The University of Pittsburgh has signed head football coach Pat Narduzzi to a seven-year contract extension.
"We're thrilled Pat Narduzzi is our head football coach", Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke said. 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 has more wins in his first three seasons than any Pitt coach since Jackie Sherrill, who won 28 from 1977-79.
In a press release, Lyke said Pitt is committed to working with Narduzzi and his staff to build a national-caliber football team. "My family and I are extremely appreciative of the opportunity to be part of this great university and city". Pitt snapped the nation's longest active winning streak at 15 games by beating the Hurricanes. In 2016, Pitt knocked off the eventual national champions Clemson Tigers in SC, and then in the final week of this season, the Panthers defeated the previously undefeated Miami Hurricanes, 24-14. The Panthers had five players selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, their highest total in six years. 247Sports notes Pitt now ranks last in the 14-team ACC for its 2018 recruiting class.
This past season Pitt fielded one of its youngest lineups in recent memory.
"We are really enthusiastic about the team we have coming back for 2018", Narduzzi said in a written statement.