**** 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.
Fifth-year Florida Atlantic athletic director Patrick Chun and fourth-year Eastern Michigan athletic director Heather Lyke have been considered as candidates, or are still in the discussion, according to a source.
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…
On the other hand if the AD bags out they are liable for…
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.
֍ 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.
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.
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:
- Majors Sponsor – $500.00 (4) golfers, (2) tee signs
- Jock Sponsor – $250.00 (2) golfers, choice of hole for (1) tee sign
- Pub Sponsor – $140.00 (1) golfer, (1) sign at Pub Area
- Pop Sponsor – $100.00 (1) tee sign
- Donations to be given away as prizes (Raffle prizes, Gift bag prizes , etc)
- 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 or me at (410) 997-0388 (H) or 410-782-9981 (C) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Checks mailed to me please at: Reed Kohberger, 5551 Phelps Luck Dr., Columbia, MD 21045.