I just saw this article from DiPaola of the Trib and thought it would be good to get your collective blood pressure up before you really start your weekend…
New Mississippi State coach Ben Howland said Friday former Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson never received proper credit for the Panthers’ move from the Big East to the ACC.
“I hope people realize what an unbelievable job Steve Pederson did for Pitt basketball and the university,” Howland said on TribLive Radio. “You would not be in the ACC today were it not for his vision.”
Pederson hired Howland in 1999 and guided the Panthers to two NCAA Tournament appearances in four seasons. Howland left Pitt for UCLA, where he guided the Bruins to three consecutive Final Four appearances, including a national runner-up finish in 2005-2006. His lead assistant with the Panthers, Jamie Dixon, succeeded him at Pitt. UCLA fired Howland after the 2012-13 season. Mississippi State hired Howland on Tuesday. Pitt fired Pederson in December.
“If Pitt was still in Pitt Stadium and playing in (Fitzgerald Field House), you’d be in the AAC in a no-bid league with (non-revenue) football and wondering what we’re going to do next,” Howland said.
Discuss please until we have news from today’s scrimmage to talk about…
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