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Northwestern linebackers coach Randy Bates hired as defensive coordinator by Pitt

Congratulations to Coach Bates!

Pittsburgh v Duke Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Northwestern linebackers coach Randy Bates will reportedly be the next defensive coordinator at Pittsburgh.

Bates has been with Northwestern since 2006 when Pat Fitzgerald added him to the staff upon becoming head coach. Bates was one of the first hires of the Fitzgerald era and has done a fantastic job developing linebackers of late. Northwestern’s defense has been anchored by quality linebackers like Anthony Walker Jr., Nate Hall and Paddy Fisher. Before Northwestern, he was the defensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech. He has spent the past 36 years in the coaching profession, but this is his first go at a Power 5 defensive coordinator job.

Given this record and Northwestern’s excellent defensive performances for the past three years, Pat Narduzzi and Co. look like they are making a solid hire with Bates. This is a tough loss for Northwestern’s coaching staff, but you’d back Fitz to be able to find a good replacement at linebackers coach.