More BB info (I guess) and all this won’t go down well with fans:
The Trib-Review starts today off with this bit about Mark Schmidt:
If Pitt truly is interested in hiring St. Bonaventure men’s basketball coach Mark Schmidt, the Panthers fan base does not approve.
At least if social media is any indication. Those on Twitter were losing their minds Friday afternoon after word leaked that Schmidt, a former Robert Morris coach, interviewed to replace the fired Kevin Stallings.
Reporters for the New York Times and the Olean (N.Y.) Times Herald reported on Twitter that Schmidt interviewed Thursday. The Buffalo News reported that St. Bonaventure Athletic Director Tim Kenney said a representative for Schmidt informed the school of Pitt’s interest .
My favorite Tweets in all of this.
Apparently we actually did interview Mark Schmidt, HC at St. Bonaventure, to see if he’s dumb enough to work at Pitt (from the Post-Gazette):
St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt, who previously coached at Robert Morris for six seasons, interviewed with Pitt on Thursday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
The 55-year-old Schmidt just finished his 11th season with the Bonnies, the most recent of which saw his team go 26-8 and finish in second place in the Atlantic 10 regular-season standings, behind only Dan Hurley’s Rhode Island team. Additionally, their win against UCLA in an NCAA tournament play-in game was the program’s first NCAA tournament victory since 1970.
Sticking with the P-G Paul Zeise thinks we know not what we are:
Pitt coaching searches always seem to turn into a punchline, and this current search for a basketball coach is quickly turning into one. There are many reasons why this has happened in the past, but this time around it’s because Pitt has no idea what it wants the men’s basketball program to be.
This whole process would be a lot easier if everyone in positions of power got on the same page.
No program can conduct a successful search for a coach until it figures out these questions: Does Pitt want its program to compete at the highest level? Does Pitt want its program to fight for ACC championships and NCAA tournament success? Does Pitt want a program that regularly produces NBA players?
Three questions and no real answers to any of them. I will say this – for the price Pitt is willing to pay, and I don’t believe for a second Pitt offered a higher salary than Narduzzi is getting to anyone, the answers to those questions will end up being “NO”. If anyone thinks Pitt all of a sudden offered upwards of $3M to a BB coach they are dreaming – that would put a new Pitt BB coaching in the Top 13 of salaries… and that ain’t going to happen when Narduzzi hovers around 60th in his field.
And can we please kill the “Boosters will ante up” when discussing Pitt – there are none who will donate any sum that would make a dent in this coaching search. That happens at real universities that take athletics seriously.
Corky Cost was the last big donor Pitt had and he’s backed away a bit I’ve heard. The last big slew of donations were for the Peterson Sports Complex and there hasn’t been much since – although the info for donations to Pitt athletics is hard to find.
The Pitt News echoes the above sentiments with this possible hire in calling Schmidt “Stallings 2.0” Here are some more quotable Tweets:
Please no. This would be a total disaster. They have to realize that this is Kevin Stallings 2.0. Good luck getting the fans to come back with this trash.
So you pay $10 million to fire Kevin Stallings to hire a less successful version of Kevin Stallings. Makes sense to me……. (That’s Paul Zeise)
This would be totally inexcusable to fire Kevin Stallings and replace him with a guy who actually has a worse resume. Tone deaf. Program killing type hire
Damar Hamlin is needed and apparently ready to step up and produce in our defensive backfield:
“You’re a starter by day,” Narduzzi confirmed with a grin. “But Damar is having a great spring, so I would say he is the starter today, and he’s really having a nice spring. He’s smart and he’s doing a lot of good things. … He’s stronger than he’s ever been. It’ll be a different year for him, for sure.”
It’s not just Hamlin who hopes to pick up where he left off in 2017. The player with the inside track, early as it may be, to start alongside him at strong safety is in the same boat.
Phil Campbell, a redshirt sophomore who made his first career start in the season finale against Miami and also saw plenty of action the previous week at Virginia Tech, has a renewed sense of confidence after a quiet first couple years. In fact, he’d fallen so far down the depth chart on defense that last October, he was working with the running backs for a couple weeks.
I think we’ll see more kids being tried out at RB this spring and fall – and especially next season. Who we have now aren’t giving anyone shivers of excitement.
See – this is how bad the info flow is coming out of Spring Camp this season. not only did the team hold a Saturday scrimmage last Saturday and we heard literally no one word about it – Narduzzi allows only one player interview most days and apparently yesterday it was Hamlin…so the P-G and the Trib have to run basically the same story the next morning:
Two years after signing as one of Pitt’s most prized recruits in recent memory, Damar Hamlin finally feels as if he’s ready to shine.
“It’s like, ‘About time,’ ” Hamlin said after spring practice Thursday. “It’s what everyone has been waiting on.” Hamlin’s first two seasons at Pitt have been marred by injury: He’s played in only 12 of the Panthers’ 25 games in that time and limited to only a handful of preseason or spring practices.
But Hamlin has been a regular through the first six sessions of Pitt’s spring ball as the first-team field safety. “He’s really having a nice spring,” coach Pat Narduzzi said. “He’s smart and doing a lot of good things. He’s stronger than he’s ever been. It’ll be a different year for him, for sure.”
Really, truly for sure this time coach! It would help if his crotch liked himself well enough to keep him on the field. Remember this article about Hamlin where Narduzzi said he had a minor injury? Hamlin missed the whole year.
Then a year later we read this about our oft-injured CB.
Here is a piece about an old, but great, Pitt OL… John Malecki.
Let’s see how many wins we think – at this early date – we’ll have when the dust settles on the 2018 season. We do our ‘formal’ 2018 predictions in late August but just for laughs…
I see five wins here – Albany, North Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia and Wake Forest. Of course we win one we shouldn’t every season, although I don’t think we’ll beat any of the Big Three gams -PSU, ND or UCF – and we may drop one we should win so I’ll say 6 -6 on the year.
How about you?