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‘They Were Probably Booing Me’: Pat Narduzzi Brushes Off Boos

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Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi.

Whether it was the Pitt Panthers or Pittsburgh Steelers, fans certainly voiced their displeasure in the respective offenses — or lack thereof — over the weekend.

Kenny Pickett and the Steelers mustered seven points in a season-opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, and about 18 hours beforehand, Phil Jurkovec and the Panthers managed 21 points in a loss to Cincinnati.

Neither Pitt quarterback was very good this weekend, but it was what Jurkovec said following the game that drew headlines. Pitt fans voiced their displeasure Saturday night, and Pat Narduzzi took the blame Monday.

“Yeah, they were probably booing me,” Narduzzi said at his weekly press conference. “Number one, I don’t hear it, and fans are going to be passionate. I really don’t care about the guy that’s in his basement on Twitter. I hope our kids don’t listen to that.

“It doesn’t really matter. If that’s what you want to do, you want to do it, but I’m not dealing with it. The guy in the basement — we’re disappointed enough. We’re going to stay positive in this room, and that’s kind of all I’ve got to say about that.”

Narduzzi said — emphatically — that he hasn’t talked to Jurkovec about his comments. He didn’t hear it, he said, and it doesn’t really matter.

Jurkovec completed 10-of-32 pass attempts (31%) for 179 yards with three touchdowns. And to be honest, that stat line makes Jurkovec look better than he was against Cincinnati. There were stretches where the offense looked like it was the first time ever working together. The offensive line was beaten down, the wide receivers dropped balls and Jurkovec looked like he was lost.

Narduzzi took the blame for the loss, pointing the finger at himself for not having the squad ready to go, and he said that will be fixed as the Backyard Brawl looms this weekend at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.

And there will certainly be boos from West Virginia faithful as the Brawl moves to Morgantown for the first time since 2011.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Denny
Denny
9 months ago

If they are booing, it’s because these offensive coordinators are pass happy, one dimensional clowns. Narduzzi needs to take control of the offense and get rid of these bozos. By the way, Whipple is another fraud graham, and so is cignetti. .

Section 122
Section 122
9 months ago

They don’t like the boos, just wait until donors start voting on the state of things with their dollars.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
9 months ago

stands are already empty, wait until they lose another Reality for Pitt is what do they want to try and be. They are riding a high of an ACC championship and some good years but yet they still don’t draw and are mediocre. If you are happy with 7-8 wins yearly then keep Duzz. We know what he is and who he hires. He can’t recruit so the talent will always be average at best. I’ll get blasted here but thats the truth. Play it safe with Duzz and take your 8 wins a year or go for it and… Read more »

Jane
Jane
8 months ago

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