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Report: Pitt, football coach Pat Narduzzi working on contract extension

Jerry DiPaola
| Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, 8:45 p.m.
Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi cheers a sack against Virginia in the third quarter Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at Heinz Field.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi cheers a sack against Virginia in the third quarter Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at Heinz Field.

Less than three years after Pitt hired Pat Narduzzi to be its football coach, university officials are working on his second contract extension, Yahoo reported.

This one is for seven years and includes pay raises for Narduzzi and an increase in the salary pool for others, Yahoo reported.

Narduzzi was given a contract extension by former Pitt athletic director Scott Barnes after Pitt finished 8-5 in 2015, the coach's first season. That deal would take him through the 2021 season, but the new one — if finalized — would go through 2024.

The contract talks have come to light in the wake of Pitt's first losing season since 2007. But athletic director Heather Lyke, who was hired in March to replace Barnes, might be looking to prevent schools from luring Narduzzi in the future.

The Panthers finished 5-7 this season and did not qualify for a bowl berth for the first time in 10 years. Narduzzi has won 21 of 38 games in his three years, including upset victories against eventual national champion Clemson last year and ACC Coastal champ Miami in the final game of this season.

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.

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