Sep 4, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi (left) talks with offensive coordinator Mark Whipple (right) talk on the field before playing the Massachusetts Minutemen at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Panthers are coming off their best football season in decades, thanks in large part to the high-powered offense led by Heisman candidate Kenny Pickett at quarterback and Mark Whipple at offensive coordinator. Now that both of them are gone, however, head coach Pat Narduzzi doesn’t seem to mind complaining about how things went.

While most head coaches might have been thrilled to oversee one of the most prolific passing attacks in the nation en route to an 11-3 season and conference championship, Narduzzi vented his frustrations with Whipple’s play-calling during a recent Twitter live stream hosted by Shults Ford.

“Our old offensive coordinator had no desire to run the ball,” Narduzzi said. “Everybody knew it. He was stubborn. I mean, Wake Forest, 118th in run defense and we threw the ball every down. When we ran it, we ran it for 10 yards but that wasn’t good enough.”

Pitt defeated Wake Forest that game, 45-21, in the ACC Championship Game. So while yes, it’s true that Wake’s run defense was abysmal, it’s also wild to complain about how your offensive coordinator called plays when it led to 45 points and an easy victory.

It’s also true that Pitt had one of the worst run attacks in the ACC, but, again, they had a Heisman candidate quarterback who went in the first round of the NFL Draft and your team literally won 11 games! What are we complaining about here?

Whipple left Pitt to take the same job at Nebraska this offseason, so it might be that the sentiment is born out of resentment over the move more than anything. Still, whatever the reason for the unprovoked shots, the college football world had some strong reactions to the Panthers’ coach’s comments.


If Pitt isn’t able to put together a good follow-up season to last year, Narduzzi might come to regret his comments about his former OC, because everyone will be wondering which of them was actually the reason the Panthers performed so well in 2021.

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About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to