CHAPEL HILL, NC – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Pat Narduzzi of the Pittsburgh Panthers watches his team play against the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Kenan Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina won 38-35. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Pittsburgh fell at Penn State this afternoon, 17-10, in an ugly game that came down to the final play.The Panthers had a chance to tie the contest with time expiring, though their game-tying heave fell short, giving the Nittany Lions the win.Pitt had a chance to tie the game earlier in the fourth quarter, though head coach Pat Narduzzi opted for a field goal attempt. The kick ended up being missed.Narduzzi is getting crushed for his postgame explanation. When asked why he opted for the FG instead of the fourth-down conversion attempt, he said: “Because you need two scores to win the football game.”Pat Narduzzi on why he opted for a field goal with a fourth and one with five minutes left, down seven‘Because you need two scores to win the football game.’He added that he doesn’t question that decision ‘at all’— Craig Meyer (@CraigMeyerPG) September 14, 2019The explanation is not going over well.Pitt really did try a FG from the one down seven with four minutes leftPat Narduzzi deserves to lose by 28 for the rest of his life— BUM CHILLUPS (@edsbs) September 14, 2019Narduzzi lost me after that horseshit decision— Chris Dokish (@ChrisDokish) September 14, 2019Narduzzi is out of his mind.— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) September 14, 2019Unless Narduzzi had Pitt +6.5, there’s not an argument to be made on this earth that could convince me that attempting a field goal there was right decision.— pat muldowney (@muldowney) September 14, 2019Narduzzi said he’ll be “dead or retired” the next time Pitt plays Penn St and that’s his attitude? Play not to lose? Brutal.— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) September 14, 2019As Herm Edwards once said, you play to win the game. Not going for it on that 4th and 1 was a scared move and the explanation isn’t great, either.Pitt (1-2) will face No. 17 UCF next Saturday.
The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) this week launched its Round 5 funding competition. The announcement follows news in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement of new financial backing for the Automotive Council project.The APC was formed through the Automotive Council’s Industrial Strategy, and aims to bring automotive R&D projects to fruition through government funding. Since its inception in 2013, the APC has worked with more than 50 companies and provided £90 million in grant funding. Between 2013 and March 2015 it was a key player in attracting £750m of investment into the UK automotive supply chain.The funding is made available to the winners of bi-annual competitions for projects which are collaborative, business-led and typically where the eligible project costs are in the range of £5m to £40m.The Round 5 competition is expected to generate £70 million in total project funding, and will seek proposals for collaborative R&D projects which offer significant reductions in vehicle emissions compared with existing technologies. All APC funded projects must include both an SME and either a vehicle manufacturer or Tier-1 supplier.In addition, Newcastle University has been appointed as the APC’s Electric Machines Spoke, making it the sixth spoke in the APC hub-and-spoke network. The existing spokes cover digital engineering and test, electrical energy storage, and power electronics, with two spokes focusing on internal combustion engines.Business Secretary Sajid Javid said, “The UK’s automotive sector got a big boost in the Autumn Statement, providing an additional £225 million funding for automotive R&D. We already have the most productive auto sector in Europe, and the government is determined to build on this.“The projects established by the APC to promote low carbon innovation will ensure world-leading automotive manufacturing – and high-skilled jobs – in the UK for years to come.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)