrated… and posted as much.

How could so many so-called “Experts” be wrong?

NOT a hard call.

Comment by PittofDreams 11.05.16 @ 6:10 pm

Emel… seriously.

Voytik had Tyler Boyd to throw to… the ACC “Player of the Year” in the Backfield… and a Coach willing to put the Football in both of their hands.

Be real.

Comment by PittofDreams 11.05.16 @ 6:16 pm

Pitt of Dreams so far Pitt basketball doesnt have the talent either just sayin Dont get your hopes up . Up tempo score 80 and give up 88 at least it will be more intertaning than Jamie Dixon’s take the air out of the ball and play cave man boulder ball Jamie philsophy pretend the ball is a heavy boulder go slow with it Damn good ridence to him !!!

Comment by Boo Boo #1 11.05.16 @ 6:18 pm

Guys, get off the ledge. There are needs. BUT. The LAST thing Pitt needs is a new coach. We are witnessing the tail end if what happens when you have 5 coaches in 5 years. No program, not even the criminals in Centre County, have had to deal with the adversity which accompanies a total lack of continuity in leadership. And not just in the program itself, but the athletic department and university as well. Get a grip. Pitt is 2 touchdowns and 2 field goals away from being 8 and 1. They lost some close games in which they were underdogs. Then comes the blowout. And we’re supposed to be surprised that a bunch of 20 year olds can’t get over some serious disappointments?

Pitt WILL be in a bowl game this year and Narduzzi will be our coach in that game and he will be on the sidelines when we play New Year’s Day in ’19.

Comment by wally 11.05.16 @ 6:20 pm

Boo… whatever you do, keep posting. You are always entertaining.

And you really do help keep it REAL… although sometimes a little too close to the edge.

Comment by PittofDreams 11.05.16 @ 6:24 pm

The one POSITIVE note from today’s Game… Narduzzi REALLY kept it in check on the Sidelines.

Obviously got the memo.

There is HOPE!

Comment by PittofDreams 11.05.16 @ 6:26 pm

We played on New Year’s Day in WLAT’s last year.

And then didn’t play in another Bowl game for 4 years.

Until this administration seriously lays out some Large Coinage we will be, what we are.

Comment by Emel 11.05.16 @ 6:28 pm

Season Ticket sales are going to a huge hit next year.

No Pedo’s to buy 10,000 of them. Pitt either coming off a no bowl season or another Toilet Bowl appearance some Sun Belt or MAC team.

Comment by Emel 11.05.16 @ 6:30 pm

PoD – trimming your playbook is still your playbook. Still your system. How many wins did Chryst have in year 3 vs year 1? The same. You guys can bitch about losses. This is one to bitch about. No argument from me there. But to use it as referendum on his future is asinine. This loss was less about the coaches and more about the players. Weah dropped TD. Missed FG bc of a bad sack taken by NP. A bad fumble by Henderson at the 10. An interception in the End zone. Coaching had nothing to do with any of them. It was just a bad game. Time to move on.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 11.05.16 @ 6:38 pm

Emel – no they won’t. Pitt will still require packages to be bought to be eligible the following year for PSU. Narduzzi has a couple year buffer.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 11.05.16 @ 6:43 pm

Pedos will keep their season tix next year to guarantee their spot for 2018. Most of them bought them last year.

Comment by Nick 11.05.16 @ 6:45 pm

Wally -amen brother. Keep preachin’.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 11.05.16 @ 6:45 pm


You also said Adam Bertke was special, he didn’t do so well at Pitt did he?

Comment by WLAT 910 radio and the big beat! 11.05.16 @ 6:46 pm


god love ya, but you are the biggest koolaid drinker ever! look around you my man, the program is nowhere. narduzzi should be able to stay as long as he wants, cause no one wants this crummy program.

Comment by goalie44 11.05.16 @ 6:53 pm

Really not that upset with this loss. Just one of those days when we couldn’t get out of our own way. How many bad plays can you overcome. Kaaya completes his first ten passes to put us in a hole.

Maybe not in order:

We try an unnecessary punter throw long into double coverage.

We have a fumble.

We have an interception.

Our interior line goes down on one play. One taking a helmet in the knee.

We have two major downpours.

We drop another interception.

We drop a fairly easy TD pass.

I am sure I forgot a few others.

I agree with POD, when you have the most prolific red zone guy in Pitt history, why is he on the bench, why are you passing on first down?

When Hall is gouging them for big yards, why do you stop until they stop you? Why do we never see him again.

Why do you try 5 jet sweeps with Henderson when they are blowing the plays up?

Hate to say it but we beat ourselves today, no way we beat Miami with that many mistakes.

Peterman was not sharp today, but a lot of it was because of poor protection. When we get behind by more than a touchdown it puts too much pressure on the passing game.

Both of our lines got outplayed today.

Overall, just not enough big plays for us, along with all the forced and unforced errors.

Heard two good things from Narduzzi in his postgame. He commended the refs for a great job (with sincerity) and he said he was trying to give the corners help (whoopee).

Comment by gc 11.05.16 @ 6:54 pm

For this team to win they need to score close to 40 plus points week in and week out. That’s a lot of pressure on the offense to score on almost every possession.

The Pitt defense is the problem, week in and week out. If the offense would have played perfectly by not turning it over today the score would have been closer but they still would have lost.

The defense is horrible and changes need to be made with maybe scheme, new coaches and much more talent because what they are doing does not work.

Comment by WLAT 910 radio and the big beat! 11.05.16 @ 7:06 pm

Goalie – it’s year 2 of a team that was very very average when inherited. Not kool-aid. Most of those average kids are still starting. Next year it will flip to mostly Narduzzi players and year 4 should be almost all Narduzzi kids. That’s when the real clock starts.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 11.05.16 @ 7:07 pm

The thing that is really killing the defense is the lack of any pressure on the QB. As bad as the D-Backs look, too many of those passes were indefensible. No defender can stop the perfect pitch and catch (Spikes)

Aston had a really good game. Both Henderson’s and Weah’s great plays were offset by their poor ones.

Whitehead had 10 tackles, Taleni 8. Brightwell looked pretty good at times.

Worst news, Jarrett’s injury looked pretty severe.

It does seem unlucky that everyone seems to play their best games against us. (maybe not luck), but we rarely seem to benefit from the other team screwing up.

Comment by gc 11.05.16 @ 7:10 pm

Miami lost 4 in a row, but they were FSU, UNC, VT and ND. Two that we lost to, and one other we would definitely lose. It is too bad we don’t play ND this year. VT was the only team to blow Miami up.

Comment by gc 11.05.16 @ 7:15 pm

Gc – agreed. The DL not getting pressure on an O-line that was shredded the last 4 games was the real issue.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 11.05.16 @ 7:16 pm

Gc – you’re spitting too much logic. Please stop before you hurt someone.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 11.05.16 @ 7:18 pm

Thanks TT, I’ll take a break.

Comment by gc 11.05.16 @ 7:21 pm

WLAT… You’ve got to dig REALLY DEEP to beat me on one.

Like I’ve said many times “No One bats a thousand.”

However, I was DEAD ON with Voytik… despite all of his “Anonymous” Supporters on Dokish.

Comment by PittofDreams 11.05.16 @ 7:44 pm


I like you and love your posts just gotta keep you honest.

Take care

Comment by WLAT 910 radio and the big beat! 11.05.16 @ 7:55 pm

The reason Duzz doesn’t adapt is because he too is learning on the job and his system is all he knows. That, and he’s solid granite between the ears….

Comment by Jackagain 11.05.16 @ 7:59 pm

Listen Emel,
I went to Pitt. I love Pitt. I watch them religiously from 3000 miles away. I didn’t say I hate Pitt. But I hate to be hurt by the endless disappointments I feel. I am frustrated to see them drop open field TD passes, fumble at the most in opportune times, etc. Every year, I harbor hope and every year it is the same BS.

Comment by pittinlivingcolor 11.05.16 @ 8:01 pm


I have to agree with you, in coach speak that would be termed he doesn’t pay attention to detail.

Comment by WLAT 910 radio and the big beat! 11.05.16 @ 8:40 pm

The cult is back, the eers are good and we are SOP. It will never change. Forget recruiting. Why would anyone want to go to a half empty stadium with a mediocre team. Like I said SOP, SOP, SOP. And this is in the weak ACC Coastal. Maybe against Clemson Watson won’t play since he got hurt yesterday and their back-up will only pass for 300yds. and we will only lose 44 to 21.

Comment by JP 11.06.16 @ 7:48 am

Hark: is that a white flag I see??

Comment by Savannah Panther 11.06.16 @ 1:36 pm

Looks like Chas picked a good week to take off.

Steelers taking the week off too.

Comment by gc 11.06.16 @ 3:14 pm

Savannah – the only flag I saw today was on the golf course, which is where I should have been yesterday.

I have to choose my entertainment more carefully.

Next week will be tough with the clemscum 3:30pm start time and darkness setting in at 5pm.

Never give up cause HCPN and this FB don’t (usually)

Comment by Erie Express 11.06.16 @ 5:00 pm

/\ this FB team don’t /\

Comment by Erie Express 11.06.16 @ 5:17 pm

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