Hard Hitting Coaching News in the East

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

BLAOW!  Rich Ellerson's contract was extended today. Coach E's contract now runs through 2015, which ends up being a standard contract extension. As the team transitions into the fast approaching offseason a new contract for Ellerson is a helpful tool on the recruiting trail and it's a reward that Ellerson earned through two years of good work with the Army football program. Congrats to Rich Ellerson, let's keep it going.

Just as Ellerson was extended, Dave Wannstedt was let go by Pittsburgh. I was always a pretty big fan of Wannstedt at Pitt, but after losses to Connecticut and WVU many Panther fans backed the 'Stache. After 6 years coaching football at our alma mater Wannstedt had burned up all of the administration's goodwill and lost his appointment over it.

Was firing Wannstedt the right move? I don't know. Wanny had a top 25 recruiting class coming in next year, which will certainly suffer some losses due to Wannstedt's firing. Considering Pittsburgh's noted tightwad approach to signing football coaches they won't be bringing in a marquee name as coach. I don't have a clue where they would start their search, but now that the damage is done I can only hope they clean house and at the very least bring in an exciting offensive coach and try to fill the 65000 seats at Heinz Field.

I suppose the silver lining of Wannstedt's firing is that now Pitt fans can shut the fuck up about Fire Wannstedt already. Jesus that song got old. Maybe Pitt partisans can go back to aggravating me by bitching about 'script Pitt' uniforms - but as long as I don't have to hear about it every day, that's cool with me.
All Pitt fans should prepare to tighten their belts because Panthers football is set to get a lot worse before they get any better.




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