Pitt Loses Three Assistants to Rich Rod and Arizona

It was expected once Rodriguez signed on with the Wildcats, but now the move is official. Calvin Magee, the co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach, Tony Dews, the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator, and Tony Gibson, the defensive backs coach, have all left Pitt and will not coach in Pitt's bowl game.

On the field, this shouldn't affect this team too badly as they were already dealing with a coaching change from last season. This happened early enough that Pitt will be able to quickly replace them and have all spring to get their systems in place. The problem may come with recruiting.

Gibson was the lead recruiter in many of Pitt's top prospects, including Rushel Shell, Adam Bisnowaty, and Chris and Demitrious Davis. Could his departure lead to commitments from some of this class? It's possible, but an assistant departure is obviously not as devastating to a recruiting class as a head coach departure. Don't be surprised if other schools come calling for these prospects, as we've already seen with Shell and new Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. In all honesty, though, I don't expect any recruits to decommit over the move.

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