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Pitts gives Jamie Dixon 10-year extension

PITTSBURGH, March 23 (UPI) -- The University of Pittsburgh announced Saturday it has given head men's basketball Coach Jamie Dixon a 10-year contract extension.

Pitt to leave Big East a year early

PITTSBURGH, July 18 (UPI) -- The University of Pittsburgh will be able to leave the Big East Conference next year rather than in 2014 under an agreement reached Wednesday.

Chryst new Pitt football coach -- finally

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst has accepted the University of Pittsburgh's offer of head football coach, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

Tulsa's Graham takes Pitt coaching job

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Tulsa's Todd Graham will take over as University of Pittsburgh head football coach following the firing of Michael Haywood, school officials said Monday.

Former Pitt football Coach Foge Fazio dies

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Former University of Pittsburgh football Coach Serafino "Foge" Fazio has died following a lengthy battle with leukemia. He was 71.

Steelers to stick with natural grass

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers confirmed Monday they will stick with "natural grass" at Heinz Field next season.

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Police: Stolen Taser spotted on YouTube

WAUKESHA, Wis., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Authorities in Waukesha, Wis., said a man suspected of stealing a Taser from a police officer posted a video of himself using the weapon on YouTube.

Nebraska head strength coach resigns

OMAHA, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- University of Nebraska head strength coach Dave Kennedy, who has been with the Cornhuskers since 2004, has resigned from his post.

Osborne named interim AD at Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Tom Osborne, who has been named interim athletic director at the University of Nebraska, says the school's football program faces a total evaluation.

Sadler named Husker bkb head coach

LINCOLN, Neb., Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The University of Nebraska Tuesday named veteran coach Kenneth "Doc" Sandler to head up the men's basketball program.

Callahan gets Nebraska job

LINCOLN, Neb., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Bill Callahan, fired as coach of the Oakland Raiders on New Year's Eve, has been hired as football coach at the University of Nebraska.

Nebraska looks inside for new head coach

LINCOLN, Neb., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- It looks like Nebraska could take a new coach from inside the organization, it was reported Tuesday.

Wannstedt denies Nebraska coaching offer

MIAMI, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Miami Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt is denying an Internet report he is being considered for the University of Nebraska's head coaching job.
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Steve Pederson
Nebraska head football coach Frank Solich leads his Cornhuskers onto Faurot Field for a game with the Missouri Tigers in Columbia, MO on October 11, 2003. On November 30, Nebraska athletic director Steve Pederson fired Solich after the team posted a 9-3 record in the Big Twelve Conference. Pederson said he did like the direction the football program was going. Solich was head coach for six seasons posting a 58-19 record. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt/File)

Steve Pederson is the athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh. He held the same post there from 1996 to 2002 and at the University of Nebraska from 2002 to 2007.

Pederson was hired as the 10th athletic director of the University of Pittsburgh in October 28, 1996. He quickly implemented several sweeping and controversial changes to resurrect an athletic program that had fallen on hard times. He removed several employees of the athletic department and In the spring of 1997 changed and standardized the athletic uniforms, colors, and logos used by Pittsburgh Athletic Department to emphasize the heritage and location of the University. This involved demphasizing the traditional use of "Pitt" in preference for the use of "Pittsburgh" to refer to the school in press releases and in signage. In doing so, he also abandoned the use of the traditional "Pitt script" logo that had adorned football helmets since 1973. New logos designed by Peter Moore that utilized a "torch-cut" font, which alluded to the heritage of Pittsburgh's steel industry, were introduced along with a new Panther logo with a similar torch-cut style. The blue and gold shades used by the athletic department, previously royal to navy blue and yellow to mustard gold, were also changed to midnight blue and vegas gold. In addition, the existing Golden Panther booster club organization was scrapped and replaced with a new club termed Team Pittsburgh. These moves were controversial among fans, boosters and traditionalists of the University of Pittsburgh athletic teams.

Early in Pederson's tenure, he also moved to replace then head football coach Johnny Majors with Walt Harris who took Pitt to the Liberty Bowl, Pitt's first bowl in eight seasons, in his first season as head coach in 1997. Pederson also hired Ben Howland as Pitt's head men's basketball coach in 1999 to replace Ralph Willard. Howland preceded to take Pitt to its first NCAA Tournament in 9 seasons. In addition to Harris and Howland, Pederson hires included Alonzo Webb for track and field, Traci Waites for women's basketball, Joe Jordano for baseball, and Chris Beerman for Volleyball. All six of these coaching hires went on to win Big East Conference Coach-of-the-Year honors in their respective sports. Pederson retired the football jerseys of former Panther greats Mike Ditka, Marshall Goldberg, Joe Schmidt, and Mark May. Pederson significantly elevated the athletic departments fundraising efforts, some of which was through implementing controversial donor requirements for men's basketball seating.

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