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Possible Candidates Emerge After Wannstedt Resignation

By: Mike Vukovcan
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(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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.

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