Some semi-interesting news lately:
In football, as was talked about but I wasn’t sure if it had been etched in stone yet, – it looks like PSU is taking a hard line against really renewing the football rivalry.
There are a lot of terrible outcomes from the mass realignment of the earliest part of this decade, but this is by far the worst: the breakup of longtime rivalries.
Pitt and Penn State — or is it Penn State and Pitt? — are in the midst of a 4-year reunion, and it’s been great so far. The Panthers’ 42-39 win over the Nittany Lions in Pittsburgh last season was not only a thrilling game, but it kept Penn State out of the College Football Playoff. This is what college football rivalries are all about, no? Who wouldn’t want to make this an annual thing again?
Penn State, that’s who.
Speaking at a coaches’ caravan event last week, Penn State AD Sandy Barbour told Nittany Lions fans that the earliest their team would start playing their rivals to the west again after the current agreement expires in 2019 would be 2026.
You know what? Any school that makes over $125+M off its football program as Penn State does can buy out games which have already been scheduled… and make it worthwhile for three different schools. The smaller schools who get bumped will receive a greater paycheck – which is why they play schools like PSU in the first place.
Then Pitt and PSU can reap the rewards of a long term series.
Here is something that is selfish and I think going in completely the wrong direction. Apparently there is a rule proposal on the table to allow true freshmen to play up to four games their freshman year and still have a full four years eligibility left afterward.
But a new college football rule could allow redshirt freshmen to participate in four games during their first year on campus without surrendering a year of eligibility.
Coaches in the Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference are in favor of the rule, first proposed by the American Football Coaches Association in Phoenix in early May. The rule might not go into effect until early 2018, but coaches see many significant benefits to the idea.
Fisher, who was the ACC football coaches’ chairman during this week’s ACC spring meetings, believes amending the redshirt rule to allow players to compete in four games can help improve player safety.
With now-NFL first round draft picks Leonard Fournette from LSU and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey deciding to skip their bowl games last season to preserve their health, coaches feel players who decide to go that route can be replaced by younger teammates instead of giving another player a greater workload.
This topic has been in discussion for some time but it always was about the situation above – letting freshman play in a bowl game with penalty (loss of one year as a redshirt)
Student athletes become redshirts for many reasons. One reason is that the athlete may not be ready to balance the demands of academic requirements with athletic requirements. Redshirting provides the opportunity, with tutoring, to take some classes and get accustomed to the academic demands.
In 2016, a new status can apply called the academic redshirt. In 2016, the NCAA starts enforcing new, stricter admissions requirements for incoming freshman athletes. Under these new rules, a student-athlete who meets the school’s own academic admission requirements, but does not meet the NCAA’s new requirements (primarily a 2.3 GPA in 4 years) can enter school as an academic redshirt. This student can receive an athletic scholarship and practice with the team, but may not participate in competition. An academic redshirt does not lose a year of eligibility, but can take a later injury redshirt. Academic redshirts must complete nine credit hours in their first semester and can participate fully in the second year.
Here is the first look at conference tie-ins for the 2017 bowl season. I got this morning from Doug Kelly, Head of the Football Bowl Association:
Because we are hurting as far as experience goes on our defensive line, and because this guy is Ike’s 2nd favorite “player who has never taken a snap in a Pitt uniform” (behind MacVitte) here is a Rivals.com piece on Kam Carter.
“What college or NFL player do you try to model your game after?
I grew up and my family was huge Ravens fans, so I always grew up going to the games. My family was season ticket holders since 2000, so I grew up watching that Ravens defense, and I would say the whole Ravens defense as a team is what I try to be like. I try to take that attitude, that way of playing. So Ray Lewis with his motivation and Terrell Suggs with the way he plays – that’s who I try to model.”
Obviously he’s got a lot to learn about living in Pittsburgh.
In BB: Looks like Pitt is adhering to an established in-house rule with departing Cameron Johnson…
Last month, the 6-foot-8, 215-pound Pennsylvania native announced his intention to transfer. He would be eligible immediately and have two seasons remaining at a new program. Rumors swirled that he would join Kentucky but attention is now focused on North Carolina.
But because of a pathetic, selfish rule by the Pitt athletic department, he can’t transfer to UNC and be immediately eligible. Their rules state a player must sit out one year if he or she transfers within the conference or to a program on next year’s schedule.
I’m not sure how pathetic the rule is but I do know it is a stance held by many universities. If it was in place when he accepted the scholarship then let it stand. However, Pitt might want to review the rule itself – but I’ll leave that up to you all to discuss who know more about Pitt’s BB situation (administratively) than I do.
Today though the Post-Gazette has a rebuttal article on this Jay Bilas’ piece.
We’ll have the Roundtable Call-in tonight at 8:00 pm.
Here is the info to get into the Bluejeans Roundtable meeting for 5/24/17; 07:50 pm – 09:00 pm…
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Some Round Table Questions
- Where did you grow up and what HS did you attend?
- How did you first become interested in Pitt Football?
- What is your strongest Pitt football memory – positive and negative.
- To me, I am Pitt’s target market…, those that did not attend the university, but reside in Pittsburgh. I think attendance would improve if they could reel in others like me. So how is this best done? Well ,winning is one thing and possibly the only thing. What else?
- If the defense gets off to a real bad start, would you fire Conklin mid-season or before?
- How much do uniforms matter to you?
- Do you visit the Oakland campus at all and what changes would you make there?
- Do you miss PITT stadium at all?
- How would you improve the student participation?
- Who are your 5 or 3 all-time PITT favorite players?
- What three (3) BIG items of discussion will we be having after the season ends about what transpired during the 2017 season?
- Ask Callers to show off their best Pitt souvenirs and memorabilia…
- Why is what Reed says will happen usually happens?