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.pov-flag-1

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 .bettis

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:

Twitter: @CoachDuzzPittFB / @Pitt_FB
• “Signing Day Central” on PittsburghPanthers.com

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.


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.





158 thoughts on “LOI Day Travel & POV’ers Festivities

  1. No rest for Narduzzi it would seem since yesterday he’s already made offers to two Pittsburgh locals, Danielson a DT from Thomas Jefferson and Zubovic a OL from Belle Vernon.


  2. Mullins didn’t qualify academically, Prop 48 for you older guys. He will attend Prep School and be ready in January.

    Taylor, i got nothin!

    Debose a heavy VT lean.


  3. The Horns and Buff fans out this way that I’ve talked with (a total of 3) don’t care much for Watson. But, his experience is solid and it sounds like he is good at developing QBs.

    Jay Johnson – sounds like he runs an offense that can put lots of points on the board…


  4. The OC is Watson. Just read about him on the pittpanther.com. He has a TON of experience. He seemed pretty old but win I read the bio I’m 5 years older than the guy. Sheeze!


  5. Charlie Strong thought enough of him to bring Watson to Texas but then let him go after 2 years. The good news is he appears to be more adept with pro style offense than a spread style. Certainly has enough experience but not consistently productive.


  6. Texas struggled offensively in the two years Watson was there. IMO, Texas didn’t have a great option at QB during those two years.

    Watson has experience. Time will tell if his offense can put points on the board.


  7. last line of PSN story … Watson has recruited 4-star QBs 4 of the last 8 years and coached with Teddy Bridgewater at Louisville. If true, pretty impressive


  8. Pitt: Indiana quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson has joined the Pitt staff as offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach. Watson spent last year as a quality control assistant at Indiana and was previously offensive coordinator at Texas, Louisville, Nebraska and Colorado.

    And this guy won’t bring his own playbook – he’ll submit to the Canadian way?


    I guess a quality control assistant probably doesn’t pay too well unless you are employed by Alabama.

    Welcome Mr. Shawn Watson to the Pitt family. We’re glad to have you.


  9. Pulled this from a 2014 article of the Barking Carnival – Texas Longhorn FB –

    “Why Watson? Why () an offensive coordinator only four years out from an unceremonious dumping in Lincoln, Nebraska who coordinated Colorado offenses so boring that they were approved by the FDA as a non-pharmacological sedative?”


  10. Good experienced hand who Narduzzi trusts. With a new QB and new backs should be the guy to get them on the same page quickly. Has to, to have any chance vs PSU and OKST.


  11. Wisconsin: The Badgers have promoted defensive backs coach Jim Leonhard to defensive coordinator. He has one year of coaching experience — total.

    Pittsburgh: Pitt has hired veteran offensive coordinator Shawn Watson to replace Matt Canada, the school has announced.


  12. I liked the Chaney hire and his offense and creativity were average at best. I didn’t like the Canada hire and he turned out to be great. I don’t like the Watson hire based on the opinions of the Colorado and Texas grads that I work with. Hopefully that means that Watson will be great. We’ll know more in September.


  13. I like Watson because of his QB expertise. It will help a lot with the guys we have now and developing new one’s Pitt recruits. Unless of course another team poaches him in 2018…..


  14. Watson is a non splash hire. Good QB coach. We know what a good QB can do for the O. Frankly, it was Nate and not Canada that made the O go. Once D’s got used to those jet sweeps, there were no surprises. Not to diminish Canada, but he was made good by the QB and line. He’s no 1.5 MILLION dollar coach.


  15. Chethejet posted this”

    He is close to Doyle the QB Pitt really wants for 2018. He is experienced enough to keep the Canada offense but will still have to deal with some losses on offense.”

    Kevin Doyle is a 6’4″ Qb from Malvern Pa a 4 star QB that PITT has had their eyes on for awhile now. Not saying Watson will be able to reel him in or not but he is suppose to be a good QB evaluate-r and recruiter. Doyle apparently has a good rapport with the young man already….Just saying …. ike



    1. Nice! 👍

      It is Ground Hog Day – funny guy you are Yeti…

      FB prediction for 2017 – the O’s average score per game drops to 32, but the D drops it’s average to 24 and the team wins 10 games (one of the ten is in creepy valley).



    1. rkb- remember that babble was from 2014 – turned out to be very insightful babble. The Texas crowd was not impressed with the Watson hire at that time – results of course were much less than impressive.

      I’ll hold back my judgement for now and trust HCPN and watch the results on the field in September.



  16. I like the hire, McV needs a good QB coach. Watson did wonders with Teddy BW. Pitt has the offensive players to make almost any OC look good this in 2017.


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