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.
Note – I said “Reese” when I meant “Reeves” in talking about our young TEs for 2017.
Just How Bad Have Our Defenses Been?
As I said above I think it is funny that fans who pilloried Paul Chryst for in-staff hiring of Matt House as the DC and then hated House with a passion… while we gave up only 26.3 ppg in ’15 and 27.2 ppg in ’14. In ’13 Chryst’s defense gave up 21… and that was without a real DC on board.
Let me go deeper – in 2014 we gave up 27.2 ppg against a strength of schedule rating of 3.49… compare that to last year’s giving up 35.2 ppg against a 3.51 SOS. So much for the “harder schedule” argument there.
I’ve stayed away from BB talk on here because I historically haven’t been that interested in it. But halfway through this season, and after reading the complaints about Kevin Stallings on here, I started paying more attention.
And what a waste of time that was. Again, I didn’t watch much Pitt BB under Dixon – just tourney games but it seems his teams were 100% better than what I saw out of Pitt this season… and I don’t think Dixon had that much better talent every year either.
I had a phone conversation the other day with some interesting third-party info being passed – which means it is 50/50 at best – but supposedly Stallings wouldn’t mind moving on if the financial side of things didn’t hurt him. Again, that may well be just water cooler talk but still… I wouldn’t be surprised on bit – would you?
We’ll wait and see on that. What is evident, and I’ll disagree with one of our commenters here, is that Stallings had zero control over that squad from the day he was hired. My take on that?
These student/athletes aren’t stupid and whatever happens in the Pitt administration as far as coaching departures, hires, press conferences, etc…, affect them way more than that stuff affects Pitt fans. After all, this is not only their educational opportunity on the line but in some cases it maybe their life’s work and huge financial opportunities in the balance also.
Below is a copy of the Golf Outing flyer I sent out via email email yesterday. The POCs are Rick Caldwell and myself. For the actual Golf outing issues; reserving spots, sponsorship, “will attend”, etc. please either call Rick at 717-838-4855, x246 or email him at email@example.com.
Please make any check payments out to either Reed Kohberger or The PITT POV.
For other stuff you can call me at 410-997-0388 (H) , 410-782-9981 (C) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We really hope to see you all there and have the gifts, prizes, food and drink ready for you. BTW – we need suggestions for the name of the trophies.
OK Folks – Pitt basketball’s team sits at a not-so-great 12-8. But support it you must. I don’t have to, but some of us on the POV do.The game starts at noon and will be on Root Sports TV and on 93.7 The Fan radio.
Here is the gist of the season so far at first glance.
Editor Note: Our great friend and long time commenter Eric Wassel (MissingWlat) send me this piece for you guys to discuss. Even though I don’t really follow Pitt BB that much I watched part of the UL game to see if Pitt was as bad as UPitt thinks… well, we know the answer to that now don’t we?
Last week Reed sought out volunteers to pen a basketball article. At the time, in the midst of a four game losing streak, I thought that it would be a good time to assess where the primary blame lies. There are a couple of viable theories. Did Jamie Dixon leave the cupboard bare? Is Kevin Stallings just a poor basketball coach? Do the players lack heart or senior leadership?
Let me state for the record, that a week ago I was in the camp that Coach Dixon was primarily to blame for his lack of recruiting and for leaving the program without a center, a competent point guard, or any quality depth. However, after tonight’s embarrassing loss to the Louisville Cardinals (just for emphasis: Final Score: Louisville 106, Pitt 51. Second worst loss in school history), I am reevaluating my position.
* 4 star DT Donovan Jeter has finished his second stop in his “DeeJee’sNationwide Commitment Tour ’16”(sponsored by Magic Eraser). His first stop was in South Bend, IN and that was a success as a warmup to his main show.
“I’m done. I can’t put myself through this again,” Jeter said.
Jeter chose Notre Dame in September after a visit for a Fighting Irish game. But not long after, he began to have second thoughts, admitting he made a decision too quickly. He said he also made the Notre Dame commitment to relieve the recruiting pressure and when he made the decision he said Michigan and Pitt were the other finalists.
“I started thinking, ‘Michigan is undefeated and Notre Dame is 2-5,’” Jeter said.
When asked about his change of career venues Jeter was heard to say “A total commitment is paramount to reaching the ultimate in performance!!” Afterward a reporter was hear saying “Well, when the f*ck is that going to happen?”
Let’s hope he doesn’t switch again and come to Pitt – there will be a locker room fight between he and Chris Clark for bragging rights as to who is better at de-committing from schools.