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November 11, 2013

Notre Dame Win=Recruiting Win

Filed under: Football,Recruiting — Justin @ 11:35 am

First off, a heartfelt thank you to veterans. Thank you for allowing me the freedom to be focused on football today. Let’s abuse our freedoms by focusing on the whims of teenaged man-children and where they will go to college!

Not only was the victory over Notre Dame a huge win for 2013, it was a huge win for the following five years due to the impression it made on recruits. I mentioned early Sunday morning that there were upwards of 50 recruits at the game. I’ll stick to only available 2014 recruits for now, but needless to say this victory will go a long way towards closing a few key targets.

The bad news headed into the weekend was that Dravon Henry, the Aliquippa standout, would not be at the game. He was at the WVU-Texas game instead. This was countered by a surprise visitor: Rutgers verbal Adonis Jennings. The heralded WR wasn’t there to just take advantage of a good game. He’s available. 

Jennings is no longer committed to Rutgers and he has scheduled his official visit (his trip for Notre Dame was unofficial; a player can only go on an official visit once per school) for January 17th. It appears the race is now between Pitt and Iowa. Jennings throws a good problem into the coaches’ hands. It appeared as if they were all-in on Virginia WR Jamil Kamara as their top WR target. With Jennings now in the picture, the coaches have another option. It’s a toss-up in terms of which player is a better prospect and it’s possible Jennings could be more desired than Kamara.

There were five other players in attendance the coaches are very interested in: OT Alex Bookser, LB James Folston Jr. (brother of Irish RB Tarean Folston), Safety Montae Nicholson, Safety Rasaan Stewart, and DE Hez Trahan. Best case scenario, the coaches have nine spots left, but that’s a .00001% chance number. It would mean the coaches add 27 new players, two of which would enroll in January (meaning they could towards the 2013 class). With 17 players graduating and 2 currently open scholarships, it would require eight players lost to attrition, which won’t happen. I see a few players who could transfer or be asked to move on, but I won’t publicly speculate as to whom. However, I doubt it’s eight.

Realistically speaking, I think there are six or seven spots left, which would give the new class 24 or 25. There certainly is a large possibility a quality player will want to come to Pitt but a scholarship isn’t available. There are a few players the coaches will find a way to fit in no matter what: Dravon Henry, Montae Nicholson, RB Shai McKenzie, RB Chris James, WR Jamil Kamara, and OT Alex Bookser.

I highly doubt we get all six of those guys, which explains why they’re still heavily recruiting other options. But, it’s easy to say that the big win along with the great gameday atmosphere will go a long way on closing Nicholson and Bookser. One thing to keep in mind: there’s no such thing as make or break recruits. I recall when Rushel Shell and Deaysean Rippy were “must get” players. They’re both gone and no one misses them. The important thing is bringing in numerous talented players and not relying on a few guys to be your impact players.

Keep riding the happiness of a win, everyone. This Saturday is a huge game in terms of perception. This team needs to show that the Notre Dame win wasn’t a fluke. Beat UNC and all of the sudden it’s no longer *if* there will be a bowl game, it’s which one. The Notre Dame victory cannot be for naught, it has to mean something moving forward.





Let’s hope that Dravon found a TV to watch the end of the Pitt game from lovely Morgantown. Of course, he would not have been able to find a couch to lay on while watching.

H2P Stick it to the Tarheels

Comment by pmdH2P 11.11.13 @ 11:56 am

The only bonus Henry got from going to WVU was seeing the amount of early playing time he could get there. Man does WVU still have an awful defense

Comment by Greg 11.11.13 @ 12:07 pm

if we get these 4 players and no one else i would be on top of the world.
OT bookser
S nicholson
RB chris james
WR adonis jennings
that would be 22 for the year but that would be fine with me.
WR jamil kamara had all ready moved wisconsin to the top of his list so i think we are not were he he wants to go.
and as you say adonis might be a bit better any way.

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.11.13 @ 1:04 pm

Team could certainly use another Ray Graham type RB. A kid that can make a play out of nothing.
Catch the ball out of the backfield and make a huge play out of it. So whoever it is, McKenzie or James or whoever, just get him.

It’s good to close on these kids while the game and the excitement is still fresh in their minds.

And we haven’t lost again yet !

Comment by EMel 11.11.13 @ 1:17 pm

Bookser will be a huge uphill battle. Honestly, even though I’d of course love for him to be a Panther, I don’t know how you turn down an offer from ‘Bama. They will be in the national championship picture for years to come and send guys pro like it’s second nature. I can’t come up with a solid comparison for the professional life, but it’s basically akin to turning down the best job offer in the country.

Comment by MikePITT 11.11.13 @ 1:18 pm

Also, PS: Might be better that Henry went to the WVU game. Often times, fear is more effective than happiness; seeing a loss first hand and possibly the reaction of the fan-base thereafer might have dissuaded him thinking WVU more than a Pitt win would have bolstered his desire to be a Panther. Food for thought.

Comment by MikePITT 11.11.13 @ 1:20 pm

@@@@@@@

Talented players from winning HS
programs. Getting 3 or 4 our of the key
6 would be huge and round out the class.
Given the number freshman who played
well this year the staff seems to be solid
evaluators of talent.

Who is going to replace AD??

Comment by JR 11.11.13 @ 1:22 pm

Funny even BEFORE the losses to Navy/GT, Espn had us penciled in to the Sun Bowl.

I remember posting the link. So we lose 2 games and then beat ND. And it’s Sun Bowl. lol

Which is the 4rth best bowl slot in the ACC.
That would seem to suggest we run the table.

Sounds good !

Comment by EMel 11.11.13 @ 1:23 pm

mikepitt the talking heads have bookser leaning to pitt and penn state i think 8 of them have him comeing to pitt and 3 to penn state.

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.11.13 @ 1:41 pm

A little perspective on Savage’s problems at Rutgers looking to be behind him.

Quite simple… all the glory goes to Chryst.

It took a little longer than last year with Tino… but Savage is finally “getting it” as to how to run the Chryst offense on all cylinders. It not laser-guided missiles deep downfield as much as it is “Dinks and Dunks” with the objective being get the ball to the right player at the right time.

Saturday Chryst and Rudolph built in a lot of stop and turn-around routes for the primary receiver where the receiver is stationary so as to increase the chance of a completed pass and dramatically decrease the chances of a bad throw by Savage into coverage.

Perfect Game PLan for Notre Dame which was playing to stop the Deep Throw to Street and mostly Boyd.

Savage’s improvement was first seen against Navy which I called Savage’s BEST game to date as a MORE COMPLETE Quarterback.

Now, I know it’s gong to be hard for some avid Chryst Critics to give the glory to Chryst since writing him off along with his Grey Sweatshirt… but that’s EXACTLY where it BELONGS.

Comment by PittofDreams 11.11.13 @ 2:11 pm

By the way… pmdH2P… you’re the man.

I am also with you on Miami.

But Syracuse and NC are another matter. Don’t have the feeling as much with these two, but THINK Pitt has a better chance at this point.

The O-Line has FINALLY ARRIVED.

Comment by PittofDreams 11.11.13 @ 2:17 pm

um, PittofDreams, give at least a little credit to Savage too

Comment by steve1 11.11.13 @ 2:21 pm

I do agree we are seeing a lot of improvement from Savage. He’s no longer struggling to find the check down and the lack of interceptions and the better completion % shows he’s making the right decisions. Now he has to work on accuracy and touch.

It’s a crying shame he didn’t get 2 years under Chryst.

Comment by Justin 11.11.13 @ 2:48 pm

What about Bollinger(you know the QB coach), he must have had a little to do with Savages progress to.

And it was good to see Chyrst with a few ‘fist pump’s along the sidelines.

Somebody is reading Pitt blogs perhaps….lol

Comment by EMel 11.11.13 @ 2:50 pm

Steve1

Absolutely… Did not mean to slight him at all if it came across that way.

I thnk I’ve been pretty clear in noting Savage’s improvement.

His corner end zone throw to Street was as GOOD as any NFLer cuold have done.

Comment by PittofDreams 11.11.13 @ 2:51 pm

Will all the NEW BELIEVERS in Chryst… PLEASE STAND UP and say “Hallelujah!”

Comment by PittofDreams 11.11.13 @ 2:56 pm

I would like to thank all service men and women for protecting my freedom to make a living and drink good beer while watching my football team.

thank you all for your sacrifices.

Comment by NOPE 11.11.13 @ 2:57 pm

@ PittofDreams

Thanks. Not sure what I said to deserve the compliment. But, thanks.

H2P Stick it to the Tarheels

Comment by pmdH2P 11.11.13 @ 3:04 pm

Yes we all honor what our Veterans fought for and in some cases died for.

Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness.
The Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Don’t Tread on Me !

Comment by EMel 11.11.13 @ 3:07 pm

Pittofdreams, Before you anoint this guy the next Lombardi you might want to wait and see if he wins anymore games this year. I am as thrilled as anyone we beat the Irish but that doesn’t mean we will win again. He has now won 1 he wasn’t expected to and lost 1 he wasn’t expected to. 1 win in the last 3 would be OK, 2 wins would be good, 3 wins would be great. No wins would really suck. Unfortunately the no wins could still happen.

Comment by spiritofsection22 11.11.13 @ 3:14 pm

UNC will be no easy task… I would factor in the let down factor.. this will be one of the hardest games on the schedule. They are playing better and waxed a UVA team, Pitt could only put 14 on. Granted transitive properties don’t work in sports.

But to keep the program momentum going strong.. this is a must win. As well as against Cuse.

Comment by Snala The Panther 11.11.13 @ 3:50 pm

UNC is a solid team playing without their quarterback. We have a shot. Their W-L record is very, very misleading. The team’s better than they played all year and really should’ve contended for the Coastal.

Comment by AJMayo 11.11.13 @ 3:56 pm

I agree with the comment by Spirit above, I say not so fast. I have no confidence these coaches can capitalize on this win and make our players feel like a million bucks and play with the confidence late like we lacked against VT, GT and Navy. Yes, it’s one step forward but the trend is now 2 steps back. Syracuse and NC are both playing better and Miami is still 7-2.

Comment by PittMan 11.11.13 @ 3:58 pm

While I would love to see Jennings and Boyd at WRs next year, as always, I like when we can get as many local blue chips as possible. Henry, Bookser, Nicholsen and Shai would cap off a pretty good class.

Next year, Seth Brumbaugh will be a senior at South Fayette .. not sure if he’sa top prospect but he’s 6’4 and has already broken many passing records. He was at the game the other night, and I hope impressed.

Comment by wbb 11.11.13 @ 3:59 pm

Pitt and UNC is a pick’em. The Heels have better talent that their record indicates, and a lot faster than most teams Pitt has played

Comment by wbb 11.11.13 @ 4:01 pm

FWIW — we beat ND, and ND beat Ariz State

Comment by wbb 11.11.13 @ 4:06 pm

Yeppers we need another 2 interceptions and strip for a fumble from Vinopal this week.

And could we arrange for Tommy Rees to play for UNC.

Comment by EMel 11.11.13 @ 4:31 pm

oh and a 35 yard interception return to the 5 yard line.

Great coaching by PC on that.

Comment by EMel 11.11.13 @ 4:32 pm

Beating ND is always great.

But some of ya’ll are getting way too carried away with yourselves. And I’m not sure what game some of you watched but to say the defense was good in that game is a bit of a stretch. Yes they only let up 21 points but ND really moved the ball on Pitt. Tommy Rees completely bailed out the D with some of the worst decision making I’ve ever seen by a QB. The INT in the endzone was horrible and nothing to do with Pitt’s D. And how many times does a team fumble on big pass plays? That’s probably 14 points ND took off the board. Basically, Vinnopal bailed out House.

Comment by Wardapalooza 11.11.13 @ 4:37 pm

Being at the game Sat and experiencing the great atmosphere (BTW great job Pitt students for hanging in till the end!!) was equally big as the win for these recruits. Its tough recruiting against 80-100k fans every week at some schools, but this game showed that if Pitt wins, the atmosphere can be electric at Heinz.
This wasn’t a TD 300 yard game against ND, but Pitt’s running game was the epitome of efficient AND effective.
Savage will have time in the pocket if the running game can duplicate against UNC and Cuse. Now if he can find his long ball accuracy again, it could be fun to watch down the stretch.
Final recruiting thought, if Pitt doesn’t get to 6 wins and a bowl, most if not ALL the recruiting benefits will be lost.

Comment by Taxing Matters 11.11.13 @ 4:38 pm

Comment by steve1 11.11.13 @ 4:42 pm

Ohio Fake’s signature win this year is over #23 Wisconsin.

At Columbus and they won by a mere Touchdown.

And for this they’re ranked #3 in all the polls and the BCS.

Give me a frickin break !!!

Comment by EMel 11.11.13 @ 4:50 pm

I am thinking maybe our hoop team will be better than expected this year.

Comment by spiritofsection22 11.11.13 @ 4:56 pm

Oh they did beat a fraudulently ranked Northwestern team by a whopping 10 points.

How fraudulent was Northwestern’s ranking?

Very……they are winless in the Big Joke.

And they don’t have to play 3 of the top teams, Michigan State, Nebraska or Minnesota.

What’s truly amazing is, if Florida State stumbles, this fraud could be in the NC game.

Comment by EMel 11.11.13 @ 5:00 pm

having seen my buddy lately.

OhhowIhateOhioState or

OhhowIhateOhioFake

Comment by EMel 11.11.13 @ 5:04 pm

As everyone is alluding to winning and losing at any level is based on caliber of the players and the coaches.
Pitt is never going to compete in these areas with Clemson and F.S. in football. Both of these schools largest money source is football. They are not Research Universities like Pitt is now.
Pitt largest indivdual donors do not fund athletic but research. F.S. and Clemson do not survive of Grant money but on football money.
In the SEC this can be said of every “university.”
It’s the same story follow the money.
Pitt can never pay their coaches and assitants like F.S.U. and Clemson and although I am not blind enough to say our “student atheletes” are any different on the whole concerning academics I do believe our players are not given carte blanche to the city of Pittsburgh with a major press core and professional teams as the F.S.u. and Clemson players are to Tallahesse and Clemson.
Hard to recruit against alumni with fist full of dollars and other perks not as available to Pitt recruits and players.

Comment by pittisit 11.11.13 @ 5:11 pm

Look at their non-con.

Buffalo, San Diego State, Cal & Florida A&M

Cal is 1-9
SDSU is 5-4
Buffalo is 7-2
Florida A&M is a joke FCS school

They should be embarrassed to play a non-con like this. Buffalo a MAC team is the probably the best of that pathetic group.

PITT plays a much tougher schedule.

I don’t watch the ESPN talking head shows, is anyone on there or anyone else, pointing out the farce that is….Ohio Fake’s schedule ???

Comment by EMel 11.11.13 @ 5:16 pm

Yet if you talked to any of these Buckeye morons, they’d tell you, looking you straight in the eye,

oh yea…we deserve to be in the NC game.

Comment by EMel 11.11.13 @ 5:19 pm

@Emel, Mind if I ask why you are so worked up over the Buckeyes? Most of us don’t really give a shit as Pitt is so far removed from BCS contention anyway.

Comment by spiritofsection22 11.11.13 @ 5:34 pm

thank you EMel and you to NOPE

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.11.13 @ 5:42 pm

What I like best about the Pitt win over Notre Dame, other than sending home the obnoxious ND fans with a loss, is that Paul Chryst had 50 recruits at the game. After the coaching carousel a few years back, Pitt needs as many good athletic players, as they can get. Winning a nationally televised game against Notre Dame will make prospective recruits take notice.

Comment by Justinian 11.11.13 @ 5:47 pm

SPIRIT becuse EMel has a friend or some one who bugs him from ohio state and speak for your self i for one hate ohio state myself.
any any thing EMel says is allways welcome.

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.11.13 @ 5:50 pm

@Emel and Nope, I’m not sure I deserve much credit as I was drafted and only served because I felt obligated. I am very thankful my sons didn’t have to serve and have a deep appreciation for those who willingly do.

Comment by spiritofsection22 11.11.13 @ 5:50 pm

@Frankcan, Lighten up brother, I wasn’t criticizing anybody, I was just curious as to why the rant. I think I’m safe in assuming most here don’t harbor quite the same level of distaste for Ohio St. as you fellows seem to. I certainly wasn’t questioning that position and support your right to hate on them all you like.

Comment by spiritofsection22 11.11.13 @ 5:57 pm

spirit but you did not run to Canada like some did
dont put your self down .
you served that is what counts,
i had one son who was in the army for 20 years has been out for 4 years now.
and my youngest son is in now been in for half a year

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.11.13 @ 5:58 pm

@Frankcan , You should be very proud of your boys. People take our freedom for granted but the price is very high, and men and women like your boys give us all a great gift. God Bless them. I will say a prayer for your youngest boy that he may serve with honor and in good health.

Comment by spiritofsection22 11.11.13 @ 6:06 pm

spirit thank you but truth be told i tryed to talk them out of it.
but they were old enough that they did what they wanted.
the one that is in now went so that he would have money for college as i dont have the money to pay for it any more .
and the one that put 20 years in did it becuse he wanted to test his man hod in battle and he did he was in the first gulf war he was in the black hawk down war he was in 3 of thoes dirty little wars thak god he came home he was in the 82 air born i think he might have been a little nuts when he was young.

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.11.13 @ 6:21 pm

Emel
College Gameday was discussing Baylor vs Ohio St if one of the top 2 falters. Baylor hadn’t played anyone until beating Oklahoma, but they still have Texas Tech, Ok St, & Texas to play. Ohio St doesn’t have any good wins & don’t play anyone good the rest of the way(Michigan stinks & won’t help much). Most agreed Baylor would be the choice due to their remaining schedule(if they win out), but some were giving too much credit to Ohio St for not losing during the Meyer era, like that matters. No one called out either for suspect OOC scheduling. Some people just can’t get past the traditional power vs an up & comer with a better resume.

Comment by Nick 11.11.13 @ 7:38 pm

who’s worse …. Big 10 or Big 12?

Comment by wbb 11.11.13 @ 7:41 pm

Good win against Notre Dame but is this a surprise to you guys? Notre Dame is not a good football team. I thought we should beat them. This isn’t the Notre Dame of years past. I will take the W.

Comment by Upittbaseball 11.11.13 @ 7:55 pm

That one is easy wbb… Big 12

They just seem to lose talent every year.

Comment by Benzene 11.11.13 @ 7:56 pm

Baylor would smoke Ohio State and the shitty Big 10

Comment by Upittbaseball 11.11.13 @ 7:57 pm

Big 12 is WAY better than the Shit 10

Comment by Upittbaseball 11.11.13 @ 7:57 pm

i just read the rankings for BB conferences for this year.
the ACC is the best number 1
the old big east is number 7
even the new AAC is ranked a head of the old big east.

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.11.13 @ 8:07 pm

Upittbaseball, you don’t get the win. You get a loss.

Comment by steve1 11.11.13 @ 8:16 pm

Fellow Blathers,

This video is the greatest thing you will watch all season. I really think HCPC is much more connected with the players than some think. Enjoy!

link to youtube.com

Comment by JAM 05 Pitt 11.11.13 @ 8:23 pm

@ Nick

thx for the info bro. Some things never change, you see Ohio Fake is one of the ‘anointed’ schools, so they have plenty of talking heads to take their side against an upstart like Baylor.

I was on Bleacher Report and they had their bowl matchups and of course they had Baylor and Clemson both being screwed bigtime.
Baylor vs Fresno State in the Fiesta Bowl
Clemson vs. Central Florida in the Orange.

No win games for both the ‘upstarts’.

Just like the year they had TCU & Boise playing eachother in the Fiesta. The ‘anointed’ ones do everything in power to avoid playing teams like them.

Comment by EMel 11.11.13 @ 8:39 pm

@ sos22

I guess I starting a strong dislike for Ohio Fake when Tony Dorsett was overlooked for the Heisman Trophy his junior year, you know the year he had 303 yards against ND. He was bypassed so that they could give Ohio Faker Archie Griffin a SECOND Heisman, which in the process also negated any chance of TD winning a 2nd Heisman. Since TD only had 1 year left and luckily he didn’t get hurt, we ran the table and he won something he should have won the previous year as well.

Griffin showed what a overhyped farce he was in the NFL. And TD proved he was the far superior player and athlete. And the real deal.

Woody Hayes was a jerk too, on the order of JoePedo.

Also I always liked Michigan’s helmets when I was a kid. It was great always watching Ohio Fake get crushed in the Rose Bowl, just about every year they played in it. But I pulled for Michigan and Iowa when they played out there in Tinsel Town.

Comment by EMel 11.11.13 @ 8:49 pm

Frankcan,you been quiet on the recruiting scoops, what’s going on? I thought you’d have some scoop after the ND game.

Comment by marcus of schaumburg 11.11.13 @ 8:51 pm

Thx Frankie.

Happy Veterans Day to you and your sons !

Comment by EMel 11.11.13 @ 8:52 pm

Maybe individual donors don’t give to Pitt since it would be money wasted given who we have in the administration. Other research schools get the donors to give to football so never say Pitt can never compete due to lack of funds. Other schools do it. So can Pitt with new leadership and a kick in the ass.

Our fans and big money donors just may not be as passionate as other schools but we’ve been lost in the desert since 76. The money is there. It’s sitting on the sidelines until change.

FSU has few big money donors. They struggle as well. A university’s commitment to excellence resulting in wins brings out the money. Again look at what A&M did. Now granted they treat football as a religion. But Pitt fans need to treat it like that just a bit. Not advocating zombie cult status but part of Pitt’s problem is we don’t give enough of a shit.

Comment by TX Panther 11.11.13 @ 9:00 pm

And happy Veterans Day to all Vets out there. My Dad especially, the Vietnam Vet. And my good friend Nick.

Comment by TX Panther 11.11.13 @ 9:03 pm

Pitt ND highlights from the ACC Network:

link to theacc.com

Comment by Jackagain 11.11.13 @ 9:37 pm

@Emel….check this out! (better be sitting down)

link to espn.go.com

Comment by Jackagain 11.11.13 @ 9:53 pm

Emel, You’re absolutely right about Tony Dorsett deserving the Heisman Trophy his junior year. Archie Griffin won two Heismans running through holes behind fullback Pete Johnson. Johnson was probably one best blocking college fullbacks of all time. Archie Griffin was a bust on the pro level and Pete Johnson went on to a good pro career with Cincy Bengals. Johnson at 270 lbs. was almost impossible to stop in short yardage situations.

Comment by Justinian 11.11.13 @ 10:07 pm

MARCUS have hard nothing except that WR jamil kamara who we were after likes wisconsin and has put them at the top of his list and that is to bad.
and that we have a real shot at nicholson and bookser and that they think we have a real chance at WR ADONIS JENNINGS.
but things are hush hush i guess

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.11.13 @ 10:25 pm

I just can’t see any blue chip player from WPA or PA going to WVU now. To know their life would be comprised of Morgantown – airplane – 1000 miles – dust bowls – 50-60 point games ever week – Morgantown…. ahhhh, NOT.

Any Blue chipper with with choices and a brain is going somewhere else… and PITT don’t look like too bad an option!

Oh, and I guess Heinz Field can rock like a college stadium after all….

Comment by Pittscript 11.11.13 @ 11:24 pm

As for Henry… good he was at WVU while he now knows he missed the party at Heinz field…

… as a CB recruit what do you think when you stand on the sidelines and realize the WVU is the weak man in a conference where football is a track meet for 60 minutes? Is that really how/where you want to play football for 4 years?

NOT…

Comment by Pittscript 11.11.13 @ 11:44 pm

@ Jackagain

Not surprising. The perfect a-hole coach for the perfect The A-Hole State university.

Never liked this turd at BG, Utah, Florida and now Ohio Fake. Something smells about this turd.

And Suburban Urban’s upstaging of us during the Bowl Game and post-game of our first 10 win season in 30 years, smelled to high heaven. With his bogus fake heart condition.

Self-promoting lying sack of sh*t, imo.

Whoever they play in whatever bowl game, hopefully they’ll be exposed as the average Big Joke team that they are.

Comment by EMel 11.11.13 @ 11:58 pm

I wonder what his connections are….i’ll have to do some research.

F9cking puke.

Veritas et Virtus

Comment by EMel 11.12.13 @ 12:03 am

Emel, hear hear! Spend 5 minutes with a group of Ohio St. fans, you understand the hate.

Script, I hear you, and agree being in the Big 12 should hurt WVU with local recruits, but they’re not awful. WVU/Pitt would be a good game this year. In fact, they might have a better shot at a bowl than Pitt, they finish with 0-6 Kansas and 0-6 Iowa St. That would suck but it might happen.

Comment by Iron Duke 11.12.13 @ 12:20 am

To go along with the Dancing Chryst video, here is one where you can see a bit of what he’s like during a practice:

link to youtube.com

Comment by Reed 11.12.13 @ 7:15 am

@reed, really nice video. says it all… along with the dance video so no more BS that this guy can’t ‘communicate’.

Also, wow that so many of the old player could not buy into this guy and his staff… shows just how messed up things were. That is a head scratcher.

right kids learning from and following this coach and better days are ahead.

Comment by Pittscript 11.12.13 @ 8:22 am

In case anyone might want to notice we have a basketball game scheduled tonight. I hope to see Talib Zanna back off his mystery suspension. The game is televised on Root Sports at 7.

Comment by spiritofsection22 11.12.13 @ 9:42 am

JJ Moore had a pretty lackluster 31 minutes in Rutgers loss to UAB last night.

Comment by spiritofsection22 11.12.13 @ 9:58 am

Ohio State fans are an obnoxious, arrogant bunch. Tressel and Earl Bruce were much more gentlemanly and good guy than the overhyped A hole called Woody Hayes. The entire Ohio State crowed doubled down in the world of deserving assholes when Urban Meyer arrived. Even by today’s selfish, narcissistic head coaches, he is in a class by himself. It is all about him, he cheats, he bailed out just when the Hernandez story and a multitude of other similar scenario’s were catching up to him. Now he is trying to ride the softest schedule in the country into a title game. If I were voting I could put ten teams up there ahead of them who at least have a semblance of a schedule. Alabama, FSU, Stanford, and a bunch of others would kick their overrated ass.

Comment by PittMan 11.12.13 @ 10:15 am

First mention of James Folston and Hez Trahan, that I have seen. Glad to see a linebacker and D-end on the list, but neither are big names. Folston from FL which is positive. Trahan game highlight film not that impressive, but our coaches seem to recognize talent. Both have Pitt high on their list.

Anyone know anymore?

Comment by gc 11.12.13 @ 10:47 am

What a great game to have so many recruits attend. Henry not attending is no big deal, he has been scheduled to see the Miami game for his official visit all year. Plus seeing WVU lose and having to hear about Pitt’s win can’t work against us.

One thing to consider is this, a lot of the guys who committed who are lower rated MAC guys will consider decommitting too for playing time reasons if they see several other players at their position coming in.

It’s not just the top guys who end up decommitting. Until NSD we won’t know for sure how many players we’ve got on the list and the coaching staff will have tough conversations with some of the lower end guys if they get the top guys locked in.

If we can land 4/5 of our top remaining targets that would be an enormous win for Chryst and Co and a second – yes I said it – good recruiting class.

Comment by PittHW 11.12.13 @ 11:23 am

All you have to know about Urban Meyer can be found in two quotes of his. Not wasting my time looking up the exact teams and quotes, but you’ll get the jist.

Last year at Utah: “well, we play as tough as teams as anyone, we beat who they put on our schedule, we definitely deserve to be in the BCS”..

Not more than a year later at Florida: “I don’t think TCU deserves to take a spot away from a top conference team, they haven’t played anyone, the SEC is a dog fight every week.”

I can’t believe there wasn’t more made of this from the media. He’s worse than a politician.

You would have thought someone who wanted to make a name for himself would have got him at a press conference or something, and asked him directly about those two quotes, polor opposites, how you can say one thing one year, then the total opposite the next. It looks like a 5 year olds logic, or such a simplistic way of saying “whatever’s best for my personal situation”.

Never really got called out for it.

Comment by Dan 11.12.13 @ 11:27 am

The Fresno State Bulldogs bring their Mountain West Conference hoop team to the Pete tonight for a 7 pm game. The MWC you might remember is where one Kwim Birch landed when he transferred to UNLV after finding the going a little too rough in Oakland two years ago. The Bullpups bit into 11 wins a year ago and are fresh off of an overtime licking of the Anteaters of Cal Irvine last week. The Zoo and friends are eagerly awaiting the return of Talib “Ho” Zanna who expected back off an undisclosed team rules violation single game suspension. Between the return of the corrected Kenyan and the visit of the outclassed California canines a good time should be had by all.

Comment by spiritofsection22 11.12.13 @ 1:00 pm

Darrick Randall is what 6 foot 9 260 pounds if zanna
is out it is nice to have another big boy to put in
i hope for a good year say 26 wins.

Comment by Frankcan 11.12.13 @ 1:52 pm

Game tonight on YES for us New Yorkers

Comment by steve1 11.12.13 @ 2:47 pm

@ Frankcan, You are right about that , we will need both in the ACC. It wouldn’t hurt to see Young and Artis develop quickly either. We should have it pretty easy tonight though.

Comment by spiritofsection22 11.12.13 @ 2:48 pm

@steve1, Root Sports has it covered here in the Burgh.

Comment by spiritofsection22 11.12.13 @ 2:53 pm

Reading an article about Number 1 recruit switching from Michigan to Alabama. The article mentioned the factual reasons for the last 10 years SEC has dominance, migration to the south and the impact of desegregation of atheletic programs but it mentioned one other thing.
The coach, such as Urban Myer at OSU still has signifcant connections and a pipeline from the south.
I mentioned Pitt’s great years of the mid-seventies to early eighties based on the demographics and segregation but I forgot that we had two excellent coaches with signficant name recognition in the southeast Majors and Sherill.
When Sherill left for A&M I wonder if Pitt that at the time was a nationwide top football program had hired a successful southern coach rather than passing the torch back 30 years to Fogo if Pitt could have maintained it’s dominance.

Comment by pittisit 11.16.13 @ 2:56 am

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