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Pitt Coach James Patton Takes Job at Eastern Michigan



Pitt coach James Patton is moving on after two seasons with the Panthers, as he’s been hired as the new offensive line coach at Eastern Michigan.

Patton spent the last two years with Pitt as offensive quality control coach and also filled in as offensive line coach last winter while Pitt was transitioning from John Peterson to Dave Borbely.

Patton came to Pitt from Indiana along with then-offensive coordinator Shawn Watson. Watson was fired at the end of the 2018 season and Pitt has not yet announced a replacement.

Before Indiana, Patton also worked at Oklahoma, Northwestern, Miami-Ohio and Rhode Island. He is a Miami-Ohio alum.

At Eastern Michigan, Patton will replace Luke Meadows, who was hired by Les Miles to be he next offensive line coach at Kansas. Eagles head coach Chris Creighton will be entering his sixth season.

Patton’s son, Brayden, is a redshirt sophomore offensive lineman at Northern Illinois. EMU and NIU are both in the West Division of the MAC and play one another annually.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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