Wannstedt could coach in bowl game

Pittsburgh coach Dave Wannstedt won't be back next season, but he may coach one more game in 2011 for the Panthers.

Athletic director Steve Pederson has given Wannstedt the option to coach the Jan. 8 BBVA Compass Bowl game against Kentucky. Wannstedt hasn't decided yet whether he will do that. No interim coach has yet been named.

With the game coming so late on the calendar, it's conceivable that a new coach could be hired and in place for the bowl game if Wannstedt decides he doesn't want to finish this season. Hey, Brian Kelly did it in the 2007 International Bowl with Cincinnati.

But it would be nice to see Wannstedt get one final sendoff because his players do truly respect and admire him. I bet they would play very hard for him in what is otherwise a pretty nondescript bowl game.