The ACC football coaches are parading through ESPN at the start of this week, and Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi had his turn today.
Make that Pat Narduzzi, Pitt coach for a minute, Connecticut native, Rhode Island graduate and conduit for his newly hired athletic director.
Pat Narduzzi on WVU series: “I’d love to play WVU someday but our instate rivalry (Penn State) is bigger than an out-of-state rivalry”
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 28, 2015
Narduzzi started college (playing for his father Bill at Youngstown State) in 1985. He graduated from URI in 1989. In the entire time he’s been a college player and coach, Pitt and Penn State have played 12 times and not since 2000. Twelve times in 31 years and not once in the past 15. That line, which is a brief state-of-the-union address on the conversations happening (or not) between WVU and Pitt, is rubbish, and I bet Penn State would agree. It was the Nittany Lions and Joe Paterno who moved to discontinue the series (Penn State had a different, less equitable scheduling split in mind; Paterno never really let go of Pitt joining the Big East and abandoning his proposed conference of all eastern schools).
But this is what happens when a defensive coordinator goes on the offensive.
And this is what happens when an offensive coordinator goes on the offensive.
Mountaineers don't back out of a Brawl! #SweetCaroline…
— Dana Holgorsen (@Holgorsendana) July 28, 2015