Pittsburgh has taken over Bristol, with Panthers coach Dave Wannstedt and star players Dion Lewis and Greg Romeus visiting the various ESPN platforms today.
Wannstedt participated in a live chat here on ESPN.com this morning. You can read the whole thing here, though you have to scroll through a lot of irrelevant comments. Here are a few highlights I took away from that conversation:
Tom* (parkville, md): Good Morning, coach. Would you be interested if the Big Ten wanted Pittsburgh to become a member?
Dave Wannstedt: We really didn't, from a coaches standpoint, give a whole lot of thought or alter anything we did for the 2-3 month period when all the discussion was going on. If there were to be a conference realignment down the road, it wouldn't change our approach to how we do things one way or another. It would really be almost a non factor to me personally.
CJ (Pittsburgh): Got to ask the Coach what he thinks of his nickname. You could be called alot worse things than 'the Stache'
Dave Wannstedt: Oh, you know what, I've been called a lot worse and will be. But I think that the students and some of the fans have some fun with it. If it's something that identifiable trademark, more power to it. Plus I hear that T-shirts and coffee mugs are going like hot cakes. So you better get one.
Pedro Salgado (Brazil): How is Greg Cross going to be used this year?
Dave Wannstedt: He's right now our fourth receiver. he was voted the most improved offensive player in spring practice. He will be graduating. I am so excited about Greg's senior year and how he's going to help the team.
B (Boston): Coach, what's the ceiling on what Dion Lewis can do this year?
Dave Wannstedt: I don't think he has to do anything more than last year. I think he has to be a consistent week to week performance, like last season. I don't think he's under any pressure to score more TDs or run for more yards. The key to his season will be consistency.
Dave Wannstedt: Now, I would take a few more touchdowns.
Greg (Boston): So in a few words, why is this the year this group wins its first BE title under you?
Dave Wannstedt: I think we have enough players on this team that feel we can win every week that we line up, if we play good enough.