March 22, 2012

Blue-Gold Game Hits the Road

Filed under: Football,Marketing,Practice — Chas @ 9:19 am

So, um, anyone know any good bars near this place?

In an effort to embrace and celebrate the traditions of Western Pennsylvania football, Pitt head coach Paul Chrystannounced today he will be taking the annual Pitt Spring Football Festival and Blue-Gold Scrimmage on the road to North Hills High School on April 14.

“I may be new to Pittsburgh, but I’ve respected and known about the traditions of Western Pennsylvania high school football for a long time,” Chryst said. “As a first-year coaching staff, we feel it is important to get out and engage the people and communities who have built that tradition. The spring game is a perfect opportunity to do this and we’re really looking forward to visiting North Hills in April.”

The gates at North Hills’ Martorelli Stadium will open at 11 a.m. The Panthers will host a youth clinic at 11:30 a.m., followed by the playing of the Blue-Gold Scrimmage at 1 p.m.

The stadium is not at the school. Not sure what the capacity actually is. Pre-2000 renovations, the seating was around 5300. I’m guessing it isn’t too different now.

Update: Not seeing any bars nearby, but there is a beer distributor rather close by. Hopefully tailgating will be allowed.


What’s the trick to get the current version of Pitt Blather on an IPhone? When I google it only brings up older articles.

Too bad about Duquesne, it looked like they were turning a corner.

Listened to Bobby Engram on the Fan yesterday. He sounded more like a politician than a coach. Didn’t reveal anything about the players progress or mention many names. Then the idiot interviewers asked him about Hines Ward and the Saints scandal. They asked him about Mason, I don’t think he knew who he is.

Comment by gc 03.24.12 @ 7:34 am

Taking the game to a high school stadium is a great idea. When they came to Gateway they packed the place. Helps with recruiting and maybe creates some young fans. They should pick a new school every year. Definitely go to Alliquppa, Woodland Hills, Penn Hills, Gateway to recognize their contributions to Pitt Football.

Comment by gc 03.24.12 @ 7:40 am

It’s called HS karma. And we could really us it.

@gc Add Mt. Lebo to your list. I believe we have some sort of connection there?

Comment by CompLit 03.24.12 @ 7:49 am

GC, I agree it would nice to see the Blue-Gold game move to a different high school every year. It would great PR in our Pittsburgh area communities. I along with CompLit vote for the next one at Mt Lebanon, Bethel, Upper St. Clair or another high school in the South Hills. That kind of thing creates a lot of interest in the local communities. Hail to Pitt!

Comment by Justinian 03.24.12 @ 8:12 am

I have a comment regarding the spring practice post

You mentioned rushel shell and the rb situation. Ive said it before that i thought rushel shell would be option 3 or even 4 this year and i got a ton of crap for it. Ray graham is the obvious 1, i said that isaac bennett would be 2 and i said that malcolm crockett and rushel shell would compete for the 3rd spot. The talent and depth at the rb spot will make it very tough for shell to just waltz in during camp and gain the 2nd or 3rd spot.

Comment by Pk 03.24.12 @ 10:04 am

Yeah its a great idea…..when you can only get a thousand to attend your spring game.
This is just another sign of the long decline that is Pitt football.

Comment by A-Wild 03.24.12 @ 1:39 pm

Would Pitt have had a different record last year if they had 60,000 show up for the Spring game?
Focus on the things that really matter and the rest will follow.

Comment by SFPitt 03.24.12 @ 8:47 pm

PK – I agree on all counts. I do think PITT fans are expecting too much too soon out of Shell, especially given that RB is not a real ‘position of need’ this upcoming season.

From all reports Ray Graham and staff expect him to be 100% physically ready to play. Of course, that doesn’t mean he’ll be 100% the RB that he was in 2011 before his injury but I’m confident that he’ll take the lion’s share of carries.

I was really looking forward to see Malcolm Crockett play this season and we still might, but Corey Davis has been getting a lot of reps in the practices.

One thing is that at Wisconsin Chryst used a pretty deep RB rotation – which gave him three 1,000 yards rushers two years ago so we may see the same approach at PITT this season.

Comment by Reed 03.25.12 @ 9:51 am

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