First of all, congratulations to Missing WLAT for finding a kidney donor and having his surgery scheduled.  And thanks to all the POV fans who supported him through this time.  I’ve been actively involved (in person, i.e. attending games) with the POV for less than a year and the community has truly made me feel like family, and I think that extends to pretty much anyone who shows up at the tailgate and has a true love for Pitt and that a big part of what makes this blog a special place.   It certainly applies to Eric (i.e. Missing WLAT) and we are all grateful to hear the good news about him.

On to this week’s links:

 

  1.  Looks like two Pantherlair podcasts have been published in the last week, and both have to deal with recruiting.  I haven’t listened, but a good conversation starter if anyone cares to throw out some observations.  Link here 
  2. I did read Chris Peak’s 3-2-1 column a few days ago and I found it informative as always.  Here he breaks down the schedule and gives a little bit of history regarding our ACC Coastal foes.  Turns out Narduzzi does pretty well against most of them.   Link here
  3. Things are relatively quiet on PSN.  Here is a piece that was probably inspired by some of the chatter on this blog about Pitt’s overall sports Learfield Cup ranking (i.e. dead last.)  Alan Saunders quotes AD Heather Lyke:“It’s one measure. It’s a competitive measure, right? So it doesn’t measure the quality of our student-athlete experience and the amount of life skills, mentoring and development that we put in, career enhancement. It doesn’t measure your academic success and graduation success rates and things like that. But it certainly measures competitive success. It’s something that we focus on and definitely aspire to improve.”  Link here 
  4. In basketball news, Karim Coulibaly could be a good one.  He certainly performed well in against the world’s top Under 19 year olds, including 17 pts against the USA.  Link here.
  5. Maurice Ffrench and Dane Jackson will represent Pitt in Charlotte on July 18th Screen Shot 2019-07-09 at 9.20.57 PM.png
  6. Hometown hero…Screen Shot 2019-07-09 at 9.22.52 PM7.  Hail to Pitt – Michaelangelo Monteleone

156 thoughts on “Link Clearance 7/9

  1. Speaking of our favorite AD, I hear her quite often on The Fan telling us to call our cable provider to pick up the new ACCN. I have a rewrite she is welcome to use …

    Hello, I’m Heather Lyke, athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh. And if you are a typical Pitt fan, you have rarely attended a Pitt football game and never contributed to the school’s athletic fund, but you will be the first to complain about the school or the administration when the team isn’t doing as well as you expected …. because that is what you do.

    Now be prepared to complain even harder this year as when you take your usual seat on your easy chair in the living room to watch Pitt play Virginia in the opener, you will not be able the find the game on your TV. That is because this year, many of the games will be telecast on the new ACCN which will not be available to you. And of course, you will blame this situation on me and my administration as if we had any say here ….. because this is what you do.

    But don’t fret! Your beloved Steelers will be starting up the following week. Yes, the same Steelers of which you wouldn’t think about paying over twice the amount of to see them play on a Sunday at Heinz Field while the thought of paying much less to see a game on Saturday at Heinz never crossed your mind. And whether you stay at home or go to watch the Steelers play, you will still have your pick of several radio channels to listen to both a 3 hour pregame and postgame presentation, not to mention several hours a day throughout the week analyzing the game …. because that is what you do.

    And hey, just a month later, your beloved Penguins will begin play, and of course, each of its 82 league games is so much more important than any college football game. Don’t let the fact that the best regular season team by far this past season was swept in 4 straight to begin the playoffs, while the league’s worst team as late as last January would go on to win the cup sway you … because that is what you do.

    Of course, you always have the option to call your cable provider and DEMAND them to pick up the new ACCN, but don’t bother … because that is what you don’t do.

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  2. Karim Coulibaly is going to get a lot of minutes as a freshman. He seems to be ready for it.

    I love the tweet by Damar Hamlin, those pictures bring back a lot of great memories. But at the same time they make me wistful for an OCS. Maybe someday…

    H2P!!

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  3. I like my easy chair. And if it’s not on TV, there’s radio and the internet.

    Heather did her best to deflect with talk about graduation rates and GPA’s. I’ll give her credit there.

    And Pitt has no imagination and it cannot believe. That is why it fails. Hamlin gets it.

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  4. I am continuing my self-induced ban on posting on the POV as I feel my slant is unewelcomed but wanted to reiterate my offer of tickets to football games.

    I will not be attending the Thursday night game v. UNC and may skip several others. Dan72 is taking 2 of my seats to the Miami game but many are still available. If any POV’ers are looking for free tix in good seats, hit me up. They’re yours at no charge. As always, I can’t even give them away.

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    1. Thanks Jay. Your slant is welcome, but it just so happens you are way outnumbered these days. Hope that you change your mind once the season rolls around

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    2. Hi Jay….can I get a phone # to reach out to you for this very generous offer?
      (or email address, whatever you prefer) …sorry, don’t know any other way to contact you off line…unless Michael can help.
      Thank you.

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    3. Jay:

      If my Kidney Transplant goes well, my goal is to be at the UNC game. I may need a few tickets for my family. Could you put my name on them?

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      1. Eric.

        So glad to hear things are progressing for you. I am happy to give you all (4) tickets to the game and a parking pass, if you need them. I don’t want anything in return other than to be sure the tickets are used and not sold. The seats are Sec. 220 Row O seats 13-16. They are under cover, so you won’t get wet if it rains. The parking pass is for Green 23- directly North of Gate C (about a 2-3 minute walk to the gate.).

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        1. I would never sell them, Jay. I won’t know if my docs will let me for about a month after surgery, but I’m crossing my fingers. Thank you sir! Frankcan Cup 2020, here I come!

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  5. Maybe you should think about trading some of those tickets for tickets to the Pitt Va Tech game on 11/23 when Pitt plays for it’s second straight Coastal Championship.

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  6. jrn, that’s what I did the last few years, trade my tickets in to a later game in the season, then handed them out at Frans tailgate. The way it looks now, I doubt I’ll be at many if any games this coming season.

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  7. Fellow POVers…

    I am about to cut the cable and exist on web streaming services. I am currently planning to go with Sling TV, which has already agreed to carry the ACC Network. My preference would have been Hulu, but there is (as yet) no announcement of carrying the ACCnet. Expecting to save about $90/mo from current cable TV charges.

    Has anyone heard of other options that carry the ACCnet, and is anyone also “cutting the cord” or has done so and can comment on their views? I live in New Orleans, and has been watching Pitt football using ESPNU through my cable provider (Spectrum). Being a 35 yr Pittsburgh resident of the past, am still a major Steeler fan, and short of buying an NFL package ($150?) on cable, also on my wishlist is getting Steeler games?

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    1. Great point. When heather says “contact Comcast”. She really means “fire Comcast”. It’s really the only way to get their attention

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      1. Why does one need to watch a game on TV. We have radio, Billy Hillgrove and our imagination. And if you really need to see to believe, Heinz has plenty of empty yellow seats available. Calling my ‘cable’ company is as pointless and Heather’s fetish over tents. What is cable anyway? Stream baby.

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    1. Hi BigB…. I read PittPOV all the time, but will be posting a bit more as the football season gets into gear!!

      Go Pitt, Saints, and Steelers!!! They all have interesting seasons coming up! And Boo to PSU and all other ACC teams, (except Clemson, as I would like to see the National Championship in the ACC again and obviously, they’re the best chance)!

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    1. Sweet. Call up Comcast and tell them you are switching because they don’t carry the acc network. 25k Pitt fans do that and it will get their attention.

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    2. PittofDreams…. Appreciate the link, but the result for my zip is strange.

      Hulu is listed as will be carrying the ACCNet, but their site doesn’t show it. OTOH, SlingTV has the ACCNet clearly listed as being offered, but does not show on this link.

      Sounds like a phone call to each will be required so I get the correct option!!

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  8. I just called Comcast and the nice lady confirmed that the ACCN will be available to stream on ESPN3. If you have a smart TV you can watch right from your easy chair on the big screen.

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    1. Great, as long as ESPN3 is carrying the ACCN I can always watch on my computer. Fortunately I have a large screen linked to my Apple Computer and it really is very comparable to watching it on my TV’s.

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      1. It could Mark. I’m not sure? I think Comcast has some sort of partnership with ESPN and it’s included? Again, not sure, I don’t look at the bills very often. I would say it’s worth $5.00 a month though to get PITT games.

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  9. Here we go again. Heather and PITT is not the only team instructing their fans to call their provider. Every team in the ACC including Clemson is doing it.

    Secondly, the students appreciate the idea of moving closer to the stadium and like the idea of tents for shelter from the sun and rain.

    Thirdly, Barnes instituted the idea of pop give a ways, not Heather. Although she did carry it forward and I think it is a chintzy idea. The way I look at all this? Better than nothing and she’s trying. I just don’t get the venom without real cause. . . …. ike

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  10. LOL Tx, where do you have them finishing? I’m hoping for 8 wins. Without the extra loss to Clemson in the championship game they could finish at 8-6? 9 wins would be wonderful and I do believe it’s a possibility. So is 6 wins total.

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  11. Tx, agree on that assessment, after all, we have been performing at a .500 clip for what seems like forever…I am a wait and see kinda guy…heck, aren’t we all??? This PITT football is not operating in a vacuum and we are a the closest thing there is to a sure win for Carolina. BTW, Mack is having a good recruiting year. I have no way of knowing how we will do but at least we have an idea that our D will be solid (even though they were 0-3 to end the year) Poor recruiting on the O side since Duzz has been in charge and back to Chryst’s years with no QB recruiting leaves a big question regarding the O…it’s not like we go through a season then re-load…wouldn’t it be nice..but we have a developmental roster probably like most of D1 FB…..CFB It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!!!!!!!.

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  12. Seven wins. Probably placing third in the Coastal. But we win our bowl to finish with eight. I do see Pitt beating the Nitters. Remember that Joe is somewhere warm.

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  13. What makes the season so fun is the unknown.

    Yes, six or seven regular season wins sounds about right. Eight is possible, but so is five.

    VT wins the coastal, with Miami second, and Pitt, VA, and Syracuse in a three-way tie for third. Clemson wins the other half of the ACC.

    Pitt wins its bowl game and ends the season ranked #26. 🙂

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    1. Syracuse is in the other half; otherwise it looks reasonable (although I think VT remains one the most overrated teams around). I will pick Miami again … in a division of uncertainty, I have to go with the talent

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      1. I don’t know why I thought Syracuse was in the coastal… Thanks for setting me straight.

        I think the VT QB is really solid and possible a top three QB in the ACC. VT’s defense is typically solid. Miami does have the best overall talent in the coastal, though I am not as high on the OSU QB transfer (Martell) as some are.

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        1. I’m hoping bud foster has finally gone over the hill and we exploit him again this year

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  14. Pitt will be a surprising team this season. Now does that mean they go 4-8 or 10-4. That’s up to you to spin Good Buddy.

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  15. oops, just read a PG headline that said Pickett bonded with Peyton and even had dinner together …. that should make Pitt the undeniable favorite for the Coastal

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  16. Watch PSN’s video and transcript on Picket’s Media meeting today for those interested in taking up 10 minutes of your time. Nothing he said was unexpected by me at least.

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    1. He’s a good player apparently, that’s all that matters to most of us. If we lost to Arkansas in this recruitment I suppose we would’ve had to read all the bitching about that, and how we can’t beat the SEC; I’d much rather read about people whining due to the fact that he’s from Delaware. So there’s that.

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      1. Great Info, thanks for the reality check of the program and Capel’s recruiting. Delaware Blue Hens and Walk Ons. I bet UNC and Syracuse are getting nervous. 3.5M a year for this level of recruiting prowness.

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      1. Fran – I seriously was just asking since I don’t pay a lot of attention to hoops. Hope all is well with you. Capel has to start producing at least in recruiting I would say.

        Enjoy that Gauc.

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  17. He’s a jersey kid. Good shooter. I think he’ll be solid in the ACC. Not elite but he’ll have three productive years at Pitt. Need guys like that while rebuilding. So don’t break out the top shelf tequila but definitely have a margarita. He’s a good pickup and the walk-on is the guacamole served with some chips.

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    1. He went to Deleware. If he was good he wouldn’t have gone there. Please name me the competition in that league. Yiu sound like Dokish.

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    2. Horton was recruited by Penn, so he is a very smart kid for the Pitt fans who worry about athletes soiling the Mission Statement.

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  18. He was the leading frosh scorer in the Colonial. And Mussellman wanted him which says a lot to me. He’s not elite but he’s a solid pickup and Pitt needed a good shooting guard. Dixon would have killed for an athlete like this.

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  19. I’m laughing out loud from 35k feet. You lost your mind. The Colonial. Say that out loud. 3.5M. If Narduzzi did this you would lose your mind. Yet you make excuses for a lifelong assistant who never won as a HC. He rode Coach K to a HC job and is recruiting like he is at Duquense.

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      1. I was there. Flacco was much better than Palko but Palkos dad had a ton of pull at Pitt. Flacco was the star of the spring game but Palko was a tough steady kid. The NFL career of both proves my point. Please don’t say “he wasn’t any good!” You don’t know the whole story.

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      1. He is going to sit a year and get better and stronger while pushing the starters in practice, which they need. Win-win IMO.

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    1. Díaz had 4 and 5 stars on defense when he coached at Texas and Brown ran him off after a humiliating loss to BYU. So typical of Miami, like Pitt, to hire a career assistant as head coach.

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  20. Hmm… and Duquesne guard T.J. McConnell transfers and ends up in the NBA… Horton May be a similar situation. Playing Freshman year and then sitting out a year is huge from a development standpoint

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  21. Just catching up after a long few days –

    @Isnore – My condolences on your loss brother. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I try each day to find something positive to say to and about my wife. She deserves more, but as men, we tend to fail miserably about communicating such things to our rocks. Funny thing is, they know we feel that way and still accept us as the blundering fools that we are. Amazing!

    This is a place where the collective group celebrates life’s victories, Pitt’s occasional victories and unfortunately life’s losses.

    At the end of the day, the POV “WE ARE”, trumps the dairy we are, by a landslide. At the POV, we are a relative collection of individuals that mostly cannot agree on anything, yet it is a place where everybody can come to escape for a few minutes a day to relax. Thanks to all of you for that.

    Welp – Khem Burch just signed a 2 year 6M contract with orlando. He has been productive in his limited minutes the last few years. I have no cmments on the 2 bball recruits. I guess we need practice players for this year to push the dudes we got. Nice tweet by Hamlin!

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  22. Joe Flacco’s 2012 Super Bowl MVP game..

    “In a 34–31 win over the favored San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, played on February 3, 2013, Flacco completed 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and another three touchdowns, tying him for first place on the list of most consecutive playoff games with at least three touchdown passes (3 games). With a record fourth playoff game with a 100+ passer rating in a single postseason,[4] Flacco was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.[52] For winning the award, he was given a then-brand-new red Chevrolet Corvette.

    Flacco finished the postseason having completed 73-of-126 (57.9 percent) passes for 1,140 yards with 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions, tying Montana and Kurt Warner for the most touchdowns in a single postseason[67] and additionally tying Montana for the most touchdowns without an interception in a single postseason.[68] Flacco’s 117.2 passer rating tied him for third place all-time with Steve Young in a Super Bowl-winning postseason.[68]”

    Game manager, haha.

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    1. And cut this year and yes a game manager. They had a running game and a stout defense. Name anyone who talks about Flacco as a great NFL QB. I will wait. He sucks and so does his unibrow.

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      1. Haha typically upitt hyperbole. There is a slays a grain of truth and a bunch of bombast. Nobody who “sucks” stays in the nfl as long as Flacco. Now was he great? Nope. Was he good to very good on the Ravens? Yes. Yes he was. I don’t think anyone can argue that. And yes he had a running game and a stout d around him. Was better than a game
        Manager tho because the fella could throw the deep ball.

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        1. I’ll give Upitt credit, he makes a point, not necessarily an analytical one, just surface-skimming stuff, and sticks with it, regardless of how crazy it is. That’s one determined son-of-a-gun. God bless him.

          The thing with Flacco from my perspective is, of course he turned out to be a very good NFL quarterback with a long career, but he was also beat out by a good, but less talented QB at Pitt due most likely to favoritism, so he picks up and moves to prove himself, and frankly that’s pretty admirable. He didn’t give up. Talent is so often overlooked in every sport, though probably a lot more so in basketball.

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  23. So with the Dellawhere transfer, the player must sit out a year. Does that mean Capel is not thinking he could get a 4 star point guard or better next year too? That is either a really bad sign of his recruiting confidence for the 2021 year or he just wants some insurance for the 4 star he hasn’t received a commitment from yet.

    The walk-on apparently attended same high school where capel’s dad coached? There is a link there somewhere. The kid is scrappy from what i read. Not a shooter. Maybe he brings in the scrapper to go against the current guards everyday to make them better, kind of like Carl Krauser did with (knight or fields), can’t remember. Krauser was street ball and an awesome defender.

    Flacco did have the uni, that’s for sure.

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  24. As for Ithiel Horton… looks like a SMART pickup for Capel.

    6’3″ and pretty athletic… in addition to being smart.

    Going back to high school, he has always been recognized as a GOOD shooter including threes.

    You’re looking at the Guy who Capel obviously sees running Pitt’s Offense once Johnson exits early in pursuit of a professional career.

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  25. UPitt, your so-called ‘game-manager’ was a 1st Round NFL draft pick …. out of Delaware!

    And it was because he checked the 2 main boxes …. 6’5 and had a gun for an arm. What wowed the Ravens was the Senior Bowl workouts when he threw a 74 yard pass, longer than the other top QBs including Matt Ryan and Chad Henne. He also obviously had a great workout for the Ravens

    Otherwise IMO he didn’t have Palko’s mobility or instincts.

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  26. PITT should never pass up on a “good shooter” in basketball.. from what little BB I have watched over the years PITT has been atrocious at the foul line and 3 pointers…there are tons of kids who play basketball..main issue is meeting each schools academic requirements and accepting the school’s financial package (possible additional fringe benefits) Anxious to see who else is called out besides NC State and how it “goes down!”

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  27. The legacy of Tyler Palko is interesting .. he was the 2nd local 4-star QB brought in by Walt Harris and played behind the 1st one, Rod Rutherford. He played mop-up as freshman but redshirted his 2nd year while Luke Getsy played Rutherford’s back-up. Then after Rutherford graduated, Palko took over as No. 1 which angered Getsy who transferred to Akron. This meant an unknown frosh Flacco became back-up.

    Flacco may have been brought in because a 3rd local 4-star QB, Anthony Morelli, decommitted and signed with ‘The University of Penn State’ It was rumored that rival recruiters (probably Tom Bradley) told him that the reason why Morelli didn’t get selected to play in a national all-star game (in which Palko had previously played in) was because of Bob Palko’s influence .. which was denied by the game organizers.

    When Wanny took over, Palko started the spring game and a month or so later Flacco transferred out. Thus Palko was the apparent reason that Getsy, Flacco and Morelli left Pitt

    Palko did lead the Pitt to its only BCS bowl but it was in a pretty weak league but he did have a really good senior season in a much better conference … where Lousiville, WVU and Rutgers all fisnhed in the Top 12 (USF was also ranked)

    https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/conferences/big-east/2006.html

    Despite his weak arm, Palko lasted in the NFL with various teams from 2007 thru 2011

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  28. For my proud Carolina buddies, and I have quite a few, the academic scandal was easily brushed off,and is totally forgotten ..they are focused on today and moving forward…….like it never happened (very similar to Peachy Paterno crowd)

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    1. did you see that NC State basketball is now under NCAA investigation? We’ll see where this goes It may point out the difference between NCS and UNC as they are regarded by the NCAA

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    2. Brushing it off is all you can do. Should Carolina have self-sanctioned itself to the point where it goes 0-19 in conference play? Of course not, move on and keep winning. Unlike Pitt, who decided to self sanction itself in football due to an SI article not on one outside of Pittsburgh knew or cared about.

      Poof … another mediocre decade of football for the fans to watch.

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  29. RIP Jim Bouton ‘Ball Four’ which chronicled the 1969 season experienced by Bouton with many hilarious antics and stories was a highly controversial book …. I loved it!

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    1. an example was Bouton recalling the best lockerroom speech ever which happened to be by ex-Pirate Don Hoak. Hoak became the manager of Indianapolis, the AAA affiliate of the Pirates and at the beginning of the season, he brought the team together and held his hands up a few inches apart from each other and said … “you are only this far from major league pu$$y!”

      He also told that when he was with the Yankees, he saw the clubhouse manager being paid by Micky Mantle to autograph baseballs because Mantle hated doing it. But mostly it was one funny incident after another.

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  30. I see where Delaware transfer Horton shot over 40% from three last season. In one game he made 9 of 13.

    And that was as a no-star. Imagine his shooting percentage and how many out of 13 he would have made if he were a 4-star…😊

    Go Pitt.

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        1. Not when a defender is not in your face playing ACC Caliber Defense. Come on man, You have to know that matters. You played some hoops I’m hoping. The whole game is a different speed and intensity.

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          1. Well I will give you that point. Delaware dude has a redshirt year to figure it out. If he can’t…well he’s already familiar with the transfer portal

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      1. Point taken. That’s why I wondered about his height – wondered he was like a 6- footer which would have explained schools passing on him…

        Will be interesting to see how well, or poorly, he does at Pitt.

        Go Pitt.

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  31. Yes, MM Horton was a zero star coming out of high school with offers from only Delaware and 2 Ivy League schools. For those counting stars on the Pitt BB roster I guess Horton now brings our team star roster average down.

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    1. I remember not too long ago when Pitt football recruiting averages were bolstered by 5-star QB, Max Browne, and 5-star Tight End (#1 ranked TE in the country) Chris Clark…. The football ranking was set back though by 0 star George Aston.

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      1. Browne and Clark did not count on the POV. But I do get your point on recruiting ranking and how they can SOMETIMES not be the football gospel.

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        1. We said Clark was a turd. He was on his 3rd school in 2 years. Browne was never thought much of as he did zero at USC.

          Reed said Browne was meh

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          1. point being Mark is, rating are important but they are not the be all and the end all. BTW, Browne wasn’t all that terrible though, he was coming around.

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  32. jrn..2 Ivy leagues schools and can shoot FT a 3’s…nothing wrong with that…got us a smart one who is “sighted in..”

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    1. I agree BB but keeping in tune with our “star gazers” we still have to factor in those HS ZERO stars to the Pitt Roster. We all know how important many POV posters place into star counts and so I just thought it was fitting to add in the Horton zero count.

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        1. But hey an extra year of tape against stiffer competition and all the sudden a bunch of high major programs are after this guy. Maybe he’s a late bloomer. Let’s hope

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  33. Not to debate, everyone has their own opinion but to me……… 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and a Super Bowl MVP are pretty good numbers.

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  34. Way to use putang in a non-golfing reference Biggie…😎

    By the way, as we wait to pick for hoop seats 200 corporations have already chosen their seats…who knew?

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    1. Lefties are hard to find and at that size you have to take him but not getting major offers and major attention means he just doesn’t have it. You bring them on to try and see if you can turn him into something. That size and a lefty should be a stud but not. Something is off

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      1. Also, he’s from NC.

        Hope our new coach isn’t fixated on a pitcher’s height. He has to find the “flawed” guys that he can develop…

        Go Pitt.

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  35. I hope you all listen to Peaks explanation on how Rivals come up with rankings, which BTW, PITT is still ranked 26th. With only 16 commits, if PITT can add two 3* and two 2* players, they will only move up in the rankings. That said, Narduzzi seems to land a bigger recruit closer to LOI day. There’s a few more coming PITT’s way.

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    1. But there are like ten schools below Pitt that will surpass Pitt once they hit 16 recruits. Pitt will finish ranked around 35. But where they finish relative to other schools in the Coastal is more important. Pitt still needs more hogs and a playmaker or two in this class.

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  36. good 6’2″ -6”5″BB players (excluding the biggies as there are only so 6’10” to 7’2″ players in the world) are like singers…they are out there waiting to be discovered….need an “America’s Got BB Talent of American BB Idol ” TV show and let them do their best Meadowlark Lemon …..send that suggestion to Simon Cowell…

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  37. Just saw the nice note from Huff III re @Isnore loss of his wife. As a widower myself (wife passed 16 mos ago after 48 yrs together; we met at Pitt), I can only offer that the passage of time helps, and to allow the grieving process as much time as you need. As a retiree, I am lucky to have my family close by, enjoy playing keyboards, bitching about politics, and of course Pitt/Saints/Steelers football, to help me look forward to my future years. I even got a complete checkup by a cardiologist in June to prepare for the stress of Pitt football!!

    BTW… just curious if there are other widowers on this POV site?

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    1. My Dad is…. 😦 Sorry Nola and Sorry Isnore. When I lost my Mom part of me died. A small part because she taught us to be strong and prepared us for a time when she wouldn’t be here. It does suck losing a Mother and I’m sure a wife.

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        1. Thanks Mike! She had a ALS. It hit fast. Give your Mom a call. By the way we have a major parking garage we are building at Airport. You close to there? I need to swing by. Heading to charlotte if Emel is still breathing and wants a beer. Staying next to Football Stadium.

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          1. That’s is good advice. I’m up north in Acworth. If you are ever up this way give me a holler. I am at the airport about 3x a month though. Lol your project has torn up my favorite parking lot.

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            1. Drove by the Acworth exit on 75 Tuesday late afternoon when the big tstorms hit. Too much traffic man, wow! I could never sit in that every day.

              Had I known you were so close Mike, i would have sent you a note. Do you golf? I get down to eastlake every 2-3 years for some golf, if interested. Quick story and it is 100% true. On my first invite there I had an old golf bag filled with shag balls and it weighed a lot more than the newer light bags, etc. My caddie was a towering african american and when he picked it up, he grimaced and I could tell he was upset because of its weight. Eventually the caddie busted my chops about the weight of my bag. It was like 90’s hot too. When we were on 17, one of the guys I was golfing with got a text which asked if he wanted to bring our group back the following week. We were cutting up pretty good and had raised/donated some good money for charity. Anyway, our foursome asked if we could have the same caddies. We were told yes! All the caddies were happy but mine. I promised the caddie that I would buy a “light bag” when I got home…and with that, he agreed to be my caddie the following week.

              The next week i showed up and kept my promise, a light bag. He met me at the bag drop and smiled when he saw the bag. Welcome back Mr. D. I told him that i always keep my promises and he said yes sir, you do. With that, he picked up the bag and immediately grimaced. I tried not to laugh and told him to meet me on the driving range. When he got there he politely said, you did keep your promise sir and I agreed to carry your bag, but can I ask you to look in your bag to see if there is something you could take out to lighten the load? I said, you’re kidding right? He replied, no sir, it’s okay, I’ll do it. We all had fun last time, so it’s okay sir. At the 3rd hole, on the tee, I decide to tell the rest of my foursome that Thomas complained about the weight of my bag and asked me to lighten it up on him.The other caddies started to ride Thomas a bit because of his stature.

              With that, I started opening up the bag compartments on the tee box and removed one brick at a time! I stuffed 5 bricks in the bag in total. Thomas and my foursome busted out loudly and laughed until they cried. We left the bricks on the tee box and laughed our way down the fairway. We laughed non stop for 15 holes. Thomas indicated it was the best round of his life and that he never had as much fun on the course as he did that day. It was short lived however. The President of the course was playing behind us and was steaming mad at our behavior. I gave a big donation and a huge apology. Thanks for letting me share.

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              1. 😂😂😂 that may be the best golf story I’ve ever heard. I’m still learning the game and to be honest I probably won’t be able to invest too much time into it until the kids are about 10 years older. But never say never. At the very least we need to catch up at the GA tech game. As far as 75 traffic…well let’s just say the express lane is well worth $3 a day!

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  38. NOLA, Richard (Pitt- cocks fan) lost his wife 1-2 years ago… we all mourned with him. He came to the Wake game and our tail-gate… what a good guy and great PITT fan…. try to come out and meet the POV family….

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  39. My deepest condolences Nola and Isnore, prayers are being sent out to you as they are still being sent out to my friend Richard (Pittcocks). I do hope time heals your hearts.

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  40. Yes Mark (Upitt) I remember. Losing someone so close and near and dear to your heart is never easy and really never leaves one. Over time we don’t forget, we learn to live on like our loved ones would want us to do. Hope all is great with you, your Dad, and family.

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  41. He usually splits 5 cords.

    Austin Healy holds about 6 pieces of wood. Haha. Does have a ashtray though. I will send you a pic bern.

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  42. To all POV’ers….I truly appreciate the kind thoughts that you have sent my way regarding my wife’s
    passing. Give your loved one an extra hug because losing that special person you share your life
    with is a very cold empty place. Rosalee and I were married for 51 years.
    My wife passed away from complications caused by Alzheimer’s.

    In our house the world STOPPED when a Pitt football or basketball game was televised. Yep,
    my lady went to Brooklyn College an excellent academic school with little in the way of sports heritage.
    Living in Central Pennsylvania (the land of MOO U) she knew that a Pitt game was therapy despite the
    many disasters that seemed to come our way! I look forward to the start of the football season
    and I know that my wife in a better place will hear me say Hail to Pitt!

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  43. Great advice Mr Isnore. I hug my wife, Angie, every morning with a kiss and every night with a kiss and a hug goodnight. (try to sneak a few in between too) Matter of fact, I hug my friends every time I see them.

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  44. So, the no-star three-point shooter got me to wondering…
    I mean, Wilson-Frame wasn’t exactly Mr. Quick, but I thought he did fairly well for Pitt last season.

    Turns out that JWF shot 38.1% from three for the regular season and 38.4% in the ACC.

    Here are some team stats for 3-point shooting from last season:

    NCAA rank — School — 3%
    7 — UVA @ 39.5%
    8 — VT @ 39.4
    90 — UNC @ 36.2
    132 — NCS @ 35
    232 — Miami @ 33.3
    233 — Syr @ 33.3
    245 — PITT @ 33.1
    256 — Clemson @. 32.8

    328 — Duke @ 30.8

    So Pitt’s 3-point shooting was okay, but our overall FG% was a poor 41.8% which ranked a dismal #302. (Whereas Duke’s overall FG% was an excellent 47.8% ranking them at #26 in that category.)

    Just thought some of those numbers were interesting and surprising…

    Go Pitt.

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  45. Happened on the movie “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” I kept wondering who Welsh actor Taron Egerton was reminding me of. Then it dawned on me — Kenny Pickett! Separated at birth.

    This is the younger Egerton — not the Elton John “Rocket Man” version…

    Go Pitt.

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  46. NOLA and isnore, words cannot adequately describe the emptiness you must be feeling and we are all so sorry for your loss. Losing a mother suddenly with no warning or time to say goodbye was very hard, it is really hard to imagine losing a spouse. Much sympathy for you and your families.

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