Pat Narduzzi hammers Michigan State football, then doubles down

Apparently there’s no love lost between Pat Narduzzi and Michigan State football.

Narduzzi, who served as Spartans defensive coordinator under Mark Dantonio from 2007-14, was one of the most beloved coaches on a staff that turned MSU from an afterthought into a Big Ten powerhouse.

Nowadays, those times seem long ago.

Narduzzi, the Pittsburgh Panthers’ head coach, on Thursday appeared on Bazzy’s Black and Gold Banter — a predominantly Pittsburgh Steelers podcast — and took a shot at his former team.

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The Panthers and Spartans played in the Peach Bowl last December when Heisman Trophy finalist Kenny Pickett sat out to protect his NFL draft status. Narduzzi said that is the only reason the Panthers lost.

“He is a 21-point difference, OK,” Narduzzi said of Pickett. “Michigan State gets their butt kicked in. It’s at least a 14-point difference if (backup quarterback) Nick Patti plays the whole game.

“I can tell you that. That’s how I feel.”

Michigan State coach Mel Tucker raises the trophy after beating Pittsburgh, 31-21, to win the Peach Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021.

Instead, Patti got hurt in the first quarter and the Panthers had to turn to third-string quarterback Davis Beville. The Spartans scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to finish a 31-21 win and secure an 11-2 record in Year 2 under coach Mel Tucker.

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