First:  UCF Game kickoff is scheduled for 3:30.  From what I understand it will also be nationally televised.  Lets hope we have a better game plan this time.

But lets not look too far ahead, because the biggest challenge of the year is upon us.

Penn State.

Here is the depth chart.  Lots of “ors”

Narduzzi has locked down player interviews, and so there won’t be much info coming from the southside.  Here is yesterday’s transcript:

 

PRESS CONFERENCE VIDEO

 

PAT NARDUZZI: Obviously excited to get our first win under our belt last week against a good football team in Ohio. Again, I’d give Frank Solich credit. Really well-coached, detailed, tough, and besides them being a good football team, I think they’re always going to come in and play their best. I mean, one of their best games of the year. Because they’re playing up for who they’re playing against. They get to come into Heinz Field, so I think that’s also something we look at.

But I certainly think we made improvement from week 1 to week 2. What’s the percentage of improvement? I think pretty good. We did a lot of things better. There were some things we did worse, which maybe was a lack of focus, whatever it may be. But I still believe we can make some pretty darned good improvement from week 2 to week 3, and we have to. There’s still things you’re disappointed in. There’s five illegal procedures, that’s 25 yards, okay. They’re drive killers. I don’t know what — you look at the national stat, but any time there’s a penalty in an offensive series or defensive series for that matter, it leads to bad offense or bad defense. It leads to a score, a field goal or a touchdown.

And same thing goes offensively. Any time there’s a penalty, whether it’s a holding, clipping, whatever it may be or illegal procedure, delay of game, there’s a good chance you’re punting and not scoring on those series.

I told you after the game, I remember complimenting the offense, like we do some hard cadence, and we worked the cadence pretty good on offense, where our guys don’t even move where. So I don’t know what was going on out there, but I’m sure we got them all out of our system. We got five for the year. I don’t expect to see another one. And a year ago, we had a few too many delay of games. It’s one of those things, knock on wood, we haven’t had any of those. A couple muffed punts. We’ll fix that.

But muffed punts, we missed a field goal, plant foot issue. So there’s a lot of things we can clean up, and it’s week 3, and it’s time to clean those up.

But obviously a big game this week. We’re looking forward to heading out to Happy Valley and playing a very good football team, explosive football team. They’re very talented up front with their front seven. On defense they create havoc in the backfield. Obviously Sean Clifford is a baller, just another quarterback that they’ve developed in their system and knows what he’s doing. He’s got a nice arm throwing the ball all over the place. The Hamler kid, again, I remember sitting in the tower at Michigan State watching that guy run around as a sophomore (in high school) going, holy cow, that guy is a football player. He’s impressive. We’ll have to know where he is all the time. They move him around quite a bit.

So they’re explosive on offense. They’re explosive on defense. Obviously very talented, and we’ll have our hands full on Saturday afternoon, I guess Saturday at noon.

And then as always, I appreciate you guys. I love the media. I love you guys. You guys know that. I’ll do anything for you. So it’s nothing against you, you guys know that. I sure hope you know that. If you don’t know that by now, then we’ve got issues. But I want to keep things tight this week again, just kind of what we do when there’s a big opportunity. And if you’ve got questions for me out — I told EJ, I’ll talk on Tuesday, I’ll talk on Wednesday, I’ll talk every day if you want to talk. But if you’ve got questions, ask EJ, and I’d certainly like to answer it to give you guys content. But I just want to keep it tight with our kids and let them focus on what they need to focus on.

We’ll all be happy in this room when there’s a lot of focus at noon on Saturday. That’s what I want.

Questions?

Q. Is that game on Saturday (Ohio) sort of a blueprint for the personality of this season? Didn’t turn it over, defense —
PAT NARDUZZI: Okay, I thought you were going ahead. You’re back. Was it a blueprint? I mean, we don’t ever want to turn it over, so it’s a blueprint turnover-wise, it’s a bad blueprint illegal procedure-wise. I think every game there’s things you pool and say, ‘I like that, I like that. Ooh, I don’t like that, and I don’t like that, throw that out.’ Every week there’s stuff you like and don’t like. But blueprint? Don’t turn the ball over. That’s our blueprint every week is protect the ball. I talk every week about just our keys to victory as a football team, not just offensively. The defense has their goals, the offense has their goals. But what do we have to do to win that game. And we had an opportunity to get some turnovers, which were disappointing. Another point that — don’t like that. We got a chance for a pick six that we don’t get.

So those things will come, but we don’t want to turn the ball over at all, ever. Kenny was smart with the ball and our receivers did a good job of giving him looks.

Q. Kessman has missed a couple of kicks. Is everything going on with the snap and the hold?
PAT NARDUZZI: I think it’s a matter of him missing it. Sometimes we think those 50 yarders are easy. Like what are we doing here? It’s a 50-yard field goal, maybe we should just go for it or punt it. Last week I just said — and, again, we got two great series defensively. Let them go 90, if they can go 90 or 94 yards, whatever they’ve got to go.

But, you know, so we’ll mix that up. But just a plant foot issue. Like I said, it’s something every week, but let’s hope it’s zero this week. That’s why we practice. That’s why we coach. You know, I always said if it was easy, coaches — we wouldn’t need coaches. We’d just — I’d be at the swimming pool right now hanging out having a hot dog.

Q. How important is Saturday’s game being the last scheduled match-up between the two schools, and do you think this game should be played every year?
PAT NARDUZZI: I’ll start with the second part of that question and say of course, I did, but it doesn’t matter what I think. Nobody cares what I think. I think everybody in the state of Pennsylvania that’s not sitting in a football office somewhere in this state would say, ‘Hey, why do we play this game?’ So I think I’ve answered that question in the past.

Of course, we all want to play this game. Nobody — it’s just a close game. We’re going to jump on the bus on Friday, it’s close enough to get on a bus. We don’t have to go wait at an airport, don’t have to go through customs, we don’t have to do anything. We don’t have to empty our pockets. We jump on a bus and we go. So we certainly want to play that game.

But it doesn’t matter. And it’s a big game. It’s another game for us, but it’s a big game because it’s a rivalry game, in state. You know, again, I’m going to emphasize to our kids, you might be the last team to ever get to play this game. It might be. I don’t know if it’ll be played. I’m either going to be in a coffin or retired probably, so I don’t know which one it’ll be. Do you have any idea?

Q. I’ll beat you to it.
PAT NARDUZZI: Okay. No, you won’t. Just keep getting your workout in. (Laughter).

Q. No game against Penn State for the foreseeable future. How much of a desire is there for you guys to have more of a traditional rival on the schedule every year?
PAT NARDUZZI: Yeah, I think Syracuse is always — West Virginia is coming back, as you know. And then Syracuse is our rival. I mean, that’s an old Big East rival, as we know. It’s been a terrific game every year. It’s a talented football team, and we’re talking about it’s Penn State week. But we have rivalry games. We’ll make one. We’ll make one if we have to. Shoot, we made one back in the day when I was at Cincinnati. The River City Rivalry, wasn’t that what it was called, something like the River City Rivalry? We’ll make one up. We’ll get a trophy made, put a picture of Jerry on the trophy and go play.

Q. In the run-ups to this game the past few years, have you noticed your team practicing and preparing in a different way than they prepare for any other game?
PAT NARDUZZI: I hope a little bit, just because we try to — is it good, bad, are we good enough to do that? I don’t know. But it’s hard for me to look back and look. You guys want me to look back sometimes during a game and say this 3rd down or 4th down, what did you do here? I think our guys are pretty focused this week. I really do. You go back and watch last year’s game, that halftime, it’s a shame what the score is at halftime because we played pretty good. You have a couple — it only takes one of these and something to happen to blow things up a little bit.

Q. How is Penn State different this year than what you’ve seen in the past?
PAT NARDUZZI: Obviously it’s the same football team. Penn State is the same football team they were — it’s just different guys wearing different numbers. Maybe they’re bigger, maybe they’re faster, I don’t know. We’ll find out Saturday at noon. But to me, it’s a culture they’ve built over there offensively and defensively, what they do, and special teams. They’ve got a new special teams coordinator. But there’s a culture with what they do and how they do it, so what I see on tape, I see a lot of. We’ve got years of videotape, whether it’s against us or anybody else, that we’ve scoured through and got thick books that big of really what we’re looking at here. It’s not a one-game breakdown, it’s not a five-game breakdown. It’s a three-year study going on here for this game.

Q. How would you describe your relationship with James Franklin?
PAT NARDUZZI: We vacation together. (Laughter).

We do. James is a great guy. We go on the Nike trip every year, and I would call that a vacation, so we do vacation and socialize. But when it’s game day, it’s game week. It’s game week, it’s game week. And we vacation together.

Q. Obviously there are some people when you get your center the other day talking about — we did ask them about Penn State —
PAT NARDUZZI: You did?

Q. Just in case he wasn’t available. And he mentioned like I would not have gone there even if they had offered me a scholarship, and I don’t like those guys. You’re the leader of this program. They were considered as a rival. Do you have to draw a line between — you’re professional colleagues with James, but on Saturday at noon, is it going to be like seeing red when you look over on the other sideline?
PAT NARDUZZI: I don’t know: What was the final part of that question? See red, did you say?

Q. Are you going to think, we’re buddies, in contrast to —
PAT NARDUZZI: I don’t know how to answer that. I mean, game day — again, Frank Solich is a hell of a guy, okay, excuse my language. But he’s a great guy. We shake hands, we talk for a few minutes before the game and then the fight is on. After the game I’m saying, you guys got a great football team, give him a hug, and you like the guy. And that’s what it is. I think that’s called — what college sports is. There’s the competition part of it and there’s the sportsman part of it. I feel like the University of Pittsburgh, our program is going to be a classy program and we’re going to play with class and act classy. That’s who we are.

Q. You guys have kind of made some comments back and forth over the years.
PAT NARDUZZI: Who has?

Q. You and James Franklin, maybe a little subtle —
PAT NARDUZZI: Maybe on vacation maybe. That’s about it.

Q. Does that make it any more personal, more of a personal stake wanting to get the win for you?
PAT NARDUZZI: You know, I’m not sure what conversations you’re talking about, to be honest with you, but I don’t —

Q. (No microphone.)
PAT NARDUZZI: I’m getting old.

Q. Getting the win was just like beating Akron —
PAT NARDUZZI: I didn’t say that.

Q. No, he said that.
PAT NARDUZZI: I can’t speak for him. I’ll speak for me, I guess.

Q. How about preparation for that environment, communication preparation? Because it’s going to be loud.
PAT NARDUZZI: Yeah, obviously when our offense is on the field, we’ll be in silent count, using different signals to get the ball snapped. It’s something that our offense has not prepared for this year yet, however Saturday, we’ll have to deal with the noise. That will be part of our cadence. That’s why those illegal procedures are out of our — we got them all done this week, so obviously there will be a major focus on that. If we had zero, we’d probably have had five this weekend. So I’m kind of fired up that we were able to get a win, had five problems, and there will be a concerted effort to make sure that doesn’t happen.

But noise will be critical. We know that when our offense is on the field, we’ll have that issue to deal with. So that will be something that we’ll deal with for sure.

Q. You have Vincent Davis listed as a starter this week —
PAT NARDUZZI: You said I do have him listed?

Q. Co-starter, three “ors.” What has he done as a true freshman to earn that opportunity, and what have you seen him out of him that wants you to make keep giving him the ball?
PAT NARDUZZI: Again, AJ Davis, it’s the Davis twins right now, but AJ Davis has done a nice job, and Vince is a young kid that I’m glad we put him in at the end of that Virginia game just to see how he’d react, what he’d do. I mean, if he fumbled the ball in the last two snaps, he might not have played at all the other day. We’d have been like, he’s out. Give him the hook. But he’s mature. He’s loose. He doesn’t play tight. He doesn’t get nervous. He doesn’t trip and fall down.

And that’s what I’ve seen in camp when we gave him opportunities to run in there with the ones. That’s kind of — we didn’t get a chance to play him early in that Virginia game. Maybe we made a mistake. Sometimes that happens. But it’s a big game and you don’t want to put a freshman out there.

So you just may see him do a few other things this week, too. But he’s kind of a gamer. But he’s also a practice player, so we’ve been very, very impressed with Vince in that respect.

Q. How big of a challenge is it going to be for Nolan and Carter coming up against Gross-Matos, Toney?
PAT NARDUZZI: Yeah, it’ll be a challenge. It’ll be a challenge for all those guys. But it’ll going to be a challenge for our backs to make sure we get chips on Toney because we know he’s blazing fast. And Matos is a big physical guy that’s got three sacks, and then they’re good inside, too. Their front seven is as good as you’re going to see in the country. I have no doubt about that. They’ve managed to stay healthy. That’s part of it. And they’re good football players.

Q. As good as Clemson?
PAT NARDUZZI: I’d say those two defensive ends are pretty talented. Again, when I say as good as anybody in the country, I’m talking top 10, and they’ve got a front seven. Are they the best? Who knows? There’s Michael Jordan — who’s the best? Who knows?

Q. You talked about wanting to finish drives with touchdowns instead of field goals, field goal attempts. When you look back at the film, is it discernible, can you break down kind of where you fell flat in those areas? How much of more of a challenge is that when you go on the road to Penn State?
PAT NARDUZZI: Obviously it’s always a challenge. Touchdowns aren’t easy. Everybody would like touchdowns. We haven’t had a lot scored against us. Everybody would like them. But the long drives are hard. We’ve got to give ourselves some shorter fields offensively, which is something the defense and special teams can help with field position. But we’d all like to finish the drives. The important thing is not going three-and-out and moving those drives. But again, what are the issues and why are we not finishing? It comes down to execution and a little bit of focus on details. Even the first play of the game, we give up a sack, the only sack of the day is on the first play of the game on a blitz that we’ve seen 952 times. And the only reason it’s a sack, because the protection is — it’s walled up. Everybody thinks, O-line, what happened on that first play, right, Jerry? There was a sack, so it’s the line’s fault, right, or the running back or the tight end. It’s we run a wrong route. I mean, if you run a wrong route and you’re not where you’re supposed to be and two guys are standing next to each other — Kenny is like, ‘Oh, where’s my guy at?’

So that’s not on the O-line, it’s like there’s — so every play it’s something, whether it’s an illegal procedure, it’s a missed route, it’s a block, whatever it may be, those are the things, that’s why we work every day. Good question.

Q. What would you like your offense’s identity to be?
PAT NARDUZZI: Explosive, run or pass, don’t care. But we obviously like to run — I want to run the football. Again, Saturday we were able to do it. Did we run better? Oh, yeah. Did we run it as good as we can? No. Did we run it as good on 4th and 1? No, but that’s sometimes play selection, whatever it may be. And those are all — again, it’s coaches, it’s players, it’s a little bit of both. But it was kind of odd. I think they got lined up wrong.

Q. How do you feel about the athleticism of your linebackers? I think seven of them got in the other day.
PAT NARDUZZI: Seven, six, five — I really feel comfortable — Phil Campbell and Cam Bright are the same dude. They’re both really good. They both played very well Saturday. Excited they’re — and the boundary, Kylan Johnson, he’s been probably the most consistent linebacker. He’s really been the most consistent linebacker. Been very impressed with him. Again, I hope everybody learns from that. If you want to learn one thing, just practice and play the same way. If you practice like this, on the game days — what he does doesn’t surprise me because that’s how he practices every day. He’s been very mature and locked into what we’re doing.

Then the Mike position has been a little bit of an up-and-down spot which hurt us a little bit versus the run last week, I think. Whether it’s some little tiny mental things that we need to do better, and give them probably — I would imagine tailback in the middle there. I’m not sure what it looks like because I don’t know who’s going to start at that position this week. It’s who’s running the ball well, I guess, right?

Q. Do you feel as an offense you’re more capable of sort of making them pay if they want to stack up against the run? Have you taken steps to be more dynamic?
PAT NARDUZZI: I definitely do. We’ve faced some good passing teams throughout — if you catch the ball and your run the right route and you protect the quarterback, you know. I certainly believe our pass game is better right now than it was a year ago. I don’t have any question about it. Our run game still a work in progress, I think. I think it got — I think there was a lot of improvement and we were able to at least work on it, too, which is a nice thing when you didn’t have to throw the ball 17 times in the first quarter. I think that’s helped us be able to run the football this week, and again, we’ve got maybe some stuff that we haven’t run yet, either.

Q. How would you assess the defensive unit kind of as a whole over two weeks?
PAT NARDUZZI: Again, the defense has been solid. But you know, when I watch tape, it ain’t good enough. To be honest with you, we’ve still got a ways to go. There’s some details, details, details that aren’t good enough right now. And that’s why I say the improvement from week 2 to week 3 can be better than what it is. It really could. I’m not just giving you coach talk. It really could be. It’s like some details, like what are we doing here, like why is he doing that, and things happen when the lights go on. I think every game we’re going to get a little bit better. There’s enough things that we need to clean up on both sides of the football and really in the special teams. I mean, we had two holding calls on rangers on our punt return team. It’s like we get a return back to whatever, inside the 20-yard line, and we get it called back. We get a bad spot, whatever it may be.

Q. The defensive front, I guess you lose Rashad Weaver before the season and then Keyshon last week. Are you kind of impressed with the way the front four has responded through two weeks, losing two of those guys?
PAT NARDUZZI: Yes and no. It’s not what it was, but it’s building into something. Devin Danielson, I was real impressed with how he played. I think it’ll get better. We’ve got some young guys in there just playing their first games. I think that’s something you have to look at, and it’s not what we want it to be. It’s not where we wanted to be, but Coach Partridge has done a nice job, and we’ll just continue to get better every week, I think, with those young guys playing for us.

Q. I know Carter and Wheeler came out of the game on Saturday. Any update on them?
PAT NARDUZZI: No update, I guess.

Q. They’re not out for the year?
PAT NARDUZZI: They’re not out for the year, exactly. Not even close.

Q. Speaking of reminding you of things, you said on Saturday you’d explain why you took 4th and 1 —
PAT NARDUZZI: Yeah, you go back and look at that, you listen to your staff, and you feel pretty good about what you were going to do. You kind of look at what you want to do short yardage-wise. Do you really want to be 3rd and 5 or do you want to be 4th and 1, 1-and-a-half? Maybe it was a little longer than we thought. We thought it was going to be a 4th and 1, and it was still 4th and 1-and-a-half.

But you know, flip a coin. You can do whatever you want to do. We thought we had a pretty good opportunity on 4th and 1 to get a play. We had a play we liked, we thought, and that play wasn’t as good as you thought it was. So bad decision.

But the great thing is we put our defense in a tough position, and they held. I think you take risks. There’s high-risk, high-reward when you do that, but obviously we had some faith in our defense. But I don’t want to do it to them all the time. Yeah, you could say it’s a bad decision. I’ll take it. My fault. That’s why every week there’s stuff. You make a decision, and I’d say one out of ten times, one out of seven times you might make that decision based on what the game is and who you’re playing. 3rd and 5, we take a sack, it’s like, ‘Hey, why didn’t you take the 4th and 1, Coach, that was dumb.’ So I don’t know.

Q. Were you trying to pump up your offensive line a little bit, have some trust in them to get that yard?
PAT NARDUZZI: I wasn’t really, but I thought we’d be pretty good on 4th and 1. I hope they’re already pumped up.

Q. When you look at the big picture conference-wise, the ACC only has two teams in the poll this week. Obviously Clemson No. 1 and somebody was in at 25 —
PAT NARDUZZI: You don’t even know.

Q. It’s my poll and I don’t even know who’s 25. Is that just a testament to Clemson’s excellence, or is it maybe a sign that the conference just can’t quite keep up pace?
PAT NARDUZZI: You know, I look at that, and I shouldn’t say — I couldn’t have told you who was in it or who was out of it, so I haven’t looked at it. I used to look at it a year ago and I don’t have to vote this year, which I’m thankful for. That’s another pain in my tail on Sunday morning.

You know, the conference is good. At the end of the year, let’s find out where we are. All these preseason — I mean, like sometimes you look at it and go, preseason? Why. It doesn’t matter where you are preseason, where you are later on, but it doesn’t really matter. Don’t look at it.

70 thoughts on “Penn State Hate Week: Tuesday News and Notes

  1. Did you read some of those questions above? No wonder PN shuts off the media to the players! For a while there …. one question after another trying to stir up controversy.

    Face it, that is all the media wants … although they will tell you differently. Consider this POVers …. the players were interviewed the past 2 weeks. Can anyone recall what any player said about UVa 2 weeks ago … or said about Ohio last week?

    All they care about is causing controversy. Screw them!!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. This is the culture we now live in. The press just wants everyone to cut promos on each other. Then the press can talk about it endlessly. I can’t stand it. Journalism is dead.

      Like

    1. Yea the audio is great. You really get the full essence of what is going on in the room. I love the part where he said they should make up their own rivalry and then get a big trophy and out Jerry’s picture on the front. (He was joking of course).

      Liked by 1 person

  2. There’s little room for error for Pitt in this contest. Too much talent on the psu side if you make mistakes…

    I won’t get to see the game and won’t even know who won until Sunday evening. Will be on an annual backpack/fishing trip with friends. Hope that Pitt finds a way to win!

    Like

  3. Rocky, remember your “bear bells!” Good luck with the fish. Hope you get to eat some fresh trout for breakfast…UPitt is out in New Mexico hunting elk….hope he shows up at the tailgate with some fresh elk oysters…Joel and Big Al start looking for “elk nut” recipes…I know your culinary skill would be up for the challenge…..

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Narduzzi has come a long way in his dealing with the press. Of course he did quarantine his players from the media this week. I guess PN feels the same way about beating psu as Tx does?

    Listen to the 12:55 mark at the presser and I don’t hear Saunders saying at first “co-starter at all.

    Like

    1. I’m pretty sure the big boosters have made it clear to Narduzzi about how important this last game is. Much can be forgiven with a win over your hated rival. Pitt will be ready and more hungry than the Nitters. I expect a close win.

      Like

  5. A poem to wrap up the Pitt/PSU series:

    Oh how I hate Penn State,
    Mainly because their alums think they are so great.
    State College is lame, unless there is a game…you can see the whole town in ten minutes.

    Joe Pa’s motto was success with honor,
    I put Jerry and Joe in the same esteem as Jeffrey Dahmer.

    Sure the Lion’s academics are swell, but my ex-girlfriend calling it a Public Ivy…What the hell?
    Nanty Glo and Bellfonte, surrounding areas with so much to do,
    Cow tipping and hunting for perspective recruits?

    The Lion alums yell at us to eat fecal matter,
    We prefer O-fries with the ketchup splattered.
    We have Primanti’s, Joe Mama’s, they have Otto’s and Hoss’s.
    Their fanbase won’t admit that against us they have 43 all time losses.

    The Nitters shame us about empty seats and .500 seasons,
    Living in America’s most livable city gives us reasons
    To DVR the game and watch it at leisure.

    I’m just a North Hills boy stuck in Dauphin County,
    a neighbor stole my Pitt car magnet and on it put a bounty,
    and I told the neighbor I will not let a loss this week bring me down,
    because when I think of Pitt football there is no disgrace or frown.
    We do things the right way you see,
    and even if we stink, I’d rather be 5b (a new nickname they call us)
    than a big, football factory.

    Liked by 4 people

    1. Pitt and Penn State are tied in the latest US News.

      Pitt should trademark Creepy Valley.

      Only a cult could have given their false God Paterno full control over not just football but the entire sports program. And human beings make mistakes and can do bad things if there is no oversight and accountability.

      JoePa chose to preserve his legacy at the expense of innocent children.

      His Grand Experiment was a failure.

      He burns in Hell today.

      Like

      1. The fact that JoePa first heard of Jerry’s child rape in 1972 then periodically had mothers call him and coaches report what they saw over the next 30-years, yet did nothing to stop it… JoePa gets a statue. Yet, the red-headed former coach who finally stopped Jerry is hated by many psu fans (he’s the one who should get honored with a statue)…

        I actually have nothing against the current coach, but JoePa’s ‘winning with honor’ is pure bull$&%*.

        Liked by 2 people

  6. FWIW I agree with some of the comments above about Pitt playing mistake free. Dropped passes, INTs, fumbles, penalties, etc, Pitt will have to win tin the turnover battle

    I was looking at PSU’s starters at QB, RB and WRs …. a 5-star and the rest 4-stars, 5.9 and above, except for Hamler who was ‘only’ a 5.8

    Like

        1. Know your enemy

          Pitt will take the beachhead in the first half

          Pitt will move inland in the second half and the Nitters will be rolled under

          I expect a strong running game. Tank warefare will win this battle. Not planes.

          Liked by 1 person

  7. You guys are too rough on Jerry S… he was a graduate assistant when I attended a Penn State FB camp in E. Hickory Pa back in the summer of ‘ 68… he gave a helluva back rubbbbbb… Does that make me eligible for a $million.. kidding folks!!!! BTW another known entity besides BigB… the kids name was John Huffnagel… Dan Rollo who went to PITT was also in attendance… Bob Phillips was one of the PennState coaches.. prior to going to State College he coached Montoya HS… really a nice man…

    PSU will literally be in a cat fight this weekend….our D steps it up a notch… they knock out the Nit QB… KP has a calm come over him reminiscent of the cool Mathew Cavanaugh… kicking game and special teams show up big time…and 1/2 of the state of Florida is cheering us on….

    Liked by 1 person

  8. This quote from the Ped State MLB is the most curious.

    Jerry DiPaola
    ‏Verified account @JDiPaola_Trib

    Not sure what to make of this: When PSU senior linebacker Jan Johnson was asked what’s different about Pitt QB Kenny Pickett from last season, he said, “I don’t know.” He later said the Pitt offense is “pretty much” the same as it was last season.

    Is this a smoke screen?

    Like

  9. In nirvana, good triumphs over evil in the final attainment of self enlightenment for eternity.
    In reality, not so much. Therefore I anticipate a no holds barred score run up by Franklin if he gets the opportunity, which I unfortunately think, he will be given the opportunity to do so.

    However, Narduzzi has surprised me three times so far by winning big games that I was pretty certain that were going to be beat downs.

    Those games, his initial win against penn state, the Clemson win IN Death Valley & the Miami victory after amassing a dismal 4-7 record up to that final game of the season.

    Coach Duzz is good at getting his teams ramped up for the big games IMHO. Yeah, the Virginia game was big & we lost that, true, but this last penn state game is even bigger, for who knows for how long it will be before we play those self righteous A-holes again? Go ask TX Panther how big a game this one is!

    My head says Pitt gets beat down on Saturday, but my emotional reply to this game’s challenge is that GOOD triumphs over evil, therefore Pitt takes home a W from creepy valley to be savored by Panther fans for the rest of eternity over Pennsylvania’s evil empire. May the Force be with us!

    Liked by 3 people

  10. Since this comment is from today, the MLB has at least seen video of Pitt”s offense. I doubt he was trying to be funny or the DC/LBC is taking the game lightly.

    I agree with tvax1, the MLB is in(to) the weed at the Agricultural U.

    Like

  11. and some wonder why Narduzzi put a gag order on his players this week.

    Can you imagine how desperate jimmie “one finger” and psu must be to win this final game of the series? I hope every psu fan will have to live with a final loss to PITT for the rest of their miserable existence.

    Choke on these words psu. “beating PITT is no different than beating Akron”

    When was the last time franklin went to see his aunt in Homewood?

    I don’t have time for this……… I have a football season to get ready for!

    Like

  12. I’m onboard with Dr. Tom, we need a good Hollywood ending!

    Actually, we need great offensive and defensive schemes that the dairy school is ill prepared for, as in 2016. Build a large 1st half lead and hope the defense holds!

    Like

  13. Ya Bernie, Coach Phillips was a really good guy. Huffy, not so much. Montour was the PSU of the day in HS. Called them farmers etc. Kinda funny looking back!
    I’m absolutely serious when I say Franklin will try to score 100. I’m just as serious that if we somehow manage to keep it close near the end he will implode.
    My fondest wish is for the Duzz to be in position to do a Woody and go for two, and giving the “ because I couldn’t go for 3 “ reply. Although I think little Jimmy will be in a better position to do that!
    I would settle for the Duzz decking him at midfield. And you know, a lot of college coaches would just turn their heads and give a little smile.
    I will take a bunch of heat for this, but it’s how I feel. I’ll take 4-8 if we beat them, and I will not complain. Heck 3-9. I can just see Reed shaking his head, but what’s the difference between 3-9 and 5-7? Give me this win!

    Liked by 3 people

      1. Thanks, John! Surgery delayed until next Tuesday, due to both my donor and I being a little under the weather. Disappointed but trust that the surgeons know best. I appreciate all of the POVerts who have been checking in.

        Liked by 2 people

  14. The good news is that no one has to sell their soul and/or PITT wins for a victory over psu. (I know you all know that) I’m starting to get a feel for this game and it’s getting better and better. BigB says a great chance of a PITT win, good enough for me.

    Like

    1. Yep. They are playing against the home team, the home refs and the crowd. Need to play perfect in all phases to win

      Like

  15. Petitioned the NCAA to reclaim 409 (who knows? Maybe they can patent it).
    Fired the team doctor because wins were more important than health.
    Erected a statue to an enabler of pedophilia.
    Still deny any involvement in the scandal.
    PSUCKS: wins mean more than lives.
    A win for Pitt is a win for Karma.

    Liked by 3 people

  16. Franklin was interviewed on The Fan earlier and said that maybe Pitt – PSU can be played again at a neutral site … so it can be equal for both teams.

    2 possibilities:

    1) PSU will not consider a home and home. Either a game at PSU or a neutral which can only be played at in Philly since it’s the only state venue that can hold the game.

    2) Franklin is just blowing smoke to avoid telling people that PSU is not interested with playing Pitt again (unless it is played at PSU)

    I guess the latter

    Like

  17. Thanks MM! I am enjoying this “Week of Hate”! To paraphrase our Chapel Hell brethern:
    “Duke is puke;
    And Wake is fake;
    But the team I hate
    Is pedo state!!”

    Random thoughts:
    The Franklin Stove is gonna get burned.
    Bernie – I hope Jerry S had the decency to shave your back before the rubdown.
    “psux” is not a cheer. It’s a way of life.
    “Happy Valley” is an oxymoron!
    My college roommate had several of his HS buddies who played for JoeP. He told us that the psux players referred to Joe as “Joe The Rat”. Apropos! (Circa 1968).
    With all in the administration denying Jerry S’ escapades, it’s no wonder their mascot is the Lion!

    Later in the week, I’ll tell ya’ll what I really think of that bastion of bovine scatology.

    Liked by 4 people

  18. any references to Nirvana kin sports should be dispelled; I mean Antonio Brown just signed with the Pats. However, if a month form now, the Pats are split apart …. then by all means, the H2B (Buddha)

    Like

    1. Along those lines, WWB, I just read this tragic headline:

      “Antonio Brown has been accused of sexually assaulting his former trainer, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Southern District of Florida.”

      Like

  19. The arrogance of the typical PSU fan (not all but most) is absolutely impossible to understand. When was the last time DairyU was in the hunt for a national championship. Just playing regularly on Jan 1st does not make you something big, but when you talk to them you’d think they are Alabama.

    In the past 10 years, they’ve won the Big 10 once, and have never been in the national championship playoffs.

    I completely understand that their recent history is much better than Pitt, but really at the end of the day as a national story, they are an also-ran. Get over yourselves Nitwits.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. in fairness, PSU may have had a claim in 2016, the year Pitt beat them. PSU beat OSU that year and was the B10 Champ … yet OSU was picked for the playoff. Then they lost to Clemson 30-0

      Back then as a Pitt fan in OSU territory, I had a great off-season, reminding everyone how Pitt beat the 2 teams that beat the Buckeyes that year

      Liked by 1 person

  20. I’ve been thinking that we have two head coaches who secretly hate each other, and will never play each other again. What does that mean for the outcome of this game?

    Liked by 1 person

  21. We shouldn’t kid ourselves. Franklin will try to score 100 points if he can. Pitt must control the clock and that means running game. Hopefully, Narduzzi is still in a sufficient rage over last year’s game when they tried to run up the score, that he will pull another upset to take with him into football eternity…

    Liked by 1 person

  22. One last thought: the Big 10 glamor schools have never accepted Pedo as an equal. Michigan, OSU, Whisky and even Michigan State seem to consider the Nitters as an illegitimate step child who must run up the score against schools like Idaho to command respect. Poor PSU will never be a true insider in the league 😂

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Tweet from our man Dorin Dickerson:

    “In the process of putting a sign up in my yard for my Penn St Neighbor to see that says “I turned down an offer from Penn St to goto Pitt” H2P”

    Like

  24. Chalk Talk… Franklin talking about how the Pitt Defense is predicated on having each of the 4 D-Backs responsible for their own quarter of the field.

    “A lot of times, they will play press on the two outside receivers. Be very aggressive at the line of scrimmage, very hands-on. You know, very, very physical at the line of scrimmage, and then they will play variations of some fire zone coverages, as well.”

    “That’s going to be a big battle in this game, is how our guys are able to get off the press, how our guys are going to be physical in the running game…”

    Penn State Coach James Franklin
    Pennlive.com

    Like

  25. Women’s Volleyball on ESPNU right now. Just won the third set. Up 2 games to 1 over Oregon. We are now #6 in the country. Announcers complaining about how hot it is inside Fitzgerald. It’s 80 outside and 91 inside. Tune in. It’s a great match.

    Liked by 2 people

Leave a Comment Please and Keep It Civil...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s