Following National Signing Day, its common for college teams to make changes to their coaching staff and apparently it’s happened at Pitt.
Within the hour, Rich Walsh from KDKA TV tweeted that DL coach Tom Sims has been let go.
Update- Just minutes ago, PSN’s Alan Saunders confirmed with a team source that Sims is no longer with Pitt.
Hearing some changes to Pitt Football coaching staff… told DL coach Tom Sims no longer with the team.
— Rich Walsh KDKA (@RichieWalsh) February 4, 2017
It should be pointed out that Sims has removed any mention of coaching at Pitt from his Twitter bio. Head coach Pat Narduzzi hired Sims to his original staff in 2015 bringing him back to the school that he played for in the 80’s.
Sims joined Pitt after coaching at Youngstown State from 2010 through 2014.
It’s abit surprising considering the defensive line hasn’t been an issue the last two years. In fact, Sims helped coached Ejuan Price to All-American status.
However, a couple of the Panthers prize defensive lineman didn’t really develop last year and Pitt has lost out on a few big defensive line targets the last couple of seasons.
Where does Narduzzi go from here?
A name that should get some consideration is former Pitt assistant Charlie Partridge. The 43-year old was fired as head coach at Florida Atlantic after three seasons (2014-16).
Partridge is a very well thought of defensive line coach and a master recruiter, especially in the state of Florida. Partridge was a Pitt assistant under Walt Harris from 2003 till 2007 before moving to Wisconsin.
We’ll update this story once I receive more information.
All the best to Coach Sims who is a good man and very kind to PSN.