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New Names Emerge In Search For Pitt Coach

By: Mike Vukovcan
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A few more details have emerged in Pitt’s search for their next head coach.

Pitt Athletic Director Steve Pederson has reportedly talked to more than just Tom Bradley and Sal Sunseri.

Reportedly, sometime this week Pederson has spoken with or interviewed both Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst and Florida International head coach Mario Cristobal.

Chyryst doesn’t appear to be a serious contender, as all signs point to him landing the offensive coordinator job at Texas.

Cristobal is an intriguing name and one I hoped would emerge. He’s in his third season at Florida International and is known as an excellent recruiter. He’s a guy destined to become a coach at a big-time program.

Bradley still appears to be the favorite for the job, but I wonder if Wednesday’s events will hurt his cause in any way. I can’t imagine the people at Pitt were happy with all the inaccurate reports and the fact that they were forced to issue a denial about his impending hiring.

I hope not, because Bradley would be a great fit for the Pitt head coaching position.

However, UConn is also interested in hiring Bradley to fill their vacant head coaching position. Former coach Randy Edsall bolted to Maryland to take over the head coaching duties there after leading the Huskies to the Big East Championship and the BCS Fiesta Bowl this season.

10:11 a.m. Update: Paul Alexander from 93-7 The Fan’s Morning Show reported this morning that Bradley will interview with UConn on Friday.

I’m sure they’ll be more twists and turns today, so check back here on KDKA.com and KDKA-TV Sports at 6 p.m. with Bob Pompeani for the latest developments.

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