PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh head football coach Pat Narduzzi's most difficult season did little to shake athletic director Heather Lyke's faith. She quickly worked out a new contract for Narduzzi that will run through 2024.
The Panthers finished 5-7 in 2017 and will miss a bowl game for the first time in a decade. Still, Pitt finished strong, upsetting then-No. 2 Miami on Nov. 24. It's the big picture, and not the small one, that has both Narduzzi and Lyke optimistic about the future.
Lyke, in her first year as Pitt's athletic director after holding the same position at Eastern Michigan, sought consistency in the leadership of the football program, which is something that hasn't always been the case at Pitt. Narduzzi is the Panthers' fifth coach since 2010. In no mood to go looking anytime soon, Lyke first approached Narduzzi about a new deal before the 2017 season even began.