It's hard to get coaches to commit to much when it comes to assessing other programs. Athlon, though, accomplished that task with one stipulation - anonymity.
Big East coaches weighed on each other's programs and here's what someone had to say about Pitt.
"For all the missteps, bad hires and musical chairs that have occurred with Pitt’s head coaching position, I think they’re very fortunate to end up with Paul Chryst. I thought they were in good shape with Todd Graham, after what happened with Mike Haywood. But then Graham bolted after one very mediocre season leaving the Panthers searching for yet another head coach.
Chryst had a great deal of success at Wisconsin and I think that can bring that same success with him to Pittsburgh.
I think Chryst’s style of offense will benefit Tino Sunseri. He’s been a whipping boy of Pitt fans, but I think he’ll do more by being asked to do less in Chryst’s system.
The biggest beneficiary will be Ray Graham. He was having a monster year last season before going down with a knee injury. Graham should get plenty of opportunities in Chryst’s offense.
The defense doesn’t return much but that shouldn’t be that big of a concern. If Pitt’s new offensive attack can grind it out, eat the clock and win the time of possession battle, the defense should be more than adequate.
Crap. They've figured out Pitt's plan on offense is going to be to grind it out already? In all seriousness, that's a pretty standard viewpoint. Even with the condition of anonymity, it's still hard to get them to say much that's controversial.
You can head over to the article here to read all of the coaches assessments.