Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Pitt QB coach?

Jonathan Smith, offensive coordinator at Montana, could be Paul Chryst's new quarterback coach.  Smith, a former Oregon State quarterback, coached at Idaho for five seasons before becoming Montana's offensive coordinator this season.  Before that he worked on the Oregon State staff with Chryst (as a grad assistant).  Considered one of the fastest rising offensive minds in the country, he has coached under established offensive coaches Dennis Erickson and Mike Riley.  Smith, however, is best known, for leading Oregon State to an 11-1 record in 2001 while throwing to Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

36 comments:

  1. No offense Dokish, but but everyone you think Pitt is about to hire is one of the fastest rising coaches or is an excellent coach. With that, its now 11-1 or bust for me based on these so called geniuses you think pitt is about to hire.

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  2. Pitt now uses the money to hire fast rising coaches. Chryst is one of the best offensive minds in the country, Boland is considered maybe the best OL coach in the country, and Smith has an excellent resume for someone so young. Facts are facts. You didn't hear me saying it for Tony Gibson or Russell McCray, did you?

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  3. No Chris, I dont remember anything like that regarding the assistants. I think its refreshing to see so many assistants with excellent resumes being considered. Hail to Pitt!

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  4. If Chryst is able to land most or many of:

    Bob Bostad (Offensive Coordinator, from Offensive Line Coach Wisconsin)

    Jim Tomsula (Defense, from Defensive Line Coach 49ers)

    Dave Huxtable (Defense, from Linebackers Coach Wisonsin)

    AND/OR

    Jonathan Smith (QB's Coach, from Offensive Coordinator Montana)

    for his coaching staff, then Chryst LOOKS LIKE AN AWFULLY GOOD RECRUITER TO ME ...

    Of course recruiting staff is different than recruiting players, but this bodes very well for the program if Chryst is able to get big talent in the door for his staff.

    It would show that he is a closer.

    It would demonstrate that has a lot of respect in the coaching community, which will translate well into player recruiting.

    Also, it is reasonable to assume that some of these big names (if they do come to Pitt) will also be able to recruit themselves.

    If he can land most of these names, then Chryst and his new staff and the future of Pitt Football are looking rather bright to me here as the end of 2011 comes upon us ...

    Agreed Doke?

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  5. Bostad and Smith would represent a terrific start to Chryst's staff. Not only are they excellent at what they do but they are guys who would fit with Chryst and what he wants to do on offense. It's important to get great coaches/recruiters, but they also have to fit together.

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  6. Well, Bostad and Smith would be a nice start. I want to see some great recruiters from here on out and an excellent defensive coach is essential. Bielema has flat out said that Huxtable is not leaving Wisconsin so I'll believe him. I still find it hard to believe that Tomsula would leave the 49ers, but I'd be ecstatic if he did.

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  7. What about Randy Shannon for DC? He was in the running for DC at I think Arkansas but didn’t make it. He has a strong defensive background. He knows the ACC and of course has strong Florida connections.

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  8. I think Shannon would be perfect - D-coordinator and in charge of recruiting.

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  9. How about Ron Zook? I doubt he would do it, but he would bring the players that Pitt needs to compete with the big boys. As a head coach, he's just mediocre, but as a recruiter there are few better.

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  10. Chris,

    Does Zook or Shannon have ANY ties to Pitt? Either one would be fantastic!

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  11. Chris - you posted on Twitter:

    "The more I think about it, the more think Tomsula was never going to Pitt to be defensive coordinator."

    I'm confused by this statement since there has been no word on Tomsula's plans at all (as of this morning, 12/30).

    Perhaps you meant Huxtable given the news yesterday that he turned down Chryst's offer to be on staff?

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  12. No, I meant Tomsula. It makes no sense that he would want the job and I have seen nothing to say that either he or Pitt would be interested.

    He's one of the hottest assistants in the NFL right now. Being the Pitt DC would be a step backwards. And he didn't even go to Pitt so it's not like it's a dream of his to come back to his alma mater. Plus, if it was going to be Tomsula, Chryst wouldn't have asked Huxtable. Tomsula would be a bigger hone run than Huxtable and if it were him, he would have been asked first.

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  13. "Does Zook or Shannon have ANY ties to Pitt? Either one would be fantastic!"

    I don't think that Pitt ties should be part of the criteria especially for picking a coordinator or an assistant. You can expect that the good ones will move on to head coaching jobs after a few years.

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  14. Chris, have you heard any rumors of Wisconsin commits thinking of changing to Pitt? I know qb Bart Houston was recruited by Paul Chryst so I was just wondering. thanks and happy new year

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  15. Very doubtful. And happy new year to you, too.

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  16. Chris

    Are you going to the HS bowl extravaganza in San Antonio ?

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  17. Chris - you stated during the coach search that the knock on Chryst was he wasn't a good recruiter. Now right out of the gates, we lose a blue chipper to Purdue. Offensive line player that he and the new OC should have been a slam dunk get. Then his defensive coordinator turns down a promotion to stay at Wiscy. Should we be concerned or is it too early?

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  18. anonymous, Pitt didn't LOSE anybody. watsons final two schools were purdue and Pitt and he chose purdue. that's not a big deal and btw he was being recruited to play on defense. by not a big deal I mean that Pitt recruits over 200 players every year and everyone is acting like Pitts recruiting will be crippled because they didn't get this one kid. there are still a bunch of top flight recruits considering Pitt so let's wait and see and be patient until signing day.

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  19. I'm not worried about the decision. It sounds like it was an educational decision anyways. Good for the kid.

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  20. Watson was really a defensive lineman. He was never really going to be big enough to be an offensive lineman. Like I said before, he should have used an hour out of his day to call some prospects. It's not the end of the world, and I don't even know if it's worth criticism, but it's the principle of it. It wouldn't kill him to call 8 or 10 kids and tell them he wants to talk to them more next week. If Watson doesn't want to wait, or it makes no difference, then fine, but it's worth a phone call to see if you can hold on to a good prospect.

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  21. Are there any legit two guards who could come in and help next year. Either recruiting wise or in the JUCO ranks? Otherwise, is Patterson going to be that guy? I know you like the idea of Woodall there but I have my doubts that Dixon starts a true freshman at point.

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  22. It's not that I like the idea of Woodall at the 2 as much as I just think it's the best option. Doubtful they will find a two ready to start right away and Patterson definitely isn't a two. So you either have Woodall at one and Wright at two, which isn't very good because Wright isn't good enough to start, or Woodall at one and Johnson at two, which isn't ideal because they would be very small. Normally Dixon wouldn't start a freshman at the point but Robinson is very mature and advanced. I would start Robinson at the one, Woodall at the two, and play Johnson a lot off the bench. But I'm not the coach!

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  23. Do you see Adams sticking around at least two years to give this team a legit shot at a Final Four or is it a pipe dream? If they aren't going to find a legit 2 to come in and contribute next year, do they still recruit one or do they look at other needs?

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  24. Robinson? How about Durand Johnson? He's the good shooting 6'6" guard that would be perfect...right Chris? Of course Dixon already has him listed as a forward on Pitt's site.

    http://pittsburgh.scout.com/a.z?s=141&p=8&c=1&nid=4357950

    http://www.pittsburghpanthers.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/pitt-m-baskbl-mtt.html

    I guess he would make a good SF if Dixon doesn't make him play center (OK.....just kidding...I think)Of course he does have a 6'5" guy playing the 4 now...

    My guess would be that Dixon grooms Robinson to play PG (I hope & pray) and use John Johnson at the 2 next year. Too bad he's only 6'1" though.

    I would like to see Durand Johnson playing the 2/3 like Lamb does for UConn.

    I like Wright in for defense at the 2 maybe with a late lead, but he doesn't shoot well enough IMO.

    Adams is one-and-done. He's already projected as a top 10 NBA pick even if he never comes to Pitt.

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  25. Question... a little off topic... What ever happened to Greg Romeus?

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  26. The last I heard he was playing with the Saints.

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  27. I doubt Adams will play more than one season.

    Durand Johnson is more of a wing. I doubt he could have the handle and defense to play the two.

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  28. Any chance Tom Bradley ends up as the new DC?

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  29. No chance they will take Bradley.

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  30. Don't get excited folks. Chryst wont have Russell Wilson, Montee Ball or Abbrederis at Pitt.

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  31. I am hoping the Chryst had NO part in that travesty at the end of the Rose Bowl, by having the Wisconsin QB attempt to spike the ball with 2 seconds left on the clock??????? Only an idiot would order something like that!!!

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  32. Chryst was up in the booth so no, he didn't have time to make that call. That had to be Bielema.

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  33. Doke:

    There was discussion a few days ago about Chryst calling the plays rather than the offensive coordinator at least for next year. If this turns out to be the case, what will the offensive coordinator's role be during the games? I guess he could still substitute players, but don't play calling and substituting often go hand in hand? I would appreciate your thoughts on this.

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  34. It's tough to say exactly what Bostad's role will be. I would hope Chryst will call the games just because he's so good at it. Whatever his role will be, I think the offense will mostly be Chryst's doing. But Bostad is very good with the OL and TE so they will probably do the offensive game plans together. I wouldn't even be surprised if Bostad was named associate head coach.

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