Make that three head coaching jobs that Dave Wannstedt has been canned from. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Pitt football coach Dave Wannstedt has been fired, defensive line coach Greg Gattuso told the Post-Gazette today. Gattuso said the assistant coaches were informed this afternoon.
What can you say? Going 7-5 in the weakest BCS conference in the land when you were widely predicted in the pre-season to be conference champs can get you fired. Also, Note to self: Just because a guy was a head coach in the NFL does not mean he is a good football coach.
For 'Bama, though, this one may have an impact. Outside linebackers coach Sal Sunseri was an All-American linebacker at Pitt in the early 1980's, and his family ties to the school run deeper. His wife was a former gymnast at Pitt, and his son is currently the starting quarterback for the Panthers. Obviously it would be a very enticing offer if Pitt pursued him, and there have been rumors that he would be on a short list of potential replacements if Wannstedt indeed got canned. We'll have to wait and see how this one develops, but keep your eye on one as a possible move in the coming days and weeks. As a final note, if Sunseri does go back to Pitt, I imagine you can probably expect that his son, current 'Bama commitment Vinnie Sunseri, will likely head north with his father.