Multiple industry sources told FootballScoop today that Pitt's chancellor plans to "go big" with this hire.
We were told that Pitt plans to invest heavily in the program both in terms of dedication to staffing and to facilities and operations. Two sources said "significant new commitment to the program" will be announced in connection with the upcoming announcement once a new head coach comes on board.
Sources tell us not to expect Pitt to hire a coordinator. "Their initial list is all current and former head coaches."
Pitt has been stuck in something of a spin cycle as a program lately. A program that claims eight national titles and eight Pro Football Hall of Famers, the Panthers have finished just three seasons ranked in the AP Top 25 since 1990 and have played in one New Year's Six bowl (a 35-7 loss to Utah in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl) since 1984.
As always, as more becomes clear we'll keep you posted on The Scoop.