When Pitt left the Big East for the ACC, it took just about a decade to reach the pinnacle of conference success. But for a conference newcomer, Pitt is the model.
Since arriving in the ACC ahead of the 2013 season, Pitt has accumulated a 44-32 conference record (.579%). Of the 12 teams that joined Power Five conferences over the last decade, Pitt’s win percentage is the highest.
How have the teams who changed conferences the past decade? It's been tough sledding for most of them. Only 4 of the 12 teams have conference records better than 0.500 since the switch. pic.twitter.com/uTz7rwNJYm
— CougarStats (@CougarStats) July 15, 2022
While the first two seasons in the ACC under former head coach Paul Chryst weren’t exactly world-beating, with a 12-14 (7-9) two-season run, Pitt has experienced success under Pat Narduzzi.
Pitt has won two Coastal division titles and one outright ACC title under Narduzzi, culminating with the best season in four decades with the 2021 ACC title and 11-win season.
Narduzzi has put together a 53-37 record since taking over before the 2015 season, and his 36 conference wins rank as the third-most in the ACC during that time.
2013 – 6-7 (3-5)
2014 – 6-7 (4-4)
2015 – 8-5 (6-2)
2016 – 8-5 (5-3)
2017 – 5-7 (3-5)
2018 – 7-7 (6-2)
2019 – 8-5 (4-4)
2020 – 6-5 (5-5)
2021 – 11-3 (7-1)
Louisville, a former Big East foe and one-year AAC member, is 33-33 since joining the ACC in 2014, and Syracuse, another former Big East foe, has struggled to the tune of a 22-52 (.279%) record since joining the ACC in 2013. West Virginia, for reference, has put together a 44-45 conference record (.494%) since leaving the Big East for the Big 12 in 2013.
Only Pitt, Texas A&M, Utah and TCU have winning conference records since joining their respective Power Five conferences over the last decade.