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Turmoil is knocking at Pitt's door again

Just when you thought it was safe to celebrate another Pitt football bowl berth in the BBVA bowl, signs are pointing in the direction of a coaching change.

Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema resigned as coach of Wisconsin to take the job at Arkansas. So there were immediate links of Pitt coach Paul Chryst leaving for Wisconsin before you could even finish the thought, why would Bielema leave Wisconsin for Arkansas? (Probably money and the allure of the SEC.)

Chryst was the offensive coordinator at Wisconsin and he played for the Badgers, so, naturally, everyone began connecting the dots.

I think Pitt and Chryst tried to sever some connections with this statement, but I'm not so sure:
I understand the speculation surrounding my name given today’s developments. I am committed to the Pitt football program and the University of Pittsburgh. I am focusing all my time and energy on our team’s bowl game preparation and recruiting a great group of young men to join our program and this outstanding university. We are working hard every day to re-establish this program and I am excited about the future of Pitt football.
It doesn't really scream, "I'm not going anywhere," does it?

It seems like this only happens when Pitt goes to the BBVA bowl, which is now going on three straight seasons.

Maybe the Panthers should turn it down if they get invited again.

We'll have to see in the coming days whether the Panthers will join other schools looking for a new coach.


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