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Pitt hires Wise as OL coach

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Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt announced Tuesday afternoon the long-anticipated hiring of Tony Wise as the Panthers’ offensive line coach.

“Tony Wise brings to Pitt an outstanding record of teaching offensive line play at the highest level,” Wannstedt said. “We started our coaching careers at Pitt together and I was always continually impressed by both his coaching style and teaching ability. I know he is going to be an immediate asset for our players on and off the field.”

Wannstedt and Wise are longtime friends and colleagues, having worked together on Jackie Sherrill’s staff at Pitt and under Jimmy Johnson at Oklahoma State, the University of Miami and with the Dallas Cowboys. Wise also was the offensive line coach for Wannstedt when he was head coach of the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins.

“I am incredibly excited about returning to college football, especially with a program that has had a major impact on my development as a coach,” Wise said. “Dave Wannstedt has been much more than just a coaching colleague over the years. We’ve shared many great experiences on and off the field, and I am looking forward to helping him continue elevating Pitt to the top of the Big East Conference.”

Wise, 56, has spent the past 19 seasons in the NFL, including the last two with the N.Y. Jets after coaching with the Dolphins (2001-04), Carolina Panthers (1999-2000), Bears (’93-98) and Cowboys (’89-92).

Wise replaces Paul Dunn, who was fired after three seasons.

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