It was something of a given anyways. Pitt had to cancel a home game with UCF — at the behest of the Big East — with the expectation of having TCU coming in 2012. Then they got a better offer to go straight to the Big 12. That was followed by losing the Backyard Brawl after WVU fled to the Big 12, and the Big East caved as expected. That left Pitt two holes to fill on the home slate at a very late point.
We knew Pitt wasn’t going to get a good team to go on the road that late. There just weren’t any other 1-A teams that had an open date — especially at the price Pitt could/would pay. And even if the Big East had somehow managed to get Boise St. to join this year — instead of the desperate Temple — you know part of the deal would have sent Pitt to the Smurf Turf.
So, now Pitt has a full schedule. Such as it is.
And the home slate sucks.
Youngstown State (1-AA) — September 1
Virginia Tech — September 15
Gardner-Webb (1-AA) — September 22
And knowing the Big East, I think it is a safe bet that at least one of the conference home games will be a weekday event.
Selling tickets — season and individual — will be hard enough. Getting people to show up, even harder. I think the only choice is to offer beer sales — and maybe some vouchers.
I’m trying to think about how Pitt is going to gin up sales for this season. Horrid home schedule. It’s a complete lame-duck year before heading to the ACC. The team has a new head coach (again), but is likely to be led by a QB an overwhelming majority of the fanbase does not want to see out there. The odds are that most of the games will be nooners.
One of the few options is to give people that renew season tickets a nice bump in priority points — especially in the form of parking pass position. Not just for this season, but going forward. You want people to buy season tickets for this season? Give some assurances that they will be in a better position for decent parking spots.