Believe it or not, I used to like former Panthers head coach Dave Wannstedt. He was clearly a "Pitt man" and he seemed like a decent person. But things changed at his post-firing press conference when he caused a scene by being defiant and petty. It made the university look bad, a university that he proclaims his love for. And now he's at it again.
Today, in an interview in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, that actually comes from the paper's radio interview, Wannstedt criticized the present regime, and their handling of quarterback Tino Sunseri. One choice Wannstedt quote:
"If he was my son, he would be gone. I would pull him out of there and transfer him."
Sounds exactly like a quitter, like Wannstedt did when he quit on the Miami Dolphins in midseason.
Wannstedt also said that he stays in touch with many of his former players, which would explain why veteran Lucas Nix made comments that he wasn't exactly into the new system, and all the more reason why Pitt will not be excellent until the last remains of Wannstedt are purged from the program forever.
Everybody is entitled to their opinion, but a former coach should not criticize the coach that replaced him. Especially when the coach who replaced him had nothing to do with getting him fired. Graham has said nothing but nice things about Wannstedt. If only Wannstedt had the same class.
Wannstedt did not live out his dream of turning Pitt back into a power. But he still could have remained a pleasant footnote in Pitt history. Now he will be remembered as a pathetic and bitter man.