Pat Narduzzi has found his guy to run the offense at Pitt, hiring Jim Chaney as the Panthers' new offensive coordinator, our Joe Schad reports.
Sports Illustrated earlier reported the hire.
Chaney has a lengthy college and NFL background, coming to Pitt after spending the last six years as an SEC coordinator, the last two on Bret Bielema's staff at Arkansas.
Drew Brees is Chaney's most notable protege, as he coached the Super Bowl MVP while at Purdue. More recently -- and perhaps more importantly, in the case of Pitt -- Chaney coached a pair of 1,000-yard rushers with the Razorbacks this past season, in Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins.
That ought to be music to the ears of ACC player of the year James Conner.
Chaney is now the third assistant coach Narduzzi has hired since taking over Pitt, joining defensive coordinator Josh Conklin and running backs coach/special teams coordinator Andre Powell. Narduzzi announced the hiring of those two assistants, along with two more staff hires, on Friday, as our Andrea Adelson covered here.
Here are the rest of your ACC links on what is the final day of another glorious college football season:
Duke's Jeremy Cash is returning to school.
Duke's Isaac Blakeney and Miami's Ryan Williams put on a show at the Medal of Honor Bowl.
Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay looks at whether Marcus Mariota is riskier than Jameis Winston.
Louisville defensive back Terrence Ross has been suspended following a weekend arrest, Jeff Greer writes in the (Louisville) Courier-Journal.
Cornerback Corn Elder and receiver D'Mauri Jones are joining Miami's basketball team, Matt Porter writes in the Palm Beach Post.