College Football America’s 2015 Coaching Carousel update: Narduzzi taking over Pittsburgh

New Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi.

New Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi.

With the hiring of Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi to be the new head coach at Pittsburgh, we’re down to just one head-coaching opening for the 2015 college football season.

That, of course, is Michigan. We may have closure on that opening next week when the NFL season ends and, presumably, the Michigan Wolverines will get their shot at San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh.

As for Narduzzi, he was on College Football America’s Hot Coaches list to start the 2014 season and for good reason. He’s been with Mark Dantonio for the last 11 years, first in Cincinnati and then at Michigan State. For the past three seasons Narduzzi’s defense has been at or near the top of FBS for the past three seasons. He’ll defer taking over the Panthers until after the Cotton Bowl, where the Spartans face Baylor.

As for the remaining open job:

Michigan. It’s now come to asking John Harbaugh, who presumably is busy coaching the Baltimore Ravens, about his brother’s job prospects. Actually, he had to tell reporters that his family is not encouraging Jim to take the Michigan job. Really? That’s what it’s come to?


Buffalo Jeff Quinn Lance Leipold
Colorado State Jim McElwain Mike Bobo
Florida Will Muschamp Jim McElwain
Houston Tony Levine Tom Herman
Kansas Charlie Weis David Beaty
Michigan Brady Hoke TBD
Nebraska Bo Pelini Mike Riley
Oregon State Mike Riley Gary Andersen
Pittsburgh Paul Chryst Pat Narduzzi
SMU June Jones Chad Morris
Troy Larry Blakeney Neal Brown
Tulsa Bill Blankenship Philip Montgomery
UNLV Bobby Hauck Tony Sanchez
Wisconsin Gary Andersen Paul Chryst

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