QB2 Ricky Town; Chapter Three and Ending…

QB2 Ricky Town; Chapter Three and Ending…


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

This third and last chapter in a serial article takes an in-depth look at Pitt’s new transfer QB Ricky Town’s backstory and it is an interesting one. Usually when a player comes onto a school’s roster one takes a glance at where and when he played his previous football and then moves on.  But in this case the more I read about Ricky Town the more interested, and then fascinated, I became so I started making phone calls to satisfy my curiosity about the young man. From there I felt his was a story that was waiting to be told in deeper terms. 

The first chapter of this story can be found here and the second chapter here. I suggest you read them both now if you haven’t already.

In the first two chapters of this story about transfer quarterback Ricky Town Jr we wrote about Pitt’s football program and its history with in-transfer players under Head Coach Pat Narduzzi since his hire in 2015. We covered the quarterback situation Pitt was faced with during the 2017 season when transfer Max Brown came to Pitt from the University of Southern California to be the starter only to play well below expectations and then get injured in the sixth game.

That led to QB Ben DiNucci being called on and later the staff deciding to start the wunderkind true freshman QB Kenny Pickett for the last two regular season games, including a big upset of #2 Miami in the last game. Our five wins and seven losses showed what could happen when a starting QB goes down and the back-up QB isn’t talented enough to carry the team.

We also discussed Ricky Town’s course toward college ball as laid out by his father, Ricky Town Sr and Town’s difficult training regime.  In this chapter we will continue that thread and look at what transpired to bring Town, once a 4* recruit and the nation’s #5 ranked QB, on his bumpy  road to Pitt.

Ricky’s father did everything possible to turn his son into an “elite” QB from sixth grade on. Between flying 800 miles round trip twice a month to meet with self-proclaimed “QB Guru” Steve Clarkson and then actually moving the whole family to where Clarkson lived and individual practice sessions in his hometown Town Sr steered his son towards big-time college football with a bullet. But a lot of fathers want that for their sons and that isn’t an unusual story. However the extreme lengths at with the Town family went to set Ricky up for success came with a load of problems also. Most of which were emotional and mental as kids at such a young age are truly not equipped to deal with the outside pressures which the transference of wished for stardom from the father to the son brings.

A telling story about very young Ricky Town is that he’d disappear from inside the family home when he was five or six years old and his parents would see him climbing around the back walls with his Spiderman costume on.  Then he reappears in the house in his regular clothes again and not mention he was outside.  He obviously had a sense of fun and wonderment and felt he could do anything…

“I thought he was going to get hurt,” said Town’s father, Rick Sr. “Then he wouldn’t say a word and he would come back and be in normal clothes and he’d never mention it. It was all the time. He would disappear, you’d see Spiderman out on the wall and then he’d come back in and wouldn’t say a word. He honestly thought he was a superhero. He may still think he is. “

That ‘can do’ belief followed through to his introduction to high school ball when as a starting sophomore he had a year for the ages and Town quickly became a bright spot on almost every major college football program’s radar.

When I called Sportswriter Joe Curley of the Ventura County Star newspaper, who has been covering local high school and college football (along with many other Southern California sports) for over 20+ years to get his take on Ricky Town it was a very interesting conversation.  As stated earlier Curley knows Town’s story intimately and has covered Ricky in both his schoolboy career at St. Bonaventure High School and later on when he returned to the area to play for Ventura County Community College (VCC). Curley was, for the most part, positive about Town but he also was honest about Town’s shortcomings over his young career.

Right off the bat he told me that during Town’s sophomore year at St. Bonaventure he was “the best high school quarterback I have ever seen.” Which is pretty heady praise considering Curley’s many years of covering the sport there and with all the great schoolboy football and college QBs who have come from that area.

Continue reading “QB2 Ricky Town; Chapter Three and Ending…”

The Pitt POV’s 2018 Golf Outing Rules & Info

The Pitt POV’s 2018 Golf Outing Rules & Info

The time is getting closer folks – only one week until the 2nd Annual POV Golf Tournament!  Here is some info on the Grand Day and the schedule:

2018 POV Pitt Spring Golf Outing

4743 Route 711
Bolivar, PA 15923

Where: Champion Lakes Golf Resort in Bolivar, PA


Chicken and Ham
Mixed cooked vegetables
Scallop potatoes
Salad and rolls
Dinner will be buffet style near the upstairs bar.
Committed Golfers = 19 with four still on the fence… which could give us 23.
Committed to dinner only = Three (Ike, Dan72 and Reed)
One on the fence, but committed to drinking only = One (Kman)
WEATHER – Appears to be partly sunny and 80 degrees
PRIZES  – Fran (Lastrow) has five Pitt related items he’d like to give away or auction off (your call).  We could give them away as prizes to the “Longest Drive” / “Longest Putt” / “Closest to the Pin” etc.  Reed will bring up the last of his POV shirts, etc and will again make up “Golfers’ 2018 Football Prediction Cards” (which I will also post during fall camp for everyone).
DONATION OPTIONS: The Way Recovery House in Lancaster, PA (one of my nephews on my wife’s side just OD’d on Heroin – this organization cares for recovering Heroin addicts).  Note: The POV will not be taking donations this year so please divert any money you might have sent in to me to this worthy cause…

GOLF SCRAMBLE RULES: (all golf rules shall conform to USGA Rules)

FORMAT: Four person scramble tournament.


  1. Please smooth all marks made in Sand Bunkers.
  2. Leave the putting green as soon as you have holed out.
  3. Do not play until the players in front of you are out of range.
  4. Balls may be cleaned on the green, and ball marks repaired prior to putting.
  5. Please observe all local course rules.
  6. Attire – Collared shirt, no jeans, cut-off shorts nor metal spikes.
  7. Enjoy the day and your fellowship with other golfers!


  1. A scramble means that all team members tee off on each hole and then decide which tee shot they like the best and mark the spot with a tee or ball marker.
  2. The other team members pick up their balls and place them within one club length (no closer to the hole) of the marked spot. Each team member hits their next shot from the chosen spot of the prior shot.
  3. If the ball you choose to play is in a hazard (sand, water, etc.), the rough, or out-of-bounds, you cannot drop the ball outside of the hazard or rough even if relief is within one club length away.
  4. This procedure is followed on every shot for the remainder of the hole, including putts. The ball should be marked on the putting green also.
  5. Putts need to be made within 3 inches of the marked spot (no closer to the hole). The first ball to go in the hole is counted for the team score. When putting, once any ball is holed out, no further strokes count. The team is cautioned not to make “tap” in putts until all team members have had the opportunity to attempt the team’s original putt.
  6. Each players tee shot must be used at least two times during the 18-hole competition.
  7. A team is not allowed any player’s shot to be used twice in a row.   Reset each hole.
  8. If a team is putting OR chipping for a bogey, pick-up and mark your score as a bogey.
  9. Always keep up with the group in front of you.
  10. In the case of a tie, the Pitt POV staff will compare the scorecard of the teams   that have tied starting with the hole with the highest handicap moving to the hole with the lowest handicap, continuing until one team has the lowest score on a hole.

These rules are subject to change/updating prior to the start of the tournament.

Champion Lakes Golf Resort

Welcome to the historic, award-winning Champion Lakes Golf Resort, nestled in the breathtaking Laurel Highlands. Celebrated for its rich Pittsburgh-centric heritage and distinctive character, Champion Lakes Golf Resort is a must-visit Ligonier, PA, destination just 60 minutes east of Pittsburgh.

Champion Lakes offers a challenging course for golf enthusiasts and a scenic backdrop for corporate as well as private getaways and group outings. The country club quality resort offers multiple stay-and-play packages, with unique sports-themed rooms as well as full-service bed & breakfast offerings and houses strategically placed overlooking the course and majestic mountainous views. The resort boasts multiple banquet and restaurant options — including a beautiful new outdoor patio bar and can easily adjust for small groups up to 150 people.

Designed and constructed in 1966 by course owners and Pittsburgh Pirates legends Dick Groat and Jerry Lynch,  Champion Lakes is rated among the top 50 public courses in the US and received a rare 4-star rating by Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” guide, as well as a “Best in State” rating in Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 places You Can Play” list.

The 18-hole course with bent grass greens tees, and fairways boasts 6,805 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 73, a course rating of 72.4 and a slope rating of 133 on bent grass. With pristine country club quality grounds and breathtaking destination accommodations, this public golf course has hosted numerous Western Pennsylvania Golf Association and USGA events as well as annual charity events and private outings.