One of their prime coaching candidates on the board is likely to be Rich Rodriguez, the current head coach at Michigan.
The hype that followed Rodriguez from West Virginia to Michigan certainly hasn't allowed him the kind of production on the field that he seemed to easily find at West Virginia. Some point it to his system, which does not size up well against Big Ten teams. His offenses aren't as explosive as they once were, and his defenses are among the worst in the BIg Ten and all of college football.
Rodriguez's spread offense didn't really translate too well come Big Ten playing time, nor did Michigan show any ability to execute it to its fullest.
With their big blow blowout loss to Mississippi State, Rodriguez's time in Michigan is dwindling. It looks as though he will be gone sooner rather than later.
If he were to take up the job at Pittsburgh, Rodriguez is an enticing hire for several reasons. His style of coaching and offense fits best in the Big East with their type of players, which are often smaller and quicker. He provides a bigger opportunity to win immediately with his style of offense, which fits perfectly in the Big East, which often has smaller, more undersized players in their spread offenses.