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Former Pitt Great Bill Fralic Unhappy With Direction Of Football Program

Former Pitt and NFL lineman Bill Fralic is unhappy about the current direction of the Panthers' football program. He recently let his thoughts be known:

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"I don't know how we move forward without taking a step back to make sure we don't take 10 steps back," said former Pitt standout Bill Fralic, now the Panthers' radio analyst. "I'm afraid we're going to go back 20 years."

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But Fralic wasn't done. He then targeted someone who he feels is to blame - namely Athletic Director Steve Pederson:

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Fralic blamed athletic director Steve Pederson for making a mess of a program that was 26-12 in the past three seasons.

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"This is all about Steve Pederson trying to make a mark, and he's made a black eye," Fralic said. "I would take a long, hard look at how we come to make this decision. I think there's a lot of people who have supported that program who are very disillusioned. I just don't know how we could be so wrong."

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Fralic is not merely a former player, he's also the team's current radio analyst. You've got to think he'll keep his feelings covered up on the air, but Fralic strikes me as a 'pulls no punches' type of guy. It's not hard to imagine him at least taking subtle jabs at the administration at some point.

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Personally, I don't think Pederson will lose his job. He recently was given a vote of confidence in a statement made by Associate A.D., E.J. Borghetti. And while the Chancellor, Mark Nordenberg, may be taking more of an active role, I think if Pederson was going to be fired, it would have already happened.

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