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114 thoughts on “PSA: For any Veterans Who Live in Maryland

  1. Sounds like a great program, Reed.

    Watched Toney play the final minutes in the win over the Zags. And isn’t Xman inches sweet 16 with Indiana? Hard to argue that guys who have portaled out made bad choices.

    Question is why could Capel not produce with that kind of potential talent. Does he not know how to develop these guys? Or does he just not know how to utilize the talent?

    Either way, the word is out. I will be amazed if he can bring anybody of ACC caliber into into his program for next year. And then it will be over.

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  2. If you look back at Oklahoma Fans comments about Capel 4th year you will find the same comments. Pitt is so screwed!

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  3. A post from the past. Nuff said.

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    PittofDreams
    May 15, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Appreciate your points, but the one thing you’re failing to mention is Capel coming in with the reputation as an “Ace” Recruiter… similar to Narduzzi and his reputation coming in as a Defensive Guru.

    I think it’s pretty safe to say Capel needed Sy and preferred to have him. Problem was and is, it doesn’t seem like any other Basketball Schools had him as a priority.

    This should have put Capel in position to land him.

    Sure there can always be an unknown factor.

    But as some point Capel is going to have to meet or better yet EXCEED expectations being the ACE Recruiter is he is rumored to be.

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    1. detractors? no way!

      going to try to pay attention 🙂 ,still unsure about Femi’s skillz but good early call on Capel!

      God knows I’ve yet to comment in any way fallible whatsoever here 😉

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  4. kind of sad looking forward to another wasted year with Capel

    Pitt should do better

    and let’s face it, with how things are now, making the tournament is the bar and the second weekend frankly should make everyone here happy if even from a lower seed position

    what we had with Dixon was nirvana that with the changes right now will never be approached at Pitt unless some seismic shift occurs and Heather appears to NOT be that shaker even though she is working on the penalties for Pat

    wonder if she is out on the recruiting trail for Jeff? or reviewing tape on the 800 transfers he’s offered, or just the sorry few players who have no other options than JC and Pitt

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  5. What if Capel can’t get a single player from the portal to come to Pitt? There’s always intramural and frat players or do like Pitt did in 69-70 and put half the football team on the roster.

    Hard to watch the NCAAs as a Pitt Basketball fan!

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  6. There is a kid on my block who kills time between his numbers and drug deliveries shooting hoops in the alley. Maybe he would be willing to come… But putting the Pitt DL out on the court seems like a better idea to kick some butt.

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    1. hey, Addison can catch a ball, probably even easier as the basketball can’t point sideways, though Femi could try 😉

      nah, hope he’s just prepping for the combine and draft after opting out of the New Year’s Day bowl 🙂

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  7. A Duke-Carolina National Champ game would have been epic! Unfortunately, this year’s brackets would have them meeting in the Final Four. That would still be quite the national spectacle. But UNC would have to win two upsets in a row for that matchup to happen.

    If somehow that were to happen, I can’t imagine the winner being able to get ready emotionally for the National Champ game two days later.

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  8. Big Mike Ditka played basketball for Pitt if I remember correctly in 1960. He was like a moose on the loose.
    Shooting- fuhgedaboudit but fun to watch going up for rebounds.

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  9. Pitt baseball with a nice home win today over 16-6 Clemson.

    The Panthers starter threw 7 strong shutout innings giving up only 5 hits.

    Pitt won 8-0

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  10. Good stuff there Reed. Thanks for giving us another glimpse of you away from the POV.

    As far as zags go, R Ken Sauce was a terrible matchup for them. The hogs are not big but are very long and athletic and always pressured the ball. Toney played well, nothing different then how he played for us in my opinion.

    Candidly, I am not sure how the games a reffed. There is body contact (sometimes alot), on every drive. Some are called, some are not. I shook my head a few times but figured it out that there could be a call on every possession (like offensive and defensive holding in football). The players aren’t smart enough to figure out when they are more apt to get away with something or not. Refs are in a tough position and are very inconsistent, at best, which is bad for the sport, in my opinion. It’s not just a northern bias as many suggest.

    I will also say that all the bounces seemed to go R Ken Sauce’s way. Zags were horrible shooting. It almost looked like the rim angles were slightly off because several balls reacted weird off the rim…..

    Again, no comment on recruiting from me……

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    1. it’s amusing when the game announcers call on their rules expert whose name always evades me because I knew a Serratore family growing up and he has a certain way he “sees” it,,,, and then ruling goes the other way, whoops, sorry Gene S”t”eratore 🙂

      basketball judgement like charging and blocking have to be THE most difficult

      the fact that contact fouls on shots can occur everywhere from the grazing touches near the shooting hand on the ball EVEN AFTER RELEASE or even the off hand all the way down to contact to the body or leg or foot and deciding if those latter 3 were enough to call or initiated by the shooter in the case of the leg, foot touch fouls

      then you have the inadvertent v intentional flagrants that must be decided as to whether the offender was performing a “basketball move” that led to the foul/contact

      they get a lot right but a lot wrong and in basketball OFTEN change the outcome of the games IMO

      BTW, my brackets fell apart yesterday with Zags and TTech losses, couple hundreds of dollars gone that I would’ve just spent on more Balcones, so I just went and bought a couple bottles more anyway 🙂

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  11. btw, watching a bunch of collegiate lax and Pitt women are quite good for a team 100% put together from transfers

    my sophomore daughter had her first goal on her HS career starting what hopefully may end in a contribution on a Maryland state championship team at season’s end

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  12. Pitt lacrosse would be wise to recruit Canadians. Their coach is one.

    Easy way to jump start Pitt basketball is recruiting some guys from South America, the Baltic’s and the balkans. All those regions produce technically sound players who play tough and can shoot.

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    1. serious, what about hire him and make him head coach #1 with JC #2

      let Jeff do what he does best(?) and this guy everything else for about 2M per

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  13. As the story goes in North Apollo, Pa …back in the 1920’s my grandpup Charlie and his cousin Bill Wilmotg were in Pittsburgh/Oakland and went to a PITT basketball game-PITT did not have enough guys to man a team so Chuck Blystone and Uncle Bill Wilmot suited up for the Panthers (and that’s all I know) Big B played some high school basketball and would love to play for Capel but first I need to go to a camp to teach me how to palm the ball, travel-travel-travel or as they call it, the European 3 step and dribble between my legs(thank you pistol PETE Marovich) but I did have beautiful form with fully extended arms overhead with my jump shot and a tenacious defender but weak playing with the ball on the court driving to the bucket..you couldn’ tuck it an run back in the day…we played a lot of pic and rolls, setting up screens around the perimeter while workng a weave at the top of the key…Capel, I met the academic requirements of all in-coming freshmen at the University of Pittsburgh,,and Capel, I never got in trouble..I had a Dad who would have wore my ass out if I did cause problems when I got back home..Go Peacocks

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  14. How about that Big Joke (10)

    Huge upset by the Peacocks of St Peter’s. And, the A hole commissioner of the Big Joke in attendance !!

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  15. Just in, football coach Mike Gundy at Okie State got a five year extension at 7.5 mill per year. How will Nardog make out after completing a comparable season?

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    1. Okie state has money that Pitt doesn’t have. And they still have plenty left to pay for very good coordinators and assistant coaches. Pitt is poor. Poor financials and poorly run. If Narduzzi got that kind of money, pitt would be staffed by a bunch of IUP waterboys.

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  16. Forgive me for this rant…. I know I’ve been retired as a HS Coach for 15 years, and other than a pick on my bracket I had no rooting interest in the UCLA /U of No Classes game

    I never thought Cronin was any genius at Cinncy but tonight he should be fired for utter incompetence! His UCLA team played their asses off but Cronin allowed Love for UNC to go off for 27 points in the second half. Most of them NBA threes. He never double teamed Love nor did he switch defenders til 3 minutes to go! On 90% of Loves 3s he was wide open with not a hand in his face. It was Capel-like coaching malpractice! Feel so sorry for UCLA!

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    1. His team did make the sweet sixteen only to underachieve. Maybe more Dixon like, lol.

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      1. Dixon always did underachieve. Had an easy early season schedule before conference play to rack up the wins. But Knew how to build a tough big east team. Knew the refs would let calls go under the name of technical defense. Knew how to exploit matchups despite having less talent. But could not make it in the ACC. So don’t blame him for leaving for another opportunity and fresh start. Pitt is just not a good fit in the ACC. As AD, I’d be reaching out to the Big Ten. BC , Syracuse, WVU, Louisville and Cincy would all be fine cohorts. Tobacco Road can get cancer.

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  17. So let’s reconcile which P6 conferences are represented in the Elite Eight for March Madness:

    Big Joke (B10) – NONE, NADA, ZERO
    PAC 12 – same as Big Joke
    Big East – one (Villanova)
    Big 12 – one (Kansas)
    SEC – one (Arkansas)
    ACC – THREE from what the media has called the weakest P6 men’s BB conference this season. (Duke, Miami and UNC)

    Non P6 – two (St. Peter’s fighting Peacocks) and (Houston)

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      1. Right you are Fran.

        Pulled this from PSN:

        PITT BASEBALL – the Panthers Survive Clemson Comeback to Win First ACC Series With A 10-7 Victory

        Appears that the bats have come alive – either that or the southern pitchers from Clemson struggled with the chill in the northern air.

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    1. The Big Joke was just as bad last year in the Tournament and yet they were still touted as the best BB conference this season. The trouble is that most sports writes went to Big Joke universities. Next Year they’ll all be telling the same lie, that the B1G (B1J) is the best BB conference and that the Tournament means nothing.

      The ACC is just winning close games, they are clowning these teams they are playing.

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    1. Pitt will need that extra money for Capels buyout.

      Tournaments are all about matchups and who gets hot.

      Guard play wins the day.

      Kansas is the lock to win it all.

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  18. I ‘m pretty sure I read and heard the national media say throughout the season that ACC basketball was having a down year. Not.

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    1. Duke and Carolina are blue bloods. They should always be competing for championships. They never rebuild. Always reload. So no real surprise. Their boosters can buy elite recruits and transfers. Our boosters can’t even buyout Capel.

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    1. The biggest impact player is QB. No QB on Pitts current roster is anywhere close to Kenny. He was generational.

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        1. Kenny single handily won at least two games this season and elevated the play of others around him. Slovis must learn new playbook, new system, new teammates, new coaches, new city. Same girlfriend though. And remember other ACC Coastal schools got better and return starting QB’s. Will be tough to win more than 7 this year. Tougher schedule as well.

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      1. I beg to differ as I didn’t see any generational play at QB his first 4 years. Good yes generational no.

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    2. Funny how everyone of Narduzzi’s recruiting classes have been highly scrutinized, questioned and ultimately labeled as inadequate. The depth chart looks hardy and we’re hoping an underclassman doesn’t make the decision to leave because of it. How can this be? I don’t have to remind anyone of the bashing Narduzzi took from the realists and impatient fans.

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  19. Kenny Pickett according to pure numbers is the MOST productive Pitt Quarterback ever.

    OK, it took FIVE years.

    And that’s the point. What Pitt football Head Coach has ever had the benefit of a FIVE year Starter?

    To suggest that Narduzzi can now be counted upon to produce winning season after winning season without a Kenny Pickett is like saying James Conner is not a Running Back.

    LOL

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        1. Pickett gets a discount at Eating Park and coffee discounts at Sheetz for being 62. SOB started his career at Pitt in 1981. Seriously he was there 12 years. Felt like 30. Narduzzi is a 7 win Coach without Pickett. Now this Slovak Slovis everyone thinks will be Petermen. 7 win Pat still sucks.

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    1. He will turn out to be like every five star QB that transferred into Pitt or was recruited. History begs to differ.

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  20. Narduzzi now knows that good QB play is essential to a good season which is why he will never be without a good QB in the future. Which is why he recruited Slovis himself.

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  21. No knock on Kenny, but he did have a Biletnikoff winner, a couple other very good receivers, two excellent tight ends a decent O-line and OK running backs. Almost all who are returning. Not to mention a pretty strong defense at times. Slovis and/or Patti inherit all of this.

    Plus the combination of O and D lines will be the best since the 80’s, and the team will not rely as heavily on it’s QB because of this and a running game.

    Kenny’s great season was as much because of Addison’s great plays as it was to his stellar performance, one doesn’t happen without the other.

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    1. I think you greatly underestimate QB play. Does the QB make the receiver or the receiver the QB?

      Timeless question.

      Kenny is hands down the best Pitt QB ever. Yes, granted he was a near 24 year old Fifth Year senior in a three year system, but he’s far superior to even Marino’s college stats. And frankly leadership abilities.

      Without Kenny, Pitt would have been playing in another cold bowl in Detroit against a MAC school.

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      1. I think everyone remembers Larry Fitz, does anyone outside of Pitt remember who threw to him at Pitt?

        KP was a pretty average QB till last year. An extra Covid year, a once in a lifetime event. Absolutely no comparison with Slovis freshman year vs. Kenny’s. Does it mean Slovis will have the same success, of course not, the stars aligned for Kenny and Pitt, but I do think Pitt will be good this year.

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      2. Was Kenny hands down, or hands stretched?

        Can’t compare best ever, ever. Different times. Is the qb good, the wr good, the ol good, or the DB bad, DL bad or opponent bad. I would unfortunately have to answer yes to all of the preceding!!

        The double unprovable is the statement that without K8, Pitt would have played in a digiorno pizza bowl classic. Heck if K9 didn’t play, we may not have lost a game all year…..or lost them all. The argument is void of fact and uses some rather inept incongruent assumptions.

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        1. Right on my man HUFF The Third, in addition Pickett was privileged to have a master QB coach/Offensive Coordinator that greatly enhanced his play. Hardly fair for all the other PITT QB’s like Marino etc….

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  22. Whoever said “defense travels well in the NCAA s “is an idiot. It’s all about shooting, specifically 3 point shooting. Everyone can make 2s and be athletic inside. Gonzo, Zona etc can’t shoot!

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  23. If it’s the LB from Vanderbilt he originally committed to Alabama before signing with Vanderbilt.

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    1. If it’s LB Wright, he is form Alabama and he previously committed to Ole Miss before ending up at Vanderbilt. Big kid…6-4 230 lbs.

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  24. So, what else is new? Jay Wright’s Wildcats top Houston and go to the Elite 8/////great coaching and recruiting =’s winning basketball. Nova is near the top every year. Pitt will balance the State of Pennsylvania by being at or near the bottom every year.

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  25. Don’t confuse stats with greatness. Huff’s comments ring true, and team makeup has a lot to do with the stats. Marino was the greatest even though he didn’t have the better stats. Anyone who watched him play with that quick release and pinpoint accuracy understands this.

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  26. Arkansas with a starting lineup of 6’2”, three at 6’6”, and a 6’10”. Then they bring a 5’7” guy off the bench. They don’t have a 3 point shooter with stats better than Gueye. Apparently there are a lot of combinations that can still give you NCAA success.

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      1. brick wall cracking just a bit

        and a brick wall Pitt would love to approach, even see with binoculars 😦

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  27. Leaving Orlando and heading to Hilton Head today and Dr. Tom and Savannah Panther Country. Missing their commentary. Going to visit Savannah this week and also the restaurant they recommended a few years ago. Hoping more Acc teams make the Final Four today.

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  28. I would love to see the Peacocks make it to the Final Four, however, it would mean knocking out the ACC’s Tarholes. Duke, The U and Carolina in the final 4 would be absolutely amazing considering how everybody
    thought the ACC was hitting rock bottom. Sometimes scores do not tell the true story because the level of competition is so intense that teams keep knocking each other off. The real mystery is how did the Panther Pussycats defeat UNC???

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  29. Gordon – you picked a great week. 70s and sun all week, except rain Thursday and Saturday (as of this morning’s report – susceptible to change!)

    Rest up, enjoy, and recharge – get ready to finish off spring in the N.E.

    I met a guy from Butler last night at dinner. On his ways to visit kids in FL. He told me about Pa’s transmission from winter to spring this year. Reminded me of my youth in Bradford (only 2 season there- winter and 4th of July).

    Old joke, I know, but that’s all you get from me any more!

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  30. I only watched about 15 minutes of the Arkansas game, and in that time Toney barely touched the ball. I saw him get a dunk attempt blocked and miss a putback…

    I presume he was having a bad night, but he looked an awful lot like he did most games at Pitt…

    Go Pitt.

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  31. It has been quite a long time since I went to the Cardiachill website and it seems to have come to an end as an active information source…..way out of date and not functioning.

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  32. Some new interviews on Pitt Live Wire. Youtube.

    Don’t like that the new WR called Cignetti’s offense West Coast. Say no to the dink and dunk five yard throws!!!!

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    1. Smoke and mirrors – let the opponents read that and think what they want.

      Then unleash the smooth deep ball to Jordan “Air” Addison several times a half.

      We’ve got six other top notch targets that should spread the opposing D out quite a bit. If not, the complaints will ring loud just like other Duzz years.

      Score 40+ per game and I’ll be fine with whatever the O is called.

      Go Pitt!

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    2. Duzzer said the offense will be a combo of stuff from last season with Coach Cig adding some new stuff.

      Shouldn’t be too tough to decide what to keep from Coach Whip’s scheme…

      Go Pitt.

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  33. Pitt incoming freshman Che Nwabuko ran a 10.23 100 meter dash breaking his old record of 10.44. There ain’t enough footballs to go around for Cignetti to get all these offensive targets involved in his offense. Anyone else think the jet sweep will become a greater part of the Pitt offense once again this season?

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  34. It’s all about guard play in the dance. Look at the turnover to assist ratio between Miami and Kansas. That tells you everything. Kansas has two excellent and long guards and a very good 4 player.

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  35. Miami being exposed as an ACC Fraud. NC will as well tonight. Saint Pete and Saint Bonnie are marching to the Final 4 of the NCAA and NIT.

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    1. Miami made the Elite 8. Hardly a fraud. UNC is very good and will be in the final four.
      Not Important Tournament means nothing.

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  36. I’m guessing with the ACC placing two of the final 4 teams Pitt will get to share in the extra revenue when the final 4 TV money is shared by all the conference teams. Pitt BB should get a bigger share IMO by virtue of them betting one of the final 4 teams in the regular season. 🙂

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    1. Unfortunately Duke and UNC play each other for the chance at a NC.

      I believe they are the two best teams and the other side of the bracket will produce the loser in the NC game (Kansas vs Nova).

      Looks like coach K goes out a winner – my gut feeling, although UNC is playing some very good basketball right now. The Pitt loss for the tar holes was a wake up call. They knew they weren’t a team that could lose to a low talented team like Pitt, let alone get blown out. They’ve been pretty good ever since.

      FYI – Puff Johnson is a sophomore who looks like a good fit at UNC. That family has made some great decisions since Pitt began their string of bad ones, starting with the hiring of Stallings.

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