What a week. What a week for Pitt football. Dare I say that there is some optimism creeping into our normally curmudgeonly fan base?
It helps when you’ve got nationally respected CFB analysts saying things like this:
Now I don’t know what kind of kool-aid EJ Borghetti slipped Rich Cirminiello (maybe it’s just an Italian goombah thing?) but Pitt hasn’t gotten this kind of national attention since the Wannstedt days. Heck I’m wondering if they even got this kind of attention in the Wannstedt day? Say what you want about Pat Narduzzi (goombah…), but he’s delivered on his promise of building a defense.
Not to be outdone by the national media, much-loved local writer Jerry DiPaola (goombah!) jumped on the bandwagon. When’s the last time you saw any sensible sportswriter (which Jerry most definitely is) alluded to a Pitt ten win season? 2009?
Meanwhile, The Sporting News has named two Pitt players preseason All-Americans. The usual suspects of course:
In other news, ACC Commissioner John Swofford is stepping down at the end of the season. Pat Narduzzi put out a very complimentary statement.
The ‘Duzz also continues to recruit quality individuals.
Heather was interviewed on Packer and Durham.
In case you forgot…
Pitt also landed a recruit. Derrveron Maxwell-Black. A linebacker. Barely a three-star. P5 Offers from Syracuse and Illinois, so you guys aren’t going to be excited. We all know that Pitt is recruiting to develop, so don’t act surprised. Anyway, congratulations to Derrveron and welcome to the best school in Pennsylvania. Lets hope you prove the critics wrong.
In other recruiting news, Pitt is officially grasping at straws to recruit a Tight End. When you are extending offers to guys in Louisiana and Utah things are bad.
Last recruiting bit…The NCAA extended the recruiting dead period. Is this good or bad for Pitt? I’m not sure.
And to wrap it all up, Phil Fulmer, who has been much maligned on this blog, posted what is probably the most relevant college football tweet of the year. Chas’ comment says it all. While Pitt has a bit more of a fractious fan base, imagine the influence that head coaches of the more …ahem… cultlike programs could wield. Especially in the south where cases are rising exponentially. The college football season is now in the hands of the people. Lets see if that’s enough motivation for them to do the right thing.
Hail to Pitt