Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi crushes Michigan State and the Big Ten in his latest rant.
While Pat Narduzzi first made a name for himself coordinating Mark Dantonio’s defense at Michigan State, let’s just say the Pitt football head coach is not welcomed back in East Lansing anytime soon…
Narduzzi went after his former employer on Thursday’s episode of Bazzy’s Black and Gold Banter. Though it is primarily a Pittsburgh Steelers podcast, the Pitt head coach made waves with his comments surrounding the Spartans and Big Ten football in general. While Pitt did win the ACC title a season ago, the Panthers lost to Michigan State in the Peach Bowl without Kenny Pickett.
"“He is a 21-point difference, OK,” said Narduzzi of Pickett. “Michigan State gets their butt kicked in. It’s at least a 14-point difference if (backup quarterback) Nick Patti plays the whole game. I can tell you that. That’s how I feel.”"
Pickett sat out the Peach Bowl ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft. He was the ACC Player of the Year and a Heisman Trophy finalist. Pickett would go on to be the Steelers’ first-round pick in the draft.
Pickett’s backup Nick Patti was thrust into the starting role, but succumbed to injury in the first quarter. This gave way to third-stringer Davis Beville. Michigan State would go onto score 21 unanswered points to win the Peach Bowl over Pitt in the Peach Bowl, 31-21.
Here is the entire episode of Bazzy’s Black and Golden Banter, featuring the Pitt head coach.
Narduzzi then appeared on 93.7 The Fan Friday, doubling down on his critique of Michigan State.
"“If that’s one of the best Big Ten teams, let’s go to the Big Ten and win it every year,” said Narduzzi."
Here is the video clip of Narduzzi appearing on 93.7 The Fan on Friday further ripping Sparty.
Not even once did Narduzzi mention Michigan State was without Doak Walker winner and new Seattle Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III during the Peach Bowl in question…
Pitt football: Pat Narduzzi rips Michigan State over belated Peach Bowl beef
Instead of enjoying the greatest single season of Pitt football since Dan Marino played quarterback for them, we have Narduzzi going after Michigan State because Pickett did not play in the Peach Bowl. It just comes across as sour grapes, as Pickett did not see winning the Peach Bowl as important as Narduzzi did. Pickett has no connection to the Spartans program anyway…
With Pickett having turned pro, offensive coordinator Mark Whipple leaving for Nebraska and last year’s Biletnikoff winner Jordan Addison going Hollywood to USC, Narduzzi and the rest of the Pitt program will have to pick up the pieces. The Panthers do have a strong starting quarterback in former USC starter Kedon Slovis. Pitt could repeat in the Coastal in what will be its final season.
In all likelihood, the biggest competitor to the Panthers in-division are the Miami Hurricanes. The U is about to be The U again with former Canes offensive lineman Mario Cristobal taking over at his alma mater. As far as other ACC teams to watch out for, Clemson should bounce back, North Carolina State could be incredible and Wake Forest is at its apex under head coach Dave Clawson.
Pitt also needs to get ready for the Backyard Brawl on Sept. 1 vs. arch rival West Virginia Week 1.