On this date in 1981 the only church open for Saturday business on the Big Island of Hawaii was the small Imiola Church in Waimea.
So, that is where my wife and I got married and in a rush since my ship was changing homeport and leaving mid- week.
See – I knew if I left Hawaii without her hand I’d regret for the rest of my life. So I took a machete…
A wedding on Valentine’s Day is rather tacky but it had to happen that way. Kidding aside I’d be in bad shape without her counsel over these years. I fully admit that.
Now, how we met is a story that is best told over drinks... without kids present.
36 years ago and after only knowing each other for six weeks. Weird huh? I still don’t think we know each other all that well… She has an uncanny ability to hear whispers from two floors away. She may have the rooms bugged though.
Anyway, because today is that anniversary I’m pulled away to do other things but wanted to get something up for Pitt fans to discuss…
Rivals.com’s Chris Peak has another good podcast up and discusses the arrival of OC Shawn Watson and the departure of DL coach Tom Sims.
He absolutely disagrees with my and others’ beliefs, that Pitt’s offer to Matt Canada was done knowing that LSU was going to and/or already had topped it.
Well, here the thing – if you know that your offer is going to be topped – which they did, and you know the buyout was going to be paid – which Pitt did, and still offer $1m then great for Pitt. Kudos for them I suppose.
But it was an offer that Pitt, again, knew wasn’t going to be accepted by Canada. That’s the bottom line with that. I don’t doubt that Pitt wanted to keep Canada and that was a honest offer. I know as well as you do that Pitt would have jumped at the chance to lock down Canada with #1M per year.
But let’s say this also – if Pitt was ultimately committed to a great football team and football program they would have either countered or bested LSU’s offer. I know they couldn’t reasonably do that and that nothing but common sense was stopping them.
Of course if they did that then Narduzzi throws his gauntlet down and says “Where’s my new money bitches“.
Pitt truly isn’t in the same league with the Big-Dog, Big-Donor schools that can pay “crazy LSU money” as Chris Peak so succinctly states. However, these honest high-value Coordinators don’t just get a phone call one day out of the blue and then fly out and interview. Other schools are in contact in round-about ways some time before the formal transfer actions start.
Here is a piece by Cardiac Hill on this subject on Dec 12th:
If Matt Canada is looking for the most money, Pitt won’t be able to play that game with LSU. LSU recently extended their contract with defensive coordinator Dave Arranda for $1.8 million. LSU paid their last OC $1.2 million. Pitt fans should pray that Canada’s relationship with Narduzzi is worth a few hundred thousand dollars.
So I believe Pitt knew Canada was getting huge overtures from LSU (and probably other bigger schools also) early on and that anything they offered Canada was going to have to be commiserate. Apparently Canada was making around $750K per at Pitt which for Pitt is a high number.
Where that article above is mistaken is that Pitt was willing to pay that ‘few hundred thousand’ dollars thus the $1M offer – we just weren’t willing to more than double the offer from what he was already making here.
And here is another article from Louisiana about this issue.
Now I am in total agreement that Pitt not match LSU’s very generous offer to Canada because that would break the bank at Pitt and remember folks – that isn’t a one-time salary but an annual one.
But let’s not be naive and think that Pitt didn’t see this happening before it was made public to the media – that’s ludicrous. Pitt did what only what Pitt could do and that’s offer something they could afford but at the same time knew wasn’t going to be accepted. Did they want it accepted? No doubt in my mind they did, they’d be crazy not to.
Did they do that just to bamboozle the media and the public? No, I doubt that also but have to say that I have inferred it earlier. What I do I believe is that they did the only thing possible with the restraints Pitt still has on the athletic department’s purse strings.
It just bothers me to think that we fans were fed lines that it is a ‘new financial world’ in Pitt football back when Gallagher and ex-AD Barnes were hired and spouted that mantra regularly..and then when we have chances to replace integral staff on the coaching staff to truly strengthen the football program for some years we go along the way we always have… and not pulled the trigger at the farther target.
You know we got a basement bargain salary with Shawn Watson. With his sketchy record – and it is anyway you look at it – we have a “Friends of Pat” (FOP) hire who was in need of a better job and grabbed the brass ring at Pitt. Will he work out? He may well and let’s hope so but it was a safe and cheap hire.
if Pitt was truly serious about keeping real known quality at that OC position they would have taken that $1M offer to Canada that was rejected and gone looking for another good and effective OC that would be worth the money we were willing to spend.
Or just buy out Josh Conklin and use it to hire a real Defensive Coordinator 😉
On another note:
Pittsburgh Sports Now keeps throwing up articles about 2018 and 2019 recruits... which really doesn’t interest me at this point in time. But here it is for those who follow recruiting all year-long…
The Trib has a piece that is about as important as can be during this stretch of a mediocre at best BB season by our Panthers.
Seriously – did you think I’d link a BB story?
Here is a Post-Gazette story that is reaching even farther to say something important than this blog currently is.
I’m cracking myself up here doing this!
This is interesting – I get racked every so often on Facebook for spelling or grammar errors in my articles and sometimes a poster will put up a snarky post about it under my article – last one was when I misspelled Breckterfield’s name…
But check this out… do you think the same guy that dinged me is going to call out the Post-Gazette on this bit of non-proof reading?