As Marvin Lewis headed into the last game of his current contract in Cincinnati, NFL.com’s Michael Lombardi reported that he is on a short list of potential candidates for the head job at the University of Pittsburgh.
Lewis’ future is largely dependant upon an end-of-year meeting with Mike Brown scheduled for tomorrow, but as his contract will be expired, Lewis will have the option to explore the Pitt opening whether Brown wants him back or not.
Lewis is originally from the Pittsburgh area and still has family there.
The job became open after Mike Haywood, hired just 2 and 1/2 weeks ago, was arrested for domestic battery on Friday. The Haywood hiring was not greeted well by alumni, fans, and boosters, and Lewis would certainly bring a bit more prestige.
Speculation has been that Lewis did not sign an extension in the offseason as he was looking for more concessions from Brown in terms of his efforts to improve the organization and secure an indoor practice facility, but he was quoted as late as this week that he was looking forward to continuing in his current job.
If Lewis and Brown cannot come to an agreement Monday, Lewis may find a homecoming and coaching in the college ranks to be a welcome alternative to coaching under the sometimes inflexible Brown.
In recent days, it has seemed more likely that Brown and Lewis would come to an agreement and Lewis would stay on, but this development gives Lewis a bit more leverage heading into Monday’s meeting.