On Monday I expected this to be a slow week.
Men’s basketball got a little love in Mark Packer’s ACC Basketball power rankings. He listed Pitt as sixth.
Grade: B. Pitt is knocking on the door of the top 1/3 of the conference just two years after going winless in the ACC. That’s progress my friends.
…And Pitt football landed a commit. It was later revealed that this commit was a 6’3″, four-star cornerback from Georgia.
And… Pitt women’s BB got some love from the ACC. Grade: A+. This squad needed some good news.
Not bad for a Monday. Oh but wait…
Tuesday morning started ho-hum enough. A kicker committed.
Grade: B. The thing about a kicker is that if you don’t have a good one, you really notice it. But if you have a good one, you just kind of take it for granted. This one is supposed to be pretty good, but still kinda tough to get excited about a kicker.
Then, later that day…
Grade: D. The last thing the football program needed this week would have been a change at the top. Yes the ‘Duz makes some questionable game day decisions, and yes his team often resembles and undisciplined rabble on the field (although by all accounts they are consummate gentleman off the field), but all that aside, the ‘Duz has managed to acquire and develop more talent then any Pitt coach since Dave Wannstedt (and I’m not just measuring by stars here), and if the team was ever primed for a breakout 2020 would be the year. So yea, not great timing to have your head coach poached by a middling Big-10 team.
Of course we all know how it turned out on Wednesday
Grade: A. And not just an A for the ‘Duz sticking around when Pitt needed him to stick around most, an A for how he announced it to the world. Like him or not, the dude has personality. And personality goes a long way.
I think this is also worth a read:
And…approve of her work or not (and I think a lot of people do approve), Heather gets some credit here. (I’m giving her an A. Fight me.)
Oh and the two recruits were revealed to the world and the media got five minutes with the new S&C coach. (Grades previously recorded above and in a previous post. I’m just reporting the news on these three)
Later that day Pitt Men lost to Notre Dame.
Grade: D. They were a beatable team.
The women did not fare much better against Georgia Tech
but… Women’s T&C hurlder Edita Pessima did break a school record in the 60 m.
Grade: A. School records always get an A.
Thursday brought us a well needed respite in the news cycle. First there was this little nugget, which I would advise absolutely no one to pay attention to.
Grade: C-. The last thing we need is for Kenny to start reading his own press clippings in the offseason. Does he have a shot to break out? Yes. Is it a better than 50% shot? Who knows? (Probably not but I’d like to give the guy the benefit of the doubt). Does EJ Manuel’s uninformed opinion mean anything at all? Absolutely not. Keep grinding Kenny. The accolades will take care of themselves.
Also more bad news from the Women’s basketball world.
Grade: D. Sadly this has been a long year.
Friday arrived in style. It started with the Wrestling team notching a victory against the Virginia Cavaliers.
Grade: A. Convincing ACC victories always get an A.
And it ended with Brittany Knight striking out six en-route to a 5-1 complete game victory. Grade A. I have no idea if CSU Bakersfield is any good, and they probably aren’t, but a win is a win and a complete game is a complete game. Well done Brittany and team.
The momentum continued unabated on Saturday…
CB Dane Jackson earned an invite to the scouting combine
Grade: A for Jackson. Two F’s for the NFL for not inviting Maurice Ffrench.
Even non-English speaking Patriots fans knew this was a farce…
(translation: “They have not invited Maurice Ffrench to the combine. He’s going to be a day-three bargain”)
Also, this happened
Grade: A. School records always get an A. Especially when you get a celebration like this one.
Oh, and this:
Grade: A. A good win at home after Coach C gets called for a technical. Just imagine what will happen when Pitt gets a frontcourt and some depth, and the X man figures out how to dish…
Also …another A gets awarded to this young man.
And yet another A to this less-young man
And another A to Pitt basketball fans in general. Won’t be long before the Pete is the hottest ticket in town yet again.
By the time Sunday rolled around, there wasn’t much that could ruin the weekend.
The women are still rebuilding though…
Grade: C-. I just don’t have the heart to go any lower.
But Wresting is still rolling. (Football team take note, this is what you are supposed to to do lesser competition). A+
Overall grade for the week: It sure seems like I wrote an awful lot of A’s into this week’s post, but with Men’s Basketball losing a winnable game to the Irish, and the Women’s squad continuing their rebuild, I can’t go any higher than a B, no matter what else happened. Still, a B ain’t bad for a week that could have easily been a D.
Hail to Pitt
Ps – late add and an oversight on my part. Pitt Volleyball added some talent this past week. Grade: A