Pat Narduzzi’s first season as Pitt football coach isn’t over yet but a case can be made that the he’s in line to get a bump in salary.
Just look at the evidence:
*Pitt (7-3) has a chance to win 10 games and also earn a spot in a big bowl game.
*Buzz surrounding the football team especially by recruits that hasn’t been there in years
*The fact that both Houston and Memphis have offered their first year coaches Tom Herman and Justin Fuente new deals in excess of $3 million per season
*Biggest reason: the number of high profile jobs that are currently open (Texas, Miami, Fla, South Carolina, USC, Missouri, Maryland, Virginia Tech, etc.)
Narduzzi is making $2 million as Pitt’s head coach, which is in the bottom half of coaching salaries for major programs.
2015 Coaching Salaries:
Dave Clawson, Wake Forst- $2.2 million
Sonny Dykes, California- $2.5 million
Gary Anderson, Oregon State- $3 million
Jim McElwain, Florida (1st year)- $3.5 million
Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati- $3.2 million
Bobby Petrino, Louisville- $3.5 million
James Franklin, Penn State- $4 million
Let me be clear, I’m not suggesting Narduzzi is going to be interested in any job. My point of this is that Pitt needs to star being ahead of the situation and realize the impact that Narduzzi has made and will make in the future.
If I’m in charge, I rip up Narduzzi’s contract and bump his salary from $2 million to over $3 million per season.