Pitt pulled the trigger, took fan’s advice and hired a new staff coach who has a successful track record in college recruiting. From the Trib:
Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi hired former Central Michigan defensive passing game coordinator Archie Collins to be his 10th assistant coach. But he just isn’t ready to reveal where he will use him this season.
The only certainty is that Pitt’s defensive staff will have a new look, with Collins and defensive coordinator Randy Bates, who replaced Josh Conklin (now head coach at Wofford).
Collins is no stranger to his boss, having worked as a defensive graduate assistant at Michigan State with Narduzzi from 2010-2012.
Most recently, Collins forged a reputation as one of the top coaches in the Mid-American Conference. In 2015, he was named the MAC’s Recruiter of the Year byScout.com , but he also apparently knew what to do with those players when he got them on the field.
This is a move in the right direction. But it also clearly shows that the Athletic Department didn’t open the purse string for anything but a barebones hire. Narduzzi hang said yet where Collins will land on the staff and if he’s also going to be a football operations staff member(position coaches for example).
What Collins’ true job description is going to be encompasses a very narrow mission…get the Pitt recruiting house in order and start targeting and landing the more highly ranked high school players.
Good luck with that – we need it ASAP.