We knew last week when wide receivers coach Bobby Engram left for the Ravens that there was going to be some shakeup on the Pitt coaching staff, but now it appears that it might be a bit more than just hiring a replacement for Engram. Coachingsearch.com reported today that Pitt is looking to hire Iowa State defensive backs coach Troy Douglas. The Ames Tribune is reporting that Douglas has an offer, but has not accepted the job yet and what I'm hearing on Pitt's end sounds like the same thing. Pitt definitely wants to bring Douglas on its staff, but it's not a done deal yet. We'll see how it develops over the next few days.
Looking at Douglas' biography, it's pretty clear that Pitt would be bringing him on as a defensive backs coach. Just putting some pieces together, that would allow Matt House to shift away from coaching the safeties, like he did this year, and focus on a more big-picture view as defensive coordinator. Douglas, meanwhile, would likely work with defensive graduate assistant Hank Poteat to coach the secondary.
If Pitt does bring on Douglas, though, it will need to get rid of an assistant somewhere else on the staff. The most likely scenario would probably be Desmond Robinson, who is currently the "Player Personnel Director" and, essentially, a full-time recruiter. It's possible Robinson could move into another role within the athletic department that would allow him to stay involved with the team but also let them bring Douglas on. Regardless of how it plays out, there will have to be some shuffling done.
Of course, Pitt still is in the process of looking for a new receivers coach. It's my understanding that Engram's departure didn't come as a huge surprise to Paul Chryst, so this hire could get done relatively quickly. The one name I've heard in some conversations today and has also been picked up by CoachingSearch.com is former Michigan receiver Erik Campbell, currently the wide receivers coach with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL. He was a wide receivers coach at Michigan and Iowa previously, and was also an assistant head coach under Lloyd Carr at Michigan. Not saying he'll be the guy, but seems to be at least a strong candidate.