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Pittsburgh HC Pat Narduzzi Receives 2-Year Extension

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Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi has received a two-year contract extension and now has six years remaining through the 2021 season, according to ESPN National College Football Reporter Joe Schad.

“I’m greatly appreciative and humbled by the support and faith that Scott Barnes and Chancellor Patrick Gallagher have shown me,” Narduzzi said in a statement. “The University of Pittsburgh is an incredible place with incredible people. 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.”

In his first season with Pittsburgh — and as a head coach, in general — Narduzzi led the Panthers to an 8-4 (6-2 ACC) record, starting the year 6-1 and reaching as high as No. 23 in the AP Top 25 poll.

It is the program’s first eight-win season since 2010, and Pitt has the opportunity to reach nine wins for the first time seven years when it plays Navy in the Military Bowl on December 28.

“Pat Narduzzi has adrenalized Pitt football on and off the field,” athletic director Scott Barnes said. “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.”

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