The last few years have been a fiasco for Pitt football.
At 6-6 Pitt is lost in mediocrity and headed to the BBVA Compass Bowl this year. The source of the stagnation has to fall with Athletic Director Steve Pederson and other administrators charged with hiring head coaches.
Since firing Dave Wannstedt in 2010, Pederson and his brain trust have hired three more. The first replacement, Michael Haywood, was fired after a domestic violence episode before he coached a game. The next pick was Todd Graham — who built a reputation on a "high-octane" offense. He left after one year. The offense appeared to run on low-grade fuel for much of that season.
Now former Wisconsin assistant Paul Chryst is in charge. The results after one year are familiar: Can't win the easy ones (Youngstown State); flashes of potential followed by a let down (Notre Dame); and a mediocre record accompanied by a low-end bowl game. Sounds a lot like the results produced by a Wannstedt coached team.
It appears things may have come full circle for Pitt, which isn't a good thing. Administrators can run through as many coaches as they want, but progress won't happen until changes are made at the top.
(City Editor Rick Kazmer can be reached at email@example.com. Read his blog, "The Kazmer Report," at dailyamerican.com. Smartphone users can access the blog by scanning the QR code at left.)