Media members often grouse about being closed out of football practices, so reporters had better pay attention in those rare instances a coach allows them access. At Pittsburgh, you might catch heat from Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi if you’re idly walking around his field during open periods.
In a session filmed by the athletic department, Narduzzi highlighted the speed, focus and nonchalance of the local reporters and his own sports information staff. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, Narduzzi chided a Pittsburgh reporter for checking his phone while two Panthers players barreled his way.
“He’s not real locked into practice,” Narduzzi said as he kept rewinding with his telestrator. “We give you guys limited access. Pay attention . . . You missed a big hit.”
Just like any good coach, though, Narduzzi offered praise to rebuild the reporter’s spirit. Once the reporter realized two players were coming in his direction, he swung his left leg out of harm’s way, which Narduzzi highlighted with the yellow telestrator pen.
“It is pretty athletic,” Narduzzi said. “It was pretty impressive.”