Well, it happened.
And now the speculation is rampant…because you know, Pat Narduzzi.
First. Lets just talk about the state of the MSU program.
The lawsuit is messy…
With all that being said, Dantonio is about as much of a legend as there can be at MSU:
The good news (unless you’re part of the 30% off Pitt fans that don’t currently believe in Narduzzi) is that there is a coach at a non Power 5 school who is a better candidate than Pat.
My quick take: Fickell makes 2.3 Million at Cincinnati and will likely never have a shot at the CFP. Michigan State would clearly be step up in both pay and potential. But… Fickell at Cinci has got a shot to win his division every single year. In the Big 10 East, he’s at best fourth fiddle behind OSU, Penn State and Michigan. Still, money talks, and on top of a big raise, if Fickell takes the MSU job and can parley that into a string of 9 and 10 win seasons he’d have his pick of any college football head coaching job in the nation. If he stays put in Cincinnati he may not have as many options, even if he turns them into the next UCF.
But… Duz’ successful run as Dantonio’s DC combined with the perception (from many) that Michigan State is a step up from Pitt, means that Pat is always going to be in the conversation. At least until he isn’t.
I’d like to stop here and quote the Pete Thamel article, re: Pat Narduzzi… (emphasis added)
There’s an argument that he’s got a better job in Pittsburgh, as the Panthers play in the worst division in major college football. Slaying UNC, Duke and Georgia Tech is a lot easier than Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State. Another potential stumbling block here is Narduzzi’s buyout, which is substantial but not untenable.
And yet the sky is falling…kind of
Note that “Souf Oakland Life is a joke Twitter account…
but cooler heads are trying to prevail:
Meanwhile it’s business as usual on the Southside:
… at least until it isn’t.
Should be an interesting week or two.
Hail to Pitt