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Holgorsen emerging as leading contender for Pitt job

Dana Holgorsen

Six days after Dave Wannstedtresigned” 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.

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4 Responses to “Holgorsen emerging as leading contender for Pitt job”
  1. cubano76 says: Dec 13, 2010 2:55 PM

    That’s one sweet picture of Coach Holgorsen!!!! LMAO, way to go Pitt. He DEF needs to be on the cover of the media guide next year.

  2. raiderredleg says: Dec 13, 2010 2:59 PM

    Hope Holgorsen takes a page out of the Gus Malzahn playbook and turns Pitt down.

    Okie State (even if Blackmon goes pro) has a ton of talent on offense coming back and without Nebraska in the Big 12 (and a rebuilding Texas program) stands a great chance of being the best team in the conference (IF they beat OU…I know BIG “if”).

    Besides his “high flying” offense is better suited to warmer climates (imagine his style of offense in the SEC or Pac-12) verses playing in the Big East.

    And don’t forget that T. Boone Pickens can always open the check book and keep him one more year in Stillwater with a big raise.

  3. wavoka says: Dec 13, 2010 4:22 PM

    “Just wait till next year!!”

    Ahhh yes, the perennial* war cry of the Okie State fan

    * For those of you that “graduated” from Okie State that word means it goes on year after year after year. Just like your lack of shoes and your unholy love for your sister.

  4. raiderredleg says: Dec 13, 2010 5:07 PM

    @ wavoka

    Stay classy.

    Especially liked the “Just like your lack of shoes and your unholy love for your sister” quote.

    REAL CLASSY…You should really interview with ESPN…That kind of analysis doesn’t come along often.

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