Wednesday, December 21, 2011

More thoughts on Chryst

1.  I hear that Todd Orlando, defensive coordinator, is a good bet to be the defensive coordinator.  That would be an excellent addition.  Another addition I would like to see is Wisconsin Tight Ends coach/Recruiting coordinator Joe Rudolph, who I actually played basketball with from time to time in my younger days.  A former star guard for Badgers, I remember Rudolph as being just as wide as he was tall!!

2.  I expect if Chryst is the head coach for Pitt next season, the Panthers should actually be pretty good because for one thing Tino Sunseri, if he is the quarterback, will be much better in Chryst's offense.  Another reason is that the Panthers are still built for a pro style offense with excellent running backs and big offensive linemen.

3.  Chad Voytik should be happy with such an offensive mind being his head coach.  And if you think the 6'0" Voytik isn't big enough to play in Chryst's offense, you may want to know that Russell Wilson is 5'11".

4.  Another happy player has to be Rushel Shell.  Between Shell, Isaac Bennett, and probably Ray Graham, the Panthers may run, run, run, and run next season.

5.  Orlando, or whoever is the defensive coordinator, would be smart to go with a 4-3 for the Panthers.  For some reason, linebackers have been hard to get in numbers for the program over the years and having one less starter can only help the lack of talent and numbers there.

6.  Another possibile quarterback could be Dayne Crist.  The former Notre Dane quarterback has a lot to prove, and he was interested in transferring to Wisconsin because of Chryst's great job with another fifth year transfer this season, Russell Wilson.

73 comments:

  1. Chris:

    So you believe Shell, Voytek and others will be happy with the hire and remain committed? I wonder who will be assistant candidates. I would doubt he will be able to bring many coaches from Wisconsin with him. Obviously, given the questions about his recruiting abilities, we will need some one who is known as a big time recruiter.

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  2. Did Dokish write this? No way he wrote this. Must be hacker. I sure hope not when you compare it to his pathetic blog about Chryst what to worry about and what not to worry about. Give me a break. You're better than that CD. Maybe my boy BW had change of heart and wrote this as he wants now to join my Chryst band wagon. Give Chryst a break and stop glorifying Cristobal. What other coaching positions is Cristobal up for? These things are not slam dunks so give Chryst a break. The guy brings a lot of street cred from major college coaches. The comps to Hackett are ridiculous and out-of-line. Just remember Hacket was picked not because he was offensive genius but more about "doing things the right way" post-Gottfried. In other words, administration got in way. USC doubled down on mistake and made same hire of Hackett. So I guess the fact the other programs turned Chryst down should carry weight when guys like Hackett have been hired more than once.

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  3. Chris - I just lost a lot of respect for you. You are doing a 180 here on Chryst. Recruiting is the name of the game and he cant do it. You cite how coordinators have stunk as game coaches and then defend him here? Boy, sure sounds like you are paid by Pitt. You thought Graham wad the next jesus christ. Now this? Seriously man, look in the mirror at what you wrote. Pitt is whiffing on this hire and you know it but you love pitt so youll defend them. Amazing.

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  4. SAD. This program needed a coach last night. They needed a high energy coach with a nat'l championship pedigree and that guy was Mario Cristobal. Instead it appears we will get another offensive genius (can ya'll say Paul Hackett?) Just who are these PITT Asdministrative people that are so high on a guy that doesn't like to get off of his butt and recruit? he must be willing to take the job for a few thousand dollars less? or.... the anglos in high postions at PITT won't go for a guy with a vowel at the end of his name. Whateva!

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  5. Give Chris a break people....he's just bringing up more positives on the hire. And don't compare this blog to ESPN or something....Chris is a Pitt guy and he's going to give Chryst a chance and the benefit of the doubt while pushing the program. I'm sure more positives will surface as more info comes in as well.

    Relax...Fraud Graham & Wanny the Underachiever are gone....hail to Pitt!

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  6. I'm not doing a 180. I'm telling you some of the benefits of having Chryst. He's not the devil. Nobody is 100% good or 100% bad. Do I think it's the right choice? No, no I do not. I don't see how he's any different than Harris or Wannstedt, two guys who supposedly weren't go enough, yet who Pitt continues to hire for some reason. I think Chryst could win 8 or 9 games at best, and that's exactly what gets you fired at Pitt. Pitt talks a big game but ultimately they are all talk.

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  7. Right on Chris. I am so tired of hearing about how this or that potential candidate has NFL experience. IMO the two games are very different (college vs pro.) Pitt fans need to give that line a break. Pitt continues to crank out some top ranked pro's and what has their football program got to show for it? Disarray that's what. Again Chris who are the clowns involved in making the final decision here?e name them all if you know. I want them held accountable this time around.

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  8. Who was Pederson learning towards? Christobal or Chryst? Sounds like boosters won over Pedie, which has been battle going on since decision was made to tear down Pitt Stadium and go off campus. If so, they why aren't all moaners and booers at Heinz Field happy? CD you did a 180 within matter of minutes. You could have written a lot of those same things under category of what not to worry about but you did not. Mistake which looks like major 180. Again Hackett decision was made for other reasons besides his offensive prowess.

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  9. We should all reserve judgement on the hiring of the new coach at least for several seasons. Let us not get caught up in what other people think of this hire. Coach Graham's first season was just as big a bust as was Todd Graham, the man. If Mike Haywood had not gone off on his girl friend, Pitt would have probably finished better than 6-6 this year.

    Chris kept trying to defend Coach Graham by blaming the current players not fitting his system. If a coach cannot fit his system to the players he has, how on earth do you expect him to make in game adjustments.

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  10. Well, common sense says it wasn't Pederson this time. Just by his past m.o., Cristobal would definitely have been his man. It's clear that there was a power struggle at Pitt, and Pederson lost. Some powerful boosters won this battle. but unfortunately if it fails, they'll just disappear and nobody knows it was them who was doing all of the pushing.

    But, even though I don't think this is the supposed elite coach that Pitt keeps firing 9 win coaches for, I'm not going to continually trash the guy unless he fails. Everybody deserves a fair chance and I hope like hell I'm wrong and he proves to be a big time head coach. Believe me, I'd rather cover a great team than a mediocre team, so I'm hoping he does well.

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  11. I'll reserve my judgement until I at least see Chryst's assistants hired. That will tell a lot...

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  12. I said it once and I'll say it again - Thanks Chris for letting us share our voices and opinions on blog. We trade talk at times but it is about something we are all passionate about. You provide best forum for Pitt talk and take all comments like a man head-on. We may not always agree but we know where to go to for some straight talk where all-comers are welcome.

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  13. Thanks. That's what I want here. I don't care if people agree or disagree, but just keep it intelligent and above board.

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  14. Not me. I wanna find the guy who started the "Fire Ron Zook" campaign before he ever got a chance to coach his first game in Gainseville. It looks like more BBVA and Giblet Bowl games for another 5-10 years. Believe if you want to. I think this guy will be average. I get more excitement out of watching Vanderbilt games these days.

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  15. By the way for the person who wanted a name of who was behind this, according to the sportswriter who tweets under the name sportsbybrooks, it was the booster A.C. Dellovade who was behind this little Pederson coup. No idea if that's true or not, though.

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  16. Thanks Chris. Very Interesting. Check out their website for what it is worth.

    http://acdellovade.com/

    Picture on home page is of Heinz Field. Not sure what that means but interesting nonetheless.

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  17. a.c. dellovade- craig alper????????

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  18. Chris - Any comment from you or Pitt about Chryst chewing tobacco and drinking beer(possibly) during a game?

    http://deadspin.com/5836945/is-this-wisconsin-oc-paul-chryst-drinking-and-dipping-his-way-through-a-51-point-outburst

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  19. Yeah, I saw that before but I didn't say anything because I don't care if he was chewing, and I don't know if that was beer. Obviously if that was beer than Pitt did it again, but I'm not jumping to that conclusion because I just don't know and it's unfair to speculate.

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  20. Chris - Don't you think media(Zeise) should be asking this question at the press conference? I mean, if that's beer, wow. This is not something to be taken lightly. How can you have a coach who drinks during games and blast into Holgorsen like we've done? I think this should be a rather huge story swirling around Chryst right now. This should be brought to the front by the Trib and PG to figure out if he has a comment to that.

    Also, you can't dip either. C'mon Chris.

    This is not the way Pederson needs to start this one...

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  21. Maybe he has a lot more personality than everyone is giving him credit for? He'll fit in perfectly in Pittsburgh if it is a dip and beer. Don't forget that a lot of beer is sold in Wisky so someone has to drink it. Welcome Coach Chryst!

    My head hurts from nonsensical insinuation. Who cares about picture? Judge guy based on actions and not on some unfair pic. Please don't think we hired someone who is absolutely perfect. Give the guy a break and judge on actions from here on out.

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  22. Well, it's a big deal if it's a beer, but it could be Gatorade for all we know so I'm not going to assume it's something salacious until I hear otherwise.

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  23. There are also some other national championship winning coaches at Pitt that liked to imbibe. Please people Chryst should not be made into villain over some pic. Grow up and stop putting this false morality on everyone. Live by standards you want others to. Talk about negative Pitt fans. The guy comes with major references but the losers focus on nonsense.

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  24. Matt Cavanaugh has roamed the sidelines for years with a pinch between his cheek and gum. If that was beer he'll need more of it cause the spiral down will be depressing.

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  25. All-Wanny didn't get fired for "9 win seasons" He got fired because the team was #1 in the fbs..for arrests.

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  26. Chris - You make a good point about not knowing whether it was beer. But given the dip and the color of the drink, we need to make sure. Zeise, DiPaola, Cook, Collier, KDKA, etc should be asking him about that night and that picture to clarify his response. We need to know. If it's beer...yikes.

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  27. Yikes...depressing...big deal. The pic was from September 2011. Has anything else been written about it since then by anyone at Wisconsin or elsewhere? Are there other supporting pics, stories evidencing a life of careless debauchery? Is it NCAA violation, Uof Wisconsin ethics violation? Did Governor of Wisconsin speak about it? Is Barry Alvarez worried about it as AD? If answer is no, then story is over. I guess based on pic we should call out Barry Alvarez due to his reference despite all his years of success and integrity. Do you people understand what it means for someone to put their name behind another person? Here's Barry's work phone number from UW website 608-262-1866. Call him yourselves tough guys rather than put onus on Zeise, others. Let's run guy out of town and make his first press conference appear petty and foolish.

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  28. The chewing is no big deal...get over it....Cavanaugh, most of the staff this year....whatever....I highly doubt it was a beer....he and every other coach knows better...Please refrain from entertaining rumor and the attempts to always find the negative....

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  29. So this young woman walks up to me just now and asks me...

    "Hey, any chance you know who Pitt's new coach is going to be?"

    I looked at her straight in the eye and said...

    "I don't know for sure but... It's Beginning To Look a Lot like Chryst-Miss" :D

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  30. If he can get guys that can recruit, meaning 4 star players with 3 star players that match his system, and we know the guy can coach offense, I have a hard time not giving him a chance. I still think if Dave would have gotten and let an offensive cord that was more aggresive he might still be here today. Sometimes the boring hires tuen out great, when ben Howland left, I said get Calapri, from Moon, and he wants to caome back. Could you imagine the recruits we would get, but in the end I would rather lose with Jamie than win with someone else. this guy my be great, and loyal. We have our doubts, but lets be positive for a little cause I am to depressed to think about the crazy shit with football all the time

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  31. Name another fan base so bitter that it would literally turn on a guy who's not even signed a contract. Where's sense of circling wagons and being positive for once? Pitt literally has worst fan base. Do you think Barry A. would put up with nonsense? Do you really?

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  32. I don't have a problem with people being disappointed or not being optimistic, but at the same time, the guy could turn out to be great so my suggestion is to just support the guy and hope for the best. If he fails, we'll all know it, but he just may not. Who knows? At least he's not Michael Haywood.

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  33. In the spirit of the holiday season I say we crucify this new coach! I've never heard of him, and like I said, if he were really that good the University of Florida would have scooped him up and given him a ton of money (more than PITT) to run their offense after Charlie Weiss leaves at the end of this season.
    Another re-tread in the mould of Fazio or Hackett.

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  34. Watch it Chris....the holiday season isnt over yet. Still time to pull a "haywood."

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  35. It doesn't even look like beer if you ask me. There is a plastic bottle in the picture that looks like it might be that Liption green tea that you can get in half-liter bottles.

    http://www.rumormill.com/graphics/products/lipton/green.tea.01.jpg

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  36. Let me play devil's advocate. Paul Chryst is the best offensive cooradinator in all of college football and has been for several years now. He makes the Holgersons and Malzahns look like one trick ponies as he unlike them has the ability to adapt to personnel.

    He is winning the B10 with majority 3 star recruits and transfer QBs whom he had to design an offense for on the fly. He is one of the best offensive minds in the game and is an immediate upgrade for a program that desperately needed it.

    I believe both the offensive and defensive coordinators brought in will both be good recruiters and if the defensive coordinator can put together a half decent defense, we win the ACC in 3 years.

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  37. And that just may be the way it happens. Like I said, I think the guy could very well win 8 or 9 games. But Pitt keeps saying they want more. So I'm calling them out as talking the talk but not walking the walk. If they truly wanted to be elite like they say every time they fire a winning coach, then they would go after high-major head coach who is a proven winner, not an OC or a low-major HC.

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  38. First time reader of this blog - I know it's been around for sometime but never stopped in for a read. Are you kidding me - people are falling all over themselves about a picture of a guy with a chew.....and a drink that could be gatorade or lemonade or who gives a crap........weak, very weak! This is a time to rally around the new guy. Welcome him into the Panther family and show him what a great choice HE made in coming to Pittsburgh.

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  39. To be fair, it was just one guy, I think. The rest agreed with you.

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  40. What a disappointment. I can't imagine his personality plays here at all. I can't imagine some of these recruits will be stoked about it. I'm really happy he's a solid OC and all, but being a great head coach requires a lot more than that. But I guess if he's not good enough for Minnesota, he must be good enough for Pitt. And I don't understand why anyone would think Voytik would be stoked as he doesn't throw the ball that much. Pitt averaged more passing yards per game than Wisconsin this past year with Tino at QB.

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  41. I for one am happy that Chyrst is our apparent choice. People who I respect in the coaching world--Alvarez and out here at OSU, Mike Reilly--both speak highly of him and his abilities. I talked with a friend in Madison, who said the players love playing for this guy, and the fans love his offensive styles--he does adapt!

    And let's not forget before Alvarez was hired at Wisconsin, he had only been a Coordinator at Notre Dame for two years.

    Let's welcome Coach Chyrst with warmth and gratitude....I really believe this is the start of something big!

    Hail to PITT!
    -al-

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  42. its no secret that i don't like this choice at all. what i like even less about it is that a booster forced this choice. no matter who the choice was going to be that just says there are more things wrong at pitt than just the football program. that just makes your school and football program look silly nationally and is another black eye pitt doesn't need. like i mentioned in another thread i've seen this movie before and i don't like how it ends. but i have to give the guy a chance to either prove me right or hopefully prove me wrong. if he proves me right then we all will be back here at some point wondering how the administration will screw things up...again. if he proves me wrong i'll own up and say he was the right choice. only time will tell. by the way chris i agree with you that the pitt administration talks a good game but comes up lacking when it comes right down to it. they are the reason pitt football has been in such dire straits for lo so many years and seem not to learn from past mistakes.

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  43. Oregon panther i hope you are right.

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  44. BW---good post, and I give you credit for giving him a chance to prove you wrong. I get the feeling Chyrst is one of those folks who won't take guff off the Adminsitration and will speak to them candidly.

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  45. I liked the riskier idea of Cristobal myself, but maybe it is GOOD NEWS that we have hired a big name from the BIG TEN with the OSU and PSU programs in trouble? If anyone should be able to help Pitt take advantage of their recruiting competition in our Tri-State area, then it should be a guy from the same conference? And as for him "not liking to recruit", considering what had been going on at at least OSU, who would have liked recruiting under those terms? Let's hope for the best and believe that we have ourselves a winner who can save some of this latest recruiting class ... Who coaches us for the bowl game? Will Chryst be involved at all?

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  46. Good Choice... I didn't think DW was a good hire, and I wasn't sure about TG, but was willing to give him a shot. After a few games it was evident that he wasn't a great choice... had potential but not ready.

    I think this guy is an excellent choice. I've been following Wisc. fb for a few years (the son of a friend was on the team for a year or so), and Chryst seems to be a good fit for Pitt. I think the recruiting thing is overblown, and he'll do fine. If he holds on to Shell and a few of the other recruits, particularly the JC OL guys, and if he can pull a few Wisconsin commits, I think Pitt can be a 9 win team next year... which is good for a first year guy.

    And based on the one game "job interview" game I saw on Tuesday night... I wasn't all that impressed with the FIU guy.

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  47. Oh and one last thing... PITT PLEASEEE stay in the Big Least for at least one more season. Use it as a stepping stone to get your house in order.

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  48. He will keep Shell, but the one juco OL already committed elsewhere and I doubt that he gets any of the Wisconsin kids.

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  49. This appears to be first major decision in which Pederson was overridden and where boosters stepped up. Obviously, Pedie has been weakened by the past year's coaching debacles. Does this smoke imply potential risk to Pedie's position at Pitt? Pedie will need to put his ego aside and take it because this guy will not get hired as AD anywhere else. I don't think administration will make move on him but it certainly has clipped his wings. Chris, any thoughts on what you think this means for Pedie going forward? I would hope to see Pitt make move against him but think they're too weak and high brow to do it. Thanks.

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  50. No criticism of Chryst. He's has some terrific references backing him. If Pederson didn't have the last word, we should be celebrating, not finding fault with the guy. Now, let's move the hell out of our rent-a-stadium and make plans to build Pitt Stadium 2 somewhere in Oakland, a compact 45,000 seat venue. What do you think?

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  51. I think we need to give Chryst the benefit fo the doubt and support our new coach. Cristobal may have been a splashier pick, but this guy could end up being great. So let's be optimistic for a change. Hail to Pitt.

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  52. Pederson and the Pitt administration has done it again. Three bad coaching hires in one year has to be an all time record. Once the dust settles, in the near future Pitt needs to fire Pederson so that we can have a new AD in place for the next coaching hire in two to three years.

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  53. Doke,

    How would you compare Chryst to Wanny beyond the fact that they both have run-oriented pro-style offenses? Wanny showed an inability to adjust to his players, and had a mostly boring, conservative, "play not to lose" mentality that was difficult to watch. Can we expect something similar from Chryst, or will be bring a more exciting, dynamic pro-style offense?

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  54. Houston - how do you know Cryst will be a bad hire - give the guy a chance!

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  55. Please say you were kidding about Tino Sunseri.

    If this guy is such an offensive whiz (as advertized), PLEASE say he's smart enough to finally see TS for what he his -- awful -- and bench that coach career-killer once and for all.

    I've been depressed all night about this hire (I think Pitt made a big mistake). You can add catatonia to depression if we have to stomach one more year of Tino on top of it.

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  56. Zatiti-I am going by the fact of who hired him (Pederson) that he has never been a head coach and that the other programs interviewed him but didn't hire hime., such storied programs as Kansas, Illinois and Minnesota. Also, we have heard again and again that he can't recruit. That's kind of important in college football. How is he going to get the top quality players he needs to run his offense without recruiting? Urban Meyer just moved to the neighborhood-not good for our recruiting prospects.

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  57. I agree with Imma man about TS. He's got to go, or at least be thrown under the bus... er I mean bench.

    As far as Chryst goes... I think he'll do fine as a recruiter, and he'll be a good fit for the program. Let's see who his assistants are...that will tell a lot.

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  58. Reply to Dokish's "If they truly wanted to be elite like they say every time they fire a winning coach, then they would go after high-major head coach who is a proven winner, not an OC or a low-major HC."

    Serious question, who would you have hired?

    Christobal's deep Florida ties and connected wife were disconcerting.

    I asked you coupla days ago if you'd reach out to the agents of a Nick Saben or Les Miles, and you said their numbers would be off the charts (we'd have to sell Cathedral of Learning...).

    Would you try to pick off Chip Kelly from Oregon? But you'd get into a bidding war with Phil Knight -- which Pitt wouldn't win.

    Mike Leach was already off the boards.

    Poach Al Golden from Miami? Brian Kelly from ND (THAT honeymoon was shorter than Kim Kardashian's).

    Aim a little higher for Doc Holliday at Marshall?

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  59. I for one an excited about the new coach. He has a decent track record and hopefully that will translate in the next few season. We need to realize as fans, that a coach will only start to have his own team after a few recruiting years.

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  60. Reply to Oregon Panther, "People who I respect in the coaching world--Alvarez and out here at OSU, Mike Reilly--both speak highly of him and his abilities."

    Okay, then answer me this: If this guy is such great shakes, then why is Wiscy bending over backwards to recommend that Pitt hire him away?

    Don't you think -- if he was that valuable -- that the Badgers would be fighting teeth & toenails to keep him?

    Something here doesn't pass the smell test.

    Maybe they're tired of a high-profile guy who makes the big bucks but sucks at recruiting -- which is the absolute lifeblood of CFB.

    In every business, the "rain makers" make big bank. In CFB, rain makers are the star recruiters. Which our new guy isn't.

    Fishy....

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  61. Reply to Tony77019, "Now, let's move the hell out of our rent-a-stadium and make plans to build Pitt Stadium 2 somewhere in Oakland, a compact 45,000 seat venue."

    Tony, get out your checkbook. Preliminary numbers are more than $1 billion (maybe $1.5B all in) for your smaller stadium that would generate half the revenue.

    If you fork over the first billion, maybe we can have a series of several million bake sales to raise the other $500M.

    Anyhoo, that's what I think...

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  62. Reply to Anonymous, "Chryst seems to be a good fit for Pitt. I think the recruiting thing is overblown, and he'll do fine."

    In a related announcement, the U.S. Marines have decided that the ammunition thing is overblown, and they'll do just fine with sharp sticks and throwing rocks.

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  63. Wow jokes... keep your day job.

    When I say the recruiting thing is overblown, I meant that he'll do fine as a recruiter. I know a kid that played there a few years back, and he says that all of the kids, especially the offensive kids love this guy.

    Now back to more jokes...

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  64. in general i have noticed something here and on other blogs and shows i have heard about the hire. there is no buzz really either locally or nationally. fans or "experts" are either against the hire or are like "ehhh". not all but most i have seen that were wanting chryst are using phrases such as "he will do fine" or "he'll be good" whether talking recruiting or how he will be as a coach. shouldn't we want more and expect more from a new coach? or is it that we have come to accept that being average is ok for the football program. is it better to stay status quo with things or dare to dream and or expect greatness? i think that through the bumblings of the administration over many years that we as a fan base are at this point. they have festered a culture of lowered expectations and any thing more than that is a bonus and be happy if it turns out that way. don't we deserve more? doesn't the school and football program deserve better? the major problem with the program has not been the coaches for the most part over the years but the administration. no news flash that i liked cristobal more as a hire than i did chryst. would a cristobal hiring have brought more buzz and higher expectations? more than likely yes. but even if he would have been the choice i would have had just as big a problem with it as i do now as to the decision being made by boosters forcing the AD's hand and Pederson's bosses being ok with it. that is bush league bullshit no matter how you look at it and is another black eye on pitt that they don't need. to be honest i liked cristobal more than than the other choices but there were others out there i would have rather had on my wish list. but pitt would have to pay to play and they won't open up the purse strings enough to entice a major candidate here. as chris has said here before they talk the talk but don't walk the walk. hey i hope that chryst turns out to be the second coming of lombardi and turns this mess around and i am willing to give him that chance. but i also think that this should be the last chance the administration is given on matters such as these. i will give them a chance just like i will chryst but if this should fail then they need to be held accountable as much if not more than the coach. i expect a lot from my team and coach and i expect a lot from the admistration that hires them and runs the program. the rest of you should as well.

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  65. All this negativity and defeatism would give anyone outside the Pitt program a really good laugh. Someone could probably earn an advance degree studying it.

    Remember that there are very few hires nationally that create the type of buzz some people on this blog are looking for...as if the buzz will make them feel better about the current state of Pitt football. We don't need affirmation from outside Pittsburgh, we need wins but that will take time so patience is required. Trust me, being a Pitt football fan for over 30 years leaves all of us a bit gun-shy as we've suffered the agonies of defeat along with a meddling, high brow administration.

    Chryst has background and yes personality (which includes humility, drive and hunger but not a cheesy grin) that should give all Pitt fans tremendous hope. As one example demonstrating those qualities, it has been reported that this guy has turned down more lucrative offers over the years for the betterment of his family life but is now clearly calling his shot and going all-in (story was written I believe before Pitt hire). That's the type of calculated risk-taker we need at Pitt. I love that about this guy (besides his football chops). Most Pittsburghers of old would love that and smell that type of selfless fire that is slowly dying away in this City with the great old-timers. That is a decision that only mature, confident people make. He took a risk to turn down better offers when he was at Wisky. Chryst demonstrated being confident in his own abilities and realizing when his opportunity is upon him. He understood that his success will be repeated rather than temporary therefore allowing him to wait. He clearly trusts what he is doing in life. Few can say that. He did not jump at first chance but waited because, deep down, he knows himself. He trusts his own ability to succeed. Any parent of recruit will respond to that type of guy. Walk the walk but don't talk it. Do you think he will strive and accept mediocrity? Only time will tell but the early signals are extremely promising. I recognize my statements above are based on what has been reported but anyone putting together dossier on this guy should draw same conclusions. This guy is unique and we should welcome that. Keep hope and know that Pedie did not want this guy. Keep hope and support the program and the players. They certainly deserved better than TG and even DW and SP. In the end, we'll be able to grade this guy based solely on wins. Support him as he takes the opportunity he has been waiting for...an opportunity he wants. Let's Go Pitt!

    Merry Christmas BW!

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  66. questiion. what jobs did he turn down?

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  67. The only HC job he turned down was with Purdue in 2008. He also turned down the Texas OC job and the Cowboys QB coach, but both of those are lateral jobs.

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  68. Not lateral when it was reported pay would have almost doubled.

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  69. Money isn't everything. Mack Brown could be gone any year now and Chryst already had a great gig at his alma mater. No reason to leave.

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  70. thats what i thought chris. i thought there were more i did not know about. thought i missed something. i posted this on another thread but i'll ask it here too. if pederson would have wanted chryst would the boosters have then pushed for cristobal? was this just a case of who ever pederson chose getting 8 balled by the boosters?

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  71. It's an interesting question, but if I had to guess, the boosters wanted somebody like Chyrst so I think if Pederson wanted Chryst first then the boosters would have went for it. And I think Pederson liked Chryst, too, he just liked Cristobal more from what I hear.

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  72. no secret i don't like Pederson and i'm sure most here don't like him either. the only reason he is around for the most part is that he is good at bringing money into the school. his decisions both here and at nebraska have been lacking to say the least. after this latest drama where he was vetoed on his choice for coach i don't see how he keeps his job. power struggle ensued over this and he lost. doesn't say much for what others think of you and you are made to look very weak. not a good thing if you are an AD. if he had any pride he would step down after this happened. i highly doubt he would give up this cushy job though on his own. he obviously is not in good favor with the boosters and they don't trust his decision making and neither does the administration. so how/why does he still have his job? i can't imagine there isn't someone out there who is better suited for his job. there has to be someone who can bring in money as well as him but who also has the other required skills for the job that he seems to so sorely lack. i think at this point some new blood is sorely needed at the AD position especially heading into a new conference in the not so distant future.

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