Pittsburgh has signed coach Pat Narduzzi to a new contract that will keep him with the Panthers through the 2024 season.
"We're thrilled Pat Narduzzi is our head football coach", Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke said. Thanks to Chancellor Gallagher and Heather, we are all definitely moving in the same direction with a shared vision for excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community. 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. "My family and I are extremely appreciative of the opportunity to be part of this great university and city".
In a press release, Lyke said Pitt is committed to working with Narduzzi and his staff to build a national-caliber football team.
Narduzzi received the long-term extension despite leading the Panthers to a lackluster 5-7 record during the 2017 campaign.
Narduzzi has led Pitt to 21 wins, the most by a head football coach at the university in his initial three years since Jackie Sherrill, who had 28 wins from 1977 to 1979.
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The Pitt Panthers experienced a disappointing 2017 season that ended with them being one of just four ACC teams to miss the postseason. Narduzzi is 1-1 against Penn State, and the Nittany Lions were 33-14 winners this season.
"If we do the little things right off the field, the little things right on the field, we have a chance to win an ACC championship, which is the goal here in Pittsburgh", Narduzzi said on CBS Sports Radio. "We had a lot of younger players who had to grow up on the job this past season".