Per the Pitt Sports Information Department

PITTSBURGH—Pitt sophomore defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman, who distinguished himself this season as one of college football’s top interior pass rushers, has been named to the 2019 Walter Camp All-America Team unveiled this evening.

A second-team honoree, Twyman was the only underclassman defensive lineman on this year’s Walter Camp team. The 51-player squad was selected by the nation’s 130 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors.

This is the latest postseason accolade for Twyman, who previously was honored as a first-team All-ACC selection by both the league’s official voting panel and Associated Press. He additionally was named a second team All-American by The Athletic.

A native of Washington, D.C., and graduate of H.D. Woodson High School, Twyman leads the Panthers’ nationally ranked defense with 12 tackles for loss and 10.5 quarterback sacks.

The last time an interior defensive lineman (nose tackle or defensive tackle) led Pitt in sacks was in 2013, when unanimous All-American Aaron Donald had 11. Twyman changed his jersey to number 97 this season in tribute to Donald, who is now a perennial All-Pro for the Los Angeles Rams.

The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Twyman has been a spearhead up front for Pitt, which ranks 11th in the nation in total defense (302.5 yards per game), 11th in rushing defense (106.9 yards per game) and 20th in passing defense (195.6 yards per game).

The Panthers have compiled 49 team sacks—their most since 1987—and rank second nationally with an average of 4.08 sacks per game.

Twyman and the Panthers will close the 2019 campaign on December 26, when they face Eastern Michigan in Detroit’s Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field. The game will be nationally televised by ESPN and kick off at 8 p.m.

 

 

186 thoughts on “Twyman Named All American

  1. Was a protégé of AD and even wore 97 in his honor. They allegedly worked out together many times. Hopefully an inspiration for other and future Panthers

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  2. Congrats Jaylen. Gee, not bad for a guy who was seen by some as an out of-shape, slow, oughta-be-benched guy who should never have been allowed to wear #97. If the number has that power, I’d say to never retire it and be sure someone wears it every year.

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  3. It’s really nice to see Jaylen being recognized for a great season. Congratulations!

    So I’ve taken my time to wrap up this past season in my mind and in writing not wanting to make many upset over my opinions looking back. I realize I have a tendency to do just that, although it’s beyond me and wonder why anyone would care so much at what I think. I certainly am no Maestro. Never the less… here we go.

    PITT finishing the season at 7-5? I don’t get the big surprise there and the wringing of the hands in such anguish. I had PITT winning 8 games, like many others, including the bowl game. Pretty good chance that prediction will happen? But how did PITT get here?

    Considering PITT was breaking in yet another new offensive coordinator, the fourth in five years, can you believe that, it doesn’t seem all that shocking the offense struggle at times. New OC, new offensive line, new running backs and the loss of one Mr Lopes. << Yes PITT did miss Lopes… a lot. Of course attrition is a part of college football so moving forward, the offense struggled from being all new. Except for Kenny Pickett who was busy learning a brand new offense….. again. Is this so surprising?

    Moving over to the defense what to we see? Maybe a little continuity, maybe Narduzzi getting his own players for a few years and maybe his players maturing physically and mentally as well? I get the fact that some schools can jump start their players a little more quicker but there in lyres the difference between 3 and 4-5* players. Speaking of 4* players, lots of complaining about Ford not playing much the past two years. From what I watched, Ford wasn’t as good and didn’t show the same ability he did this past year when he had the opportunity.

    Imagine for a second if all this current roster who are still eligible return. Holy Macaroons will they be good, possibly one of the top 5 defensive units in the country.

    So why all the disappointed PITT fans? I’ve always said that almost as important as wins and losses is the way a team arrives at their final record. Some of my POV buddies were really getting into this season filled with such hope and then another fizzle to end the regular season. It’s always something with the PITT football program. The four PITT turnovers at home against BC to end the season pretty much ruined all the good that had been accomplished throughout an exciting year. I just can’t put all that on the coaches but there is blame on them as well. Although I’m sure they work on ball fundamentals all the time. When when when will PITT put it all together for a full season? Well, according to Coach Narduzzi, in the next few years and I believe him… not to sing his praises or anything. There is a solid foundation in place right now, I’m giving him a free pass for the next year…. at least.

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    1. Seven turnovers combined at home versus Miami and BC did Pitt in. That and the receiver who ran away from the punt near the end of the Miami game. With the penalty, Pitt went from having the ball at the 26 opposed to the 41.

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      1. The overturned targeting penalty hurt too.
        They not only left the player in the game they took back the 15 yards.
        The next game we played we had the targeting removed and got the 15 yard penalty.
        That being the case Pitt sucked and did not deserve to win.
        Kman

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    2. Disappointment: let’s count a few –

      (1) 28-0 loss to VT
      (2) 4th and goal, down 7 to psuX late in the 4th qtr and the HC calls for a FG
      (3) leading for 57 seconds at home, on Senior Day to BC and losing
      (4) scoring one TD in the final 10 qtrs of the season
      (5) not ready for prime time in the season opening loss to UVA

      “Wait til next year” seems to never bear fruit in the past 40 years of Pitt FB

      I’m tired of waiting and the entertainment value has dropped to record lows with no improvement in sight.

      I’m not a big hoops enthusiast since Rockport Stallings and Barney dismantled the system.

      I guess I’ll have to look for entertainment elsewhere. Golf anyone?

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  4. Great for Twyman and Great for Pitt. Hope he follows Donald’s lead and stays for his senior year.

    Incredible sack totals for an interior lineman. Right POD?

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  5. To me Ike, if you gave that information to someone who hadn’t seen any of the games, that might sound like a decent season. But to me, anguishing through each of those games and, after getting to 7 wins, to play so poorly against average at best teams in your final 2 games, I don’t see how one couldn’t be disappointed and dissatisfied. Top 25 was there for the taking but this team/staff couldn’t finish. H2P.

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    1. ^^ I really do see where you are coming from Mark, I was trying to circle back to what all our expectations were at the beginning of the season. Of course my ADD kicked in and I checked out with the hit post button. Certainly it was a disappointing end of the season right when Narduzzi had all the PITT fans in the palms of his hands. AGAIN! My bigger point was that not all of the end of the season was completely on the coaches. That’s imo.

      This past season was riddled with lots of mind boggling plays and situations. Following PITT football is no smooth ride to be sure. The fun of it all is in ones minds eye. Just like PITT losing a 5.5 three* running back that de-committed from PITT. I thought 5.5 players sucked? It’s all about perspective and perception. Here’s something many won’t believe, if I thought Narduzzi and Lyke were bad for this PITT football program, I would most certainly be the first on the soap box shouting to get rid of them.

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    2. To use the excuse for the poor offense on a complicated play book is nonsense. Pickett had at least 8 months to figure it out. It can’t be that complicated we hardly ran the ball. Nate p never had an issue. Let’s face facts. Its mediocre coaches calling plays for mediocre players.

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  6. When you think of all the fumbles and dropped passes this season, I sure hope the staff emphasizes finger strengthening exercises in the off season – that, and “soft touch” on passes, especially the shorter ones.

    It would seem to me that if you have to “Drill” a pass to get it past coverage, that maybe you should look for a different receiver. Either that, or throw the ball away.

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  7. Good for him – finally a 2nd string AA after five years. I actually thought Jones was more effective.

    Here’s a funny piece…

    Quick Lane Bowl
    Pittsburgh vs. Eastern Michigan
    Dec. 26, 8 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App
    Ford Field, Detroit

    Eastern Michigan led the MAC, allowing pressure on just 22.6% of drop backs. Pitt has one of the most prolific defensive lines in the country. It may not be pretty, but this figures to be a solid battle in the trenches and, OK, maybe there’s not much to get excited about here but Nietzsche said that life is suffering and it is incumbent upon us to find meaning in that suffering, so here’s your chance.

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  8. Here are the HCs our past (near past) AAs committed to play for at Pitt :

    Twyman – PN five years at Pitt (so far)

    Henderson – PC – three years at Pitt
    D. Johnson – PC
    J. Conner – PC

    A. Donald – DW – six years at Pitt
    J. Sheard – DW
    D. Dickerson – DW

    S. McKillop – WH – eight years at Pitt
    H.B. Blades – WH
    L. Fitzgerald – WH

    That takes us back to 2000. We need more…

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    1. BTW Reed, Almost everyone of those players you mentioned were seniors when they were nominated for AA honors. Well, except for Twyman

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  9. I know we spend a lot of energy and back n forth on our HC which put this thought in my head as I was commuting to work this morning… instead of having Wanny, Fraud and Meatball as our last three coaches how would the conversation go if their names were Gerry Faust, Tyrone Lionel Willingham and Charlie Weiss ???? Chew on that…….

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  10. LOL Biggie, I sat in the psu erector set for a stadium years ago for a psu vs Notre Dame game in the ND section. When in the second half, a group of Notre Dame fans stood up an began to sing. “Good by Jerry Good by Jerry, Good bye Jerry we are GLAD TO SEE YOU GO!

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  11. HC Curt Cignetti has his JMU Dukes playing in the FCS quarterfinals this weekend led by “ the Nucc!” I can only speak for myself but I love watching the FCS PLAYOFFs more than the biggies……

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  12. I hope J Twyman, If projected to be drafted in the early rounds, bolts.
    Given his childhood, make some coin before a freak injury steals your thunder.

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  13. Congrats to Twyman. This is a great day for him and his family.

    Not a good day for my sister-in-law who lives in Nashville. She lost her second cousin Tessa Majors ( yes, she is related to our Johnny Majors), to a mugger in a NYC park.

    My sister-in-laws’ father’s brother is Tessa’s grandpa. In this season of hope my brother and his wife can only ask why, why why?

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  14. Whatever happened to the chants of “I thought Narduzzi was supposed to be some kind of defensive guru”? Oh, now we had to find something else to complain about him instead. Paint me as disappointed with another late season swoon but I still see some positives going into next year and those positives sure as hell aren’t my golf game EE. 🙂

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    1. Ike – I’m glad you see hope for next season and have optimism for Pitt FB.

      I’m not entertained by it right now – the shutout at VT and our 10th ranked rushing D getting run over by “Straight Ahead Steve” has me looking for other entertainment options. The D, Bates and Duzz knew that BC would run, yet they could not stop it.

      I’m still a Pitt fan at heart, just not as passionate about the programs at the moment.

      Disappointed yes, entertained, no.

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  15. Jeff Hafley, who began his coaching career at Pitt (under Wanny), and recruited the likes of Dion Lewis and K’Waun Williams, is reported to be the next HC at Boston College. He is currently DC at OSU and spent a handful of years in the NFL.

    Pitt is not scheduled to play BC in the next 6 years or so …. unless in a few years, Pitt beats them in the ACC title game

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  16. Watched some of the JMU game last night. DiNucci made the right move, he is a great fit for their balanced offense. Great to see him have success.

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    1. I rely on Saragin and RPI which I think is far more reflective and have been around for far longer

      Pitt could just as easily have been 4-8

      But I do agree that either way, Narduzzi is indicted and should stand trial.

      I would love to be lead prosecutor

      ike- you can be defense attorney for the plaintiff. I plan on eating your lunch. 🙂

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      1. I don’t know tex. The only reason they could’ve also been 4-8 is because they let teams hang around all year that they were better than with poor play. The whole season was a disappointment not just the losses. Pitt was better than at least nine teams on their schedule this year. They just failed to get the job done on the field.

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  17. Yep 2003, this season ended up disappointing for sure. This article also debunks the myth that Narduzzi can’t recruit and or get good players to come to PITT.

    BTW, to answer my own question from a day or so ago asking why did UNC get the bid to the Military bowl over a PITT team with a better record and that beat UNC. It’s spelled Swofford.

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  18. Erie, my years of football watching tell me that with a running team like BC you should score early and force them to catch up by throwing into a good secondary defense. The ONE THING not to do is to let them get ahead and then grind down the clock with their power running game. So what does Pitt do? Who game plans for this team?

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  19. Whoa Nelly, it’s the Grand-Daddy of college football. Well, actually Keith Jackson would say that about the Rose Bowl but this is the real football game to watch! It just doesn’t get any better than this. Go Army!

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  20. Tx, I have no interest in defending Narduzzi. Again I have been misunderstood, most of my comments are disagreeing with people who comments I believe are misdirected and bias against Narduzzi because they just plain don’t like him. His coaching has been ok, maybe a little better than what we are use to around these parts but not great at all. I personally do not think PITT will do any better and it certainly wouldn’t happen for the next 10 years at least. I most likely will be long gone by then so maybe I am being a little selfish?

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    1. Ike,
      If you’re not physically around in ten years, your spirit will live on. And I know your spirit wants what’s best for Pitt. So let’s have your generation, the boomers and the X’ers leave our future Pitt caretakers, millennials and Gen Z, with a multi purpose center on campus. Those generations are Pitt’s only hope to break SOP.

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  21. I see where Pitt lost Tate Rodemaker to FSU. Pitt tried hard to get that QB commit but the FSU offer and proximity to use home was just too much to overcome I believe. I really did like this kids film and was hoping to get him signed.

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  22. recruiting at Pitt continues to get harder. The one northern area that Pitt has done well is New Jersey, but with Schiano at Rutgers and Hafley at BC, it will get that much harder.

    Also, Hafley joined Pitt when Partridge was still on the staff. I’m sure he knows how important recruiting in the southeast is. The good thing is that they haven’t crossed paths since …. Hafley mostly in NFL and at OSU.

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  23. Sorry for posting that army fight song three times… I was sitting at the restaurant and did not see where it was going through… I was a persistent man though… You should all have it memorized by now

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  24. ike, you are right. Turnovers and mistakes can blow up the best of game plans. As for losing Rodemaker, ending seasons the way Pitt does just feeds into the narrative that Pitt is not going to the next level, and fuels made up rumors that Narduzzi is getting the axe. Teams with good coaching are supposed to overcome early losses and get better as the season goes on. I can’t see how this argument can be made with Pitt.

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        1. My moms 100 percent Slovak. I plan on making nut rolls this Christmas. I just hope she was honest about not leaving out any secret ingredients or baking techniques. 🤠

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  25. Well BigB – I appreciate your thought on those coaches, but what if they were Saban, Myers and Stoops. So we didn’t get the best and we didn’t get the worst. We got average. Welcome to Middle of the roadsburgh! We are average in our best years and below average in most. We are usually not ranked at the end of the year but can argue that we are a top 50 program.

    Personally, I typically don’t gauge Pitt against the other 129 teams. I benchmark them against other P5 teams (64 + ND).

    Congrats to Twyman! He needs to keep upping his game whether it is at Pitt or the NFL. If you aren’t getting better at your craft every day, somebody’s catching you.

    Hafley may have a big check for Partridge waiting.

    Condolences to all of your family and extended family Tony. My house will put you and them on our prayer list. You, for the wisdom to comfort when they are questioning.

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    1. Interesting Huff the Third and a two part question for you. Was there ever a chance in heck that PITT would have been on the Saban, Myers and Stoops radar to be hired? If some crazy chance one of these coaches came to PITT to coach, what do you suppose would have happened to their careers?

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      1. why? BC and Pitt are very similar … urban ACC school playing in an NFL team which is adored. BC also has an appropriately sized OCS

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  26. I was just trying to point out that as much as it also could have been Faust, Willingham and Weiss, it also could have been the three i picked. Who knows what would have happened to their careers. It would be impossible to predict. Heck, Faust may have done great at Pitt and maybe he just struggled with the ND pressure that he wouldn’t have had at Pitt. I know him telling players to pray on the sideline, probably wouldn’t have been accepted at any other place than at ND.

    So to answer Ike, I got no clue! Anything I would guess couldn’t be backed up by any facts. But if given the chance, I would go for my list any day and hit you up for a bigb donation as soon as i announced it!

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    1. Seems there are way more “4-star” RBs than there should be. Probably many are rated based on gaudy HS stats, but those stats don’t translate into college where you need either shiftiness or power to go along with good speed.

      BC’s Dillon is a true 4-star RB. Pitt’s latest “4-stars” RBs, not so much…

      Go Pitt.

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  27. Fran — Did Justin Thomas do his Pitt football imitation this week at the President’s Cup?

    Even though the US came back and won, JT’s gotta be kickin’ himself…

    Go Pitt.

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  28. wwb – Michael Carmody OL recruit did verbal to ND per our Q&A regarding the Bill Fralic WPIAL award the other day – you thought maybe Delaware.

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    1. No Erie, the guy who won the award verbaled to Delaware. For some reason, Carmody wasn’t in the final nominations. Don’t know why

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  29. Major, JT won 3 points I think…he might be kicking himself but not too hard.
    Golf magazine writer gave him the second highest score for the week..only Tiger received a higher grade.

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    1. I guess I only saw his bad matches!

      The comeback by the US to win was impressive after how they played the first two days…

      Go Pitt.

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  30. By the way folks there was a great write up on Pitt recruit Emmanual Belgrave DE from Florida at PSN this past week. A great background story and Coach Partridge’s recruitment of him.

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  31. Read this https://pittsburghsportscastle.com/2019/07/08/cinello-pushing-wannstedt-out-after-2010-worst-move-pitt-athletics-ever-made/ .
    I actually think it might be accurate. Imagine if we could’ve kept the stache instead of having our self imposed sanctions all those years. And if he could have gotten the financial support that Pitt football is finally getting now. I think we would be consistently a 9-10 win team without the worry of having our coach leave for a better offer.

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    1. I will say the stache had a TON of SOP losses that drove me nuts though. But Narduzzi has had quite a few the last two years too.

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    2. Dave needed some strong assistants and needed to do less coaching. But the man could recruit and loved Pitt. Your coach needs to love the school. I think Narduzzi loves himself a bit too much since he comes across as an arrogant prick at times.

      And if Dave had the money that Pitt is throwing at the program, he could have hired better assistants and you can damn well be sure he would have forced the AD to study moving back to campus.

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        1. I met the man as well. His Pitt passion was contagious. He would not have tolerated playing in front of 40k empty seats and being forced to save kittens from Cathedral trees. But he did under-achieve at Pitt and some of his coaching was inexcusable. He was definitely a mixed bag much like Narduzzi.

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    1. every coach at Pitt and many other schools have SOP losses …. just ask their fans. Quit comparing Pitt to the elites. And if you don’t believe it, then frankly, you are just not paying attention

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      1. I don’t think pitt could be elite either. They can have great years and if we never fired the stache and gave him real money pitt would be in a better spot than we are today for sure.

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        1. But never the less the duzz is a pretty good fit for pitt and if we could’ve gotten him after the stache instead of the carousel we suffered we would be in better shape today as well.

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          1. in Peak’s latest 1-2-3 column, he claims that since 2012 (except for 2017), Pitt could have won 8 or 9 games each year just by winning the ‘winnable’ games

            But how about gauging how many ‘loseable’ games Pitt won in that time???

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            1. and a very good $3.5M coach or a great $5M coach would have then given Pitt 10-11 wins plus nice bowls. But the Pitt administration knows that Pitt fans are fine with 6-8 win seasons plus crappy bowls.

              I’m sure Pitt could find an extra $5M for the program.
              Increase donations by 50% equals extra $5M
              Sell an additional 30% more tickets equals extra $4M
              Eliminate waste and inefficiencies probably is another $1M

              The ACC network alone is another $7 – $10M shot in the arm each year

              Thats nearly $20M of extra revenues.

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            2. Pitt lost two winnable games in each of Chryst’s three seasons. That killed us during all the negativity around the program at that time due to the coaching changes. The Akron and Duke losses in 2014 really stand out as both were at home.

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  32. If anyone is interested, Pitt Fan Fanatics on FB is running a bowl game contest similar to March Madness, where you pick the winners of each Bowl game and rank them in terms of your confidence in the win (1-41). $10 per entry.

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  33. The President’s Cup was one of the most entertaining golf events ever.

    JT did fold down the stretch, but he kept the US in the match the day before.

    Tiger Woods added to JT’s President Cup record and also added to his own incredible life’s work.

    Some incredible golf was played by both sides on one of the finest tests of golf ever built.

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      1. I used to study for Finals and watch the Masters in the Towers lounge while a student at Pitt. Thats how exciting golf is to watch for me. 🙂

        I do enjoy playing it.

        Nick Faldo was the Tiger in my day.

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  34. The International’s top guys all failed in the singles, Matsuyama, Scott, Oosthuizen and Leishman all failed to win their matches. US team figured out how to putt on the foreign grass.

    IMHO, Paul Azinger talks too much and says too little. People complained about the amount of commercials.
    I used the DVR to fast forward through them.

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  35. I thought Kuchar was one of the weakest players on the US team and Oosthuizen one of their strongest. The fact that Tiger paired them together made me think he was conceding that match for better matchups elsewhere. Kuchar playing to a tie in that match proved me wrong. Again.

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  36. New England caught cheating AGAIN!!!!! Belichick got booed off the field in Cleveland and pelted with snowballs his last game there. I’m thinking he was telling himself that he would do anything to not let that ever happen again. Like hook up with the scumbag Kraft and cheat his ass off. Just another example why the Army/Navy and FCS games are real football games.

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    1. I have no issue with professional teams cheating. It’s entertainment and a billion dollar business. Loved how Al Davis had a sign in the Oakland locker room saying, “Cheating is Encouraged.”

      So much pressure is on everyone to win and that it leads to the transgressions. Once the NCAA drops the term “student” from “student athlete” we can go to an 8-team playoff, which will double the playoff television contract from $475 million per season to a cool billion. The players can get paid and these universities can continue to spend, spend, spend since athletics is important as much as the chancellors realize it but won’t admit it.

      So is the $475 million divided amongst the 65 Power Five schools? If Gallagher thinks people care more about Physics than athletics we have major issues.

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      1. He’s a former atom counter in charge of scientific measurements in the federal government bureaucracy. He knows very little if anything about football or running a business.

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  37. Sign Moruga and the grad transfer, Krull. That would give Pitt four tight ends and Collier and Garrigan can focus solely on building their bodies to play offensive tackle.

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  38. Keep me posted … heading to see Frozen 2 with the grand-kids…..

    Definitely invest a few grand in a rock climbing wall an put it in the receivers meeting room…

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    1. Enjoy big b. I watched the first frozen about 2000 times with my daughter. But I was disappointed in frozen 2 (slow and dark movie). But my mood was affected because I saw it the night of the BC disaster.

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  39. After reading the pittsburghsportscastle article on Wanny I think we need to give Narduzzi every opportunity to get things right. A coaching change now could lead to 10 more years in the football wilderness. We POVers don’t have enough years left, and like it or not we have cast our lot with Narduzzi.

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  40. Does it anger anyone else that every other starter says the college they attended an James Conner says Erie McDowell? Pitt, their fans, and the city have done nothing but show him love. I think it’s a slap in the face to Pitt…

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    1. Pap76… Conner addressed this earlier in the year. Those are recorded pre-season. He said he meant no disrespect to Pitt, Pitt fans or the city of Pittsburgh. He simply wanted to honor his high-school/hometown and all those who helped him during that phase of his life to reach his dream of playing in the NFL. He reiterated his love for Pitt and how special his bond is with the university and it’s fans.

      All of us our proud of our University (and Conner) and always want it to be promoted in good light. I remember a commercial a few years back. I cannot remember who it was for, but it had an Asian gentleman riding a scooter. He was wearing a shirt that i believe was green, but it had Pitt in block letters across his chest. I had to rewind it a couple of times to make sure because of the color. I was grinning like a Cheshire cat. I too would have preferred hearing,” Pitt.” I think James has earned a pass this time.

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  41. One of these days a Pitt player will say “Western University of Pennsylvania…WUP there it is”
    And Biggie will get a big smile on his face…

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  42. Watching the Stiller offense last night reminded me of the Panthers. Beat up rbs and wrs, 80% of the passes were 10 yards or less. The mavens will feast on duck unless they want to let a weak offense like the Stillers into the playoffs.

    My Christmas wish for the Panthers is they find an effective power 5 quarterback.

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  43. Last night really showed why we lost to Miami and BC.
    With zero offense even good defenses break down.
    With no offense the team has zero margin for error.
    KMAN

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    1. Yep Kman, I have always believed that a good offense is the defenses best friend. Last night was also a tell tale story where turnovers just kill off a teams chance at winning. << Again, very PITT like.

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  44. The Miami and BC games were not the same though. PITT’s offense and KP had a decent game against BC. It was the turnovers, penalties and dropped passes that cost PITT that game.

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  45. Bruce Feldman@BruceFeldmanCFB

    Cool hearing #BC HC Jeff Hafley praise Dave Wannstedt in his intro presser. No better guy in the coaching biz: “He’s been like a second father to me, and he’s taught me so much abt myself as a person and as a football coach. Gave a 26-yr-old a chance, and I’m forever grateful.”

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    1. I would like to know the performance criteria and his grades on them. I give him a D for the front porch. He was underpaid for a university head Pitts size.

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  46. Grad Transfer TE Lucas Krull signing with Pitt 6′ 6″ 257 lbs from Florida. Didn’t play much at Fla but evidently quite an athlete as he played baseball for a couple of years prior to joining U of F. Let’s hope he can catch Pickett’s passes next season. He’s also graduating from Fla in December so my guess is he’ll be doing Pitt in January.

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  47. Hopefully Krull played 3rd base, and can handle KP’s line drives and 1-hoppers. All he’s got to do is catch ’em. No throw to 1st!

    A 6’6″ 3rd baseman???

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  48. PSN reported he ran a 4.46 40 yard dash. Florida article said he had a tough time with he’s blocking assignments and was over taken by another 4 star soph that had a great year at U of F last season.

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  49. That linked article could have been written by a 6th grader. Revis played for and was recruited by Walt Harris.

    If continuity is so important why fire any coaches who win more than 5 or 6 games?

    What you want in a program is a steady rise in talent and play on the field. Not one that is statement…if that isn’t what is acceptable to the school’s admin.

    BC is a good example… Look at their last HC’s record over the last four years.Look familiar? 27- 24.

    It never went on a true upward trajectory so they fired him and brought in an up and coming younger guy in Hadley.

    Narduzzi goes 27-24 over the same period (and loses to BC) and still has four years left on his contract and his seat isn’t hot at all.

    But then again, that’s how Pitt rolls…

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    1. Compare the two ACC records and division championships. Not to mention that Addazio was at BC for seven years not 5 years. Over-all record of 44-44 and a conference record of 22-34. Statistics aren’t to be played around with to prove ones point when it actually doesn’t. Narduzzi in his 5 years? 35-29 over-all and 24-16 ACC record. There is no comparison. Narduzzi has already won two more conference games in five years than Addazio did in 7 years.

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    2. How Pitt rolls is firing coaches who have winning records yet are facing roadblocks.

      Finally it is keeping its coach and seeing where continuity leads.

      Give Narduzzi at least three more years. What is the harm in keeping him? Pitt will just hire another bozo coordinator who cannot coach, so hitting the reset button seems unwise despite Pitt fans loving change.

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    3. Pitt has never experienced a 110 degree day in Texas. Or over 70 days of 100 degree temps. That’s as close to hell as it gets. Narduzzi sits on a throne of ice. Heather will never melt that ice. His butt will always be cold.

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  50. If I remember correctly Jeff Hadley was a really good recruiter but a very poor position coach at Pitt?

    If you go way back I believe he took a lot of criticism by parties on this page. I could be wrong but ….

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  51. BTW, I’m not “defending” Narduzzi here. They are facts. Narduzzi gets another year or two and we will see where the chips fall. I also consider the OOC schedule he had to deal in his first 5 years as well as to take into account for the weaker coastal division. So there is that.

    Although we could invoke the Darrin Hall rule and throw out his one below 500 season which brings his record to an over-all record to 30-22 and his ACC record of 21-11. << You see how this works? Fake news, or how about we throw out the games PITT lost to teams that had the initials of UNC? Tickle or torture a statistic and it will most definitely confess.

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  52. My brother who is an avid Gator fan says Krull is excellent. Krull didn’t start because the underclassman who started will be a first round draft choice as a junior next year.

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