One of the things we have learned about Pat Narduzzi in his two years as the head coach of the Panthers is that he holds no strong loyalties to players who were recruited before he got here. There is nothing wrong with that because any new boss brings in different ideas and attitudes to the program he’s been hired into. Narduzzi is no different and truth be told those personnel moves have benefited the team in real positive ways.
We see he loves to get upperclassmen to fill gaps in what he perceives to be problems in his two-deep lineups. It is not just upperclassmen he wants and so he’s persuaded DE Dewayne Hendrix and TE Chris Clark to come onboard after only a year or two at their original schools.
In addition to those two he grabbed QB Nate Peterman in a move that was one of the best decisions I have seen a Pitt HC ever make, then went out and convinced QB Max Browne to finish his playing days as the presumptive starter for this upcoming season. Manny Stocker was brought in as a back-up QB last season also.
So he’s not hesitant to shuffle the player deck, splay the cards out and move them around.
Now we are hearing drumbeats along the Monongahela that his old school’s Middle Linebacker Jon Reschke has left the MSU Spartans and might have cast an eye toward reuniting with his old Defensive Coordinator. Huh, right at a position of need also given the experience, or lack of it, we have at the LB position on the roster now (see yesterday’s article).
But here’s the rub. Jon Reschke isn’t traipsing merrily along his way out of East Lansing – he’s been thrown out of the program due to being an idiot and a racist to boot. Sorry if that offends anyone but I’m not sure how else to describe someone who repeatedly calls a teammate the most offensive word the English language to describe a Black person.
“Arguably the top defensive player set to return for his senior year, Reschke released a statement that indicated he made an insensitive comment to a former teammate and the damage done was too much to allow him to remain on the team.
“Over a month ago, in an argument and a brief moment of anger, I lost control of my emotions and made an insensitive and totally regrettable comment involving a former teammate,” Reschke said. “In so doing, I have hurt and offended countless number of people, and for that, I am deeply sorry. If I could take my comment back, I would do so in a second.”
Gee – so would Howard Cosell with his “Little Monkey” comment and Jimmy the Greek with his explanation of his own selective breeding theory. But the reality is “once said 1000 times heard”. (I think I just made that up.)
Love triangles always hurt unless your girlfriend is a great sport and the other participant is also a co-ed, at least in my undergrad experience at Pitt. They were celebrated by all concerned actually.
But apparently this wasn’t the case with Reschke and his ex-girlfriend. Rumors abound but the gist of the issue is that his old girlfriend (a White Woman) slept with a Tight End (a Black Man) and pissed off the Linebacker (a Whiny White Man).
So to this guy, who’s honor was besmirched or something, the only reasonable thing to do was use the Internet and then email childish and rude in the extreme insults and innuendoes to the old girlfriend. Hell Fire folks! What else could a guy do? Pussy foot around and 1) never talk to her again and let it fade into memory then grab another MSU co-ed right away… or 2) have a face to face talk with the old girlfriend, call her a name or two if he must, then let it fade into memory?
Neither happened. Did this young man, and he’s not a teenager, never even stop to consider that what he wrote would go public in this day and age and especially with all the other crap happening in the MSU world?
Apparently not and he’s reaping what he sowed.
Well, the upshot is that it looks like his teammates didn’t really want him around all that much anyway and voted him off the team (which in itself is a weird way for the MSU staff to handle things if that part is true). Truly letting the inmates run the MSU asylum there, eh?
So now he may come to Pitt, dragging this baggage behind him and looking for a another chance to get into the NFL. Narduzzi may just take him – on pure football logic alone that would be a good move. But personally I hope Narduzzi says thanks but no thanks and tells this guy to look elsewhere.
I have sung Narduzzi’s praises for his handling of his players and how he has admirably addressed all the off the field issues so far in his tenure at Pitt. Top notch so far in my book. But taking this player into the fold wouldn’t be in line with that.
It is a minor thing for TE Chris Clarke not being able to make a solid choice of where to play his ball is one thing – to me that was a singular and personal problem of his. But this Reschke action was mean and vindictive and most certainly involved and targeted someone else – and to top it off that someone else was a teammate of his.
Second chances for kids who chose Pitt from the start is one thing – that is taking care of your own. Giving a problem child who had nothing to do with Pitt in the first place is a whole different matter.
It won’t be the end of the world if Narduzzi invites Jon Reschke to be a Panther and play out his college ball in Heinz Field as it is the HC’s prerogative to do that. It may work out well on the field of play but I would just prefer he didn’t in this case.