Happy Friday – here are some articles written about our favorite subjects for your reading pleasureduring your lunch hour.
“I don’t think a national championship is anything to be unrealistic about,” Wannstedt said. “You win the Big East and you have a chance, if things fall right, to compete for the championship.”
Wannstedt is replacing Walt Harris, who will leave for Stanford after coaching the Panthers (8-3) against Utah (11-0) in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1. Harris had a 53-42 record in eight seasons, but his job was tenuous. Pitt lost to Connecticut and needed late comebacks to defeat Temple and Furman.
Early this season, Harris’s agent, Bob LaMonte, chastised the university’s administration for not extending Harris’s contract.
Ahhh, the good old days. Back When Dave W. could mention winning the Big East without everyone around him falling out with laughter.
As to Coach Harris; well, Mr. LaMonte – if you could have convinced ol’ Walt to keep zipped up that wouldn’t have been a problem.
And here’s a little something about Danny Marino in one of his best performances in a Pitt uniform.
PITT WINS BY 42-28; MARINO SETS RECORD
COLUMBIA, S.C., Oct. 3— Dan Marino threw six touchdown passes, a Pittsburgh single-game record, as he led the undefeated Panthers to a 42-28 victory over South Carolina today.
Marino, a junior quarterback who was born and raised in Pittsburgh, threw five of the passes before the Gamecocks scored. He did such a good job that he played Pittsburgh right off television. ABC Sports, which was televising the contest regionally, switched to the more competitive Mississippi State-Missouri game for Northeast viewers.
Pittsburgh, ranked fourth by both wire-service polls, gained its third victory before a crowd of 56,495 in Carolina Stadium. Marino gave the finest performance of his career at Pitt as he completed 24 of 39 passes for 346 yards, 41 short of the school record set by Matt Cavanaugh in the 1977 Gator Bowl. The 24 completions were a high for Marino.
I love reading these detailed articles about old games. The sad thing is that this is a NY Times article and is more accurate and delves into the weeds of the game more than hometown coverage did back then.
If we remember 1981 was the year Marino blew up and had 37 TDs on the year…
Here are a few more: