December 3, 2012

Welp, It’s A Rumor

Filed under: Football,Marketing — Chas @ 1:43 pm

Let me state how much I don’t believe this. That by even posting this, I am probably just trolling for hits on the site.

But what the hell.

Former Pitt Middle Linebacker Scott McKillop just put this out on Twitter. Take it for what it’s worth.

Uh, yeah. Not to be too cynical, but I’m not buying it. There’s probably a better chance of Pitt breaking out their 2010 Nike Pro Combat unis than the old blue-gold and script Pitt.

That’s right! Virginia and Georgia Tech are supposed to be in the Big 10 today.

The Curse of the Compass Groundhog Day Bowl

I wake up every first Saturday of January in Birmingham at 9am

No Andie McDowell beside me and no Pitt Head Coach.

Comment by Emel 12.04.12 @ 4:58 pm

If Chryst stays, those of you in the Pittsburgh area go out and buy season tickets NOW if you don’t have them.

I live 1,000 miles away and even I’ll pledge to make it home for 2 games per year if he stays.

Comment by Jimbo Covert's My Dad 12.04.12 @ 4:58 pm

On the FAN after everyone was talking about the prospects of losing Chryst, they asked Chris Peak what he thought would happen. His comment was that he thought they would not go after Paul Chryst. He went on to say that Wisconson may leave him alone and go after someone already established, with more head coaching experience. None of us really know if that will happen, but it certainly sounds good to me.

Comment by Justinian 12.04.12 @ 5:00 pm

I’m having a really difficult time staying calm right now. A stiff drink will be in tall order when I get home tonight. But, the sooner Chryst responds the better. If he plans to interview, then say it. If he does go back to Whisky, the sooner the better in order to facilitate Pitt’s coaching search. Just don’t string Pitt along. I can understand the reasons for leaving. I can also understand why I’m experiencing another panic attack.

Comment by TX Panther 12.04.12 @ 5:02 pm

I just sent an email expressing my support to and came back undeliverable.

While i believe PC will stay this is scary as the first thing that gets done when someone leaves is deactivate their email.

Comment by giveitarest 12.04.12 @ 5:03 pm

Ahhhhh, Andie McDowell!!!

Comment by Dan 12.04.12 @ 5:05 pm

Emel, I would like to second your motion, to offer Dave Wannstedt the AD position. I don’t think he would take it, but I am sure the thought of pushing Steve Pederson out the door would give him a bit of a smile. Dave understands college football and always was good with alumni and area coaches. Oh yes, if I’m not mistaken, isn’t he a Pitt guy.

Comment by Justinian 12.04.12 @ 5:08 pm

“Are you off to see the Groundhog?”

“Didn’t we do this yesterday?” “Don’t mess with me, Porkchop!”

Yes TX, drinking time.

Comment by pittbluegold 12.04.12 @ 5:08 pm

Pitt must have angered the football gods in some way. Rotten luck and results of this magnitude for this long have to be influenced by some unseen force. You can’t really flip a coin and have it come up heads 95 times in a row. This is insane.

Comment by Jeff 12.04.12 @ 5:10 pm

TX Panther, where are you in DFW? I recently just moved from the Burgh off 35W north of FW.

When do you guys think we should expect PC to make a statement or if he stays quiet is that bad news bears?

Comment by tedsptman 12.04.12 @ 5:13 pm

I think JoePa is in league with Satan. There can be no other explanation for these events.

Comment by TX Panther 12.04.12 @ 5:14 pm

The WVU board just announce Chryst accepting a job at Wisky… lmao

Comment by Joe D 12.04.12 @ 5:15 pm

If Chryst leaves we are toast we are fucked
let us hope he does the right thing and stays
at Pitt.

Comment by FRANKCAN 12.04.12 @ 5:16 pm

Somewhere in Arizona, Graham is laughing his ass off.

Comment by Joe D 12.04.12 @ 5:18 pm

yes Justinian.

The main advantage of hiring DW is his unlimited source of coaching contacts.

Which would have to be a prerequisite with any future AD at PITT. 🙂

Comment by Emel 12.04.12 @ 5:21 pm

Hope Pederson has Butch Jones on his speed dial.

Comment by TonyinHouston 12.04.12 @ 5:23 pm

From ESPN:
The two logical replacements for Bielema both accepted head coaching positions within the past year. Paul Chryst served as Bielema’s offensive coordinator for seven seasons before he got the opportunity to become the head coach at Pitt this past off season. Dave Doeren…

Wisconsin could commence a national search to find the right coach that would mesh with the school’s traditional style and system. Kent State head coach Darrell Hazell, Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, Western Kentucky head coach Willie Taggart and Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton are coaches that would bring a smashmouth offense with an emphasis on the defensive side of the ball.

Comment by TonyinHouston 12.04.12 @ 5:26 pm

Hey what date in December was it when DW was forced to resign.

The Curse of Wannstache lives

Comment by Emel 12.04.12 @ 5:26 pm

So how much cash does Stevie need to offer PC to stay after a 6-6 season?

Comment by TonyinHouston 12.04.12 @ 5:28 pm

You people are nuts. Many of you on here have been calling for Coach Chryst’s head (here’s to you, Joe D). Now there’s a possibility that he may go, and now you’re pleading for him to stay.

I’d go if I was him. He’s from there. He’s an alum. His best friend would be his boss. And most importantly, he would be dealing with a better fan base.

It’s the yinzers who frequent this site that are causing Pitt football to die. You all constantly complaining about whomever the coach is, rather than supporting him. Well many of you didn’t support him this year, so this is what you end up with.

Comment by hacky3 12.04.12 @ 5:28 pm

It’s either that (and btw it was on a Tuesday afternoon) or this:

“Senior quarterback Sunseri thinks Pitt football’s future bright”

Read more: link to

This is known as the Sunseri Whammy

Comment by Emel 12.04.12 @ 5:29 pm

Pitt football:

“Joke ’em if they can’t take a fuck.”
—Robin Williams.

Anybody got some good jokes?

Comment by Gas 12.04.12 @ 5:29 pm

I think the vast majority on this site supported Chryst and were willing to give him time to get better at recruiting and game day coaching. Steve Penisson is causing Pitt football a long and painful death.

Comment by TX Panther 12.04.12 @ 5:31 pm

Does anyone think Brooks Bollinger would be ready for a had coaching job. Seems to on that path but I think it’s too early. We need to make a splash with the hire if goes that way. Don’t have time for a coaching project. Although it might be time to give Teryl Austin a shot.

Comment by Wd 12.04.12 @ 5:32 pm

If I remember correctly, Chryst’s contract has a huge buyout… I mean huge…

Chryst even talked about it at his opening pressor. He wanted an HC so bad, he told them in interviews to write it into the contract… that was his way of beating out Cristobal or others in the interview process.

It may cost Wisky $5million to buyout Chyrst… and if they were not willing to pay Bielema to stay… they are not going to cough up those bucks.

Comment by Joe D 12.04.12 @ 5:32 pm

Chryst will be out by the end of the week. Wannstedt anyone? I told you..he’s the best we can do. Best 3 year run since Marino, top 15 classes, another coming in before we fired him.

Comment by TonyC 12.04.12 @ 5:33 pm

OK lets cut all this Chryst is leaving BS – you guys are making me nervous AND I just bought my bowl tickets last night!!!!

Comment by Pitt it IS 12.04.12 @ 5:34 pm

Q: What do you get with a 500 record and a Compass Bowl invite?
A: A new Pitt football coach.

Comment by TX Panther 12.04.12 @ 5:34 pm

Bielema is pretty smart to get out while on top.

Wisconsin is never going to go to 3 straight Rose Bowl games again.

Brooks Bollinger,,,,NO

We just went thru, “On the job training” with PC.

Comment by Emel 12.04.12 @ 5:35 pm

I’ve been critical of Chryst but I never said he should be fired. And I’m pretty sure no one has ever said he should be fired. Basically, he needs to prove himself as a head coach. That being said, Chryst leaving would be bad for the program, too many coaches in too many years.

Comment by Wardapalooza 12.04.12 @ 5:37 pm

I’ve noted this before.

But it bears repeating.

Apparently when you play in the Compass Bowl,
it says that your program is in one of these 3 states:

Either in a Directionless State
Was in a Directionless State
Or will be in a Directionless State

Ie. As in Need of a Compass

Figured you wanted to know 😉

Comment by Emel 12.04.12 @ 5:41 pm

I know that it is his school, his hometown and where he worked for 7 years. But Chryst knows all the crap that the Pitt kids have been through. They trusted him. Pitt gave him a chance to be a head coach. If he leaves these kids, he is lower than Todd Graham. He is lower than whale shit on the bottom of the ocean. I think he is a man of character and that he will stay.

Comment by Houston Panther 12.04.12 @ 5:43 pm

Chryst will do what is best for his family so we hope he makes it soon so Pitt can move on.

Comment by frank MD 12.04.12 @ 5:48 pm

Leading candidates to replace Bielema at Wis: Todd Graham, Barry Alvarez, Darrell Bevell, Cam Cameron, Butch Jones, Jon Gruden

— Dré (@Andy_Fenelon) December 4, 2012


Comment by tedsptman 12.04.12 @ 5:53 pm

Just saw that commits Tony Harper, Luke Maclean and Scott Orndorf are tweeting Coach Chryst isn’t going anyway>

Comment by giveitarest 12.04.12 @ 5:54 pm

isn’t going anywhere

Comment by giveitarest 12.04.12 @ 5:56 pm

time for a single malt!!!!!!!!

Comment by giveitarest 12.04.12 @ 5:56 pm

Buy out clause too high? Whisky wanting a coach with more experience? I hope Chryst stays and doesn’t put the kids through this again, but I don’t blame him for pursuing his dream job. But, how has that worked out for Howland?

Comment by TX Panther 12.04.12 @ 5:59 pm

At the risk of dodging more overripe tomatoes: can somebody please explain to me how it’d be Steve Pederson’s fault if (TBD) Paul Chryst goes home to accept his dream job, or why SP should be fired for it?

Any more than it wasn’t Jeff Long’s fault that Ben Howland took the UCLA job, saying at the time it was the only job he’dda left Pitt for?

Yes it would be nice for PC to hang around for awhile. But let’s be HONEST honest: it’s not like dude went 11-1 and just missed the NCG. At least two of our six losses lay right at his feet due to his OJT (bonehead QB or not): Syracuse and UConn. And maybe Notre Dame too (that run up the middle instead of setting up for the missed FG was boneheaded too).

Comment by Imma Man! Im 40! 12.04.12 @ 5:59 pm

Well it won’t be Steve Addazio. After two seasons at Temple, he’s going to BC.

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.04.12 @ 6:07 pm

Man this sucks. Well there’s a lot of reasons for Paul to stay. But there are a lot of reasons for him to go. Bottom line…and I say this in all seriousness…it’s probably going to come down to what his wife wants him to do. Hopefully she made more friends in Pittsburgh than Penny Graham.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 12.04.12 @ 6:10 pm

Joe d good call about the buyout. I forgot about that.
I wouldn’t care if he leaves besides the impact on recruits and continuity. He hasn’t proven anything. Maybe a few years from now after the next wisky coach fails and PC is leading the Pitt charge back to glory he will leave.

Comment by KRF 12.04.12 @ 6:10 pm

In other news…

Pitt +3.5 against Ole Miss.

Comment by Mailman 12.04.12 @ 6:12 pm

I’ve been one of PC’s harshest critics, but I just did send him an email. Well that was 30 minutes ago so it must have got delivered.

I’d be shocked, what with him being an alum of UW and having played QB there and basically built their offense the last 6 to 7 years and less than 12 months removed from Madison, that he would stay.

On the other hand he doesn’t seem like the type that wouldn’t honor his contract. We shall see if there is any sanity left in college football.

Comment by Emel 12.04.12 @ 6:15 pm

I’m not expecting HCPC to leave but, if he does, Steve P ought to assemble a blue ribbon committee of former Pitt greats – Ditka, Marino, Dorsett, May, among others – to find our next head coach.

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.04.12 @ 6:16 pm

@Imma Man
Steve gets canned because he isn’t making Pitt an attractive place to coach (if PC leaves) and because he isn’t hiring people who WANT TO BE HERE. Add the fact that we, the fanatics, will not stand for this downward spiral, nor will the $$$$football alumni.

The Chancellor will step in and do something fincially to secure PC staying.

If I’m up in Madison, I’m looking for an experienced coach with accomplishments. People like Al Golden (UM is gonna get massive sanctions and he knows it) or a variety of NFL coaches would probably all be a better choice.

Comment by ClarkLotTgate 12.04.12 @ 6:17 pm

Buyouts are meaningless. $5 mil is chump change when you are expecting a huge payout from a revised TV contract.

Comment by Chuck Morris 12.04.12 @ 6:18 pm

I think it comes down to Wisconsin and what other options are available for them. If they offer, he’s going. I dont however think he is a shoe in for the job. This is a one year head coach that managed just 6-6 in the weak ass Big East and lost to Youngstown State at home. Now granted he had to deal with the Tino factor but still no excuse. It was obvious though that the more time Chryst and Bollinger got to work with Tino the better he got and who knows what they could do with real talent at the QB slot?

This is just more bad luck for Pitt football. The one job that we know for sure Chryst would desire and unexpectedly it opens up after his first season. Somewhere in hell JoePa and Bill Stewart are having a good chuckle over this one.

Comment by Coach Ditka 12.04.12 @ 6:20 pm

There is absolutely no reason for PC to stay other than he feels bad. This is a no-brainer for him.

Comment by Chris 12.04.12 @ 6:23 pm

I just hope this doesn’t drag out for a Month, because I just read Bielema wants to Coach Wisky in the Rose Bowl.

Which means UW might not name a replacement till AFTER the Rose Bowl.

Comment by Emel 12.04.12 @ 6:30 pm

Well, hot damn, I’ll be a monkeys uncle!!!

And here, I thought it was 30 years of lousy to mediocre at best football, a constant coaching carousel, and AD that quits, then gets rehired after being run out of Lincoln before he ruined one of the most storied football programs in the country, countless mis-hires etc. etc.

And here, I find out, the demise of Pitt football is because of 30-40 guys b.s.’ing on a sports blog about Pitt??

I mean, I’m sure Chas has hundreds if not thousands of people looking in, but, there’s a core of 30-40 regulars who post.

Hot damn, I didn’t know I was so powerful.

Another thing, as a Chryst supporter, I can honestly say, I haven’t seen anyone calling for his firing. I’ve seen some question some calls and things like that during the year, afterall, that would be the norm and expected on a sports blog.

And, almost everyone on here, has season tickets. There’s some older fellas, and some with some illness’ that can’t get to the games. That’s understood. Some that live in Ga., SC., Ca., Tx. etc. etc that can’t get to the games, understood.

But, a majority of us go to the games.

Hell, some would call us the die hards and thank God that we even exist for this university and football team.

Others say, we’re the problem. mmmm, huh.

Learn something new everyday.

Comment by Dan 12.04.12 @ 6:31 pm

click your heels 3 times turn in a circle 3 times
and say chryst is not leaveing chryst is not leaveing what the hell it worked in ozz.

Comment by FRANKCAN 12.04.12 @ 6:41 pm

Me too Marietta Mike. Me too.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 12.04.12 @ 6:45 pm

I’ve felt all along, every single time I read one of Dan or EMEL’s posts filled with twisted humor, that these were potential coach killers, but I never thought they could bring down the whole program.

Comment by marcus of schaumburg 12.04.12 @ 6:50 pm

Hey if PC leaves, this guy just became available:

Frank Spaziani,

IKR haha

Comment by Emel 12.04.12 @ 7:02 pm

The Spazstache is the only one who can remove:

The Curse of Wannstache

(ongoing since Tuesday, 12/7/2010)

Pitt football did get Pearl Harbored that day.
A day that will live in infamy !

Comment by Emel 12.04.12 @ 7:18 pm

Arkansas will regret the hire. Bielema would not have sniffed the RB this year had OSU and PSU not been on probation.
His record has steadily gotten worse as his recruits take root.
With Meyer in his division, Wisky is on the short list to mid tier. He had mass detections from his staff.
To win at Arkansas you have to recruit out of state talent. Not as much as needed in WV, but not far removed.
He will do best in years 2 & 3 when kids recruited by petrino mature. After that it will drop off.
He is not anywhere near Saban, spurrier, miles or even Richt as a coach or recruiter.

Comment by SFPitt 12.04.12 @ 7:25 pm

Whoa! Hold your darn horses people!

Paul Chryst preaches integrity, building trust and developing these young men as football players. We all know he’s interviewed for HC positions in the past and Pitt is the U who gave him his first chance.

1. Do you think he’s happy with his job performance? I think he did his best but he grew as a HC and I think he knows he will keep growing here.
2. I think he has far more intestinal fortitude than Fraud and he’ll walk the talk he preaches, commitment.
3. After this ridiculous musical coaching carousel don’t you believe he everyone across the country would belittle him worse than Fraud for jumping ship? Well, perhaps the early hominids from Mountain queer U might be laughing but his character would take a very serious hit.
4. Everything I’ve heard about PC is he’s happy here at Pitt. Sure, we all know he wants to coach at back at UW someday but is he really ready right now?

We all graduated from a great university rich in tradition. I never made it to UW but I bet Pitt has a great deal more to offer. I’m from the other side of the state and was completely surprised with Pittsburgh the first time I visited and decided this was the U for me.

Have faith!

I bet PC does the right thing.

Comment by JD 12.04.12 @ 7:28 pm

Excellent points SF Pitt: if I’m PC’s agent, I say to consider Wisconsin’s conference position carefully before leaving a program after one solid C+ year, in terms of your career 5 years down the line.

The reality is, Wisconsin will have a HC opening again, probably in 3-6 years. They have lost all their minor league talent development to other positions, so there’s no easy internal solution, for hiring. And, considering whomever is hired will lose 2-3 times a year in conference, strong coaches who don’t need the leg up shouldn’t consider the role- unless they need money and/or a position fast. It’s a short term pay out now, to be fired in a few seasons, if you can’t figure out how to beat Michigan, Ohio State and/or Penn State consistently, starting in 2014. It’s tripping up the ladder otherwise.

I would advise Chryst to use the time he committed to Pitt, to strengthen his coaching skills, so he develops his own abilities to get hired in his dream job, so he can excel in the role, in 3-6 seasons, after this hire fails. He’s young enough where he can wait out this coaching cycle & take the position with more experience under his belt, for more money over the long run.

And then, he looks like a good guy now, staying at Pitt.
And Chryst gets to be a returning alumni hero a few years down the road, in a better position to negotiate for more money, for the same job. With more experience to actually do a good job for Wisconsin- and they won’t have to pay out his Pitt contract at that time.


Comment by Rieur1114 12.04.12 @ 8:45 pm

FRANKCAN, you have me laughing. Lets keep those ruby slippers away from PC. Don’t want to hear any “there’s no place like home” chants from the HC office. ….

Comment by Bossdaws 12.04.12 @ 8:51 pm

Wow….210 posts on the script?

Comment by Jackagain 12.04.12 @ 9:03 pm

EMEL, I hope you begged PC to stay, and asked for the return of the script and blue and yellow!

Comment by markp 12.04.12 @ 9:24 pm

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