We went back to the regular Wednesday night Round Table show last night and Richman, Pitt-Cocks and I conducted a lengthy psychological assessment of Dr. Tom’s conversion to objectivity and deemed it appropiate as based on reality and honesty.
All kidding aside it is refreshing to me to carry on a call-in show with Tom under any circumstances of course and last night was no different. Some topics we discussed:
Aston injury; suspensions, QB depth, most important game of the year, better or worse on offense and defense and anything else that popped in mind.
Some other Pitt news – Mike Vukovcan wrote an optimistic piece about Ford’s academic status then deleted it and put this in its place.
UPDATE (7:01 AM)–
**Forget my previous post, I’m being told Paris Ford won’t be on the field today but the target for his much anticipated debut is next week. His grades are being submitted to the NCAA tomorrow.
Which means two things; 1) Whitehead isn’t cleared to play by the NCAA yet and with that three different high schools journey he made he might not end up being eligible and 2) the does NCAA takes some time, even a long time actually, reviewing these submitted cases. Remember the NCAA has to look at every athlete in D1 and D2 in every sport who is submitting to the academic clearing house. From what I read they take the individual cases as date stamped and not by school urgency.
I still have a gut feeling he’ll miss part or all of the year. If it gets too long into the season for the NCAA to decide his status he’ll probably get a redshirt.
Here is a good “Five Takaways“ from PSN’s Alan Saunders…
Here are some tidbits from the Trib this morning…
Sorry guys but this cracks me up:
Narduzzi sounds cautiously optimistic his secondary will be better.
“I like the swagger I see out of the secondary,” he said. “I don’t know what it is. Is it more confidence, more knowledge? Are they stronger, faster? Even if a ball goes over their head, I see them come back the next play and make another play. I see a swagger I didn’t see a year ago.”
Huh! Someone needs to tell the HC that it is his and his staff’s job to have gotten get those 2016 DB’s swagger going. it sounds like he just stood back and watched them mail it in last season.
Last thing – here is a bit on the injuries…
Pitt fullback George Aston and cornerback Phillipie Motley — both atop the pre-camp depth chart at their positions — have not practiced and were on crutches this week.
Coach Pat Narduzzi offered little insight into the players’ injuries.
“It’s still being evaluated right now,” he said. “I’m not going to comment on something that’s not a fact yet. It’s way too early.
We fans have forgotten JR DB Phillipe Motley has been out of action also – he’s a returning starter at the CB position opposite Maddox – and another we can’t really afford to lose even for depth purposes should he not be the starter.