December 5th, 2011 at 6:20 PM ^

Magee makes some sense. Dews was not that special, has to be tons of WR coaches with west coast ties. Gibson is simply a walking defensive disaster. He helped Pitt settle into 70th in Passing Defense, a great improvement from 17th last year..


December 5th, 2011 at 5:57 PM ^

Why?  He signed a letter of intent to Michigan and transferred a year later.  Tony Gibson signed a contract with Pitt and left a year later.

It's the way of the world - people change jobs, change allegiances, etc.  I understand being upset if someone lied to you, but you can't be a hypocrite about it and expect sympathy.


December 5th, 2011 at 6:16 PM ^

True, but players have to sit out for a year if they transfer. The coaches they sign up to play for can leave and immediately begin coaching somewhere else, even if they recruited kids with the promise that they would stick around. If that's what underlies his frustration, then I don't blame him.


December 5th, 2011 at 6:50 PM ^

If Cullen could transfer again without losing another year of eligibility, he would have no real right to be angry (as one of his tweets says, this is how it works in the business world.)  But since players aren't allowed to the same contractual freedoms as coaches, I certainly understand his anger at followin a coach who then turns around and leaves.


December 5th, 2011 at 6:46 PM ^

Someone was misled into making one of the biggest decisions of their lives by moving to a different college and being forced to stay there for the next 3 years, only to lose what brought them there without so much as a goodbye?



December 5th, 2011 at 6:55 PM ^

That's the business.  It's been happening for years.  It happens all the time, we talk about it, the media talk about it.  That's college football.

College football coaches lie.  It's not news.  That's why you pick a school where you will be happy, even if your position coach gets fired or takes another job.

He was considering Pitt even when Gibson was at Michigan.  Maybe he should just be happy that he's close to home and playing FBS football.


December 5th, 2011 at 7:14 PM ^

Again, I might agree with you if coaches were held to the same standard as kids. A kid has to sit out a year if he reneges on his commitment to a school/coach. A coach suffers no consequences whatsoever if he reneges on a promise to a kid. You're right in that kids should choose a school based on the school and not the coaching staff, but given the constraints they face with the NCAA, I don't blame them for getting upset when the coaches who recruit them break their promises. 


December 5th, 2011 at 8:47 PM ^

The reason they have the rule is to prevent players from following coaches. Coaches are employees and players are students. The difference in relationship to the school is completely different. I feel for him, but that's why they tell recruits to pick the school that is right for them. Picking based on coach is just going to get you into situations like this in the future.

ND Sux

December 6th, 2011 at 7:55 AM ^

the coach "promised" one kid he's be at Pitt until after said kid graduated?  I doubt it, but even if he did, it should have been taken with a grain of salt.  Situations change all the time...hell, Gibson could easily have been fired before CC graduated.  Thats something he simply couldn't guarantee. 

Also, you're taking CC's word for what was said.  As of now, his word isn't looking any more reliable than Gibson's. 

Frank Drebin

December 6th, 2011 at 3:40 PM ^

Also, he should have read between the lines and realized that RichRod would only be out of a job for 1 year and as soon as he found another, he would bring the gang back together. Gibson and RR are very loyal to each other and anyone on this board could have told him this would be the case.

Picktown GoBlue

December 5th, 2011 at 7:24 PM ^

How many of you thought RR would only be out of coaching a year, then gather up the old buddies from Pitt and WVU at whatever his new gig would be?  That's what I thought.  Thanks for playing along.

Maybe Christian couldn't think through this logic, but there's no way RR is going to stay at CBS long term.  And Pitt and the Big East is not necessarily a destination job for these guys.

Oh, and thanks to whoever shared the link to Christian's Twitter account /s - arghhh!.  Nice line about the 13 year old...