This is a very significant hire for Pitt football. After four years of anemic offense and overall questionable coaching in it's quest to get back to national prominence, Pitt lands the highly regarded Frank Cignetti per the article. Matt Cavanaugh has "moved on" to become an assistant coach with the New York Jets.

There was allot of rumor mill type stuff after Pitt's dubious 3-0 loss in the Sun Bowl and especially after it was leaked in the the blogasphere that Cav was leaving. It is not clear whether he was pushed out and if so by who. Then even more rumor stuff and wish-list type stuff regarding his replacement. Interestingly, one of the mentionables, Noel Mazzone, who was apparently about to be offered something, caused such a negative backlash from Pitt alums (who viewed him as Cav II- big resume/never a winner/'no-redzone-mazzone' as he was dubbed at Auburn) that the right people listened and he was forced off the list. Mazzone, currently NewYork Jets wr coach, is rumored to be looking at qb coach for Cleveland Browns (LOL). Other mentionables Walt Harris will coach in some capacity for Akron, and Chan Gailey willl stay in the NFL.