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PINEHURST, N.C — At ACC media days this week, Pat Narduzzi spoke with reporters for about an hour on a variety of topics. You can see some of that in the video above, and here are a few other notes…
- Here’s a link to my main story from the day on Narduzzi’s willingness to learn as a first-time head coach.
- Just like his players on Monday, one of Narduzzi’s big themes was finishing strong — not just in games, but workouts and practices as well.
“To me, that’s taught and that’s something as a coach where you’ve got to stay on them,” he said. “If you just watch them go through bags, turn your head to the next guy and don’t watch them finish, that’s what you might get on Saturday.”
That carries over to the player-led summer workouts and 7-on-7s, where Narduzzi said players probably aren’t finishing as strongly as they would if they had the coaches watching them.
“We’ll spend the first week and a half of [two-a-days] trying to break all their bad habits for what they did,” he said.
“Last year at Michigan State, our guys wouldn’t finish stuff. We were still breaking those bad habits. It’s just something that happens. If they were as good without us, they wouldn’t need us. That wouldn’t be good if they didn’t need us.”
- He said that, if he were James Conner, he’d be using the preseason Player of the Year snub as motivation this season.
“He’ll have a target on his back, as will our offense, really, with the way they rushed the football last year,” Narduzzi said.
- Just like Conner did Monday, Narduzzi spoke at some length (in the video above) about increasing Conner's role in the passing game. Essentially, Narduzzi and the rest of the staff were confused about why Conner wasn’t in the game on third downs more last year. Conner said he had trouble picking up pass block protections, so that’s something the staff has been working on with him a lot this spring.
- Narduzzi was asked which defensive players have stepped up as leaders this year, and named linebacker Matt Galambos, cornerback Lafayette Pitts and defensive tackle Darryl Render. Now, obviously those aren’t the only guys (Reggie Mitchell will certainly be a leader for this team) but those were the names that came to his mind.
- He has said it before, but there are plenty of similarities Narduzzi sees between this Pitt job and the one Mark Dantonio (and Narduzzi) took at Michigan State eight years ago.
“To me, I like a rebuild,” he said. “To walk into one of the elite programs in the country and take over a bunch of five-star guys, how much fun is that? I don’t know. To me, the fun part of coaching is to take what you have and make something up. To me, it’s very similar to what we had at Michigan State.”
- As a first-year ACC coach, Narduzzi said he and his assistants have already put time in evaluating the different teams in the league.
“You never understand them fully until you get to play them,” he said. “Because you can break them down all you want, you can have a five or six game breakdown, but really what do they like to do against you? What Clemson did against Georgia Tech or what Clemson did against Florida State really doesn’t matter, it’s how are they’re going to look at your offense or your defense, what are they’re going to do against you based on the personnel matchups.”
One of those teams that Pitt will face every year is Georgia Tech. Narduzzi said he actually spent one practice at Michigan State preparing for the Yellow Jackets’ triple-option offense because the Spartans were expected to face Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl last season before getting shipped to the Cotton Bowl against Baylor.
“I think we practiced Georgia Tech so I’d get one practice under my belt before I came to Pitt,” he joked.
He did add that Pitt will spend a few practices during fall camp this year preparing for Georgia Tech, which is pretty much in line with what Paul Chryst and company did, as well.
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-The Wheeling Nailers renewed their affiliation agreement with the Penguins. They are entering their 18th consecutive season as the Penguins' ECHL affiliate. It is the longest NHL-ECHL affiliation agreement in history.
-The NFL's Kansas City Chiefs have hired Tim Hassett as vice president of stadium operations. He was formerly the general manager of the Consol Energy Center.
-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins forward and enforcer Dennis Bonvie. A free agent signing in the 1999 offseason, Bonvie spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins and five seasons with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins where he became arguably the most beloved player in the history of that club. With the NHL Penguins, Bonvie appeared in 28 games in 1999-2000 and amassed 80 penalty minutes. In 2000-01, Bonvie only played in three games with the NHL Penguins and was a minus-1. He joined the Bruins as a free agent in the 2001 offseason. Bonvie, one of nine natives of Nova Scotia who have played for the Penguins (Paul Andrea, Sidney Crosby, Lowell MacDonald, Al MacNeil, Glen Murray, Jon Sim, Zach Sill and Wendell Young are the others) currently serves as a scout for the Blackhawks.
-Red Wings legend "Terrible" Ted Lindsay is still living and loving life at 90.
-With an arbitration hearing pending, Senators restricted free agent forward Alex Chiasson has requested a contract with a yearly salary of $2.475 million. The Senators have countered with $1 million.
-Canadiens forward prospect Tim Bozon has fought the good fight against a life-threatening bout with meningitis.
-Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Alex Boak has joined the Fort Wayne Komets, ECHL affiliate of the Avalanche.
-“I can already feel I have more motion. It’s just been two months and I know I have a long way to go, but I can feel the difference.” - Stars forward Ales Hemsky (right) on undergoing hip surgery in April.
-The Ducks re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Josh Manson to a two-year contract worth a total of $1.65 million. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $925,000, Manson's new deal will have a cap hit of $825,000. Manson, 23, appeared in 28 games last season and recorded three assists.
-EN Says: Manson broke through into the NHL last season and functioned fairly well. Armed with a one-way contract, he'll get a chance to nail down a full-time role on the bottom pairing. With few offensive instincts, he's a defensive shutdown defenseman who can play physical.
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