Pat Narduzzi is a Candidate for the Open Louisville Job

By DJ Byrnes on January 6, 2014 at 11:32a
Pat Narduzzi, Michigan State DC

Mark Dantonio, like during his time at Ohio State, has an embarrassment of defensive riches. And at one time, Mark Dantonio's employment at Ohio State was the crown jewel of those riches.

But the nation eventually caught on, and Dantonio set out on his own: first stop stopping in Cincinnati before arriving at Michigan State. Now, Pat Narduzzi's employment is the crown jewel of Michigan State's defensive riches. Dantonio is already a genius defensive mind, why should he get to keep a phenom as his apprentice for his whole career?

Thankfully for Big Ten offenses, Narduzzi watch is officially on at Louisville:

The Louisville job is on a different level than UConn's. It not only represents a higher pay grade, but perhaps more importantly, an opportunity to compete for championships as the Cardinals move to the ACC with a solid foundation in place.

Typically, for high-profile assistants like Narduzzi, the ability to compete at the highest level is a key factor when determining whether to cash in their chips and go all in on the jump to head coach.

Narduzzi has been consistent when asked when or if he would leave the Spartans for a head-coaching job: "It would have to be the right one,'' he says.

Narduzzi, like Dantonio before him, is no fool. He's not going to hitch his star to some broken down wagon incapable of fording even the smallest of rivers. But, Louisville in 2014 has to be a much more attractive job than Cincinnati was in 2004.

Hopefully the Cardinals make the right move and hire Narduzzi.


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AndyVance's picture

Too bad we can't back up the Brinks truck to the Narduzzi house and bring him on down to Columbus...

BuckeyeStrong2's picture

DO IT!! Those crystal trophies will be well worth it, put Luke back as a position coach only, (where he belongs) and watch the dynasty take form!!


toad1204's picture

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

trock's picture

It would be really nice if Penn State would go after him, but I don't see that happening. He is a coach that would help rebuild the conference. 

TresselourgodUrbanoursavior's picture

So does this mean we won't be hiring Narduzzi as our co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach? 

BrewstersMillions's picture

Louisville is way nicer than East Lansing. You've got the Derby and 4th street. Nicer weather too! Come on Pat, you've earned it! Be the man!

LouGroza's picture

Personally feel it is Dantonio who is the owner of the vehicle that is the MSU defense with Narduzzi simply being the chauffeur. It looks identical to the OSU national championship defense that he spearheaded. Will be interesting to see if Narduzzi will bring along that same type of defense if he relocates. 

d5k's picture

I know it may "look" like that OSU defense but it isn't anywhere close to the same from an X's and O's standpoint.  We didn't have pattern matching safeties playing 8 yards from the ball that could cover the run and still not get burned in the passing game.  They play on a knife's edge and force you to throw deep but somehow manage to not get burned very often.

CowCat's picture

When you have a great front 7 you can take more risks with your safeties.    If your QB doesn't have time to throw, it doesn't really matter if the WRs are in single coverage or double coverage.
In a similar way, that's why it will be critical for us to upgrade at LB 2014 and beyond.   Opposing teams this year only needed to block our 4 DLs and Ryan Shazier.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

ABrown07's picture

This is slightly disheartening to read. As a Buckeye fan, I want EVERYONE'S best shot so I know if we beat them we earned it and it wasn't over a slouch. This guy is a good coach, I'd personally like to see him in Columbus but to chicken out and pray he goes to Louisville is a weak thing to do.

I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people.

-Woody Hayes

buckeyestu's picture

Be good for the big10 if "we are penn st" hired Narduzzi.

fanfarris's picture

Even in Soccer,the Italians are known for their great defense.Thats why they won many world tiltels.. Dino and Narduzzi are great defensive minds.Urb should get an Italian as a DC.


LouBuck35's picture

I live in Louisville and tune in to morning sports talk a few times a week.  I made a point to listen this morning.  A LOT of talk from local callers clamoring for Bobby Petrino back - which seems insane.  You would think that bridge has been burned.  Also a lot of talk about Chad Morris as well.  Louisville fans, in general, this year were really frustrated with the lack of offense.  They expected Teddy Bridgewater to put up 60 points a game, thought the offense was too vanilla and didn't utilize their personnel correctly.  Charlie Strong ran a great defense - so bringing in a defensive mind like Narduzzi would make logical sense.
And I wouldn't mind if he left the B1G as well.

I want a fall Saturday in Ohio Stadium..

ABrown07's picture

Why do you hope he leaves the B1G?

I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people.

-Woody Hayes

LouBuck35's picture

More just a knee jerk, tongue in cheek response.  With him and Dino in the mix, MSU will be a considerable challenge for the foreseeable future.  Selfishly, I'd prefer not to have to face his defense.  But overall, it would be better for the league if he stuck around.  B1G offensive coordinators might disagree though.

I want a fall Saturday in Ohio Stadium..

CowCat's picture

MSU had two advantages playing us this year:  An experienced defense on their team and a weak, injured defense on our team.
If we can get our front seven near to the talent level of some of Urban's Florida teams ... MSU can be beaten and beaten badly.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

Dougger's picture

Please go. On a similar line, I've heard James Franklin's name thrown around for PSU. That would be a good get, I'd like the bucks to destroy a top 25 team year in and year out

I like football

bull1214's picture

i got a question about narduzzi. where did he come from as far as college ties and home state and so on? i cant remember if dino had him on his staff at cincy or not also?

j05bucknut's picture

Narduzzi is from Connecticut.  He played 1 year at Youngstown St and then 3 years at Rhode Island.  He was a grad assistant at Miami OH. Assistant coach at Miami, Rhode Island, and Northern Illinois.  He did become the DC under Dino at Cincy from 2004-206.

Crumb's picture

I'll donate cash for his signing bonus in Louisville. Narduzzi is from Miami down the road from me in Oxford Ohio. He was their Defensive Coordinator when they had their good run with Big Ben in 2003. He then joined Dantonio in 2004 at UC and has been with him ever since.

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

PittBuckeye's picture

After the season that D just had this was going to happen. At least a lot of interest.