December 22, 2016

What had been rumored to be possible from the moment Oregon State lost their AD to Georgia Tech, to likely from last week to now being official.

University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said a national search for “the next great leader of Pitt Athletics” will begin immediately to replace Scott Barnes, who has accepted the athletic director post at Oregon State.

Barnes will work closely with the Chancellor to assure a smooth transition in coming weeks.

“Scott Barnes is an outstanding athletic director and has been wholeheartedly committed to the success of our student-athletes during his time at Pitt,” Gallagher said. “I am very sorry to see him leave, but I know that Scott is doing what is best for his family, and I wish them well as he takes on his new role at Oregon State.”

Barnes is a native of Spokane, Washington and there have been whispers that there are family reasons he would like to be closer to home — which is obliquely referenced.

“Upon accepting the athletic director position at the University of Pittsburgh more than 18 months ago, I mentioned how honored and humbled my family was to join the ‘Pitt Family,’” Barnes said. “During our time here, we’ve learned, more and more, how fitting that description really is. Pitt is an incredibly special place with wonderful people who have become like family for us.

“That’s why leaving the university to accept the athletic director position at Oregon State was such a difficult decision. Ultimately, we felt this was a choice we had to make based on some very important personal family considerations.”

I do wish him well and hope things work out for his family.

Most will dwell on his (very questionable) hiring of Kevin Stallings to replace Jamie Dixon as basketball head coach — and his disastrous handling of the press conference to introduce Stallings.

Before that point, fans totally believed he would nail the hiring. Even if it wouldn’t be either Miller brother. As I noted then,

The time it can take an AD to go from god to clown is very short.

And that certainly happened with Barnes and many Pitt fans.

Even if the recent history of hiring at power schools is at best 50-50 on going well. Even if all evidence suggests most schools don’t get the coach their fans think they should be able to hire.

Despite the good work on bringing back the Script. Despite willing to do throwback unis. Despite getting the Athletic Department fundraising working once more. Despite laying the work out for a master plan to upgrade all the athletic facilities — something desperately needed. Despite an excellent — and surprising — hire of Jay Vidovich as the men’s soccer coach.

Scott Barnes is a decent Athletic Director, and we will never know if the overall balance sheet of his work would outweigh the present perception.He understandably and fairly won’t get credit for too much in his tenure. But he will take plenty of blame with him.

As with any decent QB, you can’t let him feel comfortable in the pocket all day. (give him all day to pass)

Need to get to him early, so you get in his head.

He then feels uncomfortable the rest of the game.

Comment by Emel 12.27.16 @ 12:59 pm

OPG… Frankcan ( one of my favorite posters) simply vanished from the Blather a couple of years ago.. most of us felt he met the expiration date but no one knows for certain why he stopped posting…

Comment by BigB 12.27.16 @ 4:19 pm

Wake is beating Temple pretty good. Maybe the ACC will be 3-0 at the end of the day. Let’s not be the ACC goats now guys…

Comment by Jackagain 12.27.16 @ 4:52 pm

Jackagain- erase those thoughts from your head. Pitt is wearing the mature blue helmets!?

Crush the cats!

NW beat the pedos in men’s B.B. Tonight and MD crushed Illinois. Pitt could make a run at the B1G Joke BB title this year, but we’re in the ACC and will probably finish 11th or 12th.

Comment by Erie Express 12.27.16 @ 7:55 pm

Wake won, beat a 10 win Temple team that was ranked right behind Pitt.

ACC undefeated and showing that the Conference is strong from Top to Bottom.

Comment by Emel 12.27.16 @ 9:06 pm

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Pitt FANS but stop using all the abbreviations I get Pedo St But half your nicknames I don’t know what u are saying Why call Scott Barnes ..Herman I dont get it thats ignorant Just call him Jackass Scott Barnes Sometimes I don’t know who u are talking about (Make it CLEAR) so people know what you ate talking about… Anyway Happy New Year everyone

Comment by Boo Boo #1 12.27.16 @ 11:59 pm

@Boo Boo
You can always ask for help. We’re here for you, buddy.

Comment by panther94 12.28.16 @ 12:04 am

Boo Boo #1,

I had to send both of my sons to Syracuse, one to their Newhouse communications school, to learn how to communicate well. PITT is a science school first. Have you ever understood what a doctor says or writes when they are getting ready to charge you a big bill?

I am so excited about the game tomorrow, will have trouble sleeping. This will be the first time since 1976 (National Championship year), I’ll be at a PITT football game with BOTH of my sons. I have my two grandsons coming to boot. 40 years and it seems like yesterday we beat Miami. We rush their QB all day. My youngest son was 5 yrs old. and meet Tony Dorset and was a Cowboy fan from then on.

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 12.28.16 @ 12:55 am

Sorry about the poor English,; especially BooBoo#1

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 12.28.16 @ 12:58 am

If anyone cares about a kid that transferred from Pitt, Adonis Jennings for Temple, 7 catches, 154 yards and 2 TD’s. Not bad.

Comment by Grizzly1 12.28.16 @ 8:02 am

Hey Boo Boo. UPitt nicknamed Scott Barnes “Herman” after Herman Munster and as usual it was funny and caught on. This is all light-hearted sports stuff so don’t get in a tizzy.

Comment by Panther Fan in Hoopieland 12.28.16 @ 8:22 am

Old Pitt Grad, congrats and have a great day. Bring home a winner.

Jennings had a great day but his team still lost to 6-6 WF. He would have been something opposite Weah this year, too bad, for us and him. One that got away when Chryst left. He played on two ten win teams though so not so bad, and beat PSU. Guess he goes pro.

Comment by gc 12.28.16 @ 9:47 am

Boo is definitely the angry brother of FRANKCAN. I miss that guy. Speaking of FRANKCAN, where the hell is wbb?

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 12.28.16 @ 10:51 am

Boo Boo could have never deciphered FRANKCAN’s posts.

In a million years 🙂

Comment by Emel 12.28.16 @ 11:09 am

Jennings only had 20 receptions and 2 TD’s for the season.

He had a career game against Wake, obviously.

Comment by Emel 12.28.16 @ 11:11 am

Which was slightly better than his sophomore season at Temple where he had 14 catches and 2 TD’s.

Comment by Emel 12.28.16 @ 11:13 am

Sunny and a high of 44 degrees for the Big Apple today.

I would want to be sitting on the Sunnyside of the Field.

Comment by Emel 12.28.16 @ 11:16 am

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