After two liveblogs, a 12 hour binge of college football and basketball, and a minor case of alcohol poisoning. I had to take Sunday away from the computer and TV. Something about family time. That always ends well. Add in the fact that my phone choked on an operating system update — sending it into perpetual reboot — and I am feeling quite deaf and blind for the next couple of days until the replacement arrives.
Well, Pitt is heading back to Birmingham for the BBVA Bowl and will face SMU. Present (soon enough to be past) Big East versus future. I noted yesterday that the one advantage for Pitt of getting sent to Birmingham for a bowl: no one expects any fanbase to travel for a bowl in Birmingham. Factor in that Pitt played in it last year, and it should be quite the local crowd. More good news, Pitt basketball doesn’t have a game the same day this year.
In other not so surprising news, Pitt will be hiring three new assistants with the departures of co-offensive coordinator Calvin Magee, secondary coach Tony Gibson and tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Tony Dews. All three will rejoin Dick Rodriguez in Arizona — though, Magee is also a possibility to be the next head coach of UMass. UMass is prepping to make the jump from 1-AA to 1-A and join the MAC in football.
“I want to thank Tony Gibson, Calvin Magee and Tony Dews for their contributions during this past season,” Graham said. “We will move expeditiously yet thoroughly in finding full-time replacements, and I know we’ll have some exceptional candidates to consider. This is an opportunity for us to strengthen an already strong group of coaches and support staff.
“Moving forward, our coaches will be laser-focused on recruiting and having our team ready to play, and win, a bowl game. We’ve got an incredibly bright future at Pitt and I’m extremely ambitious and enthusiastic about what we can achieve.”
It’s a shame to lose coaches after only one year, but it was not at all surprising once DickRod got the Arizona job. We will see if it costs Pitt and commits, but I doubt the impact will be particularly harsh.
And now, we have something else to keep a close watch on over the next couple of weeks. I don’t know if Pitt will give Norvell the full job of OC. I think we all know there are going to be a lot of resumes coming from Happy Valley.