It’s an in-between period for Pitt football right now. We are over the euphoria of the Mark Whipple hire. The schedule has been released and we’ve made our initial win-loss predictions and travel plans. There are a couple of weeks until signing day.
Besides some recruiting and transfer cleanup, the biggest question is who will be our next Wide Receivers coach?
It’s an important role. Whipple loves to throw the ball, and one could argue that our roster is chock full of talented-yet-underdeveloped Wide Receivers.
Or course there has been no news, and really no solid rumors in the public blogoshphere. The most tangible conversation around the Pitt WR Coach is “Will Whipple hire Leonard Hankerson?” For those that don’t know Hankerson, he’s the former Miami Hurricane / Former NFL WR / Current WR Coach for the Umass Minutemen (who of course were coached by Whipple).
As far as qualifications, Hankerson did have lights-out senior year at Miami (72 rec / 1156 yds / 13 TD), and he did manage to stick around for five years in the NFL, but his coaching experience is a bit light. Per Wikipedia: “Leonard Hankerson joined Mark Whipple’s UMass football staff as an offensive graduate assistant in July 2017 and earned a promotion into the role of wide receivers coach for the 2018-19 school year.“
So yeah. I’m guessing they will be looking for someone a little more senior.