Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi signed a seven-year contract extension after the 2017 season, keeping him in Pittsburgh through the 2024 season, and it appears that he’ll be extending his stay once again.
At Pitt’s official Peach Bowl acceptance press conference Tuesday morning, Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke spoke to her great degree of trust in Narduzzi and his staff in building a program.
“This program, it takes time to build it the right way,” Lyke said. “We have unbelievable confidence in coach Narduzzi and our staff, and they’re building it, and here’s where — this is just the start of where we’re headed.”
Narduzzi has been the head coach at Pitt since 2015, taking over after a period of relative instability following Dave Wannstedt’s exit after the 2010 season. While it took some time to build the program, as Lyke mentioned, the fruits of Narduzzi’s labor have been on full display this season.
Pitt experienced its best season in decades, jumping out to an 11-2 record and the first ever ACC championship with a win over Wake Forest. Kenny Pickett became Pitt’s first Heisman finalist since Larry Fitzgerald in 2003, and Jordan Addison won Pitt’s first Biletnikoff Award since 2003.
With a chance to win the 12th game this season coming in the Peach Bowl against No. 10 Michigan State, Pitt can match the greatest win total in program history. And it’s also helped Narduzzi’s own standing in the program.
While he’s still under contract, Lyke said the discussions regarding his “arrangement and deal” have already begun to be worked on.
“Pat and I will work on his arrangement and deal, and we are and we have,” Lyke said. “So, when we’re ready to share that, we absolutely will.”
Narduzzi made just over $4.8 million in salary for the 2021, according to USA TODAY, which ranks second in the ACC behind Clemson’s Dabo Swinney. His salary is relatively average when compared with other FBS coaches.
Narduzzi is already rising the ranks of Pitt coaches, his 89 games coached ranking fourth in program history behind Jock Sutherland, John Michelosen and Walt Harris. His 53 wins also ranked fourth, and his .586 win percentage ranks seventh among Pitt coaches with at least 40 games coached.
Pitt will play Michigan State in the Peach Bowl on Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. on ESPN at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.