Monday, February 10, 2014

Panthers may have added new Defensive Backs coach

According to coachingsearch.com Pitt has, or will hire, Iowa State defensive backs coach Troy Douglas. With 27 years experience, Douglas has a good reputation as a coach, is a Jacksonville, FL native who recruits in Florida, and employs an aggressive style that leads to a lot of interceptions. At South Florida in 2007, the Bulls led the nation in interceptions. What this means for the rest of the staff remains to be seen. Hank Poteat coached the cornerbacks this past season, and Matt House doubled as the safeties coach.

It's also important to note that Pete Roussel of coaching search.com, a highly respected website, also reports that Paul Chryst will name a new wide receiver coach in the near future.

NOTE: An Ames, Iowa newspaper reports that Douglas has not decided yet. In typical Pitt fashion, Roussel then asks if Douglas is having second thoughts. Why can't Pitt just hire somebody without theatrics?

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  1. Chris,

    Good info. Hopefully Chryst's choice for WR Coach will make immediate sense.

    If it's true about Douglas, his selection does make sense.

    From his Iowa State Bio...

    "Four pupils of (Troy) Douglas' teaching are currently in the NFL: Tracy Porter (Oakland Raiders), Mike Jenkins (Oakland Raiders), Nate Allen (Philadelphia Eagles) and Da'Norris Searcy (Buffalo Bills).

    Prior to his arrival in Ames, Douglas’ mentoring of North Carolina's defensive backs helped the Tar Heels become one of the top defensive units in the ACC. In 2010, the Tar Heels were among the national leaders in interceptions with 19 for the second straight season. Searcy led the team with four picks."

    PittofDreams

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  2. Meh… he'll back away and Chryst will use Poteat as he is next to nothing $ wise - at least for 1 more year.

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  3. Pitt may also be adding a Quarterback.

    CBS Sports reports former USC Starting QB Max Wittek is planning to visit Pitt.

    The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Witteck will be eligible to play immediately with two seasons of eligibility remaining. Wittek says he's looking forward to his visits to Pitt and other schools including Texas so he can "meet people face-to-face since a lot of football is about relationships."

    Wittek's dad is expected to join him on his visits.

    Forget about it. With his Dad and an emphasis on relationships... that plays right into Chryst's WHEELHOUSE.

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    1. POD - I'm guessing they're looking for some guarantee of starting vs competing for a job. If he's going to compete, might as well stay out west vs. come to Pitt so in the end I don't think Witteck will be at Pitt.

      Hopefully I'm wrong because I feel they really need another QB.

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  4. dokish you know more then us why does this all ways happen to pitt is pitt a jinxed school please tell me why.

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    1. Nothing has happened yet. He's apparently just thinking about it. Pitt could have good WR and DB coaches soon so don't panic.

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    2. Like Erik Campbell as WR coach.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_Campbell


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  5. Seems like exactly the type of hire all hoped for on both the coaching and recruiting sides. More aggressive use of the dbs instead of the soft stuff house was dialing up and has recruiting ties to the ACC and Florida. I hope it all comes together.

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  6. According to 247 sports Douglas earns 205,000 per year. Do you really think Pitt will match that.

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    1. We certainly can, I don't know if we will though. What was engram making? Plus we gotta use that ACC money for something.

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  7. Trust me. Chryst hands are not tied moneywise as a lot think.

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  8. Iowa to Pitt seems like a parallel move to him I guess so that's why he's thinking about it. Having to move is a pain for anyone...maybe Chryst should lure him with a possible DC job in the near future. (I can dream can't I)

    Anyway, with this guy and Campbell, Pitt should have recruiting pipelines from Florida to Canada :-)

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    1. I can only assume he's worth having because the ISU fans are sad to see him go per their message boards.

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    2. Its official per McMurphy. Glad to see Pederson impressed upon Chryst the need to hire people outside his small circle of friends. This is a step in the right direction

      Brett McMurphy ‏@McMurphyESPN 13m

      Iowa State DB coach Troy Douglas is new DB coach at Pitt, source told @ESPN. 1st reported by @coachingsearch

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    3. ESPN just confirmed the report, Douglas has accepted position at Pitt.

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    4. Best thing about the hire:

      The defensive backs coach has no current connections to Pittsburgh, head coach Paul Chryst, or their coaching staff.

      Second best - his Florida recruiting ties

      third best - his attacking style of play

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    5. Pittmav - Agree with your 2nd and 3rd points.

      Don't know why people are so hung up on him hiring people he has experience with. That's not an uncommon thing as they're going to be spending a lot of time together.

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    6. Nobody has a problem when it's a good hire. Nobody complained about Rudolph, Bostad, Hueber, or Huxtable.

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    7. Kent - its an issue for several reasons

      1. It is always good to get different styles / different opinions. Just hiring guys you are friends with / familiar with doesn't give you that

      2. It has been established that Chryst as an assistant was not Mr. Personable and did not have a huge amount of connections as some guys did, so naturally that limits your pool.

      3. Just in general, you never want to limit your pool of candidates or else you would pass over some very qualified candidates to hire neophytes (see Haering and House as Exhibits A and B)

      All that said, this is at least a step in the right direction

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    8. Maybe someone can remind me of the "direct" connections PC had with House, Haering, or Breckerfield prior to them coming to Pitt. They're typically the coaches people write about having the most issues with.I certainly don't remember reading any of them working at WI or on previous coaching staff's with PC and only House has had his responsibilities expanded.

      I see a lot more bark than bite in the PC hires only people he has experience with and that alone makes them a bad hire theory...

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    9. Kent

      Haering played at WVU when Chryst was a grad assistant coach there for two years

      House coached on the Carolina Panthers with Geep Chryst

      Breckterfield played for Oregon State when Chryst was an assistant there. He also coached for a couple of years under Mike Riley at Oregon State as a grad assistant (Chryst worked 4 years for Riley)

      Sorry - you can't ignore the facts

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    10. LOL, ok Pittmav. College coaching is not a huge population and coaches move around continually. So worrying about if PC either previously worked with or coached or has a friend/relative that has worked with or coached someone he's looking to hire seems real silly to me.

      Would you give a care about where the assistants come from if Pitt went undefeated last year? If yes, I think you need help. If no, then I feel you're just looking for things to gripe about.

      Guess we'll just have to disagree on this one.

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    11. Pittmaverick you're post got accidentally rejected so if you want you can try again.

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    12. Thanks Chris. The gist of what I was saying was this

      Kent - there are roughly 1,300 active coaches in Division 1-A and another 1,300 in Division 1-AA so that is quite a large population.

      Would I care where the assistants came from if Pitt went undefeated last year - no, but Pitt didn't go undefeated and is basically a mediocre .500 so far in the Chryst era.

      So when he hires guys who's main qualification is his connection to them, it becomes a concern when better coaches are out there available. How many schools were beating down the door to hire:

      Haering - a high school teacher and coach, who wasn't even highly regarded in the WPIAL?

      House - a video jockey / quality control coach

      Breckterfield - who was let go after one year at UCLA. How has that west coast and Samoan recruiting been coming?

      Like I said, I am glad to see the new hire because hopefully it will help Chryst understand what he was missing by not hiring more qualified coaches in some areas

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  9. Douglas is being reported new coach(espn)and coaching search .com

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  10. Chris, it looks as though Douglas was able to lure players from FL that were rated as 2 or 3 stars. Do you see him having greater success in the state now that he is recruiting to bring players to Pitt? I know it's been nearly 10 years since we've had a footprint in that state, but we still have some history there. Personally think its more important to recruit players there than WPIAL.

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    1. Agree 110% not only Fla.,Oh. ,N.J.,Ga. WPIAL players are over rated.

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  11. Everyone mentions that he coaches a more attacking style, but wouldn't that be more a schematic thing determined by the Coordinator House?

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    1. I'm sure that Douglas would not come to Pitt, and House would not want him, if they didn't want Douglas to use the style he's known for.

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    2. I like the hire.
      I like the hire because of no Chyrst connection.
      I like the hire because he can recruit Florida.
      However, in looking at ISU pass defense stats, they are not good.
      Lot of great stuff written in bios and articles but that is media stuff. Look and analyze the stats.

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    3. One year stats meaning nothing, especially at a place like Iowa State where you are always outmanned in a conference known for huge passing stats. The Iowa State people see it a big loss. Plus, when he did have talent, like at USF, he had one of the best secondaries in the country.

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    4. I looked at 2 years chris.
      Specifically how they ranked among Big 12 teams knowing Big12 is a passing league. ISU was ranked near the bottom on pass defense stats for last 2 years. I didn't look beyond that.
      I like the hire, but lets not go annoint him the greatest thing since sliced bread. If he were so great, he would be a DC by now. Don't shoot the messenger. Just the stats mam'm

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    5. I must have missed people saying he was the greatest thing since his sliced bread. Look, I have a lot of connections in college football. I don't just look at stats. And I'm telling you that he is considered a very good hire. It's you're prerogative to believe otherwise, but you'd be wrong.

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    6. Actually, I was impressed last season how ISU would play teams really tough in the first half - then they'd tend to have problems in the second half. But for the type of talent they should have - versus the bigger name teams in the Big 12 - I thought they did pretty well defensively.

      I like the experience this guy brings.

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  12. It's probably too earl to tell, but are there any known FL targets that Douglas might help bring on board?

    Any confirmation on Campbell yet?

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  13. The one thing I really find funny is how all the brain dead cheerleaders over on the Lair (especially on the premium board ) are gleefully shouting see Chryst can hire someone he doesn't know. LOL Only took two years and from what I have heard a strong suggestion from the AD's office.

    Like I said, I view this as a move in the right direction but it is hilarious how the cheerleaders like to spin things

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    1. I seriously don't understand those koolaid drinking cheerleaders.
      Are they just naive and young? or just plain dumb?
      You would think after 30 years they would get it or have a reality check.
      I think they are just happy with mediocrity. Just plain happy with 6-7 wins.

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    2. Indeed. I want Pitt to win and be relevant once again in football. Just pretending things are ok doesn't help that as 30 years have proven.

      I only wish more of the local media were critical when need be and at least be straight like Chris here is. I guess they are just too afraid to rock the boat and lose access to info

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    3. You must have forgotten that many of those are Pitt admin.
      Not only do they post messages but they get many posts deleted.
      One of the reasons I dropped my membership.

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  14. I'm just glad they did not hire a high school coach or someone from The Pacific(ocean). Chris do you have any idea what his salary was at ISU? Presumably a bump up at Pitt.

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