Narduzzi raises bar for defending ACC champion Pitt

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Pittsburgh Panthers mentor Pat Narduzzi is increasing the bar for the defending Atlantic Coast Conference champions.

Soon after saying his group “is not joyful with wherever we were being previous 12 months,” Narduzzi set up the team’s objectives for the 2022 season on Thursday at ACC Media Days.

“We would like to gain a nationwide championship,” Narduzzi said. “We want to be in the playoffs. We have been a person match previous year away from being in that communicate. … If you go to a 12-group playoff, we’re in it. Which is where we want to be.”

Pittsburgh finished 11-3 past period, getting the very first crew from the Coastal Division to earn the ACC title considering the fact that Virginia Tech in 2010. This 12 months the Panthers will have a concentrate on on their back, which is fantastic with Narduzzi.

“I would rather have that challenge (of defending a title) than be sitting at the bottom seeking to get my way up the ladder,” Narduzzi claimed.


But a repeat will not be effortless, especially immediately after getting rid of quarterback Kenny Pickett, the ACC’s player of the year, to the NFL. Pickett was chosen in the to start with round by the hometown Steelers.

Narduzzi reported it won’t be easy changing Pickett’s production — he threw for 4,319 yards and 42 touchdowns — and management. He expects Southern Cal senior transfer Kedon Slovis and redshirt senior Nick Patti to compete for the starting up job.

“It’s heading to come down to who wants it far more,” redshirt senior offensive tackle Carter Warren stated. “Who is heading to give it all they’ve got?”

GOODBYE TURNOVER CHAIN

Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke said he’s joyful the Hurricanes have determined to retire the “turnover chain.”

‘Canes defensive players have been celebrating compelled turnovers because 2017 by donning an outsized 36-inch, 10-karat gold chain around their neck although on the sideline.

“I was under no circumstances a major lover of it since we would be (getting rid of) and persons would get a decide and throw it on — and we’re even now down and dropping the sport,” Van Dyke reported. “Sometimes it just built no perception. Other occasions when it was a huge turnover, yeah, it was hoopla and great and all that. But suitable now we’re actually about winning.”

To start with-year coach Mario Cristobal downplayed the decision to conclusion the custom by indicating, “I feel in all probability the media has put additional considered into this than I have.”

Cristobal, who won two countrywide championships with Miami as a participant, said he doesn’t consider a celebratory chain interprets to profitable soccer video games.

“It’s not a shot or form of disrespect to any person or anybody,” Cristobal explained. “Certainly record is historical past, no matter if it’s favourable, no matter whether it’s inconsequential. … We’re just transferring in a direction that suitable now doesn’t entail it.”

Miami defensive conclusion Jahfari Harvey explained it was a “great feeling” getting to prospect to wear the chain last year immediately after intercepting a pass and returning it for a touchdown. But he explained he is not upset with the alter, adding “we’re just concentrated on doing work tricky.”

CRIMINALLY OVERRATED

The North Carolina Tar Heels anticipate the addition of coordinator Gene Chizik will bolster a protection that struggled mightily in 2021. Chizik formerly labored beneath head coach Mack Brown at Texas as defensive coordinator when the Longhorns won a nationwide championship and afterwards captured one more title as head coach at Auburn.

“We’re executing a much better job with fundamentals,” Brown stated. “We’re carrying out a superior career with monitoring and actively playing with very low pads, pursuit angles. I genuinely am psyched about what I have noticed out of our defense this spring and our team is much more aggressive.”

However, Brown did his ideal to downplay expectations.

When a reporter prompt the Tar Heels seem to be criminally underrated this season, he responded, “I adore it simply because we were being criminally overrated final yr.”

The Tar Heels ended up the overpowering choose by the media to gain the Coastal previous calendar year, obtaining 109 of 147 to start with-location votes, only to stumble to a fifth-area finish in the division with a 3-5 report.

Replacing GIBBS

The Division I Council on Wednesday endorsed a concept that would get rid of the blanket NCAA rule prohibiting transferring more than once.

And that’s fine by Ga Tech coach Geoff Collins — even immediately after the Yellow Jackers missing operating again Jahmyr Gibbs to Alabama this offseason right after he ran for 746 yards and caught 35 passes for 465 yards past year.

“As prolonged as the selections are currently being produced to gain the student-athlete, that’s what we assist in this software,” Collins claimed. “… Whatever is in the greatest desire of the scholar-athlete, which is wherever my opinion lies.”

The Council also endorsed the implementation of transfer windows — a thing that gives athletes selected time durations to notify their faculty of their intention to transfer in purchase to retain eligibility for the following 12 months.

Virginia Tech coach Brent Pry reported he’d be in favor of the transfer home windows.

“We just have to have some conclusion caps, proper?” Pry reported. “We have to have some defining — some calendar dates — that make perception so that it presents us a chance to maintain the roster in fantastic condition.”

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