Pitt’s Pro-Timing Day

**** Some latest news on AD search*****

The Post-Gazette has a piece on some details of the on-going AD search headed, again, by Dr. Randy Juhl.

5cc07cf85b43053a93e8b16348d2dbb2_400x400Fifth-year Florida Atlantic athletic director Patrick Chun  and fourth-year Eastern Michigan athletic director Heather Lyke have been considered as candidates, Heather Lykeor are still in the discussion, according to a source.

Two other possibilities previously reported by Panther-Lair.com are fourth-year Northern Illinois athletic director Sean T. Frazier and Syracuse senior deputy director of athletics Herman Frazier.

Color me somewhat unimpressed and to me it smacks, again, as Pitt taking the cheapest financial approach possible to the most important position in Pitt athletics.

I’m not sure that we have the right guy at the helm for this given the semi-idiot they just hired and said goodbye to in just over 18 months or so.  Dr. Juhl’s team  swung and missed on the last try; what makes us Pitt fans think he’ll do any better on this one? Fingers crossed I guess.

It appears Pitt is certainly are putting a premium on hiring a minority candidate though and that isn’t a bad thing as long as they are also the best qualified for Pitt, and there is certainly no reason to believe they aren’t.  We have lacked hiring in the Diversity arena in high-visibility jobs in our athletic department and down through the head coaching staffs so that may well be a factor in this hire (although Pitt would never publicly admit to doing so).

My heartburn is that we are targeting so low overall in our shooting range. Eastern Michigan, FAU, Northern Illinois and Syracuse (an assistant AD).  Gee whiz!  Apparently Pitt can’t or won’t compete with the bigger programs when it comes to hiring key personnel. 

I’m not at all surprised by this.

If we do indeed have this mystical ‘Pot of Money’ to spend on Pitt Athletics that Pitt fans have been led to believe Gallagher has then why not open it up and grab an established and already successful Power Five AD and pay him the higher salary that would ensure he stays for more than a cup of coffee and a new paragraph on his resume’.

I’m tired of being told things are so much different yet we are spending about the same amounts as we always have given rates of inflation… maybe a tiny bit more but nothing like we were led to believe.

BTW – Oregon State is a Freedom of Information state thus it has to release any documents the University has… here is Scott Barnes’ Memorandum of Understanding with Oregon State (a written legal criteria agreed upon before a final contract is signed). 

Here is how OSU handles ‘contractual termination’ of the AD from their end…

sb mou 1

On the other hand if the AD bags out they are liable for…

SB MOU 2

If someone reads that document differently than I did, and that may be the case with legalese, then please correct me in the comments.

Wouldn’t it be nice if Pitt had to make its documents public also.  Somehow the State of PA forgets Pitt is also funded by taxpayer money.

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֍ I had a nice long conversation with E. J. Borghetti after he called me Thursday night.  I’ll be driving up to Pittsburgh to cover the NFL Pro Timing Day for the Pitt players who are looking at a shot at the NFL next Wednesday. 

I figured I could go up for an actual practice and not see anything but 20 minutes of exercises and some small drills… or I could attend Pro Timing Day and give you guys a flavor of what goes on in the background of that.  I’ll try to talk with some NFL scouts if I can also.

I get into some conversations with those guys in the Press Box during games sometimes so maybe I’ll see someone I’ve already known and get him to open up on the ‘hidden’ criteria the NFL looks for..

֍ Please see below a schedule for Pitt’s Pro Timing Day at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Wednesday, March 22. Media will have access to the weight room session for Pitt’s draft prospects beginning at 10:30 a.m. This includes the 225-pound bench press test.

Following weight room testing, media members can report to the indoor facility at approximately 11:30 a.m. and watch the following stations:

  • Vertical Jump
  • Broad Jump
  • 40-Yard Dash
  • Pro Shuttle
  • Three-Cone Drill
  • 60-Yard Shuttle
  • Individual Position Skill Work

 Players will be available for interviews only after they complete each of their scheduled testing stations.

OL Adam Bisnowaty

PK Chris Blewitt

LB Bam Bradley

RB James Conner

WR Dontez Ford

LB Matt Galambos

OL John Guy

DL Tyrique Jarrett

OL Dorian Johnson

DB Ryan Lewis

DB Reggie Mitchell

TE Scott Orndoff

TE Jaymar Parrish

QB Nathan Peterman

DL Ejuan Price

LS Pat Quirin

DL Shakir Soto

QB Manny Stocker

DB Terrish Webb

So let me know which players you all would like me to interview (along with the other sportswriters) and give me some good questions to ask them – not the non-standard media babble softball questions.

For example I would ask OL John Guy “Who are you?” or Jamar Parrish “Just exactly how pissed off were you when your RB coach told you that you “weren’t good enough” to play FB two years ago?“.

Actually, I already had that conversation with Parrish (a great young man BTW) and got a very straight answer from him during last season’s Fall Camp Media Day.  He made some clutch plays at TE last year though.  One thing is if you watch some highlights when he was in at TE you’ll see he did some great blocking, and some pretty far downfield, for our skill guys.

Anyway a ton of NFL stringers and the NFL Network will be covering the Timing Day. I would think the NFL Network is very interested in everything that pertains to James Conner.

֍ Some tidbits from my conversation with EJ as discussed above…  I invited him to attend the Golf Outing as my guest but as you would think that weekend is very busy for him. I’m also inviting Pat Bostick Jr to attend as my guest also. I hope they can make it.

֍ The Spring Game date wasn’t determined by Pat Narduzzi but was influenced by some external issue.  EJ reads the POV daily and thinks one of our posters might be insane.  He didn’t say that but I told him the poster in question was indeed insane and he didn’t disagree with that thought., but EJ would like to meet him sometime – along with some others of our ilk.

Your guess as to which poster that was… and it wasn’t Dr. Tom.

֍ Here is a kind of frightening graphic – it shows all of the returning Letterman on the roster.  The ***s show how many letters were earned so far.  Remember that just getting any type PT earns a letter and that this excludes the 2017 recruited class.

Returning Players

As we were saying on Tuesday’s POV Roundtable – this is the year we see if Narduzzi’s recruiting of high school players is as good as fans think it is. There are a lot of two-deep slots to fill this year and a lot of inexperienced players to fill them.

֍ Remember to get your checks into me as soon as possible for the Golf Outing.  here are the fees again.  We are having trophies made as we speak, prizes galore, first few drinks on me and a full lunch set-up also.  Can’t beat it.

This year’s event is scheduled for April 14th, at Quicksilver Golf Course near the Pittsburgh Airport, with a Shotgun start at noon. The format will be a scramble event.  We are seeking businesses and individuals to sponsor the event along with the Pitt POV.

As a sponsor of this event, your company could receive: (sponsor’s art files due by March 24th)

  • Advertisement in the form of a quality sign positioned at one of the 18 holes with your company’s logo and information and…
  • Distribution at the event of other advertisement materials that you supply such as business cards, flyers, etc.

Please consider a donation of the following:

  1. Majors Sponsor – $500.00     (4) golfers, (2) tee signs
  2. Jock Sponsor –     $250.00     (2) golfers, choice of hole for (1) tee sign
  3. Pub Sponsor – $140.00     (1) golfer, (1) sign at Pub Area
  4. Pop Sponsor –   $100.00    (1) tee sign
    1. Donations to be given away as prizes (Raffle prizes, Gift bag prizes , etc)
  5. No donation is too small

With each sponsorship you will receive a quality sign which will be posted at one of the golf holes.

Also, we invite you or your company to sponsor a team in the golf tournament. The cost of a four person team is $300 and includes green fees, carts, prizes, and a meal. What a thoughtful way of thanking your employees for a job well done!  Golfers – please provide each player’s handicap…

The Grassroots Crisis Center of Howard County, MD is a great street level organization that cares for the homeless and every dollar they receive is used wisely. I volunteer there and can attest to their good works.

If you are interested in sponsoring our event, and we hope you are, please call the POC Point of Contact Rick Caldwell at (717) 838-4855 ext. 246 (W) or me at (410) 997-0388 (H) or 410-782-9981 (C) or email me at rkohberger@gmail.com with any questions.

Checks mailed to me please at: Reed Kohberger, 5551 Phelps Luck Dr., Columbia, MD  21045.

 

 

144 thoughts on “Pitt’s Pro-Timing Day

  1. Everyone – all posts that contain the more offensive swearwords are now being held in moderation by WordPress until I either approve or trash them.

    Apparently we seem to be unable to understand that this blog, meaning me and a ton of readers, do not want any post with fck, sht, c*nt, or any other of the more egregious words in them.

    I’ve asked you all before to please don’t make me work this hard. I have been pretty damn clear (that’s OK!) that I spend a lot of time in the evenings and in the mornings writing these articles for your reading and commenting enjoyment.

    I seriously do not want to feel tethered to this blog 24 hours a day and truth be told I will not accept that. It is enough to create this blog and keep the beast fed with 5-7 articles a week plus a podcast and now a roundtable. Add to that the behind the scenes maintenance of the site and the research that goes into every article.

    In addition I am now involved in a Golf Outing which, while I’m looking forward to it and it will be great, is also a heavy drain on my time and energy… and remember you all are the ones who asked that this happen.

    Some of you also have disregarded the fact that I told you many times – that when you post on here your conversation isn’t just between two people or even just with the commenters on that thread – it is with literally thousands of readers across the globe every single day.

    I have now received over 10 emails and two handwritten letters telling me that readers are leaving because the POV has become ‘just as bad as other blogs and message boards’. I believe more are doing so without getting in touch with me.

    I won’t accept that on here. It really pisses me off (again, that’s OK!) and my fuse is getting shorter by the day.

    So, I’ll ask again – do not put me to a test with this blog. You all know me just on here and at Pitt games and having beers together. There is a complete different side of me that doesn’t take crap from anyone – from Admirals on down to the youngest Pitt fan.

    And if anyone calls me a lapdog on here again I’ll ask you to say it to me in person when we next meet.

    UPitt – your last post is being held and I’ll approve it with edits. That will be the last time I do that. If it happens again it will go into the trash.

    I don’t want to ‘suspend’ anyone or give them ‘timeouts like a 3rd grader. But I will suspend this blog if this keeps happening. Then if it gets to be more of a burden will shut it down.

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  2. For the next AD, i say go to the anatomy lab in Scaife and procure a corpse. No search committee needed; no search-firm fee required; and it won’t make any of the mistakes its predecessor made.
    Then, allow the underlings to run the show…not the obscure ones Herman brought in – Mucketymuck, in charge of ticket sales and hoodies. No, let the other underlings run it. Then, for grins, a few members of the Zoo can drive the bus.
    If the administration won’t take this seriously, why should the paying customers?

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  3. Max Browne got replaced by a Strong Armed RS Freshman at USC who led his team to 9-1 and beat penn state (almost 10-0 record after only a last second loss to Utah away in his 1st ever start).

    Pat Narduzzi’s head coach Mark Dantonio made the mistake of sitting one RS Freshman QB Connor Cook (ended up like 33-4 as a starter lol) for a RS Senior QB who went 6-6 with a Stacked Team + LeVeon Bell in their backfield.

    Avonte Maddox said, Max Browne’s throws, “…come out soft.” —-Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to comprehend what it means when a cornerback says that a Quarterback’s Balls Come Out Soft……. hehe 🙂 🙂 ….haha.

    Max Browne is Pat Bostick Redux (Former 5 star with big height and weight but just no ‘Arm Talent’.)

    Lol @Reed EVEN IF you get full credit for being the only, sole, Lone, Courageous Pitt supporter to keep an open mind for Nathan Peterman when all-others doubted (lol) —– that has ZERO now to do with seeing that Max Browne just ain’t cut-out for starting QB material. Look for Thomas MacVittie to SNATCH the job ASAP once live-games begin (a la Sam Darnold), PERIOD.

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  4. My sources confirm the administration is ready to offer Jed Simpson, Asst Manager at the YMCA in Carrick
    The position of AD. Jed’s leadership in designing the 6th grades jersey’s and his fundraising (He raised $345 in cookie dough sales) make him an excellent choice. He will earn 47k a year.

    Chun a close second was a lock until Pitt realized he gets 4k fans in boca and he hired and or fired 3 coaches in 5 years.

    Heather Lyte was interviewed as well but after no one realized Eastern Michigan even played sports her candiacy ended.

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  5. Pitt’s Pro Day – hope Dorian Johnson can improve by a couple of rep’s on the bench press. He surely has the athleticism. Also has terrific record in pass blocking.

    Combine bench results:
    Kelvin Beachum = 19
    Mike Adams = 19
    Ramon Foster = 20
    Dorian Johnson = 21
    Marcus Gilbert = 30
    David DeCastro = 34

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  6. Very uninspiring picks for AD
    Seriously, abolish the BoT
    Create 2 separate 9 member committees. No politician or Nitter lover allowed
    1 for academics
    1 for athletics

    Gallagher reports to academics
    AD reports to athletics

    Simple and modern and very effective and efficient

    Why does Pitt have to muck things up and overly complicate things

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  7. Sorry to burst your bubble, UPitt, but my sources claim the job has been offered to Benny Laylow, executive chef at the MTO counter of the Conemaugh Sheetz. Benny, not only recognizes the changing dynamics of market forces, but anticipates the whiles and whims of a demanding public. Having no experience whatsoever with athletics of any kind, he is the perfect candidate to lead Pitt Athletics into the future. His only request thus far, is an easy chair to get him off his aching feet.

    When interviewed today, Mr. Laylow states he is eager to speak with coach Stallings, as his ideas for improving the sandwich selection on the away bus rides may slow the mass exodus of disgruntled players.

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  8. Dark Knight, I think Nate Peterman’s replacing Chad Voytik can’t be compared be evenly with Max Browne being replaced by likely the #1 player in an upcoming draft class. Max Browne played Alabama in his first game as a starter and had a great start against Utah., in addition to being very highly recruited out of HS. He’ll be fine . I predict Browne’s QB production stats somewhere between Peterman’s first and second year.

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  9. Browne remains somewhat of a mystery. No one has previously questioned his arm strength, and his high school stats are pretty impressive. One question, however, is his ability to get outside the pocket and pick up 2-3 yards running to get a first down. No comments so far on Chris Clark at tight end. He is either going to be a top flight tight end, or a total bust. Not sure which way it goes at this point..

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  10. So Pitt has apparently hired the AD at Eastern Michigan per the PG and Trib. While I have NO idea if she will be any good, she can’t be any worse than the Barnes. Here’s to hoping she knocks it out of the park.

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  11. ADs are basically bureaucrats who put budgets together and sign the shirt contracts. Their value is overrated, except for their ability to persuade the powers to increase budgets. Our new AD seems to have been able to do that. I would much rather that any spare money lying around from the Barnes exit be spent on assistant coaches.

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