Well, it took 64 days, but Pitt finally has a defensive coordinator. With spring ball just about two weeks away, Paul Chryst announced Monday morning that he was promoting secondary coach Matt House to the defensive coordinator position.
House joined the Panthers' staff last year after four years in the NFL. Prior to that, he was the defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator for two season at Buffalo. The Pitt job will be House' first stint as a defensive coordinator.
Last year, Pitt's secondary was one of the best in the Big East, and even the country ranking in the low- to mid-20s in pretty much every pass defense category.
"I was very impressed by Matt's work last year in the secondary," Chryst said. "He has been a great fit for our program as a coach, recruiter and teacher of the game. His experiences and work ethic have more than prepared him for this opportunity to be a coordinator."
Chryst also announced the addition of coach veteran John Palermo to the staff to coach defensive ends and linebackers. Palermo coached at Wisconsin from 1991-2005, and should provide a strong veteran presence for a young staff.
Former Pitt cornerback Hank Poteat will also join the staff as a graduate assistant. He'll work with the cornerbacks.
Obviously, there's a lot to look at in these moves, not the least of which is why it took two months to hire a guy who was on the staff the whole time. I'll have plenty more up later this afternoon, including reaction from Chryst and House.