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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.  


Since: Jan 24, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:58 am

Saban could lose second coach before title game

PITT swallow your pride and give Dave Wannstedt a call. You have gone through
TWO coaches since you fired him one year ago. He is Alumni and has
your best interest in heart and mind and will get the job done!

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:50 am

Saban could lose second coach before title game

Shell had all intentions of not going to Pitt and playing in the SEC until he got a girl preggo and his parents forced him to stay local.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:06 am

Saban could lose 2nd coach before champ game

Pederson is hog wash.  I don't care what Beano Cook says about him.  It is embarassing being from the Pittsburgh area with the way Pederson and Pitt have handled the football team.  Unless they build a stadium on campus, I can't see this turning around any time soon, if at all.  

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:03 am

Saban could lose 2nd coach before champ game

The terrific high school running back recruit, Shell, should change his mind and find a team with real college tradition and spirit.  He will like it a lot better than playing in Heinz Field, off campus, with embarassing crowd size.  He should consider something close to home that still has that college atmosphere, which is what it's alla bout.  Ohio State, WVU, Maryland, just to name a few.  If Shell were to join Holgerson at WVU, he would shine!  And, playing Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas State, TCU, Baylor, etc. would get him the kind of attention and recognition that Heisman candidates receive.  He won't get that in the ACC.  

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 4:13 am

Saban could lose 2nd coach before champ game

I would'nt be surprised if Sal took the Pitt job. Even though he has a son playing at Bama, and very well as a true freshman, he also has another son playing Quarterback at Pitt. It would be totally understandable if he accepted an offer. I would hate to see him go because he is an excellent coach. I just hope his son, Vinnie, stays in Tuscaloosa.

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 3:04 am

Saban could lose 2nd coach before champ game

Stay the hell away from anything that says:  P-E-N-N  S-T-A-T-E!!  And don't recycle another old guy.  Go out and find another young Johnny Majors.

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