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Lyke: Pat Narduzzi Contract Extension ‘Very Imminent’



PITTSBURGH — A contract extension between Pitt and head football coach Pat Narduzzi is imminent, athletic director Heather Lyke said on Tuesday.

“It’s very imminent and we thought the appropriate time made sense,” Lyke said. “There’s no question that we’re in a good place with that agreement.”

Lyke suggested that the announcement could come before Pitt’s Blue-Gold Game on on April 9.

Narduzzi is coming off the program’s best season, winning the program’s first ACC Championship Game and winning more than 10 games for the first time in 40 years. He signed a seven-year contract extension back in 2017 that will run through the 2024 season. After his successful season, he has likely earned a salary increase moving forward. 

Pitt does not release salary figures for its coaches and is exempt from Pennsylvania’s Freedom of Information Act requirements, but Pitt’s last IRS filing put Narduzzi’s salary at $4.8 million for the 2020 season. 

According to USA Today, that made Narduzzi the 22nd-highest paid coach in the country, and the second-highest paid coach in the ACC, trailing only Clemson’s Dabo Swinney. Penn State head coach James Franklin will make $7 million on the contract extension he got earlier this offseason.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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