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FOOTBALL MEDIA ROUNDUP: PITT MOVES THROUGH SECOND WEEK OF SPRING DRILLS

Pitt Spring Football Media Coverage Links

March 22
Panther-Lair: Aston returns to role as the Swiss Army knife

March 21
WQAM Sports Radio Miami (audio): Partridge joins South Florida High School Sports Radio
Panther-Lair: Former Pitt players seek to honor Sutherland
Post-Gazette: Bad-luck Browne takes realistic approach to NFL hopes
Post-Gazette: Ryan Shazier scouts for Steelers at Pitt pro day
Panther-Lair: Powell on Aston, the running backs and more
Tribune-Review: Pitt pro day could provide boost for Whitehead
The Pitt News: Pickett proves worth as rising Panthers star
DKPittsburghSports.com: Whitehead, Henderson brush off Combine on Pitt pro day

March 20
93.7 The Fan (audio): Pitt OL O’Neill Promises Preparation and Versatility to NFL Teams
Post-Gazette: Pitt football’s ‘Energy Bus’ and ‘Mr. Positive’ are back in pads
Tribune-Review: Carson Long leads group of Pitt lettermen working to honor legacy of Jock Sutherland
Tribune-Review: Pitt spring notebook: Coaches pleased with running backs, linebackers
Tribune-Review: Narduzzi ‘about as happy as you can be’ with Pitt’s first spring scrimmage
Tribune-Review: ‘The best feeling ever’ — Fullback Aston happy to be back healthy for Pitt
Panther-Lair: Narduzzi on energy, the linebackers and more
DKPittsburghSports.com: Aston, Tipton return to bolster offense

March 19
Panther-Lair: Hendrix keeps following his path

March 18
Panther-Lair: For Tipton, spring camp has been 8 months in the making

March17
Panther-Lair: Partridge on the DL and more

March 15
Tribune-Review: New defensive coordinator Bates assimilating in at Pitt
Tribune-Review: Pitt football notebook: WR Tipton works back into practice
Panther-Lair: Narduzzi ‘a little disappointed’ by the first day in pads
Panther-Lair (audio): Idowu on the Pitt linebackers
Post-Gazette: New defensive coordinator Bates is turning up the volume at Pitt practice
DKPittsburghSports.com: First chance to hit has Panthers all smiles
Pgh Sports Now: Pitt Practice Notebook, Sights and Sounds: March 15

March 13
WTAE-TV (video): Guy Junker one-on-one with Coach Narduzzi
Beaver County Times: Pitt corner Jackson to take on more responsibility in junior season
Panther-Lair: Bookser digs into new roles this spring
Panther-Lair: Bates’ first impressions
Panther-Lair: Narduzzi on the WRs, the OL and more
Tribune-Review: Pitt’s Bookser practices at right tackle, works on being leader
Tribune-Review: New Pitt OL coach Borbely ‘has lot left in the tank’ 4 decades into career
Tribune-Review: Narduzzi endorses new Pitt secondary coach, is eager to add pads to practice
Post-Gazette: Ford intrigue only grows through two days of Pitt camp
DKPittsburghSports.com: Secondary scoping out whole new world
Pgh Sports Now: Pitt moves elite talent Ford to cornerback
Pgh Sports Now: Pitt Practice Notebook, Sights and Sounds: March 13

March 12
Post-Gazette: Pitt’s spring camp opens with Pickett as the main reason for optimism
Post-Gazette: Paul Zeise: If Pickett can handle the pressure, Pitt could thrive
Post-Gazette: Five questions to ponder as Pitt football opens 2018 spring camp
Tribune-Review: Pickett starts spring drills as Pitt’s No. 1 quarterback
Tribune-Review: Pitt football notebook: New secondary coach Collins out for ‘effort, juice, enthusiasm’
Tribune-Review: Tipton, Aston practicing with Pitt after injury-plagued 2017
Tribune-Review: Pitt’s Ford happy to be practicing, OK with move to cornerback
Tribune-Review: Ah, spring! Footballs are in the air at Pitt
Panther-Lair: For Pickett, ‘business as usual’ means something different this spring
Panther-Lair: Narduzzi: ‘A good day overall’
Panther-Lair: Collins on the DBs, Ford and more
DKPittsburghSports.com: Spring football: Pickett, now Pitt’s No. 1 QB, takes command
Pgh Sports Now: Pickett QB1 from Day 1 for Pitt in 2018
Pgh Sports Now: Pitt Practice Notebook, Sights and Sounds: March 12
The Athletic: Bates, Pitt and Narduzzi: Together again for the first time

March 9
ESPN.com: Pitt looks poised for big strides this spring

KDKA 1020 (audio): Coach Narduzzi on the KDKA Morning News Show

March 7
93.7 The Fan (audio): Coach Narduzzi on The Fan Morning Show (part 1)
93.7 The Fan (audio): Coach Narduzzi on The Fan Morning Show (part 2)

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  1. First comment here will be about football. After that, BB comments will undoubtedly again take over until a coach is signed. I cannot understand the Narduzzi PR philosophy.

    In interviews, he goes over the top in his profuse praise of the players, both individually and by position. Then if/when this leads to lower than expected results on the field he criticizes the negative reactions. At the same time, Narduzzi will not open up practices so that the fans can see the on field performances for themselves.

    What does Narduzzi expect? The AD needs to address this problem and work this out with PN. It is causing a significant rift between the fans and the team at a time when seats are empty and Pitt could use some positive publicity.

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  2. There is a real element of paranoia there as it pertains to football. Most Pitt coaches would hold open practices all spring and most of fall… then close one or two toward the end of fall camp to work on trick plays.

    Again, when you are in desperate need of season ticket sales and donations you should give fans as much as possible.

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  3. Someone published the win statistics for open vs. closed practices, and it showed that it doesn’t matter as far as winning whether or not practices are closed. So shouldn’t EJ or someone in the athletic dept. be discussing this with PN? that contrast vs. the Nitters couldn’t be greater, and Pitt does come off as being a bit paranoid, like someone from Pedo may swoop in and steal the secrets.

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  4. When Narduzzi first began the closed practices I didn’t have a real problem with them. Now that’s it’s gone on for so long I can see how detrimental the idea has been to the football program. Although I think they had an impact on the PITT win over psu. By now, the bad has overtaken the good.

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  5. ike, there may be a reason for say, the practices for one specific game to be closed. I think Pitt fans can understand that there may be a reason. But their paranoia (really just PN’s paranoia) is excessive, and as a result there is practically no excitement among fans for Spring ball. It makes me wonder if they really even perceive of the PR problem they have, which contributes to the empty seats on game day.

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    1. The game week practices have always been closed. What was open we’re the Spring Drills and Fall Camp save one or two days.

      I have no problem with game week closure…that makes sense as you are putting in your game plans and practicing your different offenses and defenses tailored to the game ahead of you. But to just close them all is ridiculous and it really shuts out the fans.

      Believe me, EJ has lobbied for more exposure…

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  6. We put a big electronic messaging sign in front of our church which sits far off a busy highway.. attendance immediately picked up as passer byes now know what’s in the big building with the blue roof.

    For God sakes Pat .. open up the practices.. give us a SIGN

    It’s like football doesn’t exist until September at PITT.

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  7. It’s a delicate situation, does the AD want to come off as being meddlesome and create another power struggle. I think there could be a way to lighten up the closed practices and still remain a bit anonymous with the information that’s given out. I think that time has come whee Heather has to stand up tall and not ask but give options to the coach.. ike

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  8. Remember that song well.. back in those formative years with MY GIRL JeanieB then Jeanie Woods… started dating 50 yrs ago. She left a little note in my locker that said “ I think I love you”. ( Partridge Family) then many years later George Strait wrote a hit song based on that “Little Love Letter”

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  9. Not $hitting you… this is about how we got started.. man, could mama Woods could… Jeanie B can cook some fine vittles herself!

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    1. I’m dying to hear his explanation. Meanwhile, there’s this:

      Jeff Goodman@GoodmanESPN
      11 minutes ago

      Pittsburgh been meeting with candidates the last 24 or so hours, source told ESPN. Eddie Fogler helping Heather Lyke with process.

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  11. Isn’t it amazing that the best run organizations are strong and stable at the top with the opposite existing in the bottom feeders. What does it take to get management to figure out the IT is the problem ?

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  12. “It’s like football doesn’t exist until September at PITT.”

    Some years it’s like it doesn’ exist after September either! 😉

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  13. I think it was Reed who mentioned that there was a scrimmage on Sunday, but we heard NOTHING about it! It was another opportunity lost to get people thinking about the upcoming FB season and maybe sell some tickets. They should be leveraging the Pedo game as much as possible to sell different packages and maybe tie in some food service deals or other promotional programs. I don’t get it with these people. And they are supposed to market the Pitt BB opportunity to prospective coaches?

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  14. I do wonder if Fogler is trying to get Frank Martin to Pitt. I have no idea what kind of money he is making or how much on his buyout.

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  15. Newest “report” is that Pitt is targeting Schmidt from St Bonaventure.
    He may be solid but that’s not gonna reignite the fan base.

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  16. Mark Schmidt is the latest name out there — a disappointment although he’s done a great job at St Bonaventure.

    Apparently, not too many people interested.

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  17. Pitt doesn’t know how to market and drum up interest. It fails both marketing and public relations 101. Then you have the media dictate the message. Heather is clearly in over her head.

    I would tell Coach that he needs to open up practices. I just did extend you didn’t I. And I’d tell him we’re tarping sections of the upper deck. Coach needs to know who’s in charge.

    I’d also make a decision on the new basketball coach with an announcement Monday. This can’t drag out any longer.

    But there’s a leadership void at the moment. Heather needs to step up.

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    1. what’s marketing going to do? Everyone knows what has happened at Pitt over the past 2 years.

      And obviously, coaches aren’t lining up …. do you not think that agents for promising prospects would not be contacting Pitt if their clients were interested?

      You have the ACC, a real nice facility and good money being offered … what more can you offer?

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  18. Remember the media gets paid to attract viewers. Also, some reports will say almost anything to get attention.
    With all of that in mind, yet another name has surfaced. Micah Shrewsberry, assistant for the Boston Celtics.

    All the info I have read today is that no information is comming from Pitt. So there are others outside of Pitt or betrayers inside putting out info.
    Something to keep in mind.

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  19. P.s. That’s another great reason to love the POV. Reed has no obligations to write what he writes. He does it freely, and openly.

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  20. EJ in direct response to Rothstein’s tweet shown above

    EJ Borghettii@PittBorghetti
    29 minutes ago
    More EJ Borghetti Retweeted Jon Rothstein
    A long-standing Athletics Committee Meeting scheduled for today was postponed due to staff commitments related to our coaching search. Any characterization that the meeting was urgently arranged to discuss basketball is inaccurate, ill-informed and irresponsible.

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  21. Pitt is targeting Oats right now. If he isn’t the next coach then I’m not sure who will be targeted next.

    If it is Schmidt then you just fired Stallings for Stallings 2.0. I can see Pitt making a huge gaffe like that since athletics is run by a bunch of dullards.

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  22. I liked oates but it sounds like he isn’t interested. It is sad how unappealing the job is. It is still early, but these developments make me wonder whether we should have fired Stallings. You have to have a plan in place and it appears our athletic director again didn’t foresee the limited options pitt would have if they got rid of a coach.

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    1. and then we will end up with Slippery Rock’s AD. Don’t you people see what the problem is …. how many ADs and coaches have to go thru this program before we realize the issue?

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  23. Slippery Rocks AD wouldn’t be stupid enough to fire Stallings, eating millions and then hiring Schmidt. We will continue to suck in basketball but Schmidt will have plenty of players with good grades.

    Is it true that Fogler tried to place Schmidt at BC 2 years ago?

    These search firms suck.

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  24. I absolutely, positively refuse to believe any rumors that we would consider hiring Mark Schmidt. If you think the Pete was empty this year!,,,,,,, If they do they should just shut it down. This would be the worst hire in power 5 history. Even Pitt, yes, even Pitt, could not possibly be that stupid. There would be no defense for that hire, none!

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  25. Pitt had a chance to get Tressel…they didnt
    Pitt had a chance to get Miller…they didnt
    The problem is…Pitt is run by dotards who do not care about sports

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      1. when they could and should have reached out to him for the open AD position. Instead Pitt hires Barnes and then Heather. They had two chances.

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  26. It was reported numerous time that Fogler was hired to vet possible candidates for the PITT head coaching vacancy and not in charge of the hiring process. I believe that.

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  27. Why not just get Mike Rice? He’s done his time, didn’t have any recruiting issues, players at Pitt and RMU loved him. RU seems to be just a bad time in a guys life where he made mistakes like we all have. Cheap, needs an opportunity and more importantly the guy can recruit and coach his ass off.

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  28. Hey Tx, glad to see you take my jabs with humor. 🙂 but I don’t believe the earth is flat for the simple reason it’s been proven to me that’s it’s round. Opinions are what drives Blogs and negative slants are A OK with me. I go with tangible thoughts and expressions when there is enough information available to do so. Keep on rocking the free world Tx! ike

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  29. Wait for it…. I would be really bummed and maybe even pissed off with a Schmidt hire. Hells Bells the beer was terrible as I remember it. ike

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  30. If they are thinking Schmidt….then Danny Nee should be under consideration as well.

    Since now we’re into the category of ………’Coaches That Won’t Say No ‘

    Danny would then have been HC at all 3 of Pittsburgh’s D1 basketball colleges.
    Hey the 3rd time might be the charm.

    Absurd, you bet ya……just like this search has been. The Follies of Heather

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  31. It ONLY made sense for Pitt to have hired Heather……if should could have brought Thad Matta.

    Since the ONLY sports that matter are really Football (didn’t need her for that ) and Basketball (needed someone for that)

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  32. We put all our eggs in the Hurley basket knowing he wanted UCONN. Now we are fumbling around looking like a disorganized school in search of anyone who would be our BB coach. We better get this right soon or we will not have a coach at the Final Four coaches party. BB recruiting is a whole other subject as we may have no players.

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  33. Ever think they offered 3m to Hurley because they thought the buyout for Stallings would be low? Then this week the got a letter saying, “yeah we were wrong we owe”, now they have to get a coach on the cheap.

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  34. The Bonnies did beat Hurley’s Rhode Island once this year and finished with exact same record 26-8.
    And they beat UCLA in the Dance. However Schmidt has only made the Dance 2 times in 11 seasons.
    And he’s managed to win 20 games, 4 times in 11 seasons. His best season at Bobby Mo was 17-11

    Plus he’s not exactly a Spring Chicken, he’s an older looking than his 55 years.

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  35. Should have been going through all the interviews to begin with. Even if they thought Hurley might accept, the interviews should have continued to the extent their targets were available.

    Plan for the worst, hope for the best

    Look, just about everyone here could see that Hurley was likely to go to UConn if he left URI. If we can see this, why can’t the Admin? Keep the process moving, folks.

    And no to Schmidt.

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  36. Not that it matters as I am just Noise…but a big NO vote for Schmidt.

    We traded in a Caddy for a Yugo 2 years ago, now it looks like we are interested in a Ford Pinto…oy.

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  37. One of the reasons you needed to make a somewhat quick hire, was to not give the local Pitt hating media time for them to ramp up their hate. And it appeared to me, the national media then took their Pitt hating cue from the local a-wipes.

    Ppl wonder why we get such obvious anti-Pitt bias from most of the national turds. I think part of it is due to
    …..it emanating from the local media slobs.

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  38. I just heard that Grant may still be in play. He’s eyeballing up the South Carolina gig though and can’t commit to PITT in the future. Take that for what’s it worth?? << it’s just what I was told. ike

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    1. Pitt should make and offer to the South Carolina coach and open that up for Grant. I’d take Martin in a heartbeat – he was in the Final Four last year. Good coach.

      NO TO SCHMIDT

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  39. I thought this happened last nite…..but the game site broadcasters ‘covered’ it up.

    Kansas State players said they were upset after Kentucky’s players and coaches left the court before taking part in a postgame handshake following Kansas State’s NCAA tournament win on Thursday night.

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  40. Been kind of hesitant to post on the basketball coach search because I think on one hand there has been some unfair/unjust criticism of AD Lyke, but I also think there has been extremely fair criticism on the other hand.

    But frankly no one here knows what is going on behind close doors. So its speculation at best.

    Frankly, the fair criticisms to Ms Lyke (IMO obviously)
    1) Allowing Hurley to dictate the terms of the negotiation
    2) The lack of having a “hit” list if you will (Mr. Hurley you have until 12pm Monday afternoon to decide, if not I will move on to other candidates. She had to know for quite some time she was going to purge KS…the fact they are now engaging in mass interviews shows she is not a P5 AD…very reactionary.
    3) Not pulling back the offer once the details were leaked “you wanna play games Mr. Hurley…fine 2 can play that game”
    4) And this one is more systemic…the Iron Curtain like approach to Pitt athletics in total. This is a really bad way to win the hearts and minds of disillusioned fans. Not to mention that my brother informed me she did not attend a meeting with the players after the Stallings firing. Say what you will about the talent or lack thereof…she as the chief owes it to those players to attend and at least act like she is listening to their concerns and issues. It does not come off as being a good leader. (more of a let them eat cake type). Fair or unfair that is the perception that came off (again according to my brother who is a b-ball season ticket alum.

    But what I cannot blame her on is the following:
    Pitt is going to be a hard sell for anyone who has an offer with a school that offers 1 or more attributes:
    1) a Local recruiting pipeline with even a modicum of b-ball talent
    2) a regional pipeline for recruiting talent (and if you got national/international that is gravy 🙂 )
    3) Deep pockets for building a team and sustaining 1 and/or 2 above

    I would even say if a coach who is the next “big thing” is going to look at the criteria above and say do I want to risk having to restart at the lower rungs because I have those 3 strikes against me at a program? I believe Ralph Williard, IIRC, was arguably one of those guys who righted/rebooted himself after the Pitt debacle but never obtained that high loft of the cream of the crop P5 schools. There have been others…but all things being equal…an offer that say is $50,000-$100,000 less a year but has even 1 of those 3 attributes previously mentioned is much more attractive to hungry young coaches than the Pitt opportunity. It’s not that it won’t have challenges mind you, It’s that they won’t have their hands/feet tied to do it. I think even with an ego, as long as that coach has other options they will go with that option.

    In other words, Ms Lyke really doesn’t have a lot to offer other than $$$$ and as you can see a top 15 salary hasn’t exactly brought a cast of even 10’s knocking the door down.

    So what does this say to me (if my analysis is accurate or at least in the ballpark).

    A) Pitt is a less than mediocre program and will not attract the best of the best. Sorry guys we are SOL in my opinion.
    B) If you want to get results perhaps you need to stop living in a dream world. I hate to say it…you want to turn this program around perhaps you need to find some one who needs a “road to redemption.” Yes I know Sean Miller makes me uneasy as well…but I think the 3 things above are going to limit our choices.
    C) If Pitt does settle which is likely…we are talking a lengthy time before this thing is righted.

    I am not trying to criticize/single out UPITT here but the idea of pay and get the right person…it’s not that easy anymore. Pitt is tainted, not because of NCAA/scandals…but because of institutional mismanagement/incompetence.

    Ms Lyke is not to blame for that but her handling of several things on the major sports level does make put her level of competence into question.

    DaveD

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    1. Most of this is pretty good. I disagree that we are below a mediocre program.

      Pitt had among the highest winning % of any school in D1 from 2001 to 2014.
      We made The Dance 10 straight years from 01 to 2011. 13 years of 15 from 01 to 2016.
      We were a #1 seed…..in the NCAA’s…..twice.
      We were in The Dance
      We play in a great facility.
      And we just made, what would have been, a Top 15 HC salary in D1.

      That doesn’t sound like a less than mediocre program.

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        1. Exactly Pittman….this is all a result of the terrible hire of Herman the Hired Gun, who then brought in the Retirement Retread. A good coach would have had a team with Young & Artis and several other seniors in the NCAA’s and would have had 2 recruiting classes by now to reload.

          Otis sat tight with Dixon’s recruits and only brought in 1 somewhat playable juco player and NO Transfers
          at all in 2 years.

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      1. Actually Emel…at this point in time I think we are. Don’t get me wrong I agree with your assessment of history. But it’s not about what we were, it’s about what we are.

        I believe that has been fairly nuked. I meant where we are at now. I understand where you are coming from but I think the perception now if far different even with the historical points you make.

        Dave D

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        1. One other thing Emel. I want you to be right and me to wrong on this point. It pains me to see what you posted and to think/feel the way I do.

          So in my heart I hope to post on here…that you were right and I was wrong.

          It would be a great consolation prize to be wrong on this point.

          Dave D

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          1. Well I was thinking of what a program is…… not so much of 1 year results. Even the best programs have bad seasons. In hoops i can think of North Carolina having a bad season under Matt Doherty including a 8 win and 20 losses in 2002.

            The perception of Pitt’s bball program shouldn’t be changed by anyone that went to Pitt from 2000 onwards by one bad season in 18 years (almost 2 decades).

            So in this case, I hope I am right and you are wrong, but I didn’t respond to your post, necessarily to say that. Our opinions are just different. And that’s what blogs are about, sharing opinions.

            But I’ve been wrong before and will be again.

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    2. Agree with most of this. We I don’t know enough and things haven’t played out enough to dismiss lykes wirk completely. But things don’t look good for her. I really don’t see us getting a very good coach. I’m not sure we don’t have a choice but to roll the dice on Sean Miller

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  41. Hire Grant, Martin isn’t going anywhere unless indicted, which may in fact be possible. Put in some language for protection. SC has some deep pockets. It’s all a risk, but a lot less with this guy than MS.

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  42. If it’s Schmidt, then it’ll prove Upitt’s doubt about Heather prophetict, and instantly create a multitude of Upitt clones, like one big unhappy family. And that’s just initially, eventually it’ll morph into apathy. But hey, didn’t we just fire Stallings for, among other things, empty seats. I just can’t believe we’d pay all that money and net a coach that will guarantee Echoes in the Pete.

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  43. DavidD – good thoughts, all the way through. I do like to get views from outside the Pitt family though, and the job (by peers) is still considered a very good one, but one that comes with risks. But your point concerning a candidate seeking redemption is apt. I feel the same way about Miller, queasy, but the idea certainly has merits. I still like Grant, per JoeKnew’s recent note above, and don’t understand why his name hasn’t come up more, unless like Hurley, he favors a certain area of the country to settle in.

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  44. Bashing media for what? Telling the truth? They’re not saying anything worse than what has been said on this site. Was anyone in the country more truthful than Mark Madden about Penn State and dark glasses Joe?

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    1. The problem was…..it was ONLY Madden among the local slobs. There was nothing anything close to the ‘pile on’ Pitt that’s been going on presently. Get real !

      Additionally we’re all ‘Family’ on here. (or most of us besides the trolls). I don’t like being bashed by a bunch of Pedo State and Pedocuse media slobs.

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    2. Pitt deserves to be bent over…and spanked. I don’t think they could have mucked up things any worse if they tried. Playing out like SOP. The one constant is the culture. Until Pitt stops pretending they care about sports, and actually hires competent leaders, you’ll get this. Pitt interviewing Schmidt shows me they are being turned down and are desperate. And they have no clue who would be a good fit.

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  45. I very much agree with you David on your above comment. We really don’t know if Heather had that hot list or not. Seems we heard a lot of big names coming in and out of Oakland with interviews? The one thing that is dead right is not dictating to Hurley a time limit. << That was a tactical mistakes knowing what I know.

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  46. The problem is schmidt may be all we can get. our situation is so bad that even the best A.D. would struggle to hire someone decent.

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  47. Word out is that Schmidt has been offered. The thinking is that he can stabilize the program and there would be money left over for good assistants. Aka the recruiters. Pitt sees this as a way to stop the bleeding, and right the ship with an experienced and low risk coach. A coach with limited upside but can achieve at least a NIT invite in most years. Plus familiar with area and good character guy who fans will get behind after getting to know him.

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  48. Dear Jamie,

    Sorry if we somehow wronged you or made you feel unappreciated.
    We miss you and would welcome you back….remember when we lowered your buyout? Understand that was affection, and affection, given the proper milieu, can blossom into, say, an NCAA tournament appearance for Pitt.
    So what say we let bygones be bygones and you come home?
    We’ll even stop UPitt from calling you ‘skunkhead.’

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  49. Emel I understand you don’t like to being bashed by anyone who disagrees with your superior intellect. So you resort to your childish name calling. You’re family on the POV with all who agree with you. It’s never you. It’s everyone else who’s at fault. Maybe, if your feelings are that easily hurt, it’s time for another self imposed sabbatical.

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    1. Rich, coming from someone posting under….’another name’. Ppl like you are to be totally disregarded since you are a total fake. Fake name, who is too chicken to post under your ‘regular’ posting name.

      And you are a ‘regular’ poster….you gave us that much info. Just another Pedo or Wvcc troll more than likely.

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  50. I said about 10 days or so ago that its possible that Heather could end up hiring someone worse than Barnes hired. If in fact she hires shithead….it happened.

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  51. From Above:

    “A coach with limited upside but can achieve at least a NIT invite in most years. Plus familiar with area and good character guy who fans will get behind after getting to know him.”

    If the goal at the University of Pittsburgh is the NIT – then Lyke needs to be replaced by EoD. That is pathetic, sad, and disheartening. That is loser mentality that should be squashed and chastised on every level.

    No one gets ‘behind’ average – I don’t care how nice you are.

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  52. Gus Kroc was the best Bobby Mo coach ever. Heck, I’d rather have Matt Fergenik over this guy. Are they really that clueless that they think they can sell him?

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  53. Bj — love the Frank Martin suggestion. I think he’s a really solid guy, and will sail through any investigation, so no concerns there. I would include him in the list that would immediately cause my to renew my season tickets.

    That won’t happen with Schmidt. God I hope that’s just a rumor…but that’s exactly how I felt when I heard Stallings 2 years ago.

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  54. I’ve heard some really dumb things here, but everyone has an opinion, but that post of “ oh, once you get to know him” and he’ll get us to the NI.t, may be the biggest crock ever.

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  55. Actually Stallings resume is better than Schmidt’s. So we release KS and settle for this? It makes no sense. I hope this is just rumor with no substance. Say it isn’t so……Heather. Say it isn’t so.

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  56. Schmidt has reportedly told Pitt that they have to wait until he see’s if the Xavior position opens up…ADHL needs to tell him to go frack himself.

    Some cable channel really needs to look into producing a reality TV show starring the Pitt Athletics department…you just can’t write scripts like this…

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      1. Yep EE….I think a lot of these rumors are Pitt hating trolls, both media turds and Pitt hating Pedo’s from Creepy Valley, and Syracuse (remember we owned them under Dixon and have in football too since 2000) and of course the sht eating toothless ones from West By Inbred Virginny. Longer this goes on,
        it just gives them more time to sling their garbage.

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  57. So Pitt did offer Schmidt. He said to wait because he really wants the Xavier job. Pitt went low cost and low risk. Not surprising.

    I also hear that oats turned down Pitt because Pitt low balled him.

    Just hire Brandon knight and be done with it. Pitt has no business being in the ACC.

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    1. How about Tom Herrion. Was one of Dixon’s best if not best Asst. And has been HC before, knows the Burgh and the situation concerning Pitt and their various foibles.

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      1. And you could bring in either Brandon Knight or Ontario Lett as Assoc HC to tutor under Herrion. Or both of them and then we could have some continuity down the road.

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  58. The Pedders are playing Ben Howland’s Miss State next in the Not Important Tournament.

    Kinda strange with all that’s going on.

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  59. Zeise is now saying don’t worry about Schmidt. I guess offer was withdrawn after the Xavier comment. But who the hell do they have in mind? There is nobody left on the A list except Mussleman.

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  60. Meanwhile the Trib is rubbing it in with 3 stories on UConn hiring Hurley and one on Schmidt. One artice is headlines with Hurley saying it was only down to UConn & RI. Pitt needs to hire Miller or the front porch is toast…

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    1. I’ve heard on XM 84 College Sports Radio that Lyke and Pitt were not interested in Hurley after his agent leaked the fake salary offer.

      That news never gained any traction anywhere – not locally nor nationally.

      The PR dept has failed miserably…

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  61. My thought is that Pitt was ready to announce a hire today but oats and Schmidt both turned them down. Oats due to the dollar amount offered. And Schmidt because he said Pitt wasn’t his first choice and needed to wait. If even remotely true, we have the wrong AD in charge. I’d be making a call to Tressel right now. Nard Dog would approve.

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    1. So, call up Oats and up the money…he has to know that his iron is hot now and he may be a nobody for the next 5-10 years. Does he think he’s going to beat Arizona every year?

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  62. Think about it, the very ‘successful’ Jamie Dixon was run out of town….his replacement is criticized as soon as he’s announced, fans are screaming that he’ll lose the JD recruits, which he saves… and none of the recruits are decent players – so they all leave along with most of the JD recruits, so he has to scrape a team together – they go 0-19 in conference play and he is fired….so how do you sell a new coach to come in and rebuild and the fans will support you – right! And how long do you think he’ll need to be competitive in the ACC?

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  63. Saw this in Buffalo News. Published 3:25 p.m. March 23, 2018 | Updated 31 minutes ago

    “A spokesperson at UB said Friday that Pitt had not made a request to speak with Oats. Asked if Oats told UB, either directly or through a representative, that he desired to speak with Pitt, the spokesperson said UB had no further comment. Coaching contracts typically require the employer be notified in advance of any discussions involving another school. “

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  64. First off Twitter is the worst thing ever invented by man… somehow people believe it is news.

    Secondly, if anyone thinks we offered $3M to anyone they are off Their Rocker.

    Third, if narduzzi win 8 plus games this year he’s gone… I guarantee it. He’ll capitalize on a strong season to get out of the sh*t storm Pitt has become.

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  65. Listen, the Trib really doesn’t exist. It’s online, it couldn’t support itself and flamed out. It’s really geared at out of towers. No one really reads it around here. It was one guys forum and toy, and it lost his heirs a fortune.
    It is looking like Heather may be more like Upitt version than Ike’s. I’m not sold that all(or any) of these reports are true, but it is reflecting poorly on the university. If it’s all bs then it might be time to make some type of statement. If it’s true, then quite frankly she is way over her he’d and should be removed, yup. Well, we really can’t fire her, but put her desk in the hallway and have someone else actually takeday to day control. If this is the hire that will define her she needs to pull a rabbit out of her hat. I’m actually pulling for her, because the embarrassment is humiliating.

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  66. Again until pitt changes the culture, Pitt will be the butt of jokes and nothing more than mediocre. You change the culture by changing the BoT. It will take money and a revolt by some very prominent people. I just don’t see it happening. SOP then. At least we get to view a good dark comedy.

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    1. The longer this takes the more the buyout costs. This is why smart schools already have a guy they want and pounce on him. Pitt insists there’s no hurry though….

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  67. Pitt’s last 2 BB hires were done on the cheap. (3 if you consider Howland from N. Arizona) They settled on Dixon when Prosser turned them down (no plan B), and they happened to luck out there all things considered. Then they went on the cheap in hiring Stallings and now Pitt BB is on the precipice.

    Think they learned anything from this? We’ll know in about a week…

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  68. Wow, this is so bleak. It’s making me nauseous. Coaches choosing Rhode Island and Xavier over Pitt, no one considered first rate remotely interested…if there is someone decent who is remotely interested Pitt needs to overpay and give them 24 hours at most to decide.. I am embarrassed by this travesty. If the powers that be really don’t want to compete in a P5 conference let’s drop down and let me quit caring so much!

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  69. PittMathGuy
    ‏@math_pitt
    Mar 22

    Also, David Tepper is on the list of richest Americans, (#45, via Forbes), alum, and a massive donor to the university. If he wants Miller to be the coach (unknown), then he’ll be the coach.

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    1. Tepper also has made several large gifts to the University of Pittsburgh, including several endowed undergraduate scholarships and support of academic centers and university-run community outreach programs.

      He loved basketball as a kid. And sports in general as he owns 5% of the Steelers as well.

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  70. Well, Looks like we can forget Grant. Whether you lack of interest or inability to close the deal the next best option is gone. At this point ?Tim McConnell might turn us down. And we thought the football searches were messes! How can we even follow these teams, let alone give dollar one??

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  71. I love the pack mentality. You guys are hilarious. No one really knows anything, just a bunch of conjecture but everyone assumes the worst and away we go. The gnashing of teeth and hand wringing on here is better than anything on Comedy Central.

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    1. Every college sports blog with posters is like this. Nothing different here than any other college blog or
      for that matter pro sports blog.
      And yes we do try to be entertaining, so thank you 🙂

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    2. It’s laughable that anyone should expect Pitt to land a quality coach after 3 weeks and being the butt of jokes by local and national media. This will end very poorly if you follow Pitt history and know its culture. How do you think Budweiser came up with the Pitt of Misery? How do you think Nascar came up with Pitting? How do you think the Hoopies came up with that clever chant Pitt is Sh*t? I wish it was Save Our Pitt but its SOP to me.

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    1. It may end well. It may not. We don’t know yet. Freaking out over every little thing, to me, is funny to watch. I want them to hire Miller.i have already said that. I would buy season tickets (first time ever) and write a check if they hired him. If they don’t, The only thing I can do is not buy the tickets and not write the check. If the school is irrelevant because they don’t care, I won’t either. That said who knows what will happen. It’s kind of exciting.

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  72. Hey Reed, I remember you said Narduzzi better get back to a winning season or he may be gone. Now he’s out the door if he wins 8 games for the third time in 4 our years. Is there a scenario in your mind where Narduzzi stays the head coach at PITT or is that too much for you to bare?

    and away we go:

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    1. I never said that he’ll be gone. Never. I said that if he had another sub par season Pitt would take a hard look at him as the HC.

      What I said early on when he was hired was if he got 9 wins I think he’d leave and I’m saying the same thing now too. If he wins 8 games I think he’s going to leave and go to greener pastures or somewhere he doesn’t have to deal with all the b******* that Pitt’s creating .

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      1. I don’t think Narduzzi cares about the crap show going on with the BB hire. Don’t forget, he’s the King in town. I don’t know what his long term plans are but I think he likes the way his team is shaping up. Especially with Pickett coming back for a few more years.

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  73. “You call me a fool
    You say it’s a crazy scheme
    This one’s for real
    I already bought the dream
    So useless to ask me why
    Throw a kiss and say goodbye
    I’ll make it this time
    I’m ready to cross that fine line…

    …They got a name for the winners in the world
    I want a name when I lose
    They call Alabama the Crimson Tide
    Call me PANTHER Blues”

    with apologies to lyric writers Steely Dan

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  74. Ike, on the contrary, given the cluster which is this basketball hire, if Narduzzi doesn’t kill anyone I think he can be PITT’s HC for life.

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  75. I think ‘if Narduzzi is more successful he’ll move on to bigger and better things, if he’s less successful we should fire him’. I think this sentiment sums up the Pitt hysteria/mindset as well as anything, not that I blame the mindset, but it lacks perspective. Look at what Beilein has done at Michigan this year so far, after falling short so many years. Patience is a virtue, you just have to know when to panic, and when not to. Stallings was obvious- yeah, panic, and everyone except key administrators knew it from day one. Narduzzi? Not even close.

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  76. Strangely, I think it may actually be better for Pitt to slow down now in searching for a new coach. The obvious names are off the board (except maybe for Musselman), or have already been eliminated. So the time has come for a sleeper pick who is totally obscure and will be a complete surprise. Pitt should go to a Plan B scenario that involves a methodical search for a long term solution. Oates may be the guy, or someone similar. They should also begin looking at assistant coaches from winning programs, or maybe an NBA assistant. The guy Padgett from Louisville, who is only 33 yrs old, is another example of someone they should look at.

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    1. Well you got to ask yourself a question. What didn’t L-Ville see in him ?

      Has very little experience to be running a $10 million dollar a year program like Pitt.
      “Padgett then returned to the Louisville program, and was initially hired in the 2014 offseason as assistant video coordinator.”

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  77. I’ve been an avid Pitt fan and alum for over 44 years and I cannot remember an S Storm of bad pub both locally and nationally like the recent weeks. It seems to have started at the “ Fanta football game” while the media was making a laughingstock of Pitt showing many sleeping fans in the stands.

    And now our current BBall mess.

    Heather …I’ve tried to be nice and forgiving but honey…. this is all on you!

    For many years we al knew what a cluster F Pitt’s admin was but outside of the Burgh, no matter be cared. Thanks again Heather/BOT et al for making Pitt a national disgrace.

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    1. One commonality between national turds and local turds, are nationally many are Syracuse grads.
      And locally you have Pedo supporters from both Creepy Valley State and again Syracuse (Benz & Fillaponi).

      Seems like these local sports channels & rags are loading up on Pitt haters. On the National level, they’ve been Pitt haters for as long as I can remember. Over 40 years.

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  78. Question, if we rehire KS, do we still have to pay his buyout and then give him a new contract? At least keep most recruits.

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  79. Look, for the most part, I don’t know schmidt. In higher ed, decisions are made by committee. It is academia after all. At Pitt they like to think they are smarter than everyone else. They like to talk things through and very rarely is there complete support on anything. Paralysis by analysis.

    Top AD’s make their own decisions and then convince the academics to support them. Ours is afraid of her shadow. It’s just inexperience. Not her problem,ours. Our administrators hired her. She needed to have a short top 5 list. The top 5 list should be the top 5 coaches (whether under contract or not) that she is confident in bringing in for her price. Let’s be clear. There is “NOT” a do not exceed price, if you are within 300k per year of budget, you are okay. That too, is higher ed.

    A great AD does not look at the top 5 coaches available. They are all available. Why settle? Pitt needs a home run.

    Secondly, if it appears that the national and local media is hard on Pitt it is because our ADMINISTRATION and Athletic Department it is because Pitt deserves it, as it has been a laughingstock since the Wanny debacle. This is where all sports come into play. We have nothing to say we do good at, nothing! Our AD is afraid of our football coach. She won’t even tarp the steeler stadium because the head coach doesn’t want to. Open the practices.

    Our AD has no plan for a great coach or above average coach. Call Miller and be done with it. This is decision making 101.

    Other institutions have figured out that if the academics fully support athletics, athletics will help support and enhance the growth of the university. Pitt doesn’t get it.

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    1. the national media has never forgiven Pitt for letting Dixon go …. pure and simple. And they keep going back to it time and again.

      the local media (except Backo and Meyer) have no connection to Pitt … and is made up mostly of shock jocks and negative nellies who use cynicism to draw attention to themselves. If you would have heard Filliponi on Thursday am .. it almost like a satire as he just kept up the anti-Pitt rhetoric. And even confessed towards the end of his show that he thought he would get more negative calls from Pitt fans.

      And we Pitt fans have to also look into the mirror …. with this delusion of grandeur of Pitt’s athletic program, and demanding more and more

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  80. Gleason ( my dad’s favorite ) and Sponge Bob ( my daughter’s favorite ) in the same thread…priceless. I’m hoping now that we go back to Miller Time by default. There simply won’t be anyone left to offer.

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  81. I’m glad this day is almost over. The way things are going, I’m surprised our charter planes even go to the right city for the games. Nite.

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  82. Dear Pitt Brothers…. it’s been a long day with more to come. Outa scotch here. Let’s resolve that once this oddessy is over…. and it will be over.
    to put down our hatchets with each other. In 2-3 years we will be back in the NCAAs. Let’s meet there and toast to Reed and Chad who have us this forum to vent. First round is on me ! Hail to Pitt!!

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  83. Maybe the local sports writers are upsetting us because we are reading the wrong part of the rag. We should probably be spending our time in the Obituary Section.
    Good night All.

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  84. Again I find myself agreeing with Ike. I think Narduzzi likes it here and even if he wins 10 games this year he’ll be back at Pitt with another extended contract.

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  85. Tried to post an article about St Bonnie coach and tans reaction in this am’s Trib . You got the whole newspaper… go to the sports section.

    Have a great week- end.

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    1. Yes, I believe Pitt is scrimmaging today. If your being recruited by Pitt you’ll get to see the entire scrimmage live. The rest of us will just have wait for the dribs and drabs that come out after from Narduzzi and coaches whenr its over.

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  86. It would be nice if some one could video the blue and gold scrimmage and upload it to utube. Should be feasible in this day and age.

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  87. On Basketball: I say go after the Washington coach(former Boeheim top assistant) and bring the Syracuse zone to Pitt. Again Syracuse with a fair season at best played well in the NCAA tournament and went down yesterday to Duke 69 to 65.There is no reason that Pitt can’t recruit to play a version of the Syracuse zone and be fairly competitive in their ACC games.

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    1. Hopkins has already made a public statement that he is not interested in Pitt job. It should be obvious to everyone now that this Pitt program is too big of a mess which is why we may end up with a Schmidt

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  88. Ike – Re: Narduzzi being “The King” at Pitt…

    Everyone is affected by administrative incompetence Ike. He’s an employee and nothing else.If Pitt’s reputation on the athletic side keeps declining – which it steadily is – he’ll want to be in a stronger program which allocates decent funds to the football program – which sure he isn’t getting at Pitt.

    That is plainly obvious by who he’s being forced to hire as staff coaches – basically his friends who have little or no prior success in the position/coordinating coaching they are being hired for.

    A new 58 year old journeyman LB coach as a first time ever DC…

    A new MAC guy who had a total of one year as a “defensive passing game coordinator” whatever the hell that is…

    An new OL coach who’s last team was:

    in 2018: 113th in Sacks Allowed with 35 and

    in 2017: 127th in Sacks Allowed with 45 (!!!) 45 Ike! – almost dead last in the nation.

    These are the low hanging fruit Ike – Pitt doesn’t pay Narduzzi squat for a Power 5 HC and we are one of the worse budgeted P5 schools for staff coaches also. If he sees a better opportunity he’ll grab it.

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  89. Reed all that is true and all that may not matter if Narduzzi can win with, I admit, a low low budget. At this point he hasn’t established himself with his players yet and until he does his value may not be all that great.

    Narduzzi is practically in the Big Ten right now as he is recruiting against that conference most of the time. Isn’t that the conference many think he will leave PITT for?

    Again, it’s just not my style to judge anyone or any coach before I see the person performing the job they were hired to do. Bates is hardly a journeyman after staying with NW for 12 years. They must have liked the man and how he coached. Don’t forget that Narduzzi and Fitzgerald have more in common then there first names. They go back always in their careers. Some of you frown upon familiarity while I think that’s a positive. Not so much nepotism.

    I think you get my King Pat reference as it was you and others that coined that nickname for him. Once again indicating to me you really don’t have much love for the coach. The I like Narduzzi BUT continues on.

    I was smiling as I wrote that comment above Reed, I have been a passionate PITT for a very long time now but i have to say. You actually have me pulling more for PITT to win than ever before in my life. Yes, to prove you wrong about Narduzzi.

    little know fact. If you do not capitalize Narduzzi it comes up buzzard in spellcheck = a North American vulture . ike

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  90. Sadly true Reed. Conversely I don’t think he will have much pressure from Pitt to greatly succeed as the Administration won’t want to have to go through a hiring process again..

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  91. You know, almost all of us have complained about the attitude Pitt has toward athletics. Cheap, disinterested, bothersome, probably even annoying. The one thing I’ve never heard is a realistic way to fix it. It’s pretty easy to complain, or even worse enable the status quo, but realistically how can it be fixed? The BOT changes over every so many years. The institutional culture still carry’s on. This must have been how my Dad felt in the late 30s when they got rid of Jock.
    Even the most ardent supporter of Heather must admit she’s really screwed the pooch on this on. If this is a strategy of playing it close to the vest it’s been a disaster. I really hate to say it because I know the flack I will get, and most likely will deserve, ahhhh on second thought I won’t say it, just not the right thing to say.
    I believe it has come to the point where you have to ask yourself, should Pitt just give up on sports programs entirely. If you won’t adequately fund them, and give them full support, then why continue to embarrass the university’s national reputation with this farce? I think the question is legit. This half assed approach has to stop, one way or another.

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  92. as far as the spring FB discussion above, Pitt does practice today but don’t know if it’s a scrimmage. The schedule calls for practices on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays with the exception of next Sat the 31st (Easter weekend). I believe there are 3 scrimmages including the Spring game on the 14th. Thus, I would think that the 2nd scrimmage is either today or on the 7th.

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  93. Well, if Narduzzi wins the fans will show up and that money will stay within the football program. The money won’t go to the Physics department, but you never know with the bozo Pitt has as a chancellor.

    Where hass Randy Juhl been? He’ a big sports supporter. He was MIA during the Stallings hire and should have been Gallagher’s ear. He also should have heard Barnes had one foot out the door for Oregon State.

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  94. I’ll say I really can’t understand why, how or for what reason Hurley was allowed to bug out of town and take his time toying with PITT. That move sucked. As far as the other “big” names go it seems to me that it’s plain as the nose on our faces. They don’t or didn’t want to come to coach at PITT.

    I half enjoyed and half just shook my head when all of us would say, I don’t want this guy or I want that guy, that’s not reality at all. Who in the heck do we think we are dealing with here, picking and choosing a coach when the BB program is such a wreck?

    The fact that PITT is not looking in Miller’s direction should wake us all up and realize what we already know. PITT is not interested in dealing with any type of conflict or future turmoil.

    Wouldn’t it be prudent that PITT hires a head BB coach that will still be at PITT when the big shoe drops on the NCAA BB scandals and be sure that it will. You don’t want to be hiring another coach in a year or so, there just won’t be any coach around to hire. ike

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    1. Pitt acts like turmoil hangs around or people talk about it for a long time. People move on so quickly in life. The administration panicked with the SI article in 2010 and the same mentality is costing itself a coach like Miller or Pitino. Be bold, Pitt. Oh, wait, never mind.

      Academic integrity above all else, so why have I read Pitt’s rankings have dropped?

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  95. Nate, it’s probably Heather’s or Narduzzi’s fault. Agree on the SI article but of course they over-reacted. It was all apart of steve’s plan.

    Time for some of you to admit it, you picked the wrong team to root for.

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  96. How can people believe that Heather is responsible for no one wanting to coach at Pitt? Anyone who didn’t expect these current events hasn’t been paying attention. The job is a total rebuild with many obstacles to making it happen. The sad truth is that if we get any success that new guy will move on to a higher profile job.

    Relatively soon there will be many great jobs opening due to retirement. Where are the up and comers?

    Amazing that you can’t fill a job worth millions.

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    1. This: the up and comers just aren’t what they used to be. Duke and Syracuse will find out soon. Carolina already did with Doherty.

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  97. Ask yourself this question: What would happen to Villinova if Jay Wright leaves? Is that program sustainable? Would they go old or young for the next coach? These are not easy questions, and Pitt is in the same boat, sort of. It is not easy to follow any legend (not saying Dixon is exactly a legend). Most coaches don’t stay for long anymore, and it is hard to sustain any program in basketball when other schools can buy players.

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  98. VoR, really? You asked that question. Rollie Massimino was there forever and followed by Wright. If and when he leaves there will be a succession plan. Villanova has won national championships and made themselves relevant. Pitt refuses to make themselves relevant.

    @GC – This is the AD’s fault. There are 360 coaches available and we go after CYO coaches and offer big money. Why don’t we go after better coaches? It is because she is not linked with anything that wins. Coaches don’t trust that. Who would buy her vision when she says we want to win championships? She has no proof of doing that.

    NC is a perfect example as pointed out. They learned a lesson and changed course. They went after a big name coach and got him with Williams. They will do it when Williams retires. Pitt won’t because they don’t know how.

    We will have a CYO coach shortly.

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  99. Reed, how about we break both of our glasses in two and swap one side each. My “Narduzzi can do no wrong glasses” and your “Narduzzi can do no right glasses? You know, balance things out just a bit.

    Just a btw, I never was so pissed off when PITT didn’t have a kickoff returner back his first year. Dumbest move by a head coach I’ve ever watched.

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