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Pat Narduzzi shoots down rumors connecting him to USC

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Part of being a great offensive or defensive coordinator in college football is having your name continuously tossed into the coaching rumor mill. Michigan State DC, Pat Narduzzi, is experiencing that first hand.

Narduzzi’s name was connected to the Cincinnati job before the Bearcats pulled a stunner and hired Tommy Tuberville away from Texas Tech. Now, his name has apparently been mashed with USC.

No, not for the head coaching job, but for the defensive coordinator gig. On Saturday, Narduzzi denied any such speculation.

“There is absolutely no truth to anything that has been said about me coaching at USC. I have not talked to anyone at USC,” Narduzzi said.

Monte Kiffin‘s final game with the Trojans as DC was a disastrous Sun Bowl loss to Georgia Tech on New Year’s Eve (more so for the ¬†offense, but it was bad all around). The elder Kiffin announced his retirement in late November, but so far there has been no legitimate report connecting anyone to the job.

Michigan State’s defense ranked atop the Big Ten this season and top 10 nationally in all four major statistical categories (yards per game, points per game, rushing yards allowed, passing yards allowed). Those numbers indicated, rather strongly at that, Narduzzi will be on a different sideline sooner rather than later.

As a head coach.

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10 Responses to “Pat Narduzzi shoots down rumors connecting him to USC”
  1. ronin262 says: Jan 5, 2013 11:01 PM

    Who can blame him? If offered the chance to work for Lane Kiffin, run away. One more season like this one at USC and Kiffin will be shown the door, along with his staff.

  2. iamjimmyjack says: Jan 5, 2013 11:20 PM

    Come to usc pat. We’d win with u coaching up our talented players. Lane, pat, if ur reading this, I approve.

  3. irishdodger says: Jan 6, 2013 12:00 AM

    He definitely has a future as a HC.

  4. jimbo75025 says: Jan 6, 2013 1:18 AM

    USC needs to bring him in-but as HC. Kiffin will be gone after the 2013 season anyway (if not before then).

  5. vols84 says: Jan 6, 2013 5:49 AM

    USC will have to promote from within because everyone knows Kiffin is gone next year.

  6. rsmeans says: Jan 6, 2013 7:09 AM

    Why would any body go to USC when Kiffin and Haden will both be gone soon. Then USC rightly will clean house of everyone.

  7. rsmeans says: Jan 6, 2013 7:09 AM

    Why would anybody go to USC when Kiffin and Haden will both be gone soon. Then USC rightly will clean house of everyone.

  8. uscatjerseyshore says: Jan 6, 2013 9:48 AM

    First of all RS, you have absolutely no way of predicting USC’s athletic staff’s future especially so since it is well established you aren’t a fan of either Kiffin or the school. Secondly, USC isn’t some marginal podunk school that will disappear after a single season. When one observes the level of talent the school attracts, the academics of the school and with LA as it’s home market it is going to be a focus of media attention and haters such as yourself who want to make ignorant comments. As Kiffin’s background is on the offense, a DC is going to enjoy some degree of leeway, a perfect situation for anyone that wants to make a mark. Anyone that comes in and has success won’t have any problem being retained.

  9. scoregasmic says: Jan 6, 2013 12:07 PM

    Stay at MSU Pat, just for another year or so, then go get yourself a head coaching job because you deserve that. One of the best DC’s in the NCAA

  10. chiefmac64 says: Jan 6, 2013 10:37 PM

    As a USC fan since childhood I would make the following recommendation to any coach or recruit-run as fast and far from SC as you can. Lame Kiffin is an arrogant buffoon totally over rated. He is awful as a head coach and the only reason he hasn’t been booted from SC already is the University does not want to take any chances on any more recruits recommitting with signing day closing in. The one and ONLY thing Lame does well is recruit-and that’s thanks to recruiting gurus Kennedy Palomalu and Ed Orgeron.

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