MORGANTOWN - Odds and ends and a few things I think I think while happy to find out that Pitt will, indeed, have a football coach by the start of spring practice:
I know, you don't care about Pitt except to the extent that most of you are giddy over the fact that West Virginia's Backyard Brawl rival botched this in unimaginably hilarious ways - firing Dave Wannstedt and then letting him decide if he wanted to coach the team's bowl game, only to find out just a few days before the game that he wouldn't; and, of course, having to fire the guy they hired to replace him, Mike Haywood, two weeks later.
And now the Panthers have hired an ex-West Virginia coach (no, not unemployed Rich Rodriguez).
Truth be told, if Pitt wanted a recommendation regarding whether Todd Graham is the right guy for the job, I would never presume to have the football knowledge to provide that. I can assure them, however, that in hiring the Tulsa's coach and WVU's former defensive co-coordinator (with Jeff Casteel in Rodriguez's second season), Pitt has nabbed a guy who is not going to embarrass the program or the university off the field.
Graham used to absolutely cringe merely at the language spewed forth by Rodriguez and many of his aides. Unlike his predecessor (Haywood, not Wanny), I'm seeing no domestic violence arrests in his future.
Oh yeah, Bob Huggins.
And no, he wasn't giddy.
"People get all giddy about this team or that team and then they end up losing three or four in a row,'' Huggins said. "It's a hard, hard game.''
This was Saturday afternoon at the Verizon Center after West Virginia had knocked off No. 13 Georgetown. Huggins had been asked if he had a feel for where his Mountaineers fit in the grand scheme of things in the Big East. After an 0-2 start, West Virginia was beginning to look capable once again.
And so he went into his tried and true story about the last time his team had beaten Georgetown on the road. If you haven't heard it before, the Reader's Digest version is that he sat down on the bus with his Jimmy John's sandwich expecting to enjoy it and the win for a few minutes.
"I was giddy,'' Huggins said.