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.
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.
The ACC Kickoff Festivities are in full roar tomorrow. Champagne, party favors and dancing girls have been arranged and the media is chomping at the bit to get to the hipper than hip host city Charlotte, NC. The Trib’s Jerry DiPaola is en route and has a blog entry to prove it.
You know it’s football season (ignore the calendar) when the ACC gets together for its annual media days Thursday and Friday. This year, the meetings, news conferences and the Orange Bowl Ice Cream Break (a personal favorite) will be held in downtown Charlotte, N.C. Two players and the head coach from each team (Pitt’s Pat Narduzzi will be joined by quarterback Nathan Peterman and defensive end Ejuan Price) will be available for interviews.
You know there will be a lot of talk spinning around there about the new ACC Network. the bottom line to us fans and Pitt itself – there will be more money coming into Pitt and in turn Pitt’s athletic department. For us?
As it is a digital network we’ll see more games that may not have been shown by the ESPN3 Internet channel in the past. I don’t know the tech specifics and will figure it out in September I’m sure.
Here it is Sunday already and we are starting to really count down the days until the opening of fall camp. As it stands this morning it is 23 days until the kids get out on the field and can start some staff run drills and practices.
I’ll try to get up on August 8th for the first day of camp. Since I have my own blog now I’ll probably stick around for the interview sessions after the closed practices are finished.
Those interview sessions are set up by the Pitt Media Dept and have set personnel (always the HC) among staff coaches and some individual players. That will be interesting. I’ve done that in the past sometimes and asked some good (I thought) questions but I’ll try to do more.
Well, if I’m going to be providing some basketball content on The Pitt POV then I need to cram some BB study in quick-like. To help with that, and to familiarize some readers to the details of the basketball program, here are some things to get started with.
We have a new BB coach! Yeah Us!!
Kevin Stallings was hired away from SEC’s Vanderbilt University in AD Scott Barnes’ first big personnel move. Like it or not – he didn’t have the best track record there. The Vandys had four sub-20 win seasons in the last decade and averaged only 20.9 wins per year… barely meeting the 20 win benchmark that defines a ‘good’ season.
But he’s our guy now, bought and paid for. As soon as he’s finished Part II of his anger management course I’ll try to get an interview with him. Just kidding!
I think our new Athletic Director went out on a bit of a limb to hire Stallings . Even though the general consensus among fans, at least from what I can tell and remember I’m new at the BB coverage, is that Jamie Dixon had run his course at Pitt. We were what we were and it wasn’t champions.
I did follow that story line a bit back when the chatter about Pitt changing coaches was on the Internets and it seemed to me that signs pointed to Dixon being gone no matter what the Pitt administration or the fans wanted. It was more like Jamie Dixon was washing his hands of the Pitt job rather than the reverse.
Many fans were not happy with the Stallings hire. I have no real opinion on it yet but I do wonder if he is a stop-gap measure by Pitt until there is enough money in the BB budget to go after someone that would be a better fit. Pitt is spending big money on the FB program.
Salaries are the highest they have ever been in that sport and we are pumping money into brick and mortar facilities, both in FB and with major investments in the ‘minor’ sports infrastructures.
I don’t know for sure but looking back on Barnes’ long-term plans news he released last week it does makes me wonder.