January 3, 2014

Open Letter to Pitt Football Seniors

Filed under: Uncategorized — Panther Rants Collective @ 5:48 pm

Dear Pitt Seniors,

Us Pitt fans would like to take the time to say Thank You for being Pitt Panthers.   Your time here like the previous 2-3 graduating classes weren’t easy considering:

1. The coach that recruited you would be fired at the end of the season

2. Your next coach would be fired over a “domestic dispute”  weeks later.

3. The coach after that would leave town after just one season and would say goodbye via text message.

4. You’d lose your teammates whether it was for transferring out or off field issues.

5. You’d spend three January’s in Birmingham.

In the end, you kept on playing.  One of you took home four awards.  The rest of you helped bring home a bowl win.  You didn’t leave here with nothing, and you did leave your mark with the current players.

Heading into the bowl game, this team was without their top receiver and most of its offensive line.  They’d lose their quarterback at halftime.  Their running back was playing “Ironman Football”.  Despite all that, no one on the team played like they had some excuse.

The backup quarterback came in and drove a team from near its own goaline for a touchdown.  The running back broke a Pitt Great’s rushing record in a bowl game.  The defense helped limit a quarterback who was upset because Pitt wouldn’t offer him as if every other BCS program wanted him.

It doesn’t matter who you played that night.  There was a lot of reasons to love this bowl win.  You left it all out there on field.  The players who all stepped up that we’ll be seeing next year and years to come.  Not sure what the future holds, but we Pitt fans always enjoy the ride.

In closing, we’d like to Thank You for being Pitt Panthers.  Hail to Pitt!

Did that idiot announcer just say….the defenses have been giving it their all.

Yep…Clemson has 539 yds of offense and the Fakers have 405.

Just say both defense’s have been ‘lit up’.

Comment by Emel 01.03.14 @ 11:46 pm

Needed that 2.

Comment by panther94 01.03.14 @ 11:58 pm

Another coaching penalty.

Comment by panther94 01.04.14 @ 12:10 am

Just a different level of coaching, talent, support. If that Matt Millen says a tired buccaroo i may vomit. He sounds like a 8th grade announcer.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.04.14 @ 12:18 am

Dabo has been very good for Clemson!

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.04.14 @ 12:19 am

Ohio Fake lucky they lost to MIch State, cause Florida State would have beat them 55-10.

Comment by Emel 01.04.14 @ 12:22 am

@ upitt
Don’t understand why ESPN used these 2 idiot announcers that they didn’t use ALL season for this game.

Comment by Emel 01.04.14 @ 12:23 am

Even the espn girlie announcer Pam, what’s her name have been better. Oy Vey ~

did I just say that ,…..

Comment by Emel 01.04.14 @ 12:24 am

Couple of these schools real excited about back to back ….11 win seasons. PITT did back to back to back 11 win seasons over 30 years ago.

Boy did this University drop the ball. As we all know.

Comment by Emel 01.04.14 @ 12:27 am

Final thought on this game Tyler Boyd is better than anyone on Ohio Fakes offense.

Aaron Donald is better than anyone on Ohio Fakes defense.

Why did we finish 7-6 ?

Comment by Emel 01.04.14 @ 12:29 am

Great win for the ACC.

After watching this game and the end of OSU-Mizzou, I am not sure what pass interference is anymore.

In our bowl our guy gets called without touching the opponent. In these two games mugging was ok.

Millen, once an ass always an ass.

Did you like the way he tried to add controversy at the end. He might have been right but the next play had been run and the game was over.

Well, I am a tired buckaroo, good night sirs LMAO

Let’s win tomorrow, Hail to Pitt

Comment by gc 01.04.14 @ 12:31 am

Supporting cast, Emel.

Comment by panther94 01.04.14 @ 12:32 am

lol panther94…apparently we need a kid called ‘Philly’.

Looking at the stats of this game. Clemson did everything to keep Ohio fake in this game. Or the refs did. 19 penalties for 163 yards called on Clemson.

Many a blown coverage in the secondary by Clemson.

Boyd played great, almost accounted for 500 yards by himself. 370 passing, 120 rushing. 6 TD’s

Comment by Emel 01.04.14 @ 12:59 am

Strong will be named UT Coach in morning. Strong owns Florida and couple that with the kids here in Texas and the money and you can write it down they will win a NCAA within 3 years. Great hire.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.04.14 @ 1:02 am

And Clemson redeemed themselves for losing to Ohio Fake in the Gator Bowl while getting sucker punched by Woody ‘Psycho’ Hayes.

I think Woody and JoePedo were buds.

Comment by Emel 01.04.14 @ 1:03 am

Emel, as long as no Doris Burk LOL

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.04.14 @ 1:03 am

That’s good for Pitt, don’t we play L-ville next year.

Anyway they’ll have a tough time replacing Charlie.
Unless they bring Motorcycle Bobby back ! lol

Comment by Emel 01.04.14 @ 1:05 am

Watching the game I noticed a lot of the Ohio Fake fans were wearing they’re baseball caps backward.

Aaaaaaa….i know news travels slow, but someone needs to inform them, that’s passe.

Comment by Emel 01.04.14 @ 1:08 am

Would also like to thank this senior class. Especially Aaron Donald and Devin Street, who through everything not only performed at such a high level, but continued to bleed blue and gold, and also bought in and supported Paul Chryst. Glad I got to see these two young men grow and accomplish some really great things.

Ugghh, as far as Golden to Pedo St goes. Was really hoping it was going to be Munchak or Schiano. I think Golden is a pretty good coach and outstanding recruiter. Also, if successful he is never leaving. He wears a tie for God sakes, like his hero!

Looking forward to some Pitt hoops tomorrow at noon…

Hail to Pitt!

Comment by Pap76 01.04.14 @ 1:38 am

Franklin to PSU will happen by Sun night in my opinion.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.04.14 @ 1:45 am

Either way, those lucky, arrogant, sons of bitches are going to get themselves a good coach.

Where’s the Karma..what happened there was a disgrace. We’ve been mired in mediocrity for 30+ yrs. Most of my life, unfortunately.

Letting Jackie Sherril leave was a sin, but I think covering up a pedophile is a bit worse!!!!

Comment by Pap76 01.04.14 @ 1:56 am

a couple of thoughts:

– PSU has fan support and the $$ to afford just about any coach that will accept a job offer from them

– the alleged best program in the NCAA apparently is having trouble replacing its coach … and if Charlie Strong rejects its offer (as now rumored), that will be at least 3 rejections.

This just proves that the firing of the current coach is just a small part of the process, and the easiest part (unless you’re Steve Pedersen or Oliver Luck). I would like to think there are some lessons learned here but our AD didn’t seem to do so from a previous experience so I wouldn’t bet on it again.

Comment by wbb 01.04.14 @ 8:23 am

Golden handles QBs like Joepa. He will mess up Hackenberg.

I’ll take PC!

Comment by Notrocketscience 01.04.14 @ 8:45 am

Years ago during a pregame brunch at the Fitzgerald Fieldhouse assistant Steve Roper stopped by our table to say hello. When asked if Jonny Majors was going back to Tennessee, he replied, “I hope not. Here at Pitt when we lose a game, the fans pat us on the back and tell us, we’ll get them next time, at Tennessee they want to hang you.” Johnny Majors and Jackie Sherrill were southern boys and they both wanted to go back to the south. Sherrill walked away from Pitt and a potential National Championship. Going to Texas A&M turned out to be a bad career move for him. Although he had some success, he never got to that level again.

Comment by Justinian 01.04.14 @ 8:50 am

Notrocketscience, I agree with you about Paul Chryst, I think he’s a good solid coach. I also think Steve Pederson really set us back when he fired Dave Wannestedt. With the season he had two years before and with the recruiting class we had coming in I would have given him at least one more year. The two Pederson hires that followed set the university back 3 years. I’m fine with Penn State hiring Golden, he’s a good solid coach, but I think Paul Chryst is better with quarterbacks and I don’t fear him like I do Foster.

Comment by Justinian 01.04.14 @ 9:00 am

I meant to say I would prefer to see Al Golden at Penn State over James Franklin.

Comment by Justinian 01.04.14 @ 9:16 am

Hi from Columbus. What an awesome finish to the season. Pitt wins bowl, Suckeyes lose. Can’t wait to read the Sunday letters to the ed in the Dispatch.

Comment by OHowIHateOhioState 01.04.14 @ 9:28 am

I’ve been reading the Plain Dealer and they want the DC (Fickel)fired … sound familiar! And they aren’t being very kind to the great Urban either.

I also noticed that to put some of these Buck fans in their place, someone wrote just how dominant FSU was AT Clemson.

Comment by wbb 01.04.14 @ 9:43 am

Best from the Columbus Dispatch so far: The cost of an Orange Bowl ticket… Who cares. Watching “Script Ohio”…. Who gives a flying f%$#. Having the most obnoxious fan base in sports silenced…. Always priceless.

Comment by OHowIHateOhioState 01.04.14 @ 9:58 am

Emel, 19 penalties, 163 yards, no wonder Millen commended the refs for the great job they did, what a putz.

Sammy Watkins is what I hope Boyd looks like next year, what a player.

Seemed like the OSU QB was a bit of a drama queen, sure wanted everyone to know how wounded he was.

Millen sure bought the story line.

Very satisfying to see Meyer go down, with all that talent.

Clemson needs a new D-backs coach.

Chryst better give Engram a raise and a new title.

Bowl games have been very competitive, still like to see a playoff. This year it needed to be 16 teams. Clemson deserved in.

An FSU win on Monday sure would help the ACC profile. A loss will will increase meth production in the SouthEast.

Comment by gc 01.04.14 @ 10:05 am

Good one!

Comment by wbb 01.04.14 @ 10:06 am

gc, what worries me the most about a new PSU coach is losing Engram …. even though his wife is from Pgh

Comment by wbb 01.04.14 @ 10:07 am

Worst case scenario, Golden hired, Bradley reinstated, Engram joins them.

Chryst needs to find his “Slice”

Comment by gc 01.04.14 @ 10:08 am

BTW, just how great is Charlie Strong? He is offered $25M for 5 years (reportedly) at a great FB program, but wants to talk to his current AD and school prez before accepting offer … the people who gave him his 1st HC job.

I think it’s classy

Comment by wbb 01.04.14 @ 10:14 am

Looking for a counter offer?

Comment by gc 01.04.14 @ 10:17 am

Who knows? Just like the fact that he didn’t just bolt without an audience with his current employers

Comment by wbb 01.04.14 @ 10:53 am

@ wbb Maybe he looking for an excuse to stay at L-ville. Perhaps he doesn’t want all the pressure that goes along with being HC at Texas.

L-Ville is a few notches below on the pressure meter. Also the Big 12 has some really strong programs. In the ACC you have FSU & Clemson and a lot of mediocrity after that.

Good ole Charlie might see things being easier at Louisville.

Comment by Emel 01.04.14 @ 11:26 am

@ gc….yea can you believe 19 penalties, don’t think I can remember ever seeing 20 penalties called on one team in any game.

Clemson outgained Ohio Fake by nearly 200 yards as well. So take the penalties and the Clemson blown coverages in the 2nd quarter alone, plus the little pick Boyd threw in the 2nd Q, and Ohio Fake was damn lucky they didn’t get blown out !

Millen could have choked on that all nite.
Would have sat thru the whole game of a blowout just to see that ! What a schmuck !

Comment by Emel 01.04.14 @ 11:30 am

web…if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. Engram stays.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 01.04.14 @ 12:21 pm

Best case scenario…UPS hires Schiano and he gets rid of Larry Johnson.

Comment by Jackagain 01.04.14 @ 3:20 pm

looks like Golden… what do people think? He seemed to be doing a good job in Miami? Is he an offensive or defensive coach?

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Comment by Pittscript 01.04.14 @ 3:50 pm

losing Engram would be really bad… always wondered about that. hopefully he is not one of these guys that wants to go back to his old school…

Comment by Pittscript 01.04.14 @ 3:52 pm

Munchak is available now…he was just fired at Tenn.

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Congrats seniors…I hope to see you all on Sundays in the near future. (Mondays & Thursdays too)

Comment by Jackagain 01.04.14 @ 4:00 pm

Congratulations and thank you to the seniors. Good luck with your futures and we look forward to seeing you at Heinz Field as fans in the future.

Comment by Joe Lawrence 01.05.14 @ 9:59 am

Golden was all set to sign until Munchak got canned. Now PSU must at lest go through the motions of an interview and act like they gave Munchak a chance so he doesn’t cause political problems for Golden. Playing interview games can be problematic when timelines come out and they eventually will.

Saban was just cemented to stay at Texas for a long while because his team just took a beating at the hands of a big12 team. The best coaches biggest fear is another coach in his conference being better. Saban does not have that problem in the SEC and he knows it, so he doesn’t go anywhere. This is where I see a problem for Strong in the big12. Strong will not be the best coach in his conference and as such will struggle. If Strong was smart, he would stick to the ACC where he would have an opportunity to be the best coach in his conference and dominate the landscape. I say this about the recruits all the time. Do your homework. I also think Saban will be in a hurt of trouble over the next few seasons as it will be the first time in four years a qb other than McCarron leads that team. That could be a problem for Foster.

Pitt needs to finish their recruiting class strong. I expect one Florida Recruit(Gordon) and hopefully Jennings to round out the class. It would put Pitt around a 35 ranking which is what we should expect given the results on the field. Build a strong foundation and improve each year.

Thanks to all the Seniors who left it on the field. Be productive in life and while you are at it, there are plenty of high school football coaching positions available in Florida. A good athletic department helps these kids with degrees finding opportunities out there if they want to pursue coaching.

Comment by dhuffdaddy 01.05.14 @ 1:13 pm

Tony in Houston,

I work for UPMC’s big competitor. Nordenberg does not run UPMC. At any rate, a discussion about UPMC or Highmark doesn’t really belong here.

I know Emel and OhowIHateOhioState despise the sanctimonious Suckeyes. I grew up in Northeast Ohio hearing about how great OSU was and how great the big Two Little Eight was and how great the OSU Michigan game was.

At that time, Pitt vs. Penn State was the far superior rivalry, but because neither school belonged to a conference at the time it did not get the same level of national coverage.

My dad despised Woody Hayes. He rooted for Michigan to beat OSU.

Golden would be better served to stay in Miami. South Florida is a better place to live than Crappy Valley.

Comment by Penguins Fan 01.05.14 @ 4:25 pm

4 star receiver Adonis Jennings makes his commitment tonight in the Semper Fi all star game he down to Pitt and Iowa with Putt as heavy favorite .

Comment by Togatogatoga 01.05.14 @ 8:11 pm

He hasn’t played much so far, if at all during first half. There are some nice players still un-committed. Hopefully we get a commit and he does some recruiting. Cosentino playing and was average at best in first half.

He just isn’t comfortable in the passing game or in the pocket yet. He does have a strong arm though.

Next hour should be telling…..

Comment by dhuffdaddy 01.05.14 @ 10:58 pm

Pitt is it for Jennings !!!!

Comment by dhuffdaddy 01.05.14 @ 11:18 pm

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