May 24, 2013

Enjoy the Weekend

Filed under: Football,Non-con,Schedule — Chas @ 4:22 pm

I’ll try to post over the weekend — here’s hoping that there won’t be any bad news necessitating it.

But heading into the weekend, let’s check in with West Virginia football scheduling plans.

The move to the Big 12 costs West Virginia its rivalry game with Pittsburgh, and the Mountaineers only have Maryland remaining as a natural non-league rival, and that could end when the Terrapins may the questionable move to the Big 10.

β€œI would love to get Pitt back on the schedule, I would love to get (Virginia) Tech back on the schedule, I would to get UVa back on the schedule, another school that we used to play a lot, and even Penn State,” [WVU AD Oliver] Luck said. β€œIs that possible? Well, it takes two to tango, but I think the good news is we will see some stronger non-conference schedules as we go forward.”

The wonderful thing about the article is how it is completely couched in trying to build a schedule for the future college football playoff. Getting the right strength of schedule and all that. Oliver Luck — and of course the writer of the piece — doesn’t even mention the travel costs for WVU as an issue. No not that. That isn’t at all the point.

I mean, I’m sure it was just a coincidence that all of the teams that Luck rattles off happen to be within a driving distance for the Hoopies. So, you know, travel costs for a home-and-home road game would be reasonable.

And good luck with that. Or as our VT counterparts at The Key Play noted.

It isn’t even malice that results in VT, Pitt and others having no interest in playing WVU. It’s that there is little to be gained. No help for recruiting. Fanbases seem at best lukewarm to the idea.

I’m not against playing the Hoopies. I think good hated rivals are part of what makes college sports special. But they are still a weak second in my hate list behind Penn State. And with the Nitters looking more and more like they want to resume the series full time, WVU will at best be the occasional nostalgia act.

“completely couched”, ingenius.

Comment by Dan 05.24.13 @ 5:20 pm


Comment by Dan 05.24.13 @ 5:21 pm

Let Wvcc play Marshall, a mac team and a rent-a-win d2 team.

We shouldn’t be playing community colleges with student/athletes? who have a 6th grade education.

L-ville is enough on that front !!

Comment by EMel 05.24.13 @ 6:12 pm

**Actually the question mark was misplaced, my bad.

……with student?/athletes who have…

Comment by EMel 05.24.13 @ 6:14 pm

Pitt wins 7 – 6 in 12 innings.

The kids went wild after the walk off shot to deep center. Good for them!

Likely a ticket to the College World Series.

I can’t tell you how much fun that was to watch.

And I hate baseball.

Hail to Pitt and have a great weekend!

Comment by steve1 05.24.13 @ 6:27 pm

Can I getta he11 yes that was a blast steve! Nice win men. I hope you are right about the College World Series invite but lets just keep winning! H2P!!! Panther baseball guts it out! UPone

Comment by UPone 05.24.13 @ 7:18 pm

Can’t wait for PSU in a couple years.

I don’t care if I have to fly half way around the world, I will be at that game in 2016.

There is not a more ‘natural rival’, and for us to have the opportunity to play ours while more and more traditional rivalries are broken… we should consider ourselves lucky. It’s that type of game that makes college sports so entertaining.

Glad to hear about the baseball team though! hopefully my cable will be up by the time the College world series starts so I can watch them. (given that they are in it…)

Comment by Benzene 05.24.13 @ 7:41 pm

Deep ball to wall in left field won it.

Comment by Frank MD 05.24.13 @ 7:43 pm

Sam Young is defending LeBron James in the first period of Game 2, Eastern Conference Finals.

Comment by Lou 05.24.13 @ 8:00 pm

I feel very much like a PSU fan for saying this, but Pitt has nothing to gain from playing WVU. It’s a great rivalry but it’s not going to open up recruiting grounds to the oh so rich recruiting grounds of West Virginia. Plus Pederson seems lukewarm at best to restarting the Brawl, so oh well.

Comment by Greg 05.24.13 @ 8:23 pm

Wow, Pitt has a good shot at winning Big East Baseball Championship.
The top 2 teams, Louisville and Seton Hall, are knocked out.
Go Pitt

Comment by Pitt.Dan83 05.24.13 @ 9:08 pm

Great to hear about the baseball team! Thanks to the folks keeping us posted.

WVU….. hahhahhhahha… hahahha…hahahahhaaaaa
hell no, no one should play them… nor will they play them. In this way they are locked up into the state of WVU with no recruiting outlets into the midatlantic… because good luck trying to convince top kids to come to WVU and do the ‘dust bowl’ tour every year over thousands, and thooooousands of miles….

If any of the above mentioned teams plays them all they do is given them an out to playing games in the midatlantic area…. noooooo life rafts please…

Comment by Pittscript 05.24.13 @ 9:59 pm

Greg, I agree with you on that.

I was also thinking about something else… if Pitt ups it’s ability a little bit, all of a sudden we could have an annual meeting of two teams which were intense rivals. To the point where that in itself, that we even have a rival to play in. Some of the recruits in PA may want to stay and be a part of something they have grown up with, the PSU Pitt game. (this would take some time however, and it sucks that we’re 20 years behind those days…)

Brawl would be fine and dandy, I wish we could play ND, PSU, WVU every year… but, out of them all PSU I would want more.

Comment by Benzene 05.24.13 @ 10:30 pm

Going off course again…

link to

Here is a great pic that someone posted online a while ago that I thought a lot of you would enjoy. The glory days of Pitt Stadium (1930ish)

Comment by Benzene 05.24.13 @ 10:32 pm

South Florida is the te to beat. They swept us in early spring. Our pitching is running low. Hoping we pull it out.

Comment by Upittbaseball 05.24.13 @ 11:55 pm

Where’s upittbaseball

he proclaims to be a pitt person, yet a no show after the big Pitt baseball win.

Rest assured he’d be on here if they lost.

This guy is a fraud. And should be shunned !

Comment by EMel 05.24.13 @ 11:57 pm


Comment by EMel 05.24.13 @ 11:57 pm

I doubt it !

Comment by EMel 05.24.13 @ 11:58 pm


Great pic, thanks

Almost looks like the Cathedral is taller than any building in Downtown Pittsburgh !

Veritas et Virtus !

Comment by EMel 05.25.13 @ 12:03 am

Ok Emel. Enough is enough. Upitt can certainly get under one’s skin…he got under mine. But, after talking with him, I realize that he’s just another passionate fan with a different way of showing it. Please stop the personal attacks.

Comment by panther94 05.25.13 @ 12:08 am

I agree enough is enough.

I haven’t heard one thing this guy likes about Pitt, Pittsburgh or anything associated with either.

In my mind that isn’t a Pitt person.

I call em the way I see em !

Comment by EMel 05.25.13 @ 2:14 am

Ignoring WVU in football is fine and dandy as long as we can sign PSU on for a long-term series. Pederson keeps talking about wanting to do it (which is code speak for haven’t and probably can’t). Who will be our rivals? Duke and Georgia Tech, both last played in ’76? Miami, who has a lopsided win total in the series? Football may want to keep WVU as an option. We need one aggravating opponent that arouses fans across the age continuum.

In hoops, there really is not excuse for not playing WVU or any other former Big East rivals.

Comment by TonyinHouston 05.25.13 @ 6:28 am

no excuse…

Comment by TonyinHouston 05.25.13 @ 6:29 am

Panther94, if Upittbb continues to dish out the negative then he is also going to have to take it … especially since he seems very reluctant to also acknowledge any of the positive.

Further, he along with you, me and Emel are still anonymous as far as I’m concerned.

I’ve not always agreed with Emel but I must admit that a couple of weeks ago, I was convinced that Upittbb was a Hoopie fan posing as a Pitt fan. I’m very serious!

Comment by wbb 05.25.13 @ 6:34 am

Damn…Some of you get up really early; or, stay up really late!

Comment by HbgFrank 05.25.13 @ 7:08 am

wbb, I pondered the issue myself, but then I realized he spoke too well for a wvcc background. I decided he’s one of those folks that just likes to stir the pot, and has little basketball knowledge.

Comment by marcus of schaumburg 05.25.13 @ 7:15 am

You guys crack me up. If you don’t love Pederson or Dixon or Chryst or don’t agree with all your opinions you are the enemy or a penn State fan or a WVU fan. If you ask me that is very crazy. Call me what you want, I played ball for our great university and love my 5 years at Pitt. I don’t need to prove that to you guys specifically Emel who is the God of all things Pitt. Emel, you can keep your constant posts if it makes you feel like a man. Doesn’t bother me in the least. I just feel bad for you that you are so tough sitting behind your computer. With that said I will still buy your old ass a beer at the FSU game.

Comment by Upittbaseball 05.25.13 @ 8:34 am

Go Pitt Baseball! They get another chance at ND, could be really sweet.

Little to be gained in playing WVU, that says it all. Especially since going there can be life threatening, car damage etc.

A little sportsmanship would go a long way. Something all fans should embrace. Make the ACC teams feel welcomed when they come to the Burgh. Then kick their asses on the field of play.

Same goes for WVU basketball, they injured one of coaches for crying out loud.

New rivalries will develop over time. They can’t be contrived or dreamt up. They have to develop on the field with real competition. It also has to happen when you are really good and championships are on the line. We have a long way to go until that happens.

I don’t think it will take long to develop a good healthy hatred for Duke and NC in BBall.

It won’t matter in football until we are competitive.

Comment by gc 05.25.13 @ 8:46 am

UpittBB, but if only you had spmething positive to say every once in a while about Pitt Fb or BB, you would seem more credible (as many here know, I am by no means a Rebecca but I do credit where it is due)

Comment by wbb 05.25.13 @ 10:12 am

Wbb, I absolutely love the fact that Chryst is making discipline a major part of the program. That is absolutely a must for building chemistry and a TEAM attitude. Since we don’t get a lot of top recruits (yes we got a few this year) it is mandatory for the 2 star type kids to go all in and believe in the team to be successful. I’d like to see Chryst coach this season whereas last year I didn’t see much of that. Hopefully with a year under his belt he will learn. Dixon is great in my eyes until march 1st hits. If he can overcome the March blues tourney and big dance then if be his biggest fan. Have a great holiday.

Comment by Upittbaseball 05.25.13 @ 11:00 am

Pitt ND tied at 2 in 10th. Lets go boys!

Comment by Upittbaseball 05.25.13 @ 11:17 am

One does have to wonder what DW could have done on the recruiting front with the ACC brand and stability in his sales pitch….

Comment by HbgFrank 05.25.13 @ 11:18 am

Lost to ND in 10th. I think we needed to win outright to win a spot in a Regional. Lville, Seton Hall, and the winner of the tourney will go. Probably ND. Strength of Schedule will be our downfall.

Comment by Upittbaseball 05.25.13 @ 11:43 am

Yes, Pitt not projected to be CWS field. Pairings announced Monday. Great season but ran out of steam at the end. Going to be interesting to see how we do next year in a real baseball conference.

Comment by TonyinHouston 05.25.13 @ 2:55 pm

Pitt baseball used the pitt bball strategy of cupcake city to build the w-l record. Pederson will figure it out some day. You ean respect by winning against good competition. I admit that I don’t follow the team and as soon as I heard the strength of schedule in the mid 200’s, I just couldn’t gain interest. I apologize as a pitt fan, but to be candid, as long as Pederson is AD, I struggle to look at any sport outside the two core mens teams. Sorry, but being honest.

It is still a lot of wins!! Hopefully they can build on it as competition will get more difficult next year.

Comment by dhuffdaddy 05.25.13 @ 9:14 pm

It’s going to take a while to get the State Penn rivalry back up to cruising speed. Scheduling WVU is a no-brainer.

Comment by Cool Hand Nuke 05.28.13 @ 10:05 pm

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