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Pitt AD Heather Lyke says she has `a lot of confidence’ in football team

October 6, 2018

Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke said Thursday she remains confident in the abilities of the football team’s players and coaches to recover from their 2-3 start to the season.

“We’re five games in,” she said, speaking at a news conference to announce the start-up of the Pitt Studios broadcast facility at Petersen Events Center.

“We lost two games to two really strong programs (by a combined 76 points to nationally ranked Penn State and Central Florida). We lost a game - it was close - to North Carolina (38-35). That was a tough one.

“But we have a lot of season left to go, and I have a lot of confidence in our coaches and our student-athletes.”

She also said she does not pay much attention to opinions expressed on social media, but understands expectations of the fans.

“No disrespect, but I don’t read a lot of the social media,” she said. “We all have expectations that we want to win and be as competitive as possible, even when you don’t win. We want to work in an environment where there are great expectations.

“I know our coaches are working as hard as they can to meet those expectations.”

After last season’s 5-7 finish, Lyke signed coach Pat Narduzzi to a contract extension through 2024. Pitt (2-3, 1-1 ACC) will reach the halfway point of the season Saturday in a Homecoming game against Syracuse at Heinz Field.

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