You read it right folks, as confirmed by the PG this morning, former WR coach Bryan Bossard is no longer with the team. It was reported that he left to pursue other opportunities. He was probably the most disappointing position coach on the roster as the receiver's did not show much improvement (especially in 2008), but his recruiting was awful. Sadly we saw the same problems here as he faced when he was at Maryland. He was needed to help us make a presence in the Maryland/DC area both of which we have been weak in. We have started to make in roads but Bossards progress was not what we had hoped it would have been.
Looking to the future though it leaves a big hole as the coach coming in will be immediately thrust into the important role of recruiting. This should be a job that people want to take as we have a great core of receivers here and a good group coming in.
There was a report earlier in the season that we were looking at the Wr coach from Ohio University, however chatter on that has seemed to die down.
A few years ago before Bossard was hired, there was heavy talk about bringing in Terry Smith from Gateway High School. That was my pick as we could have used him to help bring in Dorian Bell and Corey Brown (both ended up at Ohio State), plus he was a local guy from the WPIAL which is something our fans value more than any other school in the country.
The last, and probably most likely candidate to get the job is Scott Turner. Scott is the son of former NFL head coach Norv Turner who is a good friend of Dave Wannstedt. Scott has been a Grad Assistant here at Pitt for a few years and looks to be ready to find a more permanent role on a coaching staff. One thing that really favors Scott, other than his dad being friends with Wanny, is that he has a very good football pedigree. Being raised in a football family and being dedicated to learning the game is something that has impressed everyone who comes in contact with Scott.
I look forward to seeing who we bring in to be the coach as we will have a big hole to fill once Baldwin goes pro after next season.
Also I will be releasing the Bowl Pick 'Em results soon. Like I said, I will buy the winner some Uncle Sam's.