Re: Pitt has a new coach
Originally Posted by Reds4Life
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.
The administration talked up the hire as a character move pretty heavily. This was probably the worst case scenario given the language they used to sell the hire to the fan base.
"This isnít stats vs scouts - this is stats and scouts working together, building an organization that blends the best of both worlds. This is the blueprint for how a baseball organization should be run. And, whether the baseball men of the 20th century like it or not, this is where baseball is going."---Dave Cameron, U.S.S. Mariner