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Report: Wannstedt out at Pittsburgh

Posted on: December 7, 2010 4:08 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2010 4:09 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

When Dave Wannstedt took over as head coach of the Pittsburgh Panthers before the 2005 season, his charge was to "bring Pitt to the next level."  At the conclusion of the 2010 season, the Panthers announced their bid to a bowl in January.  But it was not the January bowl that Panthers fans had hoped for out of Wannstedt's tenure.

Fanhouse's Brett McMurphy reported on Tuesday that Dave Wannstedt's time at Pittsburgh has come to a close.  After six seasons only added up to a 42-31 record, three bowl appearances, and no Big East titles; the Pittsburgh program clearly feels it is time to look elsewhere.

Frank Cignetti will fill in as the interim coach for that thrilling BBVA Compass Bowl against Kentucky on January 8 in Birmingham.  The bowl will have an odd feeling for Panthers fans, after watching Connecticut take the field against Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl a week earlier.  A month ago, the Panthers controlled their own destiny in the Big East, and looked ready to finally get that conference title Wannstedt was hoping for.  But after losing to the Huskies, and getting blown out by rival West Virginia, the Panthers found themselves jumbled at the top of the standings holding no tie-breakers.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:23 pm

Report: Wannstedt out at Pittsburgh

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Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2010 4:54 pm

Report: Wannstedt out at Pittsburgh- Finally!

Finally!  What the hell took so long?  In all seriousness, this was really 3 years too late.  One win over West Virginia in a lost cause season was it.  Otherwise most games he was out-couched.  Even having the country's best back didn't help when you have terrible QB and horrible offensive schemes.

Give him his due; he's a great recruiter - so keep him on staff to do just that.  But, he's clearly a terrible coach and career loser.  He drove Chicago into the ground, then did the same in Miami.  He consistently took exceptional athletes and made them into overall inconsistent underachieving teams. 

Pittsburgh deserves better; the university, the city, the fans, everyone.  These guys play in the stadium of Super Bowl winners - go out and get a coach that can deliver.

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2010 10:27 pm

Report: Wannstedt out at Pittsburgh

spanky said it perfectly, which is why the next guy will probably look great. I definitely see some players on the field.

Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2010 8:29 pm

Report: Wannstedt out at Pittsburgh

How could Pitt have controlled its own destiny?  If they controlled it, how come they lost? I'm certain if they controlled it,hey wanted to win, not lose.  If they controlled their own destiny they should have won out to end the season and win the Big Least.  No team or individual controls their own destiny.  That's a p-poor cliche.  If they "controlled" it, they would have won the games.

Since: Dec 7, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2010 4:23 pm

Report: Wannstedt out at Pittsburgh

Bet he ends up as the Bengals next coach.

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2010 4:14 pm

Report: Wannstedt out at Pittsburgh

great recruiter but bad coach

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