Wannstedt Defends His Record At Pitt

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – Former Pitt Panthers head coach Dave Wannstedt responded to the Sports Illustrated/CBS News report that showed Pitt was the nation’s top-ranked team when it came to players getting into trouble with the law.

Wannstedt acknowledged “an unfortunate stretch of incidents last summer.” However, he remains proud of his staff’s “body of work,” given that over the course of his time there, his record was nearly spotless.

“Every player was evaluated and scrutinized, and we tried to project whether they would become productive members of our football program as well as the university at large,” Wannstedt said by phone, repeating comments he made to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette a day earlier.

“Every player and each incident was evaluated on an individual basis. And we did our due diligence to make sure that we treated each player fair.”

Pitt’s off-field troubles became the center of negative attention starting in July. That’s when defensive end Jabaal Sheard was suspended indefinitely after being accused of throwing another man through a glass door. Sheard eventually pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct.

Defensive back Jeffrey Knox was kicked off the team in September after being arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend after she told him she was pregnant.

Also, offensive lineman Keith Coleman and running back Jason Douglas were suspended from the team in September after being arrested on several charges in separate instances.

Wannstedt said he and the school acted quickly and fairly in disciplining each player, and he would be willing to hold his record up against anyone.

Following Knox’s arrest, Pitt did change its recruiting policy, providing coaches a checklist of questions to gather more information on a recruit’s background.

On Wednesday, Pitt Athletic Director Steve Pederson called the number of criminal charges against his players as “totally unacceptable.” Pederson said the school is addressing the issue and moving forward.

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  1. Mepet says:

    Seriously, why in the world does Dave have to continue to defend himself? All these numbnuts players do something stupid and its his fault? Give me a break! After all this man and his wife have done for the City of Pittsburgh, and it’s his fault? When you go and recruit these lil punks, you don’t get the full story. Trust me. They will only divulge the info pertinent to the situation. That’s all! There will always be turds in the group. No matter what you do. And further more, you CANNOT babysit these lil jerks 24/7

  2. Jim says:

    Tell me again what he has done for this city! I fogot!!!

  3. Tim says:

    He’s a football coach.He’s is to have control of his team and instill the right values and guidiance in his players. He did nothing for the City of Pittsburgh. He was a head coach of a second rate football team.

  4. mejoedee says:

    This story made me laugh, guess what makes me laugh is Dave trying to defend himself. He made a comment during midseason of how he installs discpline, had to laugh at the time, cause of all the arrests of his players thru out the past summer. There’s a reason people why he should never be head coach, college, pro or high school, his record stands to prove it. I believe he’s a good hearted man, but has no control over an entire program, he’s better suited to being a D. Coordinator.

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