Amidst all the hoopla of signing day, the Paul Chryst press conference praising the newest Panthers and promising that a DC will be named soon. There was information about the Spring practices and the annual Blue-Gold scrimmage.
The spring practices start on March 5. Seems a bit early when you are limited to only 15 practices, but okay.
They culminate with the Blue-Gold scrimmage that will be held this year at Bethel Park High School. Okay, we knew that the plan was to rotate to different high schools in Western PA. Just so happens to be the same HS as a big 2014 recruiting target for the O-line in Mike Grimm. Nice.
The game will be played on April 12 at 7pm. That’s a Friday. What the hell?
Is the plan to guarantee Pitt fans have an excuse not to make the game? There’s no way anyone from out of the area can make it in for this. (And yes, selfishly that includes myself.) Good luck getting out there right after work on a Friday if you are in the area but don’t live in Bethel Park.
I just don’t get this on any level. The spring game is supposed to be a way to build enthusiasm for the upcoming season. To get the fans talking early. Thinking about the upcoming season. Planning for games. Being optimistic for what could be.
Instead Pitt is holding a practice out in the suburbs on a weeknight.
About the only thing I can figure (or hope for) is that Pitt has worked out a deal with ESPN to broadcast the scrimmage. Something to explain an otherwise inexplicable decision.