In the single-largest contribution in the history of Pitt Football’s Championship Fund, Steven and Kathy Guttman have committed $2 million dollars to help improve and enhance the program.
The donation was announced earlier today in a statement from the University.
“On behalf of our football student-athletes and coaches, we thank Kathy and Steven for their extremely generous commitment,” Lyke said earlier today in a press release. “Though I have only been in Pittsburgh a few weeks, it has been awesome to meet our loyal donors and even more inspiring to see their generosity positively impact the lives of our student-athletes”
Steven Guttman was a 1968 graduate of the University and is the founder and chairman of UOVO Fine Art Storage.
Also mentioned in the press release was Pitt football’s resume from 2016 and a shot across the bow of their rivals from Happy Valley.
The Panthers are considered a rapidly ascending program under Narduzzi. He has directed Pitt to eight regular-season wins in each of his first two years, something the Panthers had not achieved since 2008-09. Narduzzi owns a 16-10 overall mark and 11-5 record in the ACC, which was regarded as the nation’s finest conference last year.
In 2016, Pitt was the only school to have wins over two teams that finished in the top 5 of the final College Football Playoff rankings. The Panthers gave No. 2 Clemson—the eventual national champion—its only loss (43-42) and kept No. 5 Penn State out of the playoff field by defeating the Nittany Lions, 42-39.