I’m going to start off by saying that if this news had been announced a year ago, the Pitt Fan base would have been jumping for joy, and to add onto that if ANYBODY on this blog had said that Kenny Pickett would be a Heisman finalist, Jordan Addison would be favorite for the Biletnikoff and Pitt would have one of the most productive offenses in the country, they would have been run out of the comments section on a rail.
What a difference a year makes.
The current reaction to Whipple’s leaving is mixed at best, with sentiments ranging from Outrage “Damn it he’s recruiting Chubba Purdy to Nebraska on our dime“
to disappointment “oh no we just turned the corner“
to acceptance, “well he was really only planning to be around for three years anyway“
to skepticism “Yea he worked wonders with Kenny but there ain’t much coming back“
to optimism “Hey maybe we’ll get to see Brennan Marion’s go-go offense after all”
and back to disappointment “Ahhh Nard Dog will never promote Marion to OC“.
Personally I’ve run the gamut of all these emotions in the last 18 hours, and I would suspect a lot of Pitt fans have as well.
My point in all of this (I guess) is that really this shouldn’t be unexpected (although the timing is odd), and *if* the rumblings are true that Narduzzi and Whipple had reached some sort of mutual agreement last week we’d like to hope that Narduzzi probably has a backfill plan. (Enter comments from Narduzzi haters…but hey… he did just win the ACC). The bottom line is that this kind of thing happens all the time in college football, even with ancient, seemingly over-the-hill assistants who just had a career year.
And in what is perhaps and unfair parting shot to the man who did help put Pitt football back on the map (ummmm….that would be Whipple…) I’d also like to point out that the Nebraska faithful may not be be getting an instant cure-all for their offensive woes. It took coach Whip three years to get Pitt’s offense to where it as today, and it probably wouldn’t have gotten there if Pickett didn’t come back. But, on the other hand he increased UMass’ offensive output from 11 PPG to 27.3 in year one (Back in 2014), behind transfer quarterback Blake Frponapfel. But…on the other other hand, Whipple only netted Miami +3 points per game when he took over as OC in 2009.
But in reality, who cares? The man has left and gone to the cornfields. There is nothing we can do about it. And in the context of an ACC championship, and the best offense Pitt has seen since ummm Matt Canada (damn I really wanted to say Dan Marino there), I suppose we should wish Whipple well. After all Kenny4Heisman wouldn’t have been a thing without him, even if Kenny doesn’t play in the Peach.