Pitt hires Taaffe as interim assistant

August 11, 2006|By HEATHER A. DINICH

Charlie Taaffe, Maryland's former offensive coordinator, has been hired as an offensive assistant at the University of Pittsburgh on an interim basis, a school spokesman confirmed today.

Taaffe was hired to help the Panthers in the absence of assistant head coach Bob Junko, who had heart surgery in February and has taken a leave of absence from his on-field responsibilities.

"We were fortunate to be able to gain the services of a highly knowledgeable coach in Charlie Taaffe," Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt stated in a news release.

Taaffe was Maryland's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2001-2005. He left Maryland unexpectedly in February, at the time saying he wanted to "explore other coaching opportunities."

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first reported the news.

Note -- Offensive tackle Scott Burley returned to practice yesterday after sitting out Tuesday with a sprained ankle.

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