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Narduzzi calls Bates, new defensive coordinator, ‘tireless worker’

Pat Narduzzi has found his next defensive coordinator.

Pitt has hired Northwestern linebackers coach Randy Bates to become the program's next defensive coordinator after Josh Conklin accepted a head coaching position at Wofford College. After declining comment earlier in the day, the program made the hiring official around 6:30 p.m. with statements from both Narduzzi and Bates. Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports first reported the news Saturday morning.