Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt said today during his season-ending news conference that he expects standout tailback LeSean McCoy to return for his junior season next year. Wannstedt said McCoy and his family had contemplated him leaving school early and declaring for the NFL draft but that all parties decided the best thing would be for McCoy to return to school for at least one more season.
Wannstedt also said there will be no changes on the coaching staff and fully endorsed the job which was done by embattled offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh, particularly with regards to his work with the Panthers quarterbacks.
"Matt has forgotten more about coaching quarterbacks than most of the other guys out there will ever know," Wannstedt said. "And you can quote me on that one."
Wannstedt said it is possible that one or two of his assistant coaches could leave on their own but he hopes that his entire staff will remain intact.
Other tidbits from today's news conference include:
• Redshirt junior Bill Stull will be the starting quarterback heading into the spring but the competition will be wide open and will be a three-way race between Stull, sophomore Pat Bostick and freshman Tino Sunseri.
• The two other scholarship quarterbacks, junior Greg Cross and redshirt sophomore Kevan Smith, have asked to move to different positions and while nothing is official, Wannstedt said the staff is considering the possibilities of Cross at safety and Smith at H-back/tight end.
• He is optimistic that left tackle Jason Pinkston, who missed the Sun Bowl with a shoulder injury, will not need surgery but tight end Nate Byham (shoulder) will undergo surgery this week and cornerback Jarred Holley will have his knee scoped.
• Incoming freshman running back Dion Lewis from Blair Academy (NJ) graduated from high school in December and has already enrolled at Pitt and will participate in spring drills.