Pitt football will have a different feel in 2011. Todd Graham replaces Dave Wannstedt as head coach, but the Panthers also lost five key players that were selected in the NFL draft.
Gone are running back Dion Lewis, wide receiver Jon Baldwin, defensive ends Greg Romeus and Jabaal Sheard, and linebacker Jason Pinkston.
Building a new foundation, installing new schemes, and developing team chemistry will take time. The 2-back power running game gives way to “High octane, fast temp, explosive, dynamic, powerful, unique, intense, innovate.” (Straight from the Pitt summer camps brochure)
Graham explained to Rivals, "We are not going to go from A to Z, not in one year. When I was at Rice, we went from A to G. When I went back to Tulsa, we went from A to M. We're hoping we can be somewhere in there."
"We will look very different from Year One to Year Four."
The new coaching staff is working to build a family atmosphere within the program. GoPittFootball.com, an in-house website for the Panthers’ program, has a well-produced video revolving around the theme of “family.”
Graham’s first four games as the head coach at Pitt will come against Buffalo, Maine, at Iowa, and Notre Dame.
This summer, Pitt will host three separate 1-day prospect camps for high school campers, a 3-day individual camp for ages 12-18, a 1-day specialists camps for high school campers only, a 1-day “Big Man Challenge,” and 2-day team passing camp.
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