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May 13, 2013

Unsurprising Transfers

Filed under: Football,Transfer — Chas @ 7:39 am

Hope everyone had a good weekend and did something nice for their mom, grandma and/or mother of your child (children). We were down at the in-laws. Where there is no wi-fi and a poor internet connection.

On Sunday it finally became official that Deaysean Rippy was transferring from Pitt.

Rippy said he wasn’t totally sure about Pitt when he signed his letter of intent in February 2012.

“I was on the verge of being sure,” he said. “I was kind of overwhelmed. I was an 18-year-old kid at the time. That’s a lot of pressure.”

Rippy said he’s unsure where he will enroll this year, but he said he has been in contact with some Pac-12 schools, including Colorado.

And now he’s past the verge of being sure he wants to be somewhere else.

His transfer has been rumored/in the works for weeks. Making it a non-surprise. This post from Jerry DiPaola last month made it clear that while Rippy may have been torn on his choice of college, his family really wanted him to stay close.

When I heard several weeks ago that Rippy might transfer, the first thought that crossed my mind turned to monkey bread, the sweet, gooey pastry Rippy’s grandmother Marian Rowe served for Pitt coach Paul Chryst when he visited their home prior to signing day last year.

Rowe, I’m sure, doesn’t bake monkey bread for just anyone. But Chryst was special in her eyes. She called it the “wow” factor, and she believed the coach had her grandson’s best interests at heart.

She was right, but the coach/player relationship in college athletics is more complicated that just treating a player right. It’s never easy to keep players happy, especially those who are looking at a second consecutive season of inactivity.

Hate losing potential talent like Rippy. And make no mistake, he has potential. But the questions that dogged him out of high school regarding his motor and desire are only louder after redshirting and failing to have any impact in the spring.

For Rippy, maybe getting further away from family. From a comfortable place will be what he needs.

As for the Davis twins, Chris and Demitrious, their departures were also unsurprising.

Both were recruited by former coach Todd Graham, but signed as a part of Paul Chryst’s first recruiting class in 2012. These Austintown, Ohio, natives both started as receivers, but eventually changed positions. Demitrious moved to running back in 2012, and Chris transitioned to defensive back in the spring.

And both did not appear close to making it on the field for at least another year. The Davis twins simply were not a fit. They wanted to be in, and were built for a standard spread offense where they can do something in space. They were not big receivers. Hence their position switching.

As for the reason for why all three waited this long. Well, this is just my opinion based on the timing (especially with Rippy given how long it has been reported that he’s leaving), but I’m guessing they were waiting to get their second semester grades to be sure they would be academically eligible to transfer.

There are still more transfers rumored, but these three put Pitt below the 85 scholarship limit heading into the 2013 season.

Situation G Att Comp Pct. Yards TD Int Rating Long 1st 15+ 25+
All Plays 13 346 223 64.5 2557 16 9 136.59 79 118 54 18
1st Half 13 194 122 62.9 1238 6 6 120.51 79 59 23 7
2nd Half/OT 13 152 101 66.4 1319 10 3 157.11 61 59 31 11
1st Quarter 13 95 62 65.3 609 4 4 124.59 79 29 9 3
2nd Quarter 13 99 60 60.6 629 2 2 116.61 46 30 14 4
3rd Quarter 13 86 59 68.6 736 4 2 151.20 56 35 17 7
4th Quarter 12 65 42 64.6 583 6 0 170.42 61 24 14 4

Comment by wbb 05.14.13 @ 12:10 pm

If memory serves me, Tino has always been prone to mistakes especially in close games.

Comment by Floyd 05.14.13 @ 12:12 pm

yet in his soph year, he had 0 Ints and 6 Tds in 4th qtr (more TDs than any other quarter)

Comment by wbb 05.14.13 @ 12:20 pm

Reed blasted me on what i said abought chryst and
his recruiting.
but do you know how i know i was not 100 percent
wrong in what i said it is becuse of Wbb.
Wbb is the one person on here who does not take
sidea he just calls it as he sees it he is all ways
and Wbb wrote this i can see frankcans concern.
and that is what it was a concern.

the only thing i can remmber Wbb being wrong abought is Tino had to do that Wbb sorry.

Comment by FRANKCAN 05.14.13 @ 12:24 pm

Interesting stats regarding Tino’s fourth quarter production as a sophomore. Not to take anything away from Tino, but I think the majority of those TD’s were in games not close and throws to Jonathan Baldwin. I think Tino would have really benefited having a receiver like Baldwin last year.

Comment by Floyd 05.14.13 @ 12:39 pm

Frankcan, I am admittedly an overprotector of a QB who I thought was not only thrown under the bus by his coach but by most on this site, who at the time, was totally in love with the (fraudulant) coach. It should have been obvious that Tino and the entire offense were not meant to play this high octane style, yet it all came down on the QB. The QB who, in my career as a fan, has taken more vicious shots thany any other QB I’veever seen, and then picked himself up and walked (or limped) back to the huddle.

He deserves criticsm for his lack of clutch play but the shots taken at him ,especially in his jr year, were ludicrous.

Comment by wbb 05.14.13 @ 12:42 pm

.. but the shots taken at him (both off and on the filed) were ludicrous

Comment by wbb 05.14.13 @ 12:44 pm

You are absolutely right about Tino’s physical toughness. The kid did take some vicious hits in his time at Pitt and got up every time.

Comment by Floyd 05.14.13 @ 12:47 pm

Fire Dan !!!!

Comment by Dr. Tom 05.14.13 @ 12:54 pm

this last exchange wbb to Franckan again shows how Chryst has class… and is a smart coach. He could have thrown the T. under the bus but did not. was positive and worked with him as best he could… clearly everyone that knew anything knew last year was going to be tough (and we all… now… know why as per last month).

It’s always easy to be constantly negative because after all success and excellence are only for the few… so if I am always negative I have the odds in my favor.

Amazing how the guy is here for 1 season after a crazy 3 years and some people… some, are totally negative.

we will know how well PC is a a recruiter in 2-3 years when we see how his recruits did… to make a categorical statement positive or negative now is premature.

Amazing how we all hate Fraud for the snake oil approach, and now criticize PC for not “selling” the program enough. Yeah, the problem with PC is he does not promote himself enough, put up billboards with his slogans, and run around looking for the next camera op to stick his face in…

… everyone that claims he can’t talk or communicate has not watch the Pitt videos of him and interacting with the players…

And Dorian was a 5 star recruit, along with some 4s (Boyd, Voytik,etc..)… and the bottom line is they are not at Ohio State, where the God Like, Uber recruit resides on his cloud/pedestal beckoning them…. they are here at Pitt.

Oh, and my 19yr twins just went to college… far away… they love the east end/city where they grew up… but hey, not everyone wants to spend their entire young life between the 3 rivers….

Comment by Pittscript 05.14.13 @ 1:01 pm

oh, and that last statement was not directed at Franckan… just to be clear.

Comment by Pittscript 05.14.13 @ 1:02 pm

Paul Chryst is an easy guy to route for; his predecessor IMO was not.

Comment by wbb 05.14.13 @ 1:09 pm

‘root’ not ‘route’

Comment by wbb 05.14.13 @ 1:09 pm

Wbb i know and you have all ways made good points
abought him . and once more you are just being fair
that is what i like abought you .

but Wbb you know every thing is tino fult
the recruiting the loss of players to penn state
even this cold weather.the fact that peterson
is still the AD all tinos fult.

Comment by FRANKCAN 05.14.13 @ 1:09 pm

Dan is a keeper we cant fire Dan.

Comment by FRANKCAN 05.14.13 @ 1:16 pm

The Fan just reported that JJ Moore is close to transferring and that JD is helping him look for a school

Comment by wbb 05.14.13 @ 1:26 pm

@Dr. Tom. Hey, like I’ve always said about coaching, in any sport, even the posters get 3 years to show what they can do.

I’ve only been posting for around thr

(slowly backing away from computer)

Comment by Dan 05.14.13 @ 1:34 pm

Wbb do you think jj is being pushed out?
coachs dont help players find a school unless
they are asking the player to leave.
am i off base on that thought.?

Comment by FRANKCAN 05.14.13 @ 2:47 pm

I see the ACC is finally pushing for its own network. Great because they have more population (over 107 million) under their teams than any other conference. Plus they have year round interest through FB, BB and baseball, not to mention ND in the NE.

Comment by Frank MD 05.14.13 @ 3:16 pm

Do you think that the success of the program also has to deal with Early Enrollees? This is the first time in a while that I remember Pitt getting at least one early commit, let alone a few? More time in the playbook, reps, and just having the gym and meal routine in place for another 8 months would do wonders for a programs depth chart. Chryst’s approach could possibly set us up to have more early enrollees?

Comment by tedsptman 05.14.13 @ 4:11 pm

Wbb what you posted is 100 percent on the ball
JJ is leaveing and dixon is helping him find a school.
so that means we have room for 3 more players right

Comment by FRANKCAN 05.14.13 @ 6:13 pm

2 more if you count Kane — 13 schollies:

Uchebo, Talib, Young, Artis, Johnson, Patterson, Kane, Jones, Newkrk, Wright, Robinson
plus Nwanwo (academic schollie)

did I miss anyone?

Comment by wbb 05.14.13 @ 6:37 pm

Frank, with JJ leaving, Pitt will have 2 scholarships available to give out.

Comment by Pitt.Dan83 05.14.13 @ 6:37 pm

I don’t see why JJ would be pushed out … all of a sudden Pitt is low on experience

Comment by wbb 05.14.13 @ 6:40 pm

Pitt and Kent Sate tied at 5-5 in the 7th.

link to

Comment by Pantherman 05.14.13 @ 6:57 pm

but if we dont count kane it is 3 and there
is no offical notice on kane yet.
thanks that is what i thought.

Comment by FRANKCAN 05.14.13 @ 7:42 pm

I’m with Stevie on this one …. as long as it’s home and away

link to

Comment by wbb 05.14.13 @ 8:23 pm

Chryst and Co. will be fine. A 2star junior recruit can be a 4 star post season senior recruit. It’s all about evaluating talent and I prefer Coach Chrysts methodology versus an “analyst” that hasn’t coached a day on the big field.

Would I prefer a stable of 5 star recruits, sure? He is setting up for another 20+ scholarship year, which is good. Let’s see where we are after year four which will be the redshirt junior year for his first class. We’ve waited impatiently for the last thirty, why not four more.

Steve Pederson, go sit in the corner.

Comment by dhuffdaddy 05.14.13 @ 8:49 pm

[…] the recent departures of Rippy and the Davis twins, the football team was under 85 scholarships. They wasted no time when they rewarded 5th year […]

Desmond Brown is now on scholarship

Comment by FRANKCAN 05.14.13 @ 8:58 pm

You better be productive this year then Dan, can you feel your computer seat warming up a bit?

Comment by Dr. Tom 05.14.13 @ 9:11 pm

Chryst is a OC and doesn’t have the personality or stones to be a HC.

Comment by Upittbaseball 05.14.13 @ 10:08 pm

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