Breaking – NCAA clears way for athletes to Profit from their likeness

From the WSJ article:

The NCAA’s governing board directed its three competition divisions to immediately consider changing the rules governing such benefits for athletes, and to make all such changes no later than January 2021. “We must embrace change,” said Michael Drake, chair of the board and president of Ohio State University.

The QB Corner – Week 9

The QB Corner – Week 9

Stats compiled by Richard Hefner – aka Pitt-Cocks Fan

Article by Michaelangelo Monteleone

I’ll start this one with a disclaimer.  Kenny, if you a reading this, stop now.  You’re the best we’ve got and we are going to need you to carry us to eight wins this season. You’re resilient as hell and as tough as they come.  We may be critical of you at times, but we’re grateful for the wins you’ve provided and the wins you’ll provide, and we want to say thanks for grinding every day and leaving it all out there on the field.  We know you had a bad game last week, and we fully expect that you’ll bounce back against the Yellow Jackets. Hail to Pitt.

Now, for the fans and POV’erts out there, lets get down to an honest-to-goodness quarterback discussion.

As we’ve established in the post-Miami discourse, Kenny did not play very well on Saturday.  In fact, he had his worst game of the season.

Kenny Pickett 2019 Through Week 9
R. Hefner

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Monday Morning Quarterback – Miami

Monday Morning Quarterback – Miami

It was all there for us, like a glittering jewel waiting to be plucked off of a satin pillow.  National exposure.  A top twenty five ranking.  Sole possession of first place in the Coastal Division.  A chance to control our own destiny.  The opportunity to silence the critics, and to validate all those who chose to believe.

The jewel was not plucked.  Heaved in desperation towards the opposing team would perhaps be a more accurate description.

I don’t have much else to say about the game.  We’ve all rehashed the storylines at least dozen times by now.  Kenny Pickett regressed to his early-season form (more on that in this week’s QB corner).  The pass-catchers played their worst game of the season.  The running game couldn’t deliver when it needed to deliver most.

I suppose we should have seen this coming. Continue reading “Monday Morning Quarterback – Miami”

Homecoming 2019 – Miami at Pitt Open Game Thread

Homecoming 2019 – Miami at Pitt Open Game Thread

This year’s homecoming has everything you want.  A big game against an opponent with a national profile.  A chance to beat them and land in the top 25.

It also has a bad-ass Pitt RV courtesy of Tom Bailey.  This weekend marks Tom’s 50th homecoming, and that folks is a big deal.

Tom enrolled in PITT as a Freshman from Elizabeth-Forward High School in 1969, Fifty (50!)years ago.  He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha, the ‘PIKAS’ and was the President of the Student Government Board.

As an avid PITT fan, Tom is known as “The Partying Panther”.  You’ve probably seen his custom-wrapped RV around Oakland, at Heinze and at many of Pitt’s away games because he’s driven it from Syracuse to Miami, from Boston & New York City to Texas and Arizona.

Tom’s motto listed on the RV is “Never Let A Bad Game Ruin A Good Party”, and that’s a motto that resonates well with us here at the POV!

KUDOS  to TOM BAILEY  for celebrating his 50th PITT HOMECOMING GAME!

Now all we need is for the Panthers to deliver Tom and the rest us fans a win against the hated ‘Canes.  LETS GO PITT!

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Miami at Pitt prediction thread.

I was listening to Chris Peak’s podcast the other day, and I thought he made an interesting point. Basically he said that when we Pitt does something good (say … a four game winning streak for example) Pitt fans always get a paranoid. I think the exact quote he used was “they live perpetually in fear of the other shoe dropping”.

Well he’s right. But he’s right because the other shoe alway does drop. Or at least it has since 2009. Pitt has played very .500 football over the last ten years, which means that the shoe has dropped pretty darn consistently. Continue reading “Miami at Pitt prediction thread.”

Miami Preview

Miami Preview

Pitt will play Miami for the 39th time on Saturday, and for the first time in a long time, Pitt will be favored to win.  Pitt has only beaten Miami 11 times in the previous 38 tries, and Pitt has only beaten Miami six times at home.

But this year is different.  The Panthers are bringing an aggressive and talented defense to the party, one that leads the country in sacks.  Miami, on the other hand, is bringing one of the worst offensive lines in the country. Continue reading “Miami Preview”

The QB Corner – Week 8

The QB Corner – Week 8

Stats brought to you by Richard Hefner – aka Pitt-Cocks Fan

Yesterday, we asked what would happen if Kenny Pickett was forced out of the Miami game, because the power ranking article astutely pointed out that Kenny is “starting to show some wear and tear from Pitt’s one dimensional offense”.  Lets take a look at what Kenny has done so far this season and what might happen if the unthinkable does happen.

First, the basics.  Here are Kenny’s stats YTD, broken down by game.

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A couple of takeaways here.  Fist of all, Kenny statistically is still ranked towards the bottom of the NCAA.  However, he’s shown improvement over his last three games.  YPA is up in each game.  YPC is up in each game.  Passer rating has gone from 100.2 to 133.6.  That’s a 33% improvement.  His overall passer rating rank has improved from 109th to 90th.  That’s a at 17% improvement.  The data would suggest that needle is pointing up for Kenny.

Also it’s worth noting that Pickett threw a season-low 33 attempts against Syracuse.  He handed the ball off 38 times, and the running backs gained 151 yards.  Other teams have had varying amounts of success throwing the ball against the Hurricanes.  Here is a breakdown of what ACC quarterbacks have done.

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UNC’s Howell and VT’s Hooker clearly had success with the long ball.  Just look at those YPC.  (17.1 for Howell, adn 18.4 for Hooker.)  Whipple could decide to attack Miami in the same way, but in order to do that successfully Kenny needs to continue to work on his touch passing (put some air under the ball!), and the line needs to be able to give him time.  That’s a 50/50 proposition at best.

Perkins played dink and dunk and couldn’t put points on the board.  He was also sacked five times, so again, there is the whole pass protection factor.  Note also that Perkins threw the ball 42 times.  Howell and Herndon threw 24 and 20 times, respectively.

Graham – a true freshman QB – had the support of a very strong running game (45 att / 207 yards).  Can Pitt do this?  Running for 145 against Syracuse is one thing.  Running for 145 against Miami is something completely different.  Running for 200 against anybody is pretty much out of the question.

Still, Pitt is going to have to try to establish the run.  Two ACC teams have beaten Miami with a combination of a solid running game and the long ball.  UNC ran for 97 yards.  Virginia Tech ran for 150.  This in turn set up a deep passing game (off of play action I would assume).  UNC scored 28 and Tech scored 42.

So even if Pitt is able to run on Miami (unlikely…), you’d have to think that Kenny is still going to be asked to throw the ball at least thirty times., if not more.  If Pitt can’t establish the run, Kenny is going throw 40 times or more.  Either way, he’s going to take some hits in the process.  What happens if …?

rFr Nick Patti will be the first off the bench of course, and we’ve got a one-game body of work by which to judge him.

Nick Patti Delaware Stats.jpg

Not too bad…kind of similar to Pickett’s game against the ‘Cuse.

Miami’s defensive line, on the other hand, is in a completely different league than the Delaware Blue Hens.  If Patti has to see extended action against Miami will his stat line look more like KP against Virginia?  (87 QBR, 1 TD, 2 INT).  It very well may.  On the positive side, Patti has a game’s worth of experience in Whip’s system (Kenny did not when he played against UVA).  On the negative side, throwing Patti in against the ‘Canes would be a much sterner test than Delaware.  Still, Patti has some scrambling skills which could come in handy.  And he’s cool under pressure (anybody remember the UCF touchdown?).  On the other hand, Patti has also thrown some bad balls right to opposing defenders, and he’s lucky that he’s only had one of the intercepted.  It’s probably safe to say that Nick could use another year or two of seasoning before anyone feels really good about him playing against ACC competition, but we know he’ll give it all he’s got if he’s tapped to go in.

So yes, my extremely hot take (that’s sarcasm folks) is that Pitt has to find a way to keep Kenny Pickett in one piece on Saturday, and also give him a little bit of time to throw.  It’s the key to the game, and the key to the season.  I don’t know if they do that by keeping a tight end in to block, and a running back, or by calling plays where the back releases out as a safety valve so Kenny can throw before he’s hit, or by working on the screen game (which been pretty ineffective all season), or by doing something else, but Pitt has to do something.  Because if they don’t protect Kenny it’s going to be Pahtti-time on the Northside and I have a feeling that’s not the kind of “pah-ty” Pitt fans are wanting to attend.  Heyooo!