May 21, 2014

Credit and curses to J.D. for noting this site. It’s a Craiglist or want ads for basketball games. Rather than individually calling each school, you can post your wants and needs for a game. Specify the date and/or the kind of opponent you want and hope someone gets back to you on this.

For example, UNC-Charlotte posted this gem: “Looking to buy a game for the opener. Competitive $$$$ – RPI 200 and below. Please call or email. Thanks.” They want a guarantee game with an opponent that won’t ding their RPI too much.

That “200 RPI or better” caveat is very common in the ads for a lot of major conference and high mid-majors looking for guarantee games.

Then there are the really sad ones. The ones looking to be bought. Like Alabama A&M looking to have practically their entire non-con on the road:

Hello Coaches! I hope you all enjoyed Dallas as well as the very exiting NCAA Tournament. We are looking for some games to fill our buy dates. They are as follows: Nov. 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 29, Dec. 14,-23, Dec 29-30. Please help us out in this endeavor. Thanks Coaches!

It’s never been easy, but it is a different kind of rough being a player for a HBCU these days.

Pitt has posted their remaining need:


As you can see, Pitt is looking to fill a final home game right before the New Year. Pitt has a bunch of challenging road/neutral site games. And like many other programs on the list, they need a home game to fill that has to start at home.

So who wants to spend the rest of their day coming through the list to find Pitt a game?

HbgFrank, the jury is still out…so to speak.

Comment by steve1 05.22.14 @ 8:07 pm

You are right Steve5. Franklin thinks he’s Obama and that he can just sit tight and ignore it and it will go away. Franklin may have the State College media in his hip pocket but the Vandy rape case will not go away. Eventually the roosters come home to roost

Comment by Pittman4ever 05.22.14 @ 9:58 pm

Steve1, not 5!

Comment by Pittman4ever 05.22.14 @ 10:01 pm

Whatever, I’ve been called worse.

Going to overtime. What fun!

Comment by steve1 05.22.14 @ 10:07 pm


Comment by steve1 05.22.14 @ 10:10 pm

Pap 76, I have been following Pitt football for about half a century and think your imagined averaging 50,000 fans at Heinz Field is a pipe dream. When Pitt football was at it’s high water mark of my lifetime they averaged in the fortys a few years, playing a schedule with Penn St, WVU ,and Notre Dame. They don’t attract that kind of interest even when times are good.

The compete for a national title talk in hoops strikes me as far fetched too. I would so love to see it happen but think it would take a run of luck that is beyond what is realistic to consider.

Comment by spiritofsection22 05.23.14 @ 8:33 am

this past year, Pitt averaged 49,500.
Recently, in 09 (53,446) and 010 (52,165) were their 2nd and 3rd highest ever .. behind 2003 in which they had over 54K.

Of course, these are tickets sold and not actual attendance.

Comment by wbb 05.23.14 @ 9:45 am

actually the average attendance in 03 was > 59K — they didn’t even play WVU at home that year. They had over 60K for 4 home games that year .. ND, Syracuse, VT and Miami (the others were 56K and 44k)

The highest attended game for Pitt at Heinz was Pitt-WVU in 02 when over 67k saw pitt lose 24-17

Comment by wbb 05.23.14 @ 9:56 am

The big Cinci game had to have a high number as well.

Comment by gc 05.23.14 @ 11:03 am

Attendance does not equal tickets sold, many Pitt football games are played in front less than 30K.

Comment by spiritofsection22 05.23.14 @ 11:23 am

I doubt very much that 60k showed up for the Cuse in 03, but I do remember very large crowds for ND, VT and Miami … as well as that WVU game in 02.

Comment by wbb 05.23.14 @ 2:26 pm

Everybody remembers the big crowds, but have we forgotten the little ones. When Pitt plays a nobody(which is often) less than 40K show up.

Comment by spiritofsection22 05.23.14 @ 2:36 pm

@ gc

I just posted this the other day, we had a little less than 64K for the Cincy game in 2009.

Even though I dislike Heinz for PITT, if we started winning consistently at home and blowing out the weaklings, in a sports crazy town like Pittsburgh, we could average >55k. Maybe 60K.

The key is you gotta win and you have to have an exciting product. Even though I ended up despising Graham, as most of us do, that spread offense, with the right QB, would have been fun to watch and has taken Clemson to the Top 10 and a BCS win over Ohio Fake.

Comment by Emel 05.23.14 @ 3:45 pm

Anything over 60,000 is huge for Pitt. When you consider that PSU, Ohio ST and Michigan routinely get around 100 k it shows where we are size wise.

Makes our HOF standing even more impressive.

Comment by gc 05.23.14 @ 4:39 pm

There are only so many football fans in this not so big city. Subtract the Penn State and Notre Dame fans and then subtract those who go to Steeler games and there are only so many more left. Throw in a weak opponent and we are lucky anyone goes.

Comment by spiritofsection22 05.23.14 @ 4:46 pm

Emel, to run a spread, you need team speed, and not only at the skill positions. With the current OLs, it is a very remote possibility. The current QB would probably run a spread better than any recent QB we had except for maybe Palko but the line needs to move laterally as much as north and south.

Another consideration … WVU scored 70 pts on Clemson back in 011, and 21 on us the very game before. Not sure what exactly that means except maybe when you can slow the pace down and make them play your game, you have a chance .. otherwise if you run against them, you better have the speed to do so

Comment by wbb 05.23.14 @ 7:50 pm

Former WVU player suing NCAA for cost-of-living compensation … after all, living in Morgantown is like Beverly Hills (or at least Fox Chapel)

link to

Comment by wbb 05.24.14 @ 6:49 am

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