When Jordan Addison hit the transfer portal, he was reportedly interested in signing on to play with USC football. Pitt Head Coach Pat Narduzzi then reportedly called Lincoln Riley multiple times to chew him out for 'tampering' with Addison, despite literally zero evidence.
Now, at ACC Media Days, he took the time to take a shot at the new Trojan wideout.
"I’m focused on our guys that want to be here at Pitt...I think we helped him get where he is today. I think we helped him win a Biletnikoff and be the player that he is. I think Kenny Pickett was pretty good. He had one of the best quarterbacks in the country throwing the ball everyday. I think sometimes people forget how they got where they are."- Pat Narduzzi, Pitt Football Head Coach
Pat Narduzzi thinks that USC Football WR Jordan Addison forgot how he got to where he is.
And it's blasphemous for Pat Narduzzi to say that about stud USC Football WR1 Jordan Addison. Addison simply saw that the best football opportunity for him was to come to USC--a program who just hired the best offensive coach in America and a QB who he has chemistry with, just like he had chemistry with Pickett.
He even could have received more NIL money elsewhere, but he chose the best football situation for him. USC was the best spot in his development.
Yes, he won the Biletnikoff at Pitt last year, but he wouldn't have won it if USC's Drake London didn't get hurt and have to miss the remainder of the season during the eighth game of the year. London already had 88 catches for 1,084 receiving yards. Addison had 100 catches for 1,593 receiving yards through all 14 games.
USC developed London at that rate despite being in their worst year in program history. They developed him all the way to the point where he was the first Wide Receiver taken in the 2022 NFL Draft (eighth overall).
Now, imagine how they can develop Addison, another London-level receiver who now comes to a USC program that added RILEY as the head coach. Anyone who can't at least understand why Addison left Pitt for USC is a fool.
Therefore, it's very unfair to decide that Addison forgot how he got where he is. Addison knows what he did at Pitt. Just because he left for the program that will better develop him for the NFL and his future doesn't mean that he doesn't appreciate the time he had with the Panthers.