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Pitt Coaching Candidates: Pat Narduzzi reportedly Panthers' top choice

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Meant to get this up a little earlier, but Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi has apparently become the top candidate for Pitt, according to KDKA's Richie Walsh.

If true, that will make a lot of people happy. Narduzzi reportedly turned down the head coaching job at UConn previously, so while he wants to be a head coach, he's not going to take just any job. Others such as Louisville and Cincinnati had also expressed interest in him before.

His name is one of the bigger ones out there in terms of coordinators looking to become head coaches. Narduzzi is currently the highest paid assistant in the Big Ten at $900,000.

Narduzzi also reportedly interviewed for the Colorado State head coaching job this week. While I think the Pitt job is more attractive since it's in the ACC, Narduzzi's interview with Colorado State could push Pitt to move a little faster if the Rams would offer him their position. That might not be a problem for the Panthers since the sooner they can get past naming a coach, the better. But it's something to keep any eye on.

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