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No. 53: Pittsburgh

Take a deep breath… Dave Wannstedt was fired on Dec. 7, 2010. Then-defensive coordinator Phil Bennett was his interim replacement through Jan. 8, 2011. Former Miami (Ohio) head coach Mike Haywood was hired as Wannstedt’s permanent replacement on Dec. 17, 2010, lasing in that spot until Jan. 2, 2011, when he was fired following his arrest on a domestic violence charge. On Jan. 11, Pittsburgh hired former Tulsa head coach Todd Graham. Twelve games and less than 12 months later, on Dec. 14, Graham jilted the Panthers for Arizona State – his “dream job,” of course. The Panthers were led through bowl play by interim head coach Keith Patterson. On Dec. 22, the program hired former Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst to be its fourth permanent head coach and sixth head coach overall in 380 days.

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    No. 34: Pittsburgh

    A brief timeline. On Dec. 4, Pittsburgh ends the regular season with a win over Cincinnati. On Dec. 7, athletic director Steve Pederson fires Dave Wannstedt after six years, 42 wins and the program’s best three-year stretch in three decades. On Dec. 16, after a week of hand-wringing over the Pederson-led coaching search, Pittsburgh hired former Miami (Ohio) coach Mike Haywood. On Dec. 31, Haywood was arrested for alleged domestic abuse. On Jan. 1, Pittsburgh fired Haywood. Haywood lasted 16 days, which is 10 days longer than the Six-Day War but still one of the shortest tenures in F.B.S. history. Cue the hand-wringing, round two. On Jan. 11, Pittsburgh hired Tulsa’s Todd Graham, ending a coaching search that should have never occurred in the first place. If it was going to occur, however, at least the Panthers made the most of their second chance.

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      The Countdown

      A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.