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January 20, 2014

Signing day is still a couple weeks away, but it looks like Pitt is finished with the 2014 class even as the 2015 class recruiting is already underway.

The final two verbals over the weekend were not a huge surprise. Jamal Davis and Hez Trahan were Pitt leans and expected to commit this past weekend on their official visit. And that’s exactly what happened.

Pitt landed a pair of commitments for its 2014 class Saturday, securing verbal pledges from Canton, Ohio, linebacker Jamal Davis and Philadelphia defensive end Hez Trahan.

Davis is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and chose Pitt over offers from Louisville, Indiana and Minnesota, among others.

“Just committed to Pitt!!!” Davis announced on his personal Twitter page.

Davis is the third linebacker in Pitt’s 2014 class, joining Cocoa, Fla., prospect James Floston, Jr., and Fox Chapel senior Quintin Wirginis.

Trahan had scholarship offers from James Madison and Massachusetts. He is the third defensive end in the 2014 class.

Davis is a 3-star recruit by every recruiting site.

As for Trahan, well as you probably assumed from the offer list, he is not quite so highly ranked in the recruiting system. Rivals.com gives him 2-stars but the other sites have him unrated. It’s worth noting that Philly.com had him ranked as the 8th best local player in the 2014 class, so there is potential.

Roman Catholic coach Joe McCourt said Trahan can play inside or outside on the defensive line.

“I think (Pitt) will start him (outside), but once they get him on the training table and he starts eating, he could go inside, too,” McCourt said. “He’ll live in the weight room. He is a very coachable kid.”

Which is something the coaches in all likelihood, really liked about him. The amusing kicker was citing the coaching stability at Pitt as part of why he verballed.

That should do it for Pitt’s recruiting class in 2014. At this point they have 24 verbals. The estimate is that Pitt is 5 over the scholarship limit, creating a bit of a question about how it fits. Are there players in the recruiting class with academic issues that may keep them from qualifying this year? What players currently on scholarship do the coaches expect to leave (or get pushed out of) the program?

As for 2015, Pitt already has its first verbal. And of course he is an offensive lineman.

But he did something right while recruiting Alex Paulina, a junior offensive lineman at Canon-McMillan High School. At least that’s what Paulina’s dad David said.

“These guys (Pitt’s coaches) really are some of the best men I have met in college football,” said David Paulina after his son committed to Pitt on Saturday. “How they handle themselves, what their demeanor is. Their whole, entire approach is just kind of bar none.”

Paulina has offers from Virginia Tech and West Virginia, his father said. Plus, he said they have met coaches at Ohio State, including defensive coordinator Luke Fickell.

“I’ve spoken to a lot of coaches,” David Paulina said. “This was almost getting crazy.”

Paulina, who is set to graduate 17 months from now, has plenty to prove. He has been a starter at Canon-McMillan since his freshman year and was named to the All-Quad South team that season. But he missed six games last year with a concussion and neck injury.

Pitt took a chance on him, but at 6-foot-4, 280 pounds, Paulina has plenty of potential, according to his Canon-McMillan coach Ron Coder, a former Penn State star who played 10 years in the NFL.

“He’s a great kid,” Coder said. “Hopefully, his senior year he will play real well and dominate.”

The injury and missed game cost him last year in terms of early offers, and evaluations. Scout.com and 247 have no ranking/evaluation on him. Rivals.com lists him at 3-stars. Assuming he stays healthy, Pitt may have quite the steal in Paulina.

I’m just trying to imagine the concept of going into a season with confidence in an O-line. Not simply being pleasantly surprised that they are better than expected. I’m going to need some time to visualize that.





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Imagine a season when Pitt’s QB isn’t running for his life
on every passing down? The plan is taking shape. Stability
is with us….at last!

Big game this week with Clemson. Important that the the team
bounce back and get the W at the Pete.

Comment by JR 01.20.14 @ 8:08 am

Just saw this article. Maybe our “new” S&C coach should pay this guy a visit?

link to nytimes.com;

Comment by htp123 01.20.14 @ 8:16 am

Transfers and academic casualties may account for all 5 scholarships that Pitt is over the limit.

But also, there are fifth year players who have not progressed and will likely not play in their senior year. These things happen; you never know how a 17 yr old wil develop in the next 4-5 years.

True story: I personally know a 3-star Pitt recruit of ten years ago which turned out to be Walt’s last year. He redshirted the first year and was on 2nd team depth chart his first active year, but in the next 2 years, new recruits replaced and in his 3 active years, he only saw a couple minutes action in mop-up duty.

After his 4th year (RS JR), he was asked/told that the schollie was not being renewed. However, he had graduated in the 4 years he was at Pitt, and is currently gainfully employed and remains a solid Pitt man.

A win-win situation.

Comment by wbb 01.20.14 @ 8:35 am

I have seen the Canton kid play-he is very athletic and has some speed, good get.

Comment by John 01.20.14 @ 9:18 am

No surprise that our first ’15 recruit is an O lineman. Here is hoping that this is the most improved part of our 2014 team. Imagine having time to throw and big gaping running lanes.

Also hope that several of the incoming freshmen make the two deep and contribute next year.

There is plenty of room on special teams for freshmen to make a name for themselves.

Comment by gc 01.20.14 @ 9:30 am

@ wbb, I’m sure that is a typical storyline in many cases with student atheletes, especially when a full scale coaching infrastructure turns over like what has happened with Pitt, TWICE, since the Wanny tenure. In your example, the good thing is, the player completed his education and received his degree, otherwise it would have been a lose-lose situation for the kid which is probably the more common scenario in college sports today.

@ h2p123, this coach Shannon Turley that you refer to, has no “sheepskin” in his educational studies that embelish his resume, making him a slam dunk applicant for a S&C coach at a major university like Stanford. BS in nutrition and a Masters in education and counseling psychology.

He has learned his trade through practical experience and independent research and development motivated by his own desire to become an authority in the field. From the sounds of it, he has developed an “alternative” program independent of the mainstream dogma in the field too.

As in most things in life, it is the results that count in the end. And looking at his team’s statistics regarding the improvements in the players health and lack of season ending injuries, he must be doing something right.

Comment by Dr. Tom 01.20.14 @ 9:31 am

Here is an interesting read from Cardiac Hill which analyzes where recruits from PSU, WVU and Pitt come from. As expected, PSU has a large NJ area flavor, WVU – FL/Southeast, and Pitt midwest .. and Pgh area for all 3.

link to cardiachill.com

Comment by wbb 01.20.14 @ 10:38 am

I live in Canon-Mac district, have known of and watched Alex Paulina for some time. The kid is naturally big and a good athlete for his size. He’s also a smart kid. If he can stay healthy, this is another good get along the O-line out of the WPIAL.

Glad our final 2 recruits were on defense; wish we didn’t have so many “projects” on that side, but I guess beggars can’t be choosers.

Re: Terry Smith to PSU, yet another volley fired at Pitt by Franklin. I know that Smith was quite a mover and shaker and promoter of his Gateway program and players, so he fits the Franklin mold. What I don’t know is Smith’s reputation within WPIAL coaching circles. Anybody have any inside scoop on this? I’d like to know how much of a threat he actually is.

Comment by Iron Duke 01.20.14 @ 11:01 am

we need to keep the OL recruits comeing we need at least 3 a year lets hope we get jenkins sterling next year from baldwin hs 6 foot 8 300 pounds
his mom and dad both went to pitt.
if he wont go to pitt UCLA or YALE would be ok but please not penn state or WVU any were is ok except thoes schools if i was his dad that is what i would say.

Comment by Frankcan 01.20.14 @ 11:08 am

Recruiting analysis interesting but not surprising. My suggestion is to get more into the DC/MD/VA area as it is loaded and that also hurts our rivals in the ACC and PSU and WVU. More FL ok but not the end all be all.

Comment by Frank 01.20.14 @ 11:11 am

Smith was not renewed at Gateway 2 years ago because his salary was approx $100k (coach/AD) which he was being paid for some time … and he wouldn’t accept pay cut. Not sure if that scenario rubbed area coaches the wrong way, many who make much less.

Also, Smith was an assistant at Temple before taking PSU offer, and current Gateway CB Anthony Davis (3*)gave verbal to the Owls. Not sure if Davis can be flipped or if Pitt is even interested.

Comment by wbb 01.20.14 @ 11:36 am

APKE i just cant see this can you not only did his dad go to pitt he played LB here.
when he sits in the stands watching his son play at penn state does he yell we are penn state.
just the thought of that would make me sick my be he wont go to the games.
i just dont know how you can do that.

Comment by Frankcan 01.20.14 @ 11:44 am

Jenkins and Whitehead aren’t going to Pitt. Whitehead an OSU lock, Mich./PSU for Jenkins.

Comment by pd 01.20.14 @ 11:46 am

Word on the street is that Franklin approached Coach Bobby Engram and received a “no thanks, I’m happy where I am”. He wanted someone who could recruit the WPIAL, so he settled for Terry Smith, who by the way is not exactly the most beloved coach by many WPIAL coaches. Remember a few years ago when he went and got measured for his championship ring prior to the Bethel Park game–and BP routed Gateway!

I just went back and watched the highlights of the bowl game against Bowling Green. We have a lot to look forward to in the coming years. We have a stable, well-respected coaching staff, we are in the ACC, we have talented skill position freshmen and offensive linemen who have a big upside.

Looking forward to NLI Day and spring practice. Like Pitt Basketball but LOVE Pitt Football!

Comment by Panther Fan in Hoopieland 01.20.14 @ 1:11 pm

I read something similar on Twitter about Franklin originally approaching Engram, although it was not clear if an offer was extended

Comment by wbb 01.20.14 @ 1:27 pm

pd i dont belive you

Comment by Frankcan 01.20.14 @ 1:52 pm

smith it seams only got kids from his old school and some from the rocks that pitt did not want
becuse they were to small like 5 foot 10 280 pounds
when chryst goes for line men it seams 6 foot 3 is his cut off.

Comment by Frankcan 01.20.14 @ 1:59 pm

FYI — Mavs are beating Cavs late in 2nd quarter. D Blair is 5 for 5 from field and 1 for FT with 11 pts.

Blair’s HS teammate, DJ Kennedy (St John’s) is on the Cavs bench

Comment by wbb 01.20.14 @ 2:08 pm

Iron Duke – A friend of mine who is a WPIAL coach at the Quad A level tells me Smith is not universally liked among the high school coaches in Western PA. Not sure if that’s across the board or just the Quad A guys.

Comment by Pitchfork 01.20.14 @ 2:22 pm

Frank, Jenkins has Mich./PSU his leaders, Whitehead has no interest in Pitt. Both will leave the area. Chryst will get kids from outside the WPIAL. 66 offers in 2015 so far, 12 are in PA.

Comment by pd 01.20.14 @ 2:36 pm

Smith has a reputation for recruiting kids to play at Gateway. I can confirm what Pitchfork says.

The salary cut due to budgetary reasons was a convenient way to get him to leave. A few parents did not appreciate him bringing in talent that would put their kids on the bench.

He was a great coach for Gateway who did very well under his leadership. The players like and respected him. He should be a formidable recruiter, if he can get around some of the coaches.

Comment by gc 01.20.14 @ 3:25 pm

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Welcome back Smith. Competition will
make Pitt better. Franklin will be gone
in 4 years. Ironically PC might be like
Jamie and stay for the long haul (if he can
get us to 9 or 10 wins a season).

Comment by JR 01.20.14 @ 3:30 pm

Good article Chas shows PC building a program.

Getting Paulina shows a lot about this program…

and also that the “we will dominate the world” speech from Franklinstein (for the BIG head) goes over well with folks who like to say “we are…”, but isn’t moving the needle one bit with anyone else…

in fact franklinstein getting snubbed by Engram shows a lot… as well as picking up the gateway guy… good,

… well balanced guy turns him down… the more egotistically inclined go for it… which will hurt PSU here. Because actually shows these folks don’t understand WPA…

… big mouths irritate us…

@wbb nice article on recruiting.

You have to think WVU gravitates away from PA over time for all reasons previously stated, and it shows why PC staff reaching out in to new areas…

“surprisingly” the midwest but really when you think about it you have to find your niche where you can compete for the right kids for your program.

haha on coaching stability…. Pitt has steady Eddy now (NOTE quote by Paulina’s father!! above)

… while Holgersen will be gone next year
… and franklinstein’s act is going to wear thin real fast Ped State U… particularly if he loses early.

Comment by Pittscript 01.20.14 @ 3:31 pm

Franklin does come off as a man on the move but he an Eastern PA native and being paid well. But as soon as a few things go awry, he may bolt

Comment by wbb 01.20.14 @ 3:47 pm

Could not be prouder of our #13 ranked wrestlers, who beat #5 ranked Oklahoma State this past weekend. As an impressive victory as I can recall! I mean wrestling tradition at OSU begins with more than 30 National Championships! It’s akin to welcoming Sabin and Company to Heinz in football and whipping their butt! Congrats men. Hail to Pitt wrestling! UPone

Comment by UPone 01.20.14 @ 3:48 pm

@upone a…. yes missed given a shout out on the wrestling team! Too football focused. Huge win for the program.

Franklinstein start has included…

- larry johnson stepping out of his office after his ‘offer’ to stay and right on to OSU’s campus (he recruits in the heart of PSUs honey pot no less).

- Franklinstein tweeting ‘”we are” better’ after Johnson left.

- bad national press on the immediate raid of Vandy’s recruiting class… netting a few 3 stars it seems.

- engram, PSU player/alumni says ‘no’ when called… Franklinstein probably expects everyone he calls to just roll over..

- Paulina, OL from WPA with interest from OSU, Michigan, WVU, PSU… committing to Pitt NOW because of the quality of people coaching Pitt…

Comment by Pittscript 01.20.14 @ 3:57 pm

Pitscript – I looked up this kid and he has one offer from VT. I didn’t see one from WVU but I believe Dad is more aware than me. With that said, why doesn’t this kid have more offers? What am I missing?

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.20.14 @ 4:04 pm

UPittBB –
Paulina had a concussion last year and hardly played, probably the reason for few offers so far. He started his freshman year AND made all conference as a freshman (on a terrible team). That is a quadA school/conference.

Comment by PetePitt73 01.20.14 @ 4:15 pm

@upitt…

here is a cut and paste from my post yesterday… trib article has good background on the kid… he was hurt last year.

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Paulina has offers from Virginia Tech and West Virginia, his father said. Plus, he said they have met coaches at Ohio State, including defensive coordinator Luke Fickell.
“I’ve spoken to a lot of coaches,” David Paulina said. “This was almost getting crazy.”

Read more: link to blog.triblive.com

Comment by Pittscript 01.20.14 @ 4:17 pm

I see where Terry Smith has signed on at Penn St after 1 year at Temple. Prior to that he could be found sueing the Gateway district for cutting his pay. He claimed they discriminated against him. He had a fair amount of success as a coach at Gateway but there were a lot of questions about black athletes bussing in and having apartments rented for them in the district to establish residency. This might have helped the football team but wasn’t real popular with the tax payers. When he left I thought the district was wise to get rid of him and the lawsuit struck me as a testimony to his reverse bigotry. This is exactly the type of scum the pedophiles deserve to have representing their program. Now as a Monroeville resident not only are we rid of this pariah he has infected Penn St with his racist leadership. A win win situation.

Comment by spiritofsection22 01.20.14 @ 4:17 pm

Comment by Pittscript 01.20.14 @ 4:18 pm

here is another article on 3 weekend FB recruits…

link to pittsburgh.rivals.com

Comment by Pittscript 01.20.14 @ 4:20 pm

@spiritof… nice insight thanks…

confirms that egotistical maniacs attract… wonder what Terry Smith’s wife look’s like?

So let me get this…. HS football coaches in WPA are supposed to have the confidence to vouch to kids… and their parents… for a program led by a loud mouth who states he wants to dominate the state… and whose emissary to the region is a loud mouth who broke the rules when he competed against them prior…?

Shak’n in mee boots I am….

… and so is Engram and Larry Johnson…. bwahaha…

Comment by Pittscript 01.20.14 @ 4:26 pm

When Westinghouse left Monroeville for Cranberry the tax ramifications were huge in the Gateway district. The 6 figures Smith was getting to coach and be AD were seen by the district as an area that needed a little belt tightening considering that teaching jobs were being lost. They offered Terry 50K but he raised a big ruckus then sued the district. Claimed the board was racially biased, just the message you want to teach teenage black athletes. When things go against you play the race card and sue your employer. Once he sued the district the team lost its next 2 games and was done. They were undefeated prior to the law suit. I wouldn’t hire him to recruit a dog catcher.

Comment by spiritofsection22 01.20.14 @ 4:54 pm

@spiritof…

Wow, that says it all. Thanks,

Comment by Pittscript 01.20.14 @ 5:12 pm

Needless to say all the Terry Smith conjecture is just that, conjecture. There’s your side, my side, and the truth.

Comment by Jbizz 01.20.14 @ 5:22 pm

Jbizz, What that I posted isn’t true? Everything was honky-dory ’til Gateway couldn’t afford to overpay for a high school football coach. Then instead of moving on politely he sued the district and claimed it was racism at which point the team folded like linen. Terry Smith is a bigoted jerk . How many white kids did he recruit at Temple? The answer is none.

Comment by spiritofsection22 01.20.14 @ 5:33 pm

I know this is a football post but PITT seems to have gotten some basketball respect. Moved up the rankings after a loss to Cuse.

Comment by Pittastic 01.20.14 @ 5:43 pm

off topic but check this out … see all we had to do was face someone good
link to cbssports.com

Comment by wbb 01.20.14 @ 5:43 pm

Jbizz, right on, there are two sides to every story, and somewhere in the middle you might find the truth. Smith was paid to be the Athletic Director and Football coach, he was damn good at both. Teachers average close to $100,000 at Gateway so his salary was not out of line.

Spirit you are out of line for name calling. What you call the truth is your opinion, which you are entitled to. It certainly is not the only one.

Comment by gc 01.20.14 @ 5:53 pm

GC, Teachers do not average 100k at Gateway. The guy was way over paid. High school football coaches aren’t normally paid that kind of money. Gateway facing losing teachers to cuts could no longer afford the luxury. He sued claiming that the decision was racially motivated. I call that move bigoted, you can call it what you want. He set a horrible example and I am glad he is npowe working with the pedophile community where he belongs.

Comment by spiritofsection22 01.20.14 @ 6:04 pm

Even JoePedo must be rolling over in his grave.

And what must his legions of devotees be thinking about the Charlatan and his big mouth.

Comment by Emel 01.20.14 @ 6:14 pm

Excellent link wbb, thx !

Shows the true hypocrisy and agendas truly going on with some of these AP writers.

Or maybe the clown didn’t even bother to watch the Pitt/Cusey game or even read the game recap.

Comment by Emel 01.20.14 @ 6:19 pm

Got to give credit where credit is due.

Our buddy Gorman moved PITT up to #13 in this weeks poll.

I thought we’d be around #15, at #20 or #21 they are aren’t giving us ANY wiggle room at all.

Need to win both games this week. And they’re both winnable.

Comment by Emel 01.20.14 @ 6:22 pm

Emel ,Don’t worry I have been keeping my text finger on the Gorman situation. The Gman is coming around nicely.

Comment by spiritofsection22 01.20.14 @ 6:30 pm

lol sos22…..seems to be :-)

Comment by Emel 01.20.14 @ 6:33 pm

Wow…another convert

Seth Davis has us ranked this week, albeit at
#23.

Feinstein has us at #17.
Vitale at #21.
Scott Wolf at #18
Terry Toohey at #21.

Comment by Emel 01.20.14 @ 6:39 pm

Props to the Raleigh News & Observer AP writer.
Also to another ACC writer Doug Doughty (Roanoke Times)

Doug Doughty, PITT at #10
Andrew Carter, PITT at #15.
Brett Strelow (Fayetteville Observer) PITT #17
Brian McGinnis (love from Honolulu) PITT #13
Cecil Hurt (Tuscaloosa) Pitt #17
Cormac Gordon (Staten Island) Pitt #14
Dave Borges (Uconn beat writer) Pitt #19
Elton Alexander (Cleveland Plain Dealer) Pitt #24
(need to get wbb to work on this guy !)
Gary Williams (ex-coach) Pitt #22
Jerry Carino (Rutgers, SH beat writer) Pitt #19
Joe Juliano (Phila. Inquirer) Pitt #23 (Leftover Villanova resentment perhaps).
Joey Johnston (Tampa Tribute Pitt #25 (dropped Pitt 3 spots for losing a nailbiter to #2 team in country)
John McNamara (The Capital, Annapolis)Pitt #24 (dropped Pitt 2 spots from #22)( here’s a target for you MD Panthers).
Jon Wilner (San Jose, Ca) PITT #15
***Kevin Brockway (Gainesville Sun) PITT unranked ! (this guy needs sent a text, some candy or a bomb, lol)

Comment by Emel 01.20.14 @ 7:03 pm

Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? Figuratively,that seems to fit how PC intends to do it. Now I wouldn’t mind a hare who was a hair faster, but to thine own self be true. PC is gaining momentum.
Reaching into Stark County (home of Speilman/Massilion Wash: Blackledge/North Canton) is a small step for Pitt, a giant leap for Pittkind. Davis breathes the game.
Give me I71 east and north of I70 in Ohio and I’ll find some nasty SOB’s!!
The young man I know who plays elsewhere (Pitt did not offer) and who would run through a brick wall for Chryst (his words) comes from a family that would not let Holgy thru the front door.
Anyone seem the hare lately?

Comment by Sfpitt 01.20.14 @ 7:03 pm

spirit, I said you are entitled to your opinion. If you don’t think there was some racial animosity directed at Smith, you are naive.

If you don’t think quality football coaches are paid a lot, again naive. Terry did a lot of good for a lot of people while at Gateway. The budget problems while real, were very convenient.

I doubt we will see Gateway in another WPIAL Championship for a long time, if ever.

As for calling PSU the pedophile community, Grow up.

Comment by gc 01.20.14 @ 7:03 pm

We should assign our nationwide Panther alumni to the AP writer in their area. And email & text away.

They lobby for everything for else in this country anymore. Guess we need to start lobbying for our PITT PANTHERS !!!

Comment by Emel 01.20.14 @ 7:06 pm

Gateway was really good when Pete Antimarino was there. One of the legendary coaches in WPIAL football history.

link to gatewaygators.com

Played against several of his teams, including their state champion team of 1972.

Comment by Emel 01.20.14 @ 7:12 pm

Franklinstein and Co. are showing where this Ped state community is going and it is in the wrong direction. O’Brien was the right direction. No one there talks about the victims or the crimes… they just cry about the injustice of it all and about poor Joe pa as if he was some naive old man…

… they get what they deserve and any label put on them… looks like they have the right team in place as well for where their collective heads are at.

Love the way our program is proceeding both from a practical point of view… hey a bit to turtlish perhaps… but not in terms of quality and class.

Note the quote from Paulina’s father… that is important and plays out well over time.

Franklinstein and this gateway guy seems like birds of a feather… they are going to flame out soon enough…

Larry Johnson and Engram choosing not to be around that program says it all…

Comment by Pittscript 01.20.14 @ 7:12 pm

My senior year we shutout Gateway, 25-0.

We never lost to them until the mid 80′s, long after I was gone.

Comment by Emel 01.20.14 @ 7:15 pm

Wow Creighton is laying it on Villimanilli

35-16 midway thru the 1rst half. at nova.

Comment by Emel 01.20.14 @ 7:18 pm

Antimarino was one of the great ones, probably made a couple hundred extra dollars a year to coach back then. Times have changed.

He coached their gymnastics team back then as well.

When I was in school, all the guidance counselors were the football coaches, that’s how they got paid. Guidance Counseling is a lot different these days as well.

Comment by gc 01.20.14 @ 7:21 pm

when do offseason workouts start? any word on how the players are reacting to the new s&c coach?

Comment by usd121 01.20.14 @ 7:21 pm

@ gc…what year’s were you there. One of my cousins went to Gateway in the ’72-’76 time period.

Comment by Emel 01.20.14 @ 7:34 pm

Nebraska (0-4) in Big Joke leading Ohio Fake in 1rst half.

3 straight losses, last one by 10 to an unranked team.

It would appear Ohio Fake was …well…a fake !

Comment by Emel 01.20.14 @ 7:37 pm

gc, Please explain to me what good Terry Smith did for the community? Losing a bunch of wpial championship games at a hundred k a year isn’t exactly civil service. As for the pedophile cover up at Penn St I don’t see why I should ever back off calling those scumbags what they are. Grown men stood by and allowed children to be raped and did nothing. They knew but let it happen anyway.

Comment by spiritofsection22 01.20.14 @ 7:40 pm

Kevin Gorman is my new hero! And this just in, Seth Davis still sucks.

Comment by Iron Duke 01.20.14 @ 7:41 pm

@usd121

there were some tweets by players that were pretty fired up about working out with this guy…

the NY times article above here was interesting… here’s hoping that the method to the madness of such a young hire is that this guy is plugged into this ‘newer’ way of training people and not ‘old school’ bang’n iron philosophy. That was a great article.

Comment by Pittscript 01.20.14 @ 7:42 pm

Excuse me if I missed something here, I’m open to being schooled for my inability to see the big picture but last time I checked, we LOST the game on Saturday. Yes Syracuse was #2 in the nation and we played them tuff, but in the second half after Patterson rocketed in three 3s one after the other, Pitt had both hands around the Orange’s throat,,,,,,,,,and we let them get away. We wilted at the foul line and the only guy that really stepped it up into that void was Ennis when it counted.

Pitt could have taken down Syracuse on Saturday. That is what an up and coming CHAMPIONSHIP team does. Pitt, IMO, isn’t there yet. So yes I’m happy that Pitt didn’t drop out of the top 25 after that loss, in fact they moved up, but in my mind there is nothing to celebrate about here, we lost a game that we had in our hands. Tomorrow is Clemson at the Pete, do we take it to them the way that we should? I sure hope so, because we need something positive to genuinely celebrate about for this Panther BB team this week, a LOSS isn’t it.

Comment by Dr. Tom 01.20.14 @ 7:55 pm

GC, What was all this good Terry Smith did for all these people? As for your accusation of racial animosity ,most bigots attract such animosity but that isn’t why they cut his salary. Gateway can be an average school rather than a football powerhouse and most people in the community could care less.

Comment by spiritofsection22 01.20.14 @ 7:56 pm

Smith to Penn State is a strategical risk. If it doesn’t go well, that will make Franklin a media failure. If it goes well, he only gets back to where they were with Johnson, Bradley and Paterno. He has limited himself by his comments, which is terrible from a PR perspective.

This should play out well for Pitt during the coming years. A challenge for Franklin is whether he changes his recruiting stripes. The elites in the big10 subdivision of college football (OSU, Michigan and now MSU), recruit big and fast. Franklin was recruiting fast ala Strong at Louisville. Fast won’t win in big 10 subdivision. Must be big and fast to compete. Aren’t many of those each year in the WPIAL. We do have smart kids and the smart ones will look through the PSU smokescreen. Paul Chryst will put you in the draft. Notice how the Russell Wilson piece before the game showed him saying he went to college at Wisconsin! That is where he learned to play the game….under Paul Chryst. Franklin probably doesn’t have a pedigree for putting you in the league, a red flag. I do expect that they will start marketing players he has “touched” and that are now in the nfl, to boost his numbers, but the realists say he really isn’t to blame for their success.

Spirit and GC, need to cool it. Nobody here should accuse the other of being racist, or double triple secret probation negative. That is just politics. Race doesn’t play well in sport any more, regardless of which way you put it out there. If there are race issues with Smith, they will bubble to the top. Personally, I am glad that some of these high school kids are being educated correctly that it is no longer cool to drop racial epithets when communicating via twitter amongst their peers. It won’t fly in life kids, so stop! It isn’t Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo any more. Our society has progressed and moved on….unless you live in WV, and parts of Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Let’s not be like WV.

Comment by dhuffdaddy 01.20.14 @ 7:59 pm

How many kids do you think are in college because of Terry. There is a lot of community pride going to the Championship game. How many districts have never been to one. He lost to Central which recruits like a professional team.

Speaking of civil service, the average policeman in Monroeville makes over 100k.

Getting rid of Smith was not about the money, the school board wanted him out. The money was a convenient excuse.

We all know what happened at PSU, I just like to think Pitt guys have more class and after fifth grade don’t need to namecall.

Comment by gc 01.20.14 @ 8:02 pm

Smith is also a pretty good football coach and a PSU alum. Who knows how he will do as a recruiter. He also sent the best Gateway kid to PSU, Justin King. So he has ties.

If he is such a racist, why would he want to be at white bread university?

Comment by gc 01.20.14 @ 8:11 pm

Dhuffdaddy, Smith played the race card when he sued Gateway district. He created the racist accusations. It is part of his recent history and to just mention that he was Gateway’s coach overlooks that he left under a cloud of accusations. I resent overpaid Mr Smith creating an environment of racial tension and accusations. I reaffirm I think he is a bigot. I also think my opinion is shared by many in the Gateway District. Martin Luther King said we should judge men by the quality of their character not the color of their skin. He didn’t say ignore the fact that some people have no character and would even pretend to be racially mistreated to get their way..

Comment by spiritofsection22 01.20.14 @ 8:19 pm

GC, How did the lawsuit do ?

Comment by spiritofsection22 01.20.14 @ 8:22 pm

Emel, funny you should mention the Plain Dealer ranking and I should do something about it. I already did ..I called him out in the comment section as to why Pitt was 24 and Cincy was 13, yet Cincy only won by one

Comment by wbb 01.20.14 @ 8:27 pm

One ironic thing about Terry Smith not mentioned yet …. his step son Adam played for Pitt about 6 years ago .. punt returner/ wide receiver. Got hurt before his jr year and had to give up FB.

Comment by wbb 01.20.14 @ 8:33 pm

Spirit, interesting that you would quote MLK today and accuse a black man of creating an environment of racial tension. You are right, many in Gateway agree with you. I sir, am not one of them.

Comment by gc 01.20.14 @ 8:34 pm

Pittscript and SOS, you guys need to chill out. If you truly can care less about PSU then quit talking about them. Franklin is a good coach so give him some time before passing judgement. As far as this guy from Gateway who gives 2 shits. Racism and an AD / FB coach who only makes 100k is a joke. If you knew what our AD made at Laurel highlands you would shit yourself. Makes 100k look like chump change. PSU is not all pedophiles and the school is in our home state. You dont have to support the school but daily hate towards them makes you guys sound like a scorned 14 year old girl. Let it go ans lets focus on Pitt. GC is right on this one.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.20.14 @ 8:36 pm

I’m sorry … Smith’s stepson was Aaron Smith

link to rivals.yahoo.com

Comment by wbb 01.20.14 @ 8:36 pm

Gc, Pride , college future ….Like when one of his players got killed 2 summers ago while away on one of Terry’s field trips. How many football coaches do you know who sued there schools claiming they were discriminated against. The answer is one Terry Smith.

Comment by spiritofsection22 01.20.14 @ 8:37 pm

The field trip was a 7 on 7 seven tourney in FL, and the kid was killed by racist from Texas during a night stopover in Raleigh.

Comment by wbb 01.20.14 @ 8:41 pm

I haven’t heard the word racists so much since Rodney King situation in LA. This is crazy. Im out of here for a few days. 72 degrees today so its cigar time and bourbon time Emel!

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.20.14 @ 8:44 pm

Out where Upitt ?

In any weather it’s cigar & bourbon time, btw ! LOL

Comment by Emel 01.20.14 @ 8:58 pm

Fort Worth Emel. Hey buddy I may hit up UNC – Charlotte in a few weeks. If so lets do dinner and drinks.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.20.14 @ 9:03 pm

Emel, funny you should mention the Plain Dealer ranking and I should do something about it. I already did ..I called him out in the comment section as to why Pitt was 24 and Cincy was 13, yet Cincy only won by one
Comment by wbb 01.20.14 @ 8:27 pm

Good deal wbb ! (the should part was tongue in cheek)

Comment by Emel 01.20.14 @ 9:05 pm

Some of you fellas need to re-focus!!

Here, I’ll help!!

link to youtube.com

Comment by Dan 01.20.14 @ 9:06 pm

@upitt

Yea it was 64 degrees here today but it’s going really change by Weds., half of that at 32 degrees.

If you get here it’s a done deal. I need to check your PITT authenticity certificate anyway ! :-)

Comment by Emel 01.20.14 @ 9:08 pm

Don’t think we should be breaking our ranks over anything Pedo State involved.

Can’t we all just get along (someone once said that) haha

Comment by Emel 01.20.14 @ 9:09 pm

@ Dan-o

I could only get about halfway thru that mess.

Clemscum usually doesn’t fair to well, north of the Mason/Dixon.

They will be tail-less Tigers after tomorrow nite.

Comment by Emel 01.20.14 @ 9:15 pm

OK KNOCK THIS SHIT OFF BOTH OF YOU spirit you are geting out of hand cool it.
gc leave spirit alone get on with the football talk
peace be with both of you
move on we all hate penn state so that is that done with the smith stuff call it a truce and move on.

Comment by Frankcan 01.20.14 @ 9:15 pm

More good news, Ohio Fake goes down for the 4rth straight time. This time to Nebraska (9-8), who get’s their first Big Joke win of the year. 68-62.

So will they drop Ohio Fake from the polls next week ? Yes/No

Just the other week, talking heads were suggesting Ohio Fake was a Final 4 teams. lol

Comment by Emel 01.20.14 @ 9:18 pm

@Emel, I just stumbled over this gem!!!

Sorry, I can’t play nice with Pedo State!!

Don’t let Smug Smile Steve see this, he’ll try to get the NSA to rid all traces of this anywhere, in the name of political correctness!!! LOL

link to youtube.com

Fast forward to 5:11 for the Victory Song and 5:39 for the chant.

Didn’t know someone had this recorded, and the video and sound are pretty good.

@Emel Pedo St still works….

P-E-D-O S-T Sucks!!! LOL

Comment by Dan 01.20.14 @ 9:21 pm

Actually, I watched the whole thing for atmosphere’s sake.

Forgot how the trumpets and drum major came out!!!

Comment by Dan 01.20.14 @ 9:23 pm

Nov. 14th, 1987, the 10-0 game!!!

Who picked that ball?? I always know this, tip of my tongue now!!

Down the sidelines he went, and most of our section stumbled down a few rows.

Think Gottfried chased him into the end zone too!!

Billy Owens!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by Dan 01.20.14 @ 9:27 pm

from CBS Sports.com – observations from today’s Senior Bowl practice:

. DT Aaron Donald was an unstoppable force on Monday. Like his play all season, the Pitt defensive tackle was extremely quick in drills and was relentless from snap to whistle. His burst and anticipation off the snap and active energy to fight through and around blocks make him tough for any blocker to handle. Donald repeatedly victimized Baylor OG Cyril Richardson at practice, winning with leverage, hustle and fluidity that Richardson has likely never seen before on the football field. Donald’s skill-set is ideal for one-on-one drills so he should shine, but the NFL team that drafts him will get a really good football player

Comment by wbb 01.20.14 @ 9:45 pm

Just in case you don’t believe CBS Sports, try USA Today.com:

Aaron Donald, DT Pitt

The highly decorated defensive tackle proved Monday he can handle any offensive lineman. Donald measured 6-0 and weighed 288 pounds. He’s built like a fire hydrant. For most of the day he faced 343-pound guard Cyril Richardson.

Donald dominated Richardson. He did so using leverage and quickness.

During run-blocking drills, Donald wasn’t pushed off the ball. Instead, he was able to get under the pads of bigger offensive linemen to create stalemates or even bend those blockers backwards. It showed the power he has in his upper body and what he can do with it thanks to leverage.

Donald showed power and finesse. Once the practice shifted to pass-rush drills, Donald displayed the ability to shoot the gap and didn’t allow offensive linemen to to control his body by getting a hold of him. He fired off the ball with an explosive first step and showed he can use his hands very well to counter the initial punch from a lineman.

It’s only one day, but Donald’s initial performance did plenty to prove he can overcome his size disadvantage at the next level.

Comment by wbb 01.20.14 @ 9:48 pm

@dhuffdaddy… nice post with good stuff. thanks.

@wbb haha that is an ironic twist.

@upitt… haha just having fun with Ped state U…. I actually think Franklinstein might become quite the side show… faster that people think too… and I have been posting since yesterday about Pitt FB Recruits BTW…

BB team really solid and playing well with a huge game tomorrow to solidify itself as a Top 20 team.

FB bricklayers putting down a great foundation.

Wrestling with an historic victory…

Nice vibe for Pitt athletics in early 2014…!!!
My recollection is this time last year some folks writing as if the sky was falling…

H2P

Comment by Pittscript 01.20.14 @ 9:49 pm

Aaron Donald would look great in black and gold… any chance he is available when we pick??? … we can dream at least anyway.

Comment by Pittscript 01.20.14 @ 9:51 pm

Can we retire AD’s number at the home opener next year?

Comment by Pitt Dad 01.20.14 @ 10:11 pm

lol Dan-o nice link.

Watched several of the other band links linked to that. Made me miss Old Pitt Stadium, that much more. The Crowd was much more into it in 1987, with P-I-T-T, than today.

Comment by Emel 01.20.14 @ 10:14 pm

Script – haha. We will see next year for sure. Take care guys. Beat the Tigers guys!

Emel – i have 2 shoulder surgeries and a knee surgery scars that should give you proof. Haha

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.20.14 @ 10:17 pm

@ upitt

Are they autographed by a Pitt surgeon ? Only that will suffice ! lol

Comment by Emel 01.20.14 @ 10:19 pm

wbb thanks for the Donald posts. Really wish that young man great success.

Nova loses by 30. At home. Creighton 21-35 from three. One team I don’t want to see in the round of 32: Doug McDermott and Creighton.

Comment by Iron Duke 01.20.14 @ 10:20 pm

Emel – Fu for Meniscus, another guy I forget for Rotator Cuff and 14 months later after it didnt help I went to Dr. Andrews in Birmingham. He is a genius.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.20.14 @ 10:28 pm

Emel, I am a Penn Hills grad, class of 68. Home town of Pitt’s best O-Lineman, Bill Fralic, and best D-lineman, Aaron Donald. Apologies to Hugh Green who was really a linebacker.

My kids are Gateway and Pitt Grads.

Comment by gc 01.20.14 @ 10:29 pm

Clemson intel report:

Only have 2 kids avg’g in double figures.
KJ McDaniels (junior), 6’6″ 200 17 ppg & 8rpg
Rod Hall (junior). 6’1″ 210, 10ppg & 4 apg

Jordan Roper (soph) 5’11″ 165, 9ppg & 2 apg
DaMarcus Harrison (junior) 6’4″ 205 6ppg & 3 rpg
Landry Nnoko (soph) 6’10″ 250, 6ppg & 7 rpg
Jaron Blossomgame (frosh) 6’7″ 215 4 & 4

Everyone above except for Nnoko will jack up 2-3 3′s per game. ** In ACC they’re hitting 33% from 3.

They also play a few other guys as well, so they’re pretty deep (i’d say 9 deep)

They are 13th in ACC scoring at 58 ppg
” ” 3rd in ACC scoring defense at 55 ppg
They shoot it 71% from FT.
They are 11th in ACC in FG% at 41%
4rth in FG % defense at 39% (worst 2 in the ACC are Maryland & NC State & GT is 4rth worst)

They look to be a pretty good defensive team, so it might have been beneficial to have played a tough defensive team like Cusey to get ready for Clemson.

Don’t appear to pass the ball real well, last in the ACC with only 8 assists pg. PITT is 1rst at almost 16 apg.

Pretty good rebounding team, so it could make for an interesting 1rst half.

Hang that Tiger….hang that Tiger !

Comment by Emel 01.20.14 @ 10:41 pm

Final Girls HS tonite: Ford City 56 Leechburg 0

they couldn’t even give them a layup

Comment by wbb 01.20.14 @ 10:42 pm

wbb, now that is mean.

Comment by gc 01.20.14 @ 10:44 pm

@ gc I have two cousins (brothers) who went to Penn Hills as well(in the 60′s). They lived off Universal Road and both played sports for the Indians.

I know Penn Hills very well from visiting them and also I lived in Monroeville before moving to NC.
One of my favorite places was the Italian place on Rodi Road, 2nd floor. Tivoli I think.

Comment by Emel 01.20.14 @ 10:45 pm

@ wbb

I bet the Leechburg girls were much better looking though ! haha

Let’s go Leeches !

Comment by Emel 01.20.14 @ 10:47 pm

Leechburg was +55 1/2

Comment by wbb 01.20.14 @ 10:51 pm

go figure

Comment by Emel 01.20.14 @ 10:51 pm

Wonder if anyone ever moves TO Leechburg ?

Like is it a step up from anyplace ?

Comment by Emel 01.20.14 @ 10:53 pm

Luke Fickell, OSU DC, to visit Central Valley tomorrow for Whitehead

Comment by wbb 01.20.14 @ 10:54 pm

@emel, Tivoli’s was very good, long gone now.

Mohan’s is still in business, home of “Universal Chicken” I’m sure I knew your cousins if it was the late 60′s. Were they Spartans?

The pollsters are all over the place, Villanova at number 4, wow!

What a great home schedule for basketball, Clemson, Duke, Syracuse, VA. The Zoo will be rockin.

Comment by gc 01.20.14 @ 11:01 pm

Is the Village Inn still open?

Comment by wbb 01.20.14 @ 11:05 pm

Leechburg is actually a nice little river town in the Allegheny Valley. Very small school. The big one up that way is Kiski Area, which includes Vandergrift, all the others are small little towns like Apollo, Freeport, Ford City, and Kittanning. Almost forgotten river towns.

Comment by gc 01.20.14 @ 11:08 pm

Just got a chance to look at the rankings. 19 & 20 is bad. Remember guys two weeks ago, we were not in top 25. We just need to keep winning.

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 01.20.14 @ 11:10 pm

The Village Inn in Verona is still doing a good business.

Comment by gc 01.20.14 @ 11:10 pm

gc, I grew up in Verona on 8th St.

Comment by Jackagain 01.20.14 @ 11:15 pm

@Jackagain, did you know the Flynn’s? I played streetball with them when Tommy was a kid.

Comment by gc 01.20.14 @ 11:20 pm

Lot’s of softball games at Seneca too.

Comment by gc 01.20.14 @ 11:21 pm

Drank a lot of beer at Futules.

Comment by gc 01.20.14 @ 11:24 pm

gc, I moved out of there when I was 12 in 1961. Don’t recall the name…I played a lot of baseball on the field across from my house at the old McKinley school.

Great place to grow up….had the woods right behind my house too behind 9th St. Had a lot of fun. Went to St. Joe’s on 2nd Street threw the 6th grade..

Comment by Jackagain 01.20.14 @ 11:28 pm

I knew a lot of the kids a year behind you at St. Joes.

Comment by gc 01.20.14 @ 11:32 pm

This is our old house….my dad built that porch:

link to vpike.com

Comment by Jackagain 01.20.14 @ 11:33 pm

My brother Rich may have been in some of your classes then :-) He’s a year younger than me.

Comment by Jackagain 01.20.14 @ 11:36 pm

Fickel is in hot water at OSU. He is not getting canned right now because the OSU coaching staff on the defensive side has taken a hit this year losing Vrrrabel and the Asst DC going to Kent State. Urb can’t take the blame and the defense got lit up. Fickel is a short timer. I expect him to be gone next year, especially if the defense gets lit up during the big10 subdivision regular season.

Old news but Noah Spence got suspended for ……ecstacy! Someone supposedly, allegedly, apparently slipped it in his drink according to him while at a party. Really? Anybody see that dude? I wouldn’t want to get caught looking at him sideways let alone run the risk of getting busted for putting something in his drink! Funny thing is Urb tried to distance himself from the kid only saying he sure hoped he got back for the bowl game. It is a false support to the kid and his parents and still trying to look like a father figure and punish the kid for messing up. Point is, Urb should have done the right thing but he put winning ahead of sins again. These things catch up to people. Always do. So seriously, do you let your kid go there?

Comment by dhuffdaddy 01.20.14 @ 11:36 pm

Tivoli is gone, :-( that was there is seemed like forever.

Yea I’ve actually driven thru Leechburg I think, along the Allegheny River. It isn’t that bad, I was kidding. Just a terrible sounding name.

Use to also go to this Italian restaurant on Verona Rd.(left side) that had been there for years. It was out past Coal Hollow Road going away from Verona towards Frankstown Av.

Comment by Emel 01.20.14 @ 11:40 pm

Franklin got two more kids. Up to 5 now I think from Vandy/SEC. One was a 3 star QB. The other was a Cornerback from Georgia who had multiple SEC offers. Who knows but kids definitely buy in to him. How that turns out we will see?

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.20.14 @ 11:44 pm

This would have been a great year for us to get to the Final 4 if we had DJ…all the good ranked teams are frauds except for maybe Arizona and MSU.

As for Franklinstein…he may be the best thing to happen to us…he’s as bad or worse than Fraud Graham IMO.

Comment by Jackagain 01.20.14 @ 11:46 pm

Leechburg not actually on the Allegheny, on an offshoot, never knew it was called the Kiskiminetas River.

link to en.wikipedia.org

Learned something knew today, it was not a wasted day !

Comment by Emel 01.20.14 @ 11:47 pm

Back into the conversation. Apologize about making the comment earlier and not following up. Not going to speak too far into it since we’re putting it to rest, but gc has been fairly accurate with his comments. Not downplaying spirit by any means. As for my credibility I’m a 90′s Gateway grad and most of my family lived there before and after me. Once again the story goes deeper than what’s reported.

Comment by Jbizz 01.21.14 @ 12:00 am

My absence was due to being at work and getting snowballed with admin stuff. What fun!

Comment by Jbizz 01.21.14 @ 12:05 am

Check this out.

PITT and Clemson have ONLY played one other time.

1958 Carrousel Classic, Charlotte, NC.

We still have the Carrousel Parade in Charlotte, so it must have been tied in to that. How funny.

Pitt won 60-50 ! Let’s make it 2 in a row !!

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 12:07 am

You’re forgiven Jbizz :-) Another Gateway Gator eh!
You still live in Pittsburgh ?

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 12:09 am

Just saw Todd Graham and Rich Rod have best recruiting in PAC 12. Graham has 19, 3 stars and 7, 4 stars. Unreal.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.21.14 @ 12:43 am

Az State 1 and AZ 2

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.21.14 @ 12:43 am

@ Upitt….us older guys can see thru the BS of guys like Fraud, Dickrod & Creepy Charlatan.

However not many 16, 17, 18 yr olds can.

Perhaps PC can succeed more with the parents of the kids. Here’s hoping there’s more old fashioned parents then I think there are !

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 12:52 am

Emel, thats my point. We are a dying breed. Its glitz, glamour and flash. I wonder if PSU will have 2-4 new Unis haha. Take care buddy. Finishing the Jimmy V 30/30 and hitting the sack

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.21.14 @ 1:19 am

On tape, Paulina looks more like a D-Tackle than anything on the Offensive side of the ball.

Quick and Aggressive.

But that’s just me.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.21.14 @ 6:17 am

I just read that Upper St. Clair’s Rori Blair is already enrolled. A great move for the kid, he can now go through the winter workouts which he probably needs after his health issues.

Does that change which class he counts toward?

Anyone know if Pitt has any other early enrollments that will be ready for spring.

Comment by notrocketscience 01.21.14 @ 8:01 am

Here’s a gif to go with wbb’s earlier reports on Aaron Donald. Ant that’s a supposed 1st round OT he’s going against.

link to imgflip.com

Comment by Bolwing Green Panther 01.21.14 @ 8:29 am

What ever happened to Andy Urbanic? He was a great Penn Hills coach in the 80s and then came to Pitt. Tommy Flynn was another Penn Hills recruit for Pitt. Played against him on the basketball court in HS. He was a beast.

Comment by Panther Fan in Hoopieland 01.21.14 @ 8:53 am

Growing up, the high school legendary FB coaches were

Antimarino – Gateway
Dimperio – Westinghouse
Graham – No Catholic
Lauro – New Castle
Bruno – Beaver Falls
Moore -USC (briefly before Pitt snatched him)

I’m sure there were a couple more

Comment by wbb 01.21.14 @ 9:18 am

Where’s my head? Graham was a BB coach. There was a pretty good coach at North Hills .. can’t remember his name

Comment by wbb 01.21.14 @ 9:21 am

POD, Paulina is also a good lacrosse player, so he must have some agility. Big issue with him may be staying healthy, he’s missed games in 2 of his 3 high school seasons.

Comment by Iron Duke 01.21.14 @ 9:26 am

In the 1970s, Penn Hills was considered among the top programs in the country – mainly because of Urbanic. From 1973 through 1980, Urbanic’s Penn Hills teams had an 84-8-1 record and he won four consecutive WPIAL championships at one point (including one co-championship). He coached great players like Bill Fralic and Tom Flynn. He coached at Penn Hills from 1968-80 and had an impressive 110-30-2 record. Before Penn Hills, he also coached out of state and his 21-year record was 164-53-4. He went on to be an assistant coach at Pitt and Akron. He is now in his 22nd year as associate director of athletics for football operations and special projects at Florida State (as of 09/2012).

I played for him and graduated Penn Hills in ’70 then HTP! and yea, like the Band video, I marched out the “Hole” for 8 years. I was the best “blocking dummy holder” that Coach Urbanic had ever seen! (did not translate to field).

Comment by CompLit 01.21.14 @ 10:16 am

@bowlinggreenp…

Holy S$%^…. what a video clip of Aaron owning that dude…. wow… great to see… with his Pitt helmet on too!!

Comment by Pittscript 01.21.14 @ 10:30 am

Iron D… thanks for that.

Paulina just doesn’t carry himself like your typical O-Lineman.

Guess we’ll find out.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.21.14 @ 10:33 am

Thanks for the info @CompLit that is an interesting storyline.

Comment by Panther Fan in Hoopieland 01.21.14 @ 10:38 am

That clip on Donald is amazing. He looks like he is on Meth. That other guy has to be saying Oh shit.

Comment by gc 01.21.14 @ 11:46 am

I can only imagine what our pass rush would have been if he’d had some help on the D-Line. What a beast. Privilege to watch him play. One smart NFL team is going to get a 2nd or 3rd round gem.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 01.21.14 @ 12:45 pm

if he dominates in the game, he may move up to the late 1st

Comment by wbb 01.21.14 @ 2:32 pm

I played for Cathedral Prep in the early 1990s and Joe Moore’s son John was on our coaching staff. Joe was coaching at ND at the time, but I got a chance to meet him during my junior year when he was in town…I think he was on a recruiting visit. Unbelievable guy and one hell of a football mind. I spent ten minutes talking to the guy and he had me ready to run through a brick wall afterward.

After he was fired from ND and had the nasty falling-out there, he ended up coming back to Prep to coach. He was on the coaching staff when they won their state title in 2000 over Central Bucks West.

Comment by Stoosh 01.21.14 @ 8:55 pm

Was at USC when Joe Moore was there. Back in the day of the Delaney Boys! What a great period for football at USC which is now in great hands with Coach Render.

Joe Moore, bar none, was the best offensive line coach in college football for a long, long time.

Comment by dhuffdaddy 01.21.14 @ 9:41 pm

Wbb,
You forgot one the very best WPIAL football coaches on your list.

Art Walker – Mt. Lebanon

Comment by Justinian 01.23.14 @ 7:53 pm

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