(Sorry about the audio – I forgot to use my professional microphone so the audio is recorded through my laptop’s mic…)
Hello all, enjoy the above Podcast and here is some supporting text to mull over while you listen:
Recruiting vs Attracting
USC coach Clay Helton said Wednesday he had not been contacted by any coaches interested in Browne, but would do whatever he could to help him during the process.
Browne graduated from USC prior to this season and is two semesters short of an MBA. He said he plans to finish that program eventually.
Recruit Flipping – Here is an interesting article by Brian Batko of the P-G regarding recruits changing their minds after verbally committing to one school – note that in the class of 2017 we had six players who committed elsewhere sign LOIs with us:
The marquee college program in this town won its share of other schools’ losses. Of Pitt’s 22 committed or already-enrolled players in the 2017 recruiting class entering signing day, eight were originally pledged to another school, including three of its most highly regarded.
Two of those eight picked the Panthers in mid-December, then arrived on campus less than a month later. Defensive end Deslin Alexandre was a true “flip,” announcing that he was decommitting from North Carolina State and committing to Pitt at the same time. It wasn’t something he took lightly but felt it was better late than never to get it right.
Pitt placed 10 players on Athlon Magazine’s All-ACC four (!) deep listing.
Here is the article:
PITTSBURGH—The Pitt football team received 10 selections to the recently released Athlon Sports’ 2017 All-ACC Team as the widely recognized college sports magazine published its predictions for the first team through fourth team performers in the ACC this upcoming season.
Returning consensus All-American Quadree Henderson led the way with three total selections. After Henderson joined Tony Dorsett in 2016 as the only players in Pitt football history to top 2,000 all-purpose yards in a season, Athlon touted the junior wide receiver as a preseason first team kick returner, second team offensive all-purpose player and second team punt returner for 2017.
After Pitt had its most potent offense in school history in 2016, Athlon expects the Panthers to be talented and explosive again on the offensive side of the ball, naming six Panthers to its preseason All-ACC Team for 2017.
Junior offensive tackle Brian O’Neill, a second team All-ACC selection in 2016 by the league’s coaches, received 2017 first team offensive line recognition by Athlon, while senior Alex Officer (second team) and junior Alex Bookser (third team) both earned mention as well.
Joining Henderson in garnering Athlon 2017 All-ACC honors among the offensive skill positions, senior wide receiver Jester Weah and junior running back Qadree Ollison were both touted as third team performers at their positions. Weah will be the nation’s returning leader in yards per catch after he averaged 24.2 yards per reception last season with six touchdowns of 50+ yards. And Ollison, the 2015 ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year, hopes to lead a Pitt backfield looking to replace James Conner.
Safety Jordan Whitehead received recognition from Athlon as a 2017 second team All-ACC talent at his position. The junior recorded 65 total tackles in nine games last season with a 59-yard interception return for a touchdown at Virginia and a nine-yard fumble return against Penn State before he suffered an injury at Clemson that cut his campaign short.
Rounding out Pitt’s Athlon preseason honorees is senior punter Ryan Winslow, who was touted as a fourth team All-ACC selection as he returns for his fourth consecutive season as the Panthers’ punter. Winslow averaged a career-high 42.6 yards per punt in 2016 with seven boots of 50+ yards.
Athlon Job Offer to Reed in May – forgot to mention this in the Podcast. They offered me a serious writing gig to cover Pitt football. That was the 3rd offer I have gotten from various websites and publications… said no to all. Will never work for anyone else as would probably kill any boss I had.
New Reduced ticket prices for 3 yr alumni
Under the new Young Alumni program, any Pitt student who graduated from the University of Pittsburgh since 2014 with an undergraduate degree is eligible to purchase two (2) football season tickets at a 30% discount. Football season tickets under the new recent graduate program start at only $102 (regular price is $147).
“Our players consistently say they play better when Heinz Field is packed,” says head football coach Pat Narduzzi. “We need our young alumni to bring the same passion and excitement every Saturday to Heinz Field, just as they did when they were in The Panther Pitt.”
Cardiac Hill Poll Topics: (Link Here)
Will Whitehead leave early? Yes 69%; No – 31%
Will Weah get 1,000 yards receiving? Yes – 72% No -28%
New-Look Pitt athletics website – nice to look at; hard to do research in.