Narduzzi Dismisses Rutgers Coaching Rumors

Report out of New Jersey named Pitt coach as potential candidate

Josh Rowntree
September 30, 2019 - 12:36 pm
Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi stands on the field during a warm up practice prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium.

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Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi fielded the question, smiled, and quickly dismissed it. 

Over the weekend, a report came out of New Jersey that Narduzzi, in his fifth year in Pittsburgh, was a potential candidate to take the vacant head coaching position at Rutgers. 

“I signed a long-term contract here a few years ago,” Narduzzi said. “My daughter is a senior in high school right now. She’ll be a freshman next year in college. 

“I’m here at Pitt and I’m staying at Pitt. Real simple.”

Narduzzi is 31-26 with the Panthers, including an ACC Coastal Division title and an appearance in the ACC Championship Game last season. 

The leading candidate named in the report, from NJ.com, is former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano, who most recently served as the defensive coordinator at Ohio State. 

Other potential candidates named, in addition to Narduzzi, were Mississippi State head coach Joe Morehead, Buffalo coach Lance Leipold and Princeton’s Bob Surace. 

Hear all of Narduzzi’s press conference, as the team prepares for Saturday’s game against Duke, below.