For whatever reason, Pat Narduzzi’s name has been brought up by national media members in relation to the head coaching vacancy in East Lansing. It’s not all that realistic.
This would be a worst-case scenario for Michigan State as it would be telling fans that the only “big” name that the Spartans could land is a guy who was the defensive coordinator here 10 years ago and has had slightly above average success at Pitt. He’s 63-44 over eight-plus seasons with the Panthers and we’re seeing just how much the program struggles without an elite quarterback.
In fact, Pitt was 11-3 with Kenny Pickett in 2021 before losing to Mel Tucker and MSU in the Peach Bowl and then it went 9-4 last season thanks to Kedon Slovis stepping up.
Now, the Panthers are without a solid quarterback and they’re just 1-4 to start the season and it looks like Pitt might be destined for a 3-9 type of campaign, at best. No one wants a coach who just went 3-9 or even missed a bowl game no matter what the circumstances are.
This would cause fans to revolt and would likely set the program back a couple of decades.