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Pittsburgh Panthers Give Head Coach Dave Wannstedt Contract Extension

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 26:  Head coach Dave Wannstedt of the Pittsburgh Panthers smiles before the start of their game against the North Carolina Tar Heels on December 26, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIOctober 31, 2016

Dave Wannstedt isn't going anywhere quite yet.

According to ESPN's Joe Schad, Wannstedt's been given a two-year extension on his current contract. That contract will now run through the 2014 season.

Wannstedt is a former coach for the NFL's Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins.

His first coaching stint began with the Pittsburgh Panthers back in 1975, where he was hired as an assistant to then head coach Johnny Majors. Wannstedt helped guide the Panthers to a National Championship during the 1976-77 season with a victory over the Georgia Bulldogs in the 1977 Sugar Bowl.

Wannstedt would become friends with Jimmy Johnson who was hired by the Panthers, and follow him to Dallas to coach the Cowboys as a Defensive Coordinator. His defensive squad became known as the best under Wannstedt's leadership.

In 1993, Wannstedt was hired by the Chicago Bears as head coach to replace the legendary Mike Ditka. His time in Chicago was considered a failure as he lead the team to only one postseason game and recorded a 41-57 record in six years.

In 1999, he once again joined Jimmy Johnson, but this time in Miami. He was named assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator and took over the Head Coach position when Johnson suddenly left the team. He lead the team to two playoff appearances but only a 42-31 regular season record in the few years he was there.

The 2004 season brought Wannstedt to Pittsburgh as Head Coach of the Panthers' football team. Wannstedt claimed that great recruiting would be one of his biggest goals with the team, as the Western Pennsylvania area is laden with football talent.

Wannstedt recorded the 11th best recruiting year in 2005 and followed that up by the 8th best recruiting class in 2006 as ranked by Rivals.com. Such players include current Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and many other NFL players.

The coach from Baldwin, Pa. currently holds a 35-26 record as Head Coach of  Pittsburgh.

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