An option for Murphy among potential landing spots out of the portal this offseason that would keep him in the Power Five is in the ACC with the Pitt Panthers and longtime head coach Pat Narduzzi. Pitt is looking for a starting quarterback in the portal this offseason after its starter heading into this season, two-time transfer and super senior Phil Jurkovec, didn't work out.
Pitt benched Jurkovec after he led them to a record of 1-4 in his first five starts of the season. Benching Jurkovec didn't prove to make a huge difference for Pitt down the stretch during the regular season regarding success in the win column. But it did highlight the need for the Panthers to find a long-term answer at the quarterback position this offseason.
Pitt boasted one of the worst passing offenses in the Power Five this season, ranking 78th in the FBS in passing yards per game (216) and 122nd in completion percentage (53.3).
However, it wasn't all that long ago that Pitt boasted one of the best passing attacks in the ACC. Just two seasons ago, All-American quarterback Kenny Pickett led the ACC Coastal Division champion Pitt to an 11-win campaign while he boasted over 4,300 passing yards and 42 passing scores.
After struggling on offense this season, Narduzzi hired former Western Carolina offensive playcaller Kade Bell to be the next offensive coordinator for the Panthers. Bell led one of the best and most productive offenses in the FCS at Western Carolina in the last couple of seasons.
He runs an offense with similar concepts to Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian, regarding the layering of concepts and the abundance of pre-snap motion and different pre-snap alignments at the skill positions. Murphy would be fimilar with some of those concepts in theory were to to commit to Bell and the Panthers in the portal this offseason.