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Monday Marks 11 Years Since Pitt Joined the ACC

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It has been 11 years since Pitt joined the ACC. Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi and Pitt basketball head coach Jeff Capel here.

Back in 2013, former Big East schools Pitt and Syracuse joined the ACC on this date — July 1.

This year, three more teams are joining the league today — California, SMU, and Stanford. The league will now have 18 teams going forward.

Since joining the league, the Panthers have gone 79-125 in ACC play in basketball, doing so with two years of Jamie Dixon as head coach, two with Kevin Stallings, and six with Jeff Capel. After four straight losing seasons to start the Capel tenure, the Panthers have had two-straight winning seasons overall and in ACC action. This past year, Pitt finished 12-8 in ACC play.

On the football field, Pitt has gone 50-40 in ACC action with two years of Paul Chryst leading the way and nine years of Pat Narduzzi as head coach. This past year, Pitt fell to 3-9 on the season, marking the first losing season for the program since 2017. In 2021, Pitt took home its first ACC Football Championship with a win over Wake Forest down in Charlotte behind Kenny Pickett and company.

Cal football has not had a winning season since 2019. Cal basketball has not since 2016-17, however, the Golden Bears made improvements on the hardwood last year under head coach Mark Madsen and his staff.

SMU basketball went 20-13 last year under head coach Rob Lanier, going 11-7 in AAC play. On the gridiron, SMU finished last year at an impressive 11-3 mark. The Mustangs were ranked as high as No. 17 in the AP Poll last football season, and lost in the Fenway Bowl.

Stanford basketball has had three winning seasons in the eight-year tenure of Jerod Haase. Last year, the Cardinal went 14-18 overall and 8-12 in Pac 12 action. In football, Stanford has gone 3-9 for three straight seasons. Last season was the first without former head coach David Shaw after a 12-year run leading the program.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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