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Saban could lose second coach before title game

Posted on: December 15, 2011 12:24 am
Edited on: December 15, 2011 10:41 am
 

Nick Saban could lose two staff members before the BCS national title game.

Once again the name of 'Bama linebackers coach Sal Sunseri has emerged as a replacement at Pittsburgh. The abrupt departure of Todd Graham means the Pittsburgh administration will have to scramble. Sunseri, also Alabama’s associate head coach, interviewed with Pittsburgh last year. He is a former All-American linebacker with the Panthers.

Saban has already lost offensive coordinator Jim McElwain who is headed for Colorado State. McElwain will stay through the bowl game. He has been with Tide almost four years.

Meanwhile, five names have emerged at Pittsburgh as the school rushes to find a coach for the second straight December. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads a possible front-runner. Rhoads was defensive coordinator for the Panthers under Walt Harris and Dave Wannstedt.

Rutgers offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti could be a candidate at Pittsburgh along with Baltimore Ravens secondary coach Teryl Austin. Prior to Rutgers, Cignetti spent two seasons as Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator. Austin played at Pittsburgh and most recently spent a season as Florida’s defensive coordinator. Most of his career has been spent in the NFL.

Last year, Pittsburgh also showed interest in Florida International coach Mario Cristobal and Tom Bradley, now the Penn State interim coach.  

Also, look for Samford offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee to get serious consideration to join Gus Malzahn in the same position at Arkansas State. Lashlee formerly played quarterback for Malzahn in high school and was a grad assistant at both Arkansas and Auburn.  


Comments

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Saban could lose second coach before title game

Regardless of who Pitt goes after, they better be able to WIN and WIN sans breaking all the rules in the book like PSU, OSU, USC, etc. do with abandonment.

The fan base is weak and the sole reason is that in Pittsburgh, winning isn't everything...its the only thing. Losing is not tolerated, contending is barely acceptable, and championships are the only thing treasured.  The Steelers, Pens, and Pitt basketball are in the championship mode...the Pirates are the unfortunate exception.  The first three programs sell out every game, every time. The Pirates do not...why, you ask...because they do not WIN pennants anymore.

Everything else at Pitt is as good as any and better than most.  They have excellent tradition, fabulous facilities, exceptional scholastic standing, and a decent urban cultural setting.  All they need to do in WIN.

Regarding Pitt looking at Bradley from PSU, they better be careful because he too had to have some inkling about the disaster up in Unhappy Valley. Besides, if he were clean and clueless about the actions of Sandusky and the coverup devised by PA JOE, why did they dismiss him? 



Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:02 pm
 

Saban could lose second coach before title game

Iowa State, at 6-6, played nation's second toughest schedule, a much tougher team than you think.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 12:23 pm
 

Saban could lose second coach before title game

I wonder how many Div. 1 college football programs have had a father-son due at head coach and starting quarterback? If Sal Sunseri becomes coach at Pitt, then his QB will be his son, Tino. I know this happens a lot in high school football, but anyone know of instances in major college football?



Since: May 3, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:59 am
 

Saban could lose second coach before title game

I agree that Alabama should face LSU but you SEC guys need to work on your spelling (Standford???).  Afterall a degree from Alabama needs to mean something.



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:28 am
 

Saban could lose second coach before title game

Shadow_Boxer: You are a MORON! The TV market in the south for college football is actually one of the largest...so ratings will be fine and it isn't your money anyway soooo STFU! I understand your sentiment toward the previous game as "boring", but that is simply one opinion. Because the rest of the country requires 50 points per game to be competitive...doesn't mean the real teams have to buy in to that nonsense and no other conference has shown they can come on an SEC stage and hang 50 points on our worst teams. Plain and simple, you are an idiot from an idiot conference - who cares what you think!



Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:18 am
 

Saban could lose second coach before title game

I'm not a Alabama fan but there is no way Ok State should play for the national championship over Bama.
They both lost one game, Iowa State (so so) and LSU (#1 team in the nation) think about it. The whole nation
jealous of the SEC. Get over it!!



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:15 am
 

Saban could lose second coach before title game

Kirk Ferentz




Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:01 am
 

Saban could lose second coach before title game

AlabamaBreak,

I don't understand your predicted final scores in the championship game, 45-10 and 24-20.  You know as well as I do that you are predicting TD's by both teams.  In case you fell asleep like the rest of the country during the first borefest, NEITHER team scored a TD.  The only way a 45-10 score was going to happen is when OK State BLEW out LSU, with the Gay Badger picking up a fumble in the last minute of the game with OK State's scrubs in to score a TD.



Since: Jun 19, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 10:59 am
 

Saban could lose second coach before title game

all the haters are jealous, thats all.



Since: Jun 19, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 10:58 am
 

Saban could lose second coach before title game

quit whining loser


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