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Pat Narduzzi Comments on Resignation of OC Mark Whipple

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Pitt’s search for an offensive coordinator is now official as the program is now commenting on Mark Whipple’s departure.

Whether he resigned on his own or encouraged to move on, Whipple is no longer in charge of Pitt’s offense. The football program is referring to it as a resignation and head coach Pat Narduzzi has issued this statement.

“During his three seasons at Pitt, Mark Whipple was a great asset for our entire football program. He did a tremendous job transitioning us from a heavy run attack to one of the best passing games in the entire country. His great work with quarterbacks was obviously on full display, given the outstanding year Kenny Pickett has enjoyed. I am very grateful for Mark’s time in Pittsburgh, both personally as well as professionally, and I wish him and his family the very best moving forward.”

Pitt now has the decision to make on who to put in charge of this offense, that will be returning many talented players, led by Biletnikoff candidate Jordan Addison and running back Izzy Abanikanda. The obvious internal candidate is first year wide receiver coach Brennan Marion.

In terms of Whipple, it looks as though he’s not ready to retire as he reportedly interviewed on Sunday with Nebraska head coach Scott Frost.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Mtgj
Mtgj
1 month ago

I don’t like it I think he brought a pro style offense to Pitt that many kids enjoy playing in. Players believe they can get to the nfl in this type of system. It felt like Pitt was ready to start getting some bigger offensive recruits and now that’s all in jeopardy.

Jeff
Jeff
1 month ago

This isn’t the end of the world some are making it out to be. This offense would not have worked with anyone as O.C. If not for the recruiting of Beatty and Marion among others and even though Whipple did do a nice job developing Pickett he was a veteran Quarterback. Whipple did a nice job of course but let’s not act like he was the greatest offensive coordinator that ever lived. Whipple we be replaced and I believe the offense itself can become even better. It will be without Pickett as he’s moving on from Pitt but the overall… Read more »

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Mic Lav
Mic Lav
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff

You’re right and wrong at the same time.. Pickett actually said that the only reason he returned for the 2021 season was because Whipple was still there… Pickett said if Whipple would have left after last season, then he would have never played for Pitt this season… But as far as play-calling and who is next in line to be Pitts new O.C., they definitely have a better chance of success but it also depends on who will be the next starting QB… Narduzzi has some tough decisions to make.. I think with Pitts success this season, they will be… Read more »

KatyB
KatyB
1 month ago

WHAT A CRAPPY, DISTRACTING THING TO DO RIGHT BEFORE THE BOWL GAME. HE COULDN’T WAIT TILL THE SEASON ENDED??

Duquesne WBB

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