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February 7, 2014

The other side of the coin on signing day is that within days afterwards you see assistant and especially position coaches fired or move on to another job. Those that stay through signing day are the ones that have key relationships with recruits and the head coach doesn’t want to have anything change at the last minute.

But after signing day…

Rumors about WR Coach Bobby Engram swirled on signing day. That he was one of three candidates for the WR Coach with the Baltimore Ravens. Naturally Head Coach Paul Chryst claimed not to know anything about it when asked at the signing day press conference. The question had to be asked, even if the non-denial was fully expected.

Sure enough, the news leaked yesterday that Bobby Engram was going to be the new WR Coach with the Ravens.

Under Engram’s watch, receiver Devin Street earned all-league honors each of the past two seasons and ended his career with the most career receptions in Panthers history.

This past season, Engram helped freshman Tyler Boyd turn into a dynamic offensive weapon.

Despite not playing receiver primarily at Clairton High School, Boyd finished his first collegiate season with 85 catches for 1,174 yards and seven touchdowns.

Engram’s most important contributions to the Panthers, though, might have come as a recruiter. He played a key role in securing many of the 2014 prospects that signed Wednesday with Pitt, including serving as the lead recruiter for four-star wide receiver Adonis Jennings. He also was the lead recruiter for Boyd in 2013.

This is an obvious blow to Pitt. The recruiting issue is obvious. On a staff without a lot of recruiting strength and connections, Engram proved to be the coach who brought in playmakers.

But his actual coaching the wide receivers position was why he is being hired for the same job in the NFL. It turned out that Engram knew how to communicate and teach the position. Devin Street went from tantalizing potential to sure-handed, great route-running receiver who could go deep or be a possession receiver. His development of Tyler Boyd was outstanding.

For Engram, this is a no-brainer. NFL money is going to be far bigger for a position coach than at just about any college equivalent (yes, I’m sure you can find a few exceptions with the big, big spending programs). It’s a jump in profile for any young, ambitious coach wanting to climb the ladder. For him, I can do nothing but congratulate him, thank him for what he has done for Pitt the last two years and wish him well.

Engram was a first time position coach when hired. He was fairly recently retired from being a journeyman NFL WR, and only began his coaching career. He was on the San Francisco 49ers staff as an offensive assistant. He came into contact with 49ers QB Coach Geep Chryst — one of Coach Paul Chryst’s brothers.

I don’t suppose there’s another young offensive assistant on the 49ers staff Geep could recommend? Then again, Geep also got to know Matt House when he was with the Carolina Panthers, so…

No idea who or where Pitt will turn to for the position. Whoever it is has a big job to fill. Pitt needs a guy who can recruit, but with the talent at and coming to the position he better know how to do something with the players.





I like the idea of a former pro wide receiver who knows the intricacies of playing the position.

Need someone who is still hungry and willing to do the hard work of recruiting.

Hines Ward is too much of a celebrity with options to make big money.

Big thanks to Engram for not making a move before signing day.

We definitely need someone capable of schooling Boyd and Jennings et al.

Comment by gc 02.07.14 @ 9:06 am

A journeyman wide receiver who didn’t make the big bucks in the NFL but was good enough to hang on for a while is the ticket.

Comment by gc 02.07.14 @ 9:10 am

My money is on Luke Swan as the replacement. He’s currently a grad assistant at Wisconsin:
Former Badger Luke Swan enters his third season as a graduate assistant on the offensive side of the ball in 2013.

A three-year letterwinner, Swan was a team captain as a senior and finished his career 19th all-time in receiving yards at UW. He led the Badgers with five touchdowns and 17 yards per catch as a junior.

A three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Swan was also recognized by the team as the Ivan B. Williamson Scholastic Award (scholarship and sportsmanship) as a junior and the Tom Wiesner Award (Wisconsin-born player for loyalty, hard work and dedication to the team) as a senior.

Comment by CalvinHobbes 02.07.14 @ 9:19 am

Thanks Bobby for being with us for two years. We are a better team in part because of your hard work both on the field and as a recruiter. We will miss you. But, no way I will be a Ravens fan.

H2P

Comment by pmdH2P 02.07.14 @ 9:21 am

Good call Calvin, sounds like a winner

Comment by gc 02.07.14 @ 9:29 am

wbb, sorry if I wasn’t clear on the last thread, Pitt wrestling takes on a tough Virginia Tech team tonight! We barely beat them last year non-con but this one @ 7 pm on ESPN3 is really for all the ACC marbles. Dresser and company will be looking for revenge. 10-1 and ranked #7 our grapplers get little love or attention. Go Panthers!!!
The VT MBB team that drags into the Pete Saturday is really what we need to shake whatever ails us currently. Wilson their frosh point guard has done a nice job, considering the load he has been expected to carry in his first year. Wear him down, as he will be pumped early to perform in front of family and friends, and presto, the wheels will come right off the wagon. Eddie, is claimed to be the senior three point threat, but he hasn’t ever shown up this season. Hope that continues. Don’t typically predict blowouts but if we are going to see another “Clemson” type win, this is it. H2P! UPone

Comment by UPone 02.07.14 @ 9:30 am

So following PCs trend it will probably be a grad assistant with no experience especially in regards to recruiting.

Comment by Pendlum 02.07.14 @ 9:31 am

Congratulations to Bobby Engram. He is been a true gentlemen and has acted honourably. Can’t ever fault a person for moving forward – he has done it the right way. Thank you very much for great contributions to our program.

It’s too early but wouldn’t it be great to have Larry F. come back to help out!!! Another great guy connected to our program.

I’m happy our program is headed in a good direction – it is much better to think confidently about being able to convert 3rd and 3 by running off-tackle than reading about arrests and throwing people through plate-glass windows!

Comment by Mill 02.07.14 @ 9:33 am

Whatever happened to Lateef Grim?

Comment by gc 02.07.14 @ 9:40 am

Engram is indeed a class act and a great coach. Selfishly I wish he’d stayed, but I can’t hold this move against him.

His replacement may not have the star power of an Engram, but I guarantee he’ll be a sold teacher. Hopefully he’ll be an outstanding recruiter as well.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 02.07.14 @ 9:40 am

Heard Al Toon’s name mentioned?? Former Badger.

Comment by DC33 02.07.14 @ 9:45 am

All i know is it better be some one good as said before a ex NFL WR and from the south would be nice.
But not chryst old paper boy or mail man.

Comment by Frankcan 02.07.14 @ 9:52 am

Al Toon was a great receiver.

Comment by gc 02.07.14 @ 10:19 am

Thanks for the good work Bobby! Good luck in your career!
Speaking of coaching departures, what are we hearing out of defensive recruits, (and their mama’s) at morganhole now that Patterson has left for Fraudland out west? Hail to Pitt!

Comment by UPone 02.07.14 @ 10:27 am

Keith Patterson bailed on the Hoopies and is going back to Fraudie at ASU. That’s 4 Defenvive Coordinators in 4 years for the Hoopies. link to wvmetronews.com
Comment by Panther Fan in Hoopieland 02.07.14 @ 8:34 am

Comment by Panther Fan in Hoopieland 02.07.14 @ 10:33 am

Anyone that isn’t related to Chryst or from Wisconsin will be good with me. Here is a novel idea. Hire an ex receiver that is from South Florida that can go in his back yard and recruit and get talent from South Florida to come to Pitt. Pay them 250k and done deal. They don’t have to be a Pitt grad. Just someone who was pretty good from the area there and respected.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.07.14 @ 10:37 am

Panther Fan – Will they also take House for us? Pretty Please ASU???

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.07.14 @ 10:38 am

Bobby Engram did a terrific job at Pitt and I think all of us appreciate his professionalism and his hard work. I would have loved for him to have stayed for a few more years, but I would not step in his way, when he has an opportunity to advance. Hail to Pitt and Good luck Bobby.

Comment by Justinian 02.07.14 @ 10:40 am

Keith Patterson is a good guy and he was a formidable recruiter in western PA. WVU losing him is definitely a major loss for them. He was a guy who wanted to stay at Pitt and was embarrassed by the way Todd Graham left the university.

Comment by Justinian 02.07.14 @ 10:48 am

Throwing this name out there since PC has hired guys who worked with Geep. Ronald Curry.

link to 49ers.com

He was a high school Football coach and Athletic Director in North Carolina for three years before heading to 49ers.

Comment by Why me 02.07.14 @ 10:55 am

Engram….:-)

House … :-( :-(

Comment by The TRUTH 02.07.14 @ 11:02 am

Need a recruiter who can bring in skill. this staff knows how to bring in the big uglies.

Comment by chethejet 02.07.14 @ 11:11 am

I believe I just heard, House is moving to WR coach.

Bringing in Lee Evans to coach the DB’s.

Comment by Dan 02.07.14 @ 11:11 am

Good luck to Engram! What a fantastic job he did recruiting with no experience and coaching with only one year under his belt.

Hopefully there are some changes to the defensive staff because the assignments are just weird. Why is there only a defensive assistant coaching cornerbacks? That should be a full time paid position coach. Eliminate the overlap on the DL and linebackers.

Comment by notrocketscience 02.07.14 @ 11:14 am

Chris Dokish just posted a very nice preview on Pitt’s 2015 quarterback prospects with commentary about his take on who he likes and a lot about each.

link to panthersprey.blogspot.com

Comment by Justinian 02.07.14 @ 11:17 am

Don’t blame Engram, a class act and very good coach, for taking the Ravens job.

However, he may be avialable after the season again. Harbaugh is on a very short leash in B’more as the Ratbirds finished 30th out of 32 teams in rushing. Kevin Plank has told Harbaugh that he will allow him this one chance to change coaches and fix the problem, but only one chance.
Ravens coaching staff has been a mess with 5 coaches changing. They have only 2 good recievers and NEVER seem to address that problem.

Anyhow, good luck Bobby!

Comment by Dan 72 02.07.14 @ 11:38 am

“clang”

Comment by Dan 02.07.14 @ 11:42 am

Wasn’t Antonio Bryant from Florida? Not sure he is coaching material though.

What kind of recruiting experience did Engram have when he got here? Couldn’t have been a lot. Not sure we need someone long on experience there, as long as they are convincing.

I’m tired of hand wringing over coaching searches. We Pitt fans are really shell shocked now!

Comment by JCE 02.07.14 @ 11:43 am

Upone, no problem, I was just having a little fun. Also, a Top 10 team in any sport is worth mentioning and I’m glad you’re bringing it to our attention. Good job and keep it up

Comment by wbb 02.07.14 @ 11:52 am

why me, I see Curry as a very feasible candidate. I remember him as a 2-sport guy at UNC, and his NFL playing experience should impress recruits. Lastly, he certainly has southeast ties.

Comment by wbb 02.07.14 @ 11:56 am

@Justinian

I agree. It is a good piece and, thankfully, he does not devote half of it criticizing Paul Chryst and his staff.

H2P

Comment by pmdH2P 02.07.14 @ 11:56 am

@Dan

I am clueless about your “clang” comments. What am I missing?

H2P

Comment by pmdH2P 02.07.14 @ 11:59 am

You win the prize CalvinHobbes.

Which is…..5 smelly pounds of Limburger Cheese !

Comment by Emel 02.07.14 @ 12:00 pm

In Wisconsin, the Limburger sandwich can be found on menus at certain restaurants, accompanied with brown mustard.[3]

I’m sure they have it in Platteville !

Comment by Emel 02.07.14 @ 12:04 pm

If he hires Luke Swan to replace Engram that would be such a joke. Absolutely no way Luke Swan is able to get Jennings here like Engram did this year. You need good recruiters for assistants. Offense has decent assistants who can recruit so offense has decent talent. But look on the the defensive side where you have guys who can’t recruit at all, like Inoke. It really hurts.

Comment by Wardapalooza 02.07.14 @ 12:08 pm

Limburger cheese — my memory is that it actually smells like sh*t

Comment by wbb 02.07.14 @ 12:09 pm

Apparently Mrs. Engram’s (who’s a Burg native) influence has waned, since it was said Bobby wouldn’t be interested in a Pedo State position since Mrs. Bobby wanted to live in ‘Someplace Special’.

Our little treasure.

Comment by Emel 02.07.14 @ 12:11 pm

Hey, Baltimore is Edgar Allen Poe’s and John Waters’ birthplace

Comment by wbb 02.07.14 @ 12:12 pm

You would be correct wbb.

It’s also often compared to body odor. Don’t know how ppl eat it.

Comment by Emel 02.07.14 @ 12:14 pm

Who’s Nate Tice? I saw his name come up somewhere about the position.

Comment by JJ 02.07.14 @ 12:14 pm

Betcha didn’t know that Limburger Cheese originated in the Duchy of Limburg.

That had to be one….stinky smelly place.

Comment by Emel 02.07.14 @ 12:17 pm

Now we KNOW why Engram turned down Franklin’s invitation to return to State College.

Question is… if the Ravens weren’t in the mix… might Engram have taken Franklin up on his offer?

That is something we’ll never know.

Comment by PittofDreams 02.07.14 @ 12:18 pm

All things Limburger:

link to en.wikipedia.org

Comment by Emel 02.07.14 @ 12:18 pm

It goes without saying the loss that Engram presents to Chryst’s staff.

At the same time, the ‘crisis” this presents offers yet another OPPORTUNITY for Chryst to make a critical hire and make it count.

I don’t know, but it would seem to make sense that this BETTER be SOMEONE who can REALLY RECRUIT… and not just Receivers.

While the money is on someone from Wisconsin… I’m guessing someone with TEXAS or FLORIDA connections.

You’re not going to find another Engram. You might as well go after someone who brings some different intangibles to the table.

Comment by PittofDreams 02.07.14 @ 12:27 pm

EMel what do you think Wille Parker of the steelers is a asst football coach at west virgina wesleyan coaching the TE he is from north carolina

He should be a good recruiter in western pa and the south.
and he has no ties from wisconsin that is a plus
And was a pro NFL player for 7 years.
we could do worse.

Comment by Frankcan 02.07.14 @ 12:28 pm

Yea but he isn’t a Cheesehead.

Say Cheese Please !

Comment by Emel 02.07.14 @ 12:34 pm

If he can get Al Toon that would be a good get.

And it would meet the Wisconsin requirement !

Al would bring his own cheese.

Comment by Emel 02.07.14 @ 12:47 pm

Honestly I don’t care he hires someone with a Wisconsin or 49er ties. As long he’s a good recruiter and a good coach. You can’t try to find a clone of Bobby Engram, you look at the people available and hire the guy who you think will do the best job. He doesn’t have to be a former NFL player. Actually someone who you think can recruit would be more important in my mind.

Comment by Justinian 02.07.14 @ 12:49 pm

Someone who can recruit FLORIDA and the Southern Atlantic Coast… as in ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE.

Get it?

Comment by PittofDreams 02.07.14 @ 12:56 pm

Don’t know who mentioned Al Toon, up above, but I just checked and he has no prior coaching experience at all.

The guys into banking ! lol

Toon is on the Board of Directors of the National Guardian Life Insurance Company (NGL).[1] Toon was presented a ceremonial key to the city by Altoona, Florida in 2004 which he displays in his basement. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Green Bay Packers.

In 1995 he was one of nine founding members of Capitol Bank, a local community bank on whose Board of Directors he still serves.

Comment by Emel 02.07.14 @ 12:59 pm

Emel, posted about Al Toon yesterday.

But here’s a new name for ya… Lee Evans.

Comment by PittofDreams 02.07.14 @ 1:01 pm

Where do we sign up to Panic….Chas ?

Comment by Emel 02.07.14 @ 1:04 pm

I am usually defending PC’s hires but if he just promotes a grad student this time I will agree with all the posts calling Pitt cheap.

Anyone out there have a connection to Werner or DiPaola or anyone with the media in this town that would actually write an article they have to do a little work for…not just stand at a press conference.

How about an article on the football winter conditioning, how is the new coach, how does it differ from what Rice had them do, is he beating the crap out of them like he promised?

Comment by notrocketscience 02.07.14 @ 1:08 pm

I’ve heard of him.

1968 Mexico City Olympics. 4X100 meter relay team.

Black Power salute.

Comment by Emel 02.07.14 @ 1:09 pm

Reportedly, Chryst is mulling over the possibility of Coaching both Special Teams and Receivers.

Pederson is said to be open to the idea.

jk

Comment by PittofDreams 02.07.14 @ 1:15 pm

FWIW, Duke is starting its spring FB practice today (according to S Werner tweet) .. seems awfully early

Comment by wbb 02.07.14 @ 1:22 pm

PittofDreams:

You’ve apparently never seen HCPC run a skinny post in practice.

Comment by Bobby 02.07.14 @ 1:36 pm

did you get your 2014 season ticket email? The way the schedule looks, it appears that 3-game mini package is a good deal .. especially since Va Tech is on Thursday which is not good for me.

Pitt may have 3 or 4 games with nearly 60K ad the rest with 20k

Comment by wbb 02.07.14 @ 1:43 pm

tomorrow’s hoop extravaganza is a nooner.

Blah

VT has one (1) ACC win…..quite coincidentally an
Overtime victory over Miami….at Miami.

No really !

Comment by Emel 02.07.14 @ 2:14 pm

So what is the spread Emel? I will be wearing the “magic” blue and gold boxers, if that has any impact on your bet.

H2P

Comment by pmdH2P 02.07.14 @ 2:34 pm

Nothing listed yet pmd.

However you are obligated to wear those b&g’s regardless. :-)

Comment by Emel 02.07.14 @ 2:43 pm

Will do. And, I saw your message the other day about me washing them myself. I agree. But, when we moved, we got this way fancy Bosch washer. All sorts of buttons and places to put in detergent, bleach, and whatever else there is. My wife will not let me near it. So, I do most of the cooking and she does the wash. Of course, if she did the wash, the boxers would not be again coming out of the laundry hamper tomorrow for the fourth wearing.

Oy vey, huh?

H2P

Comment by pmdH2P 02.07.14 @ 2:57 pm

I’d love to see us use an actual coaching search firm, look far and wide across the country as the tier one programs do, to bring in the best possible coach, and add some new blood.

The past practice appears to have been confined to (a) the inner circle or (b) “so and so knows a guy who used to be at Wisconsin, let me give him a call and see if he is out of a job”

The most immediate radar should be to do a look at staff’s that have been forced out, and especially where they had an offense that threw the ball. What happened to the receivers coaches at Texas, USC, and other such places where there was regime change? Even in the NFL, there was a bunch of turnover, is there a good coach in there that got shuffled out?

Comment by PittMan 02.07.14 @ 3:00 pm

@ pmd

no excuses bro…you can always hand wash them in a bathroom sink !

Bosch washer eh….nice. Does it microwave food as well ? lol

Comment by Emel 02.07.14 @ 3:02 pm

You do not even want to hear about the microwave. Let’s just say that the guy who sold us all of the appliances for the kitchen and laundry is now probably retired and living in Boca.

I say the spread will be 7.5. Any guess on the over/under?

H2P

Comment by pmdH2P 02.07.14 @ 3:06 pm

We do perform a ‘National Search’ PittMan

It just excludes 49 states ! So as a gov’t spokesman would spew…..

“it’s limited in it’s scope”. “But I can assure you it is indeed National. Period. “

Comment by Emel 02.07.14 @ 3:06 pm

Nice pmd….German appliances only work correctly if you ….salute to them….before attempting to use them.

The O/U should be around 140.

Comment by Emel 02.07.14 @ 3:11 pm

@JCE – I mentioned Antonio Bryant yesterday. If you check out his background it is similar to Engram’s although he has yet to be on any coaching staff. Yet.

Biletnikoff Award winner. All Big East. Journeyman NFL career.

link to en.wikipedia.org

And he’s from Florida.

Comment by Pitt Dad 02.07.14 @ 3:25 pm

Bobby Engram reminded me of a younger John Stallworth from a personal standpoint, not necessarily athletically. Stallworth took great pride in teaching the rookies how to fine tune their craft during camp….but he wouldn’t teach em everything cuz they were after his job! Engram seemed to be a real good teacher which lends itself to good recruiting if you have a little competitiveness burning to beat out the next person for a kid.

Speaking of Steelers, I would replace Inoke with a Chris Hope type (NFL journeyman type experience with florida ties) who played at FSU and is good friends with Chris Weinke who runs IMG High School Sports in Florida. That team will place at least 6 division 1 players per year going forward. Hope also has Florida ties and seems like a hard worker. He is big and ugly which should fit in well with Chryst.

Or, we can just offer a Wisconsin guy.

Comment by dhuffdaddy 02.07.14 @ 3:48 pm

@Emel

For some reason, the German appliances like it better if I spank them and yell “Achtung you swine.” . :-)

H2P

Comment by pmdH2P 02.07.14 @ 3:51 pm

@Upitt

Do you see the same ad that I see at the top for a Fox Sports “Salutes the Troops” event? Looks like some of the girls from Twin Peaks are moonlighting for FoxSports.

H2P

Comment by pmdH2P 02.07.14 @ 3:54 pm

PMD – I do…. Muy Bueno….

You guys remember the Stretch and Conditioning Coach Hire. Heck, Richard Simmons was more qualified pink shorts and headband and all.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.07.14 @ 4:27 pm

@Upitt

I saw Richard Simmons once in Bergdorf’s Mens Store in NYC. Very scary. But, the old women loved him.

H2P

Comment by pmdH2P 02.07.14 @ 4:31 pm

I would take his motivational speeches over Paul’s speeches.. haha.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.07.14 @ 4:38 pm

Chancellor annoucement tomorrow. Hopefully he/she will be a football fan.

Comment by Yeti 02.07.14 @ 4:51 pm

Maybe Dravon Henry’s mom?

H2P

Comment by pmdH2P 02.07.14 @ 4:53 pm

who said you should wash the shorts you dont wash the stinking shorts not the ones you wear for luck dont you know any thing do you want to ruin them.

Comment by Frankcan 02.07.14 @ 5:20 pm

Guys – I agree Antonio is from South Florida but the state of pa isn’t big enough for his ego.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.07.14 @ 5:29 pm

@pmdH2P, it’s the sound I can’t get out of my head after watching the Pitt v. Miami basketball game.

Comment by Dan 02.07.14 @ 5:31 pm

Antonio was in trouble one or twice i think smokimg pot or something i dont think he gets hired to coach i could be wrong but i dont think so.

Comment by Frankcan 02.07.14 @ 5:42 pm

Allegedly tried to choke his child’s mother I think as well.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.07.14 @ 5:46 pm

46-45 Pitt with a few posters coming on and telling me how great Va. Tech’s “D” is, and how this is just how Jamie wants it, and Pitt actually played really well.

as Fredo Corleone said, “it ain’t how I wanted it”

Comment by Dan 02.07.14 @ 5:50 pm

Another one that would fit nicely,

“don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining”

LOL

Comment by Dan 02.07.14 @ 5:51 pm

@Dan

Gotcha. Yeah, way too many of those.

H2P

Comment by pmdH2P 02.07.14 @ 5:58 pm

@Frankcan

Well, it may be that way for the next few months. I am willing to bet that I am wearing the “4th time” blue and gold boxers tomorrow during the game and that will be when she pulls out the laundry in which they would have been washed. So, come Wednesday I will be going for #5 while watching us beat Syracuse.

I am doing my part guys. Plus, it is not like I am going out on some hot date for the night. If she is interested, they will be off before she even knows what I had on.

It is the little things we do that make the difference. I am proud to be part of this good group of Pitt people.

H2P

Comment by pmdH2P 02.07.14 @ 6:03 pm

I realize that I am as old as dirt but in excepting such a label my question is what has Gordon Jones been doing for the last 30 years or so?

Comment by Dr. Tom 02.07.14 @ 7:39 pm

Hail the victorious PANTHER WRESTLERS! 19-14 victory at Fitzgerald over the VT Hokies! Overcame a tough injury loss in one match with a real nice team win. Listening to the announcers talk about how many young and talented underclassmen we have makes the future look bright! H2P! UPone

Comment by UPone 02.07.14 @ 8:51 pm

Dr. Tom, Now that’s a name from the past. Yes we remember Gordon Jones. But I thought you would support Emel in his candidacy for wide receiver coach.

Comment by Justinian 02.07.14 @ 8:58 pm

Not sure about how classy Engram really is as I don’t know what he said to the WR recruits and their families in the days leading up to LOI day. If he told them he was going to be their coach and that they had no reason to worry, that would not be very classy. He did do some great things for the program and didn’t screw us over on his way out the door, so I’m grateful and wish him luck. If that’s what qualifies as classy then so be it.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 02.07.14 @ 9:30 pm

Thank BIG!! Ask Steeler Hines Ward to coach for a year or two. Pitt receivers could learn alot from a great “blocking” receiver with great hands. Be a boost for recruiting also…………

Comment by mtoolmn 02.07.14 @ 9:33 pm

Maryland doesn’t think Nordenberg and Pederson played fair and square on joining the ACC and has subpoenaed Pitt’s records.
link to triblive.com

Do the Terps have any evidence to back up their hunches or are they just stalling?

Comment by TonyinHouston 02.07.14 @ 10:40 pm

Those of you with high hopes & expectations about HCPC’s replacement for Engram: As they say in Jersey, forgetaboutit! Another Chryst disciple on the way!

Comment by TonyinHouston 02.07.14 @ 10:43 pm

Quick! Get Smiling Stevie on the phone…
The ACC wants to schedule more games against the SEC. This might make it hard for Pitt to continue playing the likes of Akron…oh my.
link to espn.go.com

I wonder if Pedie got the message?

Comment by TonyinHouston 02.07.14 @ 10:46 pm

Tony, maybe we can be the school to get Vanderbilt on the schedule. I would rather take my with them.

Comment by Justinian 02.07.14 @ 11:01 pm

Justinian:
Good idea. I mean they did steal a recruit and sent us tumbling down about four sports in the recruiting rankings:
link to espn.go.com

Comment by TonyinHouston 02.07.14 @ 11:09 pm

spots not sports

Comment by TonyinHouston 02.07.14 @ 11:10 pm

Tony, Maryland is employing the “Smoke and Mirrors” legal defense. Why? Because they have 50 million reasons, the 50 million dollar ACC exit fee. Their legal team will throw as much shit against the wall as possible, in hopes that some of it sticks.

Comment by Justinian 02.07.14 @ 11:15 pm

Tony, Yes, and I like our chances against Vanderbilt a little better than playing Alabama.

Comment by Justinian 02.07.14 @ 11:19 pm

justinian i guess i am dumb but what we did or did not do to get into the ACC what does that have to do with maryland leaveing.
i dont get it even if we held a gun to some ones head how does that have any thing to do with maryland leaveing the ACC i just dont understand it

Comment by Frankcan 02.07.14 @ 11:57 pm

There are many young quality coach’s out in the football world who would come to Pitt to coach our receivers. Pitt just has to pick one and move on.

Comment by MariettaMike 02.08.14 @ 8:08 am

@Dr. Tom, Gordon “Too Much” Jones.

Great memories. Allthough only a teen, my Dad had me heavily invested with my heart to Pitt by then.

I remember the Notre Dame game in 76′, he had several Lynn Swann-Larry Fitzgerald catches, along with two huge punt returns, where he was going from one side of the field to the other, shaking guys out of their jock straps!!

Hail To Pitt!!!

Comment by Dan 02.08.14 @ 10:06 am

At the collegiate level the most important factors are 1) ability to recruit 2) ability to identify talent and put them in a winning situation. In the business leadership world this means a) getting the right people on the bus 2) putting them in the right seats

This was Engram’s strength and he will be missed. Thanks B Engram for a job well done. Hope we see you on Pitt’s sidelines in the future as an OC or HC as his talent is definitely there.

Comment by Pitt fan in Atlanta 02.08.14 @ 11:38 am

I think the ACC is sitting on some 30 to 35 million of undisbursed funds due MD. Not sure that includes the pending 22 million payout in June. But seems MD want to lesson the hit and go. VT Beamer ball. Wow this is one bad performance at home.

Comment by chethejet 02.08.14 @ 1:25 pm

Majors and Sherrill, were they really that good or was a big part of it the all star cast of assistant coaches that went through Pitt under them. The hired the best and because of that they moved upward and onward and they would find another. Chryst has to start using the same approach. Agree with all. Engrams loss is double whamy coaching and especially recruiting.Wish him well with NFL.

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Comment by Pitt 60 02.10.14 @ 1:12 pm

I too remember Gordon “Rooster” Jones as a kid! We all had winter hats with a rooster head and Pitt on the sides! I was sold on Pitt by then also – in the genes at birth I believe.

Comment by PITT it IS 02.11.14 @ 10:32 am

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