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June 6, 2013

Pitt was already scheduled to play in Brooklyn on November 25 and 26 as part of the Legends Classic. Now Pitt will add a trip to Madison Square Garden.

The University of Pittsburgh basketball team will play Cincinnati as part of the 2013 Jimmy V Classic doubleheader scheduled for Tuesday, December 17 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, ESPN announced on Wednesday. The Pitt-Cincinnati contest will be played at 7 p.m. ET as part of a doubleheader that will be followed by a Florida-Memphis matchup at 9 p.m. ET. Both contests will be televised on ESPN.

In a way it is something of a coup for the newly named American to stick two teams in this situation. Especially in Madison Square Garden where the basketball-centric Big East still considers it their Tournament home.

It will be more than a little odd to play Cinci in a non-con game. After this many years of seeing them regularly. Probably has a shot to be a topic of conversation leading up to and during the game. Definitely one that will help the non-con strength of schedule.

Pitt’s non-con now has three neutral site games. Plus the City game at the Con. There is the Big Ten/ACC Challenge that has Penn State coming to the Pete. Presumably there will be a game against Robert Morris. The Legends Classic also has two games slated played at the Pete —  teams unknown — to be played the week before the trip to Brooklyn. That leaves maybe 4 or 5 games left for the non-con.

I doubt there will be a marquee home-and-home that is in the mix of those remaining non-cons. Not with the turnover of the roster, so many question marks about the team and heading into the ACC for the first year.





I actually like the idea of Pitt playing UC in basketball on a regular basis. Perhaps they can get this arranged.

I also tend to believe that the new “American” basketball members will find significant success with the media. UC, UConn, and Memphis should carry that league for a while and finally the “old BE” folks are doing something correct. Throw UC, UConn, and Memphis out there as your marquee teams and let the country become familiar with the new “American” through teams that they already know and respect. I hope that they succeed.

Final note. Pitt will do fine in the ACC and despite the predictions of a sub 500 season my belief is that they will finish in the top 4 along side of Cuse, Duke, and pick your school.

Pitt has a system that is built to win over the course of a 20 game season (not a one and done tournament) thus Jamie will adjust and find a way to grind it out and win in the ACC (or any league).

Comment by Pitt Fan In Atlanta 06.06.13 @ 6:33 am

I see no reason why Pitt doesn’t play the bigger schools in bordering states and Philly as part of their preseason. Cincy, Xavier, OSU, LaSalle, Temple, St Joes, Nova, or even WVU. Not all of the them every year of course but at least 2 — 1 home and 1 away.

You can add Georgetown and Maryland next year. with a little foreplanning I can see scheduling home/away with any of the above

Comment by wbb 06.06.13 @ 6:41 am

I would love to see Pitt schedule at least one of the old Big East teams in the non-con every year. Going to miss some of those match-ups — UConn, Nova, G’Town, even Cincy. But NOT Marquette!!

Comment by JCE 06.06.13 @ 7:44 am

It is good for Pitt to get a quality game in the garden. Playing games in that venue helps our recruiting and is good exposure for our team. Great chance for the fans to do a little Christmas shopping in the big apple too.

Comment by spiritofsection 22 06.06.13 @ 8:36 am

Perhaps down the road there will be “BigEast/ACC Challenge” instead of BigTen/ACC.
Heck, I just want to see better non-con however it is done.

Comment by Pitt.Dan83 06.06.13 @ 8:38 am

Good article, 5 good comments above, not much else to say for me.

Rohrssen, two tourneys in NYC?? Sounds good.

Comment by Dan 06.06.13 @ 9:07 am

this is ironic the AAC came abought becuse of football and they are better in basketball
they dont have one great football team
but they have 4 good teams in BB and 2 great teams
in BB .

they will be a force in BB but in football they
will be a after thought they only havr one bowl
tie in for 2014 nobody wants to play them.

but in basketball they are in demand ironic

Comment by FRANKCAN 06.06.13 @ 9:27 am

@@@@@@@

Given the lack of local BB recruits Pitt
should play non-conference games in
cities that are recruiting hotbeds; NYC,
DC, and Philly. One exception play
WVU in hoops every year.

Comment by JR 06.06.13 @ 9:48 am

Never play the Cheat Lake couch burners in nuthin! JD I was ready for a big summer of complaining about the non-con BB schedule and you go and schedule UC, Pedo U and the Brooklyn Tourney! Dang. Bring back the WUP uniforms, that was style. Forget the script! H2P! UPone

Comment by UPone 06.06.13 @ 10:13 am

FRANKCAM, they do have 1 really good FB team for this year … probably better than anyone in the ACC has

Comment by wbb 06.06.13 @ 10:52 am

JR good point:

– at least 1 game in MSG or Brooklyn
– 1 gm at Philly (Nova, Temple or St Joes)
– 1 gm at Gtown or UM

Comment by wbb 06.06.13 @ 10:55 am

We’ll never get a game in Philly or DC unless it’s a pre-season tournament. Those schools don’t want to give us any help in drawing recruits from their backyards.

Comment by Pabs 06.06.13 @ 12:43 pm

Wbb i was not counting them in 2014 the aac has
4 good basketball teams
and it is to be a football conference with out a good football team.
and at least fore the next few years they will be known for there BB.

Comment by FRANKCAN 06.06.13 @ 1:19 pm

I suspect St. Joe’s would play us as would LaSalle. Neither has any love lost for their snob brother over on the Main Line.
But do you really want to play at Gola? Now, give me an afternoon at the Palestra and my team will have played in one of the country’s storied venues. Hell, they should get one credit of history added to their sheet for playing there.
For fun, here are my top 6.99 college venues I want my team to play in;

Pauley Pavillon
MSG
Cameron Indoor
The Palestra
Rupp
The Pit
The Barn

Comment by sfpitt 06.06.13 @ 1:22 pm

sfpitt,
Is your list, historic type basketball venues?
How about Butlers “Hinkle Fieldhouse”

Comment by Pitt.Dan83 06.06.13 @ 1:52 pm

The Palestra is indeed ‘historic’ Penn might play us.

Who played us a couple years ago right around Thanksgiving?

Comment by wbb 06.06.13 @ 2:26 pm

wbb – On 11/25/2011, Pitt 78 at Penn 58.

Comment by KeyboardKev 06.06.13 @ 2:41 pm

I have been looking into the old big east or
the aac as it is now called.
you know who bitchs most now that they have joined the AAC Memphis sites hell there football has sucked for ever.
if they did not have a great BB team they would have not got in.
they bitch abought the money they bitch abought every thing if you read there post you would think they were the kings of football what ass
holes i am glad they never got in when pitt was in the big east.

Comment by FRANKCAN 06.06.13 @ 4:28 pm

Oy Vey,

What a year to be beefing up the non-con.

10 players total and of those 10, 5 have never played a D1 game. (i think that was the total derived by Frankie).

Cincy beat us twice last year with Kiwi Steve, Sleepy & Woodie. That city is becoming an anethema to Pittsburgh.

Comment by EMel 06.06.13 @ 5:11 pm

Memphis was just in the title basketball game the other year, the one they blew to Kansas.

So there’s that !

Comment by EMel 06.06.13 @ 5:12 pm

With the tougher non-con, to bad weren’t able to land Kane.

At least he was a known scorer, aggressive type player.

Comment by EMel 06.06.13 @ 5:15 pm

@sfpitt

you forgot one college venue.

The Showers

Comment by EMel 06.06.13 @ 5:17 pm

@Emel, we actually split with Cinci…visitors won both.

Comment by panther94 06.06.13 @ 9:27 pm

word has it it will be aline heavy fb recruiting class and approx 17-18

Comment by paul shannon 06.07.13 @ 6:22 am

Cincinnati peaked early and seemed to get tired late in the year after winning the close ones early. They are well coached and will be a good match and make for an entertaining game in the Garden.

Comment by spiritofsection 22 06.07.13 @ 9:34 am

@Dan 83
Hinkle is a great addition!
@Emel
LMAO…I refuse to go anywhere where a sign can credibly claim that “Jerry Sandusky showered here”!

Comment by sfpitt 06.07.13 @ 9:46 am

Something you likely did not know…

Pitt recruit Jester Weah’s remarkable success in track is partly due to advice he received from his soon to be Head Football Coach.

Here’s the story…

link to host.madison.com

Comment by PittofDreams 06.07.13 @ 9:53 am

Nice link PittofDreams. Dude is 6’3″ 190, has cinder blocks for biceps, thick thighs, and has won state titles in sprinting.

How did we get him, why wasn’t this bigger news??

Maybe I took a few weeks off the Blather and missed this guy being talked about.

Could care less about the star system, I guess he’s a 3??

I’ll take this guy on my team any time.

Comment by Dan 06.07.13 @ 12:18 pm

Now that I think about, I do remember some of you having fun with the name ‘Jester’ awhile back.

Comment by Dan 06.07.13 @ 12:20 pm

Looks like Jester may be bringing a “Weah” bit of speed to the WR corps of the Pitt Panthers this season.

Comment by Dr. Tom 06.07.13 @ 12:22 pm

Put me down for Phog Allen Fieldhouse, would love to hear ‘Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk’ live.

Comment by Dan 06.07.13 @ 12:27 pm

Great link PittofD… thanks!

wow, in addition what people say above this kid is a champion… a winner… throughout high school.

Nice quick article trib. on Chryst and Pitt support of St. Anthony’s.

link to triblive.com

Just shows what the guy is about… we will see soon how that translates onto the field.

Comment by Pittscript 06.07.13 @ 12:38 pm

pittofdreams, great story, thanks.

Now if we can only get Joe D’s approval that the state finals is a qualified event to certify a commit’s speed!

Comment by wbb 06.07.13 @ 12:54 pm

Challingsworth, incoming WR from So Fayette, is repudedly very fast … and Trenton Coles who redshirted last year, was PA Class A 100 and 200 champ in his junior. He was hurt in state final FB game as a senior and not sure if it affected his speed. Believe Coles is a CB

Comment by wbb 06.07.13 @ 1:22 pm

‘reputedly’ — not sure what is worse, Monday morning or Friday afternoon

Comment by wbb 06.07.13 @ 1:23 pm

Looks like Weah isn’t the only Jester…

Comment by JCE 06.07.13 @ 1:50 pm

Mr. Officer will be blocking for Mr. Joker and Mr. Jester.

:-)

Comment by EMel 06.07.13 @ 4:04 pm

Neat story on Jester Weagh. Also saw the news that Corbett’s antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA was thrown out by a Federal judge. Also the efforts of 2 PSU administrators to have the actions against them dismissed were denied. I think psu’s problem is a lot bigger than football or athletics in general. Last summer I was waiting to get into a restaurant at the beach and said hello to a woman wearing a psu shirt and mentioned that the psu situation must be difficult. She said she had just retired from there and was so happy to be out of that old boy network. She appeared to feel that the school was being mismanaged and was glad to have no more of it. I have reflected on this and noted that the board appointed one of its own as president. When it seemed that the faculty might pass a resolution recommending that the entire board resign they met with the faculty, made nice and promised regular meetings with them (not a bad thing but under the circumstances suspicious.) The resolution which was sponsored by a professor of ob/gyn was then defeated in the faculty council. The Sports Illustrated article described how the new football coach and a doc who is a former psu player and wanted the job were able to have a highly qualified med school faculty member replaced as team physician (originally his position was created at the request of Joe Paterno who felt the team needed better medical coverage. This physician attended every practice and game and was the doc who using his highly sophisticated knowledge of spinal cord injuries essentially saved Adam Talafero (sp?) from quadriplegia.) He was replaced and the insider got the job even though he apparently isn’t qualified to be a med school faculty member and doesn’t attend every practice. The old boy system is alive and well and not working to the benefit of Penn State. There does need to be a house cleaning of the board and possibly an independent commission led by someone of unquestionable integrity and respect (e.g. Governor Ridge?) to establish clear leadership and administrative direction for psu in the future. Unfortunately this isn’t going to happen. The governor has made his position clear (politics as usual) and the board isn’t going to replace itself! I really would like psu to get back to the days when I could respect it as a good academic institution, feel it is a good place for kids to go to school and mostly root for their team when they aren’t playing Pitt or Michigan. This was quite a while ago. Oh well, one can dream. I hope this change of subject doesn’t bother anyone but it seemed like a good time since there hasn’t been much pitt football news lately.

Comment by OPFIM 06.07.13 @ 9:48 pm

Glad to see a decent non-con shaping up. I hope the AAC is successful, just not when playing us.

Comment by TonyinHouston 06.08.13 @ 1:43 am

OPFIM, the ‘old-boy’ network is typical of an elitist, remote and unmonitored institution. While it begat a money-making machine, it also created a monster that lost its way and values.

There is a positive that should be noted by the Pitt alums here …. despite the results of the athletic sector, the academic side continued to exhibit integrity and purpose, a concept sometimes lost by its ardent fans.

The trouble with Happy Valley U is despite its strong academic reputation, it is so much identified by its (We are PS / PS Proud) football program, that even the people who should know better continue to lose sight of what is important … which brought all of the problems in the first place.

Comment by wbb 06.08.13 @ 6:02 am

wELL WRITTEN, GENTLEMEN. I CONCUR WITH WHAT YOU PEN, FWIW. however, WHERE IN THE WORLD ARE YOU GETTING THE DATA THAT PSU IS A FIRST RATE ACADEMIC INSTITUTION??? IF SO, IT MUST HAVE COME A LONG,LONG WAY SINCE THE LAST CENTURY WHEN I WAS A COLLEGIAN. IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO READ SOME FACTS ON THE MATTER? REV. GEORGE FROM COLUMBUS WHERE ALL IS SERENE AND THE CURRENT RUMOR IS THAT URBAN MEYER WILL BE NAMED THE NEST PRESIDENT OF OHIO STATE AND GORDON GEE WILL BE APPOINTED THE COURT JESTER.

Comment by Rev. George Mehaffey 06.08.13 @ 7:20 am

@OPFIM, good post. I don’t mind the subject change. When things are slow, good to just b.s..

I may be wrong, but it seems like there is more commenting this time of year than the past couple of years??

I mean dead time of year was really dead. Seems like Chas has had more articles and more comments.

Maybe not, I don’t know.

Would like to think so, would mean some more off-season excitement about Pitt athletics.

Comment by Dan 06.08.13 @ 9:36 am

ACC bowl games for 2014 19 they have posted what they think are new bowl line up will be till
2019.
there are 2 bowls new to the ACC that they could give back if it were up to me.

the bowl in Detroit who needs it detroit has the highest rate of violent crime of any city.
and decmber starts the big freeze in detroit
temp in the 20 degrees.
there are third world nations safer then detroit.

and the pinstripe bowl in NY who needs it in the winter in out door field cold cold.

a bowl game should be a reward not punshment
a bowl should be in the south florida or texas
or even atlanta but never were you freeze.
i would trade thoes 2 for the beef o brady
at least you wont freeze in st pete.

Comment by FRANKCAN 06.08.13 @ 10:39 am

@FRANKIE, I agree about Detroit.

However, if Pitt got invited to the Pinstripe Bowl in NYC, I would be going.

NYC during the holidays, love it.

Let’s hope that Pitt will be playing in the higher up bowls anyhow and makes that game a moot point.

Comment by Dan 06.08.13 @ 11:01 am

Would also like to go to Frisco or San Diego.

ACC any tie in’s with any bowls in those cities or any others out west??

Comment by Dan 06.08.13 @ 11:02 am

FYI… Currently harder to get into Pitt than PSU main campus. Used to be the other way around.

Maybe that’s why we’re having so much trouble winning in sports. We’re just too damn smart!

Comment by PittofDreams 06.08.13 @ 11:02 am

agree with Dan about the bowls

Since we are commenting in a dead period ……

We Pens fans were abruptly reminded that come NHL playoff time, physical play trumps speed and athleticism. It appears to be the same way for what I have seen in the NBA playoffs.

Too bad for all of us Pitt BB fans that this doesn’t seem to hold true for the NCAA playoffs

Comment by wbb 06.08.13 @ 11:18 am

Dan NY is still cold cold if i go to a bowl i want to pack short sleve shirts not a winter coat.
i want to walk on the beach not a frozen river.
want to kick back in the sun not hide in a warm hotel.
plus marlboros are 10 dollars a pack in NY.
and you cant bye a large soft drink there
who the hell does there mayor think he is.
just me Dan no thanks if i want to sit in the cold
i will go out in my back yard in DECEMBER .

Comment by FRANKCAN 06.08.13 @ 11:54 am

bowl for 2014 19 it looks like we will share
the gator and music city bowl for 3 years we will be in gator and the next 3 years in the music
dont know if that is 3 years stright or if we switch off every outher year i think with the big 10

Comment by FRANKCAN 06.08.13 @ 12:07 pm

BOWLS FOR 2014 19 it looks like we the ACC will
keep the sun bowl the russell athletic and Belk
and orange that is 6 bowls with maybe 3 more for 9.
the poor AAC will have as of now just 2 bbva and
beef o brady.

Comment by FRANKCAN 06.08.13 @ 12:28 pm

HERE is what i dont get they said whrn ND came to
the ACC we would get better bowls then we had
well last year we had the music city bowl all to our selves now we share it with the big 10
yes we got the gator bowl back but only foe 3 years the outher 3 years it goes to big 10.
last year we had 8 bowls this year only 6 with
the posiblity of 3 moore maybe.
and i dont think the detroit is a better bowl or that the pinstripe a better bowl.
but evey thing is not done yet but so far i dont think ND has helped much. do you ?

Comment by FRANKCAN 06.08.13 @ 12:50 pm

just in case i have not made my self clear i am thaking abought the new ACC BOWL LINE UP FOR 2014
THRU 2019 not the bowls we will playin this year
i am sure chas will post abought this soon.
the new 6 year contract will be signed soon.
the old contract is up this year.

Comment by FRANKCAN 06.08.13 @ 1:23 pm

came on men this is a good thing to talk abought the ACC bowl line up for the next 6 years starting 2014.
if chas posted this is are next bowl line up for the next 6 years you would be all over it come on this is a great subject.
what the hell is wrong with you come on input
lets go.

Comment by FRANKCAN 06.08.13 @ 1:40 pm

ok be that way it was a good subject .

ALL RIGHT TRY THIS.
they are saying that the new AAC will put as many teams into the next NCAA basket ball tournament
as the new Big East 4 teams each.
and that the ACC will get 8 bids
i know it is some time away but that is a good
subject on a slow day and yes they think pitt
will be one of the 8 to get a bid.

Comment by FRANKCAN 06.08.13 @ 2:10 pm

I’ll bite. So, guessing it’s Cinci, UCONN, Louisville, and Memphis for the upcoming year? After Louisville leaves, I don’t see 4.

Comment by panther94 06.08.13 @ 5:19 pm

panther94 yes you got it but the point that i found
interesting is that the new big east is no better
than the AAC in basketball.
both conferences are top heavy with just 3 or 4 good teams.
they are abought equal in basketball at this time they think SMU with larry brown as a coach is a up
and comeing team.

i think it is funny the big east left to be basketball only and they are no better in basketball then there brothers who want to be known for football.

Comment by FRANKCAN 06.08.13 @ 5:30 pm

FRANKCAM, PSU just go another commit

Rev George, the point I was trying to make earlier was that Pitt alums should not forget that no matter how bad their teams may look at times, they are part of a great academic organization and should never put that below in importance to what’s going on in the athletics

Comment by wbb 06.08.13 @ 6:00 pm

Frankcan, yes that is definitely irony (or karma) biting them in the ass.

Comment by panther94 06.08.13 @ 6:05 pm

Pinstripe Bowl is a very good deal for the ACC. It’s all about exposure. What better place for a low level bowl game than the Big Apple vs a Big 10 team? Count me among those that think NYC is a fantastic place to visit in December.

Comment by HbgFrank 06.08.13 @ 6:06 pm

I’m with Frankcan…You can have NYC or Detroit. You want to go where it’s warm and a vacation and involves good temps. Florida or California. That game in NYC as far as exposure is concerned is a joke. Nobody watches that shitty bowl. I was at the bar and no one was watching it.

Comment by Upittbaseball 06.08.13 @ 6:36 pm

Pinstripe bowl was the 11th ranked bowl as far as ratings…if you take out the BCS games and New Years day games only the Peach and Alamo had better ratings so as far as Bowl games, the Pinstripe is being watched and is very good for exposure for ACC. Any of the conferences would like to have a spot in that game.

Plus, NYC is always going to attract people to fill the stands.

Comment by milobloom 06.08.13 @ 7:00 pm

I will take a trip to NYC during Christmas season any day before a trip to Birmingham

well, Pitt may not have any FB or Basketball players drafted, but ….
link to triblive.com

Comment by wbb 06.08.13 @ 7:07 pm

a couple things there is a vote on rule changes
in college BB that will take some of the defence
out of BB with the hope of speeding up the game
it will take a lot of what the defence can do out of the game.
they want more points a more offence game read
this and weep dixon.

UPITTBASEBALL thank you if they want to go to ny
and freeze go.
but i bet the players think like you what kind
of reward for a good season is it to play out side
in the freezeing snow.

i am glad some of you want to talk abought the ACC bowls for 2014 till 2019 i think it is very intresting

and we now know 6 of the 9 that we will have enough to have a good talk but i dont see that ND helped us move up in the bowls.

this is what some one said on a virgina tec site
the opponents for the bowls are better but the
over all bowls are worse.
if you look at the list for this year and match it up with 2014 to 19 i think they are right.
plus if we dont get 3 more bowls we will have less of them then last year.

Comment by FRANKCAN 06.08.13 @ 7:13 pm

Wbb thanks for the info that makes 11 i am going to check on that now.
i never said it the ny bowl had bad ratings on tv
i just said freezeing in the snow is not my idea of a good bowl game here is what was said on virgina tec site abought the detroit bowl game
detroit looks like berlin after world wae 2 who would want to go there plus it is freezeing in detroit iin december.

Comment by FRANKCAN 06.08.13 @ 7:22 pm

Wbb yes they just picked up a 4 star wr they can
only sign 4 more i guess they will have there
full class before we get are second commit.
thank you Wbb for telling me i would have missed it till the am outher wise.

Comment by FRANKCAN 06.08.13 @ 7:28 pm

panther94 did you see are you on line 11 allready
4 more and they are done.
they can only have 15 this year.

Comment by FRANKCAN 06.08.13 @ 7:49 pm

Who said anything about Birmingham? I’m talking Florida, California, Arizona or even Texas at Jerry’s house. Bowl games and Super Bowls in less than 60 degree weather are not my idea of a good time.

Comment by Upittbaseball 06.08.13 @ 10:34 pm

I know FrankCan…depressing. I mean, if we can’t out-recruit now, then when?

Comment by panther94 06.08.13 @ 11:18 pm

Upittbb, I think it’s a joke that the NFL has NFC and AFC playoff sites in the middle of January at places like Green Bay, Pgh, New England, NYC, Balt, etc … and then all of sudden, has the game in pristine conditions.

The last 3 SBs included SF, Balt, NE, NYG, Green Bay and Pgh all cold weather areas with the POSSIBLE exception of SF …. what’s the point of playing in Miami or a dome?

I’ll answer …. The point is that the SB is an event and not a game where the primary issue is making $$$$ and not crowning a winner.

Comment by wbb 06.09.13 @ 5:55 am

Apparently the PSU FB coach is a very good coach and that is the main reason they are recruiting well.

Will he stay after next year?

Comment by Frank MD 06.09.13 @ 8:51 am

Pitt has put the offers out there but no one is taking them. It is nice to be in the top 3 unless you are 2nd or 3rd. Lets see if onyone commits after this weekend. would like to get 2 or 3.

Comment by JP 06.09.13 @ 9:50 am

Wbb, did you just come to this realization. You go to cities like Miami, Phoenix, New Orleans because the cities have much to do the entire week for the fans coming in and they can walk around and enjoy the location. Try that in the North and February and let me know how that works out buddy. It’s a event just like major bowl games. There are festivities, Etc. surrounding the game.

Comment by Upittbaseball 06.09.13 @ 9:59 am

Did anyone commit this weekend?
It’s 1st weekend of prospect camp.

Comment by Pitt.Dan83 06.09.13 @ 10:35 am

Upitt, I believe that the Super Bowl will be played at the Meadowlands this year or next. Football is, in most cities, an outdoor sport that works best in colder climates for me. In fact being at a game when it is sunny and 85 degrees is murder for me. I’d much rather be at a cold weather game. You can always dress warm enough for a cold game, but when it is hot you just sit there boiling in your own sweat.

Comment by HbgFrank 06.09.13 @ 11:10 am

Frank it feb it isn’t 85 in Phoenix or Miami. It’s 65 at game time. It’s all ones choice but I’d never go watch a bowl game or SB in less than 55 degrees. The SB in NYC is just asinine. My opinion of course. Snow, ice, travel, too cold to be outside, etc. the way the steelers and pitt look I don’t think we need to worry about either for awhile,

Comment by Upittbaseball 06.09.13 @ 12:20 pm

Rev. George, Great sense of humor! They must line up outside the church when you are preaching. Of course in Columbus they might be lined up with pitchforks and torches!

Comment by OPFIM 06.09.13 @ 4:21 pm

Doesn’t look like any commits the 1st weekend of prospect camp.
If Pitt doesn’t have 5 commits by June 17, then one can assume it will be another MAC-like class.
I have no clue how he will win 8 games in 2014 to save his job with what he is recruiting.

Comment by Pitt.Dan83 06.09.13 @ 4:24 pm

SINCE WHEN IS 85 DEG FOOTBALL WEATHER??

Shame on all of you!

Comment by wbb 06.09.13 @ 4:45 pm

Wbb, when you pay 3k a ticket and you have a family that wants to enjoy the area. Not run store to store just to warm up. Whoever said 85 has never been in miami in Feb. its 72 as a high and 60 as a low. You can have cold snow and ice.

Comment by Upittbaseball 06.09.13 @ 8:03 pm

when you pay 3k for a ticket, you’re an idiot

Comment by wbb 06.09.13 @ 8:22 pm

I AM PULLING FOR PAUL CHRYST TO DO WELL. HE SEEMS LIKE A GOOD GUY. BUT NO MATTER HOW GOOD A COACH HE MIGHT BE, IF HE DOESN’T HAVE THE PLAYERS IT IS NOT GOING TO WORK. I AM STARTING TO THINK YOU HAVE TO HAVE A USED CAR SALESMAN PERSONALITY TO RECRUIT THESE DAY’S. LIE THROUGH YOUR TEETH TO RECRUITS AND TELL THEM ANYTHING THEY WANT TO HEAR. I DON’T THINK DIXON OR CHRYST ARE THAT KIND OF COACH. I AM NOT SURE IT IS IN THEIR DNA TO PUT ON THE HARD SELL TO MODERN DAY RECRUITS. TIME WILL TELL.

Comment by Wayne 06.10.13 @ 6:37 am

wayne,
you don’t have to lie to land recruits and you don’t need a used car salesman personality.
However, you do need to have a personality and able to close. Chryst doesn’t know how to close.
Dixon was told by Pederson to bring back Slice. Slice knows how to recruit and close!

But, 1st weekend of prospect camp came and went and no new committs. It’s tough to support this new regime. Without good players, Chryst will not win. He will be gone after next season.

Comment by Pitt.Dan83 06.10.13 @ 6:57 am

Don’t you get tired of reading on Scout and Rivals how so and so is high on Pitt after a visit but no one commits. Frustrating at least. could somone close for once!

Comment by JP 06.10.13 @ 7:22 am

JP,
Didn’t you get the memo on Scout and Rivals.
They are only allowed to say positive things about Pitt. Even their forums, they will delete any negative comments or threads.
Chryst has a “grand experiment” regarding how to go about recruiting. No other HC recruits like Chryst.

Comment by Pitt.Dan83 06.10.13 @ 7:49 am

Almost all of the recruits immediately after visiting a place will say something positive about it …. whther it be Pitt or anywhere else. They were jut treated very well, saw all the positive things the place offers, and most were told how important they are for if they join on.

Comment by wbb 06.10.13 @ 8:03 am

@ wbb You are absolutely correct. However, in addition, Pitt’s prospect camps seem to provide recruits with an excellent experience so that these comments are probably reasonably sincere ones. I say that based on personal experience from last weekend. one of my nephews attended the Pitt camp on Saturday and his dad and I were along to watch. The nephew thought the camp was terrific and his dad was very impressed and this wasn’t their first camp experience having done a Notre Dame camp last summer as well as a number of others including elite 11 QB camps. They were particularly impressed by how well organized and efficiently run the camp was compared to other camp experiences. And that was in addition to being very well impressed by the South Side practice facilities Pitt shares with the Steelers.

Comment by pitt1972 06.10.13 @ 8:37 am

agree — I know these camps have resulted in commits in the past. If not, maybe someone should do an exit survey.

Comment by wbb 06.10.13 @ 8:50 am

Wbb – I don’t fault anyone for spending 3k on Super Bowl tickets if they have the money. You can sit in your Mom’s basement and watch the game if you prefer.

Comment by Upittbaseball 06.10.13 @ 9:19 am

wbb,
Not to stir the pot, but everyone was saying wait until after camps when comparing number of Pitt commits versus PSU, Rutgers, etc.
Frankly, I’m not holding my breath.
If Pitt doesn’t have 5 commits by June 17, then it would be time to be highly concerned. Pitt will probably give out 20 scholarships knowing a few current players will leave the program.

Comment by Pitt.Dan83 06.10.13 @ 9:20 am

Interesting graph on recruits at other schools.

link to insider.espn.go.com

Comment by Frank MD 06.10.13 @ 9:38 am

I repeat, if you pay 3k for a ticket, you’re an idiot .. rich or not! just provides justification for taxing the rich!

FWIW, I did attend a Super bowl — 1st one Steelers were at in New Orleans in Jan 1975. It was at old Tulane Stadium .. what a dump! Pitt Stadium with an upper deck. I sat in that upper deck an my ticket price was $20 (not making that up!)

Comment by wbb 06.10.13 @ 10:19 am

Upittbb, if I was rich, I’d have at least a hundred better places to go than a Super Bowl. Commercialized Bunch of Fluff!!

Comment by wbb 06.10.13 @ 10:22 am

Webb I agree but I don’t fault others for going. My wife and I had 5k in cash when the steelers played the Packers and couldn’t smell a ticket so we went home.

Comment by Upittbaseball 06.10.13 @ 12:01 pm

I’d rather be in Bermuda watching (maybe) the Super Bowl at a great Hotel Beach bar. If I remembered it was even on.

Call me strange.

Comment by EMel 06.10.13 @ 7:39 pm

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