I guess it was too much to ask. Dave Wannstedt would have been a great representative for Pitt's football program. And I suppose he would have taken a job with the athletic department a few years down the road when he was discussing getting away from the game.
But the way things ended, it probably wasn't very realistic that he would stay in the athletic department. And it sounds as if he might not have to do that.
Dave Wannstedt not only has a chance to get back to the NFL, but according to Chris Mortensen and Adan Schefter, he apparently will have his choice of jobs:
Within the next 24 hours, Wannstedt is expected to talk to his former Dallas Cowboys counterpart and current San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner about succeeding former San Diego defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, who agreed Tuesday to become the Carolina Panthers head coach.
But Rivera also is interested in talking with Wannstedt, who wants to become an assistant head coach. Rivera needs a defensive coordinator and Wannstedt is a candidate for the job.
The Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills also have expressed interest in Wannstedt for various coaching roles.
I'm really glad to hear that about Wannstedt. Say what you will about his coaching ability, but he loved the university and was really a player's coach. So I'm glad to see him not only land back in the NFL (if he wants to do that), but that he's got some options.