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    Default Pitt Interested in Bengals HC Marvin Lewis

    ... thanks to @sarah_spraque on Twitter for the heads up

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d...ls-coach-lewis

    University of Pittsburgh interested in Bengals coach Lewis

    By Michael Lombardi NFL Network
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    Published: Jan. 2, 2011 at 01:37 p.m.
    Updated: Jan. 2, 2011 at 01:59 p.m.



    Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is on the short list of candidates to take over the University of Pittsburgh's football program, a league source said Sunday.

    Lewis' contract with the Bengals expires after this season and might not be renewed. Cincinnati managed just four wins through 16 weeks and earlier this season tied a franchise record with 10 consecutive losses.

    Bengals coach Marvin Lewis might not be back next season, although the University of Pittsburgh job could be an option.
    Bengals coach Marvin Lewis might not be back next season, although the University of Pittsburgh job could be an option. (Gail Burton/Associated Press)

    In eight seasons under Lewis, the Bengals have posted just two winning seasons and lost in both of their playoff appearances. Lewis had a 60-66-1 record entering Sunday's season finale against the Baltimore Ravens.

    Pittsburgh's vacancy appeared when the school fired head coach Mike Haywood on Saturday, saying he couldn't continue in the job he held for just 2 weeks because of his arrest on a domestic-violence charge.

    Haywood was released Saturday from St. Joseph County Jail in Indiana on $1,000 cash bond, said an officer at the jail who declined to give her name, after the charge was upgraded from a misdemeanor to felony domestic battery in the presence of a minor.

    Within hours of Haywood's afternoon release, Pittsburgh put out a statement from Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg, saying the coach had been dismissed, "effective immediately," and the school was reopening its search.

    Haywood was arrested about 3 p.m. Friday after a custody issue developed with a woman with whom the coach has a child, police said. The unidentified woman told police that Haywood grabbed her by the arm and neck and pushed her as she tried to leave the home that the coach owns in South Bend, Ind., where he once was a Notre Dame assistant.

    Assistant St. Joseph County Police Chief Bill Redman said the woman had marks on her neck, arms and back.

    Haywood's hiring by athletic director Steve Pederson was greeted unenthusiastically by fans, boosters, alumni and students who questioned why a school with annual Top 25 aspirations hired him away from mid-major Miami of Ohio. Dave Wannstedt, forced to resign last month following a disappointing 7-5 season, coached the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins before his 2004 hiring at Pittsburgh.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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    Im on the fence on this one. Ill need some more (sober) time to think it through.

    Kind of surprised there was no mention in the article of Lewis being an assistant linebackers coach for Pitt back during the 90 and 91 seasons.

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    How's this any different than having Wanny as HC?

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    How's this any different than having Wanny as HC?
    Im not sure it is, van. Although, I may be a bit more confident in Lewis getting the team prepared for an important game than Wanny ever was. But, not that much.

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    I don't want another failed NFL head coach to take over Pitt. It'll just be Wanny all over again IMO.

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    ML has some pitt connections, and he does have a lot of experience deal with the Cincinnati Criminals, he is also a better coach than DW, but it would be pretty much the same. Lets start a petition for Bradley

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    Pitt has a second chance to get it right. Hopefully they take advantage of it. What does this mean for the assistant coaches already let go? Are they back in until a new coach is hired. I know I didn't like the 75 year old offensive coordinator that was coming in over cignetti. I think Lewis would be alright considering all the other candidates seem to be finding work. I'd like to see Darren Perry get an interview. Both Cowher and Paterno have praised his intelligence and game preparation while mccarthey says he is the most organized coach he has ever worked with.
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    Lewis's big knock as far as I'm concerned is that he was not much of a disciplinarian. Not sure Pitt needs that kind of influence right now.
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    All in all, Lewis did a decent job in Cincinnati considering it was the Bengals he was trying to straighten out. His desperation to get talent on the roster is What led him to take a risk on athletes with known character issues IMO. I think he would come across well to recruits parents and the recruits as well. He did a good job in Baltimore as DC and here in Pittsburgh as a linebackers coach. While he may not be my first choice, he certainly not a bad choice and is alot better than some schmuck from Miami-Ohio.
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    Can't quite compare Wanny to Lewis.

    Wanny took over two teams that were in fairly good shape and ran them into the ground.

    Lewis inherited the Bengals and did fairly well.

    As is, I'd rather them go elsewhere for a coach and if they're looking at the ex-NFLer route, I'd rather see them go after John Fox.
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    All in all, Lewis did a decent job in Cincinnati considering it was the Bengals he was trying to straighten out. His desperation to get talent on the roster is What led him to take a risk on athletes with known character issues IMO. I think he would come across well to recruits parents and the recruits as well. He did a good job in Baltimore as DC and here in Pittsburgh as a linebackers coach. While he may not be my first choice, he certainly not a bad choice and is alot better than some schmuck from Miami-Ohio.
    Hey, don't overlook where Haywood started.. Miami has produced some **** good coaches over time. Haywood's credentials weren't bad, and he did good in his time at Miami. He inherited a mess there; a team that won 17 in five years; and won 10 in two.

    The whole issue in South Bend was embarrassing to say the least, and Pitt made the right move and did so quickly getting rid of him, but at the time the hire wasn't a bad one.
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    Can't quite compare Wanny to Lewis.

    Wanny took over two teams that were in fairly good shape and ran them into the ground.

    Lewis inherited the Bengals and did fairly well.

    As is, I'd rather them go elsewhere for a coach and if they're looking at the ex-NFLer route, I'd rather see them go after John Fox.
    You spelled Jon Gruden wrong. But seriously i think its time to look for a college coach, it just seems like these NFL guys like to do NFL things with collegiate players, and it hasnt been working so well. Get a college guy with a college offense, with some experience dealing with young men and the trouble they can get themselves in on and off he field.

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    You spelled Jon Gruden wrong. But seriously i think its time to look for a college coach, it just seems like these NFL guys like to do NFL things with collegiate players, and it hasnt been working so well. Get a college guy with a college offense, with some experience dealing with young men and the trouble they can get themselves in on and off he field.
    That's my belief as well. The NFL mentality and game doesn't translate well to the College level for a variety of reasons but one of them being Talent, others being a larger margin between talent and lack of talent. When you can have a good - great team whose QB's strength is running the option... the approach to the college game is different than it is to the the NFL. In many ways it's more wide open in college.

    I don't think Marvin Lewis is much different than Wannestedt in ability to adjust. Then you have to consider another bit of importance - Recruiting. That's about the only thing that Wannestedt was good at. Marvin Lewis has never really come off as a personable character. Could the guy recruit effectively?
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    As suckfaced as the Bungles were, or rather I should say are, I was surprised to see his record was 60-66-1.

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    I just don't like an NFL-like approach to college football. Go after someone with a fairly extensive college resume, with a minimum qualification of a coordinator. The candidate should come from a successful major program to at least pique the interest of potential recruits.

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