Could Rhoads be a fit at Pittsburgh?

With Urban Meyer’s resignation from Florida on Wednesday, the head coaching vacancy in Gainesville has supplanted the Miami (FL) opening and taken center stage in the national conversation regarding recent coaching moves.

But Pittsburgh still has to find its next head coach, as well, after the resignation of Dave Wannstedt on Tuesday.

According to The Des Moines Register, Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads could be a viable candidate for the Panthers after serving as the team’s defensive coordinator from 2000-07. The paper was unsuccessful in its attempt to contact Rhoads about the opening.

Since taking over the Cyclones in 2009, Rhoads is 12-13 overall — including a win over Minnesota in last year’s Insight Bowl. The Cyclones nearly beat Nebraska at home this season but were unsuccessful in converting a potential game-winning two-point conversion.

While Rhoads could be a fit for the Pitt job, Iowa State would be due $500,000 for each year remaining on the contract if he terminates the deal before Dec. 31, 2014.

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