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January 11, 2011 @ 3:18 pm
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Van Pelt Was Considered For Pitt Head Coaching Job

Written by Wolf
Buccaneers head coach was almost dealt a serious blow to his coaching staff. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Bucs quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt emerged as a late consideration for the University of Pittsburgh head coaching position.
This season his work with Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman has drawn rave reviews, and his ties to the school along with his offensive philosophy caught the eyes of some key members of the search committee.

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    PewterReport.com's Take: Tampa Bay is fortunate that Pitt chose to go in another direction and hire Todd Graham rather than Van Pelt. It makes sense that Van Pelt would be considered for the job given his history has one of the best quarterbacks that the school has ever seen. It wouldn’t have been the first time a former star quarterback went back to his alma mater to become the head coach (see Mike Shula). But Pitt’s loss is the Bucs gain because Van Pelt was instrumental in quarterback Josh Freeman’s development this past season. During his rookie season Freeman completed just 54.5 percent of his passes for 1,855 yards with 10 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. In 2010, Freeman’s completion percentage jumped up to 61.4 percent and he threw for 3,451 yards with 25 touchdowns and just six interceptions. Having Van Pelt around for at least another season will help Freeman develop even more, and it will allow Van Pelt to enhance his resume for future opportunites.
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    no joshing around, free-bird is the man.....adam from ny
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    van poo-put is good but the truth is freeman is better.....adam from ny........josh seems to be a real student of the game
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    The organization is on the right track up because other organizations are wanting some of our coaches already.
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    Don't know if you guys read this or not yet, but Bisaccia was just hired by the Chargers to be their special teams coach. I have no clue why he would make a lateral move from Tampa Bay to San Diego but I hope we get an excellent candidate to replace him. Here's the link: http://www.chargers.com/news/article-1/Bisaccia-agrees-to-become-special-teams-coach/1ff166da-a218-4a81-aaac-c76844dd1a25?module=HP_headlines
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    Think the Bucs were smart in hiring Van Pelt as a full time QB coach. Not only will it continue to help Freeman, but Johnson and Carpenter as well. All is good.
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    It seems a lot of folks are instrumental in Freeman's progress. Raheem, Olsen and Van Pelt. What is Van Pelt's part of this process?
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    Always said Van Pelt would be an asset to Josh because he played the position himself. Sometimes guys teach better than they play
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    On the Mike Gundy reference.....Go Pokes Class of '07!!
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    Nice! Go Pokes! Class of '03 here (which should have been '02 and diploma says '04. Let's just say I really enjoyed college) My freshman year was '88 watching Barry Sanders. Good Times.
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    "That ain't true!" oh wait, yeah it is
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    "It wouldn’t have been the first time a former star quarterback went back to his alma mater to become the head coach (see Mike Shula)." Also see Mike Gundy. (Sorry, I have to take every opportunity to mention my alma mater Oklahoma State when I get a chance.)
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    Very glad he didnt go to Pitt. The work he has done with JF this year has been very enjoyable to watch and I'm looking forward to see what another off season will offer.
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