In a statement released via the Pittsburgh Panthers official site, former head coach Dave Wannstedt discusses his resignation. The statement also lists his new job title: special assistant to the athletic director. No mention of what his specific duties will be. Wannstedt:
“The past six years have been among the most gratifying of my entire career,” said Wannstedt, a 1974 graduate of Pitt and former standout offensive tackle for the Panthers. "To be the head coach at my university was the realization of a lifelong dream. It has been an honor and privilege to serve Pitt and its football program.
“I’ve always told our players that the University of Pittsburgh will mean more to them than just four years of school and football. It will influence and inspire everything they do long after their last class and final game. I know that firsthand. I owe so much of my life to the education and experiences I had here. Pitt has always been, and will continue to be, an incredibly special place for my family and me.”
Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson praised Wannstedt’s commitment to the university and program. Pederson said, “we are greatly appreciative of his efforts to build a strong program on and off the field.”