ESPN college football analyst Jesse Palmer joined the Fan Morning Show to share his thoughts on the Pitt coaching search.
Palmer is shocked to hear that Pitt has yet to consider Rich Rodriguez as a candidate for the job, but understands why Rodriguez would want to take a year off. He thinks Rodriguez is the best fit for the Pitt program because of his ties to high school coaches in western Pennsylvania, while he was the head coach at WVU. Another reason Rodriguez would be a good fit, is his proven success in the Big East Conference and winning multiple conference titles.
Palmer’s co-worker Mark May has been very critical of Pitt AD Steve Pedersen’s handling of the Wannstedt/Haywood/current coaching search at Pitt.
Palmer and May think Pedersen and Pitt need to make a decision quick, in order to “right the ship” and salvage any recruits still remaining for the 2011 season.
Palmer says the Pitt job is still a good job and one that allows coaches and players to get to a BCS game. This is due to the Big East being not as competitive as other conferences. For that reason, it allows Pitt to recruit great players from the western Pennsylvania area.