Six days after Dave Wannstedt “resigned” as Pittsburgh’s head coach, the school appears to be zeroing in on a replacement.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and citing a source with knowledge of the search, Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Wannstedt as Pitt’s next head football coach.
Holgorsen has been connected to the opening for some time, although he denied last week that he’d been contacted by the school. However, the Post-Gazette writes that Holgorsen was contacted by Pitt late last week and interviewed with Pederson at an undisclosed location over the weekend.
The job has not been offered to anybody despite Internet speculation, athletic department spokesman E.J. Borghetti told the paper.
In addition to Holgorsen, Al Golden, the now-former Temple head coach who will be introduced as Miami’s new head coach Monday evening, was thought to be a candidate, as were/are the likes of San Diego State’s Brady Hoke and Iowa State’s Paul Rhoads. Both of those coaches have been spoken to by Pitt, although Hoke recently received a contract extension from SDSU and Rhoads, the paper writes, is not a candidate at this team.
Other names that have been on the periphery of the search include in-limbo Florida defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, Pitt offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti and Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley.