Ollison Goes to Combine

Ollison Goes to Combine

The NFL draft combine starts tomorrow and Pitt’s lone invitee is running back Qadree Ollison.

Ollison came to Pitt as an unheralded three-star recruit from upstate New York, but he did great things both as a redshirt freshman and again as a redshirt senior. He finished his career 7th on the Pitt all time rushing list, just one yard behind Dion Lewis.

He also did this

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Pitt Lands a Transfer Tight End

Pitt Lands a Transfer Tight End

Pitt nabbed their third graduate transfer tight end in three seasons today.  Two of the three have come from Rutgers.  Matt Flanagan was the first Rutgers grad transfer TE back in 2017, and Nakia Griffin-Stewart, who announced his commitment today, is the second.

First of all, congratulations to Mr. Griffin-Stewart.  He’s instantly upgraded his playing situation and moved from a perennial division bottom-feeder (Rutgers) into a division championship contender (Pitt).  That in-and-of-itself speaks to the intelligence of the man, and his ability to diagnose a situation.  Secondly, Griffin-Stewart has moved from a situation where his receiving skills were likely under utilized, to a situation where he receiving skills will likely be highlighted.  While it’s tough to comment on exactly how good of a receiver Griffin-Stewart actually is, these two highlight-reel catches should be tantalizing enough for certain elements of the Pitt fanbase to anoint the new guy as the next Dorin Dickerson.  I don’t know if I want to go that far, but what I see is certainly promising, and Griffin-Stewart is most likely a receiving upgrade over Carson Van Lynn (no offense to Mr. Van Lynn).

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Are Pat and Staff Developing Players?

Are Pat and Staff Developing Players?

Here is a well-researched article by Brian Ferrari, aka “notrocketscience”, and it should give some good food for thought as we head into spring ball in the next couple of weeks.

We have much discussion about Pitt recruiting on the POV.  This year’s class is considered too low in rank by almost everyone.  Some believe all of Narduzzi’s classes were ranked too low. I am not one of those people.  I feel all of the classes, with the exception of this year, were on par for what Pitt can accomplish with their football budget.  I also feel Pitt football can reach a level of success we all expect with those classes. For me, that is eight to nine wins per year with occasional ten win seasons.  Top 25 rankings should happen.

Let’s forget where Pitt’s classes have been ranked by Rivals.  After all, it has zero impact on how the players are ultimately developed by the coaches.  An eighteen year old kid changes a lot in four to five years. Instead, let’s look at the players on the current roster that contributed last year and are poised to contribute more this coming year.  How good are they? Has Pitt developed them? Do we see potential NFL draft picks?

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Defending the Cup

Defending the Cup

golf-trophyHello all, I’ve been swamped with baby duties and work, and so I apologize I haven’t been able to post much lately.  Spring ball is only a couple of weeks away and I hope to have something written this weekend about that, so hang in there.  I also have a couple of guest posts so keep your eyes peeled for those.

In the meantime, there is a golf outing in the works, and we’d like to give last year’s winners the opportunity to defend their title.  With that being said, I don’t think we have their contact information…so…

Chris and Bob Liptak and Tom and Brad Emsurak, if you are out there and you want to step up and defend your honors against a crowd of hungry challengers, please email Rick (Erie Express)

Rick Caldwell (Erie Express)

rcaldwell@whiteoakdisplay.com

717-951-9805

Also if anyone else wants to attend, you can contact Rick as well.  It’s going to be a great time!  Here is an excerpt from Reed’s post about last year’s event

Folks – last year was so much fun. It was just a real blast meeting everyone and putting faces (and personalities) to the names we all hear from (and talk about) on here. I truly urge everyone to try to carve out some time to at least meet for the dinner after the golfing is finished. Don’t miss a chance to have a fine day with old and new friends. – Reed

Hail to Pitt!

Michaelangelo

 

 

Pitt Basketball: Pitt at Georgia Tech Open Game Thread

Pitt Basketball:  Pitt at Georgia Tech Open Game Thread

I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech, and a hell of an engineer—
A helluva, helluva, helluva, helluva, hell of an engineer.
Like all the jolly good fellows, I drink my whiskey clear.
I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an engineer.

Oh! If I had a daughter, sir, I’d dress her in White and Gold,
And put her on the campus to cheer the brave and bold.
But if I had a son, sir, I’ll tell you what he’d do—
He would yell, ‘To hell with Georgia!’ like his daddy used to do.

Oh, I wish I had a barrel of rum and sugar three thousand pounds,
A college bell to put it in and a clapper to stir it round.
I’d drink to all the good fellows who come from far and near.

I’m a ramblin’, gamblin’, hell of an engineer!

Lets beat these geeks.

Hail to Pitt!

 

Pitt POV 2019 Golf Outing!

Pitt POV 2019 Golf Outing!

Hello Pitt POV’ers,

After much behind-the-scenes discussion the 2019 golf outing has started to take shape.

Tentative details are as follows:
 
Location:  Meadia Heights Golf Club, Lancaster, PA (where Jim Furyk played his junior golf.)
Date:  Friday, May 31, 2019
Time:  Noon tee time (club open for lunch)
Format: 4 team scramble golf tournament (18 holes)
Cost: Approx. $85 per individual (includes golf and dinner afterwards)
Lodging: Double Tree within a few miles and numerous other hotel options in Amish Country, USA
 
Past events have been a huge success and, this one this will be played at Erie Express’ (Rick Caldwell’s) home course.  Of course he has a big hand in organizing this one so hats off to Rick!

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