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Pat Narduzzi May Get His Wish to Play Penn State Football After All

Pat Narduzzi may get his wish to play Penn State Football.

Narduzzi has been obsessed with playing Penn State since the two programs ended their latest four year head to head series.

Most recently in August, when asked if Penn State vs. Pitt would return, Narduzzi commented “You’d have to ask James Franklin that. My call is ‘Let’s go.’ We’ve called, we’ve asked.”

Well, barely one month later, Narduzzi may be closer to getting his wish than previously thought, although not with the Pittsburgh Panthers.

According to Brett McMurphy of Action Network HQ, Pat Narduzzi’s name has been mentioned on a list of top candidates for Michigan State’s head coaching vacancy.


A Pat Narduzzi Homecoming?

Before being named the head coach at Pittsburgh, Narduzzi spent 8 seasons as Michigan State’s defensive coordinator so the coach is very familiar with the program and the Big Ten conference.

While Narduzzi did win the ACC Conference in 2021, his time at Pittsburgh has been underwhelming, losing at least three games in every season as the Panthers’ head coach.

Narduzzi holds a 63-44 record, with a 2-4 record in bowl games. Although Narduzzi ranks second in all-time wins at Pitt, the 9 year veteran coach may want to move on to greener pastures as NIL limitations, a lack of a stadium on campus, and an underwhelming gameday fanbase suggest that Narduzzi may have hit his ceiling with the Panthers’ program.

With realignment looming and Pittsburgh potentially losing power conference status as well, Narduzzi may find this to be the perfect opportunity to take a job in one of the top two conferences in the country.

One benefit for Narduzzi in taking the Michigan State job, other than the obvious situation of having a program with a bigger revenue and support system, would be that he can finally renew the rivalry that he has tried to make happen with Penn State since his hiring at Pittsburgh.

Instead of trying to renew a rivalry that was incredibly one sided in favor of Penn State, the Michigan State, Penn State rivalry is much more relevant. The two teams play for an annual trophy, one of the “most beautiful” rivalry trophies in all of college football the Land Grant Trophy, and have a history of a much closer matchup, as the two teams have split the all-time series 18-18-1.

Time will tell if Narduzzi is a serious candidate for the Michigan State or if the terrible 1-3 start for Pittsburgh will even keep him in the running, but Penn State may be closer to seeing more of Pat Narduzzi on a yearly basis.

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Robert Casturo

Expertise: College Football, Penn State Football Education: Saint Vincent College, Penn State Law School Location: Washington, DC Experience: Robert Casturo has covered Penn State football for NittanyCentral since 2022. Casturo previously covered Penn State football through a social media presence (@PSU_FB_Thoughts on X) since 2019. Casturo earned his bachelor's degree from Saint Vincent College in 2015, where he was a punter for 1 season on the Saint Vincent College football team and worked in the athletic department for 2 years as a student manager. Casturo earned his JD from Penn State Law in 2018 where he was a senior editor of the Penn State Law Review.