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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pitt coach Paul Chryst's first season with the Panthers ended with a thud after a 38-17 loss to Mississippi in the BBVA Compass Bowl.

The good news is at least, there will be a second season for Chryst, a sign of progress as Pitt prepares for a move to the ACC next summer. The Panthers finished 6-7 in 2012 but struggled to gain any momentum.

Pitt was never above .500 at any point though it showed some resiliency by responding each time things appeared on the verge of getting out of control.

The Panthers will lose several key contributors next year - including running back Ray Graham and quarterback Tino Sunseri - but Chryst will return, marking the first time Pitt will have the same coach in consecutive seasons since 2009-2010.

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