1986 Pittsburgh Panthers football
ConferenceIndependent
1986 record5–5–1
Head coachMike Gottfried (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorMike Solari (1st season)
Offensive schemeMultiple pro-style [1]
Defensive coordinatorJohn Fox (1st season)
Base defense4–3 [1]
Home stadiumPitt Stadium
(Capacity: 56,500)
Seasons
← 1985
1987 →
1986 Division I-A independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Penn State           12 0 0
No. 2 Miami (FL)           11 1 0
No. 20 Virginia Tech           9 2 1
No. 19 Boston College           9 3 0
Tulsa           7 4 0
Florida State           7 4 1
Army           6 5 0
Southwestern Louisiana           6 5 0
Southern Miss           6 5 0
Temple           6 5 0
Pittsburgh           5 5 1
Rutgers           5 5 1
Cincinnati           5 6 0
Notre Dame           5 6 0
Syracuse           5 6 0
South Carolina           3 6 2
Tulane           4 7 0
West Virginia           4 7 0
Louisville           3 8 0
Navy           3 8 0
Wichita State           3 8 0
East Carolina           2 9 0
Northern Illinois           2 9 0
Memphis           1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1986 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the sport of American football during the 1986 college football season.

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
Mon. Sep. 1 8:00 p.m. Maryland Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA ESPN L 7–10   48,120
Sat. Sep. 13 7:00 p.m. at North Carolina State Carter–Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC T 14–14   47,200
Sat Sep. 20 12:30 p.m. at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN TBS W 41–26   55,621
Sat. Sep. 27 12:00 p.m. West Virginia Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA (Backyard Brawl) KATZ W 48–16   55,129
Sat. Oct. 4 7:00 p.m. Temple Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA L 13–19   40,136
Sat. Oct. 11 12:30 p.m. at Notre Dame Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN USA W 10–9   59,075
Sat. Oct. 25† 1:30 p.m. Navy Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA W 56–14   45,345
Sat. Nov. 1 12:00 p.m. at Syracuse Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY KATZ L 20–24   34,114
Sat. Nov. 8 3:30 p.m. #1 Miami (FL) Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA ABC L 10–37   55,338
Sat. Nov. 15 1:30 p.m. Rutgers Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA W 20–6   34,922
Sat. Nov. 22 12:00 p.m. at #2 Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA USA L 14–34   85,722
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Coaching staff[edit | edit source]

1986 Pittsburgh Panthers football staff
Coaching Staff
  • Mike Gottfried – Head Coach
  • Chuck Klausing – Assistant Head Coach/Outside Linebackers
  • John Fox – Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backfield
  • Mike Solari – Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
  • Carl Angelo – Defensive Line
  • Steve Coury – Wide Receivers
  • Frank D'Alonzo – Defensive Ends
  • Mike Dickens – Quarterbacks
  • Tommie Liggins – Running Backs
  • Sal Sunseri – Linebackers
  Support Staff
  • Alex Kramer – Administrative Assistant
  • Bud Ratliff – Recruiting Coordinator
  • John Brown – Graduate Assistant
  • Rick Denstorff – Graduate Assistant
  • John Kukalis – Graduate Assistant
  • Larry Petroff – Graduate Assistant
  Strength and Conditioning Staff
  • Buddy Morris – Weight Training Coordinator
  • Ray Oliver – Assistant Strength

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Team players drafted into in the NFL[edit | edit source]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Tony Woods Defensive End 1 18 Seattle Seahawks
Randy Dixon Guard 4 85 Indianapolis Colts
Lorenzo Freeman Nose Tackle 4 89 Green Bay Packers
Tom Brown Running Back 7 182 Miami Dolphins

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Quick Facts About Pitt". Pitt Football 1986. University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics. 1986. p. 5. http://digital.library.pitt.edu/cgi-bin/t/text/text-idx?idno=31735062136068;view=toc;c=pittathletics. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  2. "1986 In Review". Pitt Football 1987. University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics. 1987. pp. 55–63. http://digital.library.pitt.edu/cgi-bin/t/text/text-idx?idno=31735062136076;view=toc;c=pittathletics. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  3. "The Coaches". Pitt Football 1986. University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics. 1986. pp. 9–15. http://digital.library.pitt.edu/cgi-bin/t/text/text-idx?idno=31735062136068;view=toc;c=pittathletics. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  4. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1987.htm
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