We had a blast with the call-in show last night and again we proved that no matter who shows up at the Roundtable we are the most knowledgeable Pitt fans in existence. Of course that is facetious as I’ve met many fans through other venues who know a ton about Pitt football also.
The civil tone was lowered just a smidgen from last week with both Ike and the infamous Dr. Tom coming onboard. I’m ordering a cut-off button today for future short-story answers to pretty simple and plain questions.
Some items discussed were:
The role of Pitt’s AD and how we feel Heather Lyke is doing… and what she needs to do.
Did Scott Barnes leave the department in good shape?
How we would feel if we had a third consecutive season with 8-5 including a bowl loss.
The D1 Learfield Directors Cup standings; this lists the comparisons of all D1 schools in all sports (not just the 128 in football).
Pitt finished an abysmal 92nd place over all (above) and next to last in the ACC conference (below). Thus the questions above of what AD Lykes has ahead of her.
The lingering, or non-lingering, effects of the PSU and Clemson wins last season and…
Which two players did we think were going to be first year starters at Pitt and have break-out seasons or even stardom?
Ike picked Dintino & Zeise, Tom; QB Browne & WR Flowers, Pitt-Cocks (Richard); DT Carter & LB Pine and Richman (Rich); DB Ford & QB Browne. I said I though it would be LB Wirginis and TE Clark.
On another note:
during the podcast we discussed Ford;s eligibility for the 2018 season and in the comments yesterday it was mentioned that because he had a number assigned it might mean he’ll be on the team come September.
That isn’t necessarily so. Ford has had a rocky last three years in HS and the concern that his academics will keep him out of Pitt for a full year is certainly valid. As of now he isn’t enrolled for the summer term as most recruits do so they can attend the camp in August.
Here is a Post-Gazette article describing his going to three different high schools and why he transferred from one to another. In it you’ll see that he’s work to do on the academic side. But – going to prep school for a year can really set these young men up for the future as long as it is a viable prep school, like local The Kiski School, and not a football factory school like Milford Academy that just pumps out faux-grades to get kids eligible to play ball.
Let’s hope he takes seriously the advantage of any extra year if that is the course he has to go… and remember he’ll have to be re-recruited as his 2017 Pitt LOI is invalid if he never enrolls. Best if he gets things straight for Fall Camp of course.
Here is a video of one of our POV’ers sons playing kick-ass BB at the underrated City League Allderdice HS and he’s in line for a D1 scholarship in the not-too-distant future.
From the POV PIV (Politically Incorrect Vault):