10 December 2010
1. According to Paul Zeise, Pitt has contacted Oklahoma State's Dana Holgrosen and Temple's Al Golden- or someone on Pitt's behalf contact someone they know. Subject to change, I'm on the Bradley bandwagon, but Holgrosen and his insanely potent offenses are close behind. I'm definitely luke-warm on Al Golden.
I'm sure there will be more names thrown out there, but at this point, I'd have to say the favorites sure seem to be Holgrosen, Golden and Bradley in that order.
Of course, if Pitt does want Holgrosen, they might want to act quickly as rumors have surfaced that Nebraska might soon be looking for a new coach soon. No idea whether Nebraska would want him, but I'd imagine he'd be at least strongly considered.
Other names that get tossed out there yet seem to either be not in the consideration or a distance third-tier are Sal Sunseri, Frank Cignetti, Teryl Austin and of course my favorite:
2. Kind of forgot about the fact that there's one more game left this season. But according to Phil Bennett, Dave Wannstedt will coach in it on January 8th. Or at least that's the plan right now:
When reached by telephone Thursday night, however, Wannstedt said he hadn't made up his mind. Pitt has left the decision on whether to coach the game up to him.
Wannstedt said he is going to get the team prepared, get the practices going and the game plan in and try to help move the program forward over the next few weeks before he decides whether to coach the game.
"I'm going to show up for work tomorrow morning like I always do because I owe it to these kids, I care about them and I don't want to let them down," Wannstedt said. "But this is hard right now, and I'm not ready to go all the way and say I'll definitely be on the sideline for the game. I'll take it a day at a time."
3. I haven't started looking at Kentucky at all yet, but last night their quarterback got arrested and charged with public intox and disorderly conduct:
Police say they were called out to a duplex along Cresent Avenue around 3 a.m. for a report of an active disturbance. When officers arrived, they found a group of people outside involved in a verbal altercation.
Police arrested Hartline, 22, and charged him with disorderly conduct and alcohol intoxication.
Obviously, we've not had the kind of season (or off-season) where stones could/should be thrown and this is unlikely to result in any sort of suspension. Just file this under "FYI."
4. Patrick Johnson over at In The Bleachers does some pretty cool statistical voodoo and has determined that Tino Sunseri is the Big East MVP based on his Positive Impact Factor (PIF). PIF is calculated by simply comparing that player's positive plays (completions, rushes, etc) and negative plays (incompletions, interceptions, sacks taken, etc). Then he waives a magic wand - and remember kids, numbers are nothing but devil magic - and Tino Sunseri ends up with the 35th best PIF.
A pretty cool and useful statistic for measuring a quarterback. As for the MVP thing: we can argue over how good Sunseri actually is, but have you seen the other Big East quarterbacks?
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