At this point I should probably only be writing about one thing. And that’s a season preview for the upcoming ACC season which will go ahead as planned. (haha)
Yes Big 10 and the Pac 12 officially cancelled their non-conference schedules this week, which kicked off rampant speculation that the ACC would do the same. No news yet though, but we’ll know more in a couple of weeks.
The ACC, of course, has started to clarify some of the more important things…
And if we go to conference only, well there are some openings on the schedule. Who does Pitt get in the scenario below? Vandy? Tennessee a year early? Heck, can we do with with the Big 12 and get the backyard brawl back ahead of schedule? (of course the team-to-team math doesn’t work out with a Big-12 scenario)
At the end of the day you still have a pandemic to manage, scheduling aside.
And in this case, discretion is probably the better part of valor, as sad as it makes me to say it.
The Ivy League thinks so.
Looks like junior colleges as well.
Of course, neither Ivies nor Jucos are ruled by the almighty dollar. Think about this for a second…
The New York Times has the most comprehensive article I could find on the subject.
Meanwhile, some ACC teams are suspected to trying to develop herd immunity
The good news is that (at least at Clemson) the student athletes seem to be a resilient bunch.
So yea, maybe we could get through the entire season with zero complications or mortality. Maybe. But if it happens, how many is too many?
Does Urban Meyer think about these things?
Speaking of Pandemics… I think Reed is bored. Seriously though, check out his new blog, I think the subject matter will be much broader than Pitt football, and judging by the header image (an old-timey picture of a sailor being flogged) it should be a lot of fun too! I’ll be posting some more details about it soon. https://reedkohberger.com/
Okay back to Pitt, Meanwhile here are the other Pitt football things that happened this week…
I’ll start with an obligatory Pitt highlight. But notice Taysir Mack at the end (#11). Not just the speed, but the hustle. That’s quality.
I’ll follow it up with a great human interest story about a great player. Does this mean he’s Japanese? (I’m joking)
Well at least someone has been sticking to the season preview schedule. Pitt picked to finish 5th in the Coastal. Yawn. FWIW Pitt has finished fifth only once in Pat Narduzzi’s five year tenure, and that was in 2017, i.e. “the year of no quarterback”. Look it up.
If you aren’t following Dave DiCello on Twitter, you should be. Click on the tweet and then click on the picture to see the comet.
If you aren’t reading Chris Peak’s 3-2-1 columns on the regular you should be. Interestingly it’s pretty tough to put together back-to-back 50 sack seasons, pandemic aside.
EJ Borghetti always a consumate Pitt Man… responding to a negative tweet about Pitt here. Gotta love it.
Speaking of “The year of No Quarterback”. This is what happened the following year when Pitt (improbably) won the Coastal.
If you haven’t been following recruting, Pitt DE commit Trevion Stevenson has been getting a LOT of offers. He’s up to 41 as of today (UGA offered him just today and Florida offered him earlier this week.). And he’s getting just as much press for his steadfast commitment to Pitt. Gotta love that as well.
Adding this because I know you all know what I’m talking about…
Pitt O-Line getting some love. Wish they’d say that ’bout one of our tackles.
This isn’t technically Pitt related but I thought I’d throw it in there. Does it mean that his primary receiver is just always open? I’m thinking it’s more of just he is good at finding the #2 or #3 option open downfield. …sigh…
Atlanta Falcon Qadree Ollison throwing some shade on UGA
Swinging things back to COVID….Paul Zeise always on top of things
If we have a basketball season…this graph suggests we are hosed
Kenny Pickett ranked #8 in the ACC behind Clemson transfer (to Duke) Chase Brice.
In recruiting news…just being in a tweet with these guys is kind of a moral victory, but you’d like to see Narduzzi close the deal. Who was the last Gateway player to commit to Pitt? Cam Saddler? Shayne Hale?
Not sure where they got the data for this chart…
and there are lots of things I could close with, but I’ll close with this. Pitt scored not one, not two, but three players of the decade in the NFL. That’s nearly 10% of teams, out of just one school. Now if only they’d all played at the same time…
Hail to Pitt