One year ago, Dave Wannstedt led Pitt to three consecutive wins over ranked opponents to move to 10-1. At that time, Wannstedt was 34-24 as the head coach of the Panthers in 5 seasons.
The Panthers then lost their final two regular season games, a 19-16 defeat to West Virginia and a 45-44 loss to Cincinnati. (Last time we checked, both were pretty darn solid programs).
After defeating UNC in the Meineke Car Care Bowl game, Wannstedt agreed to a new contract through the 2014 season.
In the crazy world of the coaching profession, today, Dave Wannstedt is no longer the head coach at his alma mater. After a 7-5 season, Wannstedt “resigned” yesterday.
Shortly thereafter, Wannstedt stood behind a podium and uttered a one sentence statement before turning to his players and saying, “Let’s go have a team meeting.”
AD Steve Pederson, who hired Bill Callahan at Nebraska, offered a weak explanation when asked if Wannstedt could have returned next season as head coach. Pederson said, “Well, the conversations that we had are between Dave and I, and only Dave and I were in those conversations. And I think we both arrived at that conclusion."
What a crazy profession!