Well now that Chris Peak has gone ahead and posted his analysis on the 2016 recruiting class, I’ll go ahead and offer my take.
First of all, I think Chris makes an excellent point about coaching continuity in his article. Chris points out that any time that Pitt has had a coach for five successive years, the results have pretty pretty good in years four and five. It was such a good point that I actually went and did some of my own research on it. Here is what I found:
Continue reading “Revisionist History – POV Style – 2016”
Some good articles out already. Here are the words straight from the horses’ mouths.
Transcripts courtesy of ASAP Sports
July 18, 2019
Charlotte, North Carolina
^ Start Pitt
THE MODERATOR: We are joined in the room by the Pitt Panthers.
We will spend some time with Maurice Ffrench, wide receiver for the Panthers. Questions, please.
Continue reading “ACC Media Days Interview Transcripts”
ACC Media days kick of tomorrow in Charlotte. Seniors Maurice Ffrench (WR) and Dane Jackson (CB) will represent Pitt. They’ll be interviewed Thursday, along with head coach Pat Narduzzi.
The press conference will be held at 11 a.m. and will be live streamed on quite a few media outlets.
Continue reading “ACC Media Days & Other Stuff”
Chris Peak has recently put up a couple of nice 3-2-1 columns where he looks back at a recruiting class and recaps that classes success (or lack thereof). I figured I’d do the same but with my own spin to get some discussion going. We’ll start with the 2015 class because there are still some 2015 players on the roster. Peak calls 2015 a “Transition Class”, meaning that it was a class that was recruited through a coaching transition. Peak also points out that Transition Classes are generally a little bit less productive after it’s all said and done, for obvious reasons. If you were to look at the class below, I think you would agree.
Still, there are a few players that have made it through to year five, and I’ll highlight them below. Continue reading “Revisionist History – POV Style – The 2015 Class”
The ACC added a couple of extra bowls for 2020, which brings their total number of bowl tie-ins to 10. One of the new bowls is in a desirable location, the other is in Boston.
The two new bowls are San Deigo’s Holiday Bowl and an an as-of-yet-unnamed bowl that will be played in Fenway Park. (Insert joke about Boston playing second fiddle to NYC here. The good folks in beantown are certainly not doing anything to dispel that image given that the Yankee Stadium Pinstripe Bowl has been around since 2010.)
Continue reading “10 Bowls at the Same Time”
First of all, congratulations to Missing WLAT for finding a kidney donor and having his surgery scheduled. And thanks to all the POV fans who supported him through this time. I’ve been actively involved (in person, i.e. attending games) with the POV for less than a year and the community has truly made me feel like family, and I think that extends to pretty much anyone who shows up at the tailgate and has a true love for Pitt and that a big part of what makes this blog a special place. It certainly applies to Eric (i.e. Missing WLAT) and we are all grateful to hear the good news about him.
On to this week’s links:
- Looks like two Pantherlair podcasts have been published in the last week, and both have to deal with recruiting. I haven’t listened, but a good conversation starter if anyone cares to throw out some observations. Link here
- I did read Chris Peak’s 3-2-1 column a few days ago and I found it informative as always. Here he breaks down the schedule and gives a little bit of history regarding our ACC Coastal foes. Turns out Narduzzi does pretty well against most of them. Link here
- Things are relatively quiet on PSN. Here is a piece that was probably inspired by some of the chatter on this blog about Pitt’s overall sports Learfield Cup ranking (i.e. dead last.) Alan Saunders quotes AD Heather Lyke:“It’s one measure. It’s a competitive measure, right? So it doesn’t measure the quality of our student-athlete experience and the amount of life skills, mentoring and development that we put in, career enhancement. It doesn’t measure your academic success and graduation success rates and things like that. But it certainly measures competitive success. It’s something that we focus on and definitely aspire to improve.” Link here
- In basketball news, Karim Coulibaly could be a good one. He certainly performed well in against the world’s top Under 19 year olds, including 17 pts against the USA. Link here.
- Maurice Ffrench and Dane Jackson will represent Pitt in Charlotte on July 18th
- Hometown hero…7. Hail to Pitt – Michaelangelo Monteleone
Some time ago, Commander Reed was kind enough to post a request to the POV community on my behalf. I have a kidney disorder that has resulted in my being placed on a national list for a transplant, and the post was a plea to help me locate a donor.
At that time and since then, I have received an outpouring of support from the POV community. Although no POVer was able to give me their kidney (seeing some of you at Fran’s Tailgates, that’s maybe a good thing), I heard from many of you. And you should all know that I appreciate every call, email and text.
I want to thank everyone who reached out to me, and special thanks specifically to UPitt, Big B, Ike, Fran and Joe L. And of course to Reed, for posting my original plea for help.
I’m happy (and relieved) to let you all know that my transplant surgery is scheduled for September 10. Please note that this will enable me to attend at least one Fran and Friends tailgate.
Unfortunately this prevents me from attending the Pitt-PSU game. Not sure if that’s a bad thing, really. I’ll be watching either from a hospital bed or god willing, from home.
Hail to Pitt. Looking forward to seeing many of you on August 31 when we crush the Hoos.