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November 16, 2009


Other than a cash cow for ESPN and the author, this is why you wait to write history.

Plenty of copies still available from this 2006 epic. The reviews, were awesome especially this one that links to the Ty Willingham specials.

You will forgive me if I don’t bother with much of the national media which is just working on the autopsy of Charlie Weis. It is the dominant storyline. It is the way it is. It was the big story going into the game and nothing changed.Here’s a fine fact sheet on Weis that was compiled before the loss.

Generally, the Irish fans are almost past caring. He’s done. Just fire his ass. Get a new guy (paging, Brian Kelly) — especially since Gruden seems to be staying in the booth. Weis even canceled his usual Sunday post-game presser for the first time since coming to ND.

ND isn’t going to make it easy to watch the coaching search. They are even blocking the tracking of their private plane.

watched the end of the game on ESPNU last night and noticed the final shot with Wanny talking to EJ Borghetti, and not looking happy. My guess is that it was due that ABC saw fit to interview Weis after the game but not afford the winning coach one. But this is the ESPN way, it’s all about the big name teams and programs .. and, oc course, about the rankings.

Comment by wbb 11.16.09 @ 11:57 am

Coach Cignetti may be getting some calls after the season is over. I don’t like that.

Comment by Todd Gack 11.16.09 @ 12:16 pm

Todd – I agree, but I think it would take a particularly good offer to lure him away so quickly. Hopefully, even if he does leave at some point, the success of the offense this year has impressed upon the head coach the need to have an offensive coordinator that really understands the college game.

That being said, I think I’m just going to enjoy the ride for the next few weeks and worry about coaching defections later…

Comment by Pantherman13 11.16.09 @ 12:43 pm

Todd, I’ve heard rumors that Cignetti is being groomed as the next head coach when Wanny decides he’s done enough here. Unless he is treated like Tom Bradley, that might be enough to keep him here.

Also, from the PG: The annual “Backyard Brawl” football game between No. 8 Pitt and West Virginia will kick off at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 from Mountaineer Field in Morgantown.

The game will be televised on ESPN2.

Comment by KeyboardKev 11.16.09 @ 1:07 pm

THe BRawl is set for 7pm on ESPN2

Comment by Fletch 11.16.09 @ 1:07 pm

Shoot – I know the prime time start is good for ratings, but I was actually hoping for an earlier start to help with my personal safety. Early kickoff = less time for hoopie drunkeness.

Comment by Pantherman13 11.16.09 @ 1:11 pm

Ratings watch. was expecting a 4.1.
Last years coverage this week for comparison was a 5.3.
ND v Washington State in primetime drew 1.4 two weeks ago.

I couldn’t find this weeks game yet.

Comment by Freebird 11.16.09 @ 1:44 pm


Looks like it was a 5.41. Although these are not final numbers. It won the all important 18-49 for the night.

Comment by Freebird 11.16.09 @ 1:53 pm

i know im looking ahead, but whats the chances of pitt having another 8:00 game against cincy? i do not think pitt would play 3 straight national tv night games. I hope its an 8:00 KO, but i doubt it now.

Comment by mike 11.16.09 @ 2:11 pm

off topic but Pitt BB is on ESPN2 tomorrow at 5:30.

Please note that Pitt-Cincy game is the same day/night as the SEC and B12 conference championships. (also, the ACC) I assume that CBS has the SEC, and ABC/ESPN will have the rest … so I expect that they will be staggered, and thus the Cincy game may not be at night since the I believe the B12 game usually is.

Comment by wbb 11.16.09 @ 2:45 pm

Cignetti is going to Cincy after Kelly goes to the slaughter at ND.

Comment by Chris 11.16.09 @ 3:53 pm

why wouldn’t ND look at bobby petrino?? he would seem to have much of what they are looking for.
highly sucessful at louisville, program builder great recruiter touch of pro experience. not sure age.

Comment by Kurt 11.16.09 @ 4:20 pm

a few possible discussion points about the game:

1) Pitt stopped itself more than ND did with errant passes, pass drops (including a TD juggled in the endzone) and 3 fumbled snaps. Stull played well enought to win but thought he may have been a bit tight.

2) conversely, Aaron Berry, who was panned on this site a year ago, was exceptionally good in the national spotlight and more than held his own against very talented receivers. Sure hope he is good to go against WVU.

3) this bye couldn’t have come at a better time since it will give the team time to settle down plus WVU is really smarting from Friday night. Sure, WVU will be still fired up but Pitt will certainly be re-focused by then.

Comment by wbb 11.16.09 @ 4:22 pm

Cignetti will be the next Pitt Coach…as early maybe as next year. The deal is done.

Comment by Dan 72 11.16.09 @ 4:42 pm

Dan, You certainly pontificate with authority. May I inquire as to your sources? If I were Pitt’s AD I would offer Coach Wannstedt an extention. He’s earned it along with a purple heart for what he’s endured. George from Columbus where even St. Tressel is nailed to the cross on more than one occasion.

Comment by rev. george mehaffey 11.16.09 @ 5:08 pm

Berry had, by far, his best game of the year. It was nice to see it come together for him, and hopefully he can get back soon. They might not need him for WVU (as Zeise points out, they probably won’t test the corners much), but will for Cincy.

I thought Stull did not look sharp for most of the game, but he did keep his head in the game, and it was great to see him sprint downfield to throw a block on Graham’s big run. I know I doubted him earlier this year, but there is no question he is the leader of this offense at this point.

Comment by Pantherman13 11.16.09 @ 5:20 pm

Rev, your reference to the vest as saint and analogizing him to JC would not be considered blasphemy, would it? But then again, Touchdown Jesus is accepable I guess.

The statement that Cignetti will be the Pitt coach next year would seem to be frivolous, however, I wouldn’t doubt that one of these long-term arrangements like a few other colleges have that designate him as Wanny’s successor may not be out of the question.

Comment by wbb 11.16.09 @ 5:24 pm

The dude took a pay cut to come here, he loves it here. Hell, he practically cried on national tv when talking about coming home and being able to coach for Pitt. The guy is not going anywhere any time soon.

Comment by dugdog 11.16.09 @ 6:52 pm

link to

What an embarrassment for Cincinnati. If Pitt ever did this, I would be disgusted as a fan. I wonder what Brian Kelly thinks of this? ND sure as hell wouldn’t sell a home game.

Comment by Bryan 11.16.09 @ 7:46 pm

Bryan, not only for Cincy, but The BE as a whole. Unreal!

Comment by dugdog 11.16.09 @ 8:22 pm

Bryan, are you kidding? ND is probably pissed off that they didn’t think of this first. Starting in 2012 I bet half of ND’s road games are played in Soldier Field.

Comment by Brian H 11.16.09 @ 8:24 pm

Yikes! Cinci showed A LOT of weakness on that move. And what kind of bs is that coming from the AD? Reaching out for recruiting? If I were a Bearcats fan, I would be livid and want a MUCH better explanation involving $ signs.


Comment by Cool Hand Nuke 11.17.09 @ 12:41 am

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