Free Basketball Tickets (& meet the Football Team)

Per the Pitt Sports Information Department:

Members of the Pitt football team will participate in the Dollar Energy Fund’s annual “Cool Down for Warmth” in Market Square on Friday from 12 to 1 p.m.

The Panthers will help build awareness for families in our region who are at risk of a utility service termination. The event features a 1,000 square-foot ice house, replicating the temperature that at-risk families and limited-income households are exposed to without utility assistance.

Anticipated player participants include: RB Israel Abanikanda, WR Jordan Addison, LS Cal Adomitis, OL Brian Burgess, LB/WR Solomon DeShields, PK Cameron Guess, LB Jack Hansberry, OL Bryce Hargrove, WR Aydin Henningham, DL Patrick Jones II, OL Jake Kradel, TE Lucas Krull, DB Buddy Mack, OC Jimmy Morrissey, TE Thomas Nealis, OL Dakota Peters, QB Kenny Pickett, LB AJ Roberts, LB Albert Tucker and QB Joey Yellen.

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Now on to the free basketball tickets Continue reading “Free Basketball Tickets (& meet the Football Team)”

Fan Experience Focus Group + 2020 Football Schedule

Fan Experience Focus Group + 2020 Football Schedule

Our man Rich Tencza (Richman/Richmanfancom) has been invited to reprise his role on the Pitt Fan experience committee (but just for one day – and that day is tomorrow).  This is our chance as POV’erts to speak through him and (if you still care) have your voice heard more directly by the administration.

Sooo… if you have any suggestions on how to make the Pitt Football and Basketball fan experience better please post on this thread so that Rich can take these suggestions to the Pitt Administration.

One caveat:  Rich is looking for tangible and actionable suggestions here.  Obvious topics need not apply (We all know an On Campus Stadium would improve the fan experience…but it’s just not going to happen in the next few years…or maybe ever).

So if you’ve identified an easily solvable problem that you want to highlight, or you’ve been sitting on an idea that you want to communicate, or you’ve been to another school and experienced something that you thought was neat, now is the time to speak up.  Rich will be reading through the comments tomorrow prior to the meeting I’m sure.

Last but not least, if you’re not a regular poster and have an idea, but don’t want to identify yourself, feel free to post anonymously…nobody will know it’s you.

Have at it ladies and gents, and Hail to Pitt.

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Editor’s Note:  The 2020 Schedule was released today.  Adding it to this post for your commenting pleasure.

Per the Pitt Sports Information Department: 

Pitt’s 2020 Football Schedule Announced

 

PITTSBURGH—Pitt’s 2020 football schedule was revealed today by the Atlantic Coast Conference.

With the return of 17 starters, including some of the nation’s finest players at their respective positions, the Panthers’ 2020 campaign is already highly anticipated.

Pitt’s 12-game regular-season slate includes eight opponents that advanced to bowl games last year. The Panthers will host seven games at Heinz Field, including four ACC contests.

The home season highlights:

  • Pitt’s classic series with Notre Dame returns to Pittsburgh on Oct. 17. The Irish earned a No. 11 final ranking in the coaches’ poll following an 11-2 season.

  • The Panthers host Coastal foe Virginia Tech for a nationally televised Friday night game on Nov. 6. The Hokies own the country’s longest active bowl streak at 27 straight seasons.

  • Pitt welcomes three additional ACC foes to Heinz: Duke (Sept. 26), Georgia Tech (Oct. 24) and Syracuse (Nov. 28). For the Panthers and Orange, it will be the 66th consecutive year they have played, dating back to 1955.

  • The Panthers open the season on Sept. 5 against Mid-American Conference champion Miami (Ohio). Pitt will additionally host Richmond on Sept. 19.

Pitt plays its road opener at Marshall on Sept. 12. Doc Holliday has directed the Thundering Herd to seven bowls in his 10 seasons.

The Panthers will make two October trips to the Sunshine State. Pitt plays its initial ACC road contest on Oct. 3 at Miami. The Panthers then travel to Florida State on Oct. 31, their first game in Tallahassee since 1982.

A crucial November stretch includes consecutive road contests at North Carolina (Nov. 14) and Virginia (Nov. 21). The Tar Heels crushed Temple, 55-13, in the Military Bowl, while the Cavaliers are coming off a Coastal Division title and Orange Bowl appearance.

 

Pitt football season tickets are now on sale. Fans can purchase full seven-game ticket packages for as low as $175, while lower bowl seats are available for $205. For more information, click here or call (800) 643-7488.

For the fourth consecutive season, Pitt Athletics is partnered with Tailgate Guys to provide hassle-free, customized tailgating experiences at Heinz Field. Services are located on the Great Lawn at North Shore Park. Reserve tents, tables, chairs, media packages and an array of catering options. For more information, visit tailgateguys.com/home/pitt, email pitt@tailgateguys.com or call (412) 525-4125.

The Panthers’ complete 2020 football schedule:

Sept. 5: Miami (Ohio)   

The Panthers and Redhawks last met in 1949.

 

Sept. 12: at Marshall

In the lone prior meeting, Pitt defeated Marshall, 43-27, at Heinz Field in 2016.

Sept. 19: Richmond

The Spiders have advanced to the NCAA Division I Playoffs 11 times and claimed the 2008 FCS title.    

Sept. 26: Duke*

The Panthers own a 6-1 series advantage over Duke in ACC play.

Oct. 3: at Miami*

Pitt last won at Miami in 2014, a 35-23 decision fueled by James Conner’s two touchdowns.

Oct. 17: Notre Dame

Ten of the past 12 games between Pitt and Notre Dame have been decided by single digits, including the Irish’s 19-14 win in 2018 at South Bend.

Oct. 24: Georgia Tech*

Cam Bright’s 79-yard fumble return keyed last season’s 20-10 triumph in Atlanta.

Oct. 31: at Florida State*

In Pitt’s last visit to Tallahassee, the Dan Marino-led Panthers—UPI’s No. 1-ranked team—defeated Florida State, 37-17, on Sept. 18, 1982.

Nov. 6 (Fri.): Virginia Tech*

The Panthers are 5-1 all-time against the Hokies at Heinz, including a 52-22 rout in 2018.

Nov. 14: at North Carolina*

Kenny Pickett threw for 359 yards and accounted for three total TDs in Pitt’s 34-27 overtime victory last year.

Nov. 21: at Virginia*

Pitt’s 2018 win over the Cavs in Scott Stadium sparked the Panthers’ Coastal title run.

Nov. 28: Syracuse*

The Panthers have won 15 of the past 18 games against the Orange.

Old Time Rock N Roll

Old Time Rock N Roll

Received some pictures “in the mail” from frequent reader, sometimes poster, frequent tailgater, Dr. Bernard Blystone.  They are circa 1969-1970, and they were given to him from a fraternity brother who was a photographer for the Pitt Owl.  Some of you old timers may even recognize a classmate.  Bernie’s captions are in quotes.

For the record, Pitt football went 4-6 in 1969 and 5-5 in 1970, and both seasons were played under coach Carl DePasqua.  The 1970 team posted the first non-losing record in five years.  Sadly, Pitt went 3-9 in 1971 and 1-10 in 1972.  The administration fired DePasqua and brought in Johnny Majors in 1973, and they vastly increased their football spend at the same time.  The rest, as they say, is history.

Enjoy the nostalgia folks.

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The Week in Review 1/19/2019

The Week in Review 1/19/2019

 

If you haven’t noticed I’ve not been posting much since football season.  There are many reasons, but the internet is no place to air your dirty laundry, and so I won’t.  (It’s not all that dirty, but still).

And there are so many things I’d like to write, if I could only muster the time…

Is Kenny Pickett really any good?

How would you rate the coaching staff?

Do we really have the horses to take the coastal next year?

What was your favorite team in Pitt history?

Are we going to do better in the director’s cup?

I heard there is a new on-campus stadium feasibility study in the works (kidding kidding).

Kidding aside, there will be plenty of time for all of that and more after basketball season is over and before spring football starts (and after its over).  In the meantime, expect to see the basketball open threads published on-schedule, and a weekly “Week in Review” column starting today.   If there is really big breaking news I’m also now on EJ’s PR list, so I’ll do my best to publish the Pitt SID’s press releases so you call can comment on those.

For the Week in Review pieces, I’ll be hanging a letter grade on each day, and also the week, just because I can.  As you might guess, “A” equals “Heck of a week for Pitt sports, and we should all [insert activity here] and sing the fight song”, while “F” equals “one of the worst Pitt sports weeks in recent memory, we should all [insert activity here] to make ourselves feel better.”

Anyway, here’s our first-ever week in review. Continue reading “The Week in Review 1/19/2019”

Victory Heights Happening?

Pitt’s facilities have been much maligned both publicly and on this blog.  Sounds like that may be changing.

Per the Pitt Sports Information Department:

University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and Director of Athletics Heather Lyke will host a 1 p.m. press conference on Tuesday, January 14, at the Petersen Events Center, where they will reveal plans for Pitt’s Victory Heights athletics facility project. 

The press conference will entail a speaking and visual presentation on the court, followed by a reporter question and answer session held in the media suite. In addition to Chancellor Gallagher and Athletic Director Lyke, attending media will have interview opportunities with Volleyball Coach Dan Fisher, Wrestling Coach Keith Gavin, Gymnastics Coach Samantha Snider and Track and Field/Cross Country Coach Alonzo Webb. Continue reading “Victory Heights Happening?”

On Wisconsin

This article suggestion was submitted by frequent reader Donald Georgis

Per Donald, it’s relevant to Pitt because, “Many on the POV blog often offer comments on Wisconsin’s football program, but I don’t know if any of them really know who is responsible for its success.  Without a doubt, the credit goes to Donna Shalala who was instrumental in the resurrection of the football program at UW.  The program was in dire shape when Donna was hired as Chancellor of UW around 1990.  There was little interest in the program as evidenced by low game attendance averaging around 30,000 or so.  I am enclosing an article about the resurrection of football at UW that pretty much explains what it takes to establish the groundwork for a solid program.  Prior to her arrival, the UW administration was pretty much like Pitt’s BOT.  I would appreciate it if you would publish the article on the POV blog since it would help POVerts better understand what it takes to build a sound athletics program – at least in the view of UW.”

Here is the link to the article, and I’ve pasted the full text below. Continue reading “On Wisconsin”