Pat Narduzzi finds Big Ten fit with Pitt
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Pat Narduzzi finds Big Ten fit with Pitt

Former Michigan State defensive coordinator brings his style to ACC member

Photo: Pitt hired Pat Narduzzi on Dec. 26, 2014.

Former Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi felt close to his roots when he was named the Pitt’s new head coach in late December, recruited in the winter and ran his team through spring drills.

Now summer is turning to fall camps. And when the Atlantic Coast Conference staged its media days at the sleepy North Carolina resort town of Pinehurst, Narduzzi must have looked around and said “We’re not in the Big Ten anymore.”

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer,, and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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