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    Pitt seeks to calm coaching imbroglio
    Nordenberg meets football players; Wannstedt to make statement today
    Monday, January 03, 2011
    By Paul Zeise, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg addressed the Panthers football players Sunday at their first practice after Christmas break and apologized for the way the head coaching search was handled and the fact that the school's choice, Michael Haywood, was arrested, sources told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    Mr. Nordenberg promised them the university would hire the right man to lead them and urged them to continue to work hard and to make the program proud.

    Not lost on the players and others in attendance at the Pitt practice facility on the South Side was the absence of athletic director Steve Pederson, who often observes practice.

    However, Mr. Pederson did meet with the team's assistant coaches Sunday for the first time since Dave Wannstedt was forced to resign as head coach Dec. 8. Mr. Pederson told them that he should have met with them earlier, said one assistant coach who asked not to be identified.

    The continuing tale of the Pitt football coaching carousel will add yet another chapter today when Mr. Wannstedt breaks his silence and meets with the media for the first time since his resignation.

    Mr. Wannstedt is expected to announce at the noon news conference whether he intends to coach the Panthers when they play Kentucky in the BBVA Compass Bowl Saturday in Birmingham, Ala.

    But he will not talk about the events of the past month, including his resignation and the subsequent hiring Dec. 16 and the firing Saturday of Mr. Haywood, the former Miami (Ohio) coach, who was charged Friday with domestic violence in South Bend, Ind., a Pitt spokesman said.

    Mr. Pederson gave Mr. Wannstedt the option to coach the bowl game, but he has said he wouldn't make up his mind until the team is ready to leave for the game. Pitt will arrive in Birmingham Tuesday to prepare for the game, which is at noon Saturday at Legion Field.

    Pitt administrators may have to attend the news conference to find out his answer.

    Mr. Wannstedt didn't tell his team on Sunday when he met with them for the first time since the Christmas break, and as of Sunday night had not told Mr. Pederson of his intentions.

    One person who talked to several players Sunday said most of the team expects Mr. Wannstedt will coach the bowl game.

    A friend of Mr. Wannstedt's, who asked not to be identified, said Mr. Wannstedt told him Saturday that he would coach the game. Others, however, including several assistant coaches, have said Mr. Wannstedt has told them he is leaning toward not coaching, and still others say he has told them he will not coach. If he decides not to, defensive coordinator Phil Bennett is likely to be named interim coach for the game.

    Meanwhile, Penn State coach Joe Paterno -- a longtime nemesis of Pitt -- weighed in on the Pitt coaching search Sunday and pushed for his defensive coordinator, Tom Bradley, to get the job.

    "I think Tommy is a fine coach," Mr. Paterno said Sunday in Tampa, Fla. "He has good, strong, city of Pittsburgh contacts. He's got a brother [Jim] who is an orthopedic surgeon, head surgeon for the Steelers, and the whole bit."

    Mr. Bradley, 54, recruits high school students in Western Pennsylvania for the Nittany Lions and is a native of Johnstown. He interviewed last month for the Temple job but the school hired Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio.

    Mr. Bradley also expressed interest in the Pitt job when it first came open but was not granted an interview. It was assumed that Pitt was not interested in Mr. Bradley because of his deep Penn State roots, but Mr. Pederson said last month that was not the case.

    He said Mr. Bradley would clearly be an attractive candidate but he focused the search only on coaches with "college head coaching" experience, and Mr. Bradley has never been a head coach.

    Mr. Haywood, who is charged with felony domestic battery after allegedly choking the mother of his infant son at their South Bend, Ind., home on Friday, is to make a first appearance in court at 1:30 p.m. today.

    He was released from jail Saturday afternoon on $1,000 bond, and a few hours later Mr. Nordenberg announced that he had been fired.

    Pitt has begun a national search for his replacement.

    The developments have affected the Panthers' recruiting class, which has fallen from 19 commitments to seven, and likely to six: Woodland Hills standout LaFayette Pitts told the Post-Gazette he will begin looking elsewhere for a school.

    Woodbridge, N.J., defensive end Max Issaka told Pantherlair.com that he had decided not to go to Pitt as well.

    "I'm so appalled by all this nonsense; it doesn't make any sense," Mr. Issaka told the website. "Where are our role models and leaders? This program is too respectable to be made a mockery of."



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    Heres what i got from that article: Pitt is not looking for the best coach they can find they are looking for a head coach with head coach experience, and it doesnt matter if he is the best person for the job or not.

    Where are all the pitt alums through all this? There has to be a few with enough clout to at least get them to interview quality coaching candidates, like a tom bradley. And this whole media thing about pitt not considering people because of the rivalry they come from is complete nonsense. It seems to me if they indeed did give a ****, it would be more of a badge of honor stealing a coach from a rival than anything.

    Ill give the AD one more shot to do this right, or maybe its time for a new HC and a new AD

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    if they opt for Bradley, he most likely could hold onto some of what had been a superb 2011 class.

    TB--because of his local ties--also might attract some players who initially chose PSU or other schools--he has until Feb. 2 to do so----or enough "non-committed" high schoolers who would athletically enrich the new class, replacing all of those "de-commits."

    That means the 2011 incoming freshmen still can be "part of the solution," if Pitt acts quickly enough.

    I really don't like PSU and the JOPA-culture, but I would make an exception for Bradley.

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    If Pitt opts for Tom Bradley, he most likely could hold onto some of what had been a superb 2011 class.

    TB--because of his local ties--also might attract some players who initially chose PSU or other schools--he has until Feb. 2 to do so----or enough "non-committed" high schoolers who would athletically enrich the new class, replacing all of those "de-commits."

    That means the 2011 incoming freshmen still can be "part of the solution," if Pitt acts quickly enough.

    I really don't like PSU and the JOPA-culture, but I would make an exception for Bradley.

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    I think Pederson's tenure is close to done. The only reason he landed in Pitt was no other major would have him, and we all know Pitt likes to go on the cheap with their sporting hires. The debacle at Nebraska and now this will leave him without many options, if any at all, as an AD at a major school.

    Any potential HC must have major school experience, especially when it comes to recruiting. Going for the big fish from a little pond doesn't make any sense in the current scenario. A Bradley-type hire makes sense, not another Miami (OH)-type hire.

    Nordenberg needs to get his head out of his *** when the time comes for the next AD hire.

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    I think Pederson's tenure is close to done. The only reason he landed in Pitt was no other major would have him, and we all know Pitt likes to go on the cheap with their sporting hires. The debacle at Nebraska and now this will leave him without many options, if any at all, as an AD at a major school.

    Any potential HC must have major school experience, especially when it comes to recruiting. Going for the big fish from a little pond doesn't make any sense in the current scenario. A Bradley-type hire makes sense, not another Miami (OH)-type hire.

    Nordenberg needs to get his head out of his *** when the time comes for the next AD hire.
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