Pittsburgh Coach Rips ESPN On Live TV After Beating West Virginia

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Pittsburgh Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi had some blunt comments for ESPN after beating West Virginia.

Narduzzi’s squad won an epic 38-31 battle Thursday night against the Mountaineers, and as soon as the game was done, he took some shots at ESPN for claiming the majority of people in the stadium would support WVU.

“I saw some stat it was going to be 75% West Virginia fans. You guys mess that up on ESPN for sure. It was certainly all Pitt here today … ESPN disrespected our fans and they showed up today, and I love to see that,” Narduzzi told Scott Van Pelt after earning a tough week one victory.

However, he wasn’t done taking shots at ESPN once he finished talking to Van Pelt. He then addressed the media and doubled down.

“ESPN had some bad facts. They disrespected our fans, and our fans showed up. They were unbelievable all day today,” Narduzzi added in the postgame press conference.

For what it’s worth, a quick Google search doesn’t show where ESPN indicated 75% of fans at the game in Pittsburgh would be representing the Mountaineers, but clearly, somebody said something to upset Narduzzi.

Narduzzi let that stew with him all night, and when it came time to make his feelings crystal clear, he didn’t hold back at all.

Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi rips ESPN after beating West Virginia in the Backyard Brawl. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

Just as a viewer on TV, I would say the fans seemed pretty split. It was loud whenever either team made a huge play.

That’s a pretty good sign there are a ton of fans from both teams in attendance.

Pittsburgh beats West Virginia 38-31 in the backyard brawl. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

Fans got to see an epic football game, and Narduzzi roasted ESPN on live TV. As a fan and OutKick reader, what more could you ever want? It sure feels good to have football back.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.


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