Pitt OC Mark Whipple Has Resigned and Will Not Coach in Peach Bowl

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There is a developing story that Pitt offensive coordinator, Mark Whipple, resigned this morning and will not coach the Peach Bowl against Michigan State on December 30th.  This is just days after Pitt won the ACC Championship, scoring 45 points against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. 

The Pitt offense this year has carried the team to most of their victories.  The Panthers are averaging 43 points per game, making them the third-highest scoring team in the nation. 

The Panthers offense also produced a Heisman and Biletnikoff award finalists under Whipple, in quarterback Kenny Pickett and wide receiver Jordan Addision.  There are reports that Nebraska head coach, Scott Frost, interviewed Whipple earlier this week and he could potentially be leaving to become OC for the Cornhuskers.  There are also reports the move could be family related.  However, nothing official has been reported on Whipple’s next move.

Another question arises for Panther fans now as to if Kenny Pickett will play in the Peach Bowl.  He is already the highest rated quarterback in the 2022 NFL draft by both Mel Kiper Jr and Todd McShay.  Pickett had also expressed how important Whipple was to his decision to return to Pitt for his 5th season.  Pickett had previously said that if Whipple had advised him not to return, he wouldn’t have.  He also said that, “if he (Whipple) left, I was definitely leaving.”