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July 3, 2012

I believe there are people in the University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department, and in the school’s administration that read this site regularly. I try not to give too much advice, but…

Next July, when Pitt makes the move into the ACC. No videos. No “cute” gimmicks. Just a simple, understated splash page on the website to say, “Pitt is in the ACC.”

Why? No one is ever as clever as they think they are. Texas A&M drove that point home with this… this… thing.

This surfaced last night, and was immediate subject to such derision, that A&M pulled it around midnight central time. But it was too late. Having learned from the loss of TCU’s “Call Me, Maybe” video, it was quickly copied and survives to the everlasting shame of Texas A&M.

I’m trying to imagine what WVU has done for their move to the Big 12. Presumably it involves burning something.





I suggest:

The Hurricanes blow
Go to Hell Blue Devils and Deacon Demons
Cavaliers can ride this
Fly away Eagles
Chop this FSU
The Hokies and The Tar Heels (nothing needed to be added)

Comment by wbb 07.03.12 @ 9:28 am

Speaking of the ACC, here’s why Edsall will be the coach at UMD for a few more years — they don’t have the money to buy him out and pay another coach:

link to washingtonpost.com

Comment by velvil 07.03.12 @ 9:53 am

My god that video.. I couldnt get passed the first ten seconds.

Comment by Hurriquake 07.03.12 @ 9:57 am

That was dumb i think we should say nothing just do are own thing like we have been there for 10 years.

Comment by FRANKCAN 07.03.12 @ 9:59 am

Obviously Texas A&M does not offer a BA in the School of Performing Arts at their University. I have just A one word comment on this,,,,,,S A D.

Comment by Dr. Tom 07.03.12 @ 10:06 am

velvil, you would think that with all the revenue that UM is bringing in from its new style uniforms, it could buy Saban

Comment by wbb 07.03.12 @ 10:12 am

But seriously .. another college FB program located in an area with a beloved NFL franchise … and it cannot bring in the dough to support its other programs … not a big shock

Comment by wbb 07.03.12 @ 10:16 am

You are assuming that folks in the Pitt athletic department will even remember that we switched conferences by next July.

Comment by Yeti 07.03.12 @ 10:47 am

Since we think some Pitt Ath. Dept. read this, you may want to mention to your boss, that there are going to be 4 other teams in our new conference with the exact same color gold in their uniforms and helmets.

Plus, one dark blue, one powder blue.

Hmmmm, sounds like a great time to go to Royal Blue and Mustard Gold and be unique and standout in the new conference.

Probably make a mint in new souveigners and clothing.

Make friends with some fans that never wanted them changed. Make new friends with the younger crowd, something old, is something new.

Tell your boss, doesn’t have to swallow his pride, make a joke and laugh about it. No big deal. “As we go on to great new traditions in the ACC, we also go back to some great old traditions”. How easy, if you need me to write for him, let me know. Gratis.

One easy press conference with some laughs and chuckles, show the new uniforms, and sell the hell out of them.

You’re welcome.

Comment by Dan 07.03.12 @ 10:48 am

p.s. Unless you’re gonna try some Oregon or Maryland stunt, then just stay with what we have.

Comment by Dan 07.03.12 @ 10:50 am

Wow . . . thanks Chas, that TOTALLY made my day!

Comment by TartanPanther 07.03.12 @ 11:17 am

Also, 0:16 is priceless. I feel like they should have cast the mutually beneficial girl for that part!

Comment by TartanPanther 07.03.12 @ 11:18 am

I guess this is good news
link to hosted.ap.org

Comment by wbb 07.03.12 @ 11:45 am

Thanks Wbb for the info i think it is good news
i like bowls on jan 1 .

Comment by FRANKCAN 07.03.12 @ 12:21 pm

Dan

I believe Pitt’s current uniforms are closer to the true glory day uniforms of the Jock Sutherland era than the Pitt script uniforms. I think Pitt should simplify them like ND, PSU, USC, Bama.

Comment by notrocketscience 07.03.12 @ 1:43 pm

Thanks for the link wbb. Smizik doesn’t seem interested in talking about it, but here’s some key quotes from twitter.

“Dennis Dodd ?@dennisdoddcbs
ACC confirms that league controls broadcast rights in new Orange Bowl deal. Plan to take to market. Huge game changer.”

“Joe Schad ?@schadjoe
At least one ACC team will be guaranteed a position in one of the new six “BCS” bowls”

“Joe Schad ?@schadjoe
If an ACC team is in the Final Four when the Orange Bowl is not a semifinal, a DIFFERENT ACC team will placed in the Orange Bowl”

“Joe Schad ?@schadjoe
The ACC will have a team in the Orange Bowl all 12 years of the new BCS, unless it is a semifinal with no ACC team in it”

This sounds like a great deal to me and a real good thing for Pitt. I wonder if FSU, Clemson, Miami, etc. still want to leave now! Ha, “F” them if they do!!

Comment by Jeff W. 07.03.12 @ 1:56 pm

Our current style is great. Just the colors and helmet

Comment by Tony C 07.03.12 @ 2:16 pm

Change the colors back to royal and mustard, helmet back to script helmet

Comment by Tony C 07.03.12 @ 2:17 pm

At the very least it would match our mustard gold empty seats

Comment by Tony C 07.03.12 @ 2:21 pm

I’m really glad none of you guys actually have any say in the uniform design and selection.

What is wrong with this uniform?

link to whyfordesign.com

Nothing.

Comment by cnorwoodaz 07.03.12 @ 2:51 pm

@Notrocketscience, they may of the glory days of Jock Sutherland, and I respect that. I also like your simple idea.

However, the latest glory days of the 70′s and 80′s are the ones that screamed “Pitt”, were one of the more recognizable uniforms in the country, and ones that a lot of us still remember, and actually they used, up until the late 90′s.

They’re not gonna do anything anyhow. Just like to get that off my chest once in awhile.

As long as they win I suppose!!

Comment by Dan 07.03.12 @ 2:57 pm

Speaking bowls, does anyone know if this ACC Bowl tie-in list is still accurate?

1 – Orange Bowl (Miami Gardens, FL)
2 – Chick-fil-A Bowl (Atlanta, GA)
3 – Champs Sports Bowl (Orlando, FL)
4 – Sun Bowl (El Paso, TX)
5 – Belk Bowl (Charlotte, NC)
6 – Music City Bowl (Nashville, TN)
7 – Independence Bowl (Shreveport, LA)
8 – Military Bowl (Washington, DC)

Comment by cnorwoodaz 07.03.12 @ 2:59 pm

p.s. funny thing, when I speak of the colors, the Pitt script usually goes hand in hand with that.

Yes, I would like the script.

I do have to say though, I also like the block PITT on the helmets now. It is very collegiate looking.

Just seems like a lot of teams do that same blue and gold, and a lot more have that gold.

Minor, can’t wait till kickoff!!

Comment by Dan 07.03.12 @ 3:00 pm

@notrocketscience. Actually, after looking at your picture, nothing, they do look very good.

Nice, clean, collegiate.

Give me one thing though man, away games, wear the white jerseys with the gold pants!!!

A classic look!!

Comment by Dan 07.03.12 @ 3:03 pm

The monster is off the side of the helmet, and those electro-shock numbers that no one could read are off the jerseys.

I’m good, bring it on, tee it up!!

Comment by Dan 07.03.12 @ 3:08 pm

That bowl line up if it still holds is so mutch better than the one in the big east.
i cant wait to get to the ACC.

Comment by FRANKCAN 07.03.12 @ 3:33 pm

I’m on board with going back to the ‘royal and mustard’.

There is nothing wrong with the current colors. So much so that more than a few teams have the same. Why does Pitt want to look like another team?

You knew it was Pitt on the screen in the 70s/80s just by looking at the unis. They were unique. They were part of the Pitt BRAND.

It’s time to bring the Pitt BRAND back. ’13 in our first year in the ACC sounds like the right time.

Comment by pghFred 07.03.12 @ 3:34 pm

To me it is the script that means the most even if the rest stays the same.

Comment by FRANKCAN 07.03.12 @ 3:37 pm

I don’t care if the Pitt football team runs around in a wife beater T-shirt and cutoff jeans as their uniform AS LONG AS THEY DO JUST ONE THING, Just “win, baby, win”!

Comment by Dr. Tom 07.03.12 @ 3:39 pm

@Dr. Tom, ya, but with your uniforms, we’ll get confused with WVU a lot!

Comment by Dan 07.03.12 @ 3:56 pm

@ Dan, LMFAO!!

Comment by Dr. Tom 07.03.12 @ 4:56 pm

What a train wreck…

Like the current and the script, I’m indifferent, and could go with either, or, or any type of possible combination of the two. However, dear University of Pittsburgh Athletic Dept., DO NOT EVER GO BACK to that crap in the 90s and early 00s. Thank you for your time :)

Hail to Pitt!

Comment by Digdug 07.03.12 @ 5:00 pm

Hail To Pitt and John Swafford

Comment by 63Team 07.03.12 @ 5:58 pm

Am I the only one who re-played the ditzy chick saying “Go Cocks” more than once?

Comment by Chuck Morris 07.03.12 @ 5:59 pm

Chris Dokish reports a commitment from another kicker

link to panthersprey.blogspot.com

Have a happy 4th, guys and gals!

Comment by steve1 07.03.12 @ 7:43 pm

First off script is way cooler than block. Plus Notre Dame and Navy have our same uniforms. I like our current much better since the switch to Nike but a few tweaks back to script would make it uniquely Pitt. We are Pitt not PITT

Comment by Tony C 07.04.12 @ 5:16 pm

During the past two weeks, the WVU marketing, athletic and PR Department has gotten their team as the lead stories on cbssports.com at least three times. From new uniforms, to new conference, to new offense. Their Athletic Departments are getting their brand in front of millions.

Even PSU has been on their for all obrien that is new and promising and blah, blah, blah. That is why they escape all the crap that goes with scandals. These two universities push the brand, 24/7.

I can’t remember when the Pitt Atletic Department got us as a lead story at that site, except for bad news. Time to make changes internally. I too wish they would bring back the mustard. Branding is what it is all about. Unfortunately, too many other teams share the colors and you can’t tell it’s Pitt many times when you see a highlight!

Let’s join as mustard…and the script!

Comment by dhuffdaddy 07.05.12 @ 10:31 pm

Don’t look to the Pitt athletic department for anything but cheesy. I hate the “my city, my Panthers”. WTF? Why limit yourself to the confines of a city with half the residents of 40 years ago?
Here is what I would do, but doubt anyone in the Athletic dept. gas a clue that college football is about TRADITION.
I would have every program in 2012 and 2013 carry one of those old time covers from the 20′s, 30′s and 40′s.
Bring it into 2012-13 with modern day foes but get some nostalgia going!!

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