Originally Posted by Danny Serafini
I don't buy that for a second. The turnaround he led at Miami was amazing. It's clear he can coach. But disgracing the name of the university is going to get any coach dumped, especially one with no strong tie to the school.
Pitt fans and boosters wanted a proven guy, hiring Haywood wasn't popular with the big money boys. He had 1 winning season, ok, so what? The argument Pitt used to force Wannstedt out was he didn't win enough conference titles, and thus, go to BCS bowls. How is hiring a relative no name, with a thin resume, going to fix that? It isn't. To say this hire was unpopular would be a huge understatement.
You can also add into the fact that about half of Pitt's recruiting class decommitted after Wanny was let go, with most of them already committing to other schools, so Haywood wasn't going to get them back.