A few links/stories not directly related to Pitt but putting out there.
Northwestern has been Under Armour-ized. It’s not good. It’s not Maryland bad, but in the Big 10 it is radical.
Want to see how a lot of teams will probably (or should) schedule in the ACC when they go to a 9 game schedule? Virginia Tech is a good example.
The 2015 Akron game that was listed on Tech’s website under future schedules has been canceled.
The Hokies’ nonconference schedule in the next few years looks like this:
2013: vs. Alabama in Atlanta, vs. Marshall, vs. Western Carolina
2014: vs. William and Mary, at Ohio State, vs. Western Michigan
2015: vs. Furman, vs. Ohio State, vs. East Carolina
2016: vs. Wisconsin, vs. Liberty, at East Carolina
By being pushed back, the East Carolina series would have one more home-and-home cycle in 2017 and ’18.
The Hokies also are scheduled for a trip to Wisconsin in 2017 to satisfy that home-and-home agreement…
Every year has one marquee non-con. VT relies a little heavy on local 1-AA foes for an extreme patsy for my tastes. The third game isn’t bad. Especially with the always dangerous ECU team out there.
The North Carolina academic scandal continues to be a huge stain. Probably too late to be a big deal, but it appears the basketball team spent a good deal of time in the questionable area before abruptly getting away from it in what appears to be the nick of time. The faculty at UNC is adding to the fire by insisting on the need for an independent audit of the intersection of academics and athletics.
The three professors who wrote the report called for an independent commission of outside experts in higher education to review athletics and academics at the university.
“It is our hope that such a panel of distinguished experts will both highlight what we are doing right and identify areas of deficiencies in organization and procedure,” the report said.
The report comes after a university probe found 54 courses within the Department of African and Afro-American Studies that had little or no instruction, and dozens of independent study classes that had little evidence of academic rigor. The classes were largely filled with athletes, and some had nothing but football or basketball players enrolled.
University officials have said the fraud does not merit an NCAA investigation because nonathletes also were enrolled in the no-show classes, though they represent a minority of the students and the class enrollments. But the report is almost entirely focused on what it called an atmosphere of distrust on a “campus with two cultures,” one academic and one athletic.
Increasingly embattled UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp is supporting yet another investigation, “It will complement the other activities and inquiries in progress.” While quietly whispering that he really, really wants to keep his job.
And finally, Pitt Blather gets listed among the better college football blogs by… someone.
For one more season anyway, Pitt is part of the Big East. And while this blog leaves something to be desired in the aesthetics department, the staff (Chas and Reed) does a great job of keeping Pittsburgh fans in the know about football and basketball developments.
Fine. Fine. The appearance is getting a bit dated. It’s on the list of things to do.