02 January 2011
If you had Houston's Kevin Sumlin as the next Pitt head coach in your hastily organized office pool, Chris Peak has some bad news for you:
"I have no interest in the Pitt coaching vacancy," said Sumlin. "As a matter of fact I denied their request for me to speak with them about the vacancy the first time around and nothing has changed for me."
Ugh. That generally jives with a Pete Thamel New York Times report that Sumlin along with Tulsa's Todd Graham and Iowa State's Paul Rhodes refused to even talk to Pitt.
So that's one down. Two more you can eliminate from contention: Marvin Lewis and Rich Rodriquez. The Rodriquez thing should be pretty obvious: despite leading the most prominent brand in football, his only success was to land the Wolverines on NCAA probation. There is no reason to believe he would do any better at Pitt.
Marvin Lewis is Dave Wannstedt. Hiring him is an implicit admission that Pitt screwed up by firing Wannstedt. I am also presuming the story that he is on Pitt's short list is complete bullshit. Lombardi's source is a "league source," not a "Pitt source." My suspicion is that those associated with Marvin Lewis wanted to float Lewis' name to convey a not-so-subtle message that he is interested in the job when he canned at Cincinnati on Monday. Count me in the thanks-but-no-thanks camp.
At least there are a few good jokes out there. The operator of a fake Twitter account for former Kansas State Head Coach Ron Prince has expressed interest on his behalf.
I really needed the laugh.
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