PITTSBURGH (AP) - Dave Wannstedt, ousted as Pitt's football coach last month, has decided not to coach the Panthers in the Compass Bowl against Kentucky on Saturday.
Defensive coordinator Phil Bennett, the former SMU head coach, will serve as the interim for a program that soon will have its third coach in two months.
Wannstedt was forced to resign Dec. 7, after the Panthers went 7-5 in a season they were picked to win the Big East. Wannstedt, a former Pitt player and the head coach for six seasons, was given the option of coaching the team in the bowl.
Former Miami (Ohio) coach Mike Haywood was selected Dec. 16 as Wannstedt's replacement, only to be fired Saturday after being jailed in South Bend, Ind., on a domestic violence charge. Pitt is now searching for Haywood's replacement.