It's early, but one thing is clear after news broke of Pitt's expected hire of Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi - the move is drawing a lot of positive reaction.
On the national level, a few media members already have chimed in and love the move.
Matt Maisel says the move is not only a decent one, but as good as Pitt could have done, citing his excellent ability to coach defense:
IF Pitt goes w/ Narduzzi as @RichieWalsh, others reporting, it's as good as they can get. Excellent defensive mind, great Mich St program.— Matt Maisel (@Matt_Maisel) December 23, 2014
ESPN's Chris Low says that Narduzzi to Pitt seems like a slam dunk:
Narduzzi had that feel as a slam-dunk for Pitt as soon as the job opened. http://t.co/OzFBDLRnz0— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) December 23, 2014
ESPN's Joe Schad says Narduzzi is a great fit for the Panthers:
Pat Narduzzi’s blue-collar, hard-working, disciplined and tough approach is an ideal fit w Pitt, which he would view as a destination job.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) December 23, 2014
Grantland writer Chris Brown says it's a good hire as well:
Reports in that Pitt has hired Mich St DC Pat Narduzzi. Very good hire, good program fit. Will be fun to see him install his D there— Chris B. Brown (@smartfootball) December 23, 2014
And if you're on Twitter, pay attention to the countless Michigan State fans who believe this is terrible news for their team. By all accounts, Narduzzi is a guy that their fanbase didn't want to see leave.
Finally, as I mentioned earlier, Michigan State had even had a large endowment, which, in part, was to be used to keep Narduzzi as the team's defensive coordinator. For that many people to recognize his worth, if nothing else, Pitt is getting a coach that is well regarded ... by just about everybody.
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