Monday, February 27, 2012

Brooks Bollinger to be the QB coach

It's been rumored for awhile, but former Wisconsin and NFL quarterback Brooks Bollinger is the new Pitt QB coach.  The 32-year old North Dakota native was the starting quarterback for Wisconsin in 2002 when Paul Chryst was the tight ends coach.  In his college career, he threw for 5,511 yards, 36 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions, while also rushing for 1,850 yards and 26 touchdowns.  A former 6th round pick of the NY Jets, Bollinger played for six seasons in the NFL, playing in 21 games and starting 10.  His last two seasons of professional football were with the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League.  Most recently he was the head football coach for Hill-Murray HS in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Bollinger becomes the sixth Chryst hire with Wisconsin ties, but two of those, Bob Bostad and Eddie Faulkner, left the program already for other jobs.

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  1. I agree with the dozens of posters who would like to see PC get a bit out of his comfort zone by hiring an up-and-comer, someone he didn't have previous ties to, and someone who is familiar with some of Pitt's traditional recruiting territory. But the bottom line is that those ties really only get you in the door and get you in the kid's ear a bit earlier because the local coaches know the recruiter. When it comes down to it, if Bollinger decides he wants to be a dogged recruiter and if he has the dynamic personality to do so, he can recruit kids to Pitt. When I was recruited, my recruiter's local ties didn't matter one bit. It came down to finding the school that was the right fit athletically, academically, and if I loved the campus, and the relationships built with the staff. Doesn't matter if the coaches come from Mars.

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    1. ABomb

      I can not agree with you more. Very well said. Having gone through the same process, what was being said to me was by far more important than where the speaker was from. Factor in the academics offered at the school and the strengths of the program, and the offer became more relevant in my decision making process. Too many here want to rely on the recruiter's local ties. Glad to know that someone besides myself feels that is an overblown factor.

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    2. Agreed! Those seedy former NFL QB's and corn chex coaches from the midwest wouldn't fend me off one bit. :)

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  2. Paul is take a big chance with this staff. Many guys are green. Haering, BB, Engram, Brecterfield, House. These guys are very light in the experience department.

    An area to keep an eye on is the defense. Haering, Breckterfield, House and Huxtable. It could be an area for concern.

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    1. Is it a budget issue for assistants Chris?
      How much did Pederson give Chryst?
      I thought I read somewhere, Chryst offered Bollinger back in December and he turn Chyst down. Chryst up the money this time!!!
      I mean really.. Pitt didn't wow him with the bucks.. a HS coach... what could his total salary be in MN??? 90k max in MN!!! You know how schools find a full-time job within the school district + coaching stipend.

      I'm ok with all the hires except Breckerfield and Bollinger.

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    2. Man, if a first-year teacher and coach can make 90K, what the hell am I doing in PA?

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    3. True...
      He has an admin job from what I understand...
      I assume coaching stipend to be 10k... plus who knows about off-season conditioning, etc.. could be $20k he is getting for coaching.

      But the issue is... Pitt's budget..
      he turned it down in December... I'm assuming not enough to make the jump...

      Our XC/indoor track/outdoor track HC makes $24k just for coaching 3 seasons!!! The assistant is $17K. First year teacher is $46k.

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    4. I'm coming to Jersey...14th year of teaching and 13th year of coaching 2 sports and I'm not at $70K total. And our head football coach has been here for 35 years and he doesn't make $10K.

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    5. 14 years of teaching... BS degree... I think salary is 65-70K... plus coaching 3seasons... could put you at 90k.

      There is a PE teacher at our HS with over 30 years... gets paid 85K just to throw the balls out and say... play dodgeball!!! lol

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    6. The defensive coaching cannot be any worse than those giving up late TD's to Cincinatti in a title game or the debacle vs Iowa last season. I think those whining about a budget ought to realize that PITT is a great place for a budding coach to make his bones and make a name for himself. Money is overrated for a young assistant coach. Do well in Pittsburgh and it could put you on the map of up and coming coaches. Great city, low cost of living and overall a safe place for a family.

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    7. I have a friend that has been 20 years teaching in small western PA district. Coaching XC last several yearsand makes less than 70K. Football here makes about 8K and is probably one of the tops in salary in our county.

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  3. Let's just hope these guys can coach and recruit. There is a remaining spot for a running back coach on the staff. I would still like to see someone with New Jersey ties.

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    1. I would just like someone from East coast.. (NJ, MD, VA)...

      We have enough coaches from west of the mississippi.

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  4. Alecih lays another egg at the combine today..
    5.34 in 40... (slowest of all DL)
    25.5 vertical...

    Someone with such a mouth sure can't back it up... he should just go home... he is not getting drafted. He obviously didn't take football seriously.. I was surprised he was invited to the combine to begin with..

    BUT... you have to question the BS from Graham and Griswold regarding the conditioning program...

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    1. Alecih may be slow but he wasn't short of heart on the field. There are other aspects to the game other than foot speed. Granted he may be a dud but so are alot of the speedier, highly touted guys. Never thought he'd get drafted anyway.

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    2. Graham's S&C was a joke.

      Pitt was much, much stronger under the Stache (Because the S&C coach was phenomenal.... Noticing the pattern in my posts here? Buddy Morris should never fire and it's a crime he was)

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  5. I like Coach Chryst's choice of Bollinger. Tired of all of the east of the Mississippi re-treads! How far did Cavenaugh take our QB's and offense? Pro experience, very good college QB with midwest values. It's gotta beat our former coaches who ambled up and down the sidelines in need of a valium. Those green assistant Pitt coaches from the 1970's & 80's went on to do some pretty great things in college and pro football.

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  6. Desmond Robinson hired as RB coach. Robinson was a linebacker and defensive end for the Panthers from 1974-77. He also served as a part-time assistant in 1981. Following that, he embarked on a coaching career that included stops at Notre Dame, West Virginia, Syracuse, Tulane, Dartmouth and Connecticut

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