Interesting move today by the Pitt football program. Head coach Pat Narduzzi didn’t hire a new assistant coach but he did add a volunteer coach to the team.
Former Rutgers defensive line coach Jim Panagos is officially a member of the Pitt football team. Football Scoop.com was the first to report that Panagos was joining the Pitt staff as a defensive consultant.
So what’s that mean?
I’m being told that as a volunteer assistant, Panagos can prepare materials for coaches and be in coaches only meetings but cannot do any direct instruction with Pitt players. Panagos can recruit on campus only.
That last part can be very beneficial to Pitt because Panagos has an excellent reputation as a recruiter. In fact, was one of Kurt Flood’s top recruiters at Rutgers, closing on many high rated prospects.
The 44-year old was with Rutgers from 2012 until last year and prior to that was at Central Florida from 2007 until 2011.
It will be interesting to see if Pitt can stay in the hunt with New Jersey elite DT prospect Fred Hansard and if Panagos could have an impact.