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Pitt WR Coach Tiquan Underwood Turned Down Syracuse Job Offer

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Pitt wide receivers coach Tiquan Underwood.

Tiquan Underwood will continue to serve as the Pitt Panthers wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator despite external interest.

Underwood was offered a spot on the Syracuse coaching staff and turned it down, opting to remain in Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Sports Now confirmed. FootballScoop first reported.

A source close to the situation told PSN that it was an intriguing offer considering Underwood’s relationship with new Syracuse head coach Fran Brown, a relationship that dates back beyond their time together at Rutgers in 2020-21, but that bond wasn’t enough to lure him from the Panthers.

Opting to remain in Pittsburgh will put to bed the rumors that swirled around Underwood since Brown was hired as the new head coach at Syracuse.

Underwood was hired as the new wide receivers coach in February of last year, and he’s served as a key recruiter on the staff and helped the wide receiving corps flourish over the second half of the 2023 season.

Jared Wayne blossomed into a 1,000-yard wide receiver in 2022, and after a slow start from Bub Means last season, he emerged as one of the better wide receivers in the ACC down the stretch — opting to test his luck in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Underwood has a receiving corps that features Konata Mumpfield, DaeDae Reynolds and Kenny Johnson set to return in 2024, and a group of young wideouts in Che Nwabuko, Izzy Polk, Lamar Seymore and Zion Fowler-El waiting in the wings.

The 2024 recruiting class features just one wide receiver, three-star Cameron Monteiro from Brockton, Mass., but Underwood landed four strong recruits in the class of 2023 and has been attacking the transfer portal hard already this offseason.

Underwood provides a stable presence on the staff as Pat Narduzzi searches for a new offensive coordinator, nearly two weeks since former OC Frank Cignetti Jr. was dismissed, and there will likely be additional changes.

With the fluidity of college football now, not much is ever set in stone these days, but Underwood remains a Panther.

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Columbus Panther
Columbus Panther
2 months ago

Interesting development. One because it tells me Narduzzi is basically telling the new OC that THIS is your WR coach. Second it pretty much shows in how much regard Underwood is to the program. Excited to see the new OC, must be someone Underwood is comfortable working with.

J D
J D
2 months ago

well yea…the OC has no say in position coaches

Irish Protection
Irish Protection
2 months ago
Reply to  J D

Amen, what’s that tell you about future of this program. AD is as bad as Narduzzi. Only going to get worse than.

J D
J D
2 months ago

no, that’s just how football works everywhere…

Darren
Darren
2 months ago

This makes me believe that Pitt already has an OC chosen, or received confirmation from all the candidates that they would be OK with Underwood. I can’t see a HC forcing a WR Coach on a new OC, unless it was someone that’s been there for awhile and was an Associate HC or something like that. On the flip side, I don’t see Tiguan staying if he doesn’t know what kind of offense and person he’ll be working under.

J D
J D
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

This has NOTHING to do with an OC. The OC doesn’t pick assistant coaches, the HC does.

Irish Protection
Irish Protection
2 months ago
Reply to  J D

Since when? Very common for Offensive Coordinators to pick critical staff under them. If not, another joke for Coordinator. Weak. Pitt would have trouble winning in MAC. Can’t even keep WPIAL stars.

Pittband
Pittband
2 months ago

Maybe you haven’t been paying attention but this is a new era in college football. Those with the MOST NIL money win. Keeping any WPIAL stars in Pittsburgh is a win. We don’t have the deep pockets of state schools, Michigan, ND or USC. The last no state school to win a National Championship was USC 20 years ago. We will live or die in the portal.

Darren
Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  J D

Are you telling me that the OC has no say in who his position coaches are??? Not to mention, that Underwood would stick around and hope that he’s working under someone he gels with, instead of going somewhere else???

J D
J D
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Yes. The HC is in charge of his staff. They may ask for some input from other coaches, but it is almost always their decision to make.

CES
CES
2 months ago

Wouldn’t it be interesting if the new OC is Underwood!

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
2 months ago

He’s getting the OC job which will be a disaster

O P
O P
2 months ago

STOP!

Randino
Randino
2 months ago

When he doesn’t get the job will you come back and explain why you are always wrong? Ped state troll.

CES
CES
2 months ago

Doesn’t Underwood already have the title, “Passing game coordinator”.

Irish Protection
Irish Protection
2 months ago
Reply to  CES

Yeah, did you see that deadly passing attack? Devastating. Receivers are dynamic. Seriously

kevin
kevin
2 months ago

Nice!
We need an OC that pays attention to the little details (less dead ball penalties) and develops a strong OL. The steelers have the same problem as Pitt – shitty OL. Most good teams have a very good OL, which makes the RBs and QB better.
H2P!

J D
J D
2 months ago
Reply to  kevin

The OL is Borbs responsibility, not the OC…

Paul Palmer
Paul Palmer
2 months ago

There’s times that position coaches are under contract w/ the university! As an example…. An assistant may not have joined a staff from the beginning. (HC hired a few years ago, and has a year left on his contract). A new assistant could’ve signed beyond the HC’s years (2-3 years) that the HC has remaining. He’s under contract of the school, not the HC. It has happened.

katuracassells@gmail.com
katuracassells@gmail.com
2 months ago

I do believe coach Underwood was informed that a pass oriented offensive coordinator was hired. No receiver coach wants to try to recruit under a run heavy offense. They have nothing to sell. I am looking forward to seeing a different offensive philosophy from the past two seasons.

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