Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Steve Pederson fired as Pitt AD

I can't write anymore than that right now.  I'm too busy sobbing with joy.

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  1. Oh Happy Day!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Prayer does really work....

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  3. THIS IS THE GREATEST DAY SINCE JULY 4 1776! FREEDOM!!!!!!!!

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  4. Looks like Christmas came early this year! This will hereby be known as Gallagher Day in the hearts and minds of all Pitt fans.

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  5. Gallagher for President!

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  6. Wow Gallagher is the man!

    It's a ray of hope for Pitt football fans everywhere!

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  7. Football Scoop tweeted, Gallagher not happy with direction Peterson was going with the HC search!!!

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  8. Chryst was a BLESSING for the University of Pittsburgh afterall.

    PittofDreams

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    1. I'd say he's the gift that will keep on giving!!! (Hopefully) :-)

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  9. Thank you Chancellor Gallagher!!!

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  10. The timing of the announcement was Perfect.
    That took Balls... and stole the storyline from Wisky and all these HC's at Pitt.

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  11. Dan Radakovitch for AD!

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  12. Way to go Gallagher! This is the most optimistic I've been about Pitt football since they hired Wanny. I feel like great things are ahead of us!

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  13. Now, now...he wasn't FIRED. It was MUTUALLY PARTED WAYS.

    Whatever the case, I couldn't be any happier. Thank you to HCPC for the best "Chrystmas" gift I could've asked for as a Pitt fan.

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  14. Chris, your write up on this one is perfect.

    I think the new Chancellor has made quite a statement tonight. Now let's see if he's really committed to football or not. For all those wanting Pitt to be a serious football school, this is the only way it happens. A committed Chancellor pushing his AD to be successful or making him/her unemployed. Will be interesting to see if Gallagher is willing to continue that approach or if he'll let things go.

    Question, which comes first the AD or HC? Ideally it would be the AD but I don't know if they'll wait that long. If that's the case, that might limit the options for the HC as I'd like to know who my boss will be before signing on the dotted line.

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  15. Expect Donna S. To get a strong look fyi.

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    1. No. No f'n way. She's as toxic as Pederson.

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    2. Who is Donna S.?

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  16. Ummmm, hey look, I don't mean to be Debbie Downer here, but the timing of this is a potential disaster. Who's gonna hire our new football coach? And when?

    Don't you remember when Skip Prosser turned us down because an interim AD was in place when he was interviewed after Ben Howland bolted for UCLA? It's gonna be an even bigger obstacle for hiring an experienced football coach.

    Lest we forget, any coach worth his salt is gonna wanna know who he works for. Problem is, it could take weeks or even months to hire a new AD. And lest we forget #2, National Signing Day is only about 5-6 weeks away.

    Which in turn means we could be stuck with scraps left for coaches when the new AD is in place. Or heaven forbid, maybe yet another unproven coordinator who's never been a head coach before.

    My only hope is that Gallagher has a guy (or gal...) in mind. Or better yet, an agreement in principle. So that he can announce the new AD in about 48 hours. If not, the timing of this firing might set us back another two years....

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    1. Different situation. Few wanted to work with Pederson. Pitt is actually better off with no AD. When they were courting Prosser the chancellor wasn't involved that much. This bad ass Gallagher is the one calling the shots now and any coach they get will be because they want to work with him.

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    2. Pitt won the press conference tonight...
      and they didn't even have one!
      Gallagher got balls!! No doubt he is a western pa type of guy.

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    3. So then Imma, you would rather have Pederson here to hire another bum for a coach....maybe Rudolph of all choices. I'd rather lose a few recruits for a year.

      You're only 40 ;-), you have many more years to bask in the fresh sunshine of a better Pitt athletics program instead of the SOP for the next 4 years.

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    4. I don't know how well he'd do in the day-to-day management stuff. But as far as being the school ambassador and glad-handing the boosters, my first call might very well be to Dave Wannstedt. Thoughts?

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    5. Absolutely Dokish. Pedersen was poison. When Gallagher took the affirmative step to say SP was not going to be running the show, that sent a message to the world that he is serious about Pitt athletics in a way Nordenberg never was. Gallagher is running this hiring process. I know Dr. Juhl and if Gallagher has him there it is as primarily a rules oriented guy to see that things are done properly in SP absence, but rest assured Gallagher will be making these calls. If the University Chancellor says "this is my football coach" and hires a guy before the AD, the AD who is subsequently hired will know that it's his/her job to put said coach in a position to win. Pitt is in way stronger position today than it has been in 33 years.

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  17. IMMa--You forget--Pederson was toxic. No FB coaches wanted to come to Pitt while Pederson was AD. They will hire a coach before the hire an AD. Bank on it. Plenty of candidates scared off by Pederson will now be interested.

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  18. To bad that SP didn't get an offer from his hometown school and leave on his own . . . oh wait that happened years ago and their football program has yet to recover!

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  19. I knew deep down the Chryst situation had the potential to be a blessing in disguise. Boy was I right. Pitt now has the opportunity to return to relevance in major collegiate sports. Gallagher has done right by ridding Pitt of the weight that was holding back the program. If he can get these next two hires right than Pitt will absolutely be in a better position than it was 48 hours ago.

    H2P!!!

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  20. Merry Christmas to Pitt fans everywhere....thank you Wisconsin!!!!

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  21. Yes Pittsburgh, there is a Santa Claus.

    And his name is Patrick Gallagher.

    I would renew my FB season tickets right now if I could. :DDDDDD

    tommymac

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  22. Chancellor Gallagher isn't messing around! Christmas has come early for Pitt fans! Chyrst was a blessing after all because maybe he knew something we didn't!! Either way a great day for Pitt!

    Hail to Pitt!

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  23. Well as I said this coaching search would be an indication about how important Chancellor Gallagher took Pitt football. The answer is that he cares about it a great deal. Wow!

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  24. Chris:
    thanks for all your hard work and great reporting. You seem to have the pulse of Pitt sports. When you mentioned that House would be a terrible Defensive coach you were so dead on. Keep up the good work. Enjoy reading your work and look forward to our spin on the upcoming moves as Pitt searches for an AD and football coach.

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  25. This shows that he has the backbone and the pulse of the University. He is 1 for 1. The next two hires are very critical that he actually knows what he is doing. Please get it right!!

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  26. This is what I posted the night word came out Wisky was taking Chryst off our hands. So far Chancellor Gallagher- so good:

    Pittmaverick December 12, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    Happy days are here again.
    Chryst was a bad hire when it happened
    He has woefully underperformed
    And Wisky is paying us to take him off our hands
    WIN

    Now it is up to Gallagher to get the search right, not involve Pederson and fix this damn thing once and for all That is clearly the key

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    1. It was really an easy decision for Gallagher.
      Many thought Pederson was secure with his 5 year contract and Pitt would never buyout his contract.
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      Pitt gets a bag full of money from Chryst buyout that they are using it to payoff Pederson to go away!! Easy decision for Pitt financially speaking.

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    2. Not really. That's still over 2 million dollars that Pitt has to eat no matter how you look at it. All because Nordenberg had to give Pederson a sweetheart deal as he left.

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    3. So Nordy took care of his good buddy Steve!

      Just think about this Nebraska bought out Steve at $2 million when they canned him and now Pitt, wow $4 million for losing your job, sign me up I can screw things up for much less money!!

      LOL

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    4. Point is, if Chryst didn't leave, Peterson would still be here!!
      Chyrst buyout makes the "firing" palpable!

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    5. If I understand this correctly, PC buyout was 3 million, and SP buyout is 2.4 million. So how exactly is Pitt eating 2 million here? Don't for a second think that wasn't considered before showing SP the door.

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  27. one of the biggest stumbling blocks for Pitt has been removed and i couldn't be happier.

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  28. Sorry... im not trolling, and I'm truly curious... what did SP do all that poorly (WHILE AT PITT 2.0). No one can assert to Michael Haywood ability as a coach. I certainly didn't LOVE it, but I didn't hate it either. Is it really reasonable to suggest SP should have known he would be involved with a domestic violence case? I knew MH's previous AD and he knew nothing about his personal problems. If anything SP held some University pride in firing him. There's some...ahem...local universities who have kept employees employed for way more egregious situations than that. And Todd Graham....sorry but just because the guy jumped ship from Rice to Tulsa did not mean he was a good fit. Name one person who knew he would leave in a year for a job like ASU and I'll relinquish my hoops tickets. Then Paul Chryst.... who was he supposed to hire instead? Was he supposed to realize Wisconsin would have their own coaching carousel themselves? Yeah, nah. I'm not saying I loved him, loved his decisions, etc, but fact of the matter is, the man also made some great decisions (OMG HE CALLED US PITTSBURGH INSTEAD OF PITT). Get over the fact the script was gone for years. It didn't win or lose games, and in the mean time, we became a power house football program.

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    1. "Powerhouse football program"? PITT? Did I just read that correctly? I strongly disagree with that. We can only hope that with these latest moves the Panthers can RETURN to power. Nothing about this program right now is powerhouse status, unfortunately.

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    2. Is this a serious post or a joke? I thought accountants didn't joke.

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    3. It was my best attempt at Onion-esque satire. I chuckled to myself while writing it.

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  29. Imma Man! I'm 40!

    I'm with you once again - I'd be all for hiring Wannstedt as the AD - I've said it before, oh....the irony.

    Wannstedt as the AD and his buddy Schiano as the HC - a match made in Pitt heaven.

    Oh and while they're at it....hire Bradley as the DC.

    OMG, I just had an organism!!!

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    1. How about hiring someone like P.J. Fleck or Scott Frost as your HC and then Bradley as your DC. Now, that would get Pitt fans in a frenzy.

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    2. Need a businessman as the AD not a coach. College sports are a big business. Need someone like Luck.

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    3. How about Louis Riddick?

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    4. Just so Rudolf isn't leading the Pitt sleigh this Christmas!!!! A big obstacle has been removed. Time to finish this off with a grand slam!!

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  30. Thank you Chancellor Gallagher!!! Steve Pederson has been poison...Would love to hear you make a call to Mark May to see if he would have any interest in becoming your new AD and making Pitt football great again...good luck with your searches...

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  31. Dear Chancellor Gallagher,

    Thank you for doing your Michael Corleone impression and getting rid of SP during PC's news conference.

    Bizmarkie

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  32. Love It! Cleaned out the dead weight in one day with both Chryst and Smiley gone! We should carry Gallagher on our shoulders and parade him around campus!!

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  33. Reply to jackagain: You raised some good questions about whether it would have been better to retain Pederson until after the new football coach is hired. And after thinking about them, frankly, I'm not sure what I want, or what I would have done differently, because the timetable of these events was driven by Wiscy not Pitt.

    First off, I hope Doke and yinz are right that firing Stevie-P is addition by subtraction, that Pitt will be better without him, and coaches who wouldn't have been interested now suddenly will be (even tho they won't know who their boss will be). Skeptical but hopeful..

    Ideally, if Stevie-P was a dead man walking, Pitt should have fired him in mid-season, or after the season (which Gallagher might have been planning to do, we'll never know, the season isn't over yet...), and given the new AD a year in 2015 to evaluate whether Chryst is or isn't the incompetent bumbler that I personally believe him to be.

    And lest we forget, by all accounts SP didn't hire Chryst, didn't want him. HCPC was hired by fiat made between the previous chancellor Nordeberg and super-booster Armand Dellovade.

    Lest we forget #2, HCPC isn't leaving because he cannot work for Pederson like (maybe) Todd Graham did. I'd love to know what happened behind closed doors in that situation. Because like him or loathe him, TG can flat-out coach, and SP hired him....

    And with no AD in place, it looks like that same super booster -- who's proven he [stinks] at picking head CFB coaches -- will probably pick the new guy with the new chancellor.

    Let's be honest (and this is what gives me pause): At the end of the day, we have no idea if Patrick Gallagher is any better at hiring a head CFB coach than Pederson or Nordeberg. Guess we're about to find out....

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    1. Can he be any worse than those two at hiring? I bet you could do just as good as Pederson if not better.

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    2. Imma....I've been wondering if Smilin' Stevie boy didn't hear rumors that he might get the ax when Gallagher took over due to his obvious gross unpopularity at Pitt, and maybe he and his pal Nordy tried to make that move more difficult with the 5 year extension.

      I still say both of these clowns need to be criminally investigated. Cronyism = corruption....

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    3. Nordenberg must've known that with his departure the knives would be out for SP. The extension was his gift to Pederson, so even if he got canned (a likely scenario), Pitt would have to buy him out.

      Nordenberg did a lot of good for Pitt academically, but the extension for SP is a blot on his record.

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    4. Realistically, Nordy is the only reason SP was till here and was able to come back in the first place. A lot of the lettermen's club players from years past absolute despise him, such as Bill Fralic for one, and he did nothing to endear himself to a lot of the bigger boosters either.

      From what I understand guys like Jimbo Covert and JC Pelusi are involved with the coaching search, so I don't think we'll be seeing an assistant or low level head coach hire this time. It all depends on what the boosters are willing to pony up in my opinion as to who they get.

      Chris was saying that KDKA reported that Schiano won't be interviewed, which I believe, but I'm not buying that. I wouldn't get my hopes up with Mullen, after the year that MSU had, Starksville will make sure he stays there.

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  34. Been a fan since 1963 and saw the glory years of Johnny Majors and Jackie Sherrill and all the low years since.

    Firs time in 30 years that I have faith that Pitt can become good to very good, again.

    Hail Gallagher and hail Pitt!

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  35. Now that you all got your jollies off of pederson being fired. It's time to find a head coach. This program needs the right coach we do not need somebody coming in and totally turning it around. One thing that Paul did was make a foundation. The person who comes in just needs to make it grow and make it victorious. Who do we think other than Bradley can do that?

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  36. Louis Riddick would make a great AD. Has the business and organizational skills to run a program after help running an NFL franchise as a scouting and player development guy. Plus, he LOVES Pitt, his alma mater.

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  37. Time to step up! For all the people who have wanted SP gone, now is the time to step up and make a donation to Pitt. Let Chancellor Gallagher know that we care and appreciate the move. Even a small donation lets the administration know that fans are still engaged and willing to spend money on the right decisions. Hail to Pitt!

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  38. We should run a spread Athletic Direction.

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  39. If you support Chancellor Gallagher's decision, I would encourage you to donate to the Panther Club to send a message of support:

    http://www.pittsburghpanthers.com/panther-club/home.html.

    Instead of just complaining about the state of affairs, we have a chance to affirmatively support the change--and give the program more resources to win.

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  40. As much as I dislike to revel in the misfortune of others, Steve Pederson is responsible for botched hirings, a disconnect with the alumni, and being tone deaf to what Pitt fans wanted. His firing was richly deserved.

    If he were the CEO of a corporation, and he showed the same attitude towards his shareholders/customers, he wouldn't be long for his job.

    While he did some good things at Pitt, his management of the football program was abysmal, and football is what pays the bills. Get that wrong, and you're going to be in trouble.

    Patrick Gallagher is my new hero. He did what needed to be done, and I thought the timing of the announcement was spot on. Now we need to make big-time hires, both with the AD and head coach.

    It's appropriate that it's almost Christmas, because I feel like a kid on Christmas morning.

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  41. Just the fact that Pitt is even talking with a straight face about raiding an SEC team's coach -- and a good team / coach to boot (Mississippi State) -- plus the fact that their coaching candidate list excludes any & all unproven coordinators and other never-before head-coach wanna-be's put's a Cheshire Cat's grin on my face.

    There's a new sheriff in town, and he's a very baaaaaad with "huevos" the size of bowling balls... Welcome, Chancellor Gallagher!

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  42. So many posters think that some Pitt icon like Mark May or God forbid, Dave Wannstedt should be AD. What exactly are there qualifications to fill what is essentially a very high level executive position that is responsible for critical staffing decisions, generating revenue, administration of ALL sports programs, fund raising, etc. Basically a CEO-like position. How about someone with some relevant experience and not just someone who loves Pitt, played football there or has been critical of the now prior administration.

    Love of the University is no gauge of success.

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    1. I agree Steve but Pederson has been so bad for so long that we sometimes forget Pitt is a big-time program. I wouldn't hire Wannstedt as my AD, but remember fundraising is a lot about building relationships. Pederson refused to do this with donors and as a result the program struggled mightily from it.

      I don't think we can underestimate the impact his departure will have on the program. Not only was he incompetent making important department hires, but he also ostracized the fan base. I believe it's absolutely essential the new AD has some athletic administration background. Let's pull someone from a lower-level school and see what he can do.

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  43. Foòtball scoop.com cites multiple sources who say Pitt is going "Big" this time with its hire. No coordinator, head coach past or present. Even mentioned facility improvements included in the new face of Pitt football.

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  44. I realize this is beyond a long shot, though god damn how nice is this new found swagger, but, Chris if it were to be a possibility, would Dan Mullen be a good coach for Pitt? Not is Dan Mullen a good coach, he is. Would Dan Mullen be a good coach for Pitt?

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  45. I will not celebrate in any one losing their job but as I have stated in previous posts change needed to come from the top. The new chancellor has decided to make pitt football relevant again and put his stamp on the program The next step is as we all have heard going big on a new coach and hiring the right ad .
    I along with pitt fans everywhere anxiously await the hires and truly hope they are the first steps in putting pitt back on the map of college football
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  46. Based off the Footballscoop.com report I'll modify by coaching guesses:

    1. Pat Fitzgerald
    2. Bronco Mendenhall
    3. Greg Schiano (I really do think he's going to be the guy)
    4. Larry Federa
    5. Ken Niumatalolo

    To further show I have no clue where they'll go here's my AD guesses:

    1. Dan Radakovich
    2. Mack Rhoades
    3. Scott Barnes
    4. Tom Bowen

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    1. Kent,

      By all accounts, the new badass in town -- Sherriff Gallagher -- has said he intends to "go big" with his hiring of our shiny new head coach.

      Due respect, the only guy on your list (IMO) who'd be a big-splash hire would be Mendenhall. But he's a devout Mormon as well as an alum, I'd bet my lunch money that there's zero chance he leaves BYU.

      Schiano is a little splash. At best. Nobody else even makes a ripple. I'd take Holliday -- with Bradley as DC & assistant HC (or vice versa) -- over the bunch of them.

      If we have $2M to get rid of Stevie-P, then we have the horsepower to raid Mississippi State. Now THAT's making a splash, Dan Mullen, that's a big enough "cannonball" to get recruits to pause before signing Letters of Intent in 6 weeks.

      If nothing else, I'm thrilled at the prospect that Pitt's finally acting like we're in the Big Leagues ... which as a member of a P5 conference, we definitely are. It's about time, and I've been screaming about this ever since we went small by hiring yet another unproven coordinator in the form of Paul Chryst.

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    2. What about Jaime Pollard from Iowa State? Their football and basketball programs have been pretty solid despite limited resources.

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    3. Your list of HC's is NOT going big.
      I'm scratching my head on this one to create a list.
      But, going big is going after Dan Mullin.

      We have a new sheriff in town and its hard to figure which direction he may want to go. Frankly, Munchak should be on the list but he has no college coaching experience and may want to stay NFL.
      Al Golden
      Stoops at KY
      Rich Rod
      None of these were on my original list!!

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    4. I was going to put Mullen at the top of the list but figured we're talking Pitt's version of big so thought they may go to 3.5m for the HC. I don't think that would be enough for Mullen as he's already around 3m. But would love to see him at Pitt.

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    5. From what I understand, they want Schiano or Holliday if that falls through. Bradley supposedly is very interested in the job, and realistically, he ran the State Penn program for a few years without the title before being named interim.

      Only problem with Bradley is that the people that hold the purse strings as far as donations are older alums and will not look favorably on hiring a State Penn guy, regardless of what has transpired since then. If I were a betting man, which I'm not, I'd say they're going after Schiano. It would make a statement for the program and realistically they can get him. They're not going to break the bank for Mullen; Golden and Stoops have baggage and there's no way Rich Rod will leave Arizona.

      Mike W.

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    6. I am truly baffled by the repeated mentions of Pat Fitzgerald on the Pitt blogs. For starters, he's from suburban Chicago, a NorthWestern Alum, and his record is not even remotely good. He's 60-53 overall, 30-42 in the Big 10, and 1-4 in bowls. Even if he was interested in leaving his alma mater, and he's surely not, he's not worth having. Fitzgerald is should not even be considered.

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    7. Anonymous 9:31

      Golden? Why, we just beat their asses on their home turf?

      Rich Rod - if we want to switch offenses - I think he's very happy at Arizona - I would be :)

      Mullen would be the splash hire but, he's making 3M with his assistants at 2.7.

      To get him out of Mississippi State, I think he'd command at least 4.5m and his staff - 3.5.

      8m for a coaching staff when we were all a little shocked we gave Graham 2m plus his assistants 2m.

      Might be a little much but, imo, that's what it would take to get him out of there.

      Starkville, MS ain't the garden spot of the world though and he has PA roots....

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    8. Mike W., KDKA reported last night that neither Schiano nor Bradley will get an interview.

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    9. OK, just going by what I've heard from some people that are involved with the school somewhat. Guess that means Holliday, my only concern is he built Marshall with a lot of kids that won't qualify to get into Pitt.

      Schiano is more than likely money, and Bradley, well, we've all heard about that before.

      Mike W.

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    10. BTW Chris, I find that a little surprising that they will not interview Schiano. He's they're best bet at a "splash" hire that would indicate investment in the program. Hiring Fuentes or some other lower level head coach is not investing in the program, that's still being cheap.

      Mike W.

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    11. Maybe Pitt isn't going as "BIG" as football scoop reported?
      Looks like Narduzzi and Holliday will be interviewed.
      I like Narduzzi from a recruiting perspective.
      Holliday will jump to WVU as soon as Holgy leaves. Narduzzi is more long term meaning 5-6 years at least.

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    12. Anony 2:43 - I don't know if Holliday would jump. He's around 58 now and I don't see WVU changing coaches over the next couple years. Say the do in two years, would they be interested in a 60-61 year old Holliday? My thinking is they'd look elsewhere.

      Since people are very concerned about recruiting. From Chris's list above, who's the best?

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    13. Football scoop is saying no assistants, only current or previous head coaches. No offense to Narduzzi, but they need to hire a current or former head coach, assistants learning to be head coaches is not what the program needs right now.

      If they want to make a big hire, I wouldn't consider Holliday that anyway. taking the Marshall coach is the same as taking a MAC level coach, that's not a splash.

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  47. Chris,

    What's with the university hiring a coach before athletic director? Wouldn't it be ideal to have the AD hire HIS guy?

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    1. Right now there is a dead period in recruiting, meaning coaches and recruits can have very little contact. That period ends in early January and then it will be a sprint to hang on to recruits and fill recruiting needs before the signing period in February.

      A search for an Athletic Director could take a couple of months. Pitt simply doesn't have time to wait on hiring a head coach while they flesh out the AD search. Pitt needs a head coach in place shortly after the New Year to make sure the recruiting class doesn't fall apart.

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    2. I think we're confusing the ideal with the necessary. AD's are hired all the time and they manage coaches they didn't hire in all kinds of sports, including football. Do people think we should fire Jamie Dixon so the AD can have his own basketball coach?

      All that matters is that we find the right coach and AD, the order doesn't matter.

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    3. Hopefully Pitt will have the AD candidates narrowed down to 5 or so by early January and can show that list to any prospective HC in the interview. If he has a problem with any, it will come out then.

      At least this guys won't be in total darkness then as to who their boss will be.

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    4. Can't wait for early January to show prospective coaches a list of prospective AD's. Need coach in place by end of month.

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  48. I am surprised that Pitt has only lost two recruits so far. Chris, have you heard of any others?

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    1. When all you recruit is 2 and 3 star, what other choices do they have.
      Whitehead isn't enrolling in January anymore due to change but 90% chance he signs Pitt. The defensive staff will be upgraded!!!

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    2. Well it helps that are were only about 2 kids in the class to begin with...

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    3. The two haven't committed elsewhere yet. So, they aren't "lost." Depending on the coaching hire they could very well recommit.

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    4. What are the options of the recruits? MAC type offers? IMO Chryst really took a lot of lower rated players and probably Pitt was the best option for them.

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  49. what an amazing shot of adrenaline chancellor G gave us! The mere fact that we are even talking about a guy like Mullen is just stunning to me. Doke - let us down ez - no way it happens right??? I mean this guy is used to an SEC budget for staff & recruiting (thats beyond going big right?). As for the AD - the most interesting 2 names so far IMO are L. Riddick & T. Richards - both proud Pitt men! Richards being one of the most successful corporate executives in Pitt Athletics Alum history & Riddick being a tremendously successful front office NFL guy - both articulate statesman who would carry the Pitt flag, raise money & have no problem administrating (right?). Riddick being a younger man some might say would have upside but Richards, a venerable CEO could retire into the job of Pitt AD & be here for a decade plus, no? I realize that the HC job is pressing & must come first (my guess is that it will go to Doc or Narduzzi - w the later being my guess, he's more than ready to step up & doesn't carry the WV baggage. Rudolph is the dark horse being the WPIAL kid & all) but its so much fun to guess where Chancellor G will take us!!! H2P - PtbreezeB

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  50. Congratulations to James Conner !! All American running back University of Pittsburgh thanks for the show James .

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  51. if wvu can pay hoggie 3 million why can't pitt pay at least that? don't tell me wvu has more money.

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    1. Moonshine sales at the games.. ;-)

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  52. Whitehead no ten rolling in January had nothing to do with Chryst decision to leave. He was waivering for a few weeks. Actually heard about it after the Bishop McDevit game.

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  53. Narduzzi looks like a very likely candidate at the moment. I also saw that Pitt is throwing a good bit of money to keep Rudolph, which means he and likely Tressel would be the coordinators if that plan goes through. Would anyone be opposed to trying to keep Hueber and Douglas. Hueber's abilities were starting to show as the line improved and with Bostad at Wisconsin, keeping him could be possible. I also like what Douglas brings and think with more CBs and time, he can make a major impact. That would give a really nice start to the staff with strong recruiters and some known talent.

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    1. If it ends up being Narduzzi, and that's a long way from happening, he will want to bring in his own guys. He's not going to poach from Pitt's leftovers.

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    2. Reports from the Detroit Free Press indicate that Narduzzi would bring the MSU LB coach, Tressel, to be his DC & MSU's current DB coach would move up to DC there. That woould leave an opening at DB coach at Pitt. I like Douglas & there might be an opportunity for him to stay under that scenario.

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  54. If the HC hiring committee is led by Cochran with Snaft on it,
    then no reason to believe Pitt is "going big".
    The same clowns hired Mike Haywood.

    I can see Jimbo Covert as a candidate for AD.

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    1. He's on the search committee, just not being named by the media.

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  55. If this search committee is not interviewing head coaches only than just go with joe Rudolph big splash!

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    1. With all due respect, hiring yet another in a series of unproven coordinators as Pitt's next head coach is NOT making a big splash.

      It's the exact same hire that a garden-variety Sun Belt Conference or MAC team would make.

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    2. A pebble dropped 2 feet into the ocean would make a bigger splash than a Rudolph hire. Sheesh...

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  56. Anytime I see that Pitt is using a hiring committee, it makes me very nervous, especially if it includes people that have been around for previous hires.

    I hope Chancellor Gallagher has the final say.

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    1. Anonymous 9:06 - I agree with your comment 100%.

      I wish the committee members were Chancellor Gallagher, EJ Bourghetti and Dave Wannstedt - they would make the right hire for our beloved Pitt Panthers period.

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    2. Ur kidding.
      Wanny!! Wanny was NEVER a great coach in his entire life!! He rode Jimmy Johnson coattails.
      He killed Chicago after Ditka.
      He killed Miami after Johnson.
      Wanny has a chip on his shoulder due to firing and he would only push for his buddies.
      And EJ... smh, he may be next on Gallagher list to expunge.

      If you want a committee, I would look at some HOF.
      Ditka, Dorsett... perhaps Fralic, Covert

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    3. Given that Gallagher moved swiftly to dispatch Smiley and he is on the hiring committee, I expect he is heavy hands on with this hiring.

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    4. Jimmy Johnson did make Wanny, Wanny was no better than Walt, Jeff Long canned Walt and proudly stated he was taking Pitt to the next level with the Wanny hire and Long bolted for Hogg Heaven.

      Gallagher is going to select the new head coach at Pitt because in the end he is the CEO and realizes the bonanza of a successful football program and the prestige and money it can generate for the entire athletic department and university.

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    5. I think you and most fans are giving way too much credit to Gallagher for firing Pedersen. I was told by a senior Pitt admin (not in athletics though) that football revenue represents about 0.7% of Pitt's operating budget (this is true btw) and football will be treated as such, recent actions not withstanding. Pitt has 1 billion dollar annual budget, football is nice but does not have much of an impact on the school. You might not like hearing it, but the extreme majority of Pitt officials view it that way.

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    6. The publicity that sports generate for a school, football being the major contributor, far outweighs counting beans.

      It may be less than 1% of total budget, but Athletics generates awareness of Pitt in the publics eye almost every single day.

      Athletics are no small part of the equation for a successful University - especially one that is always trying to attract more attention and more grant money. As well as attracting top flight students. I choose my university in no small part because of it's prominent basketball program - and I was on a full boat prestigious academic scholarship so I could have gone almost anywhere. - I wanted a school that was well rounded in everything.

      Sports matter - a successful football program will give a good ROI for the money spent. A joke of a football program will bring down the institution just the same.

      tommymac

      The new Chancellor is well aware of this - kudos to him.

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  57. Chris,

    What do you think of Jim Tomsula? He seems like a master motivator would be be relentless on the recruiting trail. The best recruiters know how to sell their programs and I think Tomsula could do that.

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    1. Never coached in college so he has no chance. Plus, he is the favorite to be the 49ers coach.

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  58. What's really really odd is that the print media in Pittsburgh and even this blog have very little interest in the head coaching story at Pitt. Smizik, the Pederson apologist wrote a blurb about Pedersons demise, but all in all the coverage is virtually non-existant. May be another reason to point to Pitt Football as being relatively irrelevant in western PA. May be another reason a 2nd or 3rd tier head coach will most likely be the hire. No one cares!
    buck

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    1. On Twitter it's pretty much talked about 24 hours a day.

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    2. Yep, it definitely seems non-existent to me.

      1) http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/smizik-on-sports/2014/12/18/Bob-Smizik-33/stories/201412180250

      2) http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/smizik-on-sports/2014/12/19/Bob-Smizik-Show-me-the-money-Chancellor/stories/201412190147

      3) http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/Pitt/2014/12/20/Pitt-search-committee-plans-to-interview-5-to-7-candidates/stories/201412200149

      4) http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/Pitt/2014/12/21/Pitt-players-say-they-understand-Paul-Chryst-s-reasoning/stories/201412210198

      5) http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/Pitt/2014/12/19/Timeline-tricky-for-Pitt-s-AD-coach-searches/stories/201412190120

      6) http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/Pitt/2014/12/17/Pitt-athletic-director-Pederson-is-out-as-Chryst-takes-Wisconsin-job/stories/201412170242

      7) http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/gene-collier/2014/12/18/Hiring-right-coach-is-what-Pederson-never-got-right/stories/201412180218

      8) http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/Pitt/2014/12/19/Pitt-to-hire-football-coach-before-athletic-director/stories/201412190213

      9) http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/Pitt/2014/12/17/Pitt-begins-head-football-coach-search/stories/201412170248

      10) http://blogs.post-gazette.com/sports/2013-06-20-18-53-28/pitt-redshirt-diaries/43167-report-narduzzi-interviews-with-pitt

      11) http://blogs.post-gazette.com/sports/2013-06-20-18-53-28/pitt-redshirt-diaries/43163-fleck-fuente-ink-extensions

      12) http://blogs.post-gazette.com/sports/2013-06-20-18-53-28/pitt-redshirt-diaries/43152-notes-from-chryst-s-wisconsin-press-conference

      13) http://blogs.post-gazette.com/sports/2013-06-20-18-53-28/pitt-redshirt-diaries/43149-a-few-thoughts-on-the-impending-coaching-search

      14) http://triblive.com/sports/college/pitt/7420859-74/coach-rudolph-pitt

      15) http://triblive.com/sports/joestarkey/7401868-74/chryst-graham-pitt

      16) http://triblive.com/sports/college/pitt/7413757-74/coach-athletic-football

      17) http://triblive.com/sports/college/pitt/7416627-74/narduzzi-michigan-state

      18) http://triblive.com/sports/college/pitt/7415144-74/juhl-pitt-athletic#axzz3MYZvcbdk

      19) http://triblive.com/sports/college/pitt/7399614-74/chryst-pitt-wanted

      20) http://triblive.com/sports/college/pitt/7407377-74/pitt-duke-job#axzz3MYZvcbdk

      21) http://triblive.com/sports/college/pitt/7407919-74/athletic-director-coach#axzz3MYZvcbdk

      22) http://triblive.com/sports/college/pitt/7407919-74/athletic-director-coach#axzz3MYZvcbdk

      23) http://triblive.com/sports/college/pitt/7379959-74/rudolph-pitt-coach#axzz3MYZvcbdk

      24) http://triblive.com/sports/college/collegegalleries/7379892-74/chryst-alvarez-coach#axzz3MYZvcbdk

      25) http://triblive.com/sports/college/pitt/7401861-74/pederson-pitt-coach#axzz3MYZvcbdk

      26) http://triblive.com/sports/college/pitt/7401854-74/pitt-pederson-football#axzz3MYZvcbdk

      27) http://triblive.com/sports/college/pitt/7413917-74/pitt-coach-football#axzz3MYZvcbdk

      And this is only compiled from two publications since Wednesday. Care to offer up anymore baseless generalizations, Anon 10:40?

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  59. Nice try above. I'm talking about mainstream Pittsburgh newspapers that delve deeply into the subject. If you think that's happening by siting Smizik (the eternal Pederson apologist) and a few blah blah articles about "timelines" and "players understanding" then you missed the point or are trying to be a wise a*s. Most likely the latter.

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  60. If you want to get into a debate over semantics, I'm game. You claim that these articles essentially cover little more than "timelines" and "players understanding." If I missed the point, it's because you're being vague. What, in your esteemed opinion, constitutes delving deeply into the subject?

    If you read the articles in the list, there's a fairly comprehensive collection of material. Not only is there basic news coverage, including timelines, but there are analytical pieces, as well. They cover details surrounding potential hires, analysis of the events that lead Pitt to its current situation, perspectives from a variety of sources, and possible solutions, among other topics. If this coverage is superficial, please explain what would make you happy. It seems to me that you may have a very specific agenda, and won't be content with anything that doesn't meet its precise parameters.

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  61. Game for what? I'm glad you think the coverage of this subject is outstanding. I think it's rather slovenly. Drink another Iron and sharpen up your broad head arrows, apparently you need to kill something.

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  62. "Game for what?" Um, wasn't that clearly specified in the statement preceding the clause in question?

    I never said it was outstanding. I've simply provided evidence that contradicts your assertion. I'm still waiting for you to back up your claims with some measure of proof (preferably objective). The fact that you've twice resorted to insults leads me to believe that you're incapable of providing such a thing.

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  63. Chris,
    Football Scoop reporting "big names" are contacting Pitt about the coaching vacancy. Based on PURE SPECULATION. Who do you think is reaching out?

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    1. From what I've heard it's Narduzzi, then possibly the NIU coach and possibly the Marshall coach.

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  64. A major MSU blog says that Narduzzi as been interviewed by Colorado State and Pitt. It says that Pitt would be a better fit for Duzz (as they call him) because his recruiting area includes Ohio, PA, and the East. Looks like he would be a good fit for Pitt.

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  65. Heard Whitehead de-committed. Can u confirm Chris?

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  66. Zatiti Moody. I can confirm that Whitehead is making a "bombshell announcement" tonight on KDKA at 6 PM. Presumably to decommit from Pitt and commit to WVU. It wouldn't shock me considering Rushel Shell and Deveon Henry are probably talking trash on Pitt trying to change his mind and we're make a major push to do so.

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  67. You obviously have information that nobody else has can you please tell us who are next coach is going to be too. ??? Thanks

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  68. James Connor. I don't have information that you don't know. It was a big rumor spread on Twitter. Thankfully it didn't come to fruition. At least not yet

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  69. Funny no announcement.

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  70. You think if it's Narduzzi he will begin his media conference with something like "we are going to dominate PA in recruiting."

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  71. Please make an announcement or something the suspense is killing me!

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