2003 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

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2003 Pittsburgh Panthers football
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Conference Big East
2003 record 8-5 (5-2 Big East)
Head coach Walt Harris (7th year)
Offensive coordinator J. D. Brookhart (4th year)
Offensive scheme Pro Offense
Defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads (4th year)
Base defense Multiple 8-Man Front
Home stadium Heinz Field
(Capacity: 64,450)
Seasons
« 2002 2004 »
2003 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#5 Miami (FL) §   6 1         11 2  
West Virginia §   6 1         8 5  
Pittsburgh   5 2         8 5  
Virginia Tech   4 3         8 5  
Boston College   3 4         8 5  
Syracuse   2 5         6 6  
Rutgers   2 5         5 7  
Temple   0 7         1 11  
† – BCS representative as conference champion
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2003 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 2003 college football season.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
Sat. Sep. 6 7:00 p.m. Kent State* #10 Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PA W 43–3   56,531
Sat. Sep. 13 12:30 p.m. Ball State* #11 Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA W 42–21   44,117
Sat. Sep. 20 7:00 p.m. at Toledo* #9 Glass BowlToledo, OH L 31–35   31,711
Sat. Sep. 27 3:30 p.m. at Texas A&M* #17 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX ABC W 37–26   79,116
Sat. Oct. 11 6:00 p.m. Notre Dame* #15 Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) ESPN L 14–20   66,421
Sat. Oct. 18 1:30 p.m. at Rutgers Rutgers StadiumPiscataway, NJ W 42–32   28,101
Sat. Oct. 25 12:00 p.m. Syracusedagger Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) ESPN+ W 34–14   61,421
Sat. Nov. 1 1:00 p.m. at Boston College #25 Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA W 24–13   41,983
Sat. Nov. 8 7:45 p.m. #5 Virginia Tech #25 Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN W 31–28   66,207
Sat. Nov. 15 7:00 p.m. at West Virginia #16 Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV (Backyard Brawl) ESPN2 L 31–52   67,715
Sat. Nov. 22 1:30 p.m. at Temple #21 Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia, PA W 30–16   22,934
Sat. Nov. 29 8:00 p.m. #10 Miami (FL) #20 Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA ABC L 14–28   60,486
Sat. Dec. 27 11:00 a.m. vs. Virginia* Bank of America StadiumCharlotte, NC (Continental Tire Bowl) ESPN L 16–23   51,236
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Coaching staff[edit]

2003 Pittsburgh Panthers football staff
Coaching Staff
  • Walt Harris - Head Coach
  • Bob Junko - Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Tackles
  • J.D. Brookhart - Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers
  • Paul Rhoads - Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
  • Dino Babers - Running Backs
  • Curtis Bray - Linebackers
  • Bryan Deal - Recruiting Coordinator/Specialists/Quarterbacks
  • Tom Freeman - Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator
  • Bob Ligashesky - Tight Ends/Special Teams
  • Charlie Partridge - Defensive Ends
  Support Staff
  • Chris LaSala - Assistant Athletic Director/Football Operations
  • Matt Williamson - Recruiting Assistant
  • Scott McCurley - Graduate Assistant
  • Ben McAdoo - Graduate Assistant
  Strength and Conditioning Staff
  • Dave Kennedy - Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Dave Langworthy - Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Team Players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Larry Fitzgerald Wide Receiver 1 3 Arizona Cardinals
Shawntae Spencer Defensive Back 2 58 San Francisco 49ers
Kris Wilson Tight End 2 61 Kansas City Chiefs
Claude Harriott Defensive End 5 147 Chicago Bears
Andy Lee Punter 6 188 San Francisco 49ers
Brandon Miree Running Back 7 247 Denver Broncos

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Awards and honors[edit]

  • Larry Fitzgerald, Fred Biletnikoff Award[3]
  • Larry Fitzgerald, Walter Camp Award[4]

References[edit]