Coming off what should be considered a successful debut season as a head coach, Pat Narduzzi has been offered a contract extension by Pittsburgh. He happily accepted said contract extension offer and will be lined up as the head coach of the Panthers through the 2021 season. The school formally announced the extension Thursday morning.
The extended contract tacks on two years to Narduizzi’s initial contract with Pittsburgh, a fairly standard five-year deal. Financial terms of the deal have not been revealed. Narduzzi’s previous contract terms with regard to financial details were not reported on USA Today‘s annual database of coaching salaries.
“Pat Narduzzi has adrenalized Pitt football on and off the field,” Pittsburgh Director of Athletics Scott Barnes said in a released statement. “We are proud of what our program has accomplished this season. Moreover, we’re excited about what our student-athletes can continue to achieve–on the field, in the classroom and in the community–under Pat’s long-term leadership.”
“The University of Pittsburgh is an incredible place with incredible people,” Narduzzi said in his released statement. “My family and I plan to make Pittsburgh our home for a very long time and we’re glad the leadership at Pitt feels the same way. It is an honor to serve as Pitt’s head football coach and I’m continuously energized by what we can, and will, accomplish here.”
With Narduzzi taking over after a successful stint as Michigan State’s defensive cooridnator, the Panthers went 8-4 in the regular season, which was good for the highest win total in a season in western Pennsylvania since Dave Wannstedt‘s final season as head coach in 2010. If Pittsburgh can notch a Military Bowl victory over Navy (in Annapolis), the Panthers will have the most wins in a single season (nine) since going 10-3 in 2009. The Panthers may have an outside shot at finishing the season in the AP top 25 with a win over a ranked Navy squad too. The Panthers haven’t finished a season in the top 25 since that 2009 season.
It has been a solid year for Big Ten assistant coaches making their head coaching debuts this season. Like Narduzzi at Pittsburgh, former Ohio State assistant Tom Herman guided Houston to a 12-1 season that included an American Athletic Conference championship and a berth in the New Years Six. Herman has also had his contract improved as a reward for a good debut season. Coincidentally, Pittsburgh lost to Houston in last season’s Armed Forces Bowl.