Wannstedt era at Pitt off to rocky start

Dave Wannstedt's returning to coach at his alma mater was hailed as the perfect hire for Pitt. But an 0-3 start has dampened the excitement.

Originally Published: September 20, 2005
By Joe Starkey | Special to ESPN.com

PITTSBURGH -- A few hours before Pitt's season opener Sept. 3 against Notre Dame, a famous and forever-fired-up ex-Panther weighed in on whether new coach Dave Wannstedt was the right guy to take the program to the proverbial "next level."

The Panthers had been to five straight bowl games under Walt Harris but hadn't finished in anybody's top 15 since 1982. Despite leading Pitt to the Fiesta Bowl last season, the increasingly unpopular Harris was pushed out the door -- a door that was immediately ...

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