Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi is never afraid to share his thoughts college football hottest topics, and now he has Deion Sanders and his use of the transfer portal to review Colorado’s roster ahead of his debut season in his sights. In a recent interview with Brandon Marcello of 247SportsNarduzzi destroyed Sanders’ tactics after the Buffaloes saw an unprecedented number of players leave the program, while “Coach Prime” uses the portal to replenish the talent to his liking.
“It’s not meant to be that way,” Narduzzi told Marcello at ACC spring meetings. “That’s not what the (transfer portal) rule was meant to be. It wasn’t to review your roster. We’ll see how it plays out, but I think that looks bad for college football coaches across the country. The reflection is on one man right now, but if you look at it in general — those kids who have moms and dads and siblings and goals in life — I don’t know how many of those 70 that left really wanted to leave or they got kicked in the ass to get out.”
While Narduzzi isn’t the only one to voice concerns on this particular issue, Sanders made his intentions clear at a team meeting in December after coming over from Jackson State.
“I want you all to get ready to go ahead and jump into that portal and do whatever you want because the more of you jump into it (the portal) the more space you make because we bring in kids who are smart , tough,” Sanders said.
The program has seen 51 scholarship players enter the transfer portal since Sanders took over the program. Sanders replaced that production by adding 47 players (and counting) from the transfer market, by far the most roster turnover since the NCAA adopted its new transfer rules two years ago.
“I grew up in a profession that you can’t tell a man to leave based on athletic ability,” Narduzzi said. “I think he’ll be shocked that he probably had some pretty good footballers in that room. When I joined Pitt in 2015, I didn’t kick anyone off. Zero. Those are your guys. When you become a head coach, you inherit that team and you coach that team. If someone wants to leave, that’s great. You don’t kick them out. I don’t agree with that whole process. That’s not why I came into the game.”
This isn’t the first time Narduzzi has been critical of a team’s use of the portal. In 2022, Pitt wide receiver and reigning Biletnikoff Award winner Jordan Addison transferred to USC. Narduzzi overheard the chatter from USC before Addison transferred and reportedly called Trojan coach Lincoln Riley multiple times to express his displeasure and discuss the potential of tampering. according to ESPN. .