ACC FB Coaches Assess Pitt for 2022

Joe L. emailed me yesterday specifically to ask that a short lead-in to his article include a shout out of recognition of Rich in SC for his truly excellent research and reporting on the teams in Pitt’s upcoming season’s schedule. It has been pretty amazing hasn’t it? I’d like to personally thank everyone who has chipped in to keep The POV a cut above the rest of the Pitt FB blogs. You readers, commenters and writers make the POV world keep spinning.

I’m going to try my hardest to get back into both Pitt FB and this blog. Last year, from mid September to early February, all my time and energy was directed toward my ill son and our family. But, as is said, there is a time to turn again to the living and the future, so with that I’ve signed on to attend the Pitt Kickoff luncheon later this month. I’ll write about that and try to get up to fall camp a few times… and of course a few tailgates! Hail to Pitt!

Athlon Sports recently posted anonymous comments by ACC football coaches on the other ACC programs. It’s a quick read put out each year and one can normally find an interesting nugget or two in the comments. Or is that gossip?

POV posters won’t be surprised by some of this year’s comments about Pitt (and Narduzzi):

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“The obvious thing is that losing Kenny Pickett is going to hurt them a lot. That’s not the caliber of quarterback you turn around and replace at a program like that. But the under-the-radar thing, at least to a lot of us, is losing [OC Mark] Whipple. It was no secret he didn’t really jibe with Pat [Narduzzi], but that’s not a bad thing all the time. I think he was the first offensive coach to come in there and really push back and call his own shots, and it really worked. They had a talented QB and they could attack defenses really well.”

I will move right past the “d-uh” comment about Kenny…and thanks for insight, Coach. Now the comment about Whipple is interesting… not so much that he and Duzz weren’t aligned. That seemed apparent. But the push back and call his own shots thing… well as a 62 yr old playing the TV holes on the back nine of my career, I can respect and appreciate that. At times it sure looked like that’s just what he did – especially when I found myself yelling “Run the dang ball!” towards the end of games. He could get away with doing it his way last year – wonder how that mindset would work this year.

“The interesting thing will be Kedon Slovis. He’s a different style player than Kenny. I think [new OC] Frank Cignetti Jr. is going to bring that Boston College offense over and try to play a little bit more ball control, but they need to run the ball better.”

 “The interesting thing will be Kedon Slovis.” Do tell, Coach. I’m riveted. But “they need to run the ball better” is exactly why I believe Cignetti was hired. WMG had zero interest in that. Actually, based on what I’ve read elsewhere, it sounds like his only interest was in his starting QB.

“The defense is going to be what you’re used to at this point. They play like Pat wants; they match his personality. This is a tough team. They embrace physicality. They’re Pat, for better or worse: maul you or get too aggressive and go to zero coverage and get torched. They’re not really deep, either, and they lack high-end talent.”

This guy sounds like he may be a buddy of Duzz’s. Friend or not, “Pat” should put that coach’s last sentence on the locker room bulletin board… no high-end talent?!, no depth?! I think there are a couple guys who will prove that guy wrong this year.

“The floor for this program is floating around a bowl. No one really knows what the expectation for this staff is now. Did Pat earn a little security? He’s certainly no charmer. They’re almost certainly going to fall back into the pack this year.”

That’s some serious imagery in the first sentence. I would have inserted an illustrative photo to emphasize that comment, but not sure folks would appreciate that. When I first read that, I thought, “does this guy realize what he is saying?” Its so bad, it sounds like something Duzz would say on a booster’s podcast.

As I reflected on the trove of insight coming from rival coaches, I wondered how much we should all rely on them. My attention quickly turned to what the anonymous coaches said about Pitt last year:

2021

“They’re consistently inconsistent. It’s weird, you want to say they’ve shown who they are under Pat Narduzzi, but they can always sneak up and punch you in the face. You expect them to play predictable but play hard. They’re not gonna scheme you to death but they’re always really sound. This is the team in our league who wins one game they have no business winning and loses three they shouldn’t. That’s their identity right now.”

Gotta say it’s a fair assessment, even after last season. Not sure that there will be much sneaking up on anyone this year.

“They have a talented quarterback [Kenny Pickett] they don’t really seem to know what to do with. Their passing game is bad and it shouldn’t be, they got away from the run game and it hurt them. They don’t know what they want to be on offense, or maybe it’s just too many ideas.”

Perhaps that was coach speak for saying the head coach and WMG aren’t a good match.

“They had some really nice players on the defensive line and in the secondary that they’re losing, and it’s going to be a regression year replacing those guys, because this is not a program that recruits particularly well. That compounds the problem for the offense. For them to have a better year, or maybe just to keep their standard, they’re going to need an offensive identity. I think [offensive coordinator] Mark Whipple’s a really smart guy, they just haven’t found the one thing they do best and built around it. It could be a really long year if they don’t figure that out.”

I think they figured that out.

What to make out of all this insight? Here’s my take – those guys don’t know any more than you and I. Take it with no more weight than what you will find right here at the POV.

98 thoughts on “ACC FB Coaches Assess Pitt for 2022

  1. Mos def talent on the D end — Hill and Hallet are impressive and c’mon, Kancey and Dennis — what games did that dude watch?! Sure, they don’t have Miami depth but they have enough imo…especially on the D line.

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  2. Reed – thanks for the comedy piece this morning to go with my coffee. Well done!

    The toilet bowl comment may have been Collins from GT. He is actually sitting on a hot toilet seat and may not be part of the anonymous commenting next year.

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  3. neighbor who was grad assistant coach involved with recruiting for 2 years at GaTech left and took position at Texas

    probably left sinking ship and while I’d never otherwise hope for success for UT, hope it provides a step up in THIS young man’s coaching career

    everything else about Texas can kiss my @#%$

    🙂 (except Balcones)

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    1. I believe a grad assistant coach can only have two years at a school. The idea behind a grad coach is to work/receive a graduate degree and have a paid scholarship. Not sure if he can spend time at a different school seeking a different master’s degree or PHD.

      But congratulations to that young man. Did he say what role he is filling in Texas? I didn’t use UT because in South Carolina, UT means Tennessee.

      I lived, worked, and ranched in Texas from 1974 to 1987. My younger brother still lives there. He just retired and still ranches. My dad’s family is from Texas, so I have at least one Aunt and numerous cousins. So, I do care about some things about Texas but not all.

      I drank Old Milwaukee in Texas. It was cheap and made in Longview, Texas about 60 miles from where I lived.

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      1. I didn’t get any/many details as he was heavily pursuing a position in the NFL and this was a fall back opportunity when nothing came through

        I was kidding a bit about Texas as I rarely give them any consideration but someone here makes me lean to rooting against everything orange(burnt?) from Austin 🙂

        I honestly don’t think he’s a great fit for a big time program that might involve job requirements operating on the edge of ethics/morals, certainly wouldn’t fit at USC, not sure if the Longhorns fit that description

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  4. Good bulletin board stuff. Some sour grapes?
    Losing KP , Addison and Bright will be tough to overcome, but the cupboard is far from bare.

    Not since the good old days has Pitt had both returning lines coming back almost intact, and with stellar depth.

    Pretty sure I’m in the majority that think Izzy and Hammond deserve more carries, along with Carter. That will be a cure for the running game. I also think we’ll see more passes to the backs.

    Sure, Pitt can’t recruit with Clemson, Miami or UNC for 4 and 5 star kids, but they sure no how to find diamonds in the rough, as well as anyone.

    While I don’t like starting the season with 2 power 5 foes and one an ultimate rival to boot, at least we have an experienced group to do it with., except for the unknowns at QB. But even then, Slovis has a lot of games under his belt and Patti has been an understudy with a productive coach and qb mentor.

    I think there are long odds for repeating last year’s success, but there should be some great football games this season.

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    1. Also cannot deny the comment regarding a bad loss and an unexpected win, but I can live with that.
      If we knew in advance we could make some money.
      Having the most wins after Clemson and Miami and a Championship is pretty strong considering all that weak recruiting.

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    2. Let’s not forget that right now many so-called CFB experts are picking Tennessee to be the 3rd best team in the SEC behind NC Georgia and Alabama.

      The hoopies will be tough because of the rivalry, but they have a very good QB that Slovis sat behind at USC and an All-American D-lineman in Stills.

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  5. Thanks, JoeL for the article. I wish I could write articles like yours,

    I also wish I could master the WordPress art of wrapping text around a picture or chart.

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  6. Well the real UT is Tennessee. Texas is just Texas. And burnt orange is different from the Vols. More brown in it. Tito’s is very good. Not Tino, the sackseri.

    Pitt will miss its two best offensive players. And a new OC will take time to adjust. To me that’s at least two games lost right there.

    And the schedule is a bit more challenging this year particularly right out of the gate unless they are still locked.

    And don’t mess with Balcones. It’s some good stuff but not everyone’s cup of tea.

    City schools are uncommon across the P5 landscape. But it’s something that Pitt and the Horns share. It does take a different recruiting approach because some kids just don’t like concrete.

    Tex – who lives within 15 miles of three big ole concrete plants.

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  7. “Well-done” on the article, JoeL. And great to hear that our Commander has signed up for the Kick-Off Luncheon. 👍

    I’d be skeptical too of a team that lost its best QB and best WR…

    On the new OC, it always puzzles me why these older OCs, who have changed jobs several times, have to struggle in their first year at a new school. You’d think they should know by now, from first-hand experience, why things go wrong in that first year…

    Fingers-crossed for Coach Cignetti to figure it out…

    Go Pitt.

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  8. I think the kids struggle the most. With a new scheme or system. New playbook. Takes them out of comfort zone. Learning required. And some kids just won’t be a good fit. Don’t know how Pitt runs the ball significantly more when it was pretty balanced last year despite having a heisman quality QB and best receiver in the nation. The backs may be good but the line is built for passing.

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  9. Some kids won’t be a good fit? They have two new starting WR’s and a new QB and a TE that will actually be playing TE instead of HB … They’re all learning a new scheme no matter what. C’mon. The OL is coached by the same guy and I believe the entire OL was recruited in the Watson era so they should be able to run block just fine. Pitt will have one WR and the RB’s starting in a new scheme. The offensive line will offensive line. The OL and RBs will be barely affected. Turnover is part of college football. Players and coaches. It’s a very transient sport. You’re projecting rather than analyzing.

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    1. I hope Cignetti and the new WR Coach are smart enough to keep some of the stuff that worked well for Coach Whip – whether Duzz likes it or not. If it works and suits the talent, it should stay.

      One thing about football – there are no secrets. It’s all on video. Who teaches it best and who exploits weaknesses the best…

      Go Pitt.

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      1. Cignetti said he was going to keep a lot of stuff plus not mess with the terminology too much. He said he could adapt his terminology to the current playbook and not vice versa.

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  10. It seemed to me that some of the coaches weren’t aware that Kenny and Whipple are gone… what’s the comment about not knowing what to do with Kenny? Maybe coming into last year, but duh, they figured it out last season.

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  11. Don’t minimize the impact of the O-line coming together on the overall success of the offense last year.
    That was not a given prior to the season. The better pass protection and the holes for the running backs
    were far better last year. They are all coming back and get to practice against a ferocious D-line.

    Slovis and Patti will benefit as will the backs.

    The development of the line also made Whipple look a lot better than he did in his first two years as did the emergence of KP and Addison.

    As TT mentioned personnell changes every year in college ball. You have to adapt to those changes and new guys get their opportunity.

    I would be a lot more concerned about our chances in the first two games if we were rebuilding lines than changing O-coordinators.

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  12. Something tells me that Cignetti will figure out the best way to utilize the talent on hand. I HATE the term that is being used too often these day “Not his first rodeo”, absolute verbal nonsense. Pitt is loaded with better than average offensive talent and most teams would if given a chance like to have a problem deciding whether their QB was Patti or Slovis. Yes, Addison is gone to La La Land and it will be almost impossible to replace him with an equal talent, however, we have been fortunate to add Mumpfield and Means// Wayne is no slouch either. Our running game should be strong (assuming the Oline stays healthy) with Izzy leading the way (MY BROOKLYN COMPATRIOT). Bart is a potential future All American at TE.

    Our problem is that our schedule is absolutely INSANE starting out with the Hoopies and Vols back to back.
    If we can somehow manage to avoid serious injuries our Offense should be able to score enough points to enable our VERY STRONG Defense to hold the fort. Cignetti is NOT A BUSH LEAGUER>>>gimmie a break /// let the games begin. H2P!!

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  13. Great job JoeL, thank You.

    Nice job Mark (pt) perfect timing with the “Pat Signal”

    Maybe they should pick some different coaches next year to poll. A couple new ones that Narduzzi has already pissed off one way or another.

    No high end talent? According to who? Rivals who overlooked AD, KP,…. I don’t have all night the players that ran out of the PITT tunnels. I mention AD as a point that rivals guesses like everyone else. Not to hard to pick out the 4 and 5 stars. 3 stars are harder to figure…. unless you are Narduzzi…

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  14. The Pitt Is It came out minutes before the 5 star WR announced he’s an committing in mid September about 10 days after he visits Pitt for the TN game … coincidence? Or did we catch a big fish?

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  15. Anonymous quotes equal BS. Summed up perfectly, they know no more than the POVer, actually less.

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  16. I know everyone will lose it if Pitt loses the first two games but they aren’t conference games. Pitt just needs to win the Coastal and proceed from there. First goal, Coastal Champs, then ACC, etc.
    Just like last year, WMU didn’t mean squat for the ACC championship.

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    1. Well, I disagree, now. The shift has turned from winning the ACC to the Playoffs. Can’t lose either game if they want to be in the playoff.

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  17. Thanks for this really fine article, Joel L. Between you and Rich in SC the POV has been pre-season manna from heaven. The only thing I would add concerns the first two games. Its true that sometimes the best team doesn’t win whether its because of rolls of the dice coming up in your favor, bad officiating or any other of a baker’s dozen events, but at the end of the day, a team must make its own destiny whether it be the season or a single game. If Pitt is for real, then prove it by winning at least one of the first two games if not both. Lose both and fact: Pitt isn’t for real. Sure, Pitt can lose the first two games and then win all of the rest. But that’s not likely, for two reasons. First, two much luck involved in winning out after game two. And second (and this is the main reason), being good or better yet great, is about winning. Pitt is playing one of its two biggest rivals in its first game at home. It is favored. You win that game if you are for real.

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  18. For what its worth PSN reporting transfer Means, Wayne and Mumpfield are running with the first team O WR’s currently. Means and Wayne on the outside and Mumpfield inside. If means gives us that consistent deep threat capability we might not be missing Addison as much as many believe. Time will tell.

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    1. was Addison so much that speed guy taking the top off or was he the 20+ then YAC guy?

      his punt return ability will be near impossible to replicate AND he almost never dropped a ball and certainly won the 50/50’s and even the 90/10’s that were 90% interceptions 🙂

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  19. Saw a bit of video from practice where the RBs were catching a pass and then faking-out a large red ball.

    It’s a start! 😊

    Nice to see some practice where they are planting-the-foot-and-cutting-the-other-way…. 👍

    Go Pitt.

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  20. Following Tossing post above … Pitt at 16 but PSU, WVU, UNC and Tenn not to be found. And no Texas

    Clemson 4,NCS 13, Miami 17, Wake 19. SEC has 6 ranked, ACC next with 5.

    Pre-season polls are of course to be taken with a grain of salt .. but nice to see Pitt and ACC getting some respect

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  21. My bad. Texas is 18 … and USC is just one spot ahead of Pitt at 15

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  22. Apparently VolleyballMag agrees with what I said about our incoming Women’s Volleyball recruits this year. They rated the 2022 incoming group 9th in the nation. North Carolina was ranked 10th. Cow pasture U was ranked 7th.

    Note to Lone Star: Texas was ranked 1st. They should make the final 4 this year barring no serious injuries!

    By the way I am planning to come up for the Pitt vs. North Carolina volleyball game (9/16) as well as the Pitt-Rhode Island scrimmage (9/17). If anyone has 2 tickets, they want to sell at face value, for either of these games let me know.

    I will be writing an article on my thoughts on the upcoming Women’s volleyball season in a week or so. It will cover our possible starting lineups, who I think our main competition will be, and where we will finish in the ACC. Hint: North Carolina will be in my top 4 ACC teams.

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    1. 2010, the Wanny year would probably be the last pre-season beat down in the rankings of Pitt over the Dairy High product. Not sure Pitt has been pre-season ranked since. Well, except maybe in the others receiving votes category.

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    1. Surprised to see UPS and UTenn behind us. UPS’s recruiting has so many more stars than us and stars don’t lie…

      Unfortunately, I expect UPS to have a good year with their 24-year old QB…. They’re hoping he’s their KP…

      Go Pitt.

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  23. From the Duzzer’s comments today, sounds like Daniel Carter, besides tailback, is also working at the role that Gavin Bartholomew played last season.

    If Carter has good hands, he could be an awesome weapon in that role. He really impressed with his power running in the spring game – and he moves pretty decent for his size..

    Go Pitt.

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  24. Sure, Pitt is ranked 16th in the preseason coaches top 25 poll. But let’s face it, this is a down year for the preseason coaches top 25 poll. In a normal year, this Pitt team doesn’t even sniff the top 40 of the preseason coaches poll! Haters gonna hate…H2P

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  25. If Pitt is in a two tight end formation inside the opponent’s red zone, who is the other TE besides Bartholomew? Blocking and good hands are most important in this scenario, not open field speed.

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    1. VOR: I saw some tape of the new JUCO TE Karter Johnson. He can definitely block. As a freshman at TCU he went 335 and played DLine. Renda is 6-4, 250. So he’s an option too.

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    2. Right now Carter Johnson the ex DL transfer looks the part you described for a blocking TE with some pretty good hands.

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    3. Are we kicking a FG or rushing for a TD?

      Many questions to be answered in 2022.

      I’m ready – Let’s Go Pitt!

      I can feel the voice strain already…

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  26. The preseason ranking affects exposure for the program. The scores will be shown more and anything team related, including predictions will get more press time.

    Harder to get to the Top 10 if you don’t at least start in the top 25.

    All good!

    BTW why the bowl game victories could have helped.

    H2P!

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  27. Well expectations sure are sky high here on the POV ….. This reminds me a whole lot of the 76 to 77 transition. Yes I know there was no NC last season but we have lost 2 very talented players. Do they add up to TD? Probably together in terms of scoring potential they do. We have some new coaches, at least at the assistant level and there is certainly some talent available still. A lot can go wrong with a simple bounce of lady luck – think broken wrist after a touchdown toss. Think unprepared back ups. Anyway my expectations are some where between 7 wins (Narduzzi regresses to the mean) or we loose 2 more games than last year just like the 76 to 77 transition.

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  28. K,
    No, just sayin that the preseason expectations may be overdone. Doing the math I guess I’m looking for an 7 or 8 win season. Are you thinking more … ??? Got a number or range?

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    1. 11-1 -> I’ll bite on a prediction since my work schedule may “lock” me out for a few weeks from commenting.

      I’m predicting 9-3 with the 3 losses all heartbreakers – Tennessee, @ Louisville and Miami.

      If that plays out, the bowl game is a loss to finish 9-4 and barely ranked in the top 25.

      What do I expect? 11-1 sounds good – I don’t want the 1 loss to be WMU, I’d expect it to be one of the 3 mentioned above. I’ll then expect a bowl win and a top 10 ranking – would love top 5 and discussion in the CFB playoffs…

      Off to work – Go Pitt!

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      1. Actually I like what Paul Zeise said. If PITT wins their first 2 regular season games there is a reasonable chance they play at Miami in the last regular season game undefeated. I took a long slug of Koolaid before I typed this post…but it went down ooh so sweet.

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  29. It is great to see Pitt get rated, hasn’t happened for a long time, especially with the graduation of KP and the defections of Addison and Bright.

    Everything depends on Pitt replacing the production of those three guys. Obviously the production of KP and Addison was huge. The outcome of big games is determined by who makes the crucial big plays. Those two guys were the masters of big plays when they were needed most.

    Hopefully the new guys are up to the task. They definitely have the supporting cast.

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    1. I like stories like this. Now Karter may not do much this season, but I look forward to watching him give it a go…. Could be a great story.

      Amazing how he went from 330s to 215 pounds, then back up to 255…

      Go Pitt.

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  30. Are expectations sky high on the POV for Pitt? Personally based on all the reviews I have done, I have them going 10-2. My losses are Tennessee (I can’t shake the SEC bias and the revenge factor) and Miami (I caught the Miami hype fever with some reservations),

    I read a lot of comments on other teams’ sites. Most comments are bullish in their expectations. Except for Duke (but they really like their basketball chances) and GT (they just want a new coach), Most teams don’t expect division titles or ACC championships, but they all expect to win more games than the previous season. Is that bullish?

    If you read the comments on the POV, we are reminded of all the holes that Pitt has (QB, LB, DB, Punting) to overcome. All teams have holes and I believe I’ve pointed them out in my reviews.

    Last year, I only wrote pregame reviews. The attitude towards Pitt has changed. It is now a “hard” upcoming game and not a toss-up even with the loss of Pickett and Addison.

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  31. PITTSBURGH—Pitt placed No. 16 in the newly released USA TODAY American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Poll, the Panthers’ highest preseason coaches ranking since 2010.

    Pitt is one of five ranked ACC teams—joining No. 4 Clemson, No. 13 NC State, No. 17 Miami and No. 19 Wake Forest—the second-highest total in the nation. Only the Southeastern Conference had more (six).

    The Associated Press preseason Top 25 poll will be released on August 15.

    Under the direction of Coach Pat Narduzzi, the Panthers enter the 2022 season as reigning ACC champions. On the strength of an 11-3 record, Pitt ranked No. 13 in the final 2021 coaches and AP polls, its highest finish since 1982.

    The Panthers return 15 starters and 49 lettermen from that squad, including preseason All-Americans in defensive end Habakkuk Baldonado, safety Brandon Hill, defensive tackle Calijah Kancey and offensive tackle Carter Warren.

    Pitt opens the 2022 season on September 1 with the highly anticipated renewal of the Backyard Brawl against West Virginia. Meeting for the first time in 11 years, the historic foes will square off in front of a national ESPN television audience and sold-out Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh at 7 p.m.

    ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot—featuring host Rece Davis and analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack—will present an exclusive one-hour live edition from inside Acrisure Stadium beginning at 6 p.m.

    While the West Virginia game is sold out, tickets are still available for the Panthers’ six other home games this fall. Mini packages and single-game tickets, including group experience packages, are available for purchase by calling 800-643-PITT (7488) or online at PittsburghPanthers.com.

    A flexible option is the Panther Mobile Pass, which gives fans the opportunity to reserve games in advance based on availability. There are three Mobile Pass options:
    Panther Mobile Pass Premium allows fans to reserve up to two games at a time. Eligible ticket locations include the Club as well as the Lower and Upper levels.
    Panther Pass gives fans the opportunity to reserve one game. Eligible ticket locations include the Lower and Upper levels.
    Additionally, the Young Alumni Pass is available for those fans who are within three years of their Pitt graduation. All stadium locations are eligible.

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  32. HBGFrank, Why is this a down year for the Coaches Pre-Season Top 25? How is it any different?

    PS: if you are being sarcastic … the touché

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  33. Yes, pre-season polls are mostly meaningless. But speaking of meaningless…. This high pre-season ranking is another indication of how meaningless meaningless bowls are.

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  34. Pitt’s Bowl loss last year was absolutely not an indicator of how strong or how well our team played. I am not going to rehash the game, however, it is obvious (at least to me) that Patti’s early game injury was a lightning bolt disaster. KP was off counting his soon to come contract $$ and the burden of leading the team fell to our 3rd string //RARELY USED Qb, Davis Beville. It is amazing that we were able to hang close against a strong Spartan team. Bowl games at one time meant everything>>>today they are nothing more in most instances than fancy money making exhibitions.

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  35. Got to play and win’em one at a time,,,who knows, maybe the Panthers run the table…they were OHHHHH so close last year…a bad “break” vs MSU, a couple of KP int’s and a long TD run through the middle of the D by the Canes and that gut wrenching upset loss to a MAC team which prompted our girl Annie to right Narduzz’s listing ship!!!

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  36. I’m going with a 10-2 season, with losses to the Vols and Miami. After an emotional win against the Hoopies, it will be difficult building the emotion needed to win against a good Tennessee team. I hope I’m wrong but college kids often lack the maturity to put a big win behind them and return to the level needed against a good team the following week. And then they will start winning again, but under estimate a good Miami team to once again stub their toe while thinking about another ACC championship. These are college kids and Narduzzi must come up with a way to get the team ready each week, or it will be 2 losses this year plus maybe a bowl loss as well.

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  37. Well TT, me and you have been on similar paths the past few years defaulting to continuity and building a program up. I think the PITT football program has done that and deserves the respect that comes with the territory. Of course, longevity will be required by many as being on the top and staying there is difficult. Yet when I think about it, hasn’t PITT been very competitive lately?

    Other coaches with their criticism of Narduzzi’s personality? Jealousy rearing it’s head a little?

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    1. Which kind of makes Pitt showing up top-20 in the “Coaches’” poll maybe a bit surprising if the Duzzer is so disliked within the coaching community —especially considering the excuse that superstars KP and Addison are gone…

      Go Pitt.

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  38. A handful of decommitments from the Dairy School this week … NIL being blamed. Maybe all 3 stars are the way to go

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  39. At the risk of sounding like our resident Vinegar drinker, I am not nearly as optimistic as most of you.
    New Qb + New OC + Difficult Schedule + 1 excruciating loss to a team they should’ve clearly beaten + injuries =
    7-5.

    Hope to be proven wrong. H2P

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    1. You’re good. Haha. You’re allowed to be critical or have concerns. After you post the same concerns 27 times though maybe change up your strategy on the 28th. Lol.

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  40. This year’s offense should mimic 2009’s much more than 2016’s or last year. Scoring will be down but that doesn’t necessarily mean a big drop in the W column Fwiw I’m expecting 9 wins

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