Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi Dec 30, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi shows emotion against the Michigan State Spartans in the first quarter during the 2021 Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

When the Michigan State Spartans parted ways with head coach Mel Tucker during the season, Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi was someone many expected to be a candidate for the job opening. But it doesn’t sound like he’s being considered for the role, after all.

Before taking over as the head coach at Pitt, Pat Narduzzi served as the defensive coordinator at Michigan State under Mark Dantonio from 2007-14 and was a candidate for the head coaching position before the team hired Mel Tucker back in 2020.

But during a recent interview with Roddy Jones on SiriusXM College, Narduzzi shut down all of that talk, revealing that he hasn’t even spoken to anybody within the Michigan State athletic department about the coaching role this time.

“I’ll say this. The last time — I turned it down a couple of times — but I have had absolutely no contact with them at all,” Narduzzi said according to On3. “There’s been no contact at all with anybody from their athletic department, so we’ll kind of keep it at that, I guess.”

While it’s not immediately clear exactly who Michigan State will hire as their next head coach, it is quite clear that it won’t be Narduzzi.