One thing that’s become pretty clear with Pat Narduzzi in charge and that’s to get very few if any leaks on a coaching hiring.
Last year when going through the process of replacing Jim Chaney, zero credible information became public before announcing the hiring of Matt Canada.
Once again, Narduzzi is in the initial stages of replacing Canada and nothing is coming from inside Pitt. Although, Narduzzi has stated he won’t get the search started until after the bowl game, you have to imagine in some form he’s started the process or has a couple guys in mind.
When things start to heat up, here are a couple names to keep in mind:
Kevin Johns: current offensive coordinator at Indiana. Has held the position since 2014 and prior to that was co-offensive coordinator at Indiana for two seasons. Before Indiana, Johns was with Northwestern from 2004 to 2010 as either running backs or wide receivers coach. The 41 year old is from Piqua, Ohio and was a college quarterback at Dayton.
During his time at Indiana, they have set 54 school records including points, total yardage, passing yardage and rushing yardage in a single season.
Over the past 4 seasons, Indiana is 1st in the Big Ten in passing yards and 2nd in total yards. Indiana is the only conference team to rank in the top 4 in passing, rushing and total offense.
The 2015 Indiana team were only the 4th team in FBS history with a 3,500 yard passer, two 1,000 yard rushers and one 1,000 yard receiver in the same season.
Is considered a great offensive mind and a source described him as “very creative.”
Tim Beck: is in his second season as Co-offensive coordinator at Ohio State. Prior to Ohio State, Beck was with Nebraska as offensive coordinator. All together, Beck has been in coaching for 28 years (17 in college and 11 in high school).
Beck us a two-time nominee for the Broyles Award (2012 & 2013) while with Nebraska. Beck is a native of Youngstown,Ohio and is considered an excellent recruiter.