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WATCH: Pitt HC Pat Narduzzi Channels His Inner Mike Lange



Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi.

It’s a hockey night in Pittsburgh, and Pat Narduzzi had to give his best Mike Lange impersonation before the Penguins dropped the puck against the Blue Jackets.

Lange — the legendary Penguins broadcaster — is known for his distinctive voice, calling all five Penguins’ Stanley Cup runs, and Narduzzi did his best to match the energy. Regardless, it was a big night for the Panthers at PPG Paints Arena.

It was Pitt Night at PPG Paints, and Narduzzi brought the entire Pitt coaching staff to watch the game.

Narduzzi has admitted in the past that he doesn’t spend much time watching sports, outside of Pitt football, of course, but it’s hard to pass up a chance to check out the Penguins — even as the dynasty is coming to a close.

The Penguins squeezed out a 5-3 win over the Blue Jackets with the Panthers in attendance, which can only be a good sign ahead of Wednesday’s second spring practice, of course.

Narduzzi is entering his 10th season at the helm of Pitt football, and while he’s coming off the least successful season of his career, there’s reason for optimism entering 2024. He gutted the offensive staff, hired former Western Carolina offensive coordinator Kade Bell to run the offense and completely gave himself to the idea that the Panthers needed drastic changes in order to bounce back.

Narduzzi is 65-50 (43-31) in his nine seasons in Pittsburgh, and he’s only one season removed from the most successful two-season stretch in the last four years.

The 2024 season will be an important one though. He cannot afford another 3-9 season. It’s officially kicked off now with spring ball underway at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.

Pitt is back in action Wednesday for the second spring practice of the season, hitting the field on the South Side bright and early.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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