Here is a very quick submittal from long time POV commenter “Ike” (2,068 comments!).
Right off the bat I have to say that I don’t have much of a clue what our AD Heather Lyke has or hasn’t done so far in her first year. Well, other than her hiring a wrestling team head coach. So this piece will be about our opinions of here so far like most blog comments are. Our own opinions.
BTW, I really like Keith Gavin the new PITT wrestling coach. Watch out for this young team in a couple short years. He has a young team with a very good recruiting class along with a couple local transfer’s with very good resume’s.
The one minor yet important faux pas Lyke committed that seemed dumb at the time then expanded into a complete media disaster would be the free pop/soda/Fanta offer to any students who stuck around to the games end. That was a cheap and small minded idea from the beginning. She has to be held accountable for that as it was a dead-end thought that seems amateurish at best and in turn reflected poorly on Pitt’s football program as it became the butt of many jokes both locally and nationally.
So that’s it for my reality thoughts and opinions on Heather. We all understand what a message board, blog or any social media type were created for which mostly is consisting of our own slanted thoughts. No need for any proof here as to what is actually being done behind closed doors. I will say that although the public relations door should be slightly ajar like our car door at times but I would also contend that maybe we should pause and be patient until this coming season and see if there are any surprises in store for us all.
Remember, surprises can be good or bad.
I keep hearing and reading that Heather is a ‘puppet’ or “she hasn’t done enough about the basketball program”. Is this accurate? I think we should all realize that firing a head coach mid-season is not an everyday practice in any college sports. Is it realistic to think Heather is to blame for not doing the unthinkable?
Not to be political but this isn’t a reality show where she can just point her finger and say ” You’re Fired” and not expect to see some backfire from the allegiance of all college coaches. This is college sports no matter what the rest of the country and schools do. Remember, PITT has that mobile home window that is all too small. (nothing against mobile home owners)
Ms. Lyke came to PITT when real life PITT turmoil was all about. Hey, a little like Kevin Stallings? Thrown into the fire or a pit of Panther Fans. I guess it’s ok to scrutinize all things an Heather does, doesn’t or is supposed to do even though we may not know what she is actually doing.
Just last wednesday, Heather didn’t attend the PITT – Wake Forest BB game to go to a Dapper Dan dinner. People were outraged. Where was Heather? Was it proper to have an AD not attending a PITT hoop game? Unthinkable right? But she was at a PITT dinner/function along with several big-time PITT donors doing what she is hired to do. Trying to raise money for our precious PITT sports teams… I guess it’s ok to try to get inside other people’s minds and jobs because that is what we do on message boards/blogs and other media type outlets. But that doesn’t mean we know anything at all by the day’s end.
I don’t have to wonder what it feels like to have people up in your face about how you are doing your job. It sucks but it does go with the territory.