Reader saxkat gives an observation on Pitt's coaches over the past 30 years through this Fanpost. To write your own, use the links over to the right.
Observing the abysmal failure of Pitt’s football program over the past thirty years, one has to wonder: How in God's name does Pitt's Athletic Department conduct its selection process for hiring head football coaches? Throw darts at the sports section of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette? Place names in a hat and let a chimpanzee choose one? Call coaching assistants at other schools and pick the one that doesn't laugh when they offer them a coaching job at Pitt?
The last time that the football world witnessed a head football coach that was as clearly in over his head as Paul Chryst, Mike Singletary was coaching the San Francisco 49'ers. Somehow, both coaches inspire the somewhat nauseating feeling among fans that "no matter how bad we may look on the field, we haven’t reached bottom yet."
Apparently the selection process at Pitt is beyond hope or redemption, but here is a simple suggestion for the Athletic Department which may help a little. When you fire an unsuccessful football coach, be it Foge Fazio (who couldn't win even with Dan Marino), Paul Hackett (no, he couldn't hack it), Johnny Majors 2.0, (much older and crappier than version 1.0), Walt (how does my hair look?) Harris, Dave (yes, I suck, but at least I love Pitt!) Wannstadt, Todd (I'm so outta here!) Graham, or Michael (wife-beater) Haywood, you are supposed to replace him with a better coach, not an even more useless and incompetent coach.
Paul Chryst may yet prove to be the most hapless coach in the Pitt Inglorious Bastard Coaches Hall of Shame, and that is really saying something. But how can Pitt fans blame a football coach who is clearly in over his head? Why not pin the tail on at least one of the donkeys (Steve Pederson) that is pulling the hiring strings at Pitt?