2015 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

The 2015 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Panthers were led by first year head coach Pat Narduzzi and played their home games at Heinz Field. They were a member of the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). This were Pitt's third season as a member of the ACC. They finished the season 8–5, 6–2 in ACC play to finish in second place in the Coastal Division. They were invited to the Military Bowl where they lost to Navy.

2015 Pittsburgh Panthers football
Pitt Panthers wordmark.svg
Military Bowl, L 28–44 vs. Navy
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
DivisionCoastal Division
2015 record8–5 (6–2 ACC)
Head coachPat Narduzzi (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorJim Chaney (1st season)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorJosh Conklin (1st season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumHeinz Field
(Capacity: 68,400)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 2 Clemson x$^   8 0         14 1  
No. 14 Florida State   6 2         10 3  
Louisville   5 3         8 5  
NC State   3 5         7 6  
Syracuse   2 6         4 8  
Wake Forest   1 7         3 9  
Boston College   0 8         3 9  
Coastal Division
No. 15 North Carolina x   8 0         11 3  
Pittsburgh   6 2         8 5  
Miami   5 3         8 5  
Duke   4 4         8 5  
Virginia Tech   4 4         7 6  
Virginia   3 5         4 8  
Georgia Tech   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Clemson 45, North Carolina 37
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 51:00 p.m.No. 14 (FCS) Youngstown State*ESPN3W 45–3749,969
September 126:00 p.m.at Akron*ESPN3W 24–723,425
September 198:00 p.m.at Iowa*BTNL 24–2763,636
October 312:00 p.m.at Virginia TechACCRSNW 17–1349,120
October 1012:30 p.m.Virginia 
  • Heinz Field
  • Pittsburgh, PA
ACCNW 26–1945,237
October 1712:30 p.m.at Georgia TechACCNW 31–2846,208
October 2412:00 p.m.at SyracuseNo. 25ESPNUW 23–2029,832
October 297:00 p.m.North CarolinaNo. 23
  • Heinz Field
  • Pittsburgh, PA
ESPNL 19–2643,049
November 712:00 p.m.No. 5 Notre Dame*
  • Heinz Field
  • Pittsburgh, PA (rivalry)
ABCL 30–4268,400
November 1412:00 p.m.at DukeESPNewsW 31–1330,243
November 213:45 p.m.Louisville
  • Heinz Field
  • Pittsburgh, PA
ESPNewsW 45–3442,119
November 2712:00 p.m.Miami (FL)
  • Heinz Field
  • Pittsburgh, PA
ESPN2L 24–2940,126
December 282:30 p.m.vs. No. 21 NavyESPNL 28–4436,352[1]
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 25 23 RV NR RV RV NR NR NR 
Coaches NR RV RV NR NR NR NR RV 24 RV RV RV RV NR RV NR 
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

Coaching staffEdit

2015 Pittsburgh Panthers football staff
Coaching Staff
  • Pat Narduzzi – Head Coach
  • Jim Chaney – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Josh Conklin – Defensive Coordinator
  • Andre Powell – Running Backs/Special Teams
  • Tom Sims – Defensive Line
  • John Peterson – Offensive Line
  • Renaldo Hill – Cornerbacks
  • Tim Salem – Tight Ends
  • Kevin Sherman – Wide Receivers
  • Rob Harley – Linebackers
  Support Staff
  • Chris LaSala – Assistant Athletic Director/Football Operations
  • Bob Junko – Director of Player Development and High School Relations
  • Ben Mathers – Director of Football Operations
  • Mark Diethorn – Director of Recruiting
  • Ryan Turnley – Offensive Graduate Assistant
  • Mike Shanahan – Offensive Graduate Assistant
  • Scott McKillop – Defensive Graduate Assistant
  • Phil DeCapito – Defensive Graduate Assistant
  Strength and Conditioning Staff
  • Dave Andrews – Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Freddie Walker – Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Austin Addington-Strapp – Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

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Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Tyler Boyd Wide Receiver 2 55 Cincinnati Bengals

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://twitter.com/MilitaryBowl/status/681594756795871233
  2. ^ "2015 Pittsburgh Football Spring Prospectus" (PDF). University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics. Retrieved April 18, 2015.