1983 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

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1983 Pittsburgh Panthers football
Pitt Panthers wordmark.svg
Fiesta Bowl, L 23–28 vs. Ohio State
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 19
AP No. 18
1983 record 8–3–1
Head coach Foge Fazio (2nd season)
Offensive coordinator Joe Moore (1st season)
Offensive scheme Multiple pro-style
Defensive coordinator Bob Junko (1st season)
Base defense Multiple front
Home stadium Pitt Stadium
(Capacity: 56,500)
Seasons
← 1982
1984 →
1983 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Miami           11 1 0
Virginia Tech           9 2 0
No. 19 Boston College           9 3 0
No. 16 West Virginia           9 3 0
No. 20 East Carolina           8 3 0
No. 18 Pittsburgh           8 3 1
Penn State           8 4 1
Southern Miss           7 4 0
Memphis           6 4 1
Florida State           8 4 0
Notre Dame           7 5 0
Syracuse           6 5 0
William & Mary           6 5 0
South Carolina           5 6 0
Cincinnati           4 6 1
Southwestern Louisiana           4 6 0
Temple           4 7 0
Tulane           4 7 0
Louisville           3 8 0
Navy           3 8 0
Richmond           3 8 0
Rutgers           3 8 0
Army           2 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1983 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 1983 NCAA Division I-A football season.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
Sat. Sep. 3 7:30 p.m. at Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN W 13–3   95,824
Sat. Sep. 10 1:30 p.m. Temple Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 35–0   45,713
Sat. Sep. 24 1:30 p.m. at Maryland No. 16 Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD L 7–13   48,500
Sat. Oct. 1 12:30 p.m. at No. 7 West Virginia Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV (Backyard Brawl) CBS L 21–24   64,076
Sat. Oct. 8 1:30 p.m. Florida State Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA W 16–3   52,654
Sat. Oct. 15 7:00 p.m. at Louisville Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY W 55–10   31,447
Sat. Oct. 22 1:30 p.m. at Navy Navy-Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD W 21–14   33,349
Sat. Oct. 29 1:30 p.m. Syracusedagger Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) W 13–10   52,374
Sat. Nov. 5 1:30 p.m. at No. 18 Notre Dame Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN (Rivalry) CBS W 21–16   59,075
Sat. Nov. 12 1:30 p.m. Army No. 20 Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA W 38–7   38,500
Sat. Nov. 19 1:30 p.m. Penn State No. 17 Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) T 24–24   60,283
Mon. Jan. 2 1:30 p.m. vs. No. 14 Ohio State No. 15 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ (Fiesta Bowl) NBC L 23–28   66,484
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Coaching staff[edit]

1983 Pittsburgh Panthers football staff
Coaching Staff
  • Foge Fazio – Head Coach
  • Joe Moore – Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
  • Bob Junko – Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
  • Dino Folino – Defensive Backs
  • Carmen Grosso – Tight Ends
  • Kent Schoolfield – Wide Receivers
  • Gerry Solomon – Defensive Ends
  • Don Thompson – Defensive Line
  • Ron Turner – Quarterbacks
  • Andy Urbanic – Running Backs
  Support Staff
  • Alex Kramer – Administrative Assistant
  • Joe Duff – Recruiting Coordinator
  • Curt Cignetti – Graduate Assistant
  • Rick Dukovich – Graduate Assistant
  • Paul Dunn – Graduate Assistant
  • Hal Hunter – Graduate Assistant
  Strength and Conditioning Staff
  • Buddy Morris – Weight Training Coordinator

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Bill Maas Nose Tackle 1 5 Kansas City Chiefs
Jim Sweeney Center 2 37 New York Jets
Joe McCall Running Back 3 84 Los Angeles Raiders
Tom Flynn Defensive Back 5 126 Green Bay Packers
Dwight Collins Wide Receiver 6 154 Minnesota Vikings
Al Wenglikowski Linebacker 10 258 Kansas City Chiefs

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