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Wannstedt out after six seasons as Pitt coach

Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt is being forced out of the job he always wanted, and the one he never truly wanted to leave.Wannstedt resigned under pressure Tuesday, three days after Pittsburgh finished up a disappointing 7-5 season by beating Cincinnati 28-10. The former Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins coach will remain as a special assistant to athletic director Steve Pederson.Pitt apparently chose to change coaches now, rather than after playing Kentucky in the Jan. 8 Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., because most top candidates would not be available then, and national signing day would be less than a month away.Wannstedt gave no signs Sunday after Pitt accepted the minor bowl bid that he was weighing retirement, and he said he was looking forward to recruiting. But after he met Tuesday with Pederson, Pitt held a hastily called news conference announcing he wouldn't return.It was immediately evident that Wannstedt didn't voluntarily choose to leave. A number of Pitt players, not invite...

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