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1980 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

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Conference  Independent
AP  No. 2
Coaches  No. 2
1980 record  11–1
1980 Pittsburgh Panthers football team
Head coach  Jackie Sherrill (4th year)
Offensive coordinator  Wally English (2nd year)

The 1980 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 1980 NCAA Division I-A football season. Despite losing one game, the Panthers were named national champions by several selectors including the College Football Researchers Association, The New York Times computer poll, and the Sagarin Ratings, among others. The university does not claim a national championships for this season, nor are the Panthers popularly recognized for winning that year's national championship. Pitt was awarded the Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy as the champion of the East.


Championship selections

Selectors that named Pitt the 1980 national champion:

  • 1st-N-Goal
  • Angelo Louisa
  • ARGH Power Ratings
  • College Football Researchers Association
  • Foundation for the Analysis of Competitions and Tournaments
  • Harry DeVold
  • James Howell
  • Jeff Self
  • The New York Times
  • Quality Champions
  • Sagarin Ratings
  • Steve Eck
  • The Fleming System
  • West Virginia

    Starting free safety Rick Trocano moved over to offense in the second quarter to replace the injured Dan Marino. Previously the starter at QB in 1978, Trocano led Pitt to four second-quarter touchdowns during the Panthers’ win at Pitt Stadium.

    Awards and honors

  • Hugh Green, Walter Camp Award
  • Hugh Green, Lombardi Award
  • Hugh Green, Maxwell Award
  • Mark May, Outland Trophy
  • References

    1980 Pittsburgh Panthers football team Wikipedia

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