ShareThis Page
College

Pelini not surprised he was passed over by Pitt

| Monday, Jan. 3, 2005

MIAMI -- Bo Pelini is not surprised that he was not hired to replace former Pitt coach Walt Harris.

The Oklahoma defensive coordinator was among the first candidates contacted last month by Pitt athletic director Jeff Long after Harris was cut loose.

However, Pelini, a Youngstown, Ohio, native, did not make the cut beyond an opening round of talks with Long. The job eventually went to Dave Wannstedt.

Pelini, like Wannstedt, has ample NFL experience and is a defensive-minded coach. However, Wannstedt has the added edge of being a Pitt alumnus.

"You know, you kind of read the writing on the wall," Pelini said Sunday during Orange Bowl media day. "When you look and see that there's a bunch of Pitt guys being considered and one non-Pitt guy, you think, 'Uh, is that a plus or a minus for me?'

"But they hired a good football coach. He'll do a good job for them."

Pelini, 37, now is being mentioned as a possible successor to Paul Pasqualoni, who was fired last week by Syracuse.

But, Pelini said he has not yet been contacted by Syracuse. He is trying to focus on preparing for Tuesday night's Orange Bowl game against top-ranked Southern California.

"I've heard a lot of speculation, and it's very flattering," he said. "I really don't think about the next job very much, especially in a situation where we're getting ready to play for the national championship."

Pelini laughed when someone asked if USC coach Pete Carroll was behind the Syracuse rumors. The two coaches have been friends since Pelini worked as the New England Patriots' linebackers coach under Carroll from 1997-99.

"Yeah, Pete probably wants me to get distracted this week," Pelini said.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me