Source: Pitt's Sims is gone; team seeks new defensive line coach
February 4, 2017 2:28 PM
Pitt defensive line coach Tom Sims during practice at Pitt's Southside training facility last September.
By Brian Batko / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Two days after hiring a new offensive coordinator, Pitt's coaching staff is down a member.
Defensive line coach Tom Sims is no longer with the team, according to a source.
Sims, a defensive tackle at Pitt who was a sixth-round draft pick in 1990 after his senior year, played in the NFL until 1996 with the Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts.
Pat Narduzzi hired Sims, 49, back to his alma mater from Youngstown State in 2015 when Narduzzi took over as Pitt's head coach.
With national signing day now in the rear-view mirror, and four defensive line recruits officially in the fold, Narduzzi will look for a new assistant to coach that position.
Narduzzi also said Friday morning on a conference call that when the NCAA approves a 10th assistant coach for Football Bowl Subdivision programs, which it's expected to do in April, he will most likely add to the defensive staff.
Sims' departure was first reported by KDKA-TV.
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