Cignetti Accepts Job as Offensive Coordinator at Pitt

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Frank Cignetti, the Cal football team's offensive coordinator during the 2008 season, has accepted the same position at the University of Pittsburgh, it was announced by Pitt yesterday afternoon.

Cignetti, a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., reportedly was offered and accepted the job on Wednesday morning after interviewing with Panthers coach Dave Wannstedt on Tuesday afternoon. He was introduced as Pitt's offensive coordinator at a press conference just after noon yesterday.

"Frank did a good job for us in his one year here," Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. "His family ties are very strong and this is a great opportunity for him to get back to his hometown and for his kids to grow up with both sets of grandparents.

"He has aimed to get back there for some time and we wish him well."

Cignetti graduated from Indiana High in Pennsylvania and went on to play collegiate football at Indiana (Pa.) from 1986-89, where he helped the program reach the Division II national championship game twice. He then got his coaching career started as a graduate assistant at Pitt in 1989.

The 43-year-old coach has garnered a reputation for developing quarterbacks, working with NFL signal-callers Jake Delhomme and Aaron Brooks during his two-year stint as quarterbacks coach for the New Orleans Saints from 2000-01. That will be one of his first tasks with the Panthers, as quarterback Bill Stull and the passing game have to deal with the departure of star tailback LeSean McCoy to the NFL.

Under Cignetti in 2008, the Bears' offense averaged 32.6 points and 376 yards per game last season. The offense also produced a 1,580-yard rusher in Jahvid Best-the seventh straight year in which Cal has had a player gain 1,000 yards on the ground.


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