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Hey, would it be too much to ask Pitt to do a better search?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have earned a reputation of being cheap.

Add the University of Pittsburgh to that list.

The Panthers reportedly are interested in Michael Haywood as their next football coach.

For a university that wants to think of itself and its football program as great, you don't consider a coach from a MAC school.

If you're cheap and are looking at saving a few bucks, then Haywood is your guy.

The firing of Dave Wannstedt led folks to believe Pitt wanted more from its program, that Pitt thought it was capable of being an elite football school.

Haywood as a leading candidate after two better ones have gone elsewhere doesn't confirm what Pitt fans wanted to believe.

Sure, Haywood turned around Miami (Ohio) after going 1-11 in his first year. Pitt doesn't need a turnaround. The Panthers need to move up a level.

Maybe Haywood can accomplish that. He reportedly is a good recruiter, and that's half the battle.

But this reminds me of Mike Gottfried.

Perhaps Pitt is impressed with Haywood because he had success against MAC schools. Wannstedt certainly struggled against them.


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