The Sporting News isn't sold on Pitt just yet (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Pitt isn't expected to do much in 2012 - we've been over all of this before. The Sporting News is the latest to pick Pitt's newest head coach Paul Chryst near the bottom when it comes to first-year success.Heck, not near the bottom, but at it. In a look at seven first-year coaches, SN picks Chryst to have the least amount of success in '12. But despite slotting Chryst all the way at the bottom, the site gives some reasons why Pitt can be better this season:
Why 2012 could be better: If only his players will buy in—and that’s asking a lot given the absurd number of coaches they’ve been through—Chryst, who served as Wisconsin’s offensive coordinator last season, will make them shine. He’ll be the one who at last teaches oft-sacked quarterback Tino Sunseri to get rid of the ball. More important, he’ll feed the ball to running backs Ray Graham and Isaac Bennett behind a mammoth offensive line. You know, Wisconsin style. The pieces on defense are just fine; now it’s time for the offense to toughen up.
Mammoth offensive line, yes. Skilled offensive line? That's still up for debate. But with Graham, Bennett, and Rushel Shell, to game plan to run seems set in stone.