Paul Chryst landed a quality job at Pitt (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
ESPN ranked the Big East coaching jobs last week and Pitt finished high on the list.One of the criteria in determining the rankings? Facilities. I'm always intrigued by the fact that Pitt's facilities both hurt and help the program, depending on who you're talking to.
As Bryan pointed out in one of his link dumps last week, ESPN's ranking was particularly confusing. The site ranked Pitt as the second best job in part due to their facilities, but ranked Pitt's actual facilities fourth in the conference - partially because they're off-campus.
I've pointed this out before, but I don't particularly care where people come out on the on-campus vs. off-campus stadium issue. But you can't claim that Heinz Field and the south side facilities are great and terrible for Pitt at the same time.
Even taking that out of the equation, though, Pitt has plenty of other things going for them, anyway. Pitt has a strong football history and the school is in what's been voted a few times as the nation's most livable city. They're soon moving to the ACC and, as Andrea Adelson points out in that article, are in a good recruiting area.