Ex-Michigan State Spartans assistant coach Pat Narduzzi not coming back to East Lansing

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pat Narduzzi considers Mark Dantonio a mentor. However, the Pittsburgh coach has no intentions of replacing him at Michigan State.

Stressing he wants to win championships with the Panthers, Narduzzi downplayed the idea he would leave Pitt to take over the Spartans. That’s after Dantonio’s stunning retirement on Tuesday.

“It’s my ultimate goal to be here at Pitt,” Narduzzi said Wednesday. “I came here to get a job done. We’re just working on continuing to move forward.”

Narduzzi declined to comment when asked if he had been contacted by MSU — where he served as an assistant under Dantonio for eight years until December 2014.