Posted by Chip Patterson
UPDATE: In a blog from the Post-Gazette late Monday afternoon, Paul Zeise writes that "Dana Holgorsen will not be the next head coach of Pitt." He cites a source close to the situation, but does not elaborate. Though he does suggest that Holgorsen might still end up in the Big East, which could hint at possible openings at Connecticut (Edsall leaves) or West Virginia (Stewart leaves/retires). Regardless, something seems to have developed today to change the coaching search at Pitt. Stay tuned to CBSSports.com for more as this story develops.
Dave Wannstedt's "resignation" will go down as one of the more awkward departures of the 2010 postseason. Pittsburgh Athletic director Steve Pederson now must find a new face for the program. Facial hair or not, Pederson knows that he needs to take action finding his next coach. The coaching carousel has been spinning as fast as ever, and many of the names at the top of the national wish-list are quickly being employed.
Near the end of last week, it was believed the two top candidates for the job were Temple's Al Golden and Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen. With Golden heading to Miami to lead the Hurricanes, Holgerson appears to be the new favorite for the job in Pittsburgh. Of course, there are no promises that Holgerson would be interested in leaving Oklahoma State right now. He has put together an incredibly potent offense with Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon, and Kendall Hunter as the cornerstones in 2010. With Weeden and Blackmon possibly returning for 2011, there is a chance that Holgerson could stay for one more successful year and boost his stock significantly.
But according to a story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Holgerson was contacted by Pitt late last week and interviewed with Pederson at an undisclosed location over the weekend. Holgerson brings a high-energy offense that could energize the fanbase and immediately utilize some of the weapons already in place for the Panthers. Similar to Blackmon, Panthers' wide receiver Jon Baldwin could return for another season and join Dion Lewis and Tito Sunseri as the playmakers of Pitts offense. Sunseri and Lewis have both been inconsistent across their young careers, but have shown flashes of their potential (In Lewis' case, his entire freshman season). There are no notions as to if this will develop into anything further, but it sounds like one of the best potential scenarios for Pittsburgh.