The university today announced that co-offensive coordinator Calvin Magee, tight end coach Tony Dews, and secondary coach Tony Gibson will not be back on the coaching staff, presumably to join former boss Rich Rodriguez at Arizona.
To be honest, it's not unexpected and it's not a significant loss. There are many quality coaches around and the way I look at it, if they don't want to be at Pitt then they will not be helping the program. The fact that they were clearly using Pitt for a paycheck until Rodriguez got a job, yet still recruited Michigan transfers to join them, is all you need to know about the character of the three. Of course they aren't the only coaches who do such things, but that still doesn't make it right.
As far as actual coaching skills, Dews coached tight ends and the Panthers hardly even use the position so that's clearly not a big deal. Gibson was a good recruiter and his secondary performed well this year, but he has been a lighting rod for criticism at both West Virginia and Michigan for his poor coaching skills. In fact, at both places he is still disliked. Magee has a reputation as an excellent offensive coordinator but he clearly wanted to be the one and only coordinator and Todd Graham does not operate that way.
In recruiting, there could be some losses, and in fact I would be surprised if at least one or two doesn't waver, if not decommit. But as long as Graham quickly finds quality replacements, he could replace any defectors with recruits that the new assistants have been pursuing.
Bottom line, in the short term it may cause some problems, but in the long term, the Panthers will probably be better off. Especially if the administration again opens up the checkbook for assistants.