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* Ericsson 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]