Miami Game Day Thread and Predictions

OK guys and gals, here is your place for Pitt -Miami game predictions.  I’ll start.

I’m down here in NC and every year we do a pool for the Thanksgiving weekend Top 25 games.  I picked Pitt to lose tomorrow and my cousins couldn’t believe it… They feel I’m disloyal, but as I said to them ” Hey, I know this team…”

So, on that note I think Miami is in different talent level and that will show as the second half goes on.

Miami 35 – Pitt 17

I’ll be rooting my guts out though…

555 thoughts on “Miami Game Day Thread and Predictions

  1. About the same as 14 and 19.
    Although after last week I will say about the same as first down at the 1.
    Only our beloved Panthers and hell I want to Boston U.
    Fran see you tomorrow looking forward yo it.

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  2. Still have that feeling….Pitt 27 – Miami 24 w a FG as time runs out. Miami has 3 turnovers as the pressure of being #2 gets to them. Pitt overcomes lack of team speed and line talent with terrific QB play by Pickett. Narduzzi gets no “bad call” chains.

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    1. Glad to hear you are A-OK….brother ! See you are in much better shape than either our football or bball programs 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving !

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving Reed!!! Thanks for giving us this great forum to share our thoughts about Pitt Football.

    I hope that the POVerts throughout the Country have a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and families. Everyone be safe in your travels.

    Looking forward to the game tomorrow. Hoping for a little KP magic. 13-9 did in fact happen, so anything is possible.

    Fran: I’ll swing by to say hello, but you don’t need to include me in your head count for food and beverage.

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  4. Couldn’t help yourself could you Mark? Had to throw in Stallings in a prediction/game-day thread. and where is Heather? Wouldn’t want to leave her out of a PITT football prediction/game-day article? … and do yourself a favor and disregard chris mueller, he sucks.

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  5. No Need to beat a dead horse on Heather. Her (2) main revenue producing teams are in the red.

    4-8 Football
    1-4 Hoops

    I will praise her all the way to Donegal if she fires Otis and makes Narduzzi accountable.

    He must can his DC and I’d push for a new OC.

    He must start Pickett or he can apply to the Toledo Job or whatever MAC program would consider him. As a DC that is…

    Happy Thanksgiving Ike. Hope you guys have lots of fun. I’m afraid the Turnover Chain and warmer weather are not going to help us.

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  6. No Need to beat a dead horse on Heather. Her (2) main revenue producing teams are in the red.

    4-8 Football
    1-4 Hoops

    I will praise her all the way to Donegal if she fires Otis and makes Narduzzi accountable.

    He must can his DC and I’d push for a new OC.

    He must start Pickett or he can apply to the Toledo Job or whatever MAC program would consider him. As a DC that is…

    Happy Thanksgiving Ike. Hope you guys have lots of fun. I’m afraid the Turnover Chain and warmer weather are not going to help us.

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  7. Not a fan (pun intended) of Mueller, Starkey, Cook or Dunlap. Can’t see Pitt pulling this out but keeping it close. 28-24. If the Wicked Pickett starts. Raines attending the game.

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  8. ^^ BTW, that last comment was concerning Raines.

    Mark, two days of turkey and fixens has cured me of that bird.

    TX-Panther, imo, had the best comment concerning the chain of shame…. hysterical, still has me cracking up and I forget most of it.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you Mr and Mrs Upitt. M&M enterprise.

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  9. Big question is who starts at QB and how long till he pulls him!! Great day for football Miami38 Pitt 17. Happy thanksgiving. Family days are great. H2P

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  10. Canes win 35-7. Homer scores 3 td’s. PN fires defensive coordinator at half time. Ad fires PN after game. Trustees fire AD on Sunday. Mark May hired as AD Tuesday. No search committee needed.

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  11. Trenches win. To beat the speed you use power and misdirection (trap running game). Our OC must keep their Dl off balance.

    Screens on 1st down. Have we seen a screen play this year? A misdirection screen would be great. Float Hall out to the right and TE screen with Clarke and one linemen to the left. Miami is fast and smaller. I go with three TE Bull package and beat them up in the trenches.

    D need to shadow their qb with oduwu. Need to tackle to prevent big plays against.

    Ok, pitt wins 37-35. Miami pulls a shankapottomous on the final field goal attempt. The pressure of a playoff makes them crack.

    Would an undefeated Miami that loses to clemson in ACC championship, thus ending with one loss, qualify them for the playoff with Clempson? Two ACC teams helps Pitt financially. .

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  12. We have had VT’s “number” so last game wasn’t a total surprise, especially with the play of Pickett.
    However, Miami has had our number for years and unfortunetly I see no reason that will change tomorrow.
    Pittman4ever Predicts:
    PITT: 17
    TheU:39

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  13. Speed wins easily as our running game returns to its early season dismal form Miami 35 Pitt 14. Very difficult to have a decent passing attack when your QB is running for life on almost every play

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  14. Seeing a lot of scores in the same range. I can’t get a warm fuzzy for this game with the coaching decisions we’ve witnessed this season…..unfortunately I see Miami winning 37-17.

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  15. Fran, excellent choice for honorary tailgate captain . Sorry that I will miss Richman’s inspirational pregame speech ! H2P and have fun today !

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  16. I am late to the game predictions, but Miami 45 Pitt 16. Most athletic team we’ve played by far and we’re not very athletic. I’m afraid the O Line will be over-run once the adrenaline wears off and the Miami linebackers will be filling gaps and easily chasing down our skill guys. Will Jester actually “run” a route today. He’s got the gifts, does he have the heart? IF he cares, he would b hard to handle for any D Back out there. Would also like to see us accidentally throw to one of the tight ends – even though Watson won’t call for it, Kenny could say (after a completion) “Sorry Coach, I didn’t mean to….but he was wide open. It won’t happen again”…..

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  17. if you’re a betting person who do ya go with to cover the 12 pt spread.

    Been playing with house money all year long… double or nothing minus the juice and hoping I lose it all in a close PITT win

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  18. Way too athletic and Miami will not play down this week.
    This is our bowl game and we know how they go.
    Miami 38
    Weak, undermanned, under-coached Panthers 7

    The Duzz has proven he is an idiot at the helm with the QB situation. I hope KP doesn’t get hurt.
    I’m back to being a hoops fan, oh my God, just shoot me.

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  19. OK, a little over the top with the “idiot at the helm” comment, but there have been glaring errors that a great and even good coach avoids. Recruiting successes or failures will decide the future for HCPN and Pitt.

    If Pitt doesn’t support that and any head coach enough to win at recruiting, both football and basketball will never rise again.

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  20. Does Vegas still think Pitt is only a 14 point dog? Weird!

    Didn’t they watch the PSU or OKST games? Do they think we have improved that much? Can’t even get a break with the weather, 52 and Sunny.

    Tommy Flynn is a friend, super guy. Bleeds Blue and Gold.

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  21. Very sad that we are not bowling as the kids deserve some fun.

    Pitt athletic department really needs to decide about sports. Either put more resources or go to no-scholarships division of college athletics because then there would be no problem in losing ACC funds. Schedule Ivy league teams. Otherwise we can expect more embarrassing 4-8 FB seasons not to mention attendance problems and the other sports. Maybe rent the Pete to an NBA franchise.

    Our proud athletic history will still be in some on-line records. H2P

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  22. Rooting for Kenny to have a great game to give we poor long suffering bastads some positive to chat about going into the offseason which starts right after Fran’ / POV has its closing ceremony!!!

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  23. Have never not picked Pitt. This year we just don’t have the trenches. Speed wins almost every time it’s tried! Although I like PN, Richt and staff are superior. These are NOT sugar canes we are playing – they are honest to goodness Hurricanes. Cooler waters usually take the strength out of hurricanes, but these are powerful enough to weather WPa autumnal.

    U – 45. Pitt – 17

    Note: leave out the scores above, and what do you have??
    UPitt!! (So we still lose!)

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  24. It is difficult to imagine a scenario in this weather where Miami doesn’t score at least 35.
    It is equally difficult to imagine a scenario where the Panthers score more than 21.

    Canes 44
    Pitt 20

    Hope I’m wrong and Pickett sticks it up the Ibis’ @ss.

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  25. If Narduzzi starts Ben because it’s his birthday, my season will end at 5 minutes after the start of the game.

    All I want to see today is Pickett. He is our only chance to stay in the game.

    Even Nard can’t be that much of an idiot …. can he???

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  26. Hard to gauge this one…but Pitt has not been pulling out these games this year. It’s on national TV too (Pitt’s biggest SOP jinx)

    Miami – 38
    Pitt – 24

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  27. Pitt kids came to play. Pickett is the real deal. Hope he can stay healthy. He is fearless. TV guys say real hero is the Pitt defense. Hope they can hold up. Hope Pickett can stay in one piece. Kid is great.

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    1. No problem, funny commenting all alone. Thought Upitt was doing his usual Pitt winning disappearance act. LOL!!!
      Not kidding Upitt….. 😉

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  28. Pickett is certainly a gamer, that is some serious effort. That is the kind of attitude that can make an offense very good. If the line can continue to gel, next year may have some actual promise.

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  29. Pretty good playcalling.

    Miami looks like they have zero energy.

    We look great and have desire and energy.

    This next drive we must stop them.

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  30. Rozier usually plays a lot better. I’d replace him if I was Richt.

    Problem is now people will think Conklin is god till next year and he shows his true color.

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  31. After the replay, have to wonder if the pressure from the front 4 is getting into his head. He threw both balls moving forward when he had time and space to set his feet and throw. Weaver has been impressive today.

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  32. Everything going Pitt’s way today. Even their punter sucks. The answer is obvious. Pitt needs to schedule only teams that have a shot at being in the top 5 from here on out. Go get ’em Ms. Lyke.

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  33. Ike, I love your how positive you are but they are stride for side on the sideline. QB throws the ball to the middle of the field it’s game over. I would much rather have the corner on the middle side of the field as opposed to the outside when we aren’t providing over the top help because that gives the WR leverage and space to run if the ball is thrown correctly.

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    1. If you noticed earlier the Miami head coach was talking to Rozier the quarterback as he came off the field and as he was talking to him the guy turned his back on him and walked away… and I just turned to my cousin and said I would bench that kid right now and I think that’s what happened.

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  34. Back to the pass plays. Not saying a perfect pass can’t be caught but the tighter coverage causes the errant passes.

    Hope UM keeps this kid in at QB.

    No turnovers here and I would try a trick play in this series. Maybe a fake double reverse and a keeper

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    1. Ike – He is a bad DB coverage wise. How many years of watching him get burned and outjumped for a ball do you need to see. Lots of heart but missing the physical skills.

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  35. Congrats to Pitt!

    Here is Nard-dogs 13-9. This will mean he gets a fifth year. I hope he turns it around recruiting wise. I am not trying to be a naysayer here. It may seem that way.

    But let’s be clear…this team should be going to a bowl this year. It proved at UNC, VT, Miami that it had the talent.

    Now it’s up to the Head Coach to learn from his mistakes and take the team further.

    I apologize about sounding negative. I am elated at what they showed today. But I am also frustrated by what could’ve been. And I think because of how the season played out we lost a recruit or two because of it.

    Enough of my griping! Hail To PItt! You did it again. You made a miserable season make hope sprig eternal. I am proud of you never quit attitude.

    DaveD

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    1. David, I would agree however with a new QB at the helm and the fact they are playing new DL, DBs, and LBs, if we qualify via APR and teams not enough teams qualifying via 6 wins I hope we play as Pickett lost his redshirt. I liked the ability “Pats kids” showed on defense. Offense leaves something to be hoped for but the extra game certainly won’t hurt.

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  36. Give IKE the STAR for his non relenting enthusiasm all year long. Give all those who called for Pickett to start before the year even began some additional stars.

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  37. gimme paris ford and henry miller etc. on D and some young OL and WRs stepping up and an honest to god PLAYMAKER under center next year. can’t wait.

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  38. If you see what happened to Pickett, the next three years (hopefully) of good QB play will downplay how Narduzzi and Watson pissed away an entire season or final 4 games of Pickett.

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  39. Did anyone note that when Narduzzi was asked about the sideline reporter about Pickett’s play after the game he only acknowledged that he made a great play on the last touchdown run called by Watson.—My guess is he didn’t want to heap too much praise on Pickett for fear he may be asked by all the reporters post game why he didn’t play him earlier in the season.

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    1. Yeah, I didn’t like that….but he doesn’t want to pump up the freshman too soon. Besides, he wants to pretend there’s a QB controversy for the Spring practices. He knows better though. When Pickett ran over guys twice and dragged a linebacker for 3 yards. then got that late TD (not to mention the zip on his throws), he knows who his QB is.

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    1. Next year would be a learning year though and fans wouldn’t be fired up at all now if Nooch played out the season. Narduzzi has to recruit a good QB in that time you would think.

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  40. HCPN deserves lots of credit for his fire and the ability to keep the team’s spirits high throughout the season when it would have been easy to quit. Its by far his best attribute. Team him with a realtime smart thinker (that he trusts) to minimize the bonehead errors and the future could be bright. Can’t help but think how good this team could be right now if he had made the move to Pickett right away… That kid could be the lightning in a bottle that Pitt fans yearn for… What a gutsy performance… And the rest of the gang is (up to) 12 games more experienced heading into next year….. All you can say is Hail to Pitt!!!!

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  41. Great game. One yard short of a bowl game though. Pickett is enough to get us excited about 2018 for sure.
    The coaches did a great job this week. The defense was great with Zeise, Hendrix & Maddox. Whitehead could have played better. The O-line was quite good too. Ollison was very good and Weah made enough plays too. And of course Pickett running over guys and zipping passes…

    We should be 5-0 against top 5 teams since 2002. That infamous ND game that we lost in OT was fixed. Remember the phantom TE interference call when the defender was 6′ away from the guy?

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    1. Me too. Would be nice to get another month’s practice with these guys. The pedos lose some big players to graduation & the NFL. I’m optimistic again for that game here next year.

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  42. jrnpitt, he knows Watson has been getting big heat about VTech. He’s telling the internet crowd what he thinks about his O cordinator.

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  43. Obviously, Pitt was well prepared today, credit to Coach Narduzzi for that, obviously. And the defense is significantly better this year overall, and in fact that end of the season was their best play.

    But the big story to me is Pickett, that young man is refreshing…

    Hail to Pitt!

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      1. Talk about UPitt backtracking on Chryst and Dixon. Weren’t you one of the people who used to bitch about 6-6 seasons and the annual BBVA Compass appearances?;-)

        Nice win by Pitt today. I felt that it was easily their most complete game of the season. Weaver really stood out for me today. Zeise also had a good game.

        Have to agree with some on here. Miami didn’t seem to have much energy and the Miami fans around me were complaining about it. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen Rozier totally “on”, but he wasn’t very good today.

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  44. PITT can’t go to a bowl over a team with 6 wins. Then it goes by APR.

    Another thought on that subject though. What if playing Pickett in a bowl game would put him over his RS eligibility threshold?

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  45. How about KP’s smashing his hand off out O-lineman’s helmet and sucking it up immediately to throw another dart on the very next play.

    Pitt gets a bowl? I’m there.

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  46. No one but HCPN, Watson and Pickett knew he would bootleg it on that 4th down TD.
    That really helped to sell a handoff to Ollison.

    Overall, I liked Watson’s play calling today. He called it to win.

    I hope he will continue to do that next year!

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  47. That was so much fun! We have a QB to build with. What balls that kid has. He’s only gonna get better with experience. Kudos to OC Watson for excellent play calling. Is there any chance with this signature win we could sneak a bowl bid with 5-7 record if they don’t get enough qualifiers. Think Nebraska did that few years ago.

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  48. This from CBS Sports.

    Kenny Pickett is the future at quarterback for Pitt: Beating Miami provides an immediate boost to an otherwise disappointing season. However, the long-term thing Panthers fans should really feel good about is Pickett. The freshman was solid in his first start with 193 yards on 18-of-29 passing with a touchdown, plus 60 yards rushing and another two touchdowns. He showed excellent poise and decision-making, plus provided some beautiful passes that should make this coaching staff excited about the future of the offense. It’s been a revolving door at quarterback for Pitt over the course of the last few months, but Pickett should have an early lead on that race going into next season.

    https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/miami-at-pitt-score-panthers-stun-no-2-hurricanes-ahead-of-acc-championship/

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    1. Nice….I like the play where he looked left to freeze the safety, then zipped a long completion to Weah. I thought he looked more like a pro there than a frosh college QB. He will be playing on Sundays. He’s a leader, fearless and smart.

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  49. I did pick Pitt to win, but I pick them every week so I shouldn’t get extra credit for the prediction. I think it is the rest of my prediction around 12:15am on the way to best buy was pretty spot on. We did a lot of misdirection and trap running which was awesome.

    Glad for the team. It provides a glitter of hope for the recruits we have and the ones that are on the fence. VT game stings even more now as does the NC game.

    Pitt coaches will look back at this season, as they did the last one and grow older,

    One bad comment – The fans – We did not rush the field, but why? Because it is not our stadium. People don’t get it about the game day experience, they just don’t.

    Great game fellas. Sorry I couldn’t comment. My boy is playing against a bunch of canadians in hockey this weekend in Detroit.

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  50. The new rule isn’t applied yet and even if it is, they usually say it’s for the upcoming seasons and not the previous years. If Narduzzi has our APR high enough and not enough teams qualify, play him. If he truly is that good, he won’t stay 5 years.

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  51. How does PITT beat the #2 team in the country two years in a row? Miami must be very happy when they look back and see how it turned out for Clemson.

    Not with these freaking coaches?

    I guess the funny comparison between Pat and Paul’s record first three years is over now?

    I’ve been beat up all year long about this team and all the general derogatory comments about just how bad this very young team is. (mainly the coaches) I come on the game-day thread while PITT is playing their best game of the year and what do I read? Mostly the usual.

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  52. Look, I have been saying for months that anyone who watched Pickett in the spring or fall camps knew he was, by far, the most talented QB on our roster.

    Now he has some experience… got better each game actually… And the sky is the limit.

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    1. No doubt but if Narduzzi wasn’t a stubborn goof he would of played him when Browne went down. If he did Pickett gets 5 games more experience and we win 2 more games.

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  53. Yes Reed, Pickett did get much needed experience. Hell, he already looks like he’s played a year or two, going to be a really good to great one. Yes you were right about him. Just not sure if was ready at the beginning of the season.

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    1. Ike,

      So what if he wasn’t ready at the beginning of the season? Once they blew his redshirt he needed to see more playing time.

      Syracuse/UNC/VT – all could have been wins. Even without todays win you win 2 of the 3 I just listed, you go to a bowl.

      Granted most of us critics would be griping about a middling bowl, but you know what? All the coaches will tell you that extra practice time is invaluable.

      So I don’t think the readiness at the beginning of the season is as important as what Reed said earlier about Nard-dogs risk averse coaching style on offense.

      DaveD

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  54. Said to my brother (another Pitt alumni who was at the game). I want to be happy and I want to celebrate this win.

    But honestly, look at me 10/11 years ago in 2007 when a very bad Pitt team played their hearts out and beat a then #2 WVU team one win away from a BCS championship.

    I said to him back then I was nothing but elated…I saw hope of better things to come. I said granted I am older today but it’s not age that has made me cynical. It is over the last decade being sold a fake bill of goods from a incompetent program that believes they can recycle the same tired line “we are here to win ACC championships!”

    Fast forward to today. I am happy for our players…but this win means absolutely nothing from a program standpoint. Just like Clemson did little to move the needle.

    The coach is still trying to haggle more money from a cheapskate administration, recruiting is down, attendance is down (and it will only be salved over next year because of PSU home game).

    What I will say is this…I will rewatch the game to see how the student athletes played with all of their heart out.

    But until this program commits to excellence…this win is nothing more than a “Hey we are gonna let you kick the ball this time Charlie Brown! Trust us.”

    BS…I still say next year is 5-7/6-6 at best.

    God I hate the way I feel nowadays…I really remember how that 13-9 made me feel. It sucks being this way.

    DaveD

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  55. Dave – Your post is sadly spot on.

    Some on here get tricked and forgive sins by a head coach who’s decisions lost games for kids that did their part.

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  56. Nice win for Pitt.

    Pitts early turnovers (3 fumbles with two recovered by Miami) could have resulted in a big Miami lead but Pitt’s D really played well.

    There were only two or three play calls by our OC that really didn’t fit, otherwise I thought that Watson called a solid game. The play calling kept the Miami D off balance.

    Same with the DC. Only a couple of bad packages/schemes most notably the series that Miami scored the second TD on.

    I like having a QB that can run.

    On Miami’s onside kick I thought that Whitehead should have let it go out of bounds. That kick had a ton of velocity on it.

    I was surprised that Miami only rushed 4 on the vast majority of downs and rarely moved the four down lineman around or ran any stunts. I thought that they’d try and get in Pickets head more.

    I thought that Miamis’ linebackers looked fast and were all good tacklers

    Ziese made a couple of really nice tackles and one pass breakup that was key.

    Maddox has a ton of guts and made some good plays.

    Miami doesn’t loose many key guys and will be good next year.. Pitt will also be good next year.

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  57. Just back from game. Couple things:

    Miami, much like Clemson last year was running thru the raindrops. That qb has been bad most of the year. Quite frankly, they only played 2 good games, and made rep pounding a highly overrated Notre Dame.

    This was a really enjoyable game. That defense was the best we’ve seen in several years. They were in the qbs face all game. And Zeise, well that is by far the best he ever played.

    TV must give a very different view. D backs played pretty good. Coverage was decent. Pressure had a lot to do with that kids throws. Unless you are a fan of the U and have orange and green glasses on, you must admit they got their butts handed to them. And that’s a fact.

    Give credit where it’s due, the coaches did a really nice job, and Duzzer keeping them up and ready to play after last weeks debacle was, simply, a great job.

    Great tribute to Ironhead, classy.

    I predicted 5-7 at start of season. This was infuriating. Overall really pissed, but anyone who can’t take pure joy in this win is not a fan.

    Pickett, well, he is really a tuff, hard nosed played. Ran over a couple Canes, and showed no fear. Hope you could see that on the tube!

    H2P

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    1. Clemson went on to beat Alabama for the NC with a QB who starts in the NFL right now. A pretty good NFL QB at that. That was a great road win by anyone’s standard.

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  58. Dave D, they say you can never look back and you should never look back. steve isn’t at PITT to ruin things like he did. Rejoice and be happy. Seriously, look at the past two years? 3 wins against top 5 teams at some point in the season. This is unprecedented football.

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    1. Sorry Ike,

      I can’t do that. I think you are more than entitled to feel the way you do. But I am not going to subscribe to it.

      I and many other fans are now in the mindset of until you show me a commitment to winning I will not pretend to give you the benefit of the doubt.

      In talking with my brother today I do not think my expectations are unrealistic (and he agreed). My expectations are within the top 25 every 3 years and a top 10 every 5 – 6 years.

      and given my age 1 January 1 bowl every decade…so I imagine I would get to see 2 maybe 3 if I am lucky.

      Perhaps unprecedented in and of themselves…but they only equal to 1 win. They don’t give you any more weight on a Win against a #2 team when you are 5-7 overall. Unless this builds the program it’s the same thing you will tell me when they win against a top 2 team 10 years from now.

      No sense in looking in the past that was the Heather Lyke years. Let’s enjoy here and now in the Kaiser Soze years…

      Yes I wanted to add a bit of levity in my Debbie downer post…

      🙂

      DaveD

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  59. No worries about pickett having to learn the ropes next September now…

    I also now think pitt beats at least 2 of the 3 of psu, ucf and nd next year. If the defense continues to improve and pickett does as well.

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  60. Absolutely, Positively, Outstanding!

    We have a QB, and a defense.

    Now that’s a way to end a season.

    Upitt, you need to STFU, at least for today.

    The boys, all of them deserve our thanks to day.

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  61. Can’t believe I had to work and missed this most joyous game. I read through the game Thread when I got home and was somewhat able to live the roller-coaster of emotions captured in in your posts. Thank you all for that. DavidD and UPitt, I realize that history is on your side as far as Pitt not really accruing any long term benefit from this game, but I ain’t buying it. Not this time. Never that I can recall has Pitt had a legitimate QB coming back to start the next year after these big games, and hopefully Watson/Narduzzi ĺearned a valuable lesson in coaching with balls (to win, not not to lose). So I’m back on the optimism train for next year. HAIL TO PITT !

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  62. My question for everyone is why in the world did it take Narduzzi until the last game of the year to start a QB so supier to anyone on this roster. Who is evaluating the talent?? Reed called this coming out of camp. He is light years ahead of Browne. A Galaxy ahead of Dinucci. Heart, Guts, Smarts and a cannon and football IQ. Is Watson the issue? No way no how does it take that long to see his talent.

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    1. He had to learn. He is a true freshman. Let some sunshine into your dark world for once. Best win in several generations. The crowd was totally into it. We WON. Get used to that and enjoy life a little for a nice change.

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  63. I said it before and I’ll say it again, that qb has been pretty bad for awhile. Little bit of pressure and throws all over the place. Longer the game was close the tighter he got.

    And one final thing, their game plan was way worse than ours ever was, and no halftime adjustments. This was the Mark Reitch Georgia fans knew and loved!

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  64. Maybe they brought KP around when he was ready and not before.

    Why discuss negatives on a day like this.

    I think Pitt Fans are their own worst enemies.

    This is all positive going into next year.

    Sad that we find negatives on such a great day.

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    1. He was born ready. Stars are always ready. Narduzzi/Watson were the ones not ready. Hell Reed saw it in camp. Bothers me off we are a 5 win team vs 8.

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    2. Except that he was apparently ready enough to have played multiple series against NC State on October 14. Sorry you can’t understand that people might be frustrated by what could have been when they saw what will be today.

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  65. gc, some people actually think they know whats going on in practice. << This is the beauty of the closed practice by Narduzzi.

    Listen to Narduzzi and Pickett on PSN. They both indicated he just wasn’t ready.

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  66. The great fear I have with Narduzzi is his inability to recognize talent over seniority. There are several freshman on this team that would have probably given us a greater lift if Narduzzi had the fore site to recognize it.

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  67. Reed was the first thr recognize Pickett’s ability.

    Upittbaseball and just about all of us were absolutely right about the poor coaching. I saw it mainly on the offensive side; hurting us all year with the poor performance by Watson. Misplaying personnel, and just being stupid.

    I’m convinced Narduzzi is going easy on his people. He is learning to be a manager and not embarrass his coaches in public as he did with Chaney. Plus he doesn’t need the aggravation of replacing coordinators every year. He will be more involved with the offense next year. Narduzzi is risking his future if he lets Watson loose.

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  68. So Ike did you really expect Pickett to say he was ready a long time ago and get in Narduzzi’s dog house going forward? He’s just saying what he had to to get the pressure off Narduzzi and Watson.

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  69. Bring on the chains and victory lights tonight!
    Nice music videos of chains my POV brothers.!
    Games like this unite us as family.
    Pitt’s coaches called a very good game.
    Pitt’s players executed fairly well.
    We were blessed that Miami’s QB was off today.
    And I really didn’t see the Miami speed today. Florida players may be a tad over-rated.
    Maddox was great today.
    Kenny was solid
    And Ollison was the key.
    O-line and D-line showed that Steel>Sand

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  70. This is nuts. Huge win and half of you are on here whining and complaining like we just lost to Bowling Green. We won. Period. If you can’t celebrate that then you aren’t a fan.
    Upitt – based on some of the things you say about the coaches and players, it’s like saying you blamed the manager after every time you struck out.

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  71. O-line especially and D-line with the help of blitz packages did more than I ever thought possible after watching the Miami vs Va Tech game a few weeks ago. I know KP was the key but the O-line gave him the chance to be great. He did not disappoint.

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  72. Good post Tx

    jrn, Pickett did not take regular offense snaps until Browne went down. Why? They watch the kid e didn’t. I don’t question what I don’t know.

    I’m thinking this big PITT win might do just as much for the POV as it does the POV. We as in the POV needed something like this to keep us together through the off-season. Two letters send us all into the winter with thoughts of better times to come.

    Reed was right about the kid, it just took him time to learn the college game.

    You think Heather will sit down Pat and tell him to fire this guy or that guy?

    Beating the #2 team in the country (both ACC teams) convince anyone that they can win the ACC moving forward?

    If any of us think we are smarter than a P-5head coach, then why aren’t we coaching and making 2 or 3 mil per year?

    Serious question for the stat men and gals. When was the last time an un-ranked team beat the #2 team in the country 2 years in a row? Hard for me to believe that has been done before. ike

    H2P!

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    1. Keep telling yourself Pickett wasn’t ready out of camp but miraculously 12 weeks later he was ready. You should be happy. Bet you would be happier if Pickett led this team since week 1 and we had 8 wins. Truth is they are afraid to go young and play tenure. I’m done with you Ike. No need to respond. Can’t change your mindset.

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  73. Keep in with the exception on our last drive when Ollison had some decent runs our running game for the most part sucked today. If Pickett had a Conner running the ball early in todays game he might have been able to put up a couple of additional touchdowns on the board.

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    1. And you love everything and see no faults and in anyone and say positives about Stallings, 4 downs from the 1 yard line, playing Picket last game of the year, Narduzzi and Barnes and now Heather.

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    2. Ike, you are obsessesive. Mark has been right so many more times than you over this season it would be an embarrassment to count them all. Honest criticism with an edge, yes; hatred, no. How many varsity sports did you play at Pitt, and leave everything on the field?

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  74. Lets just rejoice in this victory sent down from the Almighty in Heaven. Miami had sinned and created false Gods with their turnover chains. Pitt was a humble servant and deserved the taste of manna. The Canes have been caste out. The Panthers now have a seat at the table. Dilly Dilly 🙂

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  75. Upitt, I do think you mean well, but you’re agenda has obscured your reasoning in embarrassing fashion. It seems all you do is bitch.

    As for Pickett, Reed called that weeks ago, turns out he nailed it. Yes, Narduzzi is stubborn, move on.

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    1. Pitt is either suffering some sort of football seasonal affective disorder or a PSU fan. How can he continue to see the glass half full when that was the first win against a number 2 in 128 years.

      Hail to Pitt.

      This team was super young. In college, that happens. It also means the next few years hold great promise. Promise, hope, faith. Pitt, these are all good things.

      Let the sun shine brother.

      The coaches did a great job.

      Pickett needed time to prepare.

      We got our number 2 QB invaluable experience. Ask Maryland how many QBs are needed. A fifth stringer will start today.

      Give coaches $5M raise to keep continuity.

      Crack open an IC Lite and let that sunshine in.

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  76. I am sure Upitt is loving today’s victory just as much as Ike. And I give credit to SW who I have been highly critical of because he deserves it. I am not so sure I feel as good about about our DC. Richt was upset with Rozier because he had open receivers who he failed to hit. I don’t think Maddox was stride for stride with his receiver on a number of those plays. If Rozier makes better passes it would be a different game. Reality and result are different things. And my praise of SW today does not change my opinion of him. This team should be 8-4 now and I blame SW for at least 1.5 to 2 of those losses and Conklin for the fraction left over.

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    1. Im not so sure about that. UPitt is a one trick pony. He has his agenda and it’s not Pitt winning. I have a few friends like him. They are fun to be around at times. And then there are days like today…

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    2. That first sentence is the most ridiculous comment I’ve read in quite some time. I mean no offense…possibly you just don’t understand.

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  77. Don’t get all upset at me Mark and I will respond.

    If your aim was to change my mind then your arrow never had a chance.

    I’ll say that there have been plenty of instances that made me want to pull my hair out about this PITT football program in the past.

    I made some off remarks concerning Tino. They weren’t very nice and I regret them. << I was younger like you

    I’m famous for my complete disdain for steve. I still would shake his hand if he extended his. Although I would be respectful while turning my head and coughing in my right hand.

    To know me you would understand I’m not this rose colored freak PITT fan. I’ve been very critical many times but I consider myself smart enough to make my own decision of what is good or bad. << Naturally, since I’ve been both in my lifetime.

    It’s just when you bring up negativity all the time you lose validity with me. Constructive criticism or even an over-reaction to a particular play is college football at it’s best. Bitching is acceptable to me and actually I like it. I bitched at the TV all day today.

    Now my point here is to not and try to change you. My point is… when you constantly complain about OUR team, I’m coming back at you with how I feel. Nothing more, nothing less. We are PITT brothers with two different angles we come from, which is fine by me.. your good friend ike

    H2P!

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  78. Dilly Dilly Canes
    Dilly Dilly Canes
    Now suffer in the Pitt of Misery
    You Dumb Mo Fos for not presenting Pitt, your host, with a Bud Light
    Let the Victory Lights Shine Bright Tonight

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  79. Back home after a Thanksgiving family trip. Watched the game & was impressed by both the O & D lines play.

    Celebrate the win as a win (and a great win) but PITT is not going bowling on APR.

    After last Saturday (11/19), there was 70 teams out of a total of 78 needed to fill bowl spots. There was another 21 teams (22 if you count Ole’ Miss with post season bowl ban) with 5 wins. PITT is now 14’th on the APR 5 win ranking.

    IMO, there will be at least four 6 win teams that sit at home this coming holiday season.

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  80. First, let me say that I think this was a great, great win for the team. Keeps everyone on a positive note going into next season.

    Finding a playmaker (a quarterback, no less) means no team will have a safe win against the Panthers next year. Should mean better recruiting, better buzz and, as someone noted above, for the first time coming off a trademark Pitt upset of a top five team, a settled and exciting lineup for the following year….

    But I think UPitt reminds us that there are still question marks… Even after wins, you have to look deep and see what needs to be better. In the Army (my old employer), brigade sized units fought mini wars at the National Training Center. The after action review of the top staff was absolutely BRUTAL (I was privileged to see it once upon a time)… Officers who were gods in their local bases were forced to check egos at the door and have every major tactic reviewed… It made them better (thank God). It is fair to question if PN uses the best resources he has available at the best time.

    It is fair to question if his game day decision making needs improvement. It is fair to ask if he has a streak of nepotism in coaching hires… But it is also fair to recognize that they guy brings the fire and brings it well on game day.. And his team responds well to the fire… He has earned a good, long stay at Pitt – let’s help him figure out how to be better….

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    1. As always, Fran was the hostest with the mostest. We took a nice “team photo”. I’ll pass it along to Reed.

      I’ll comment more later, but there should be no Good, Bad, Ugly this week. Only good.

      Tremendous game, tremendous fans, tremendous effort…. I could go on….

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  81. ^^ Fran, I bet that was a hoot. Love to know who the diehards ere that came back to party hearty? Fran, you do things right.

    Rick, heading to the fire-pit later? Don’t sit on the cushions.

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      1. Narduzzi took over the offense this week. Did you not listen to Pickett’s interview; NARDUZZI and Watson gave him the option to run. Narduzzi last week said he didn’t get involved with the coordinators calls. He did a flip this week because he knows his job is at stake too. Make no mistake Watson is the weak link in the chain of coaches.

        Narduzzi listens to the negative fan remarks. But why did Pickett spent the season with a piece of paper running the scout teams? Little or no 1 or 2 team reps. Narduzzzi has the whole team to worry about and the 85 to 100 players. That’s his excuse.

        But Watson? He is either lazy, a heavy drinker, or stupid!

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  82. Here are a couple notes I jotted down early in the game that I felt may be big plays at that time.

    Lopes recovery after Weah fumble.

    The first down for PITT with only a minute of two to go in the first quarter.

    Aaron Matthews block to keep the drive alive on Henderson’s end around when he jumped over a tackler to get there.

    Thought the Maddox possible interception and then it went through his hands would kill PITT’s chances of a win..
    +++++++++++++++

    Imagine PITT didn’t play a perfect game today just like Miami didn’t. The plays PITT made earlier in the game looks like they catapulted PITT as the day and game went on. So important that PITT stayed close in the first half today.

    Great game over-all and a good day for the coaches one and all. Looking forward to some surprise recruits coming to PITT and the off season should be fun with all the anticipation for next season. . ..ike

    H2P!

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  83. I did not watch all of the USF v UCF game today but was screaming at the UCF OC calling passing plays while up 1 with about 3 minutes left in the game. Just needed to run clock and win. If you watched it, you wouldn’t believe it. Scoring might make it look like he must be a great OC/play caller.

    Stupid almost cost them being way too aggressive.

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  84. Tvax – passing was the right call. They had to score bc of the game flow. USF scored almost immediately afterwards. This wasn’t a game where ball control was going to seal the deal.

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    1. Game flow was crazy but at that point, I disagree. Ended up working out but I think would have also and safer MY way. My son agrees with me, wife….well, you don’t want her on your side normally. LOL!

      Good to have/read you here TT.

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  85. Guys, UPitt and a select few others watch the game. As we applaud Maddox for the last fumble, if you actually watch the play, a miami WR was breaking open. If he connects, its another long td and a three point lead with several minutes to go.

    If our defense is so great, how did Barrios get behind them on a bomb, prior to the on-side kick? Somebody needs to explain it. It is not a negative nelly to bring that up. It is objective. That is why I mention it now.

    Watch the game. Ok, watch that flick. It was scary. We were a maddox fingernail away from having a 3 point lead. Seriously, WATCH! Then opine. If you want to argue the miami receiver wasn’t open over the middle, dial me up.

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  86. Richard from SC. Man you are always on the beam my friend. PITT has no chance of a bowl game.

    Here’s a question for you Pitt-cocks and everyone as I am too lazy tonight to look it up. Does PITT get anymore practices this year or is the fotball program shut down now?

    I ask because I heard KP says he’s looking forward to getting back to work on Monday.

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  87. Huff, many plays happened during the game. It’s football. Let’s not pretend PITT didn’t make mistakes. PITT kicked Miami’s ass today.

    PITT beat the #2 team in the country 2 years in a row. Sorry if I repeat myself but what was there in today’s game that would make anyone to pause and reflect. That’s for another day isn’t it?

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  88. Miami going into today’s game averaged 34 pts a game. If posters don’t want to give PITT credit? So be it.

    Miami was playing for a chance to go to the NCAA playoffs and The National Championship.

    BTW, PITT beat Miami’s ass convincingly. Just check out the stats, they don’t lie… << that was kind of a joke… ike

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  89. Ike: Post game participants at the Fran and Friends POV tailgate included KMan, MajorMajors, Erie Express, and the beloved Annie. There were others, so I apologize in advance for whoever I missed.

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  90. Ike: The haters need to STFU tonight. I don’t care that Rozier stunk, or that Miami was flat, or that someone was open on Maddox’s forced fumble. What I do care about is that in front of a pumped up crowd on a beautiful day in November, we laid the wood to the ‘Canes. We can debate later where the program is headed, and the future of Conklin and whatever else interests the glass half empty crowd. Today was a great win. Everyone should enjoy it.

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  91. Huff, what happened on that long pass is the 2 dubs get confused, one slips, and the other is late. As for Maddox play that’s the risk you run, but Pitt had success coming off that side all day. Also, there were under 2 min to play when that happened. Not several min. You can look at the Miami receivers running open or you can look at Pitt dropping 3 sure interceptions, all depends on how you frame the argument.

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  92. ^^ Thank you guys. You watched the game I did. Settling in for the night with Mrs Ike. For whatever reason. PITT was the much better team today.

    The post game tailgate I really missed out on. ike

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  93. Pitt did dominate Miami tonight. Yes – their QB stunk but Pitt’s D was very good and Pitt’s O-line pushed Miami’s D-line all day. Pitt wanted it more. Plain and simple. Go home you thugs and criminals. Sand trash.

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  94. Make no mistake, I couldn’t be prouder of our team. Once is a while we win that big game that keeps us coming back. Kind of like any addiction you may have. I love PITT and always will. I will wear my new PITT Nike hoody tomorrow with pride

    Having Pickett read scout team papers, after it was obvious how slow Browne was and the limitations of DiNucci, was stupid!!!

    No these coaches are not rocket scientist. Few of them could run their own business.

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  95. What about Tim Salem as the QB specialist coach? He is the coach who recruited Kenny Pickett for us. He has quite a resume lots of experience coaching QB’s. Also my make Salem the OC (which he has done before). Move Watson to tight ends.

    I thought the defense played well. The pressure on Miami’s QB’s was relentless as you guys have pointed out.

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  96. Huff – even if he does connect, Pitt’s still up 3 and Miami would have to recover a 2nd onside kick in a row. Pitt built a 3 score lead and would have held on. Because they were still up 2 scores they could blitz. Plus, as inaccurate as Rozier was he still had to complete that pass … which was no sure thing. Football is game of inches. Pitt came up short last week and big this week. As Ike said, it’s football. Pitt beat the #2 team … again.

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  97. Obviously, great win. Only means something though if the momentum carried through truly changes the direction of the program as a whole. Every time we get a glimmer of hope, SOP stomps it out. Gives us something to argue about for the next 9 months!
    Upitt, Tx Panther, Reed and the rest, are right for calling out Narduzzi, the assisistants, and the Ath Dept. You can pretend that they are not right, but you are only foolimg yourself – and probably have been for the last 35 yrs. Let’s see if things are (finally) turning. Until then – HTP!

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  98. So as an example. When PITT goes 3 and out and a comment is made….. Way to go. Thanks Heather. This is what we need to take seriously. Seriously?? Somethings up there and it’s called a negative agenda!

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  99. Nothing like guys that look a gift horse in the mouth.

    Pickett would probably be wearing a cast if he started from the beginning of the season.

    Did you miss that we had two three and outs after turnovers today?

    The whole team is better and it is not just because we have our QB.

    Multiple guys are making plays on both sides of the ball.

    How about Ollison today? Hendrix, Whitehead and many others made game ball worthy plays.

    It takes a lot of guys doing their jobs to beat Miami.

    Including the coaches.

    Without an OCS.

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    1. Very true, but the point is that the whole team is fired up around having Pickett. Next year he’ll be a field general. From the Trib:

      “Two guys were talking (in the huddle) at one point in the fourth quarter when it looked like we were going to drive down and score and win,” O’Neill said. “He looked at them and grabbed them and told them to shut up. You want that out of your quarterback.

      “ ‘All right. Yes, sir. You call the shots. You’re running the show.’ ”

      Next thing anyone knew, Pickett was running 22 yards for his second touchdown of the game, a 24-7 lead and an all-but-certain victory.

      Pitt left tackle Brian O’Neill was impressed by Pickett’s composure and toughness in his first college start, how he would take a hit and come back to the huddle to tell his teammates it was nothing.

      “He’s a gamer,” O’Neill said. “We saw for the first time how much of a gamer he is.”

      I have an unbelievable amount of confidence in myself,” Pickett said. “No matter what field I walk on, I feel I’m the best player there.”

      No wonder Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi talked afterward about how he had a feeling the Panthers would need Pickett sometime this season, which is why he didn’t hesitate to pull his redshirt for one play Oct. 7 at Syracuse.

      “He’s only going to keep getting better,” Narduzzi said. “Kenny’s got some stuff to him, just throwing the ball, the pocket presence and moxie, that we’ve felt all along.

      “That’s why it was so easy to make that decision, because I knew he was going to have to go into a football game for us.”

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  100. The rest of the games after this weekend should not affect the APR. Maybe we have a chance to still get a bowl. I do not care where it is. These kids deserve it.

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  101. —Shame on Pitt fans for 6 weeks if you could have been there today and missed it.

    —Here I thought we were playing the Canes, and Miami of Ohio showed up.

    —How in the world did that team get to No. 2 in the rankings? Shows about anything is possible, I guess.

    —Coaches Duzz and Watson screwed up the QB position big-time this season – could have won 8 games with even just a half decent QB play-maker…

    —Who played in Zeise’s shirt today? Certainly wasn’t EZ, I’ve learned on here that he couldn’t play for Thiel.

    —Reed and MissingWlat nailed it on Pickett – congrats!

    —ErieExpress predicted the win today at the pre-game tailgate. I told him he was crazy!

    —Have always liked the naked-boot when you have a QB with half decent wheels…

    —Like ike, I will miss Avonte. Mistakes yes, but no one gave more for the Pitt cause…

    —Was hoping to meet the famous titleman at the POV tailgate today – Guess that’s something else I can now look forward to next season…

    Go Pitt!

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  102. We aren’t as good as many think and we aren’t as bad as many think. The deep bomb should never happen. My point was to watch the film. The breaks went our way today which was great.

    We won! I predicted Pitt would win today. Who else did that?

    I called for Pickett the minute Browne went down. Reed and Upitt did as well. Most wanted Dinucci. Tape doesn’t lie. Best thing about tape is that you can win a game and still find a lot of warts. Presenting the warts is not the end of the world. Covering up the warts is not good.

    We will keep getting better. I believe that. We called for playing the young guys and we got to see that these last few games. We now need to get 3-4 4stars to join the ranks.

    Biggest obstacle is the Administration.

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  103. You are correct we called it on the first Wednesday Night Call in before the season started about playing all the young guys and Pickett as soon as Browne got injured.

    The talent that is on the team (Which needs to get better) (and get higher rated guys) is good enough to win 8 games if they played the right guys all season.

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  104. Dr Keep the Faith here. Glad Narduzzi doesn’t pay attention to the over the top negativity on this blog at times this year. Including me once. Coaches get A plus today. Conklin deserves a raise rather getting fired. Duze called it at half-time _ and it is happening today in Pittsburgh. All aspects of the game Pitt DOMINATED. Give coaches a raise. Give players lots of credit for hanging tough and getting better the last month.

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  105. Having a QB who can make plays on more than 1-2 drives a game and doesn’t kill the offense multiple drives a game with WTF plays covers up a lot of weaknesses and makes strengths even stronger. Can turn bad teams into average teams, average teams into good ones, good ones into conference championship contenders.

    I boldly predict that with Pickett RUNNING WILD and slinging it with some AUTHORITY, and a defense that if it keeps improving should actually FINALLY be good next year, Pitt will 2 of 3 vs PSU, UCF, and ND, and will FINALLY be a real contender to win the Coastal. This is the first time in a long time I say “wait til next year” without feeling like Charlie Brown. And especially wait til 2019…

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  106. Have Faith.

    I’m glad you’re not the AD.

    I was at the game and SO happy we won. That said.. ike says it’s great we beat 3 top 10 teams- but we also lost to bad teams. Lose to Clemson, PSU and Miami and beat UNC, Va Tech TWICE over the last 2 seasons and Syracuse and GT and we have a better overall record by 3 games.

    No doubt this team can “get up” twice a year. Good teams are consistent.

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  107. The tailgates were fun, Fran. Thanks for hosting, and to all of the POVers that made me feel so welcome. I’m looking forward to next year’s festivities. This team was a typical Pitt team- there were highs and lows- but you have to love that the players never quit. I was afraid that Narduzzi might lose them with some of the head-scratching bad moves (personnel decisions, bad play-calling, etc), but give the young men credit for their determination and spirit. They know what goes on behind the scenes in practice, so Duzz must be doing something right. Let’s enjoy the win. I’m not sure how much of a recruiting boost we get from this- perhaps seeing that we finally have a QB will convince some kids to come here for a chance at early playing time vs. going to a bigger-named school and sit for 2 or 3 years. I didn’t see how the stadium came across on TV today, but I hope the enthusiasm of the fans came through. The hard-core dedicated fans showed up AND STAYED through the whole game. It was a nice change. Maybe we can hope that good feeling stays with all of them through to next year. H2P!

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    1. the enthusiasm of the fans 100% came through on TV, it didnt sound the way a packed house would but it sounded about as good as 35k can

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  108. Annie.. listened to the game on satellite radio then watched the 2nd half on tv… sounded like an SEC atmosphere and the students were home on holiday break.. lots of hoarse voices this morning I bet-well earned.

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  109. It was an extremely raucous crowd, especially for the size.

    I was actually pretty happy with attendance given the circumstances.. Friday game, students home on break, noon start, etc.

    I am still soaking in this win. I hope it is a momentum builder. But remember.. the first game after 13-9 was a loss to Bowling Green.

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  110. This game demonstrated the transformation that I predicted this young defense was going to have by season’s end. Lots of youth, with enough talent to operate Narduzzi’s style of defense effectively. This D only gets better next season with Wriginis back from injury and Paris Ford getting on the field as well.

    Lot’s to look forward to come next season. Pickett sure made quite a debut for himself today. H2P!!

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  111. I thought the crowd was great. My section was filled (with a few guys I only saw twice this season). Glad it sounded good on TV. Would have been awesome if any students were there.

    Gotta give the team credit. And as much as I’ve bashed Watson, I told my son at halftime – “where the hell has this creativity been all year?” He said, “It was probably there we just didn’t have a quarterback that could execute”…maybe right.

    Make no mistake, a good QB that makes plays and fires up the defense. They know a 3 and out stand means something, They know they need to get him the ball back. They didn’t have that all year.

    Now, I want to see WVU get the snot kicked out of it today.

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  112. Dr. T, I was curious a week or so ago when Narduzzi anointed Wirginis the starter for next year. Why? I thought that was weird. The young LB’s should be ready and while I like Wirginis’s style and aggressiveness, I hope he has to earn it.

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    1. Maybe to motivate the younger guys? Wirginis wasn’t bad last season and with him Pitt will actually have a legit two deep at linebacker in 2018.

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  113. Jay91, I was just gonna say, we lose to a MAC team next game after “shocking the world” with 13-9. This win is no guarantee that the program is going to magically dominate the ACC. BUT Pitt did trend up after 13-9 and we had a run of some good seasons — the best run in my lifetime, and the best since the start of the 80s. I pray that this win leads to some good seasons, too, hopefully a little better than our peak after 13-9 (which was losing in that de facto big east championship game against Cincy).

    I don’t want to be Debbie Downer like others, but I agree with those saying that we lose against a better QB. But that said, the defense has improved from the OSU disaster. I don’t think we’d slow OSU down much if we played again now, but I think we’d do better. Maddox is not Revis, but his replacement next year will have big shoes to fill.

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  114. Also, lots of coaching gigs open this year in the SEC in particular, which pay the most money. Will Narduzzi’s name get tossed around? I hope not and don’t think so, but you never know … if it does, maybe he can play it like Jamie Dixon and use threats of leaving to pump more money into the program.

    Whoever the fan was that gave Maddox that homemade turnover chain deserve major props. The players had a lot of fun with it, that was evident. Maybe we don’t have as many fans as the major big ten of SEC state schools, but we have good fans.

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  115. But when before, Newbk, could we say that Pitt had the better QB, especially against Miami, against the #2 team in the country , and IN HIS FIRST START !!!! I really hope KP and the the entire team keep their heads straight. We could be in for something special and I’m thinking Jimmy One Finger is $hitting a brick about the game next year already. H2P !

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  116. Jimmy one finger doesn’t care about the Pitt game next year any more or less than he does his game against Akron or Kent St or whichever other MAC team he schedules. He has about as much passion as my wife; she hates football.

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    1. I’m a Boardman grad, class of 1992. My 25th reunion was last night but since mom is in Georgia I couldn’t go back for it.

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  117. Went through the hassle of creating a username, to cement the legitimacy of how often I read, why I don’t comment, and frankly why I have historically shied away from commenting/gotten so angry over comments I quit reading, to the point I almost didn’t continue even reading the blogs, even ignoring the comments.

    The later Harris and Stache years were “well we can’t beat the big teams though”, we’ve been mediocre at best and at times much worse otherwise dating back to Sherrill, and unless you are in your 90’s or 100’s and remember the Warner/Sutherland eras, Pitt has been a top 10 FB program for about an 8 year stretch, 30+ years ago. ( I know a lot of you guys were students/fans during that time, I’m envious of the high and can certainly understand the low, Bball being a similar experience for me, minus the final fours and NC)

    There was never a reason to play Pickett this year, and that being your go to when down 2 QB’s, is one of many bone-headed decisions by Duzz. You can’t clamor about how risk adverse someone is, then try to pile on afterwards though. If he played well, why wasn’t he in there to begin with, if he doesn’t you tanked the season by playing a FR who wasn’t ready. The gain to be had is, he played well but we only won 5 games???

    I only have 2 Pitt friends, a father and son I have known for a long time, so in many ways POV and the Blather and to a lesser extent dokish’s site and cardiac hill, are where I have to go for Pitt family. So in hoping to find some excitement in a great win with my “Pitt fam”, I find a thread, not really surprisingly, hi-jacked and dictated by negatively. I can’t even fathom any other fan base of any other team, pro or college, where the conversation is driven after a in over a top team, by negativity. And really, the backing behind that being “we could have won 7-8 games”? Well, 7-8 games wasn’t enough, and our last coach didn’t have a personality….just gets old. WE BEAT THE #2 TEAM, AGAIN! What fan is going to take the evening complaining about that!?!?!? Valid points or not, I have never known any fan base that was complaining after a loss of this magnitude, and I realize most of you are not, but the conversation being dictated in that fashion is the same thing.

    I love Chas, Reed, Anson…even grown to “know” emel, ike, fran, lastof, tossin’thabeets, wbb, dan72 not meaning to pick or miss anyone, just the one’s that came to mind I could think of. Just tired of things being dictated so much by a minority, and there is absolutely no reason for negativity of this win. Did it save Duzz’s job? no Have we had several years of disappointment? no could it positively impact recruiting? yes Did we just pull a great upset? yes

    Should be a day we all feel great about, but you wouldn’t know it from this thread.

    mark in the ville I am also a transplant in the 502, let me know if you want to meet up locally.

    Grew up in Indiana Co and didn’t go to Pitt, but as TP put it best “I’m so proud of our f*@#%ing football team”

    H2P and Let’s go Pitt! great win, and there was definitely a great crowd given the numbers actually there, hope we can build on the atmosphere on a more regular basis moving forward

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    1. I could read your post and say the same thing about it that your criticism of the posters who inject criticism into their posts (line me). I could easily say that your resistance to criticism and your insistence that only positive postings be written today is narrow-minded and exclusionary and shortsighted. Our last game was LOST because of stupid play calling on the 1 yard line for four plays. Sorry if a bunch of us haven’t forgotten that yet. And please note all of us who think we have the right to remind everyone of what happened against VT don’t think all is negative. I happen to think that PN is a fine evaluator of talent, a capable motivator and dedicated to the wellbeing of his student athletes.

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      1. Wasn’t a post of if you’re not with us you’re against us at all. Duzz has not at this point been an even good game manager when it comes to decision making, and I certainly wasn’t trying to imply everything is great/things couldn’t be better. You burn your top Qb prospects RS over the BS in the syracuse game, he’s got to be your guy moving forward. No other logic really, you were so unprepared, that was your deciscion, or you were wrong about his capabilities now. I have all kinds of negative things I could say, I just can’t wrap my head around a win of this magnitude but everything being so negative. Who here is upset that we knocked off the 10-0, #2 team in the country? Nobody should be, so why such a negative thread? If your HS went 4-5 but made the playoffs and knocked off the #1 team, would that be cause for excitement? If the Steelers were 5-9, but beat the 15-0 Pats in the last game of the year, would people be upset they beat the Pats? So, don’t know why there would be a negatively driven thread in this instance.

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        1. You don’t get to tell me when I can be critical on this blog. You get to not read what I write. It’s that simple. Actually you do get the right to tell me or others when they should or should not be critical. And I have the right to ask you to please stop being sanctimonious.

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          1. With all due respect, we do get to be critical of your rhetoric — and so do you. We are all arm-chair quarterbacks and are always correct (pun intended). Some on this blog are skeptics, others cynics. Skeptics can be convinced to change their opinions, cynics are, well cynical and will never see anything positive. Please stop being preachy — oops, sorry.

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            1. Of course you get to be critical. But if you express disgust about criticism of the program because there is something sacred about the time immediately following this great victory you are being sanctimonious. You are telling me and others that we should not be posting our views. That is what sanctimony is. Of course you have the right to express your feelings but it’s not nice.

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          2. Not telling anyone to do anything. Pointing out a handful of a much larger number of shortcomings Narduzzi has is confirming there is a lot to be unhappy about. If I was going to dictate when people should and shouldn’t do anything, I probably wouldn’t wait several years to begin to do so. I brought up my personal opinion about not liking bashing the team you root for after a big win, on a team fan site, and the possibility that others may feel the same way. You go to the Pen’s parade to celebrate the team right? So,if you showed up but everyone is complaining about how much the team sucked at times, it’s not enjoyable. Same feeling here and elsewhere at times, and after a big win fans are looking for someplace to share in the victory. I didn’t watch the recap of the 2017 playoffs to see what the Pens effed up, I watched to see the accomplishments. Same principle that I as a long time reader do not enjoy, which others may agree with. Sorry if you felt like I had personally attacked you or anyone else, def was not the case. Opining for the first time after several years of following, about how a big win should be cause for celebration at least in the moment, is in no way being sanctimonious though.

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  118. Heather calls up NarDog this am. ‘I guess you were right. Your coaches do have a plan. They are motivators. They run a tight ship. I was able to get you a $2m raise and another $2m for you to spread as you see fit. Good job’.

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    1. Are you Narduzzi’s agent? He sure can motivate, but he still can’t coach. And his assistants, except for a couple, are not D1 coaches.

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      1. Hey Pete, his proof is the way they played. They dominated a good team friday and was right there with VT. He can coach. He is going to out coach your PSU team next September

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  119. Lots of love for PITT from the local Spartanburg, SC tv station, The PITT victory over Miami was the lead sports story. Second was Dorman (Spartanburg) victory over Gaffney (the other team in my county & also the Alabama of SC high school football) in the SC upper state championship in class 5A. The next story was on the Clempsum – Gamecocks rivalry (this from a station that hosts the Dabo Sweeney show).

    So proud of PITT & the vast improvement of the young players over the season.

    BTW, 3 more teams have made bowl eligibility this week – UCLA, Tx Tech, & Buffalo.

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  120. ““He’s a gamer,” O’Neill said. “We saw for the first time how much of a gamer he is.”
    I have an unbelievable amount of confidence in myself,” Pickett said. “No matter what field I walk on, I feel I’m the best player there.””

    Maybe we never get to experience KP if Pitt coaches don’t give him his shot. Rumors of him leaving seem very plausible….considering. Everyone can pick and choose areas to critique this Pitt program, any teams not undefeated give that opportunity, but the biggest key to success for PN will be recruiting then UTILIZING that talent properly.

    As much as I tend to view with a glass half full perspective, the use of Browne over Dinucci then over Pickett for too many games deserves criticism. Add to that Hall over QO in ball control situations and the over-use of QH at WR where he has been fairly ineffective, there is plenty to question as Reed and others have said for months. That said, yesterday was/is huge as it seems we have the most critical position settled for a few years. Learn from this PN, get your recruiting issues resolved and the future is bright. Don’t change and I see a wasted opportunity and if that is how it plays out, well add a couple of chapters to the SOP novel written over the past 30+ years.

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  121. I appreciate your comment travi502 and can see where you are coming from. I sure was in no mood for the negativity after what our young men did out on the field yesterday. The over-reaction has been an ongoing theme since the very beginning of the year.

    Some of it doesn’t make one bit of sense to me? … but I’ll defend my POV brothers and sisters rights to express their opinions. After-all, I freely express mine . . .ike

    H2P!

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    1. Thank you but I’m pretty sure you too expressed disgust with some of the criticisms—legitimate criticism I might add. In fact the criticism you agreed with, i.e. the playcalling at the end of the VT game.

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  122. I am in the camp of believing HCPN will be better because of these last 3 years of HC experience and only hesitate due to Reed’s inside knowledge about recruiting screw-ups he has mentioned here on POV.

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  123. So now we are worried that Narduzzi may be plucked away for the SEC? The same Narduzzi who is some kind of non-recruiting imbecile, nepotism hiring fool and simpleton game-day coach? You could be right and if I were Pat, I would take the next midnight train to Georgia where I’m sure he would be much more appreciated by the fans. ike

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  124. Ask Brett Bielama or Gus Malzahn or Butch Jones how appreciative SEC fans are of their coaches. The only advantage of going to one of those schools is money. I don’t really even see much of a recruiting advantage at one of the SEC schools. I don’t buy the myth that all the talent is down south (especially after watching yesterday, and considering we have made inroads recruiting from down there). Yes, there might be more talent from there, but it isn’t insurmountable.

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  125. I think it is fair to start the critique today.

    It just put a damper on yesterday’s celebration.

    It is just too bad that some guys can’t get over themselves and enjoy an unexpected pleasure.

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  126. After listening to O’Neil’s post game interview it seems like he’s talking next year in code? I’m sure he hasn’t made a decision yet but he sounded, at least to me, that he is expecting to be back. Maybe it’s just false hope that PITT football team can remain intact as much as possible.

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  127. Fun game. Great win. 232 yards allowed is impressive.

    Before the game, Pitt was a team who had slain some giants.

    After the game, Pitt is a team who has a REPUTATION for slaying giants.

    Pretty cool, although I’d still rather be the giant instead of the giant slayer…baby steps I guess.

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  128. Almost forgot, and this should have been the first thing I mentioned. What a great game day crowd. No one left early, the fans were on their feet yelling most of the game, and best of all there was a large number of people in Orange and green, but you know what they sounded like……..crickets!!!
    Seriously, it was a great crowd, just wish there were 25k more! Good atmosphere!

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