AP Source: Pitt to name Narduzzi as head coach

Dec 24, 2014 3:47 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh is hoping Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi can bring some stability to a program trying to find its footing in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

A person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on Wednesday that Narduzzi has reached an agreement with the Panthers to replace Paul Chryst. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the school had not yet made an announcement. A press conference is scheduled for Friday.

The 48-year-old Narduzzi has spent the last eight seasons building the Spartans into one of the nation's top defenses. The hiring is a homecoming of sorts for Narduzzi. His father Bill coached at Youngstown State from 1975-85. Narduzzi inherits a program coming off a fourth straight 6-6 regular season.

The job came open when Chryst left for Wisconsin last week.

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