Wannstedt Won’t Coach BBVA Compass Bowl

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The coaching picture for Pitt got a little clearer on Monday, at least for their upcoming bowl game this weekend.

Pitt defensive coordinator Phil Bennett has been named as the team’s interim coach. He will coach the Panthers in the BBVA Compass Bowl.

According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dave Wannstedt informed his staff Monday morning that he would not coach the Panthers when they take on Kentucky.

Wannstedt held a press conference Monday afternoon to talk about his decision.

During the press conference, Wannstedt said he is a Pitt guy. He grew up here and grew up with the concepts of loyalty and pride.

He said he is proud of the way the players handled things and he will not coach in the bowl game.

Wannstedt wants the focus to be on the players and not the coach.

As a result, Bennett will coach the team.

As for who will coach the team next season, that still remains a mystery.

One day after his arrest on a domestic violence charge, the University of Pittsburgh dismissed their newly-named head football coach, Michael Haywood.

Haywood was released from St. Joseph County Jail on Saturday on $1,000 cash bond. The charge he is facing has also been upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony domestic battery in the presence of a minor.

He was arraigned on Monday.

According to the Post-Gazette, Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg met with players on Sunday about the incident. During the meeting, he apologized for how the search for a coach was handled.

Athletic Director Steve Pedersen was not present for that meeting and many fans are calling for him to be fired as well.

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One Comment

  1. Randy T says:

    Pedersen must GO!
    PITT has become a second rate program.
    Pedersen has ruined a great football tradition!
    Notre Dame, Penn State, Alabama all have maintained a standard of excellence and their tradition!
    PITT flounders with being a MAC TEAM!
    Fire Perderson!
    Hire Tom Bradely from PSU!
    Retore Pride! Resotre Tradition! Restore PITT!

  2. Bill says:

    Pederson must go Please do the right thing. This is a bad person just look what he has done to the Pitt Football Program with no plan.
    Remember the first time he was here he named himself the ROCKETMAN please. He also made a screen saver on the computers of his face what does that tell you.

  3. Joe says:

    I would like to start a petition to bring back Wannstedt for another year…..also…the A.D. must go…..

  4. Ron Bill says:

    I hope, because of this fiasco, that Jamie Dixon doesn’t start taking job offers more seriously.

    1. johnny69 says:

      he really should…

  5. Teddy says:

    Fire Pedersen now! Name Wannstedt the AD and let him hire Bradley. Result: Pitt football- No joke no mo.

  6. pitt fan says:

    The whole scenario cannot move forward until PEDERSON is FIRED. This has to happen before Pitt can move forward. He’s ruined Pitt football and Nebraska. Enough said. I won’t give another dime until he is gone.

  7. JS says:

    I wont give Pitt another dime either….oh, wait, I never gave them a dime to begin with. What a joke.

  8. Fred Kovalyak says:

    Get rid of pederson he is a definate waste!!! Non professional and has ruined how many athletic programs !!! I always thought Pitt was a very intelligent instiutation how ever thinking twice about this now with the powers to be that hired him. Blame Peterson NOT Wannstent if you need a fall guy !!! dDave has always been very professional and truly showed he cared for his players.!!! HOW MANY MORE TOP RECRUTES DO WE NEED TO LOOSE !!! WAKE UP PITT !!!

  9. Steve says:


  10. Pitt Fan All the way... says:

    To Nordenberg re: Pederson: Like NIKE says, “JUST DO IT!”

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