‘No room for complacency’: Pitt football vibe check entering spring

This article originally appeared on

Pat Narduzzi has been through a lot in his 10 seasons at the helm of the Pitt football program. There have been highs (2021) and lows (2024), but his excitement surrounding the start of a new season — even in March — is always the same.

He’s always excited. He’s always fired up. But it isn’t about him; it’s about the kids.

Pitt is in the midst of an offensive install, led by a brand-new offensive coaching staff, and the defense is moving on from long-time defensive line coach Charlie Partridge. There’s a lot going on coming off a disastrous 3-9 season in 2023. And it’s not just Narduzzi who is filled with excitement.

Nate Yarnell, who is undoubtedly QB1 as spring ball kicks off, has been around for some of the highs and some of the lows. He’s experienced an ACC championship (as the fourth string), and he stepped in down the stretch last season. He wasn’t responsible for the failure, but he now feels responsible for fixing it.

“There’s no room for complacency anymore,” Yarnell said Monday at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. “We’re not here to be average. Last year, I think we obviously could’ve been better. Everybody knows and everybody feels sick about that, so we’re all moving in the right direction right now.”

Click here to read more from

Download the FREE WPXI News app for breaking news alerts.

Follow Channel 11 News on Facebook and Twitter. | Watch WPXI NOW


Facebook, Instagram back online after widespread outage Surveillance video released of man accused of sexual assaulting woman near Pitt campus 3 men accused of passing counterfeit $100 bills in Indiana County charged VIDEO: Road crews start work on Glenwood Bridge DOWNLOAD the Channel 11 News app for breaking news alerts