Possible Candidates Emerge After Wannstedt Resignation

By: Mike Vukovcan

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The fallout continues from the dismissal of former head coach Dave Wannstedt.

Members of the football team were instructed not to speak to the media, but senior lineman Jason Pinkston has made his feeling known via Twitter.

Pinkston, who was visibly upset at Tuesday’s press conference, had this to say Wednesday morning:

“These people don’t know they made the biggest mistake ever letting OUR coach go. He’s more than just a coach, he’s a father to 96 kids on the team. We came from many different backgrounds. Some of us wouldn’t be in college or have the chance to experience college football. We have players on our team who have been turned down at other D1 schools and he took them in and made them family. Thank you coach for everything. You’ve done so much for me and my family. I would never of had this chance if it weren’t for you. I know my mother greatly appreciates what you have done for us. He didn’t deserve this from a guy who only came and switched us from ADIDAS to NIKE. Thank you, God bless, hail to Pitt and coach “Wann” and his family.”

As expected, many names are starting to surface as the next possible head coach at Pitt. You can forget names like Mike Leach, Tom Bradley and Sal Sunseri.

Here are a few more realistic names: Paul Rhoads (Iowa State head coach), Frank Cignetti (Pitt offensive coordinator), Dana Holgorsen (Oklahoma State offensive coordinator) and Teryl Austin (Florida defensive coordinator).

In addition, Pitt defensive end Jabaal Sheard has been selected as the Big East Defensive Player of the Year and UConn running back Jordan Todman was named the Offensive Player of the Year.


One Comment

  1. Mon River Towing says:

    when DW came to Pitt his goal was to build around the run game and the defensive line. He did that in spades. Dion Lewis 2009 POY. Now Sheard 2010 POY. Mission accomplished. Nice knowing ya coach.

  2. Leonard says:

    whatever, just bring back the script Pitt logo and uniforms and restore some essence of tradition to the football program

  3. DE says:

    You’re right. Changing back to Pitt script will solve everything! Seriously, you “script” people need to get a life already.

  4. Home Skool says:

    Steve Pederson changed the logo, the fight song, the uniform, the stadium, and the coach and none have made the football team win the big east. Wannstedt should be the AD.

  5. Pitt10Grad says:

    I have held season tickets for the past 7 years, since my senior year of high school. I have regularly attended Pitt football games since I was 5-years-old. During my 24 years as a Pitt fan, it seems as if I have become numb to the inevitable mediocrity and disappointment that attaches itself to each and every Pitt football season. As much as I love the guy, and despite the positive impact he has placed on all these young men’s lives, the removal of Coach Wannstedt SHOULD appear to be necessary. Steve Pederson can justify this “forced resignation” by hiring a coach that WILL return this program to some aspect national prominence. If Pederson brings back former defensive coordinator Paul Rhodes, Pitt fans can expect only more of the same, if not worse. It pains me to say this, but Rhodes’ hire would likely force me to contemplate my season ticket renewal.

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