It appears Pittsburgh is not ready to give up on head coach Dave Wannstedt.
Despite three straight losing seasons under his direction, the Panthers are poised to give Wannstedt a three-year extension that takes him through 2012, a person familiar with the deal told ESPN's Joe Schad on Friday.
The deal leaves Wannstedt with five years left on his contract and provides a slight raise over his current $1 million a year salary, a source told Schad.
Pitt is expected to make a formal announcement at Saturday's 100th Backyard Brawl at No. 2 West Virginia.
At his introduction as the Panthers new athletic director on Friday, Steve Pederson gave Wannstedt his vote of confidence.
"Absolutely, I'm a supporter of Dave Wannstedt, and I'm going to do everything I can for him to be successful," said Pederson, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "He's our football coach and I want him to be our football coach.
"I'm not in a position to talk about [a contract extension] right now. But I think we will be in the very short term."
Wannstedt is 15-19 overall in three seasons with the Panthers. Pitt is 4-7 overall and 2-4 in the Big East this season.