We had a blast with the call-in show last night and again we proved that no matter who shows up at the Roundtable we are the most knowledgeable Pitt fans in existence. Of course that is facetious as I’ve met many fans through other venues who know a ton about Pitt football also.
The civil tone was lowered just a smidgen from last week with both Ike and the infamous Dr. Tom coming onboard. I’m ordering a cut-off button today for future short-story answers to pretty simple and plain questions.
Some items discussed were:
The role of Pitt’s AD and how we feel Heather Lyke is doing… and what she needs to do.
Did Scott Barnes leave the department in good shape?
How we would feel if we had a third consecutive season with 8-5 including a bowl loss.
(Sorry about the audio – I forgot to use my professional microphone so the audio is recorded through my laptop’s mic…)
Hello all, enjoy the above Podcast and here is some supporting text to mull over while you listen:
Recruiting vs Attracting
USC coach Clay Helton said Wednesday he had not been contacted by any coaches interested in Browne, but would do whatever he could to help him during the process.
Browne graduated from USC prior to this season and is two semesters short of an MBA. He said he plans to finish that program eventually.
Recruit Flipping – Here is an interesting article by Brian Batko of the P-G regarding recruits changing their minds after verbally committing to one school – note that in the class of 2017 we had six players who committed elsewhere sign LOIs with us:
The marquee college program in this town won its share of other schools’ losses. Of Pitt’s 22 committed or already-enrolled players in the 2017 recruiting class entering signing day, eight were originally pledged to another school, including three of its most highly regarded.
Two of those eight picked the Panthers in mid-December, then arrived on campus less than a month later. Defensive end Deslin Alexandre was a true “flip,” announcing that he was decommitting from North Carolina State and committing to Pitt at the same time. It wasn’t something he took lightly but felt it was better late than never to get it right.
Pitt placed 10 players on Athlon Magazine’s All-ACC four (!) deep listing.
Here is the article:
PITTSBURGH—The Pitt football team received 10 selections to the recently released Athlon Sports’ 2017 All-ACC Team as the widely recognized college sports magazine published its predictions for the first team through fourth team performers in the ACC this upcoming season. Returning consensus All-American Quadree Henderson led the way with three total selections. After Henderson joined Tony Dorsett in 2016 as the only players in Pitt football history to top 2,000 all-purpose yards in a season, Athlon touted the junior wide receiver as a preseason first team kick returner, second team offensive all-purpose player and second team punt returner for 2017. After Pitt had its most potent offense in school history in 2016, Athlon expects the Panthers to be talented and explosive again on the offensive side of the ball, naming six Panthers to its preseason All-ACC Team for 2017. Continue reading “POV: Sunday Podcast; July 2nd, 2017”→
First off, as promised, here is the donation of your golfing money to the Grassroots of Howard County Day Resource Center.
It was a check for $300, was well received and is needed – as you can see by the missing drywall in the ceiling of the rooms behind us.
I can’t thank you guys enough for chipping in the way you all did and I will say that I made sure your donated fees are being expressly used to support the homeless services in our county. Not only did we all have a great time – you probably put some new boots on, or food in the stomach of, someone living out in the woods.
Because I felt left out and had to hold down the Quicksilver bar all by myself when others were out having fun golfing, I went out yesterday and bought myself a complete set (used of course) of Jack Nicklaus’ Golden Bear Tranzition clubs.
So, after this podcast I’m off to a driving range to see if my lower back will actually explode if I hit a bucket or two. Get this – I bought them used at a local Play It Again store and they asked $90 as is. The bag was crappy and the club’s grips were in bad shape also. I told them I’d come back last evening to pick them up. They re-gripped all the clubs and gave me a very nice new (used) bag… and gave me 20% off for a military discount.
My daughter had said she’d pay half as a small present and so Ta Da! – These clubs cost me $39 total.
Here is the competition RB Dion Lewis faced in his freshman year at Pitt. If you remember LeSean McCoy had declared early for the NFL draft after only two years at Pitt (2007-08) so he was gone by Lewis and Graham’s first year.
Not a whole lot to worry about there but the other, more highly ranked, Ray Graham. Lewis was a 3*, Graham was a 4* and returning RB Chris Burns was a 4* also. Lewis blew their socks off that year.
As we wrote earlier the golf outing was a ton of fun… so here are some photos to look at until some of the other attendees send me their photos of the event (my cell phone camera skills leave a lot to be desired…)
First off the 1st and 2nd place teams were Fran Lokar (Lastrowinsection4) and three friends who were 3 under par.
Second place tie with Richard Tencza (Richman) with three friends and Randy “JoeKnew” and two friends at 2 under par.
Here is one of our four teams of golfers on the right. They didn’t win but may have had the most fun of all… from left to right they are Erie Express (Rick Caldwell), Jay91 (Jason Smith), MajorsMajors (John Fredland) and Dan72 (Dan Davis).
All Pitt fans of the finest kind. As you can see this is one of the tee signs Erie Express had made up for the course. There were a few other and one had the Grassroots logo in the bottom right corner to go along with the POV eyes.
Rick (Erie) was the workhorse of the event and between he and Fran Lokar (lastrowofsection4) they had everything set up and the POV golfers out to the links in a timely fashion.
Here is the Prizes Table with goody-bags, auction items and some POV items for the golfers to grab on their way out. The star of the show was Jason Smith’s (Jay91) donation for auction the autographed “Ditka” uniform jersey. That went for a very nice chunk of change and was so very generous of Jason to do. BTW – that is what Jason does for a living – sports memoribilia, sports autograph conventions, framings and such so if you are interested drop me a line and I’ll give you his contact info.
Have to apologize for lack of articles lately – between going to Virginia for two days on Tuesday then having to drive up to PGH for two days for a funeral on Thursday I couldn’t find computer time to write anything.
BB News: Cam Johnson is indeed leaving the Pitt BB program as one of the many who have seen the handwriting on the wall with the Stallings hire. I think that Pitt BB fans are much like the Pitt FB fans in that they find it hard to point fingers at the coaching staffs when there are players to blame.
To me this mass exodus from the BB program is all on (dearly departed) ex-Pitt AD Barnes’ and BB Head Coach Stallings’ shoulders. From that initial press conference announcing the hire until now the Stallings era has been on a downward slope. Multiple players from a small roster don’t leave within months of each other unless there is great institutional instability.
This is NOT what you want a new AD to have to deal with in the first part of her time at your university. We saw a Pitt FB head coach leave Pitt when there was the same type of institutional instability back with Todd Graham.
I think I could describe the perfect quarterback. Take a little piece of everybody. Take John Elway’s arm, Dan Marino’s release, maybe Troy Aikman’s drop-back, Brett Favre’s scrambling ability, Joe Montana’s two-minute poise and, naturally, my speed.
What do we expect to see out on the field in April when Pitt holds its 2017 edition of the Spring game? Will anyone jump out at us and make us shift focus from players we already have penciled in as starters? Is anyone going to make us forget the players who just graduated from that position leaving it open?
I don’t know but let’s look at a prime position where this will happen. First we’ll start as every football fan does – looking directly at the QB.
I don’t believe anyone who has been logically following Pitt football over the past two years thinks that Pat Narduzzi brought in ex-USC Trojan QB Max Browne to do anything but be the starter in September. Recent history shows that he wants results from that position right away and will do what is necessary to make sure that happens.
He sat down the incumbent starter returning after the 2014 season and tossed Peterman to the top of that QB heap. He’ll do exactly the same with Browne with the only difference being there is no one returning that has played more than one half of a football game.