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August 14, 2012

Family First

Filed under: Admin — Chas @ 9:59 am

Sorry to abruptly disappear for nearly a week. Lot of off-line activity that kept me from finding any time to give the blog some time. Family stuff — nothing bad — that just took all the significant spare time available. It’s done, so all should be back on a normal schedule.

I’m sure many of you have read the post from Paul Zeize that he is leaving the Pitt football beat for a while, as his son now holds an offer from the school and will be going through recruiting. Zeise is the only one who regularly wrote on Pitt football longer than this blog, so this is a significant change. I’ve enjoyed his work over the years. He has been fair in his coverage of Pitt.

Still he had no choice. There would be an appearance and/or perception of bias with his son holding a scholarship offer from Pitt. Heck, whether his son chooses Pitt or elsewhere there will still be someone ready to use it against him the minute he writes or comments on Pitt now and in the future.

Hoping he gets back to the Pitt beat soon, though. (No offense to the new guy, Sam Werner.)

I’m sure he will live on on Twitter.

Comment by Chris 08.14.12 @ 10:22 am

17 Days.

Comment by H.LandPitt 08.14.12 @ 10:37 am

Chas, Reed did well with his take on the Panther practices. As you can see from all of the comments, we havn’t been shy about adding our 2 cents worth. Too bad about Paul Zeise having to recuse himself from the Pitt beat. Hopefully we’ll see Paul in the stands with the rest of us watching the Pitt Panthers play for the 4 or 5 years.

Comment by Justinian 08.14.12 @ 10:39 am

Frankly, its thanks to PZ and his inability to find the imagination and insight necessary to keep a Pitt blog relevant and interesting that led me to this site.
I don’t know Sam Werner from Adam, but he can’t be any worse than PZ at that aspect of PZ’s job.
As far has his reporting, I liked his work.

Comment by Taxing Matters 08.14.12 @ 1:32 pm

I do not know Adam Werner, taxing, but i jest. I think Paul did a nice job. I find it difficult for the media to do a good job because of the politics of the situation.

If you are fair and honest, it may rub a coach the wrong way and you will never get a scoop again. Ask any on the Steelers beat. For years they were all afraid to ask questions. Now they just kiss the tail and move on.

I do hope Paul Z remains successful. Also, if his son is good enough to help Pitt improve, I hope Jr gives Pitt an opportunity. I am all about improving the product on and off the field. Solid citizens are a great building block for a program.

Comment by dhuffdaddy 08.14.12 @ 4:49 pm

Chas, Paul Z is an overstuffed empty suit when it comes to journalism. He couldn’t carry your jock strap when it comes to writing insightful articles. Insofar as his blog is concerned, he incorporates too much personal baggage and makes commitments he then fails to keep (“I will have more tomorrow on …….); then doesn’t even show up for weeks on end. I am with Taxing Matters on this one. PZ – take a long walk on a short pier.

Comment by wally 08.14.12 @ 7:24 pm

Family first, always. The day running this blog rules your world is the day you need to give it up.

Hail to Pitt!

Comment by Digdug 08.14.12 @ 10:06 pm

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