I’m on the road early this morning – have some things to do in Pittsburgh before we meet at Bettis’ Grille around 3:30 or so. As I said I’ll be down there then or maybe even earlier and if I tip the staff there early enough maybe they will let me fly the beautiful Pitt POV flag Bernie B. bought us.
I’m bringing along some nice Pitt POV gifts for all who attend so please make it a stop before you go over to Heinz Field – in the East Club, when the doors open at 5:00 for the Fans & Staff Meet and Greet and then the Position Coaches take the stage for player introductions and that begin at 6:00 .
As I said earlier I’ll take care of the bar bill – you guys bring yourselves and buy dinner or whatever. I’m really looking forward to see old faces and meeting new ones.
Also – and for you Facebook readers – even if you don’t comment on here much, or at all, please stop by and have a drink on me and talk about Pitt football with our group. As the say “The first one’s free…”. But in this case so is the 2nd and 3rd….
As for the event itself, here is some important info from Pitt which I have paraphrased:
We’re excited that you will be joining us for the 2017 National Letter of Intent Event on Wednesday inside the UPMC Club (formerly the East Club) at Heinz Field. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. with the program beginning at 6:00 p.m.
This year’s event will again feature a pre-event Cocktail Hour courtesy of PGT Trucking beginning when doors open at 5:00 p.m. (Note – we understand The Pitt POV is having their own pre-event cocktail at Bettis’ and would much rather be over there having real fun but we need to keep our jobs.)
Parking is available in Gold Lot 1 at an event rate. Please enter through the Suite Doors next to Gate B. For directions and parking map, please click here.
Please note we are going green for this year’s event – all Signing Day information, including recruit recaps and videos will be available via our “Signing Day Central” page on www.pittsburghpanthers.com
As a reminder, some guests are not permitted to attend the event regardless of your relationship with them. Family members of recruits or signees from that day are not allowed to attend as your guest.
Any guest in grades 9-12 must be an immediate family member. Additionally, high school and junior college coaches are not permitted to attend as your guest unless they are immediate family. These rules are mandated by the NCAA and enforced by Pitt.
If you are at work and want to follow each of the recruits who send in their signed LOIs and the staff’s reactions this is the website to follow… and here is some info for more behind the scenes stuff…
National Letters of Intent may be faxed/e-mailed on Wednesday beginning at 7:00 a.m. (ET). Pitt will announce its signings as they occur via the following platforms:
The ACC Digital Network, in partnership with the Pitt Panthers, revealed its plans to provide exclusive, all-access coverage of National Letter of Intent Signing Day across its multiple digital and social platforms in a unique collaboration between the conference’s official digital network and the school. Additional insider access will be granted on social media beginning at 6:00am ET, including:
Facebook (facebook.com/theACC): Live with ACCDN Host Jeff Fischel and coaches, plus exclusive video behind the scenes of the day.
• Twitter (@theACCDN): Emotional videos, funny moments, detailed inside info from within the walls of the War Room.
• SnapChat (theACCDN): A Pitt Football Player takes over and snaps us throughout the day.
• Instagram (@theACCDN): An exclusive story of the images of a day with unprecedented access.
SIGNING DAY 2017 TIMELINE
Fax Machine Starts: 7:00 a.m.
Coach Narduzzi Presser: 3:00 p.m. (Facebook Live)
Here is something to get the juices flowing before the event… bit videos on each of the recruits with some recorded interviews – like this one:
Note: We picked up another recruit on the 30th apparently – Kicker Grant Kersh from Ohio. His last gig was a leprechaun in Finians Rainbow.
Last note – I’ll be staying overnight here: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh Downtown; 250 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15222, USA TEL: +1-412-281-5557. (Courtesy of UPitt by the way, very generous of him). The hotel sits right at Market Square.
If anyone wants to stop by after the event I’ll probably be at the bar or getting dinner there – we can continue the festivities and conversations if you like. If not… any good jazz clubs downtown someone can recommend?
Enjoy the day folks – we have a nice class coming in and it will be good to hear the staff talk about some of the kids’ backstories as they do their position recruits presentations.