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Wannstedt out at Pittsburgh

Posted on: December 7, 2010 4:07 pm
 
Dave Wannstedt has been fired at Pittsburgh according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

A year after winning 10 games, Pittsburgh stumbled to a 7-5 finish after starting the season ranked No. 15. Wanny's legacy will be one of never quite getting over the top. He had some great individual players but that talent never turned into consistent success.

The Panthers won their seventh game Saturday with one of those talents, tailback Dion Lewis, going for 261 yards against Cincinnati. Pittsburgh will play Kentucky Jan. 8 in the BBVA Compass Bowl.

Pittsburgh remains a plum job for the right coach. Is it too wacky to think Rich Rodriguez might pursue the opening if he is canned at Michigan? He'd only have to go to West Virginia once every two years.
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Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2010 6:54 pm
 

Wannstedt out at Pittsburgh

Penn State proud of beating Temple?  No really, but Temple had no trouble taking out the trash this season when they beat the Big East champs, the Fiesta Bowl bound (what a crime) UConn.  The only team Uconn faced this yr from a quality conference was Michigan, and again were beaten handily.
Ironic that Temple, a team the Big East threw out, beat their champion this season.





Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 10:02 pm
 

Wannstedt out at Pittsburgh

Pitt should be satisfied with a top 20 ranking every year with a chance to compete for the Big LEast title...a top 10 ranking every 4-6 years with a chance to be mentioned as a possible outside shot at a BCS championship. NOT every year.

I think these are very realistic goals, and I think that this is actually what most Pitt fans have in mind.  I keep hearing that we have these lofty goals from everyone else other than Pitt fans.  Remember that in 6 years, Pitt did not win an outright Big East title with the consistently best rated talent in the league.  After losing to Utah and Miami this year, we knew that we wouldn't be in the national picture this year, and I think most Pitt fans were alright with that as focus shifted to winning the Big East instead.  I think what most fans expect is to not lose in every big game.  In the last 3 years that Pitt contended for the Big East title, we choked it away in a few big games.  In 2008, we choked against Cincinatti.  In 2009, we choked against WVU and Cincinatti.  In 2010, we choked against Connecticut and WVU.  Furthermore, we were 5-10 against BCS opponents outside of the Big East.  Essentially, the majority of our winning records in the past 3 years came against all of the weak teams we've played.  We were ranked in the top 20 BCS at the end of the 2008 and 2009 seasons, but this doesn't even match what you think is possible for Pitt.

So again, at least this Pitt fan does not think we need to be competing for a national title or top 10 ranked every year.  I realize that we are not a premiere football program anymore, but there is definitely room for improvement.  Of the teams we beat this year (excluding FCS New Hampshire), those teams were 34-38.  So no, I don't think we're USC, Ohio State, Alabama, or anyone else, but I'd love to have Pitt at the level you described.  I think that, or even slightly less, is what most Pitt fans are looking for in our football program.




Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:39 pm
 

Wannstedt out at Pittsburgh

The people at Pitt need to be realistic.
Wanny was establishing the program. He needed to change 2 major philosophies. 1. He was too conservative on offense. He always played NOT to lose. 2. He was too conservative on defense. Sometimes you need to blitz. He relied on pressure from his front 4 too much. Hell you live in Blitzburgh.
With these changes Pitt would win at least 2 more games.

But...Pitt fans need to realize...it's Pitt...NOT Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio State, USC, Alabama, it's PITT. In a pro-town competing with one of the greatest teams and organization in all of Sports (Steelers). The fans have choices with their dollar. Those other towns that I mentioned...what else is there to do other than go see a college game? Not a damn thing. The athletic department budget is not deep enough.

Pitt should be satisfied with a top 20 ranking every year with a chance to compete for the Big LEast title...a top 10 ranking every 4-6 years with a chance to be mentioned as a possible outside shot at a BCS championship. NOT every year. It just aint going to happen. I would love to be dating Halle Berry super star type women all the time, but it AINT gonna happen. Once and again I do get the opportunity to date some super attractive ladies but most of the time...it's just better than average women.  



Since: Apr 28, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:08 pm
 

Wannstedt out at Pittsburgh

Dennis Dodd is a complete and utter moron.



Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2010 9:36 am
 

Wannstedt out at Pittsburgh

It should read Pederson out at at Pitt. Sorry, but you fired the wrong guy.




Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 8:37 am
 

Wannstedt out at Pittsburgh

Mike Leach would be interesting, I would take him before Rich Rod. And we do have the Pirates in Pittsburgh! 



Since: Jul 20, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2010 11:15 pm
 

Wannstedt out at Pittsburgh

Just pray that Pedersen doesn't hire Bill Callahan to replace him!



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2010 10:57 pm
 

Wannstedt out at Pittsburgh

Wannstedt should stay here, but not as coach. He is staying with the program and hopefully it is with recruiting.



Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2010 9:58 pm
 

Wannstedt out at Pittsburgh

In a major conference, a .500 record is not good. A few games each year are played against cream-puffs. It's not exactly as if the Big East has been a power football conference lately, either. On top of that, Pitt has sent a ton of quality players to the NFL in recent years. Almost all of the others teams who have done so have top-notch football teams. Not Pitt. I watch every Pitt game that I can, and it had become painfully obvious that while Wannstedt often made good adjustments at halftime, he usually should have made those adjustments after two series rather than after two quarters. Play calling was particularly bad this year. How many times must you run it up the middle when it's not working? In at least two games this year, opponents couldn't stop Lewis or Graham AT ALL on outside pitches or quick throws, but Wannstedt seemed to have a ridiculous philosophy something along the lines of "Well, we wouldn't want too much of a good thing... Gotta keep 'um hones with runs up the middle for zero yardst!" The play calling was infuriatingly bad at times. Pulling both Lewis AND Graham out even when they were hot was completely boneheaded, too. The defensive backfield has been horrible against deep throws for years, and special teams has generally performed poorly. Moreover, Wannstedt always seemed to set the team's goals well below what they should have been.



Since: Jun 27, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2010 9:58 pm
 

Wannstedt out at Pittsburgh

Yes, there is a god.  He was a horrible choice from the start.



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