At least it's not the head coach this time.
Once again, Pitt will head to the BBVA Compass Bowl with an interim coach, this year at defensive coordinator, as it was announced last night that Dave Huxtable will be taking the same position with ACC foe North Carolina State:
On Huxtable, it's my understanding the move was mutual. DH had a very vocal coaching style, contrasting w/ Chryst's laid-back demeanor #Pitt— Sam Werner (@SWernerPG) December 15, 2012
Similar thoughts are echoed in DiPaola's article, calling his coaching style abrasive:
Huxtable, who often displayed an abrasive coaching style that contrasted with coach Paul Chryst‘s laid-back demeanor, will join the staff of new Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren, who was hired after two years at Northern Illinois. Huxtable will not coach Pitt in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 5, but Chryst has not named a replacement.
Obligatory reaction from Chryst and a player:
“We appreciate Hux‘s contributions to our program this year and wish him the best in his new opportunity,” Chryst said in a statement.
Senior safety Andrew Taglianetti said he appreciated Huxtable‘s passion and intensity for the game.
“You didn‘t want to be the one getting yelled at by him, but you appreciated it when it happened,” Taglianetti said. “Even when he yelled at someone else, you fed off it and said, ‘Let‘s get it going here.‘
“That is something North Carolina State is really going to like. He has taught us well these past 14 weeks. I don‘t think we will lose a step for the (Compass Bowl) because of the groundwork he laid.”
Both Pittsburgh papers calling this a mutual decision is not an accident. Whether that's the truth or just what's leaking on the Pittsburgh side of things remains to be seen, but either way, Pitt's losing an astounding defensive coach. Style be damned, I really liked Hux as a coach at Pitt. But then again, I didn't have to work with him.
Best of Some amount of luck to Hux in the ACC.