Pitt OC unexpectedly resigns before Peach Bowl matchup vs. Michigan State
The Pittsburgh Panthers will have a different offensive coordinator calling plays for the Peach Bowl.
The Panthers OC Mark Whipple resigned on Tuesday afternoon, and won’t coach during the Michigan State game on December 30th.
Under Whipple, the Panthers averaged 504.3 yards a game which was the 2nd-most in the ACC. Johnny McGonigal of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette broke the news.
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
This came as a surprise to many Pittsburgh fans, but Andrew Fillipponi of the 937 The Fan in Pittsburgh says that the decision is family related per a source.
Source says Mark Whipple’s decision to step away at Pitt is family related. Wish him the best. Did a great job with Pitt offense and Kenny Pickett this year. Great dude.
— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) December 7, 2021
We’ll see how the Pittsburgh offense looks without Whipple calling the plays. No. 12 Pittsburgh (11-2) and No. 10 Michigan State (10-2) meet in the Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz on Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.