It won’t be an especially Happy New Year for seven NFL head coaches and two general managers. Or for the Pitt basketball team.
Seven coaches were fired today in what has become Black Monday in the NFL. Fired were:
* Andy Reid of Philadelphia, who was 4-12 in 2012, 130-93-1 overall with the Eagles.
* Lovie Smith of Chicago who was 10-6 in 2012, 81-63 overall with the Bears.
* Norv Turner of San Diego, who was 7-9 in 2012, 55-41 overall with the Chargers.
* Arizona’s Ken Whisenhunt, who was 5-11 in 2012, 45-51 overall with the Cardinals.
* Kansas City’s Romeo Crennel, who was 2-14 in 2012, 4-15 overall with the Chiefs.
* Buffalo’s Chan Gailey, who was 6-10 in 2012, 15-33 overall with the Bills.
* Cleveland’s Pat Shurmur, who was 5-11 in 2012, 9-23 overall with the Browns.
Additionally general managers A.J. Smith of San Diego, Rod Graves of Arizona, Tom Heckert of Cleveland, Mike Tannenbaum of the New York Jets and Gene Smith of Jacksonville were fired.
Whisenhunt is a former Steelers offensive coordinator, who had a Pittsburgh-heavy staff, including Russ Grimm, who will immediately become a candidate to be the next Steelers offensive line coach. Former Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt was the defensive coordinator for Gailey, who also is a former Steelers offensive coordinator.
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Pitt had an eight-point lead at halftime, but lost by nine, 70-61, to eighth-ranked Cincinnati this afternoon at the Petersen Events Center. It was the first game against a high-caliber opponent for Pitt in five weeks. The Panthers have played a long string of weak opponents before this game.
Talib Zanna had 16 points for Pitt, Lamar Patterson 13 and Cameron Wright 10. Pitt dropped to 12-2; Cincinnati is 13-1.
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