January 8, 2014

Morning, everyone. The deep freeze may be coming to an end but a third day of no school for the kids further disrupts life.

Amidst the hoopla for the last BCS Championship game, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) released their Freshman All-American Team.

Tyler Boyd made the squad, so one more accolade for him and this Pitt squad.

After the Maryland-Pitt game, I flipped over to the BCS Championship and checked out the Film Room, thing that ESPNnews had running. Mainly because Paul Chryst was part of it. I got hooked because it was pretty interesting.

I saw some complaints that Chryst wasn’t as dynamic and active as Texas A&M’s Sumlin and BC’s Addazio, but that shouldn’t have surprised anyone. And I mean anyone. Not only are both more personable in their press conferences and interviews, they had a lot more time to prepare. As in a couple of weeks at least. Chryst was a last minute switch over the weekend. It was supposed to be Charlie Strong, but after he left Louisville for Texas he also bailed on the gig. Naturally the already taciturn Chryst isn’t going to just, um, blather too much.

As for any complaints that he missed out on a chance to be recruiting kids through the TV. No.

The actual ratings were miniscule (though, it got plenty of Twitter buzz). I’m not buying that high school recruits for 2015 and beyond were watching this game with coaching commentary going. The best it did with recruiting for Sumlin and Addazio is it reinforces to the recruits they already have, that that is their coach. Maybe, gives them a little more juice to make their pitch to kids — though, it is unlikely Sumlin needs it. Primarily, it sets up Sumlin and Addazio for TV studio or analyst work after they are done coaching (or fired).

It gives all three programs some extra exposure which is good. Chryst may not have been smooth, but he clearly looked to be in his element. Just talking about football and the game. He had no glaring screw-ups. He didn’t pick his nose on TV or scratch inappropriately.

I’d rather have him doing that, and getting some more exposure for Pitt than not doing the gig.

The Pirate gold P on a black hat is worn by many people (celebrities) to support gangs. That’s why the Pirates hat is so popular.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Colors – Black/Gold for Latin Kings; Bloods – Initial ā€œPā€; for Pirus (Bloods)

Comment by Caw Miller 01.08.14 @ 2:39 pm

If the NCCA put in too rigid standards, all the FB powers would break away … and the networks would follow.

Maybe a good thing for Pitt

Comment by wbb 01.08.14 @ 2:42 pm

As to Paul Chryst’s selection to the TV show, that likely is because he was the coach of an opponent of FSU this year. The only other coaches available would be Maryland, Clemson, NC State, Wake Forest and Syracuse. ESPN could also have chosen a head coach from the opponents of AU, too, which still makes it a choice of about 16-18 total.

Comment by Caw Miller 01.08.14 @ 2:43 pm

@gc well we had FSU, Auburn, Central Florida, Oklahoma State, Clemson, Alabama & Oklahoma in the BCS bowls. Pretty close to what we got now.

While academic standards aren’t exactly high at these ‘schools’, their standards are still higher than most of their football & basketball rosters would meet.

Comment by Emel 01.08.14 @ 2:45 pm

@Emel, they sure aren’t Harvard and Yale.

Maybe like a drug test we could test reading skills before an after a game. LOL

Comment by gc 01.08.14 @ 2:49 pm

Alumni of the schools and ppl in general will still watch college football if we had real students participating. I know I would.

Here’s a case where the colleges could dictate their terms instead of being led around by the nose by the TV Networks.

Comment by Emel 01.08.14 @ 2:51 pm

Something is going on at Harvard though, for basketball at least. They were ranked last year and are 13-1 this year.

Comment by Emel 01.08.14 @ 2:53 pm

I didn’t get a chance to see it. I heard one of the coaches called the fake punt before it happened. Anyone know which coach it was?

Comment by Pittastic 01.08.14 @ 2:54 pm

Up for your consideration:

link to

Comment by Emel 01.08.14 @ 3:00 pm

Haaaaaaaaavard plays at Uconn tonite, btw.

Getting 4.5 points

Comment by Emel 01.08.14 @ 3:01 pm

@ward and others–it’s really simple. Give every player recruited a guaranteed 5 year (or until graduated-whichever happens first) ship plus sufficient stipend that there is no out of pocket cost for anything. Also include free access to tutoring services whether player continues to play or not. That’s becomes the guaranteed minimum compensation. It should be worth about $50 K per year. Anyone able to do better by turning pro prior to graduation is welcome to do so. Academically, admission standards should reflect an ability (with tutoring factored in) to be capable of completing a degree in 5 years.

IMHO, that would be completely fair.

Comment by Pitt1972 01.08.14 @ 3:08 pm

Didn’t see Pittastic, the thought of hearing Matt Millen again made me quite ill.

Comment by Emel 01.08.14 @ 3:09 pm

Free access to tutoring. Don’t they get that now.

Guaranteed 5 year scholarships? What if they don’t play, or pan out or even care to practice after 1 year ?

Why do we have to change the academic standards for new applicants at all ?

Do we for any other applicants, because they’re a virtuoso pianist or a girl that can twirl the baton ? Of course not.

Comment by Emel 01.08.14 @ 3:16 pm

Just enforce the standards the other 95% of college applicants have to abide by.

And like I said before, if a school get’s caught cheating, they get the DEath Penalty.

Comment by Emel 01.08.14 @ 3:18 pm

Thanks Emel. I’ll try to find a repeat. Just wanted to see PC breaking down film.

Comment by Pittastic 01.08.14 @ 3:22 pm

YW Pittastic, if you find it, let me know. Maybe we can edit out Millen’s comments. Of which I heard there were many.

Comment by Emel 01.08.14 @ 3:25 pm

No tutors
No punishment for flunking out
Make them take regular classes with no help.
It would take about 3 year, but the teams would look drastically different.
The NFL can start a minor league.
As stated above we will watch the college teams play even after the teams are filled with players that can do college academic work.

Comment by kevin 01.08.14 @ 3:32 pm

@wbb, thanks for remembering the preseason banner that I was carrying for Chris Blewitt. He turned out OK, but I have to tell you, I thought he was going to be even more impressive, especially on kickoffs.

Are high school field yard marks still 36 inches like on the college field. I only ask because Chris routinely kicked off into the endzone in HS, is the HS field just SHORTER????

I don’t have a sleeper that I consider a sure ringer lined up in this class yet. Emotionally, I’m pulling for either Quintin Dintino or Rori Blair to roar onto the field come fall and make an impact simply because both are way under the radar because of their previous medical issues that have retarded their development in HS due to reduced playing time.

Especially Blair. He had a congenital vascular defect in his brain that kills most of those who are unfortunate enough to be cursed with the problem but not Rori Blair. He strokes out, is completely incapacitated and comes back in a couple years to be playing BCS level football for Pitt this year. Freakin AMAZING!

He would be a perfect Cinderella story if he could produce results while at Pitt.

Comment by Dr. Tom 01.08.14 @ 3:33 pm

@Caw Miller

The Pirate hat (Black, Gold “P”) showing support for gangs goes back to the 60’s/70’s in Chicago.
The Blackstone Rangers after a lot of well deserved bad media attention, tried to change there image and become a “community action group” & change their name to the Black P-Stone Rangers. The “P” stood for PEACE. They adopted the Pirate hat as an identifier.

Didn’t work. Leaders & members ended up in jail.

Comment by PITT-cocks fan 01.08.14 @ 3:38 pm

FWIW, my 2 picks for a freshman seeing action on defense next year are:

Shane Roy 6’5 220 DE from Cincy

Pat Amare 6’2 180 CB from Philly

Comment by wbb 01.08.14 @ 3:39 pm

BTW, Rori Blair is the only commit that is in school now and will practice in the spring

Comment by wbb 01.08.14 @ 3:43 pm

Pittofdreams, I like that blind admission process. It would really put the student back into student-athlete. But the NCAA doesn’t really want that.

Winston is forced to play NCAA football. He’s not allowed to go into the NFL right now is he? The NFL uses college football as a minor league system without having to pay anything or take any risk.

There is tons of money in college sports right now and everyone from coaches to bowl oragnizers to the NCAA are making millions on millions. Everyone accept the actual reason why people watch.

BTW I have on very good authority that the all hires by Chryst are his decision and have absolutely nothing to do with money.

Comment by Wardapalooza 01.08.14 @ 4:05 pm

High School kicks off from the 40 vs the 35 in college. It’s only 5 yds, but could make a difference. Heinz Field isn’t the greatest place to kick in either, especially when kicking toward the river.

Comment by Nick 01.08.14 @ 4:09 pm

also, kickoffs are always shorter come November up north

Comment by wbb 01.08.14 @ 4:14 pm

Re: recruiting – right now it’s great that HCPC and Co. can sell kids with the enticement of early playing time. However…at some point you would hope those opportunities dwindle; if not then perhaps we’ve not been recruiting very well. Eventually you hope the sell is a chance to be part of a successful program where you have to learn the ropes behind a talented and experience starter.

For surprise frosh of 2014, I’ll go with Amara – there will be opportunites in the secondary, maybe he gets a shot. For long term, I think James Folston could surprise. He needs to bulk up, but his dad was a pro, his bro plays for ND, and he’s very quick to the ball.

Emel, rarely disagree with you but I hated the Buccos pillbox caps. I am partial to the mustard yellow caps with the black “P” of the early 70’s. I must have a thing for mustard-colored uni’s…

Comment by Iron Duke 01.08.14 @ 4:16 pm

I do like the Clemente ball cap as well.

Comment by TX Panther 01.08.14 @ 4:38 pm

FWIW, my 2 picks for a freshman seeing action on defense next year are:

Shane Roy 6ā€™5 220 DE from Cincy

Pat Amare 6ā€™2 180 CB from Philly
Comment by wbb 01.08.14 @ 3:39 pm


From what Amara has been tweeting, Cal and an unnamed SEC school are giving late offers recently..seems he really impressed at the HS bowl-whatever it was. Seems like he has a good work ethic and really wants to be at Pitt..(pretty much the model of PC’s recruiting tactic)

I also think he’ll play next year.

And ofcourse Roy at DE..need bodies on the ends for sure.

Good call wbb

Comment by NOPE 01.08.14 @ 5:00 pm

Surprise freshmen will be Avonte Maddox returning kicks.

He’s got some jets!

Comment by Jimbo 01.08.14 @ 5:09 pm

Herndon was recruited to play DT i have posted this many times a 325 pound DT

Comment by Frankcan 01.08.14 @ 5:43 pm

Does Chryst trust anyone without Wisky ties?

Comment by TX Panther 01.08.14 @ 6:17 pm

Anyone see, or hear what Michael Young put on his twitter??

Just heard the end of a conversation on The Fan, they had been talking about it.

Comment by Dan 01.08.14 @ 6:29 pm

@ Nick, DUH, I feel sooo stupid, thats it right there, plus like wbb says a cold November football up in Pittsburgh doesn’t fly like a warm October football in Virginia, actually Maryland.

@ Frankcan, well that’s where Herndon belongs, the ESPN recruiting sight has him listed by position on the Offensive Line.

Comment by Dr. Tom 01.08.14 @ 6:35 pm

Dan, I just did:

Mike Young ?@ShowtimeDeuce 7h
I’m better than I ever was but treated as if I never was

Mike Young ?@ShowtimeDeuce 18h
Never been told not to shoot the ball til I got here #SMH

If true, I’m surprised he is unhappy. He seems like a team player.

Comment by steve1 01.08.14 @ 6:54 pm

Watch Herndon on Utube. Played a lot of middle linebacker. Looks fairly quick for a man of his size. Doesn’t appear to be fat. He looks like a Giant against the Lilliputians.

Be a little surprised if he doesn’t redshirt.

The new S&C coach is a promotion from within. It looks like that is Chryst’s style. I always found that it was a good way to manage when possible.

When you promote from within it makes everyone work harder. It also shows loyalty which is always to be valued.

Comment by gc 01.08.14 @ 6:55 pm

I hate Twitter

Comment by gc 01.08.14 @ 6:58 pm

Blair had 15 and 9 on Monday. He returns to San Antonio right now on ESPN

Comment by wbb 01.08.14 @ 7:04 pm

DR Tom i have read on recruiting sites he is recruited as a DT and if you go to rival commit site you will see he is listed as a DT
i dont go to espn very much i think rival has better info,

Comment by Frankcan 01.08.14 @ 8:12 pm

Watching John Johnson. Ho hum.

Comment by steve1 01.08.14 @ 8:38 pm

Petrino & Petino together now huh….Infidelity U.

I’ll bet the Papa John’s pizza dude had something to do with this…

Comment by Jackagain 01.08.14 @ 9:02 pm

UMass just came from behind to beat St. Joe’s at home. Of course fatso will still say they’re better than Pitt on Sunday…

Comment by Jackagain 01.08.14 @ 9:08 pm

both Hendon and Dontino are listed as OL and DL on different sites. They are both big boys

Comment by wbb 01.08.14 @ 9:09 pm

Is Mike Young really unhappy?? If so, that sucks! You would think that a freshman would be happy about starting and getting major minutes on a team as good as PITT.

Comment by Jason 01.08.14 @ 9:25 pm

some sites say franklins plane went to penn state i hope it is a fulse report franklin will kill us at recruiting.we will be toast.

Comment by Frankcan 01.08.14 @ 9:42 pm

Young better not be unhappy, starting as a freshmen and getting tons of minutes and we are winning! I hate twitter too! He probably got yelled at practice and had a knee jerk reaction on twitter. Hope he isn’t too upset, I like him and Artis! Feel good about the team. That’s just what we need!

Comment by Sweet Caroline 01.08.14 @ 9:45 pm

if mike young is pissed it could divide the team and screw this year up dixon needs to show some love and get this fixed

Comment by Frankcan 01.08.14 @ 9:46 pm

One of these yahoos calling the OK State/Texas hoops game just blabbered about the strength of the Big 12 and how they have three teams with an ESPN “power index” in the top 10. OK State’s is #10 in the BPI and is ranked 11. Pitt’s BPI is #5.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 01.08.14 @ 9:47 pm

Tyrique Jarrett at 350 pounds and Mike Herndon at 340 pounds should be run stoppers and pocket collapsers. Dintino will probably come in at 310. Great defenses are predicated on a great pass rush or run blitz scheme. Those are two hefty bodies with talent that will actually e much bigger than their OL counterparts. Exciting news if you ask me. We will not be undersized on the DL that is for sure.

I thought Pitt controlled the twitter and actually had rules against the athletes using twitter? If they don’t, they should. Nothing kills a locker room faster than uncontrolled social media. Underclassmen should not be able to tweat, twerp, twang until they are juniors. No my facespace either.

Comment by dhuffdaddy 01.08.14 @ 9:48 pm

the trouble with twitter is you share all of your feelings which normally are only shared with close friends. I hate my job and boss at least 3 times a week but always in retrospect, they’re not really so bad after all.

He may have had a really bad time at practice yesterday and let his emotions get the best of him. I wouldn’t make a mountain out of a molehill … just yet

Comment by wbb 01.08.14 @ 9:48 pm

Thought this was about football.I get sick and tired of on pro sports all the time and I cant stand pro baseball, besides who gives a ~~~~~~~ about pirate logos or even old Pitt ones. Some of you guys are starting to sound like verbal diharia.

Comment by Pitt 60 01.08.14 @ 9:49 pm

Here is some updated diharia (lol) diarrhea. Alabama just lost their offensive coordinator to Michigan. This could be problematic for Robert Foster with a new offensive regime coming in. Another new system, which will be two in two years. Time will tell but if he is looking to get out, now is better than next year if the wrong OC is hired.

Maybe I am just sayin, or maybe I am just hopin…Would be great for a change of heart. Time will tell.

Comment by dhuffdaddy 01.08.14 @ 10:02 pm

pitt 60, I’m sorry you are being held hostage in your own home with a gun to your head forcing you to read this blog.

Perhaps the best solution is to change the discussion to a subject that better suits you.

Oh, I see Chas may have done that for you

Comment by wbb 01.08.14 @ 10:06 pm

Wait, you guys can hear me?

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 01.08.14 @ 10:08 pm

dhuff, Maybe this would motivate Foster to come back. In addition to a fine WR, he was a heck of a DB which Pitt can always use.

I was disappointed that he chose Bama but I never held it against him for choosing arguably the best FB program

Comment by wbb 01.08.14 @ 10:23 pm

Foster is long gone guys. No way he transfers anywhere, simply because he can’t afford to sit out an additional year waiting to become eligible at another school.

Comment by Dr. Tom 01.09.14 @ 7:08 am

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