Before I get into all that you should listen to Chris Peaks’ podcast of this morning. Here is the link:
Here is the telling points Chris makes about Pat Narduzzi’s won / loss records (Ike, you may want to avert your eyes at this point).
Since he’s been the Pitt head coach Narduzzi’s W/L record is now 23-19.
Against FBS teams it is 19-19
Against Power 5 teams it is 16-18. In 2017 it was 3-7. So far this year it is 1-2.
Narduzzi has won a total of five of his last 15 Power 5 matches for a winning percentage in that time period of 33.33%.
He’s 0-2 in bowls game and didn’t get selected his third season. OK Ike, you can start reading again.
Forgive me if I am not shocked by this but as much as I liked those wins over Penn State, Clemson and Miami, especially the PSU win, it’s his losses that tell the story of his time here
So, Pitt’s loss to North Carolina opened up some eyes among both the local and national media. here’s some different takes on what happened and what might be in store.
The Post-Gazette’s Brian Batko hits the nail on the head with this:
Wondering about Pitt’s weekly preparation and whether the players are focused enough to be disciplined for a full game seems to be fair, at this point, and the biggest question is how much of that falls on coach Pat Narduzzi. Coaches coach and players play, of course, but after taking 14 penalties in that prime-time rout Sept. 8, Pitt was much cleaner in the Georgia Tech win, with just four. The Panthers were sailing smoothly again Saturday, going flag-free until midway through the second quarter when a personal foul on defense gifted a first down to the Tar Heels, who scored on the next play.
Narduzzi himself is feeling like the inevitable is going to happen Saturday when the Panthers go up against the UCF Knights. Here another Batko P-G piece:
“These guys, they limit you to really doing much, pressure-wise, because you don’t have time to even communicate. … You’re kind of handcuffed as far as what you can do,” Narduzzi said. “You do too much, you’re going to get whacked and get hit for a big play, so you have to keep your base, and you’re playing pretty much the same defense every down.”
So then, perhaps Narduzzi can use more defensive backs more often than just third down …
“You start going into some of that on first and second down, you won’t have to worry about third down,” Narduzzi said. “They’ll hit their head on the goalpost running it down your throat … so switching personnel really isn’t an option.”
That might be the first bit of honesty we’ve heard from him all year.
P-G’s Craig Meyer did a “Pitt’s worst losses to NC” article before the game was played. Maybe he should have waited two days for that.
PSN’s Mike Vukovcan weighs in with a timely and serious statement – It’s time to start wondering about Pat Narduzzi. Actually i think he’s two years too late with this but whatever.
PSN’s Alan Saunders’ bit about the game is good reading. Especially the part where Pat Narduzzi declared what happened ‘Same Old, same Old”... which is ironic because I have been reading diehard Pitt fans declare that “Same Old Pitt (SOP) was dead and buried. Guess not.
Here – see for yourself. I especially like the fact that he recorded all the plays that sucked in his little notebook.:
Linked on that page is an article written back in October 2017 where PN talks about his not playing 4* recruit Paris Ford… Wow, Deja’ Vu… Remember – this is from Oct 2017…
On Thursday, in his final media briefing before Pitt visited Syracuse, Narduzzi gave a detailed and fairly passionate reasoning for his decision not to play true freshman safety Paris Ford, one of the most highly rated recruits in his 2017 class.
“If I get to use him, I want to use him all the time,” Narduzzi said at the time. “He could be a punt returner right now. But, you want to seem him play one time a game and then he doesn’t know what he’s doing the other time? I want to get him out there. It’s not good for the kid. I’d be selfish if I did that, I think. If it was my son, you don’t want to waste a kid’s redshirt for a few plays a game.”
“If I get to use him I want to use him all the time”. Sorry, hard to type when I’m laughing so hard. Oh, Pat. Keep em’ coming.
Here is a puff piece from the Pitt News with “Three Takeaways from Pitt’s Ugly UNC Loss”
Funny how hardly anyone is talking about Kenny Pickett having to run for his life because the offensive line can’t pass block. Oh well, beating a dead horse with that. Here’s something to wet your whistle when you are wondering how we stack up against our next opponent. These stats are from Teamrankings.com.