The Pittsburgh Panthers were one of the surprising success stories of the 2021 college football season. They finished the regular season 11-2, winning the ACC. A big part of that success came from their offense, fronted by quarterback Kenny Pickett and coached by offensive coordinator Mark Whipple.
Now comes word that the 64-year-old has resigned from the program and will not participate in their upcoming Peach Bowl game vs. Michigan State on Dec. 30.
News: Pitt offensive coordinator Mark Whipple resigned this morning, according to sources close to the program. He is not expected to coach Pitt in the Peach Bowl against Michigan State on Dec. 30.https://t.co/yQcZHe1Lw9
— Johnny McGonigal (@jmcgonigal9) December 7, 2021
The presumption now turns to where Whipple is heading. His name has been mentioned for the Nebraska offensive coordinator position, not to mention that there are multiple head coaching and offensive coordinator positions that he could fill as well.
— Parker Gabriel (@HuskerExtraPG) December 7, 2021
Before he worked for Pitt, Whipple had head coaching stints with Brown and UMass, most recently overseeing the Minutemen in their transition from the MAC to FBS Independent status. He also spent some years in the NFL with the Steelers, Eagles, and Browns, as well as working for Miami as an offensive coordinator between 2009 and 2010.
Given that Mario Cristobal was just hired as the head coach at Miami and is in need of an OC, that’s another possibility that could be causing Whipple’s move.
While we wait to find out exactly where Whipple is going, there is plenty of speculation in the college football world on social media.
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— dylan sanders (@DillySanders) December 7, 2021
A rather significant development. Pittsburgh has one of the top offenses in the nation this season. https://t.co/ohJ4hmAQp5
— Matt Wenzel (@mwenzel2) December 7, 2021
— Matt Zemek (@MattZemek) December 7, 2021
— Greg Smith (@GregSmithHV) December 7, 2021
— Mason Kern Local4 (@MasonKernMedia) December 7, 2021
We’ll likely hear more very soon when Whipple is announced for his new job, whether that’s Nebraska, Miami, LSU, or someplace else entirely.