Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi gestures to his team during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Louisville, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich)
Fred Vuich
December 10, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh's promising first season under Pat Narduzzi has earned the energetic football coach a contract extension.

The school announced Thursday it has extended Narduzzi's contract through the 2021 season. Narduzzi led Pitt to an 8-4 record and a second-place finish behind North Carolina in the ACC Coastal Division. Pitt will face Navy in the Military Bowl on Dec. 28.

Athletic director Scott Barnes said Narduzzi ''adrenalized'' the program after replacing Paul Chryst last December. Narduzzi said he is ''humbled'' by the support from Barnes and the rest of the athletic department.

The Panthers were picked to finish sixth in the Coastal Division but thrived under Narduzzi despite losing reigning ACC Player of the Year James Conner to a knee injury in the season opener.

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