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Pitt DC leaving for same job at NC State

Dave Huxtable

As Dave Doeren continues to piece together his first coaching staff at North Carolina State, that piecing has come at the expense of Paul Chryst‘s staff at Pittsburgh.

In a release, Chryst confirmed that his defensive coordinator, Dave Huxtable, has resigned and accepted the same position with the Wolfpack.  Huxtable spent just one season at Pitt.

In a brief statement, Chryst said that “[w]e appreciate Hux‘s contributions to our program this year and wish him the best in his new opportunity.”

Huxtable will be embarking on his third stint in the ACC — oddly enough, the same conference to which Pitt will move in 2013.  He was a defensive assistant at Georgia Tech from 1992-97, then spent 2001-03 at North Carolina.

Doeren pointed to that experience in the conference as a plus in the hire.

“Dave is an ACC veteran coach with a great track record of fundamentally sound, tough, hard-nosed defenses,” said Doeren in his statement announcing the move. “He and I have similar defensive philosophies. We know a lot of the same people, and they all say that he is tremendous as a coach, a person and a technician.

“He has a great track record recruiting in the state of Florida from his time at UCF, in Atlanta from his time at Georgia Tech and throughout the South. He also has experience in the state of North Carolina from his time at UNC.”

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3 Responses to “Pitt DC leaving for same job at NC State”
  1. sd1024 says: Dec 15, 2012 12:19 PM

    Is this an upgrade?

  2. ruggyup says: Dec 15, 2012 3:12 PM

    It’s a major plus if he really can recruit hard in Florida. If he’s smart enough to get out of UCF he’s smart enough to get some good kids.

  3. tg1896 says: Dec 16, 2012 7:41 AM

    I can’t wait to see how the whiners at NC Hate manage to spin the fact that their new DC worked for the Tar Heels. Pack Pride fan forum will be working into overdrive.

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