Pat Narduzzi details his biggest challenges since taking the Pitt job
During Pat Narduzzi’s first few weeks as the head coach at Pitt he was trying to get things set up for his first head coaching job in the Steel City, all while trying to prepare for the Cotton Bowl where he’d face the explosive Baylor offense in his last stand as Michigan State’s defensive coordinator.
While Narduzzi has had his share of challenges as a first time head coach in the FBS, his hardest job to date had been hiring the right mix of guys to fill out his staff.
“That’s probably the hardest job I’ve had so far, putting together a staff and getting the right people,” Narduzzi told MLive.
“Too often you see guys, (like) Charlie Strong in one year at Texas, he’s already fired two guys and you look throughout the country and after one year, boom, they (assistants) can be gone. That can’t happen at Pitt, and that can’t happen anywhere I’ve been in charge.”
“Continuity has been a big thing for me at Michigan State and Cincinnati. One of the reasons Pitt was such an attractive job is because it’s a job where assistant coaches can come and be happy as long as the head coach stays there.”
As a defensive guy, Narduzzi’s approach at Pitt had originally been to focus on the defense, and let offensive coordinator Jim Chaney run the offensive side of things without much direct supervision, but a number of guys that Narduzzi has talked to has recently have advised him against that approach, at least to start with.
“My initial intentions are to let it go, but through this last month, I’ve talked to a ton of head coaches that say, ‘Hey Pat, keep your hands on it early, then let it go — don’t let it go and have to come back in,’ which makes a whole lot of sense,”
“I don’t want to be one of those guys where you are so into it that it drives you nuts,” he added. “My job is still to coach all the coaches and make sure practices are run the way we want them to be run and organized.
ACC releases 2015 schedule
The last of the Power Five leagues to keep next season’s schedule under wraps, the ACC finally unrolled its 2015 slate on Thursday morning.
Once again, the ACC takes center stage on opening weekend with North Carolina meeting South Carolina in Charlotte on Thursday, Sept. 3., Louisville facing Auburn at the Georgia Dome on Saturday, Sept. 5, and Virginia Tech hosting defending national champion Ohio State on Labor Day night of Sept. 7.
Speaking of weeknight games, the first major conference to embrace non-Saturday games has a major presence on both Thursday and Friday nights.
Thursday Night Games
– North Carolina vs. South Carolina (at Charlotte), Sept. 3
– Clemson at Louisville, Sept. 17
– North Carolina at Pittsburgh, Oct. 29
– Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech, Nov. 12
Friday Night Games
– Florida State at Boston College, Sept. 18
– Boise State at Virginia, Sept. 25
– N.C. State at Virginia Tech, Nov. 9
– Louisville at Wake Forest, Oct. 30
– Miami at Pittsburgh, Nov. 27
Now in its second year of Olympic sports memberships, Notre Dame will up its ACC dosage in 2015 with six quasi-conference games.
Notre Dame vs. the ACC
– Notre Dame at Virginia, Sept. 12
– Georgia Tech at Notre Dame, Sept. 19
– Notre Dame at Clemson, Oct. 3
– Notre Dame at Pittsburgh, Nov. 7
– Wake Forest at Notre Dame, Nov. 14
– Boston College at Notre Dame (at Fenway Park), Nov. 21.
Some other notes…
– The Annual ACC Game of the Year – Florida State vs. Clemson – will take place Nov. 7 at Death Valley. With a light week in the other leagues, it’s a safe bet College GameDay makes its fourth straight visit to ‘Noles-Tigers.
The #ACC will play a higher percentage of Power Five teams (38%) than any other Power Five conference.
— Dave Miller (@Miller_Dave) January 29, 2015
– A big year for Mike London doesn’t start easy. Virginia opens the year at UCLA, then returns home to face Notre Dame and Boise State. Consider this your early leader for college football’s most difficult non-conference slate.
– Pat Narduzzi’s first game as Pittsburgh’s head coach is a home date with the Fighting Bo Pelinis of Youngstown State. His first ACC game comes Oct. 3 at Virginia Tech. After the Youngstown State opener, the Panthers play five of their next six on the road. Brutal.
– Finally, the ACC Championship will once again be played at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium on Dec. 5.
Check out all of the notable 2015 Super Bowl ads here (Thursday update)
With the Super Bowl on Sunday, little by little, the wildly popular commercials advertisements are starting to get released.
Last year, the Super Bowl between Seattle and Denver set a record as the most-watched television event in US history, drawing 111.5 million viewers. Four of the last five Super Bowls have set new viewership records, and this year shouldn’t be any different with all the interesting storylines taking shape.
As we all know, it’s also the only TV event where people actually tune in and sit quiet during the commercials.
A 30-second spot in this year’s game will cost companies a whopping $4.5 million. According to the Wall Street Journal, fifteen first time Super Bowl advertisers will make their debut this year, the most newbies since 2000.
Other than Super Bowl staple Budweiser, who is always good for a conversation piece on Monday morning, ads include appearances by Kim Kardashian and Lindsey Lohan- so this year is shaping up to be interesting already.
Here’s what has been released so far, and this article will continue to be updated as more are uncovered.
Photos: Does UNLV have new uniforms and helmets for 2015?
When new coaches take over a program, it’s not uncommon to see some changes, or tweaks, to their current uniform setup as part of an effort of the new guy to put his own stamp on the program and create some buzz.
At UNLV, Tony Sanchez seems to be doing exactly that.
Since the calendar has flipped to 2015, there has been plenty of buzz on social media about new uniforms being right around the corner, and now it looks like some pictures were shared on the UNLV alumni Facebook page to support the rumors.
Personally, I don’t understand why they’ve never used the Rebel logo on helmets like that black on in the upper left, because that looks really sharp. The new color scheme on the helmet to the right looks like a nice upgrade as well. All look to be major upgrades from what they wore last year.
Again, it’s unclear whether these will be hitting the field in the fall, but they’ve definitely created a buzz around the UNLV fan base, which is always a good thing.
Initial reviews of the rumored unis and helmets have been overwhelmingly positive, and rumors continue to swirl that this reveal is just the beginning.
Watch out Oregon, UNLV have been slowly revealing their new uniforms. There will be 5 more alternate uniforms to be revealed to the fans.
— Andrew Carrillo (@TheDrewster35) January 27, 2015
(H/T SB Nation)
Video of the Day – WVU WR Kevin White Senior highlights
Thursday January 29, 2015
Video of the Day
WVU WR Kevin White Senior highlights