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December 21, 2012

The decision is set for 2:30 this afternoon. Right at the end of school, just before winter break begins. That’s good planning.

The choice will be Pitt or Alabama.

The recruiting experts seem to think the lean is to Pitt.

I’m just hoping he doesn’t do the whole hat thing. Just about every variation of that has been played out. I’d rather just see him rip open his shirt and show a Pitt jersey underneath. But, that’s just me.

I know some people are turned off by the whole announcement thing. I don’t have a problem with it. These kids are pursued to ridiculous ends. Filled with such levels of crap about how much teams and coaches need them, want them, how they are the piece they need.

It all ends once they sign their NLI and scholarship papers. They lose all leverage. All their choices, all their control is out the window. They belong to the school and coach after that.

Let them have a little bit of fun and extra attention.

UPDATE: As everyone probably knows, Robert Foster picked Alabama. Ah, well. Guess we can at least hope that Saban gets lured to the Browns.





AMEN CHAS!!!

Comment by BCPITT 12.21.12 @ 11:40 am

I’m all about having fun if he picks Pitt! I’ll be turned off on the whole announcement thing if he picks Bama.

I don’t go on Bama sites, is the Foster verbal also big news for Bama fans?

Comment by Why me 12.21.12 @ 11:44 am

Yes they are banking on him like we are. They just had a WR commit elsewhere so they’ve got all their WR eggs in Fosters basket so to speak.

Comment by Kenny Powers 12.21.12 @ 11:51 am

I love this tweet:

EJ Borghetti?@PittBorghetti

Everyday #Pitt WRs walk past Biletnikoff Awards won by @LarryFitzgerald & Antonio Bryant, get coached by Biletnikoff winner Bobby Engram

Comment by Atlanta Panther 12.21.12 @ 11:52 am

I agree that this is the young man’s chance for a few minutes in the spotlight and frankly don’t have a problem with an announcement. Its not his fault that the media is incapabe of putting this in the proper perspective when its Pitt or ‘Bama.
However, with all of that said, it is absolutely horrible timing on his part given the memorial service and national day of greiving for the young children in Connecticut. I wish someone had advised him to move the date, not because it would bring any of those poor souls back, but merely out of respect.

Comment by Taxing Matters 12.21.12 @ 11:52 am

I would say this, wherever I lived, or whoever I rooted for.

I don’t have a problem with it, unless there is local school involved, and the decision is going to be for another school

This just happened to us a few years ago, can’t remember the recruit.

Example. Kid in Nebraska is down to Nebraska and Miami. Has a press conference, has fun, keeps everyone guessing and waiting and anticipating, and from beneath his chair, he pulls out a Miami hat!!!!

That’s just me, I find that classless.

Not a big deal, just my opinion.

Comment by Dan 12.21.12 @ 11:53 am

Dan – That’s why everyone hated Lebron for his decision show. If he said he wanted to stay home and help win a championship in Cleveland everyone would have loved him for it.

One question – Rivals has Boyd as a WR and scout has him a Safety. What are the chances he plays O and what are the chances he plays D? Watching his highlight tape he looks like a real home run hitter too.

Comment by BCPITT 12.21.12 @ 12:00 pm

Dan, I believe the recruit was Kevin Jones who had a PSU jersey on but picked the VATECH hat.

He then proceeded to run for 241 yards and 4 TDs in a PITT upset over 5th ranked VT. Still ranks as the #2 sporting event I have ever been to behind the 2nd half of game 5 of the Phillies Rays World Series. And I was there at the Garden when we wont the BEC. Doesn’t even compare.

Comment by Todd Gack 12.21.12 @ 12:03 pm

I bet Chryst has him play offense. This guy is a gamebreaker.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 12.21.12 @ 12:03 pm

Just read this story… when you read this and see the deep connection to his family it seems to confirm the report in the link I posted yesterday that it will be PITT… just doesn’t seem this kid is going to go live in Alabama….

link to espn.go.com

Comment by PittScript 12.21.12 @ 12:11 pm

I believe that Darrin Walls from WH had a press conference and then chose ND. But I could be mistaken.

Comment by crazylegs 12.21.12 @ 12:14 pm

Yeah these kids are pursued to all levels of the extreme. Love this line, “Filled with such levels of crap about how much teams and coaches need them, want them, how they are the piece they need.

Granted, this is a chance for high level recruits to bask in the limelight for the moment. Some, a bit too much, yeah, those guys end up showing that they are a “piece”.

Since Foster supposedly has no idea who gets the nod until the time of his annoucement, if he intends to play the “hat game” may I suggest that somebody at the ceremony convienently misplaces the Alabama hat at around 2:25pm to improve Pitt’s odds?

If he does pick The Tide, I hope that he has developed a taste for grits and has no issues with being referred to as boy from time to time by some of the more indigenous of the population.

I realize that statement sounds crude and sterotypic, but last time that I checked, Tuscaloosa remains in the deep south and unfortunately old ways die hard for some.

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.21.12 @ 12:24 pm

The Deep South especially Alabama, Miss, SC, GA are a lot different from the North. Looking at Bama’s recruits the vast majority come from the South so that’s who your teammates are going to be. Tuscaloosa is not a very cosmopolitan place. A lot different enviroment than Western PA and very far from a loving family.

Comment by Houston Panther 12.21.12 @ 12:37 pm

Tuscaloosa was once described to me by an Alabama native like this “If you like coke (not the soda) you’ll like Tuscaloosa.” Apparently there is a crazy vibe down there. Doesn’t seem like a Robert Foster kind of vibe to me.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 12.21.12 @ 12:40 pm

Disclaimer: *Not implying that Alabama is a school full of drug-addled coke heads. The context was more around the “energy” of a place. But we’re all adult enough to realize that here… Hail to Pitt

Comment by Atlanta Panther 12.21.12 @ 12:43 pm

One must wonder & hope that the recent reports of Nick Saban’s interest in leaving for the NFL, coupled with HCPC’s commitment to Pitt seal the deal for our next big thing!

Comment by The Big A 12.21.12 @ 12:46 pm

Dr Tom, I watched the Namath documentary on HBO last night. He was at Bama when the Feds had to push George Wallace out of the way to allow a black girl to register. Interesting story line since Joe’s best friend as a child was black.

Not that there isn’t plenty of racism here in W PA, but it is different in the south.

Comment by gc 12.21.12 @ 12:48 pm

Also real interesting reason for Namath going to Bama. He couldn’t get in to Maryland, needed 750 SAT and only got 738. Brant sent Scnellenburger to pick up and bring Joe. Documentary is very good by the way.

Comment by gc 12.21.12 @ 12:58 pm

If I heard correctly, it is being covered by 93.7 The Fan.

gc, The political anaylst, Carville, described Pennsylvania as … Phildelphia on one end, Pittsburgh on the other end, and Alabama in between. (remember the Grand Poobah of the KKK lives in PA)

Comment by wbb 12.21.12 @ 1:03 pm

The joke is:

Pittsburgh on one end,
Philly on the other,
and Pennsyltucky in the middle.

Comment by Lou Gagliardi 12.21.12 @ 1:18 pm

wwb, That’s one favorte quotes eventhough it comes from James Carville. If you think about it as, Demoratic party guy, he’s essentially saying we have Philly and Pittsburgh, but the rest the state is full of hicks.

Hey about Robert Foster, hopefully he come to Pitt and adds another Bilitnikoff Award that he put in the trophy case next to Ftizgerald and Bryant’s.

Comment by Justinian 12.21.12 @ 1:20 pm

wbb, I am totaly aware, with PSU right in the middle. Did not know about the Poobah.

Comment by gc 12.21.12 @ 1:21 pm

1:04…

Comment by Atlanta Panther 12.21.12 @ 1:26 pm

I grew up 50 miles south of Pittsburgh in Fayette county. I lived for 30 years in central Pa along the Maryland border near Gettysburg. Believe me western PA is alot closer to Pennsyltucky than the central part of the state.

Comment by oklahomeboy 12.21.12 @ 1:49 pm

Is his announcement live on TV or Internet somewhere?

Comment by KRF 12.21.12 @ 1:55 pm

I just heard The Fan 93.7 will have a guy at the ceremony and immediately contact Starkey and Miller whenthe announcement is made. Aside from that, I’m not sure where it will be covered

Comment by wbb 12.21.12 @ 1:59 pm

Hmmm……….. imagine the shock if he snookered everyone and chose a school “other” than Pitt or ‘Bama………….

Comment by mtoolmn 12.21.12 @ 2:02 pm

Warning! Warning! The end is near.

Just flushed the toilet and it drained in a counterclockwise motion! Doesn’t look good

Comment by wbb 12.21.12 @ 2:04 pm

wbb- There is actually geological evidence of periodic reversal of the magnetic poles so your observation is not totally unreasonable. Not that that has much to do with young Mr. Foster.

Comment by Dinosaur 71 12.21.12 @ 2:15 pm

I was referring to the Mayan calendar prediction

Comment by wbb 12.21.12 @ 2:17 pm

Supposedly being broadcast live here: http://www.timesonline.com

If you’re not a paying member of rivals or scout.

I can’t see the feed yet though…

2 minutes!

Comment by Atlanta Panther 12.21.12 @ 2:28 pm

This morning I heard on the radio a woman say that she was stuck in traffic in Squirril Hill Tunnel at 6:11 AM “Just where I wanted be when the world ends.”

Comment by Justinian 12.21.12 @ 2:32 pm

It’s on. Go here. Free link: link to ustream.tv

Comment by Atlanta Panther 12.21.12 @ 2:34 pm

jackpot. thanks atlanta panther!

Comment by usd121 12.21.12 @ 2:36 pm

It’s bama

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 2:39 pm

it is 2:39 what is the news.

Comment by FRANKCAN 12.21.12 @ 2:40 pm

Bama?

Comment by Why me 12.21.12 @ 2:40 pm

is that right

Comment by FRANKCAN 12.21.12 @ 2:41 pm

wtf? Bama?

Comment by Atlanta Panther 12.21.12 @ 2:42 pm

im watching the video from panther lair and its still an empty table

Comment by usd121 12.21.12 @ 2:42 pm

if so that sucks.

Comment by FRANKCAN 12.21.12 @ 2:42 pm

Twitter is dead. Press conference room is empty.

I refuse to believe it’s bama

Comment by Atlanta Panther 12.21.12 @ 2:42 pm

here it comes

Comment by Why me 12.21.12 @ 2:43 pm

mother and sister wearing panther blue, looking good

Comment by Why me 12.21.12 @ 2:44 pm

I am just throwing out my thought. I hope it’s Pitt but it’s probably bama sorry to scare u guys. No confirmation yet

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 2:44 pm

The Fan is not confirming … it says no announcment yet and mentioned the empty table

Comment by wbb 12.21.12 @ 2:44 pm

just starting now

Comment by usd121 12.21.12 @ 2:45 pm

Family wearing blue

Comment by Atlanta Panther 12.21.12 @ 2:45 pm

ive never watched one of these… sort of weird.

Comment by Greg in New Orleans 12.21.12 @ 2:45 pm

Wow, this mom is great

Wd, don’t be a douche

Comment by Krayz 12.21.12 @ 2:46 pm

will there be joy in mud ville tonight

Comment by FRANKCAN 12.21.12 @ 2:47 pm

Wow.

Comment by Mailman 12.21.12 @ 2:48 pm

bama, crap!!

Comment by Why me 12.21.12 @ 2:48 pm

what? Bama? What? Dude….

Comment by Atlanta Panther 12.21.12 @ 2:48 pm

Bama. For real.

Comment by Lee in Altoona 12.21.12 @ 2:48 pm

fucking bama

Comment by usd121 12.21.12 @ 2:48 pm

bama

Comment by Greg in New Orleans 12.21.12 @ 2:48 pm

Alabama is the choice, shoot!

Oh well, good luck Foster

Comment by Krayz 12.21.12 @ 2:48 pm

oh my god

Comment by Timmeh 12.21.12 @ 2:49 pm

Oh well, Good luck to him!

Comment by Jimbo Covert's My Dad 12.21.12 @ 2:49 pm

Snaked by Saban. oh well.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 12.21.12 @ 2:49 pm

I feel like a Cavalier fan!

Comment by wbb 12.21.12 @ 2:49 pm

boy this sucks nojoy in mud ville

Comment by FRANKCAN 12.21.12 @ 2:50 pm

What happens if Saban goes pro after the NC game?

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.21.12 @ 2:50 pm

Fire Chryst – First!!!

Comment by The Big A 12.21.12 @ 2:50 pm

It is the apocolypse

Comment by Timmeh 12.21.12 @ 2:50 pm

Dissapointing… I thought his commetment would open the flood gates for others to follow.

Comment by Pittastic 12.21.12 @ 2:51 pm

i’m gonna cry

Comment by Timmeh 12.21.12 @ 2:51 pm

oh my god i cannot believe this

Comment by Timmeh 12.21.12 @ 2:51 pm

Go Irish!?!?

Comment by Boubacar Aw 12.21.12 @ 2:52 pm

Cya Boyd

Comment by Timmeh 12.21.12 @ 2:52 pm

Hey krayz eat shit I told u it was bama. I don’t blame him go down there and make wpial proud. If it was my son I would have wanted him to go to Alabama over Pitt also. Crazy fans, great game day, and play in the best conf. And play for national championships.

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 2:52 pm

Fucking bama

Comment by Timmeh 12.21.12 @ 2:52 pm

Too bad. Good luck to him, gotta get Boyd now.

Comment by Kenny Powers 12.21.12 @ 2:52 pm

NEXT, glad I wasn’t holding my breath since 2:30. Would have ended up in the emergency room considering the delay in all the drama.

Best of luck to you Mr. Foster. Now the real fun begins, go prove yourself, worthy.

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.21.12 @ 2:52 pm

yeah good luck to him, but this coulda been the start of something special at pitt

Comment by Timmeh 12.21.12 @ 2:53 pm

Don’t sweat it. Saban is gone soon anyway and ‘Bama will hire Shula again.

Comment by SFPitt 12.21.12 @ 2:54 pm

Saban has it made, why ruin a good thing

Comment by Timmeh 12.21.12 @ 2:55 pm

Sabah ain’t goin anywhere

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 2:55 pm

Foster has not signed yet but Boyd may be better.

Comment by frank MD 12.21.12 @ 2:57 pm

Like my above post. Why have a press conference, when one of your choices, is a local school, just to announce that you’re going somewhere else???

I don’t wish him bad luck, but, I don’t wish him good luck either.

I don’t know him. Move on to the next guy.

Comment by Dan 12.21.12 @ 2:58 pm

therehas been rumores here in Cleveland for a month and a half now about Saban … about the same amount of time that we’ve been hearing that Foster would be coming to Pitt, come to think of it.

Comment by wbb 12.21.12 @ 2:58 pm

Wow…some over the top reactions. Everyone back to reality. LOL

Comment by notrocketscience 12.21.12 @ 2:58 pm

Oh here we go foster didn’t pick Pitt so now he is not as good as Boyd. Grow up frank md

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 2:59 pm

rumors are rumors. this just sucks though, hard to stomach, i thought he was a sure thing

Comment by Timmeh 12.21.12 @ 2:59 pm

Hey Dan it wasn’t a Pitt press conference. It was held to announce where the best WR in high school football was going to school. They don’t have to please you and go to pitt

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 3:01 pm

we are not geting boyd eather he was more of a long shot then foster.
so with out big time players we need lots of big line men get line men chryst big ones.

Comment by FRANKCAN 12.21.12 @ 3:02 pm

Sounds like you’re in love with him Wd!!!

What, you got a thing for him??? LOL

Comment by Dan 12.21.12 @ 3:03 pm

Since foster is gone, how are the WR’s looking next year? Do we have any WR signed for this class?

I looked over the current roster, it doesn’t look to good. A lot of short receivers. Not real good fit into Chryst offense. I don’t think it’s the end of the world with Foster not signing but a lot of 5 feet 10inch guys at Wr doesn’t look good since Saddler and Jones did nothing this year.

Comment by Why me 12.21.12 @ 3:04 pm

I’m with you Timmeh. I wouldn’t be as disappointed if everyone hadn’t been all “he’s a pitt lean” and “i’d be shocked if he didn’t got to pitt” on us.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 12.21.12 @ 3:04 pm

We’re decent at WR. Have Challingsworth and a couple of Atletes that can convert to WR. Noteworthy: The only guy shorter than 6’1″ in this recruiting class is the kicker.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 12.21.12 @ 3:05 pm

Geeze wd, lighten up man.

Comment by Kenny Powers 12.21.12 @ 3:05 pm

Well…I did think we were gonna land one of the two.

But now I’m remembering this is pitt were talking about. So any optimism will be quickly stomped on by our beloved panthers.

Next will be that we won’t get boyd, and get stomped by mississipppi. Then donald and street to the nfl lol

Comment by rhyno527 12.21.12 @ 3:05 pm

Wd – Has Foster signed? Is Boyd worse?

Comment by frank MD 12.21.12 @ 3:06 pm

Ouch, this hurts! Regardless, best of luck to him and I hope he excels both on the field and in the classroom.

I have no inside sources or privileged information but I felt much more confident about Foster than I do Boyd. I would a little surprised if Boyd lands at Pitt.

Comment by JAM 05 Pitt 12.21.12 @ 3:06 pm

“If you build it they will come.” Bama has built up a great program. Kids like Foster will come to Pitt once Chryst makes us a winner. It may take time, but we will all be here.

Comment by oklahomeboy 12.21.12 @ 3:07 pm

Chryst likes the tall guys. Most of the short WR’s on current roster are Graham guys. Wonder if any transfer out.

Comment by Why me 12.21.12 @ 3:07 pm

I don’t want to say I told you so but I wrote a post on Wednesday in previous blog which said that many of the national media was contradicting him being a Pitt lean. Don’t get me wrong, I thought we had a great chance up until about 15 minutes ago … but many local people were more hopeful than anything else.

Comment by wbb 12.21.12 @ 3:07 pm

No Dan it’s about a kid going to school where he wants to and not please all you retards. Honestly Pitt should be happy they were one of the final two and be in the running with a program like bama. You guys need to get a life

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 3:07 pm

Take your blue and gold glasses off for a moment and look at the situation objectively. Where would rather play, Pitt or Alabama?

It would have absolutely been a coup to land Foster, but it’s time to move forward. Pitt will survive.

Comment by Swinging Gate 12.21.12 @ 3:08 pm

Swingin Gate, Fitz’s last 2 choices were Oh St and Pitt

Comment by wbb 12.21.12 @ 3:10 pm

Hey Wd, why so hostile?

Comment by oklahomeboy 12.21.12 @ 3:10 pm

Wd, your emotions are running rampant, you’re embarrassing yourself.

Sounds like you might need to get a life. You’re hung up on an 18 year old kid.

Let me guess, you’re one of his coaches or something, or some hanger on.

I allready said above, no big deal, time to move onto the next guy. There’s always a next guy.

I think you have some real issues if you’re an adult and you have so much invested in this kid.

He’s just some kid, plays football.

Comment by Dan 12.21.12 @ 3:11 pm

His grades must be poor to have picked a diploma mill over a university.

This happens when you can only do one thing.

Sad.

Comment by Dan 12.21.12 @ 3:12 pm

Only assholes from West Virginia and State Penn tell people to eat shit. If you don’t like the people here, try a hoopie blog.

Comment by Kenny Powers 12.21.12 @ 3:12 pm

No frank you can’t sign until february and i don’t really care which one is better. I am just saying that you were probably all over foster for the past 3 months and he says he wants to go to bama and all of a sudden he is not that good and Boyd is better.

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 3:12 pm

So he picks Bama and and the world continues … does Pitt ever stop getting screwed?

Comment by wbb 12.21.12 @ 3:13 pm

Look PC needs to get the program to a respectable and stabile level before we get more of these big time recruits. Can u blame the kid for going to Bama, 3 title games in 4 years.

Comment by KRF 12.21.12 @ 3:14 pm

Good luck to Mr. Foster-Hope he exceeds at Bama-Hoped to see him play for us next year but now we have to cross our fingers for Mr. Boyd. ALways a tough decision for 18-19 year olds. I was not gifted enough to have to make a decision like Mr. Foster so I am sure it was a overwhelming experience. Let’s all be mature and not take it out on the young man. Hail to Pitt !!!!!

Comment by Bruce F 12.21.12 @ 3:14 pm

boyd’s better anyway

Comment by boomer 12.21.12 @ 3:15 pm

Outside of a small circle of friends this can’t be very big news. It hasn’t even shown up on ESPN.com yet. Happy for the kid. Hope he does well for himself and takes advantage of his talents to get the most out the opportunity he’s been presented.

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.21.12 @ 3:15 pm

Hey Dan look in the mirror you guys are the ones on here saying woe is Pitt because some kid didn’t pick us. It is what it is, Pitt isn’t in the same class as bama

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 3:16 pm

WD, actually, there was a rating service about a month ago that downgraded Foster and upgraded Boyd above Foster …. can’t remember which one but I assure you I’m not making it up. But, obviously, either one would be a great coup

Comment by wbb 12.21.12 @ 3:16 pm

wbb:

I’m just trying to put myself in the shoes of a highly touted 18 year old recruit. It’s really hard for ANY school, let alone Pitt, to compete with all that Alabama has to offer. The chance to compete for a national title year and year out, playing before 100,000+ screaming fans, who wouldn’t want that?

Comment by Swinging Gate 12.21.12 @ 3:16 pm

of course we probably won’t get boyd either…but ill be tuned in to that press conference. maybe a chair will get thrown by his mom

Comment by boomer 12.21.12 @ 3:16 pm

ha ha ha LMAO!!! Love it when the trolls take the bait!!!! LOL!!!

Comment by Dan 12.21.12 @ 3:17 pm

So, a kid who’s extremely close to his family and who said Bobby Engram is the best WR coach in the country is going to go over 1000 miles away to school?! They currently have 7 freshman WR on the roster and only one Sr. WR who doesn’t even play. Something isn’t jiving.

Comment by Joe Bull 12.21.12 @ 3:17 pm

Only redneck assholes with no education use the name Kenny powers

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 3:18 pm

Wd – I think Boyd is better. Good luck to Foster. Kids change their minds everyday day.

Comment by frank MD 12.21.12 @ 3:18 pm

Swinging Gate, I totally understand, just pointing out that occasionally we get the prize (not often though)

Comment by wbb 12.21.12 @ 3:19 pm

Actually, Alabama’s game day atmosphere is horrible. I lived down there for a few years, went to many games.

Very boring, low key. Kind of like Ped State.

If he was going for game day experience, he would have been much better off going to LSU, Auburn or Texas A&M.

Now, Texas A&M, there is tradition, pageantry and revelry!!!!!!!!!!!

Plus, Johnny Football!!!!!!!!!! Heisman Time!!!

Now, that’s a school!!!

Comment by Dan 12.21.12 @ 3:20 pm

Last comment I’ll make about Foster. After reading an article on how close he is to his family I’m really surprised of his choice. Not sure who the child was sitting on his lap but seemed he was obliviously attached to it. Not starting stuff here but wonder if someone is helping the family watch their son play most weekends. I also wonder if he was crying for joy or crying since he will be away from his family come next summer. Either way I wish him the best.

Comment by Why me 12.21.12 @ 3:20 pm

Thanks sweetie, don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out

Comment by Kenny Powers 12.21.12 @ 3:23 pm

Love when asshole adults like Dan and frank are so immature they can’t respect a kids decision. Its all about you and your half ass football program who can’t put 20 thousand fans in the stadium. I am a Pitt basketball season ticket holder and wouldn’t spend a dime on the Pitt football program. It’s a joke

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 3:23 pm

the old soft sell dident work this time
well hell you cant win them all.

Comment by FRANKCAN 12.21.12 @ 3:26 pm

Wd, it’s peolpe like you why Pitt program is bad. You probably would pay 4 times a smuch to watch the Steelers at heinz than Pitt

Comment by wbb 12.21.12 @ 3:26 pm

Pitt lands its share of big fish. We missed out on this one. It sucks, but there will be others who are enticed by those things the University has to offer. I wish Foster the best going forward. I’m sure he’ll be a heck of a player for Alabama.

Comment by Swinging Gate 12.21.12 @ 3:26 pm

Wd, I guess you didn’t read my post about trolls who keep taking the bait!!! LOL

Comment by Dan 12.21.12 @ 3:27 pm

I blame Chryst. If he had a defensive coordinator in place before the announcement this would never have happened. Preferably a DC who can run a 4.4 40 and is from Florida, or somewhere in the south, or New Jersey, or somewhere in the mid-west with recruiting ties everywhere and who will stay for about 30 years, and plays a 3-4 or a 4-3 and doesn’t have any relatives anywhere. Damn our luck!

Comment by longsufferingpittfan 12.21.12 @ 3:27 pm

Not to mention the huge sex, drugs & money scandal that they say is going to break around mid-January.

If Alabama gets put on probation, you know??

Hope his handlers told him about that, and weren’t keeping it to themselves!!!

Comment by Dan 12.21.12 @ 3:29 pm

I bet Wanny could have landed Foster!!

Comment by Why me 12.21.12 @ 3:29 pm

From ESPN.com

After Foster’s official visit to Alabama in late October, he tweeted he was ready to make a commitment. He later backed off, but he wrote that his father favored Alabama while his mother wanted him to go to Pittsburgh.

His father, Robert Foster II, liked the Tide better because he felt Foster could play for a national championship in Tuscaloosa, but he did not push his son the Tide’s way. The Tide had to work to get Foster’s mother on board, who initially did not approve of Alabama.

“I needed to have reassurance they could accommodate him on the academic level,” Sherrice Clements said Wednesday.

Education was the biggest factor in Foster’s commitment. After struggling academically his freshman and sophomore years, Foster has made the classroom his focus and stays after school with a tutor twice a week.

At Central Valley, Foster has an extensive circle and group for support. Alabama was able to show him they can provide the same for him.

“The most important thing,” he said Tuesday, “is the academic and support system.”

Hmmm

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.21.12 @ 3:29 pm

Chas, that last updated sentence of yours in this thread is just sour grapes. Give the kid your best wishes and “Roll Tide”. Since we will never play Bama, wish no harm towards them. That is of course until Pitt opposes them in our future National Championship game against each other, then that’s a different story.

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.21.12 @ 3:31 pm

It would’ve been a coup to land Foster if he weren’t from the Pittsburgh area.

BUT

Kids choose to go to local schools over more established powerhouses all the time to stay closer to home.

Shell picked Pitt over bama just last year for goodness sake!

You don’t build yourself into a power until you can put that fence up around your school’s region and keep the top guys at home. That’s the bare minimum if you want to move from a mediocre program to an upper echelon program. It starts in your backyard, and then once you lock that down and win a little, then you go pluck guys from other parts of the country.

Pitt gets some of them, but they can’t consistently get the top talent from Pittsburgh.

Comment by Jimbo Covert's My Dad 12.21.12 @ 3:31 pm

@Pitt Dad
Interesting indeed.

Comment by Floyd 12.21.12 @ 3:31 pm

If Foster chose Alabama over Pitt for their academics, he was clearly misled. I’m sorry, but Pitt is the better academic institution.

Comment by PatMac 12.21.12 @ 3:32 pm

“The most important thing is the Academic and support system” that a SEC school can give? I have a feeling what that means. Fluff classes to go along with a tutor that does most of the work. Hell, didn’t Dexter Manley get a degree from Bama or was that Auburn when he couldn’t read or write?

Comment by Why me 12.21.12 @ 3:33 pm

WD have you been on here before are you a WVU
trool dont talk to dan that way he is one of the best posters on here.

Comment by FRANKCAN 12.21.12 @ 3:34 pm

When people swear they are frustrated.

Comment by frank MD 12.21.12 @ 3:34 pm

Pitt Dad’s post kind of confirms what I had been thinking for a while. Foster really wanted Bama but the only thing holding him up was his mom.

Comment by wbb 12.21.12 @ 3:34 pm

Alabama is the West Virginia of the south, so, let’s leave academics out of this.

After all, this is college we’re talking about!!!!!!!

Comment by Dan 12.21.12 @ 3:35 pm

Just catching up with the news that he picked Bama….seems a lot of people are surprised at this..I would of been surprised if it was Pitt myself…
…do we really want a kid that had everyone thinking he was going to Pitt and then picked Bama…I don’t know the kid and never met him but he sounds like a lot more trouble than he is worth right now.

Some people posting needs to cool it on the personal attacks.. I know today was suppose to be the end of the world but Foster going to Bama is not the reason for the end to start..(I don’t think the Mayans only watched Pro Football) ..If Pitt is going to rise to top it will take different type of player than Foster.

Comment by milobloom 12.21.12 @ 3:35 pm

It seems that Foster preferred Alabama’s “academic support system” to Pitt’s. I don’t think Foster meant to say that Alabama has better academics than Pitt.

Comment by Swinging Gate 12.21.12 @ 3:36 pm

@FRANKCAN, thanks pal, I’m good, having a blast with him!!!!!!

Comment by Dan 12.21.12 @ 3:36 pm

I can state with absolute certainty that the Pitt undergraduate counseling system provides a level of academic and personal support unparalled at any other academic institution. If students generally are accorded such phenomenal support, I can only assume the support system available for Pitt athletes must be as good if not better.

Something doesn’t hang together here.

Still, the young man made his choice and I hope he makes the most of it.

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.21.12 @ 3:37 pm

Hey Dan I will be troll sitting in front row seats at Alabama watching a kid I coached go to play for national championships. Watch your panthers in an empty stadium in a conference that will go through the same thing the big east has once fla St and Miami and Clemson and ga tech leave

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 3:38 pm

@PatMac
I don’t think that was the point. Pitt is the better academic institution. But the kid needs to be able to pass in order to play. I guess Alabama has better tutors.

Comment by Floyd 12.21.12 @ 3:39 pm

WD GET OFF ARE POST GO BACK TO WVU
and for your info 2 days ago i posted that some people on different posts thought boyd was better and foster had not made his pick yet.
so bug off get off are post till you know how to behave like a gentlemen.

Comment by FRANKCAN 12.21.12 @ 3:42 pm

Hey frank u genius if u read my earlier posts you will see I said for foster to make the wpial proud down at bama and that I am a Pitt ball season ticket holder.

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 3:45 pm

We may have lost a great one, but who knows, I remember when Walt lost a bunch of four and five stars. None of them amounted to much. I hope only the best for Foster and will sleep fine tonight.

I did notice we have verbals from 4 tight ends and JP Holtz looked pretty good. Who knows, maybe Boyd will come. He could start as a freshmen and has better grades, won’t have to go to prep school as rumored with Foster.

Comment by gc 12.21.12 @ 3:46 pm

“Hey Dan I will be troll sitting in front row seats at Alabama watching a kid I coached go to play for national championships.”

NCAA would love to hear how you got those seats.

Comment by Why me 12.21.12 @ 3:46 pm

@Milo. Most of us moved on about 1 minute after the announcement.

We’re just having some fun with a WVU troll, or a 12 or 13 year old that just got home from school and got on Mom’s computer!!! LOL

Personally myself, I have 50-60 employees that I have to watch and make sure that they don’t overdue it here this afternoon at our company Christmas party.

An 18 year old making a college decision?? As Hyman Roth would say about the Rosato brothers, “small potato’s”!!

Comment by Dan 12.21.12 @ 3:46 pm

Sort of like the gentleman you were to bad mouth an 18 yr old kid who doesn’t pick your half ass football program.

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 3:47 pm

Wd, what is the bug up your ass? We get it, you hate Pitt football. Move on already.

Comment by Floyd 12.21.12 @ 3:49 pm

WD, are you a long time Pitt basketball supporter … or just a recent front runner?

Comment by wbb 12.21.12 @ 3:51 pm

I work with a couple guys, that coached kids in youth football and high school, that lived their lives through the one star they coached.

Quite pathetic. Every story starts with, “hey, I was one of Jimmy Boys coaches you know”.

20 years later, they have nothing else, and every story still starts with “hey, I was that Jimmy Boys coach”.

Hey, when I was at Pitt, I played in a couple pick up basketball games with Dan Marino.

You guys impressed now???? LOL

Comment by Dan 12.21.12 @ 3:51 pm

Dan your company isn’t big enough and doesn’t have enough money to land the four or five star stud recruits like the SEC big boys. Keep tryin maybe someday you will get out of the bbva compass bowl.

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 3:51 pm

I never once bad mouthed an 18 year old kid.

I said I could care less about his pick, he didn’t pick us, time for us to move on.

Seems like you’re the one who is infatuated with this kid.

I’m thinkin’ a restraining order may be called for pal!!!

Comment by Dan 12.21.12 @ 3:52 pm

Wbb been there since Jerome lane broke the backboard

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 3:53 pm

Roll tide Woo hoo

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 3:55 pm

I’m loving the banter, Kenny Powers quote, “Only assholes from West Virginia and State Penn tell people to eat shit. If you don’t like the people here, try a hoopie blog”. Very funny, we’re above such low brow comebacks, yeah,,,right.

Of course, us Pitt Faithful have much more sophistication than to utter such moronic comments Wd.

So in parting, my I suggest that you simply consume feces, you rectal orifice. LOL

BTW, lets all quit whining. I seem to remember that we reeled in a top RB named Shell just a few months ago. As I mentioned earlier, NEXT!!!!

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.21.12 @ 3:56 pm

You guys are so easy to get ruffled. Shows absolutely no confidence in your program and an inferiority complex. It’s hilarious

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 3:56 pm

My company?? First of all, I’m a partner in a company, not just mine.

Second of all, my comment was, that there are some more important things in life, like making sure everyone gets home safely and does not get drunk at the company Christmas party, than where an 18 year old decides to go to college.

Our company has nothing to do with Pitt, or Pitt recruiting or anything in sports.

Allthough, now that you brought up money, and recruiting, and Foster, and Alabama……………..what exactly are you saying?????

Comment by Dan 12.21.12 @ 3:58 pm

Money talks While wannabes go to the compass bowl.

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 4:00 pm

Nope wd, obvious by your posts, you are absolutely ruffled.

You’ve taken all the baiting!!! LOL

Now, you try to act like you have us ruffled.

Nice try, not gonna work here with this crowd.

You’re some guy still living his high school fantasy’s through an 18 year old who will never even remember your name a year from now.

We all know them. They’re at every high school football and basketball game.

Let me guess, you wear a baseball cap with your high schools letters on it around town???

Am I right?? Ya, of course I am.

We all know you!!! LOL

Comment by Dan 12.21.12 @ 4:01 pm

Dr Tom go fist yourself

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 4:02 pm

Alabama can’t even beat Texas A&M….at home yet!!!

nyuck, nyuck, nyuck

Comment by Dan 12.21.12 @ 4:04 pm

Hey Dan I am wearing an Alabama hat right now. Slugging down beers and planning my trips to bama games next year.

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 4:04 pm

Swearing not nice. Use facts or common sense.

Comment by frank MD 12.21.12 @ 4:04 pm

Wd pitt is a better school than bama not in football but if you went to pitt you would know that.
no one who loves pitt talks like you do get off are post
and if you read my posts from to day i never put foster down
the only one i put down was you for acting like a ass go back to WVU.

and leave us in peace chas can ban you if you
keep being a ass so get lost or grow up.

Comment by FRANKCAN 12.21.12 @ 4:05 pm

Doesn’t matter if they beat Texas a&m all they have to do is beat the Irish and they claim another national championship. When was your last one? 1976. Lol

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 4:06 pm

LMAO, as a Pitt Fan perfectly aware of why a kid would chose to play for a team that wins championships. Good for him. Hope he does great.

Wd, you need help. Good luck over the holidays.

Comment by gc 12.21.12 @ 4:07 pm

Telling the world you’re going to the state of Alabama, really isn’t causing the world to shudder with jealousy!!! LOL

By the way, when you took him out the water bottle, did he really prefer water, or did you serve him gatorade???

Comment by Dan 12.21.12 @ 4:08 pm

Frank it’s ok You guys might get Boyd. I hope you do cause you need some type of talent at wr

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 4:09 pm

Hey Dan front row national championship game. I will be there. Look for me with my eat shit Pitt shirt on

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 4:11 pm

Ok, you win. Gotta go. Merry Christmas to all, even to you Wd.

Comment by Dan 12.21.12 @ 4:12 pm

Wd,
You obviously got a “N” for works well with others in 1st grade. You were never able make the JV teams and were left by the phone on prom night.

You still maintain a nice one bedroom apartment in your Mom’s basement. You are obsessed with message boards because it is the only place people will talk to you…….

It is time for you to go, your mommy is calling you for dinner!

BTW, I hope your Bama butt buddies lose to ND.

Best wishes to Robert Foster. I hope you do well, but it would have been nice to have you in PITT blue and gold.

Comment by Jason 12.21.12 @ 4:14 pm

Love Pitt football fans. It’s so funny watching you guys wallow in your 30 year misery. At least you guys kept your coach this year. Way to go. It’s a step in the right direction, next step beat youngstown states of the world.

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 4:14 pm

Merry Xmas Dan you were fun to battle with.

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 4:18 pm

Wd,
Your Alabama degree has served you well! You have no life, are still living at home and having exotic dreams about Alabama football players.

I used to like bama till you.

Go ND beat bama!

Comment by Jason 12.21.12 @ 4:22 pm

Jason read the posts from earlie. I have Pitt bball season tickets and hoped foster made the wpial proud. I am not from bama

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 4:25 pm

Wd is what Foster’s going to get when he goes to Bama. That and lots of confederate flags flying everywhere.

Comment by longsufferingpittfan 12.21.12 @ 4:28 pm

Not sure if it’s been mentioned above, but this came courtesy of Chris Peak via PantherLair’s Twitter account:

“On Wednesday Robert Foster texted his family and said he was going to #Pitt. On Friday he changed his mind and committed to #Alabama.”

Bob Lichtenfels of 247Sports.com corroborated with this from his own Twitter account:

“Mark Lyons (CV coach) said as of last night Robert Foster was going to Pitt, changed his mind this morning.”

Comment by Stoosh 12.21.12 @ 4:29 pm

Maybe the Mayans meant that the world was going to end for Pitt today….:-)

Anyway….I had been thinking that Pitt would get either Foster or Boyd and not both. I believe that Boyd was waiting to see what Foster would do.

That being said, I feel that Boyd will chose Pitt now and be the the man at WR….not the #2 choice of the QB.

Comment by Jackagain 12.21.12 @ 4:31 pm

@ long suffering. Don’t forget alot of chances to play for national championships

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 4:31 pm

It really kind of says something that most Pitt fans are handling this with more grace and dignity than the ‘Bama fans seem to be.

Overwhelming sentiment from Pitt fans both here and on Twitter seems to be disappointed but congratulatory towards Foster.

Sorry to say that ‘Bama fans haven’t acted quite the same. Lots of cocky arrogance. Shame on you, ‘Bama fans. You’re a good program that should be well above rubbing something like this in the face of a program on a much different level than yours right now.

Comment by Stoosh 12.21.12 @ 4:33 pm

Stoosh, I think he made a mistake. Paul Chryst is a good guy and players at Wisconsin loved him. Nick Saban has certainly been successful, but doubt he cares half as much about his players.
I don’t wish Robert Foster any ill will, but I think after he signs on the dotted line he’ll realize the honeymoon is over.

Comment by Justinian 12.21.12 @ 4:45 pm

Wd no way you are a pitt fan no way you went to pitt.
and as far as calling me a genius you ment it as a put down but my IQ is 127 nationl averge is 90
what is yours 80.
genius starts at what 135 i am not sure but i think so.
now go back to WVU.

Comment by FRANKCAN 12.21.12 @ 4:46 pm

WB,

If you’re willing to discuss Boyd vs. Foster like an adult, I’ll offer this much:

They’re two different players. Foster is a bit more of a conventional deep-threat receiver. He runs excellent deep routes. He has very good hands. He’s 6’2″, 180-190 and he can jump, so he can go up and get the ball. He’s not quite as strong getting underneath or sitting down in the zone as he is on deep routes. That’s not to say he’s bad at it; Foster is a terrific route runner. He’s just better stretching the field.

Boyd is a little bit smaller – 6’1″, 175-180. He’s probably not as polished a receiver as Foster, but he’s probably a little bit quicker or more agile. He’s also incredible after the catch. It’s probably not a stretch to say Boyd may be more of a threat as a game-breaker from anywhere on the field as compared to Foster.

Comment by Stoosh 12.21.12 @ 4:49 pm

Don’t feed the hoopie troll folks….

Comment by Jackagain 12.21.12 @ 4:49 pm

Oops. Meant last post for “WD”, not “WB”.

Comment by Stoosh 12.21.12 @ 4:50 pm

Guys, Let’s hope Tyler Boyd picks Pitt. He’s a terrific player and I hear he has no academic issues.

Comment by Justinian 12.21.12 @ 4:53 pm

Wd is a funny guy. BTW, apparently my hand is too big to comply with your suggestion.

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.21.12 @ 4:54 pm

We will never get every recruit we want. Let’s move on. The fact that we have a much better passer at QB next year is exciting and a good passer makes all WRs better, will get more out of TEs, will likely give RBs more screen options, and can open up the running game. Better QB, OL with a year plus experience with the coach,… Good times ahead. Good luck Mr Foster. We competed with Alabama on a top recruit and we lost. I like that we are competing on top recruits. We win some. We lose some.

Comment by Dish 12.21.12 @ 4:56 pm

Academic support system? Does that mean Saban promised me that others will do my homework and take my tests? Saban comes across as very dirty to me. I also think he bolts to the Browns. He has nothing else to prove in college. Ya, Bamy beats Pitt on atmosphere and is in the better conference and does compete for titles mainly due to Saban because he is one hell of a coach. Best of luck to the kid. He could have made a bigger mark at Pitt…just my opinion. That’s if establishing a legacy matters. Bama was littered with 4 stars. I hope Pitt lands Boyd now. Boyd was the PA football athlete of the year. Pitt has some good future quarterbacks lining up. Will need some good receivers to catch those many TDs. And I will not address the assclown troll whom I believe to be a Nitter or Hoopie and is just bitter that his depressed life didn’t end today. Pitt’s new era is just beginning…with or without Foster.

Comment by TX Panther 12.21.12 @ 5:02 pm

More misdirection from Nick Saban as rumors of return to NFL swirl?

That is one of the headlines on Yahoo Sports. If Foster changed his mind over night based on what he may have had for breakfast then if Saban leaves for the NFL before LOI day, we may have Foster back here. Regardless, we all wish him well and who knows if he eats something strange again on LOI day?

Comment by JD 12.21.12 @ 5:08 pm

Honestly guys, I care about who we get. Not the guys we don’t. I couldn’t care less what Foster does going forward. I’d love to see Boyd come to Pitt and any other local players who want to play here. I’m very proud of western PA football and I’m proud of Pitt’s tradition. When home grown players like Tony Dorsett, Dan Marino, Bill Fralic, Tyler Palko, DeJuan Blair, and Rushel Shell choose to play at Pitt, we take a special pride in their accomplishments.

Comment by Justinian 12.21.12 @ 5:27 pm

JD you could be right we will be ok with out him
if chryst just keeps thoes big line men comeing.
we will be ok.
to bad you werent here in time to take on the troll and put him in his place.

Comment by FRANKCAN 12.21.12 @ 5:28 pm

For all Pitt fans i’ll echo what I said before, best of luck to Foster. Hope he does well. Time to move on.

Comment by Kenny Powers 12.21.12 @ 5:28 pm

Disappointed that he picked Bama. I was actually surprised. It’s tough to see top talent leave the area, but I mean no shame in losing out to Bama. I always root for WPIAL players who matriculate somewhere other than Pitt, unless they are playing Pitt, so hope Foster enjoys a successful career.

Would have been sweet to get him, but as I said last night, I think Dorian Johnson was the most important commit. No idea what Boyd will do. I wonder if any other receivers that Pitt is still pursuing?

Comment by Iron Duke 12.21.12 @ 5:38 pm

Dr Tom that was a good try though

Comment by Wd 12.21.12 @ 5:39 pm

My only question from the ESPN report about his mom being happy with Alabama’s academic support system. Do they actually help you learn anything, or do they just keep you elegible to play.

Comment by Justinian 12.21.12 @ 5:46 pm

Justinian, 2 posts ago…well said.

Comment by Iron Duke 12.21.12 @ 5:53 pm

Wd – just go away. I’m sure you can find another blog to live your boring life through. You’re like a whiny ex-girlfriend who won’t go away when you’re not wanted. Nuff said. Go.

Comment by Dish 12.21.12 @ 5:58 pm

This one isn’t a surprise folks. Kids are often lured by the success of big time programs. They all believe that they will have an immediate impact and they all believe that they are headed to the NFL. What they often forget is that there are tons of players with their talent and better that are also attending the school. That being said, we should wish the kid well.

Hard to select Pitt when you don’t have a proven QB to sell to receivers. Let’s hope that next year we will have a quality QB. Thank GOD that the O line is coming along. Rushel Shell should have a monster of a year so the “pitch and catch” might not be such a necessity.

As for the kids decision… Alabama can be a tough place for a kids from Western PA. The culture in Alabama can take a little time to adjust too if your not use to things.

Comment by Pitt fan in Atlanta 12.21.12 @ 6:03 pm

Dish. There’s no use. There’s no stopping the Bammers. Just ask Toomer’s Corner

Comment by TonyC 12.21.12 @ 6:04 pm

Iron Duke, Thanks.

Frankcan, you’re right as long as Chryst keeps bringing the big guys up front, we’ll be fine.

Comment by Justinian 12.21.12 @ 6:05 pm

Alabama is West Virginia without all the intellectuals.

Comment by 66Goat 12.21.12 @ 6:08 pm

66Goat, That’s the best line I’ve heard in a while! I’ll have to remember that.

Comment by Justinian 12.21.12 @ 6:13 pm

Foster may yet change his mind particularly if Saban bolts. Yes, it will be a culture shock for such a young kid. I experienced it when I moved down South. Yes, the classes are easier at Bamy and it seems the kid wants to stay eligible while playing. Again, I can’t fault him. But, until he signs his LOI, I think Chryst should keep on talking by simply staying in touch. I would keep a scholie reserved just for him…just in case.

Comment by TX Panther 12.21.12 @ 6:27 pm

from today’s PG:

link to post-gazette.com

66Goat, good one!

Comment by wbb 12.21.12 @ 6:28 pm

I listened to Paul Finebaum show on XM radio coming home from work on the College Sports station. Finebaum is a big Bama fan, as are many o his callers.

There was not one mention about Foster — guess these Bama fans are used to get what they want, and Foster is just one of the several 4/5 stars in the fold.

There was, however, much Nick Saban leaving talk.

Comment by wbb 12.21.12 @ 6:32 pm

All I can say is, beat Syracuse, make a field goal in South Bend and whip up on UCONN the next week and go to a better bowl game with a 9 & 3 record and maybe, just maybe Foster chooses Pitt. Then you get a couple of other good/great recruits and the future is bright. But instead you get this. I can’t blame the kid, Bama is playing for the the chance at the first ever back to back BCS championships. Who wouldn’t want to be associated with a winning program like that. Bummer. At least there is Scotch.

Comment by LUV PITTBULLS 12.21.12 @ 7:00 pm

Let’s see what Foster is driving in the spring before we cast judgement on Chryst’s ability to recruit or not recruit.

Comment by PittofDreams 12.21.12 @ 7:08 pm

Wow, over 200 comments, this got more response then the last several games.

Oh it’s too bad the kid picked Bama. He would have been a superstar at Pitt more than likely, who knows at Bama. I remember that hotshot 5 star RB from North Hills HS when Walt was Coach who went to Miami and was heard from again.

Bama has not produced ANY Larry Fitgeralds or Antonio Bryants !

I had a hunch he wasn’t going with us, as PiTT was making too many late offers. And I hope this didn’t letdown too many ppl. The local media loves to build things up for a big letdown for Pitt ppl.

Comment by Emel 12.21.12 @ 7:09 pm

** Line 4 (typo)

Walt as Coach who went to Miami and Never was heard from again.

This kid decommitted with the kid from Penn Hills who was a QB flop at Pedo State.

Comment by Emel 12.21.12 @ 7:12 pm

So, a kid who’s extremely close to his family and who said Bobby Engram is the best WR coach in the country is going to go over 1000 miles away to school?! They currently have 7 freshman WR on the roster and only one Sr. WR who doesn’t even play. Something isn’t jiving.

Comment by Joe Bull 12.21.12 @ 3:17 pm

Word is he might have to go the Prep School Route.
Knowing that this was all an ego thing for the kid.

After scanning over the comments, I can see the blog really got trolled today. lol

Comment by Emel 12.21.12 @ 7:25 pm

Pitt BB on ESPN at 5 pm Sunday. See if any recruits attend.

Comment by frank MD 12.21.12 @ 7:33 pm

If he goes to prep school, he has to be recruited all over again.

Comment by Joe Bull 12.21.12 @ 7:38 pm

WBB – Finebaum did talk about the Foster signing. It was his lead at first of show. Spent about 2 minutes on the subject. Said came down to Alabama & (in his snarky voice)Pittsburgh. He seened to be happy with the consensous 5-star from Pennsylvania.

If Alabama is like South Carolina(USC) they put alot of money into a Athletic Academic Resouce Center. USC’s cost over 20 million. Three stories,full of computer’s, small rooms for tutoring, plenty of tutors, a cafeteria,etc. Supposedly helped get Lattimore & Clowney to commit.Parent’s were thrilled to see that their son’s had access to help so that their academic side was not ignored.

Pitt should have one but is it state of the art? That’s what all the SEC dollars are being poured into besides football.

Comment by PITT-cocks Fan 12.21.12 @ 7:52 pm

Again, Saban is gone after next year. The number of Alabama WR’s in the NFL is not impressive.
But hey, you play in big games you win some you lose some.

Comment by SFPitt 12.21.12 @ 8:17 pm

right Joe Bull

We lost out on LeSean McCoy to Miami on the first go round. Shady then went to Prep School and Pitt won out in Round 2.

So anything can happen. That teenage troll can still eat Pitt’s shit

Comment by Emel 12.21.12 @ 8:21 pm

BTW.
treat the wvulgar trolls as you would dog droppings. Smell them from a distance:Recognize them for what they are and don’t get any on your shoes.
Besides, CALU will start outrecruiting them soon as Holgersen will get fired or leave on his own within 3 years.
Good luck to Foster. Hail to Pitt.

Comment by SFPitt 12.21.12 @ 8:25 pm

We are looking for leaders at Pitt, not followers.

The easier route is always going with a team or program on top atm. It takes a special kid who wants to be part of rebuilding or building a program into a national power again. Again a leader not a follower. Which is why Pitt has had so many NFL greats & players. They have something else, that certain something.

And maybe you too will be added to Pitt’s 8 NFL Hall of Famers.

Comment by Emel 12.21.12 @ 8:26 pm

If there’s a troll, do not engage him. That’s the worst punishment.

Comment by panther94 12.21.12 @ 8:31 pm

ok foster is history forget him.
but we need a WR this year at least one more

And we need a rb to replace clement .
and of course we need some more big ol men
and dl men.

you know there is more deph at wr then at rb
we really need that rb.

we only have 4 rb next year.

Comment by FRANKCAN 12.21.12 @ 8:58 pm

emael, what are you talking about? you’re implying it’s easier/less of a challenge for foster to go to alabama, compete for a starting spot, compete againar the best athletes in college football every week in the SEC than to play in front of 35,000 “fans” at heinz field vs MAC teams and mostly mediocre ACC teams? really? get a clue.

Comment by scott 12.21.12 @ 9:38 pm

Julio Jones is no slouch in the league. Kid made the right choice. Would you choose Pitt with Steve Peterson as an AD? Look at the leadership and past 5 coaches in 3 years. You go to win Championships and Bama like them or not has proven year in and year out Under Saban they can do it. Good Luck kid. Go Pitt!

Comment by Upittbaseball 12.21.12 @ 9:43 pm

I was shocked to see it took some 200 posts for someone to ask what color Escalade Foster will be rolling in down in Bama… I bet he gets the crimson red one and mom and dad get the pearl white… Just sayin’

Comment by Pitt2Cali 12.21.12 @ 10:36 pm

Understand the choice… best of luck to the WPA kid who gets to go a dominant program.

As good people said above, once Chryst starts building something in 1-2 yrs this will change…

Hey, here is one wishful thinking scenario…

… now we get Boyd because he will be the star and doesn’t have to compete against Foster…

… then Sabin leaves for an NFL offer in the off season and Foster changes his mind back to Pitt…

lol…

… OK, it’s Christmas so one can hope…

Hey, Pitt is getting the type of recruits it needs to become a nationally relevant program again (linemen, loaded with QB and RB prospects) and look at the strategy with the redshirts this year…

Pitt should compete well in its first year in the ACC, be relevant at the top of the league and go to a good mid/top tier bowl next year.

This year really didn’t count and how many years does a good coach needs to turn around a troubled program??

Comment by PittScript 12.21.12 @ 10:40 pm

Pitt won on recruiting McCoy because of the injury…

BTW, academic help means that some girl will be doing Foster’s homework and taking his tests. Also he’ll be getting a free convertible to drive to his classes.

Comment by Jackagain 12.21.12 @ 10:42 pm

Upittbaseball…Alabama is a place where wide receivers go to die…

Comment by Jackagain 12.21.12 @ 10:44 pm

u bunch of internet nit wits , surprise, u beat our playrs and alumini up and think they care;. shame on u

Comment by paul shannon 12.21.12 @ 10:55 pm

foster said in the newspaper part of the reason
he did not come to pitt was he did not want to be the man.
he just wanted to be another recruit and bama has so many good players he will get his wish.

new pitt offers i think not sure if i posted these before.
WR CORY COOPER 6 FOOT 190 POUNDS NC

WR MALIQUE BELFORT NY 6 FOOT 4 170 POUNDS.

Comment by FRANKCAN 12.21.12 @ 10:55 pm

The kid that was a shoe in for pitt during the walt years was Andrew Johnson. That was a mistake for him to go away so far from his support system. An injury and “bad” company left him off the field with many other Miami 4-5 stars. To this day, Johnson still says he made the right choice! Really? The answer is that he didn’t make the right choice and still can’t admit it.

The other 4-5 star Pitt lean for walt that went elsewhere, was A Morelli. Another mistake. He left a solid qb coach and went to qb hell at State Penn.

With regard to Foster, he is obviously still conflicted as evidenced in the video. I am convinced that he put himself in a bind with an announcement date and was forced to choose before he got the facts straight.I think that Pitt may get some reverse mojo back from the two metioned above come LOI day.

If he is intent on doing things for his high school, he should have stayed local, where his student body could support him! If it was about academics, he can’t do much better than Pitt. Remember, Pitt is in the top 100 universities in the WORLD!!! Alabama does not enjoy such academic stature. I think once the dust settles, we still have a shot at him.

AS for Boyd, same thing. These kids are good enough to go anywhere, but when you need to manufacture reasons as to why you need to go, it is clear that you have been sold. Some kids like to get away from family and friends and thrive in that scenario. But for those that need support, you need to stay. I am happy with both, with either, or with none. I want kids in the program that want to be here and I think PC is nurturing that mentality. I would encourage PC to adopt the DW approach on these things. If you give me your word and break it, you can’t come back. Northerners are never accepted into the southern circle. They are still fighting the war, believe it or not. For anyone that has gone through that, you have to agree. It’s an impossible fit. I wish him well.

Comment by dhuffdaddy 12.21.12 @ 11:27 pm

Hey Paul…don’t look now but the 3 Stooges are on Youtube…

Comment by Jackagain 12.21.12 @ 11:50 pm

@scott get a clue ?

I bet I could beat you in the game of Clue, lol

And I could checkmate in you in 6 moves or less in Chess.

Now go back to the wvcc or nitter blog and be a big man.

Comment by Emel 12.22.12 @ 3:21 am

As for the putz Finebaum on his radio show, he might have not paid today’s decision much attn.

However on Alabama.com, it’s warranted almost as many comments as the NRA’s stmt today.

link to al.com

That’s saying something.

Hail to Pitt !
Veritas et Virtus !
Death to all Trolls !

Comment by Emel 12.22.12 @ 3:24 am

That’s him dhuffdaddy

For some/most area hs kids it behooves them to go to Pitt, it’s the natural order of things.
When you screw with the natural order of things, like Johnson & Morelli did, it generally doesn’t turn out good for all those involved.

Pitt & Pittsburgh……Someplace Special !!

Comment by Emel 12.22.12 @ 3:31 am

Hey about that,,,,,

The World did not end.

Frickin Mayans, Jokesters. :-)

Comment by Emel 12.22.12 @ 3:35 am

You’re right Emel, the world did not end. In fact, the best is yet to come.

The fact that a speial talent like Robert Foster had his choice down to Alabama and Pitt is testimony to Chryst and his assistants doing something right.

It didn’t have to be Pitt. Ohio State would have been just as suitable for a hometown choice option. And despite anything you might hear don’t think for a second that Urban Meyer would not have been glad to be in that position.

As I stated, months and months ago, long before the season began… Foster should have never been looked at as a “must have” by the Pitt staff. He was always a REACH given his obvious talent.

But, given the unexpected trials and tribulations of the first year of the Chryst tenure at Pitt, the mere fact that Foster looks to be seriously torn in his decision… can not be looked at as anything else but a positive sign for the Pitt recruiting successes yet to come.

Now, the responsibility falls squarely on the shoulder of Chryst and his staff. It’s up to them to simply start deliving delivering the kind of wins I and other ardent supporters believe possible.

At that point, in the new Mayan era… we can celebrate in the next Robert Foster choosing Pitt and in doing so see him shedding tears of joys rather than sadness.

Comment by PittofDreams 12.22.12 @ 5:55 am

Northerners are accepted in the south where there are northerners. But Bamy is the true south and you won’t find many northern or southern…mexican, latin america, immigrants there. Believe me the culture shock will be tremendous. He will be homesick that first year but if he can get through it, he should do fine. Surprised that he said he didn’t want to be the man. I can understand the pressure but I wouldn’t pass up that chance. Let’s move on. FRANKCAN, what are our chances with Boyd and Moody. Those are the two PA studs still left on the board for us. Also to all you Nitter and Hoopie trolls out there. I plan on playing the following numbers…13 and 9, and 12 and 0.

Comment by TX Panther 12.22.12 @ 6:53 am

WVU got a boost yesterday …. they can finally boast that some of their athletes will actually be employable in society. Their top rated shooting team can now find jobs as elementary school guards (along with their mascot.)

Comment by wbb 12.22.12 @ 7:39 am

Rumors surrounding Nick Saben going to Cleveland just do not make sense…Saben LOVES to play golf.
I can’t think of a better place than Northern Ohio to play a liesurely 18, especially in November through March.

Saben to San Diego where Norv Turner will soon be given the back door makes more sense.

Comment by isnore 12.22.12 @ 7:51 am

golfing season for NFL coaches is between Feb thru June, and Saban can pick between his So FL and So Cal homes. When in Cleveland, he can travel an hour south to Firestone, 1.5 hrs SW to Muirfield Village or an hour west to Highlands Meadows (less by helicopter or private plane)… all world class courses as well as a handfulor country clubs and resort courses in greater Cleveland

Comment by wbb 12.22.12 @ 8:28 am

Hey dish blow me. Have fun at the compASS bowl. Losers. Roll tide

Comment by Wd 12.22.12 @ 8:31 am

Emel, great Bama link. Goes to show how different things are at that level, perennial BCS championship contender. If this blog breaks 200 posts that’s a lot of interest in a topic. When I hit the Bama link there were 1160 posts regarding the Foster commit. Even read some where the Bama faithful don’t think Foster is a quality recruit, questioning his speed. Anyway nothing we can do but hope some kid steps up and surprises everyone next year.

Comment by LUV PITTBULLS 12.22.12 @ 8:32 am

Ohio has some great golf. He could golf a few rounds with Jack. Saban to Cleveland makes sense. Foster to Bamy doesn’t. If it doesn’t feel right Robert, don’t do it. What recruits will be at the game tonight?

Comment by TX Panther 12.22.12 @ 8:34 am

Gosh, this is the most posts on a thread over a kid who is a high school senior. So he chose Alabama over our beloved Pitt. May he do well at ‘Bama. Lets move on to more important Pitt issues.

Comment by MariettaMike 12.22.12 @ 8:35 am

remember, the new Browns owner is also a Tennessee booster which contributed the 2% ownership in the Browns as part of the offer to attract Gruden to the Vols. Who knows what he would offer to get Saban who supposedly is an acquaintance of his.

Saban’s leaving Bama is certainly not a sure thing by any means, but what part of Saban’s past suggests that he will stay as a long term coach anywhere?

Comment by wbb 12.22.12 @ 8:38 am

In Gorman’s artcle today in the b, he said that Foster was undecided Thurs night and said yesterday morning he prayed for God’s guidance.(sound familiar??)

Apparently, God is not a Pitt fan … as if we already didn’t know that.

Comment by wbb 12.22.12 @ 8:58 am

But seriously, Gorman’s article is a pretty good read

link to triblive.com

Comment by wbb 12.22.12 @ 8:58 am

Us old folks remember Namath to AL and the Steelers not getting Dorsett and Marino.

But with Revis and Fitzgerald hopefully getting into the NFL Hall of Fame, Pitt has more than its share of great athletes.

Comment by frank MD 12.22.12 @ 9:25 am

@Scott, your use of ” ” around fans was totally incorrect.

You were trying to take a shot at Pitt only having 35K fans at games. Yep, can’t argue that.

The ” ” use however, questions the actual fans.

That would be totally wrong.

Pitt fans are as rabid and loyal as any other fans in the country, including Alabama, LSU, Texas.

No, we don’t have as many, not nearly as many.

There are however, Pitt die hards, that bleed blue and gold every bit as much as LSU fans bleed purple and gold.

Nope, don’t have 95K on a Saturday night, but the 20-30K die hards that are there for every game take a back seat to no one.

Now, before you jump back at me.

READ what I am saying. No, we don’t have good attendance, that is not an argument, agreed.

I’m talking about the people, that are Pitt fans, whether it be 5K or 20K, are into college football just as much as anyone else around the country.

Hence, your ” ” around fans, was misused.

Comment by Dan 12.22.12 @ 10:08 am

@ dan

i’m quite familiar w/ pitt fans. i’ve been going to pitt games for 35+ years, am a panther club member and have had my season tix for 15 years(i’m 42). my seats are on the 40 yd line in the lower bowl. at least twice a season some old fuck yinzer tells me to sit down when i stand up to cheer the defense on a critical 3rd down. those are the “fans” i’m referring to.

@emel, you’re a loud mouth jerk. btw, disagreeing with you doesn’t automatically make me a less intelligent troll.

Comment by scott 12.22.12 @ 11:28 am

As one of my first supervisors used to say, and I now say when employees tell me they’ve found another job…Goodbye, Goodluck.

The world didn’t end.

Tom Brady was a 6th round draft pick.

Where is Jason Gwaltney now?

Comment by PittStadiumShuffle 12.22.12 @ 11:31 am

Only in Alabama:

link to myfoxdc.com

Comment by 66Goat 12.22.12 @ 11:33 am

Actual post below from AL.com

Bamaboy321
Hope he cuts his hair.
1 Hour Ago
· Reply

Robert, good luck (oh and goodbye)

Comment by PittStadiumShuffle 12.22.12 @ 11:44 am

i also go to at least one away game each season. in the last 10-12 years, i’ve been to games at texas a&m, nebraska, NC state, michigan state, notre dame, iowa and utah…at all of those places, i have NEVER heard one fan yell at another to sit down b/c they’re standing up and cheering for their team.

Comment by scott 12.22.12 @ 1:24 pm

Right on Scott, I’ve experienced exactly the same occurance with “sit down, we can’t see”. WTF, “stand up and improve the view, $hithead”! As a matter of fact, why don’t you substitute yelling encouragement for your team rather than wasting your breath by complaining to people who are standing up AT A FOOTBALL GAME, what a novel concept?!?!?!?!?!

Sorry guys, gotta give Scott a shout out when he exposes an issue that is legitimate IMO.

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.22.12 @ 2:02 pm

@ dr tom,

thanks.

Comment by scott 12.22.12 @ 2:16 pm

emael, what are you talking about? you’re implying it’s easier/less of a challenge for foster to go to alabama, compete for a starting spot, compete againar the best athletes in college football every week in the SEC than to play in front of 35,000 “fans” at heinz field vs MAC teams and mostly mediocre ACC teams? really? get a clue.

Comment by scott 12.21.12 @ 9:38 pm

Somehow this doesn’t sound like a Pitt fan that claims to have gone to games for 35+ years.

We don’t play MAC teams that often. And we haven’t entered the ACC as of yet.

I’m not a yinzer, but I’d tell ya to sit ur ass down as well. Just because !

Comment by Emel 12.22.12 @ 2:34 pm

emel, you’ve just made my case. moron.

Comment by scott 12.22.12 @ 3:08 pm

Kentucky, Auburn, Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri ALL stunk this year.

I’m really tired about this SEC non-sense. Yes they have good players, just like every other conference. If they’re so great why did Syracuse beat Missouri at Mizzou and Rutgers beat Arkansas at Ark ?

I seem to remember Pitt doing pretty well against SEC teams when we played them in Bowl Games.

1976 Sugar Bowl PITT 27 Georgia (SEC champion) 3
1980 Gator Bowl PITT 37 South Carolina 9
1981 Sugar Bowl PITT 27 Georgia (SEC Champs) 20
1989 Sun Bowl PITT 31 Texas A&M 28
2010 Compass Bowl PITT 27 Kentucky 10

F*ck the SEC !

Comment by Emel 12.22.12 @ 3:17 pm

No Scott, just made look the fool for your moronic remarks, putz.

Comment by Emel 12.22.12 @ 3:19 pm

Dr Tom please don’t encourage the trolls.

Comment by Emel 12.22.12 @ 3:23 pm

wow, you can look up bowl scores on the internet. you can cherry pick the worst 5 SEC teams to try and make a point that the SEC isn’t the best conference in Amercia. your logic is overwhelming.

my grandfather was a golden panther, my dad played baseball at pitt for bobby lewis, was team captain in 1962. i’ll put my pitt fan creds up against anyone.

final point: your opinion is your opinion, nothing more and nothng less. and certainly not more informed or credible than mine or dozens of others who comment on this blog. so drop the holier than thou attitude. kudos to foster for wanting to get as far away from asshole losers like you.

Comment by scott 12.22.12 @ 5:07 pm

Scott and Emel, you two better learn to play nice or else you’re both going to get a time when I tell Chas on you.LOL!

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.23.12 @ 10:49 am

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