Billick endorses Cavanaugh for Pitt job

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick endorsed offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh in his pursuit of the University of Pittsburgh head coaching job.<br><br> Cavanaugh interviewed with Pitt athletic director Jeff Long on Sunday prior to the Ravens' 20-10 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He previously turned down the position in 1996, but the former Pitt quarterback and assistant coach is now highly interested.

"When you have an opportunity to go home and that's home for Matt in a very special way, you have to support that all you can and we do," Billick said. "Matt has been a huge part of the success we've had through a number of circumstances. I've never been around a coach any more ready to be a head coach than Matt Cavanaugh."

Oklahoma co-defensive coordinator Bo Pelini is widely considered the leading candidate, although Cavanaugh is highly regarded along with Carolina Panthers defensive line coach Sal Sunseri.

Other candidates include New York Giants defensive coordinator Tim Lewis, the former Pittsburgh Steelers coordinator, and Pitt defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads.
Billick said there was no specific time table on Cavanaugh's situation, although reports out of Pittsburgh indicate that Long was inclined to make a decision by the middle of this week.

"It would be imprudent to talk about it right now," Billick said. "Obviously, we're waiting until it has a certain substance, and I'll leave that to Matt and the University of Pittsburgh until they move through it. We will adjust. I'll make that more clear to you once we have a little more definition as to what that may bring."

As well as a being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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