716 thoughts on “Quick Lane Bowl Open Game Thread

    1. LA Tech playing in front of a home crowd. Big game for them. Pretty meaningless for Miami. Miami did use three different quarterbacks though.

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    2. Agreed. When I saw Miami getting blanked , I said,
      “Ouch.” But then I remembered it’s a team sport. La. Tech. – the alma mater of one Terry Bradshaw- had 23 Seniors with 6 Bowl wins in a row.
      Maturity , experience, and teamwork.

      Oh-oh….Eastern Michigan is marching down the field.

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  1. EMUs coach might be mistaken for the maintenance man at the game tonight.

    His outfit is a bit different and them breaking through the brick wall.

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    1. Word Press stopped working for me– in my over 60 years of watching Pitt this is the first time that I will admit that I will not be unhappy if we lose. It is time to clean house and remove Narduzzi.

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  2. Pitt will need to score 30 plus to win this game. I’d be playing D with 6 DB’s, 4 down lineman and one LB. You have to invite them to run the ball. Narduzzi’s stop the run first won’t work if they don’t even attempt to run.

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  3. EMU has come to play with a wide open offense. Pitt is a step slow. At least they held for a field goal. I didnā€™t feel that Heather gave Narduzzi a complete vote of confidence, but once again she used the tired old line that after 5 years he ā€œis continuing to grow as a coachā€. I guess this means that after 10 years he will have REALLY grown as a coach. But does it mean any more wins?

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  4. Ok first scotch of the night. Pitt looking like Pitt. Fumble by Pickett.

    Good to see genius coach Narduzzi has em up for the game!

    And God forbid Whipple would actually dun the ball.

    As I said EMU comes out high and Pitt comes out scratching their asses!

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  5. Donā€™t call the holding on the offense but call the PI. Gonna be a long night. I may turn this off and watch the baking show or MSNBC.

    H2P!!!

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  6. So letā€™s catalog the last series of events …

    Fumble
    Hamlin gives up 35 yard pass to sophomore mac receiver
    Twyman jumps offsides
    PI on same play

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  7. Somebody earlier asked how we lost to Miami?

    Weā€™re down 10-0 to Eastern Freaking Michigan seven minutes into the first quarter

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  8. Is this the same defense we saw the first 8 games this year? I can’t believe how poorly they are prepared to stop either the run or the pass.

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  9. PoD – the Duzz haters have been right all along. And we all knew it and didn’t want to admit it.

    That said, we will win this game in pathetic fashion and the coach and administration will declare victory.

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  10. We’ve all listened to NoDoz speak (not exactly a wordsmith), I kinda of like him but he’s not really gifted speaking and I dare say in motivating speeches. In a game against a scrub team from the MAC, you have to find a way to motivate your team.

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  11. Iā€™m amazed all of you were not ready for this. Itā€™s been 5 years of futility under this god awful coach.
    What made any of you think Pitt would represent well in this game!

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  12. Hail! Hail! The fighting Nardgogs they screwed up again.
    Hail! Hail! The fighting Nardogs they will lose in the end.

    (One team is thrilled to be here and one could care a less…can you tell).

    but the folks griping about getting dissed at selection time are now seeing what the bowls see.

    They deserve to be where they are (or maybe at home).

    Dave

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  13. Team not ready to play
    Fumble in 1st qtr
    Points off turnover
    False start
    Pass interference
    Dropped passes
    Missed FG

    All mixed up into another Pitt loss

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  14. Well, all the bars are closed on Christmas so it can’t be a group hangover……or does room service deliver cheap Scotch to the rooms?

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  15. BOOO is right anonymous.

    KP is not a P5 QB. Everyone by Duzz (“he’s our QB”) knows that. Not only will recruits bail but I think finally some of us long long term season ticket holders will bail. My wife just begged me not to renew for the sake of our marriage!!

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  16. Iā€™m speechless

    We are losing to a horrible MAC team with a midget quarterback.

    What will Whipple (www) do ?

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  17. Hail! Hail! The fighting Nardgogs they screwed up again.
    Hail! Hail! The fighting Nardgos they will lose in the end.

    1) Yes there is a lot of game left, but it’s apparent that one team wants to be here and it’s not Pitts
    2) Those who felt dissed by the bowl committees need a dose of reality…this team is exactly where it belongs if not at home.

    Dave

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  18. Actually there was one game where they were just as poorly prepared.

    The third and final BBVA Compass bowl right after Fraud Graham left. I was at that game. They looked baaaad.

    Sad that our fifth year head coach has the team just as prepared as an interim head coach and a team that got carpetbagged via text message.

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  19. Sad, when you think Pitt can’t even throw the ball downfield against a last place MAC team. And NoDoz thinks his QB and OC is grand.

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  20. FGā€™s spell failure.

    Iā€™m sorry, but we canā€™t throw down field on the bottom of the MAC we deserve to lose.

    Pittiful – SOP – fire the whole staff, AD staff and BofTā€™s

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  21. One thing, if these guys can’t stop E. Mich on defense, what makes them think they are NFL ready?

    You’re back in the $$$ Dan….

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  22. Actually I have words. This MAC offensive line is completely stonewalling one of the best defensive lines in that power 5.

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      1. Haha. Well he sucked egregiously in one pass play, but he had a nice seal block on that TD run so i guess your right

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  23. I know to some a win is a win…but my expectations are higher. Pitt should clean these guys clocks if they want to be considered serious players in the ACC.

    If they win I think many will be satisfied but if this is a death struggle throughout I will not be satisfied.

    Dave

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  24. I really don’t get how this D line can be so dominant all season but get physically man-handled by the last place MAC team. EMU is fired up and prepared. We just got off the bus, took the Detroit gift bag, and expected to win.

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  25. Red Zone Running TD. Didn’t see that coming! Hopefully KP can stay successful on long passing, and open up the run game. Hope our OL can beat em up, cuz it doesn’t look like the DL can!

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  26. Wvwn the announcers are talking about how their offense is handling our defense.

    And tell me you wouldn’t trade Glass for Pickett at halftime. .

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  27. Defensive line is being beat and we are missing tackles at all levels.

    This is the worst performance of the defense all season.

    The Pitt offense is going to have carry them.

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  28. I opened with Pickett sucks. Closing the half with the same statement. Sucks. If Breville or a transfer QB canā€™t beat out Pickett in the spring itā€™s all on Narduzzi.

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    1. The line is doing him no favors. But we know heā€™s an average p5 qb with substandard pocket presence

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  29. Yeah! Knew after starting my Birthday day out at the ER for 5 hours today meant we were going to shit the bed as usual. 3/4 of the way through a 1/5 of Crown. Glad I have another one. We suck.About to be down 10 at the half.

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  30. I use to wear a visor to play golf like eons ago. But that was to stop sun glare and cooler than a regular hat.
    What on Earth is NoDoz wearing a visor, at night, in a domed stadium. lol

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  31. Their lines are playing better than ours, their QB is better than ours. their offensive coordinator is better than ours. Plus they have been lucky with tipped balls. Other than that….

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  32. Aside from the ending of the half, I would say the EMU head coach audition is going well for the Pitt job. Lyke hired him once and may have to do it again.

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  33. Halftime stats:

    Total yards
    Pitt 267
    EMU 275

    Turnovers
    Pitt 1
    EMU 0

    Possession
    Pitt 12:37
    EMU 17:23

    1st downs
    Pitt 13
    EMU 16

    3rd downs
    Pitt 2-5
    EMU 4-8

    Rushing
    Pitt 14 – 61 – 4.4
    EMU 17 – 54 – 3.2

    Passing
    Pitt 14-19-206-1 (10.8 avg)
    EMU 16-27-221-1 (8.2 avg)

    Points
    Pitt 17
    EMU 20

    Good thing weā€™re a second half team

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  34. The fumble, the missed field goal and the tipped touchdown are the difference.

    Other than their screw-up at the end they have played pretty mistake free. Gotta get to their QB and cover those screen passes.

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  35. Gutless describes the team thanks to the coaches.

    I don’t want to hear from the apologists no matter what happens in the 2nd half. This is a total embarrassment.

    Nobody with any sense is watching this game (thank god) so they are only seeing the halftime score and laughing their asses off.

    You think we got shafted by the ACC elite?? Give it a rest. They know and the bowls know what we are. Sad but true and we got exactly what we deserved.

    I feel very badly for anyone that made the trip.

    Again, 2nd half doesn’t matter. Even if we win 41-20. Everyone (including potential recruits) have turned this off and this team and staff have shown their true colors – like they have for the last 3 games.

    I’m past mad at Pitt. I’m now mad at myself for watching and posting.

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  36. I still expect Pitt to win…only two reasons I expect this

    Positives:
    1) This team has more talent on both sides of the ball
    2) I think there are turnovers to be had on this QB. Couple of tipped balls go the other way and viola

    However if they lose it will be for 4 Negatives
    1) Nardog’s legendary halftime adjustments
    2) They just don’t care enough to execute
    3) Typical Nardog cranal-analectomy gameday execution
    4) KP’s late great Turnovers

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  37. Too many of the important skill players are under performing or didnā€™t show up. Other than French, what skill players have played well?

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  38. Got home from movies, tuned in game, down 10-0. Chuckled. Ya, a win is a win. Keep telling yourself that. They are poorly coached, they play down to competition, they show how undisciplined they are with very poor fundamentals. They are getting whipped by a team whose coaches are dressed like they wor in a Jiffy Lube. No one should lie to themselves about a win is a win.
    Well, now time to get some rest, very, very busy season. I expect them to win, but if not I donā€™t want to here how they didnā€™t care, or were disappointed in bowl selection etc. Donā€™t make excuses, and that would be all it was if they lose to this team. Man, no heart, no soul..

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  39. And based on the 2nd half of the season and tonight’s game, can’t everyone see that Duzz is “below the line” and should be a coordinator but not a head coach. Sure, the kids seem to “like” him and he creates a “family” atmosphere. But, he has low head coach IQ, panics “in the moment” and gets outcoached all the time. All the time….

    And here’s the worst part…I’m trying to be nice

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  40. I can’t wait for these halftime jerk*ffs, er I mean adjustments from Toilet Paper & NoDoz. TP almost fell on his face after tripping over himself and well NoDoz…..is adjusting his visor from the sun glare. Nepotism & tenure, is not a way to run a football program. When they aren’t even Pitt men !!!

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  41. Halftime.
    Pitt locker room:

    HCPN: Hey Whip, got the WiFi password for this joint?
    Whip: Coach, weā€™re losing. perhaps you shouldnā€™t be worried about EBay or video games.
    HCPN: I aint worried about them. Iā€™m planning a trip. Italy. Perillo Tours. Can you say pizzelles? Veeno? Gnocchi? Gonna rent me one of them scooters, too.
    Whip: But what about EMU?
    HCPN: Taking Ulizio with me. Probably the only way to stop him from making false starts.
    Whip: But EMU is a MAC team.
    HCPN: No shame in losing to a MAC team.
    Whip: But theyā€™re 6-6.
    HCPN: Not much different than us.
    Whip: But we could lose our last three games once again.
    HCPN: Hey, Heather says Iā€™m getting better…and who am I to argue with my boss? Besides, if she really believes that, then I smell another contract extension. Know what that means?
    Whip: Sheā€™s an idiot?
    HCPN: Nope. Buona Fortuna for Me!

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  42. I’ll be very surprised if the Pitt O can score 10 points this half. I can’t see us having many sustained drives with our porous OL blocking for Pickett.

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    1. Iā€™d be surprised if we tried to establish the run. The irony is that I think we could if we wanted to

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  43. Nard needs to go. Bet Heather regrets the extension after KP Heisman performance versus Miami. KP according to our coach is “great” – remember the fall camp talk he never turns it over; Nard let him interview Whipple? No pocket presence, cannot feel the backside rush, average speed. All that said this rests entirely on Nard. We are again unprepared to play on offense or defense. I h8 zone blocking OL which is awful. Ultimately this falls on the coach and it is time he goes. He is arrogant, alienates boosters etc etc. 10 wins next year with our number one draft pick QB – not gonna happen. What happened to all you who ran BN out of town and were all KP all the time? If Trevor Lawrence were signed after KP he would still be on the scout team. Heather only hired one of these two coaches the one at EMU. Complaining done. God Bless you Ike for your optimism.
    HAIL TO PITT! Nighty nite.

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  44. Seriously if they lose to the last place team in the MAC….NoDoz needs sent packing to the MAC.
    I’ve had it with these embarrassing performances on national TV.

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  45. You know what is the worst of this joke? The play calling is once again atrocious and based on fear. The kids all have their heads down and moping around….soft kids bred by soft coaches.

    And Pickett is proving for the 20th time how horrible he is.

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  46. Pitt needs to win the second half 7-0 to avoid utter humiliation. Theyā€™ll still be embarrassed but at least not humiliated.

    Iā€™m not sure they can do this though

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  47. I no one throws into triple coverage more than Whipple/ Pickett.

    Iā€™m winning a ton of money on this game and Iā€™d give every penny to see Pitt play like a real football team with a real head coach!

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  48. So there was 1 EMU defender covering our RB who could go out into the pass pattern…or stand there, not block anyone and stay where Pickett was going to run. One EMu defender covers 2 pitt guys and stops us on 3rd down…

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  49. Kradel and Huoy are in there. They must assume they will win and are substituting liberally. Nice interception but of course there are penalties. Do they know how to run off tackle?

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  50. If those players did that at any other D1 school they would be off the team forever. Right there is why we need a complete coaching change ASAP. Glad Narduzzi is best buds with all these guys. No discipline at all. In furiating!!!!!!!

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  51. Boy does this team suck.

    All the PSU fans saying we should play in the MAC, might be over-rating us. Duzz would be lucky to finish 4th in the MAC with this staff and players. How sad…and utterly predictable.

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  52. The makes a good play, celebrates while losing to a MAC bottom feeder and costs the O valuable field position.

    This team is poorly coached.

    Duzz must go…

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  53. They squandered a prime scoring opportunity to take the lead.

    An undisciplined penalty and almost a turnover, they are lucky enough to get 3 points.

    Itā€™s

    SOP
    SOP
    SOP
    SOP

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  54. Pitt doing everything it can to NOT win the game. Keep EMU in the game so they can win in the end. How STUPID can we get?? Coaching is to blame here. No accountability- not thinking of the team- only themselves.

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  55. Stupid penalty by 6 players cost us 1st and goal- totally undisciplined bunch – you finally make a play then you need to show off! It cost your team the lead!

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  56. we tried to give that away…

    this performance has been embarrassing to the university. Narduzzi is still growing as a coach. See, he let’s his players run into the endzone and make complete fools of their university. Just like the pro’s.

    Do you think that any of the players were told they cannot get another one or they are out? Would anyone let one of those players play a down this next defensive drive? I wouldn’t

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  57. And this is what they learn practicing with the Steelers???

    Narduzzi should be fired on the sideline right this moment. Somewhere at practice within the view of coaches they practiced that demonstration. Starting to root for EMu

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  58. Correct jrn. This is on the coaches. These are 18-22 kids who’ve been told by their parents they were great since they were 8 years old. The Pitt coaches treat them the same way. We are so lacking talent, the coaches can’t discipline or sit any of them. How does that bode for the future when this is the best we have and there is absolutely nothing behind the starters.

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  59. So assuming Narduzzi is returning, will any assistant coaches on offense be made to pay for Pittā€™s incompetence on that side of the ball?

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  60. can we not catch punts. that is 2 punts that bounced and bounced for a bunch of position yards against. We will learn…………

    nice snap…

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  61. There is a bright side….Kenny will get his 10,000 steps on his fitbit today running away from the high school D Line and running back and forth on every play to ask Whip which 1 yard pass or run for a loss to call. Burn those stubborn calories!!!

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  62. lucky Pickett has been appointed our starter next year and wishing we had em for longer……

    I hope the kid turns it around but when belville hears that, it must kill the morale…jurcovec doesnt like that either

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  63. The biggest problem is still the offensive line. Theyā€™re unable to create any holes for the backs. And whatā€™s worse is that there is no depth behind them

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  64. 3 and out SOP, SOP almost a blocked punt.

    Iā€™m done and out Iā€™ve wasted my night on watching this pathetic performance.

    Even if they win who cares they are struggling with Eastern Michigan, what a joke.

    Let the Heather evaluation begin.

    Itā€™s been fun reading everyoneā€™s comments.

    Take care all

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        1. I have to ask myself…how motivated are these players going to be in the offseason after this late season implosion? Next year could be a disaster

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    1. Seems hard to believe we won seven games this year and upset UCF. That was ages ago. Team has regressed badly in a month

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    1. I plan to be harsh and uncompromising in my post game article. It pains me to do so because there are a lot of things I like about narduzzi and I love the program but even if we win this performance (and also the preceding two games) are inexcusable

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        1. Runs a clean program (got this from reed)
          Built pipeline to Florida (is he making the most of it? No on offense, yes on D)
          Hired Bates

          I personally like his interview style / the way he talks. HOWEVER if you are going to talk like that … you gotta back it up on the field. He hasnā€™t. My high school coach called it alligator mouth with a tadpole a$$

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  65. Trying again (hate WordPress). MIA are Ike and Tx Panther. Canā€™t wait to hear their respective post game assessments. This is a garbage effort by our coaches and players.

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  66. Wow. Their QB is so much better than ours. Better athlete, much smarter, better passer (and he’s a crappy passer BTW), better runner and confident. Everything we don’t have.

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  67. Heather’s been on my watch list since her hire. She extended the coach. She didn’t see what everyone one of us did because she is compliance, not athletics.

    Pitt needs to clean house and that means the Admin.

    You all can keep playing rah rah, with heather and narduzzi, but the realists understand what is really going on. We can still win the game, but we are awful, just awful.

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  68. Why did I turn this channel on?

    No more football season tickets for me. Until Narduzzi goes…

    The fans I influenced the Stallings firing for much less reason…just sayin’.

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  69. Deservedly owning an awful coached Pitt team with no heart.

    In all my life, I will remember that end zone celebration forever!

    Please Heather Fire Narduzzi now while we still have a chance to win this game!!

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  70. Really embarrassing to be a Pitt fan right now. How can anyone be optimistic about this team? I didnā€™t think it was possible but we have actually gotten worse over the last few games.

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  71. Pickett is playing like he’s playing against Clemson….9 yards passing in 2nd half.
    (maybe this will lite a fire under his jersey shore butt)

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  72. Glass is an outstanding QB that should be given a shot in the NFL. Very smart very accurate and runs with the ball very well. He’s certainly good enough to be on someone’s practice squad.

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  73. jrn…..reynolds transferred because narduzzi promised a starting job to johnson thru the portal. I would transfer too. The portal should be used when there is a definite upgrade only or it kills morale.

    We should use the portal for a new coach and new AD.

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  74. I would like to apologise for all of my previous negative posts. Narduzzi clearly has this program pointed up. After this loss, Pitt will be 30-30 against FBS teams in Narduzzi’s tenure. If we pull it out, we’ll be 31-29. Simply outstanding. Clearly, I’ve been wrong all along.

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  75. I just realized after 35 years of this crap. Pitt and it’s administrators revel in torturing their small but loyal fan base. You see they secretly always hoped we’d all go away and they could go Ivy League or something.

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  76. I hope the Narduzzi comments that Picket is the starter next year were only made for his confidence for the bowl game. Otherwise there is NO BENEFIT to making that statement right now. Our young qbā€™s should absolutely have the opportunity to unseat Picket next year.

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