By Chris Dokish
In a bit of surprise, Dave Wannstedt has been fired as the University of Pittsburgh football coach. The surprise was not that it was done but that it was done this season. As I wrote in my last article, the Pitt administration needed to be aggressive, and fire Wannstedt, and they have answered the call. Next is to be just as aggressive in who the replacement is. No word yet on who the possible replacement will be, but my (realistic) pick last week was Dana Holgorsen, and I still stand by that as an option.
Names that will be mentioned that I wouldn't want or Pitt will never hire:
Al Golden- Will always be looking at Penn State, runs conservative schemes on both offense and defense, performance at Temple a little overrated because Temple moved down to a lower level of competition.
Marvin Lewis- He couldn't even keep professionals out of trouble, how the hell can he keep college kids out of trouble?
Rich Rodriguez and Skip Leach: They may as well be Satan as far as Pitt is concerned.
Russ Grimm: Nice guy, Pitt guy, local guy, NFL experience, boring. Sound familiar?
Chris Pederson: I have a better chance of coaching Pitt next season. He has a better job and makes more money than Pitt will offer.
Gus Malzahn: Auburn OC will get a better job, probably in the SEC, and already makes more money than Wannstedt made this season.
Tom Bradley: The most overrated head coaching candidate in Pitt history. If he was so great he would be coaching somewhere by now.
Brady Hoke: Pitt can do better. And how do you sell a guy with a 38-46 career record?