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Cristobal Pitt front-runner; announcement coming after bowl game?

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Nearly a week after being blindsided by Todd Graham‘s decision to leave for the Arizona State job, Pittsburgh may be on the verge of landing its replacement.

Possibly.  Maybe.

Here’s what is known as it pertains to Pitt’s search for a successor to Graham: according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Florida International head coach Mario Cristobal, Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst and Ohio State assistant Luke Fickell — and former Kansas head coach Mark Mangino, CFT has been told — are known to have interviewed for the vacancy.  The Post-Gazette writes that Cristobal has emerged as the leader for the job but does not want to get any further into the talks until after the Panthers — FIU’s Golden version, not the Pitt version — play in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl against Marshall Tuesday night.

As noted by the paper, that means nothing would happen on the Pitt job front until Wednesday at the earliest.  The school has yet to formally offer the job to Cristobal, and likely won’t until they are certain Cristobal will accept the offer.

If money is the overriding factor for Cristobal, a Miami (Fla.) native, it will be an easy decision for the fifth-year coach; Pitt could at least triple Cristobal’s current salary of $500,000 if/when the job is offered.

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3 Responses to “Cristobal Pitt front-runner; announcement coming after bowl game?”
  1. queenlivekillers says: Dec 20, 2011 2:04 PM

    Nothing against Cristobal (he would give Pitt a leg up in Florida recruiting), but I hoped that Packers QB coach Tom Clements would get a shot at this job. This would definitely be a better fit for him than the Penn State job that he applied for. He grew up across the river in McKees Rocks, so he gets Pitt football and western PA football culture.

  2. blastfurnaceknows says: Dec 20, 2011 3:04 PM

    Nothing against Cristobal, but Chryst, Fickell & Paul Rhoads are all better candidates. Considering Steve “I Smile When I Am Doing Something Stupid – Thus, I Smile A Lot” Pederson is at the helm of this search, I am prepared to be underwhelmed again. Pitt, please fire this incompetent assclown already.

  3. heyzeus143 says: Dec 21, 2011 5:06 PM

    zzzzzzzzzzzzz from the city of Pittsburgh regarding college football

    hope it works out for Pitt from me

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