Pitt hires veteran Jim Chaney as offensive coordinator

Thursday January 15th, 2015

New Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi continues to flesh out his staff, adding former Arkansas offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jim Chaney on Thursday to fill that role for the Panthers and hiring Rob Harley away from FIU to coach linebackers.

“Jim Chaney brings outstanding experience and knowledge to our staff,” Narduzzi said in a statement released by the Pitt athletic department. “He has the expertise to run different offenses and tailor game plans to his personnel’s strengths.”

Chaney will also coach the quarterbacks at Pitt.

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Chaney spent the last two seasons as Arkansas, Prior to that, he was offensive coordinator at Tennessee for four seasons under Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley, serving one game as interim head coach after Dooley was fired in 2012.

Chaney was offensive coordinator at Purdue from 1997-2005, working with quarterbacks Drew Brees and Kyle Orton. He also spent three years as an assistant with the St. Louis Rams from 2006-08.

Harley, a former defensive back at Ohio State, spent the last season as linebackers coach at FIU under Pitt’s new defensive coordinator, Josh Conklin.

Harley also has some history with Narduzzi, working with him as a graduate assistant while Narduzzi was defensive coordinator at Michigan State in 2012 and 2013.

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