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ISU’s Rhoads connected to Pitt vacancy

Due to the, ahem, “happenings” down in Gainesville Wednesday, the opening at Pittsburgh has sort of fallen by the rumor mill wayside.

There is at least one very familiar name, though, being attached to the job that came open following Dave Wannstedt‘s “resignation” Tuesday.

According to the Des Moines Register, Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads is being linked to the opening, although it’s unclear whether that linkage is being done by the media or sources familiar with Pitt’s thinking in the preliminary stages of their search.

Based on Rhoads’ coaching history, the connection makes sense; before taking over the Cyclones in 2009 -- after Gene Chizik bolted for Auburn -- Rhoads spent eight years as Pitt’s defensive coordinator before moving on to, oddly enough, Auburn for the 2008 season.

It would cost roughly $2 million to buy Rhoads out of his current contract if any team is interested this offseason.

In two years with the Cyclones, Rhoads is 12-13 overall and 6-10 in Big 12 play.