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Making The Best of A Bad Situation

It is well documented that firing Dave Wannstedt has been a total disaster for Pitt. Yes, the school was correct in their assessment that Dave was not the man to bring Pitt to the top of the Big East and beyond. But the hiring of Mike Haywood called into question AD Steve Pederson and his notion that Pitt would only hire a coach with head coaching experience (even if that "experience" only 2 years in the MAC). And this was all before Haywood's "baby momma drama" that lead to his firing...

So now what for Pitt? 9 of 18 potential recruits have already said they could commit somewhere else after Wannstedt was fired. And I repeat, this was BEFORE the Haywood firing. This of course leaves Pitt in the precarious position of trying to pick up a coach off the proverbial scrap heap and sell him to a disenchanted fan base..all of which trying to salvage a dwindling, once promising recruiting class.

What Pitt should do is use this opportunity as a second chance, so to speak. Clearly Mike Haywood was not bringing the initial satisfaction and enthusiasm that both Pitt fans and recruits wanted. Pitt has had no choice but to reopen the search to include coordinators with no head coaching experience. And 2 names have jumped to the top of the list and have already interviews.

The first, lets just discard immediately. Sal Sunseri, Offensive coordinator at Alabmama simply cannot be hired. Not to take away from his SEC pedigree, but if Pitt brings in (disappointing) QB Tino Sunseri's father, it would make the Mike Haywood hiring and firing fiasco look good comparatively. There is no way Pitt retains any credibility that is has by bringing in the quarterback's father.

That brings us to the other candidate, Jo Paterno's 30+ year Defensive Coordinator at PSU Tom Bradley. While Pitt fans my cringe at the thought of bringing in a "Nitter" lets look at the positives first: Bradley can obviously recruit Western Pa, comes from a winning tradition, is well-respected and has ties to the area and University...and who knows, maybe would help bring about the much needed continuation of the Pitt/Penn State Rivalry (on the field as opposed to just on message boards). With all of the positives, it does not make sense to discount Bradley as "inexperienced" when he is clearly the MOST experienced coach that Pitt can hire. And the notion that Pitt would be hiring a coach from "our enemy" reinforces Pitt's inferiority complex that there even is a rivalry (because at the present there clearly is not).

So with all the negative surrounding Pitt football, it is time to turn some of it into a positive. And of the potential candidates that have surfaced, there is only one who is able to do so. And I'm sorry my friends, but he is a "Nitter." (but at least he is not a Sunseri!)

6 comments:

  1. Complete and utter disaster, I don't even know what to say at this point. What can we do to save the ship, I don't have a clue.

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  2. Regardless of what happened with the Haywood situation, I just can't understand that hiring in the first place. The process of the hiring seems so second rate. Is that how Pederson views Pitt, as second rate? Because no matter what you talking heads out there think of Pitt and our history and our record, we as The real Pitt fans(the alumnae, the students, the fans), we love this team and we know it's a first rate school and we have always viewed it as a first rate football program. That hiring of Haywood, the process included, was a joke. Forget about hindsight being 20/20, we Pitt faithful thought that hiring was so poor to begin with. Despite the fallout with the arrest and everything that followed, Pederson failed. His low regard for how he sees this program is a disgrace. How can you fire one coach and then hire a downgrade? It makes no sense whatsoever? It's a requirement of his position to know better and he failed miserably. That coach should never have been hired in the first place, even I knew that was a mistake before any of this all happened. You don't downgrade to a lesser coach and think things are going to work out!
    If there's one sure thing if figured out in big time sports it's that you need consistency and stability, especially at the Head Coaching position. Firing Wannstedt? Ok. Maybe. But for Haywood, what the heck was he thinking? Have more respect for our University, it's alumnae, the students, the fans, and especially the players. You failed Steve! You failed!
    You now need to be held accountable. Please don't make it worse.

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  3. I liken this to the UK basketball program letting Tubby Smith go, and follwing him with Billy Gillispie. The common denominator here is that Pitt has to hit an absolute HOME RUN! A search committee should be convened as Steve Pedersen has demonstrated he is not the man to make this decision. I do like Bradley, but I think they need somoene who has head coaching experience with a major high level program.

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  4. I agree we need a coach who has coached at the high major level, Pitt isn't looking that attractive right now to be honest but there is a good chance for the program to control the Big East. Sad to say but the other part of the allure of Pitt is that it could be a good stepping stone job for someone trying to make it to the very top.

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  5. Everybody wanted a local boy... Now look! Apparently Walt Harris was not local enough for all of the hicks who had to have the Baldwin native...Please do not make this same mistake in judging the new coach! Lets be more open minded and stop with the local hick crap!

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  6. Yes, Pitt, (Pittsburgh) was NOT a good fit for Graham…Graham Graham is distinctly classless, unlike the solid citizens, students, and people of Western Pa…I just can’t wait to see who will want him after he sucks at AS, like he did at PITT…I would attribute the majority of loses he had at PITT NOT to our excellent committed players, but to him…In spite of this idiot, our players hung in there, and often took heat, when he was the one to be sun deviled…I beg the commits to hang with us, as we will with them…With our new coach; all will fall in place….Trust me guys, Graham was nothing but crackers and a total crumb or Bum

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