June 7, 2014

The offseason for coaches isn’t simply about recruiting and going to AAU events and camps. It’s about getting out in the community and speaking. Whether it is something very worthy like a school that helps those with special needs. Or heading out on the alumni club circuit.

For Coach Jamie Dixon the other thing that needs to be settled is finding a new assistant coach.

Dixon arrived at the breakfast only eight hours after returning from a Nike coaches event in the Caribbean. He said it was a pleasant trip, joking he didn’t even mind that Florida coach Billy Donovan was on his return flight.

Thursday was a busy day for Dixon, who said he planned to interview two candidates for the coaching vacancy on his staff created when Barry Rohrssen left for Kentucky.

Well, at least that situation is getting closer to resolution.

lol wbb

Not going to argue about Tiny. Those stats look fine. What were they in the 4rth quarter (crunch time) of those games ?

If I’m anti-Tino, does that make you pro-Tino ?


Comment by Emel 06.09.14 @ 10:53 am

Yes, someone has to be

Comment by wbb 06.09.14 @ 11:05 am

Are are we still stuck trying to RE-WRITE history?

Tino was HORRIBLE in the Second Half against Notre Dame.

Until now, I had managed to put it completely out of my mind thanks to a GALLANT PERFORMANCE and WIN by a Quarterback named Savage.

Thanks for the reminder.

Comment by PittofDreams 06.09.14 @ 11:09 am

Can’t wait to hear how good Tino was, in about 20 years.

Oy Vey !

Comment by Emel 06.09.14 @ 11:17 am

I’m shocked we don’t get a ton of 5 stars with the great fan support Pitt has.

Comment by Nick 06.09.14 @ 11:18 am

It helps if you don’t judge by a SINGLE comment on a SINGLE day in June… but rather put things into the context of the countless comments by Regular Contributors over the course of a couple or three years.

Also helpful in drawing conclusions as to the level of fan support is considering the fact that many of the “Regulars” here are SUPPORTING Alumni and Season Ticket Holders.

Unlike INHABITANTS of the quote unquote “HAPPY VALLEY,”… for the most part, Pitt Fans are about KEEPING IT REAL… during Good Times and Bad.

It’s what makes us “US”… and them “THEM.”

Comment by PittofDreams 06.09.14 @ 11:41 am

Considering the bumbling & stumbling of the football program over a vast majority of the last 31 years that has increased to even higher levels since 2010, PITT still has pretty good support.

Now you wouldn’t know that if your main source of info is from the Pedo-Gazette or the Trib or the nitwits on Pgh. radio & TV. But we do.

And they really hate that !

Comment by Emel 06.09.14 @ 12:04 pm


(that has increased to even higher levels of ineptitude since 2010, PITT still has pretty good support)

Comment by Emel 06.09.14 @ 12:07 pm

I’ll be interested to see what tickets sales are this year. Last year with a home schedule that included FL St, UNC, ND and Miami .. and the 1st year in the ACC, Pitt averaged nearly 50k. This wasn’t close to its best years (03, 09 & 010) but decent.

This coming year has Iowa, Va Tech, Duke and GT .. a little less attractive, but has 2 legit crowd-pleasers in Boyd and Conner … so it wioll be nice to maintain that level

Comment by wbb 06.09.14 @ 12:39 pm

Nick – If you want to blame someone blame Pederson. He makes what???/ 600k to do nothing???? Blame the guy who gets paid way to much not fans who have been let down year after year because of his idiotic decisions.

Comment by Upittbaseball 06.09.14 @ 1:26 pm

Hi Dan

I am retired in MD after many engineering years with the Federal Government. Still a very loyal Pitt, Steeler and Pirate fan.


Comment by Frank MD 06.09.14 @ 1:36 pm

Good for you Frank. Like I said, just curious, knew it was one of the two.

I have several nephews and their wives and little ones live down there, so I get down often.

Germantown, and Potomac.

I hate to say this, but they are Penn Stater’s!!


Comment by Dan 06.09.14 @ 1:54 pm

PSU people here a lot but I do see a Pitt shirt often. We have 2 Giant Eagles in Frederick.

Comment by Frank MD 06.09.14 @ 2:34 pm

ESPN Power Index has Pitt at #41 (PSU#46),
our top 8 opponents – UNC (19), Miami (26), Va.Tech (35), Iowa (37), Duke (42), GT (47), Syr (55), UVA (61).

Comment by markp 06.09.14 @ 2:37 pm

Pitt fan support will flourish when the product Pitt puts on the field is entertaining to watch. Last season IMO, Pitt became fun to watch again! Donald was a phenom, Boyd did a fantastic Fitzgerald imitation, Conner became ordained “the Hammer” by Musberger during the ND win and this whole bunch of newcomers stepped it up enough to bring home Pitt’s 1st bowl win in three try’s, and that was an exciting come from behind victory that our freshman QB put together in the final quarter to give us a winning season, not too shabby!

Just win then watch the casual Pittsburgh college football fan step up to the Heinz Field ticket windows come game day. This city WILL support a winner, so just win baby, WIN!

Comment by Dr. Tom 06.09.14 @ 3:10 pm

2015 hoops offer:

6/7/2014 – 2015 PF Dererk Pardon (6-8, 215, 2.5?) committed to Northwestern. – Per Link

Not a big loss at all, imo. Northwestern hoops is pathetic.

Comment by Emel 06.09.14 @ 4:01 pm


You are correct sir.
I don’t blame anyone not wanting to go see Pitt play from say……2010 to 2013. With you know who !

Could you ?

Comment by Emel 06.09.14 @ 4:10 pm

Dr Tom I would add that with the exception of a simply phenomenal national-championship Flordia State team, Pitt had a chance to win every game it played. A few breaks and we would have won 8 or even nine games. This team is young and already competitive. It will be a real pleasure watching it mature into a winner.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 06.09.14 @ 4:11 pm

Hey does anyone know if Joe Uchebo, is participating in PITT’s summer hoops league ?

He of the gimpy knees.

Comment by Emel 06.09.14 @ 4:13 pm

@ Emel – Hornibrook is the 27th best player. Rivals database is down but Pitt.247 ranks Hornibrook as the 3rd best QB in the state. Right behind Shurmer and Brumbaugh. You could argue that Hornibrook is on the same level as Brumbaugh though, but he just plays in an offense that doesn’t feature as much passing. That being said, it makes you wonder what is causing the coaching staff to not have offered Brumbaugh at this point?

Anyway, glad we got Alex. My uncle coaches Lacrosse at Malvern so kind of a weird, so I guess I’m only about 3 degrees away from this particular recruit!

Comment by Atlanta Panther 06.09.14 @ 4:19 pm

Oh ok Atlanta…..that sounds a lot better.

Thanks for the info ! 🙂

Comment by Emel 06.09.14 @ 4:38 pm

Hornibrook is also 6’4″ and 210 lbs. If Voytik is decent, Alex won’t smell the field for three years.
Plenty of time to develop.

Twelve freshmen played last year, how many will play this year? Jennings, James…

Comment by gc 06.09.14 @ 5:24 pm

Sounds good gc. We redshirt Horni in 2015, and he’s a redshirt freshman backup in 2016, Voytik’s senior year.

Then he has 3 years of eligibility left. Kid has nice size.

Comment by Emel 06.09.14 @ 5:46 pm

Brumbaugh is 6’3 1/2 and has big numbers, started as a soph but for some reason does not have a lot of offers. He may not have a great arm maybe but seems to be very productive

Comment by wbb 06.09.14 @ 6:29 pm

ATH Quadree Henderson (Wilmington, DE) will make his decision tomorrow night at 8:30. It’s between Pitt and Boston College.

Comment by Mailman 06.09.14 @ 7:43 pm

Forgot to mention that Henderson had offers from WVU, Clemson and Nebraska, as well. But it comes to the Panthers and the Eagles. Projects as a slot receiver, I do believe.

Comment by Mailman 06.09.14 @ 7:48 pm

here is a market strategy for you, and another example of the plight of urban schools playing in an NFL city

link to

Comment by wbb 06.09.14 @ 7:57 pm

I’m predicting a nice run of commits here in the coming weeks…

Quadree Henderson, Kareem Ali Jr., Neal Nelson, Tre Tipton, Tony Pilato, John Petrishen, Sekai Lindsay…and ultimately, Jordan Whitehead…Am I missing anyone?

Comment by Gordo 06.10.14 @ 1:16 am

Rangers 0-3. Oy vey.

Comment by steve1 06.10.14 @ 6:09 am

Ali would be a major get, supposedly a Maryland lean. Is Whitehead even considering Pitt?

Comment by wbb 06.10.14 @ 6:16 am

ESPN has Derek Pardon as the #31 PF, not otherwise ranked in their top 100. From Cleveland.

Not sure why we are out there offering players like this. Come next year, we will still have 2 years left with Young, Artis, and Jeter and 3-4 years left with Luther.

Sometimes it seems like we give out offers but otherwise don’t pursue the player or let them know we are not really interested. So, the player goes somewhere else and it LOOKS like he rejected us but in truth, we really were not going for the player.

We simply got no time availale at PF for the next two years at least. If we were to bring in Cheick
Diallo, we COULD move players to either side (Young to C, Artis to SF) to fit him but I am not sure that that would be such a good idea as it would adversely affect team chemistry.

IMO, would be better to go after Briscoe (SG) and Papagiannis (C) where we have slots available that they could fit in. But, it seems like Dixon has a penchant for PFs.

Actually, not sure it is all that wise to go after one-and-doners at all. Kevin Ollie proved you don’t need them to win a NC (I think his highest rated was around 100 coming out of HS) and they are here and then gone after one year.. which doesn’t do much for team chemistry.

Comment by Zaratoughda 06.10.14 @ 8:04 am

@Steve1, I expected more (as I’m sure you did also) from the Rangers last night. What the hell was that??

Never over, but………

Comment by Dan 06.10.14 @ 8:26 am

@steve 1 – I know. The Kings just flat out look better than we do in every phase of the game. And luck has been on their side. Still, it’s not over yet.

Go Rangers!


Comment by Pitt Dad 06.10.14 @ 8:29 am

Gordo, I like your list, hope something starts happening soon.

Zaratoughda, I agree, one and dones more trouble than they are worth, unless like Kentucky, you can get several each year.

Comment by gc 06.10.14 @ 8:36 am

As I predicted a month ago I see that Sterling is now going to fight the NBA and not sell his team. No matter how wrong his statements were the NBA isn’t going to be able to force him to sell his property. Not only has his privacy been violated he wasn’t given any opportunity to defend himself. This is America and no matter how wrong you are you have a right to speak your mind. He was and old rich guy trying to get laid by a slut who was using him for his money. That makes him a stupid slice of slime but it doesn’t mean the media and their dupe commissioner can deny him his rights. Why do some people get a pass on bigoted statements and others get crucified. The whole mess is a huge over reaction.

Comment by spiritofsection22 06.10.14 @ 9:52 am

The liberal suck up media loves to hop on a guy like Sterling because they resent his wealth. He made the mistake of being way too successful. They feign being so irritated by his racist statements when what really bothers them is that he doesn’t conform to their slant on integration. This is America and just because it has become fashionable to join the jolly embrace of equality across racial , gender and even homosexual fences, that doesn’t mean everybody has to go along with the prescribed program. I am more concerned with his rights being trampled by the mass condemnation the media has generated than any harm done to blacks by his statements. Seriously how much damage did this asshole really do? He was trying to get laid by a bimbo 50 years younger than him in the privacy of his home. Clinton did way worse and he is a media darling.

Comment by spiritofsection22 06.10.14 @ 10:08 am

just for sake of argument (not that I rteally give a damn) …. Isn’t Sterling’s WISHY-WASHY actions the bane of conservative thought?

Comment by wbb 06.10.14 @ 10:54 am

sos22, the 1st amendment guarantees that a person is not arrested for his opinion (except treason, etc) .. and that’s it!

If I call my boss a slut on Facebook, I may not be arressted but I certainly can (and probably should) be fired. The NBA has its own governing body (the owners) who votes on the entry of all of its owners .. it’s its own country club, so to speak.

I won’t argue that there is hyprocrisy in the NBA, and even more telling, is Sterlling’s previous racial record which went checked by the NBA, however, they apparently also have the right to sanction one of its own.

Comment by wbb 06.10.14 @ 11:02 am

corection … Sterling’s previous racial record went UNchecked by the NBA ..

Comment by wbb 06.10.14 @ 11:04 am

PA rules help to diminish football talent pool by disallowing spring practices and restricting regular season to nine games. Y’ll who live in the region would know better, but it seems allowing private schools to compete in the WPIAL may be a factor (private schools not allowed in Texas UIL divisions). These may be minor issues but they contribute.

Same with hoops Our high schools play about 30 regular season games depending on how many tournaments they schedule pre-UIL divisions. By the time high school PA hoops play begins, our teams have played five or more games.

Seven-on-seven ball is a big deam right now.

Comment by TonyinHouston 06.10.14 @ 11:19 am

deal not deam

Comment by TonyinHouston 06.10.14 @ 11:20 am

Wow this kid is massive (and apparently hungry)

While Jaryd Jones-Smith is raw, his size is something that cannot be duplicated. At spring practice, it was reported that he used last season to grow to 6’8″ and 330 pounds. That is a massive human being and according to many, one of his strengths is his wing-span and athleticism.

I predict Biz gets moved to Guard !

Comment by Emel 06.10.14 @ 12:08 pm

gc, Pitt Dad:

1)Lundqvist has to be his super-human self but he’s been only human.

2) Quick HAS been super-human

3) The Kings are HUGE.

4) The breaks have clearly favored the Kings. (the non-interference call in game 2 especially)

5) The Kings are HUGE.

Comment by steve1 06.10.14 @ 12:59 pm

Dan, please see above!

Comment by steve1 06.10.14 @ 1:01 pm

wbb, It ain’t no club it is a multi billion dollar business, and I bet when it is all said and done they can’t make him sell the team. Making a bigoted comment to some slut in your own home isn’t like he abused black folks. You would think someone actually was hurt here. The media sensationalized this so they could show how sensitive they are to bigotry. How about the hypocricy of the NAACP who were about to award him a second lifetime achievement award. They’d embrace a snake for 20 bucks. He still owns the team and he isn’t going to sell, and there isn’t anything the NBA can do to make him.

Comment by spiritofsection22 06.10.14 @ 1:04 pm

why do you always blame the messenger? The guy kept company with a young, probaby wild lady less than half his age who apparently totally resented his attitude and made him pay big time. He is responsible for both (1) his viewpoint and (2) the company he keeps.

Comment by wbb 06.10.14 @ 1:16 pm

She was no lady and he is an idiot but that doesn’t change the fact that the punishment doesn’t fit the crime. Lifetime ban and sell your 2 billion dollar company.Then get raked over the coals by every form of media known to man. Seriously where is there any justice here. Black people were more harmed by him not giving any more money to the NAACP than by anything he said.

Comment by spiritofsection22 06.10.14 @ 1:39 pm

2 billion dollar company? Do you have any idea the profit he would have made for that price tag? By all accounts, the pending sale was WAY overpriced … or in other words, the rich get richer.

And it’s his fellow m(b)illionaires who allegedly will vote him out.

Lastly, doesn’t his opinion just enable people like you .. who respect people with money no matter what?

Comment by wbb 06.10.14 @ 1:56 pm

The tax man cannot wait to see Sterling.

Any recruiting tidbits?

Comment by Frank MD 06.10.14 @ 2:04 pm

They can vote and the media can scream and the players can complain but this is America and he has rights too. He is also rich so he has the wherewithal to protect those rights. Get used to him owning the Clippers because he isn’t going away. He wins in a court of law all day long.

Comment by spiritofsection22 06.10.14 @ 2:16 pm

No argument here. The best lawyers usually win but what hurts, is that these wins set legal precedents

Comment by wbb 06.10.14 @ 2:22 pm

The Sterling thing is a complete mess.

It is clear that the NBA owners have the ability, based on their by laws, to vote him out and require him to sell. He can certainly challenge this in court, but most of the legal opinions I’ve read believe he will lose. Bottom line, when he bought the team he agreed abide by the by laws. The by laws allow the other owners to vote him out with 75% vote.

I think Cuban raises the more interesting question, which is SHOULD they vote him out? He’s right, it would put them on a “slippery slope”. If you toss Sterling for making reprehensible PRIVATE comments to a whore, can you toss someone for expressing other unpopular or politically incorrect views? What about expressing anti-gay marriage sentiments, could that be considered homo phobic? Would that be grounds for removal? Where does it end? The answer appears to be, “wherever 75% of the owners say it does”. Exception becomes precedent, precedent becomes policy. Cuban makes a good, but unpopular, point about setting precedents like this.

I have no doubt that the owners would vote him out in a heartbeat. It is good for their business to have him out. Period.

However, at this point it won’t come to a vote of the owners. Sterling’s wife had him declared mentality incompetent, she took over the family trust, she has the right to make decisions about their assets and she sold the team. So if Sterling wants to sue someone, he needs to sue the family trust (ironically, since he is a part of the trust, he would be suing himself?).

Even considering the tax implications, he is going to make out like a bandit. He’s selling a team that had been valued at $500m for $2b. Saying “no” to that deal would be further proof of mental incompetence.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 06.10.14 @ 2:59 pm

Boubacar, I disagree, I say he isn’t going to sell and they can’t make him. I say he wins easy in court because his privacy was violated and he didn’t break any law.

Comment by spiritofsection22 06.10.14 @ 3:31 pm

I forgot to mention one other interesting legal note.

In the agreement to sell the team, Sterling’s wife indemnified both Balmer and the NBA against any lawsuits that Sterling might file. So really, he is in essence SUING HIMSELF.

The guy really is mentally unfit. He should just shut up and take the money. He could buy an unending supply of Viagra and hookers and live out the last few years of his life in bliss.

Instead he’s going to piss away his money on lawyers. and trust me, lawyers can spend it a lot faster than hookers. Or so I’ve been told. Thankfully, I don’t have much personal experience with either. 🙂

Comment by Boubacar Aw 06.10.14 @ 3:40 pm

Sterling would have had a better chance fighting the NBA than he does fighting his wife. Unfortunately for him, that’s where the fight is now.

Here’s a good summary from CBS of where things are with the whole Sterling Saga:

The Donald Sterling saga is far from over. Shelley Sterling and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer have already agreed to a sale of the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion and the NBA has agreed to let the transfer of ownership of the team replace the process of removing Sterling as the owner of the team. After Donald Sterling gave his support to the deal and abandoned a $1 billion federal lawsuit against the NBA, it looks like he’s now going against the sale.

Sterling has pulled his support of the sale of the franchise to Ballmer and is now re-pursuing his lawsuit against the league, according to his lawyer Max Blecher. From the Associated Press:

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has pulled his support from a deal to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and will pursue his $1 billion federal lawsuit against the NBA, his attorney said Monday.

“We have been instructed to prosecute the lawsuit,” said attorney Maxwell Blecher. He said co-owner Donald Sterling would not be signing off on the deal to sell.

The $2 billion sale was negotiated by his wife Shelly Sterling after Donald Sterling’s racist remarks to a girlfriend were publicized and the NBA moved to oust him as owner.

The lawsuit alleges the league violated his constitutional rights by relying on information from an “illegal” recording that publicized racist remarks he made to a girlfriend. It also said the league committed a breach of contract by fining Sterling $2.5 million and that it violated antitrust laws by trying to force a sale.

The NBA’s unwillingness to revoke a $2.5 million fine against Sterling and a lifetime ban from the league seems to have spurred the reversal of his blessing toward the sale. This isn’t likely to keep the sale of the franchise from going through, nor did NBA commissioner Adam Silver seem very concerned with a potential lawsuit when he addressed the media before Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

This is just yet another reversal of course and overall waste of time in Sterling’s attempt to delay the inevitable.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 06.10.14 @ 4:03 pm

spirit, you also predicted Terry Smith would lose in court, he didn’t, the case was settled. Same thing that will happen with this one. But at least it gave you a chance to take another shot at Clinton.

This has become a case of rich folks fighting over money. I could care less.

How about some recruiting news?

Comment by gc 06.10.14 @ 4:20 pm

This is meant for Hagen and all the rest of the guys who “demand” the comments on the football team be positive. Guys, there really has not been alot to be positive about football since Wannstedt won 9 games.

Yes, Chryst is the real deal. He is just not the right deal for Pitt in the 21st Century or for recruiting; too much holier than thou. Academics, character, and then athletics last, just won’t cut it. We had a coach like that going back about 6 coaches ago. It didn’t work then either!

You can wish all you like for a bunch of diamonds in the ruff. It just doesn’t really happen in the real world. You need to sign 4 and 5 star players first then hope they develop.

Chryst, right now, is like dying of cancer. You know what is going to happen, but you keep hoping against hope!

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 06.10.14 @ 7:46 pm

welcome to the fold Quadree .. always nice to get a 3-star from our first state

link to

Comment by wbb 06.10.14 @ 7:50 pm

Quadree Henderson has committed to Pitt.

He projects as a slot receiver for the Panthers. The final decision came down between the Panthers and Boston College.

Scout: ***
247: ***
Rivals: ***

Highlights: link to

Other Offers: Boston College, Clemson, Nebraska, Rutgers

Comment by Mailman 06.10.14 @ 7:51 pm

Also had an offer from the sheep lovers from across the border.

Comment by Mailman 06.10.14 @ 7:51 pm

speaking of character …. there are some nice pictures on Twitter showing Shelden Jeter and Mike Young working with kids at Pitt BB camp.

Comment by wbb 06.10.14 @ 7:54 pm

more on Quadree … apparently Boyd played a key role

link to

Comment by wbb 06.10.14 @ 8:01 pm

@ Old Pitt Grad.

Wanny won 10 games in 2009 and 9 in 2008.

While I agree with your sentiment, we have to have some hope.

Cause without hope, there’s no sense in any of us being here.

And with that hope we have to hope, that lightning will strike twice in the same place. We were a dead program in 1972 and lightning struck.

Hope it happens again before I shuffle off this rock.

Comment by Emel 06.11.14 @ 8:21 am

Guess I should have included, no sense in any of us being here….other than the trolls who come to get their rocks off.

Comment by Emel 06.11.14 @ 8:23 am

Thoughts of shuffling off the rock not uncommon now.

I see Chryst going to some major bowl games in the future but don’t see participation in the college football final four. No one aggressive enough in Pitt administration to make that happen.

I see the new chancellor being pretty hands-off athletics. We’ll be dealing as much or more with the Cornhole.

Jamie has a much better chance of making the Final Four than HCPC, but even that’s a long shot.

Okay, did I troll???

Comment by TonyinHouston 06.11.14 @ 11:29 am

lol Tony

Nope you aren’t considered a troll. We know who they are….and you ain’t one.

Agree JD has a much better chance, since he’s had us close.

Football not so much 🙁

Comment by Emel 06.11.14 @ 12:27 pm

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