Pittsburgh names Bates DC

Sports Xchange

January 13, 2018 at 3:59 pm.

Pittsburgh named longtime Northwestern assistant Randy Bates its defensive coordinator, the school announced Saturday.

Conklin spent the past 12 seasons as the linebackers coach at Northwestern. He will succeed Josh Conklin, who was named head coach at Wofford.

“I’ve known Randy for a long time and have the utmost respect for him as a teacher and recruiter,” Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi said in a statement. “He is a tireless worker, always learning and always striving to improve as a coach. … Randy will bring great passion and knowledge to Pitt and I know he’ll put a great mark on our very promising defense.”

Northwestern finished 10-3 this season, ending the year on an eight-game winning streak. The defense permitted a total of 20 points during the final three regular-season games.

Bates does have experience as a defensive coordinator, serving in that capacity during a six-year stint at Louisiana Tech (2000-05).

“I knew it would always take a special place and outstanding opportunity to draw me away from Northwestern,” Bates said. “After talking with Pat Narduzzi, I knew Pitt was that type of place. It is a tremendous honor to join a program with such a rich tradition and history. But more importantly, it has an even brighter future under Coach Narduzzi. I can’t wait to meet our players and get started.”