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January 28, 2017

12:00, RSNs (ROOT, NESN, YES, various Fox Sports) and ACC Network Extra/WatchESPN.

Both teams are 1-6 in the ACC. Pitt is at home. They will be having a “Blackout Game.” Complete with black unis that all the cool kids love and free t-shirts for fans.

…and Pitt is the underdog.

I think I was annoyed by seeing that Pitt is a 3 point underdog for all of 10 seconds. Then a simple thought put it in perspective, “Would I bet on this Pitt team?”

And right now, it seems as if Coach Kevin Stallings doesn’t know what this team will do next.

Stallings noticed his players saving their energy for offense while playing defense. When the offense suffers, the defense already is suffering, creating a situation that is difficult to overcome.

“It’s a team that just li

ves through its jump shots. That’s my fault,” he said. “When we start missing shots, our defensive play reflects our lack of offense and then we get the big snowball going the wrong direction.”

Maturity was expected to be one of Pitt’s strengths, with four seniors in the starting lineup. But the opposite has been true.

“Things are always delicate with seniors,” Stallings said. “At one point, guys realize, ‘Wait a second. I’m not going to be a pro.’ Now, where does their investment go from there?”

Pitt’s season didn’t always appear so hopeless. The Panthers own victories against No. 12 Virginia (16-3), Big Ten co-leader and No. 22 Maryland (18-2) and Marquette (14-6), which beat No. 1 Villanova.

But there also were indicators of upcoming problems.

“We showed signs of this in nonconference wins. We had 25-point leads and would be hanging on to win games against inferior people,” he said. “This didn’t just happen.”

Players were not available for comment after the 106-51 loss to Louisville on Tuesday night and also were off limits to reporters throughout the rest of the week.

“I like them,” Stallings said. “They’re nice kids. I just hope I can do a better job with them.”

The honesty can be refreshing. It certainly makes for more interesting articles. But, man I know I would hate to be reading this stuff if I was in the kids’ place.

Stallings is talking about taking away the “offensive freedom” for the team since they don’t play defense and the offense has gone in the crapper. Again sounding like a disappointed parent punishing the kids.

“That’s kind of been something that’s being discussed,” Stallings said Tuesday of potentially taking away offensive freedom. “I’m OK with give and take. I really am. I want to give these guys freedom and I want to let them play. I’m not OK with take and take. I feel like that’s what we’ve got going right now. No give and take; just take and take. That’s been something that has been bantered about and something we’re going to take a look at. We’re going to have to take a look at everything because this just isn’t acceptable.”

What seemed like such an enticing proposal entering the season — what player, after all, doesn’t want more freedom — has devolved into something almost unrecognizable the past two weeks. In two of Pitt’s past three games, it averaged fewer than one point per possession, only the second and third time that happened this season.

Part of that is due to a relatively hampered team, with sixth man Ryan Luther out with a right foot injury and forward Michael Young still adjusting to playing with a mask protecting a fracture in his orbital bone. Many of the team’s problems, according to Stallings, can be tied more to a lack of trust between players on a short-handed team.

“They’re saying to me we have to trust each other more,” Stallings said of his players. “I know it and I know it before they say it. It’s things that they know, we all know, we all see them, we all feel them. Now, it’s just a matter of executing.”

You know better then to do that. You’re a smart kid. I don’t want to take away your phone, but you aren’t giving me a choice.” It’s bad enough when you hear your parents’ words/voice echoing in your head when lecturing your kid. Now I’m hearing it from the basketball coach.

Judging by the way Pitt has played in ACC play, we will know within the first 10 minutes or so whether Pitt will have a chance or if they plan to roll over. If so, at least there won’t be false hope and any reason to watch the rest.





Chas – you nailed with this article – right to the point.

And you ended the article appropriately – we will know what we are getting in the first 10 minutes today and whether the rest of the game will be worth watching.

I have a busy day planned – that first 10 minutes is critical to my success – lol.

Pitt fans – try to “support the team”…

Comment by Erie Express 01.28.17 @ 9:55 am

16 years coaching basketball from rec ball to AAU to High School taught me many lessons. You never ever condescendingly talk down to your players!! Ever.

As a coach, you want your players to believe you are part of the “team” albeit a leader. When you set yourself above the team as a demigod, you have lost the “team”.

Boy was I wrong about Stallings and I’m not just commenting on his record. My apologies to all.

Comment by Dan 72 01.28.17 @ 9:58 am

Dan – no shame. He’s a basketball savant. He understands the game. He’s basketball smart. You can see it in some of the set plays he runs. Very creative.

He’s not a good coach though. He should be running clinics not programs.

A lot of us decided to give him a chance. He had a very short lease though. We’re essentially dragging him by the collar now.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 01.28.17 @ 10:26 am

Just by the way chance operates… Pitt’s WAY over due for a HOT Shooting Game.

This might be it.

And if it does come, that would translate to a BIG Blowout.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.28.17 @ 10:47 am

Maybe Kevin should spend more time setting up plays and correcting issues and less time making excuses and blaming the players in the media.

Comment by Tony in Harrisburg 01.28.17 @ 10:52 am

At the Pete 30 min to tip…Must be 500 people here.

Comment by Lastrowofsection4 01.28.17 @ 11:28 am

Yes, being a coach is about being a leader as much as anything else. And stallings has failed to be that. It sure seems it him against the team. Painful to watch or read his comments. And to watch the program disintegrate.

Comment by Velvil 01.28.17 @ 11:29 am

Perfect Day to take Pitt +3. Easy Money. Do opposite of what you feel. Pitt Basketball is a Trainwreck with Bodies everywhere. Vegas knows this so take Pitt +3.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 11:53 am

Lastrow – I’d honestly have to get 5k to watch this team or this shoesalesman coach. You are a better grad than me.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 11:54 am

Upitt… now you scared me.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.28.17 @ 11:55 am

How many yellow seats today? Oh, wrong venue.

Comment by TX Panther 01.28.17 @ 11:56 am

We’ll see if this team has ANY balls today.

Comment by Kvah 01.28.17 @ 12:04 pm

I’ve never seen this half way through a coaches first season.

link to twitter.com

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 01.28.17 @ 12:05 pm

Tossing is spot on. There is a HUGE difference between a coach vs an instructor. An instructor inculcates the intricacies of the challenges one faces and how to overcome them. A coach inspires one to meet, or many times, exceed one’s potential. This loser is clearly a narcissist who will stoop so low as to blame college students, for whom he is paid handsomely to prepare them for life, for his inability to succeed. What a sadsack. If you put his balls in the belly button of a fruit fly you’d still have room for a watermelon.

Comment by wally 01.28.17 @ 12:12 pm

Our effort on the pick is horrible. Jeter absolutely fanned on a few an Artis is half assed at best. Zero effort for offensive rebounds by anyone except young

Comment by Kvah 01.28.17 @ 12:22 pm

Pitt tied with Nix and Kithcart on the floor, but stars Young and Artis on the bench.

Hmmm…

Comment by Erie Express 01.28.17 @ 12:23 pm

Get Young out of the game! If he’s not scoring he takes stupid shots and it leads to baskets on the other end. Plus he’s not going for a rebounds on the O side

Comment by Steve h 01.28.17 @ 12:31 pm

Fitting that Stallings wears a mock turtle neck. Fitting for a complete Turd.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 12:33 pm

Johnson is terrible

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 12:34 pm

How about a coach is a teacher ? When I coached I made sure the kids first understood the rules of the game, the game itself and then how to play it as a team with roles and responsibilities.

Comment by WLAT 910 radio and the big beat! 01.28.17 @ 12:42 pm

Watching game and can’t get over how bad this Pitt team is. I blame Stallings and his staff. No excuse for getting ball under basket and throwing out to top of key not going for easy two or foul. Sad.

Comment by MariettaMike 01.28.17 @ 12:47 pm

we need more offensive rebounds that is a place we are lacking altogether is rebounds as soon as we shoot the ball MY is heading up to the other end instead of trying to gain an extra possession and rebound

Comment by PittPanFan 01.28.17 @ 12:49 pm

@Upitt…I’m not better, maybe not as smart. Haha.

Comment by Lastrowofsection4 01.28.17 @ 12:52 pm

Poor coaching.

Comment by MariettaMike 01.28.17 @ 12:59 pm

Hiring someone and being hired is a lot like getting married!
You date the girl for a few years and then live together for a while. You think you know everything there is about her. Then you get married… in the first 3 months you find out shit about her you cannot believe!!! It’s like that hiring someone… or being hired. Within the first 3 months….. you know if you’ve F’d up!

This is giving Pitt a huge pass… assuming they actually did their due diligence. OR… did they just trust Barnes and the headhunter group!

In business, we make very quick decisions when this bad hire conundrum occurs. We admit our mistake, learn from it and cut ties immediately. Any problem you can make go away. by paying money is an easy fix.

Comment by Dan 72 01.28.17 @ 1:00 pm

Sad we are barely up against the worst team in ACC. Nonetheless easy money +3.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 1:02 pm

How do you start he second half 0-8???

Comment by Dan 72 01.28.17 @ 1:06 pm

Id support you as HC Dan

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 1:08 pm

I think the Clemson Football Team could beat Clemson.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.28.17 @ 1:08 pm

Not to be too judgement, Stallings doesn’t have his players run set plays or picks — very fundamental basketball 101. My high school coach would never allow cross-court passing but I see Pitt doing and turning ball over often. Sad.

Comment by MariettaMike 01.28.17 @ 1:09 pm

I’d rather watxh a 400 lb woman eat nachos at Gabes than Kevin Stallings who probably makes 75k a game. Think about that shit.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 1:12 pm

It’s poor coaching on Stallings’ part. I see from the way this game is flowing, Pitt players are clueless on how to get to the basket for an easy two. Sad.

Comment by MariettaMike 01.28.17 @ 1:14 pm

Gallagher hires a turd from Utah. He hires a turd eho was getting fired. Lets Dixon out of buyout and hires a guy from Bon Ton and never won shit in 20 years. Wait till next game without Narduzzi and Team showing up. Total Embarrassment this university would fuck up a 1 car funeral. Clemson. Let that sink in. Lost 6 in a row. Fire Stallings and do it today. .

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 1:15 pm

Dan 72 – try 0-12 to start the 2nd half.

The halftime motivational speech must not have occurred.

Comment by Erie Express 01.28.17 @ 1:15 pm

Big run by Clemson and no TO! This team has identity….

Comment by Jackagain 01.28.17 @ 1:18 pm

Re-name the Pete, Brick City….

Comment by Jackagain 01.28.17 @ 1:19 pm

This game is like watching a grade school basketball game. Sad.

Comment by MariettaMike 01.28.17 @ 1:19 pm

Didn’t even realize we were playing but had the radio on and the Tarhole pre-game show was on and they went thru scores of games and said Pitt was winning at halftime by 5.

So I got the game up on internet. Wha happened.
2nd half collapse..again

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 1:20 pm

^no identity^

Comment by Jackagain 01.28.17 @ 1:20 pm

Jeter not able to dunk when needed, but able to get dunked on when we needed a stop.

That’s the season in a nutshell right there.

Down double digits with under 11 minutes to go.

Not a good look…

Comment by Erie Express 01.28.17 @ 1:22 pm

I would fire Stallings after this game. I would also make sure Barnes knows that this is all on him. I wonder if Barnes knew he made a mistake the moment he hired this turd and has been looking for a way out since.

Comment by TX Panther 01.28.17 @ 1:23 pm

No Pitt player under basket for offensive rebounds — one and done. Clemson is so bad but up by 10. Sad.

Comment by MariettaMike 01.28.17 @ 1:23 pm

These guys can not finish at the rim, ….but we knew that. Just jump shooters.

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 1:23 pm

Ask yourself did Stallings on his $75,000 today

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 1:24 pm

Earn

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 1:24 pm

And not that it matters, but why are we wearing road uni’s at home ?

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 1:24 pm

There is no excuse for this Pitt team playing this poorly. Stallings is not a very good coach and should refund his paychecks. Sad.

Comment by MariettaMike 01.28.17 @ 1:26 pm

And for those who say we have to give KS another 2-3 years with his players, you are very mistaken. I think one knows what we are getting. Its not a coach, its not a teacher, its not a leader. It is a man who is lost, full of excuses, ignorant, and not the future for Pitt basketball. Again, can his ass immediately after this game.

Comment by TX Panther 01.28.17 @ 1:26 pm

@Emel Pitt unable to score. Clemson scoring. Stallings with wholesale bench substitution. Clemson goes up by another 4. Stallings returns starters. Same difference.

Stallings at least played the bench in meaningful minutes.

Comment by Barvo 01.28.17 @ 1:26 pm

Just one basket for Pitt in the first 9-1/2 minutes of the second half against arguably the worst team in the ACC.

Comment by Erie Express 01.28.17 @ 1:27 pm

@Emel It’s a blackout!

Comment by Barvo 01.28.17 @ 1:27 pm

Agreed this team has no identity and they lack playing fundamental basketball, blocking out, basic defense and set offensive schemes. I gave Stallings the benefit of the doubt and it’s gone.

@MariettaMike I disagree I have seen a lot of grade school teams that are more fundamentally sound than this 3 ring circus of a team.

Comment by WLAT 910 radio and the big beat! 01.28.17 @ 1:28 pm

UPitt. Thank you for quoting my long gone Aunt Helen who made that comment “Pitt could screw up a one car funeral”
to me at age 10 after she took me to my first Pitt football game and was becoming enamored with Pitt.

Back to the game….Marriettta your HS coach was correct about throwing cross court passes. With Pitt it’s utter desperation at not being able to get any kind of shot inside.
Have these guys ever heard of a screen or a pick and roll???

This is Jr High girls basketball by Pitt. Not all on the coach!

Comment by Dan 72 01.28.17 @ 1:29 pm

Correction we are the worst team in the ACC

Comment by WLAT 910 radio and the big beat! 01.28.17 @ 1:29 pm

Remember when Pitt teams played defense? Those slug it out teams might not have won pretty, but it was better than this. These guys are clueless.

Comment by Jimbo 01.28.17 @ 1:31 pm

More like a Knockout than a blackout , lol

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 1:32 pm

Wait till the attendance when They don’t give free shirts away

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 1:33 pm

Our bigs are horrible. Young and Jeter not competitive on either end – can’t get a shot off

Comment by Dan85 01.28.17 @ 1:34 pm

Don’t know what Stallings’ salary is but he is not earning his paycheck. No excuse for lack of set plays on offense and poor positioning on defense under basket.

Comment by MariettaMike 01.28.17 @ 1:34 pm

Nice to see the Royal Blue and Yellow gear in the Pete’s gear shop. Now if the teams would only wear those colors. haha

Everything is so ass backwards. They selling those colors but not wearing them.

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 1:35 pm

has someone hung Barnes and Stallings in effigy yet?

Comment by Tony77019 01.28.17 @ 1:36 pm

@WLAT — I agree with you.

Comment by MariettaMike 01.28.17 @ 1:36 pm

Ouch!

Comment by MariettaMike 01.28.17 @ 1:38 pm

Nice to see Stallings got his 1998 mock turtleneck out of the closet.

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 1:42 pm

How about pressing Clemson?

Comment by MariettaMike 01.28.17 @ 1:44 pm

2 missed 3’s in a row for Cam….

Comment by Jackagain 01.28.17 @ 1:45 pm

Win Lose or draw this is a joke

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 1:46 pm

Emel – He dresses like it is 1984

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 1:47 pm

Game over. I’m walking the dog.

Comment by MariettaMike 01.28.17 @ 1:47 pm

Artis with heroball

Comment by Barvo 01.28.17 @ 1:47 pm

a fall away 3 pointer attempt…really

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 1:48 pm

Dick Groat could start on this team at 108 years old.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 1:48 pm

secret agent man…kevin stallings.

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 1:49 pm

I wouldnt hire Stallings at Jiffy Lube, Gabriels or a place that scoops up dogshit.

Zeise is a homer toolbag like Dokish.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 1:50 pm

More like Maxwell Smart….

Comment by Jackagain 01.28.17 @ 1:50 pm

Emel – LMAO

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 1:50 pm

wow, right down the middle of the lane right past 3 pitt players…..joke

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 1:50 pm

3 missed 3’s in a row killed Pitt. Sadly we live & die by the 3 now. Can’t even make a layup….

Comment by Jackagain 01.28.17 @ 1:51 pm

lmao jack

and a bumbler for sure, just like maxwell !

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 1:51 pm

Inside one minute and Pitt down 4 – still a chance to win and they roll over peacefully with NO fight.

If I had the money I would pay for Stallings buyout.

I won’t watch another game with him as our coach.

My wife just told me – “do not buy BB tickets, cause she won’t go” – lol.

Comment by Erie Express 01.28.17 @ 1:52 pm

Noise Noise Noise while FatHead Herman is still drawing a paycheck and had a surgery. Can’t make this up. I would of sent his ass on Obamacare.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 1:52 pm

We own last place now. Good job Barnes and the BoT for letting this happen.

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 1:52 pm

Cam Johnson – awful. Artis and Young are the only players on this team with enough athleticism to succeed in ACC.

Comment by Dan85 01.28.17 @ 1:53 pm

And Barnes gets to skate off to Corvalis and get another Search Firm …kickback.

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 1:53 pm

pittsburgh sucks this coach sucks please fire him asap

Comment by PittPanFan 01.28.17 @ 1:54 pm

Upitt called Herman was a Turd

Upitt called Stallings was a utter below avg Turd
On when hired.

I should sit on BOT to tell these Morons the truth.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 1:54 pm

University of DMV.

Basically Truth

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 1:55 pm

Clemson has 1 win in January…..against us. smh

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 1:55 pm

I hear Jamie laughing down the street.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 1:55 pm

Wonder if Secret Agent Man attempts to recruit in that outfit ?

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 1:57 pm

Young has totally lost whatever it was he had to make shots.

Started with Syracuse.

Facemask does NOT explain it.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.28.17 @ 1:57 pm

And wouldn’t it be better to have a ‘blackout’ at a night game. just saying.

A High Noon Blackout Game. lol

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 1:58 pm

Without Artis and Young BOTH scoring 20+… this Pitt Team is not competitive.

Story of the Season.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.28.17 @ 1:58 pm

Pitt shot 33% and the 2nd worse team in the ACC shot 53% from the field with 43% from 3-pt range.

Out coached, out played and out scored by the 2nd best team in the ACC = a big fat loss -> PRICELESS

Comment by Erie Express 01.28.17 @ 2:00 pm

Pitt shot 32.7 % FG against the worst team (other than us) in the ACC. Except for all our FREE throws..that game is a rout. We only had like 5 or 6 FG’s the entire 2nd half.

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 2:01 pm

Good thing Narduzzi was there in SUPPORT.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.28.17 @ 2:01 pm

Welcome to the basement.

Kevin is thinking up new excuses about how badly these players suck and having seniors is difficult. (most coaches think that way?!?!?!)

Comment by Tony in Harrisburg 01.28.17 @ 2:02 pm

Emel – the “blackout” was a last ditch effort to draw fans to the Pete.

And to think this team beat #22 MD and #13 uva.

We did beat psu as well.

Comment by Erie Express 01.28.17 @ 2:03 pm

Narduzzi leather cousin vinny jacket with Pitt sewed on. A Mock Turtleneck as well. Can’t these guys get a fucking stylist.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 2:05 pm

Imagine how much worse things are gonna get… I thought the effort was there for the most part today. So little talent and athleticism on this squad

Comment by Dan85 01.28.17 @ 2:08 pm

@Upitt You’d think Stallings would have more fashion sense after working at Belk’s?

Comment by Barvo 01.28.17 @ 2:08 pm

So little coaching

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 2:08 pm

Apparently Lumberjack Luther meant more to this team than anybody could have realized. Including Ryan himself.

Only Pitt player to score off the bench today, was Milligan(6). Which i think might actually be an improvement from the usual Zero points.

Secret Agent Man does not bring in any juco’s or any late signee’s or any grad transfers to have a bench. Granted it’s a longshot to find a good contributor that way, but this guy didn’t even bother to try.

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 2:11 pm

Barnes (with the $ bags) and the secret agent describing his team today…

link to youtube.com

Comment by Jackagain 01.28.17 @ 2:13 pm

Why emel? He got a 6 year deal. He actually hopes he is fired and he pockets 5M.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 2:14 pm

I remember one year, Dixon signed Antonio Graves in August. And then later, the juco’s and grad transfers.

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 2:14 pm

Nice Jack, lol

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 2:15 pm

The next promotion move at the Pete is a Barnes bobblehead doll, but the springs can’t keep the head up…

Comment by Jackagain 01.28.17 @ 2:16 pm

I don’t mean to be an alarmist, but this team may not win another game. The sad part is that things will be worse next year.

Comment by Justinian 01.28.17 @ 2:20 pm

Did Pitt really give Secret Agent Man a 6 year contract ?

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 2:21 pm

The years that Pitt battled UConn at the top of Big East seem like 100 years ago.

Comment by Justinian 01.28.17 @ 2:27 pm

Only good news sofar today, the Tarholes are getting their clocks cleaned @ Miami. Down 22 and their 8 game winning streak is gonna end hopefully.

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 2:28 pm

@Emel I’ve seen nothing at all official or second sourced, but Jeff Goodman reported a six year deal for Stallings back in March.

Comment by Barvo 01.28.17 @ 2:29 pm

Interior passing: Something Kevin Stallings thinks shouldn’t be taught, practiced, or used in an actual game.

Comment by Tony in Harrisburg 01.28.17 @ 2:31 pm

link to bleacherreport.com

reported as a 6 year deal

Comment by Tony in Harrisburg 01.28.17 @ 2:33 pm

Maybe they can extend Stallings, Barnes can double down on his F’up and get him cheap.

Comment by TVax1 01.28.17 @ 2:37 pm

…just a thought from the “noise”

Comment by TVax1 01.28.17 @ 2:38 pm

How much money is Pitt losing from the lack of fans? John Majors 2 of Pitt hoops

Comment by Tony77019 01.28.17 @ 2:39 pm

I’m would guess that if Stallings can keep all his recruits that Pitt will be better next year. They can’t shoot 32% like Pitt did at home while giving up 52% to the 2nd worse team in the ACC.

Comment by Jackagain 01.28.17 @ 2:43 pm

The Senior Bowl is on…..might as well checkout Peterman….

Comment by Jackagain 01.28.17 @ 2:45 pm

Are Pitt’s recruits required to honor any commitment? Along with no fans, probably going to be a dearth of players…may need to offer 2’fers on scholarships to get 5 players.

Comment by TVax1 01.28.17 @ 2:45 pm

Pitt will be much worse next year unless Stallings retools the entire roster and learns how to coach all of a sudden. Neither will happen.

He never coached at Vandy. There is a reason he had two NBA first round players last year but lost in the round of first 4 in before the tournament even started.

Comment by Tony in Harrisburg 01.28.17 @ 2:49 pm

Well maybe not such good news after all (Tarholes getting their clock cleaned from above).

Cause Pitt has to travel to Chapel Hell for next game.

RoyBoy will be all over them and UP for Pitt.

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 3:00 pm

University of No Accountability

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 3:00 pm

Secret Agent Man gets praises from all these other D1 well known coaches….only because he’s a long time member of their exclusive Head Coaching Fraternity.

Nothing else.

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 3:01 pm

link to espn.com

Cronyism BS.

All while Watermelon Head heads back home. Thanks Gallagher.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 3:02 pm

Emel – Protect their own and so they can count on a W every year from Dilliards Donny Stallings.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 3:03 pm

TVax, according to Scout.com they aren’t signed yet. Not sure if that’s right though….

link to scout.com

They still have them listed as verbals….hope that’s wrong or we’re toast….

Comment by Jackagain 01.28.17 @ 3:03 pm

Young 3-16, must be senioritis.

Comment by alcofan 01.28.17 @ 3:06 pm

Speaking of Pitt Basketball… watching Peterman at the Senior Bowl.

If you BUY in to all the accolades being showered on Peterman this past week, what does that say about where Pitt’s Offense will be next year?

Unless you have the NEXT Dan Marino in waiting, we’re looking at a serious drop off in production.

Personally, me… like Peterman… filled a need… been GOOD to the Program… BUT I’m not buying in… at least as a Starter at the next Level.

Seen enough of Peterman to know he’s got some limitations.

By the way, he just overthrew a WIDE OPEN Receiver in the End Zone.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.28.17 @ 3:07 pm

Vanderbilt over the last 15 years, had they been in the ACC or the old BigEast(severely much tougher conf’s) would have finished near the bottom, every year.

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 3:08 pm

I was giving Stallings a pass on this season since JD left him with little to work with, but he has totally lost this team. Jeter was probably smart to get away from this guy the first time.
While not top ten 10 there is enough there to handle bottom end of league.
Barnes screwed us over with this guy. Kind of reminds me of Willard days.

Comment by Jimbo 01.28.17 @ 3:09 pm

POD – We win 7 next year maybe. D sucks still and offense will not be near as good.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 3:09 pm

The Max Browne was supposed to be a ‘next Dan Marino’ type coming out of HS.

So let’s hope he’s another ‘late bloomer’ like NP was.

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 3:10 pm

Pitt 1-9 in the last 4:40 of the game, and without a field goal in the last 3:13. On to NC and Duke.

Comment by alcofan 01.28.17 @ 3:11 pm

But at least Narduzzi and Stallings wear the shit out of a nice mock turtleneck a.k.a. 1983

We are basically BC minus the Boston Accent. But suck at hockey and soccer.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 3:11 pm

I think Peterman would be a perfect backup QB in the NFL. He’s smart and seldom makes mistakes or turn the ball over. In a NE type offense he could start though.

Comment by Jackagain 01.28.17 @ 3:12 pm

So the best coach in Pitt history couldn’t recruit for the last three years, who is going to want to play for this guy? Pitt signs a washed has been for six years. I see no coaching whatsoever going on.

What will an empty Pete do for the athletic budget for the next 5 years? Why would you hire a guy from a non-basketball school that was being fired?

Barnes should have been put on bus the day he resigned. Maybe he could take Stallings with him.

I feel really bad for the players who have been screwed by this incompetence. They may not be great but they are better than this coach has made them.

Comment by gc 01.28.17 @ 3:12 pm

Highlight was Nard Dog firing up the Zoo pre-game.

Comment by Lastrowofsection4 01.28.17 @ 3:12 pm

I remember wearing mock turtlenecks in the 7th & 8th grade. We called them dickies. They were out of style when I went to HS. That was back in the early ’60’s.

Comment by Jackagain 01.28.17 @ 3:14 pm

Herman the HatchetMan, brought from 2500 miles away, to get Pitt ‘out from under’ Dixon’s huge long term contract.

Only to leave Pitt…. saddled with another long term contract. And a middling Coach at best. And worst is what we’re seeing, Pitt sitting at the bottom of the conference standings.

If I was coach, so as not to infect, the incoming noobs….I would purge the whole roster.

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 3:15 pm

Stalling should have been given a 3 year contract with the option of extensions if he produced in his 3rd year. 6 years is insane….

Barnes must have gotten a kickback somehow….or Pitt figured that no other coach would come here and wanted some stability.

The Cleveland Browns are a better run organization that Pitt Athletics….

Comment by Jackagain 01.28.17 @ 3:17 pm

Doook and Tarholes will try to one-up daVille’s drubbing of us.
If they don’t thump us by 50, they will look at it as failure.

And y hasn’t Herman been seen at any of the games?
He created this shitmess, he should be there to hear the boo’s.

Comment by Gasman 01.28.17 @ 3:17 pm

I am optimistic there’s someone BETTER than Peterman on next year’s Roster.

Not sure who.

Just know there is a “BO.”

Like I said when they signed him, Guys named Bo always seem to end up as Starting College Quarterbacks.

Or SUPER Star Dual-Sport Athletes. jk

Comment by PittofDreams 01.28.17 @ 3:18 pm

Dickies…yep we all wore them in winter. Under your sweater or shirt.

I had a black one and white one. lol

They were great for keeping your neck warm while out playing in the snow drifts. :)

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 3:19 pm

Max the MadBomber Browne….PoD

Comment by EMel 01.28.17 @ 3:23 pm

I never wanted Jamie to leave but I thought the rude introduction Stallings received at the Barnes press conference was ignorant. Having said that I now believe that the Pitt fan base needs to be so tough and ignorant towards Stallings that he would want out of Pitt at any cost, willing to take a lower buyout just to end his pain and suffering.

Comment by Spindler's Spirit 01.28.17 @ 3:26 pm

@Spindler’ – good plan, I would prefer the rudeness toward the monstrous ass in this debacle – Pumpkinhead Barnes, but whatever gets this behind us faster. I first felt bad for Stallings but like tommymac have trouble seeing him deserve another year.

Comment by TVax1 01.28.17 @ 3:45 pm

Stallings will no options after this mess. No where to go maybe one of his buddies would take him as an assistant but he won’t leave as long as he gets a check.

Can’t wait to hear all the new excuses this week….

Comment by Tony in Harrisburg 01.28.17 @ 3:49 pm

stallings isn’t anywhere, some here are going to have a rough few years.

Comment by goalie44 01.28.17 @ 3:51 pm

Appropriate everyone wore Black today for the funeral of a wasted season.

Comment by Tommymac 01.28.17 @ 3:51 pm

going.

Comment by goalie44 01.28.17 @ 3:52 pm

A new AD can get rid of this turd. There is no way that what Pitt owes Stallings is greater than what Pitt will lose if this man stays.

Comment by TX Panther 01.28.17 @ 3:53 pm

Stallings has to go. This year if the new AD can come up with a warm body…the UNC Wilmington Coach is a good choice.

If not this year then next…but if HCKS stays 3 years the Pitt Men’s Basketball Program is truly dead for at least a decade.

Comment by Tommymac 01.28.17 @ 3:54 pm

this is pitt..pitt doesn’t care about athletics. its not going to happen.

Comment by goalie44 01.28.17 @ 3:56 pm

What a mess. Please take them off TV. I can’t watch them anymore.

Stallings plays no defense. UPITTBASEBALL you cause this every time. Bitch, Bitch, and then it is another 4-6 yrs.to start getting back to where we were.

Granted, Dixon did a terrible job recruiting, but this team is much better than Stallings has them playing. They forgot defense. Of course they all want to shoot.

Stallings knew this was his last shot when he took the job. He was dreaming he could make it work with his system and our players. How did PITT get stuck with the $6MM bill!

Could there have been a conspiracy with Barnes and the recruiters? You have to be pretty paranoid to think that way.

Maybe those guys were that smart. Nah, Oregon State could not have been Barnes heart desire.

Barnes knows basketball, he might be smart enough to see Stallings would fail BADLY and knew he was to get the blame.

Barnes comes out okay. He gets one black mark as the AD who hired Stallings at PITT. Local West Coast schools won’t care. ESPN may not even make a comment.

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 01.28.17 @ 4:57 pm

OPG – Yes ai created this. Blame me not the motherfucking. Chancellor who hired that fat headed Pussy Barnes from 3k miles away. Paid his relocation to Pitt, temp housing and closing costs on both houses only to move back 12 months later. Blame that oumpkin headed fuckcheese onnhiring this neverbeen turd from Vandy who in 20
Years never won shit. Lower Dixon Buyout and paid a search firm and paid a buy out for the turd from Belks before he was days from being fired. Yes blame me. Not the fucksocks that make 2-3 M a year to run the programs.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 5:43 pm

We need to run Barnes out of town tonight with pitchforks and hand grenades. Whos with me?

Comment by TX Panther 01.28.17 @ 5:47 pm

What makes anyone believe Herman is still in town?
He is still collecting a check – Gallagher said so..
So where is he?
Collecting cardboard boxes at Giant Eagle for the movers?
Buying packing tape?
Skyping mom, telling her that her little boy is coming home – well, not really home, but six hours away…close enough.
So where is Herman?
He created this mess. So show your puss at a game so you can hear what we think Before taking your free ride to Corvallis

Comment by Gasman 01.28.17 @ 6:38 pm

Gas I just pissed my pants laughing. Rumor on the street as he had a minor procedure done and UPMC probably paid for all of it. So not only does he not have to attend games or do any of that stuff or work but he draws a paycheck

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 7:32 pm

Onto UNC, Duke and BC. What next? We know.

Comment by Frank MD 01.28.17 @ 7:33 pm

Sir Patrick G is allowing Barney to be out of the office so he can have a minor surgical procedure done (on Pitt no doubt) before he heads west.

You can’t make this up – seriously!

Comment by Erie Express 01.28.17 @ 7:43 pm

Otherwise I’d be with pitchfork in hand marching with TX Panther –

Comment by Erie Express 01.28.17 @ 7:44 pm

An elective procedure?
A cranium reduction is not an insignificant elective procedure.
I hope the man is ok.
I hope his convalescence proceeds unabated and trouble-free.
I hope Pitt will be magnanimous and allow him to venture west in the corporate jet.
He has earned his keep, and then some.
Kicking the winningest hoops coach to the curb – check.
Reducing the buyout – check.
Employing pal’s search firm -check.
Hiring Grandpa – check.
Paying Grandpa’s buyout before he was canned – check.
Calling fans and boosters noise – check.
Tanking Pitt hoops – check.
Bolting less than two years into dismantling the whole department – check.
Hell, the athletic department is safer when he is under the knife.

And Pitt will scoff at Tressel?

Comment by Gasman 01.28.17 @ 8:00 pm

Extending a atrocious Baseball coach who was under .500 Check

Hiring a Soccer Coach who won 2 games Check

Wrestlers getting hookers and getting robbed during said Hooker Party on his watch Check

Making Uniforms with Cathedral numbering look moronic check

Puckering his fat lips during the Noise Press Conf for Pappy Sears Roughskins. Check

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 8:22 pm

What a comedy this has become. Hollywood couldn’t have scripted it better to portray such an inept athletic administration.

Comment by TX Panther 01.28.17 @ 8:41 pm

Dixon lost another one?? interesting.

Comment by Goalie44 01.28.17 @ 8:42 pm

A dark comedy

Comment by TX Panther 01.28.17 @ 8:42 pm

Getting Pitt a second tier Bowl game at Opponents Home Stadium. Check

Getting ‘No Win Scenario’ Opponent for Lowest A tier Bowl Game. Check

Probably Getting AD $$ Bonus for participating in 2 bowl Games. Check

Failing to proactively keep the hottest O-coordinator in the land by giving him a raise b4 the wolves started calling. Check

Losing The City Game under his watch to a 3rd tier program for first time in 17 years. Check

Worse Men’s Basketball Loss in Modern times on his watch. Check

Worse Home Loss in Petersen Event Center History on his watch. Check

Worse Home Loss in ACC basketball History on his watch. Check

Turning “The Greatest Basketball Arena in The World” into an empty mausoleum. Check

Declining Men’s Basketball Season Ticket Sales every year he has been at Pitt. Check

Staring right through average fans at games who try to approach him to say hello, and acting like an arrogant ass. Check

Establish a Fan Experience Committee with much hoopla – then quietly making it nothing more than a joke. Check

Comment by Tommymac 01.28.17 @ 8:52 pm

Dixon is 3-5 in the Big 12 and 14-7 overall. Pitt wins 2 more garbage game and we’re even.

Pitt should turn the Pete into a library and get it over with…..or maybe a homeless shelter…

Comment by Jackagain 01.28.17 @ 8:53 pm

Can u imagine the look on the face of the Vandy AD when Herman came a calling with a buyout check?
They were all set to shit-can slumpy and write a check of their own.
And In walks Herman, basketball-know-it-all, and scoops him up…with the aid of a buddy’s search firm, to the tune of what, 250k.

Comment by Gasman 01.28.17 @ 8:56 pm

25% of first year comp. more like 500k. Gas.

Slumpy. LOL

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 8:58 pm

That’s 4 in a row for them. Maybe they want their old coach back.

Comment by Goalie44 01.28.17 @ 8:59 pm

500k?
Really?
Who held the gun at Gallagher’s head?

Comment by Gasman 01.28.17 @ 9:04 pm

Tommymc: This is why Pitt fans know the definitions of irony and betrayal so well. Oh, and let’s not forget budget basement spending on athletics.

Comment by Tony77019 01.28.17 @ 9:26 pm

They would rather throw 500k to a crony buddy who did 5 mins of work than Canada.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 9:40 pm

University of DMV

and Canada take all the refugees and syrians you want there guys.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 9:45 pm

I think fans, alumni and boosters need to force Gallagher to use the nuclear option on the athletic department. Save EJ, few if any are worth keeping. The dysfunction, cronyism, ineptitude and loser mentality are keeping Pitt athletics from excelling.

Comment by TX Panther 01.28.17 @ 9:49 pm

I agree Tex. The entire AD Dept needs Purged and a commitment to win. I’d hire Jurich in a second.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 9:51 pm

With all the ACC money flowing in, the new AD needs to cut Slumpy loose. There is no chance of him turning the program around, even if LeBron and Kobe signed LOI’s.
Soon, we will be below .500, even when playing the December patsy’s.

Comment by Gasman 01.28.17 @ 10:15 pm

Pitt once lost to the Wilmerding YMCA 25-23. That’s slightly worse than this loss….

link to blog.triblive.com

Comment by Jackagain 01.28.17 @ 10:35 pm

Hey tread lightly…I once played Y ball…there were some players there who could actually box out.

Comment by Tommymac 01.28.17 @ 10:40 pm

LOL Tommy…

Pitt coach Kevin Stallings talks about Clemson loss

link to youtube.com

Comment by Jackagain 01.28.17 @ 10:45 pm

Jurich does great work upitt, but do we want to become Baylor.

Comment by alcofan 01.28.17 @ 10:54 pm

Every Program at L’Ville wins. Only thing I ever heard was a strippers for recruits, that happens at Pitt as well I promise you it just never got in the news. Hell the wrestlers got hookers and got robbed a few weeks ago hence why the coach was fired.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 11:05 pm

I’m confessed, I’m reading that we can’t win if artis and young don’t score 20 each

I’m reading no-one else is capable of scoring

I’m reading that we don’t have a bench

I’m reading they don’t play defense

I’m reading the team has no heart

I’m reading the coach sucks

So how do you fix this year???, you don’t! We have a team that has no heart, no talent and no respect for the coach

Now, am I supporting coach Stallings? No, but if you have a talentless team with limited potential/skills
This is what you get

This team does not have a point guard or a center, no-one wants to rebound, and only 3-4 of them can score

This is a lost year, this team May have a whole new facelift next year, I suspect transfers out and transfers come in

We should all be steaming mad at smug Barnes, he’s the one that killed pitt basketball, that and failed recruiting , have you seen the swanagan kid from Purdue?, rowen from NC state?, and heroin from auburn?, all Dixon misses, they sure would fit nicely with this team!!

Comment by Keith 01.28.17 @ 11:08 pm

Napier to Arizona State with Todd and Peggy. Narduzzi is 0-3 now. Comical.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 11:17 pm

Keith, Dixon played defense and rebounding. He won with controlled low scoring offense.

Our team is not deep enough to have the energy to play hard both ways. With freedom to take poor shots; well, we all see what is happening.

The problems with our team was before Barnes. It was poor recruiting by the Dixon crew. We lost the Metro NYC area completely.

Plus I don’t like ACC refs.

UPITT, who is Napier?

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 01.28.17 @ 11:38 pm

OPG – Billy Napier the WR Coach at Bama all the talking heads said was Narduzzi’s next OC.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 11:44 pm

Correction by me, Stallings will cost us $10MM minimum if we get rid of him now!!!

Cheaper to hire a co-head coach. At least in name only. It would give Stallings a chance to save face. He won’t have any place to go. He could be of some use.

I know it is a crazy idea, but I’m a cheap bastard as I get older.

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 01.28.17 @ 11:54 pm

It isn’t 10M.

The guy would be ruled incompetent by anyone so give him 2M and geritol and call it even.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.28.17 @ 11:58 pm

Love you guys, but I had enough of PITT sports for a while; too painful.

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 01.28.17 @ 11:59 pm

Pulled this from Cardiac Hill (from an article written after the Clrmdon loss) –

“There is wanting to give a coach time to get his own players in, regroup, etc. But the way this team is responding to him as a coach (a team that made the NCAA Tournament last year) is laughable. At some point, you begin to wonder if he cannot reach these guys enough to win even these sorts of games, why would he reach other players enough to the point that Pitt will contend for ACC titles? Sure, new players may help Pitt be marginally better in the ACC. It isn’t impossible to think that he could get a team into the middle of the pack. But that’s not what we’re after. If the goal is to win ACC titles, it gets harder and harder to imagine the program doing that under Stallings. With any players.”

Comment by Erie Express 01.29.17 @ 12:42 am

Regardless of what happens from this point on, pitt missed it’s chance to be a national power in basketball when the going was good

The ship was full steam ahead with the howland/dixon era and was a slow sinking vessel the past few years, and now, well…..”iceberg straight ahead”!

Comment by Keith 01.29.17 @ 1:11 am

@keith…we already hit the iceberg. Some still hear the band playing and some are running to the lifeboats.

Comment by Lastrowofsection4 01.29.17 @ 6:17 am

There is no honor going down in this ship. If there are no lifeboats left, call in the helicopter manned by Tressel. He’ll build a Pitt ship that wont sink and get someone other than KS to captain the B-Ball program.

All of our guts turned with this Stallings pick. It didnt make sense. All of us were turned off at Barnes’ first presser. That was not a good harbinger. I think we Pitt fans arent given enough credit. We’ve seen enough over 30-40 years to know if we’re being lied to and taken for fools.

Nothing will convince me that Pitt is serious about athletics unless there is a total purge of the department and a change in some BOT members.

And I want to see Gallagher out in front of that OCS feasibility study instead of hiding behind Populous who is conducting one now.

Comment by TX Panther 01.29.17 @ 9:18 am

Seems Gallagher is not the Savior people thought.

Came from the ranks of Government. That should have been the FIRST Red Flag.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.29.17 @ 9:23 am

University of No Action and DMV

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.29.17 @ 9:41 am

I don’t think some of you understand how Pitt operates. Pitt is one of many branch campuses. The leader of each campus is called a Chancellor. Most schools in this situation have one main President that oversees the entire system. In Pitt’s case, that’s the Board of Trustees. THEY hold all the power. Not Gallagher.

“General administrative, academic, and management authority is delegated to the chancellor. However, the board retains ultimate responsibility for all University affairs.”

link to chancellor.pitt.edu

“The Board of Trustees is responsible for advancing the purposes of the University; promoting and protecting its independence, academic freedom, and integrity; and enhancing and preserving its assets for the benefit of future students and society at large. In addition, because the University of Pittsburgh is a state-related institution, the trustees ensure that Pitt meets its obligations both to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and to society generally.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 01.29.17 @ 9:45 am

I’ll just blame Gallagher. Mr. OVER-rated… OVER-revered.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.29.17 @ 10:12 am

Gallagher is to blame. If the BOT is red tape turds they suggest replacemements.

It is a fucking joke we need an AD Search committee. PC BS. Hire the best out there that is a Man/Woman of action. This University needs a doer and not some wet Dicksock who doesnt get in the weeds. The OC Hire is another joke. 9 out of 10 things Pitt f’s up.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.29.17 @ 10:19 am

Having familiarity with KS at Vandy and suffering through in person Dixon’s epic failures when Pitt should have won the NC I had to pull back. Feel for you guys expecting the undeliverable. Dixon was flawed, missing the instincts necessary to win under intense pressure despite having the horses; his replacement has deeper flaws. The zenith was elite eight under Dixon. Now regressing. I’m not a bandwagoner; time for me now is too precious to allocate to an event or endeavor with no return, much less negative return. I’m also not going to support the program in protest, not going to endorse the decisions and policies. There’s too much lies and deceit everywhere, I don’t also need it from the sports admin & teams from my Alama Mater.

Comment by Old School Panther 01.29.17 @ 10:24 am

The search committee is a Gallagher decision and it is very likely a relic from his govie days. The committee reports their decision to the board of trustees though, not Gallagher. Gallagher is just a VP in the Pitt system. Nordenberg got a lot of credit for Pitt academics but he was just a figurehead too. He was an administrator and Pitt’s board made all the decisions. Pitt’s hierarchy is architected where there is no “one throat to choke”. The way you think Pitt works, it doesn’t. There’s a reason he’s titled Chancellor and not President.

And PoD, I still don’t appreciate you cherry picking a post of mine out of context to try and discredit me. Very A-hole move and there is no room for it here.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 01.29.17 @ 10:33 am

Tossing – That explains why nothong gets done and wjat does get done is usually wrong.

University of PC / Red tape / Government BS

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.29.17 @ 10:43 am

Upitt – exactly.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 01.29.17 @ 10:47 am

TT – who appoints the “powerful” BOT members?

You seem to be very knowledgeable on this subject matter. My inquiring mind would like to know more…

Comment by Erie Express 01.29.17 @ 10:53 am

Erie – that’s where it gets very confusing. First how it’s broken down:

II. POLICY

The Board of Trustees shall include thirty-six voting members.

It shall also include the Governor of the State, the Secretary of Education, and the Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, all three of whom shall be non-voting members of the Board of Trustees ex officio, and Special and Emeritus Trustees.

Twelve of the voting members shall be designated Commonwealth Trustees and shall be appointed as provided by the University of Pittsburgh Commonwealth Act (“Commonwealth Act”).

The remaining twenty-four voting members shall consist of the Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer and two classes:

– Seventeen Term Trustees

– Six Alumni Trustees

… Then how they get there …

Twelve of the trustees shall be designated Commonwealth
trustees and four shall be appointed by the Governor, with the
advice and consent of two-thirds of all of the members of the
Senate, four by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and
four by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. One
appointment shall be made by each of the appointing authorities
for a term of four years, one for a term of three years, one for
a term of two years, and one for a term of one year commencing
with the date when the change in the charter of the university
becomes effective. Annually thereafter, one appointment shall be
made by each of the three Commonwealth appointing authorities
for a term of four years.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 01.29.17 @ 11:04 am

Sadly this BS is why Canada was gone and zero proactive offers were made. By the way. He makes 1.8M at LSU. pitt offered 1M after they found this out. LOL

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.29.17 @ 11:11 am

The BOT has obviously failed Pitt athletics throughout decades. If the BOT cannot be dissolved or members terminated unless malfeasance, then pressure should be placed on those who elect/appoint the nominees. And those nominated appointees should be better scrutinized. And I’m all for some big athletic boosters being nominated. I doubt many on the BOT have a basic understanding on how sports benefits the university. And I’m all for bringing the BOT down in size to the level of most universities. Nothing gets down with a Parliament sized BOT. Who oversees the BOT? The policy on selection and board composition needs to be more in line with modern streamlined academics. Where is the accountability?

Comment by TX Panther 01.29.17 @ 11:24 am

Old grad suggested hiring a co-head coach for basketball. What a great idea. Would be similar to what WVU did when they brought in Dana Holgerson in with Bill Stewart in Football. Worked out pretty well for WVU , not so much for Bill Stewart . .

Comment by PittPT 01.29.17 @ 11:32 am

Tossing… don’t care what you appreciate or don’t appreciate.

But it might be productive if you were to appreciate the truth a bit more.

You frequently revise history, not unlike just like your Man Dokish.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.29.17 @ 11:32 am

It’s OK to be wrong Tossing. No one bats a thousand.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.29.17 @ 11:34 am

Speaking of speaking the truth… Old School… your statement above… VERY profound and appreciated.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.29.17 @ 11:37 am

TX – there are pro’s and con’s to this architecture. The pro’s are what happened at State College and now at Baylor would not happen at Pitt. The cons, it’s very hard to have one vision for your athletic department and it’s easy to see why mediocrity set in. The AD position at Pitt is as an administrator. Fundraise, budget, etc. The board hires the coaches at the advice of a search firm with the AD’s blessing. We all saw how that went with Barnes. The next AD may not even have that responsibility. Haha. Both SP and Barnes proved pretty inept at quality recommendations and the best hire happened outside that process with Gallagher making the final decision.

It’s also why I think Narduzzi may be here a while. He appears to have full autonomy to run the football team and that, I think, is at the behest of Gallagher. Football-wise, you’ll have your one throat to choke. It appears Narduzzi and the football team operate outside of the athletic department and are their own entity reporting directly to Gallagher (Pure speculation). I think they’re hoping for trickle down success. Rebuild football and everything else will follow.

Regardless, there is chaos in the athletic department. Football stability is the most important though and that seems as stable as it has been in decades. Losing OC’s to Georgia and LSU are hardly blemishes.

I doubt Napier was even a candidate. The only links to him were Twitter follows a month ago. He may have reached to Pitt to gauge interest. Based on Cheney and Canada, Napier doesn’t really fit what Narduzzi has done in the past.

For some reason, I’m not too worried about the OC position. I think Canada provided a blueprint for what Narduzzi wants. He’s no longer feeling out what identity Pitt needs on offense.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 01.29.17 @ 12:18 pm

PoD – there was no wrong. You took a quote out of context based on an ongoing conversation over several days to tried and discredit me. That’s BS and, in your case diabolical. Who goes back 9 months to find a random post of someone? You had an agenda to discredit me and I’m calling you out on it. In the previous thread, I posted all of my comments from that time to show the entire conversation.

I’ve been very consistent even when wrong. I don’t post to be right or wrong. I could care less. I post as part of a discussion and my opinion. I’m not trying to predict the future. I’m not trying to pat myself on the back. I’m rooting for Pitt football and basketball because I’m a fan. That is my only agenda.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 01.29.17 @ 12:26 pm

Very interesting take Tossing. There could be some truth in that. It does make good sense and now with Nard Dog being on the search committee, it seems to be playing out.

Yes fundraising, budget and coaching hires without a committee would be the primary role of an AD. I’d like to see the new one ruffle some feathers and challenge the old mindset. Passion, vision and results. A true leader that is committed to achieving excellence.

And football pays the bills. Pitt needs stability there. Some chaos on the basketball side can be managed and mitigated.

Comment by TX Panther 01.29.17 @ 12:49 pm

not sure about that tossing regarding the oc position. i think it is an extremely important part of the team, and someone is doing narduzzi a disservice not hiring one.

Comment by goalie44 01.29.17 @ 12:50 pm

Tossing… Hilarious if you think I’m actually out to get you.

It was simply the first quote that came up on you regarding the Stallings hire.

I’m sure there are others, probably this Fall when the Stallings redesign of the Pitt Offense looked like it was really working.

But “diabolical”… you’ve got to be kidding. Just a matter of keeping it real.

You might be taking yourself and this Blog a bit too seriously.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.29.17 @ 12:52 pm

Goalie – I’m guessing they already have their guy and they are just fulfilling their recruiting duties at their current school. We’ll know the answer to that guess very shortly. My one concern is that the last time I recall a coordinator hire taking so long, it was an internal hire … Matt House. The most obvious candidate in that case would be Salem. That would be a little uninspiring. Speaking of Salem, I wouldn’t be surprised if his son Brad at MSU is the guy either. He’s also the recruiting coordinator which would explain the delayed hire.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 01.29.17 @ 1:02 pm

PoD – you went back to March to find a post from me. Which means you had to read thru my other posts to find one that fit your agenda. Just saying. That’s crazy ex-girlfriend stuff there.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 01.29.17 @ 1:05 pm

Tossing if true garbage crony family hire.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.29.17 @ 1:17 pm

Upitt – I’d agree. Completely against what he said he’s been looking for. Just a name I tossed out there.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 01.29.17 @ 1:33 pm

But I can see it. MSU, Tim’s Son, etc.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.29.17 @ 1:40 pm

Personally, I don’t care if we hire Tim’s grandson as OC, so long as he does a great job. Now that PN has his feet under him, I think he has a good idea of what he wants, so I think I’ll wait and see with a bit of optimism, rather than bitchtimism, until I see what happens. I remember all the complaining & whining with the Canada hire b/c NC State ‘fired him after a year’… ha… And no, I don’t think we should’ve paid Canada $1.8M to keep him. Yep, I’ll let it play out.

Comment by 1618mt 01.29.17 @ 3:24 pm

1618mt – I’d be more concerned with his lack of P5 play calling experience since Narduzzi has stated several times that is one of the characteristics he’s looking for. He wouldn’t be an exciting hire. But to your point about Canada, I’m not sure anyone would be an exciting hire. We’re talking West Coast offense after all.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 01.29.17 @ 4:10 pm

Our next game at UNC is on ESPN2 on Tuesday. UGH

If someone had shown me today’s ACC standings back in December I would have said they were crazy.

Comment by Frank MD 01.29.17 @ 4:12 pm

Narduzzi was on the last AD search wasn’t he??? They had a BS committee then.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.29.17 @ 6:35 pm

Upitt – I thought so too but apparently not

“The most notable name on the list is football coach Pat Narduzzi, who replaces women’s basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Serio as the second current coach on the committee.”

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 01.29.17 @ 6:42 pm

Guys knowing Canadas System is one thing. Knowingbwhen to call what and the Defenses, etc is another. Why put. Heap Gas and bad tires on a Lambergini??

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.29.17 @ 8:29 pm

Tossing… you really had an EX Girlfriend?

Comment by PittofDreams 01.29.17 @ 9:00 pm

Seriously Tossing… you don’t have to prove yourself to anyone here.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.29.17 @ 9:06 pm

The BoT explanation by TT…explains alot.

It’s full of politicians, state and city and most likely County too.

And it explains why Pitt thru this BoT tore down our OCS with no plan in place to replace it.

Nobody in their right mind tears down football stadiums for bball arenas.

These disgusting career pols and others on the BoT (some of them, especially the pols could even be Pedo Staters) conspired to tear down our OCS and make us be a renter at Ketchup Bottle’s generic god awful environment for college football.

Totally disgusting and quite sickening.

Comment by EMel 01.30.17 @ 12:58 am

People post alot about Pitt fans and Pitt alum.

The way this University is run and the over 30 years clusterf*ck of the football program and no the wrecking of the BBall program and year in and year out, joke at finishing at the bottom of the Directors Cup for every sport but football and bball.

It’s a wonder anyone bothers to attend any of the games.

Comment by EMel 01.30.17 @ 1:12 am

Quite ironic (but maybe not… considering the bureaucratic adminstration of the BoT), but our great football program of the Dorsett/Marino years, was a 10 year run.
About 1973 to 1983. Similar if not exactly the same (as far as years) as the best period in Pitt hoops.

10 years from 2001 to 2011 Pitt bball was Elite while not achieving a NC as the football team did, program started losing steam in 2012.

Another similarity, Pitt’s football program went into the dumpster within 1 year of that ten year run of ’73 to ’83. The 1984 team crashed and burned at 3-7-1. We went from the Penthouse to the Outhouse in 1 short season.

Just as the basketball program is doing now.

So the question now is: are they going to let it slide for 30 years as they did the football program.

I’m watching less and less of Pitt sports. I’ve had just about enough.

Comment by EMel 01.30.17 @ 1:23 am

Emel – I was thinking the same thing you were after reading the BOT explanations and details. Pitt is being run by government hacks and possibly psu leaning individuals with a few good Pitt alum sprinkled in.

So I, being a Panther Club donor began searching for how I could influence the process. The Pitt BOT is vertually untouchable.

Scary…

Comment by Erie Express 01.30.17 @ 4:19 am

to know all of this now is depressing and frustrating.

Comment by goalie44 01.30.17 @ 6:05 am

i feel bad for those who never saw pitt during the “great years”. those days are long gone and are not going to return with this bureaucracy.

Comment by goalie44 01.30.17 @ 6:12 am

The makeup of the BoT is absolutely crazy. That alone makes me feel hopeless that things will change. Why would they when you have people that don’t necessarily have Pitt’s interest in their hearts?

Comment by panther94 01.30.17 @ 9:32 am

“it”, not “they”.

Comment by panther94 01.30.17 @ 9:32 am

i cannot agree more panther..

Comment by goalie44 01.30.17 @ 9:51 am

Isn’t it crazy? Like I mentioned before, usually there is an overarching University System President that all the Chancellors report to. Pitt is an exception where Pitt has a BoT in place in lieu of a President. There is no one place to lay blame to. It’s like a TV show where you find out that he illuminati run everything. Lol.

When I started looking into this, it was very disheartening. My only hope for football is it seems to be currently operating as it’s own entity outside the athletic department and reporting directly to Gallagher … but that is pure speculation and everything still has to eventually be run thru the BoT.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 01.30.17 @ 9:58 am

Looking ahead 45 hours or so, I assume The Blather will have its annual LOI signing day thread. Chas has done a great job the last few years, and am looking forward to it

Comment by wbb 01.30.17 @ 10:16 am

wbb – agreed. Welcome back too. You went missing for a little while.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 01.30.17 @ 10:43 am

Tear down the Pete .. build a domed stadium. Recreate the Fieldhouse next door which will be perfect for the size 2000-3000 fans left in basketball!

Comment by Dan 72 01.30.17 @ 1:28 pm

Hard to believe that the field house capacity is 4,122. Seemed like we had a LOT more fans and students than that during some of those games…UConn comes to mind.

Comment by panther94 01.30.17 @ 1:46 pm

I was at the game Saturday and I’ll bet we had 5500 people at the game. That’s a disgraceful turnout. I’ll bet we have even less at the next game after we get the shit kicked out of us on Tobacco Road…I’ll 2nd Dan 72’s motion.

Comment by The Hagen 01.30.17 @ 2:48 pm

Actually all things considered I was actually surprised at the attendance on Saturday…it was way more than 5500 though unless you are subtracting the students……the students came out well for the game……..they had even filled the upper deck student section…I guess kids all needed a new shirt.

The game that will really show how bad attendence had dropped will be the Tuesday night Valentines game against VT…I only miss a few games a year and hardly any conference games but and no way fighting traffic to go that night…it would a horrible Valentines gift to give somebody tickets to a Pitt BB game.

OCS talk is still a waste of time…those of us who go to Oakland often know it can’t happen in Oakland…that shipped is gone……no room….closet they could do is on the Mon river.

Comment by milobloom 01.30.17 @ 4:22 pm

I remember Tiger Paul at the Fitz.

Always a wonderful time.

Comment by Frank MD 01.30.17 @ 5:09 pm

Well you’re right Milo

With this asinine makeup of not even Pitt ppl on the BoT….we will never have an OCS.

Pitt has been compromised from within. Similar to something us,,,,,on a much larger and important scale.

Comment by EMel 01.30.17 @ 6:15 pm

^ similar to something else ^

Fitzgerald use to seat about 6700, i was there for many games with more people than that inside.

Comment by EMel 01.30.17 @ 6:17 pm

Love to see someone get a list of the current BoT, see where some of them went to school.

And then ask, why are they on Pitt’s BoT ?

Also would love to see a list of these subversives from the late 1990’s.

Comment by EMel 01.30.17 @ 6:19 pm

I wouldn’t be surprised it half our BoT is comprised of pedo fans. They should have to take a lie detector test with this qualifying question: “Have you ever rooted for Penn State in any sport?” If the answer is yes, show them the door. Same question for any new prospective Trustees.

Could never figure out why Tiger Paul wasn’t Panther Paul though…

Comment by Jackagain 01.30.17 @ 6:21 pm

Our BOT undermines any AD’s efforts to bring excellence into athletics. Most are probably closet Nitters.

Comment by TX Panther 01.30.17 @ 6:26 pm

Comment by TX Panther 01.30.17 @ 6:31 pm

Looking back at Pederson years, I still can’t get over the demolition of Pitt Stadium. What a waste. A basketball arena doesn’t require as big a footprint. One of the recruits we really wanted commented he was disappointed that Pitt didn’t have an on campus stadium. He chose Virginia Tech instead. Georgia Tech also located in a city with a Pro team, renovated their old stadium. Yeah, they thought it important to keep an on campus stadium.

Comment by Justinian 01.30.17 @ 9:09 pm

Only the old folks who don’t go to the football games and last time they were in Pitt Stadium Marino was still QB…. (like all you guys who post on here all thru the home games) give a rat’s ass about an OCS.

Here is the Board of Trustees list for those who want to contact them…..I went thru a handful and most were Pitt grads…one was from Yale ://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/board.asp?privcapId=3767910

Comment by milobloom 01.30.17 @ 10:05 pm

Not sure if true but somebody told me Tiger Paul name was a nickname from he played football at Peabody I think…he played like a “tiger”

As crazy as he was it makes you wonder if he had brain trauma from football…he took his life in his 40’s.

Comment by milobloom 01.30.17 @ 10:33 pm

Milo – I never heard of the guy but found this. You may enjoy.

link to gamingtoday.com

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.30.17 @ 10:52 pm

This guy is the President of UPMC’s only rival in the area, Highmark. (wtf)

Mr. VanKirk holds J.D., cum laude from The Dickinson School of Law, affiliated with The Pennsylvania State University in 1970.

First one I clicked on his link was a winner.

Comment by EMel 01.31.17 @ 12:43 am

Thanks Milo, you are right, Pitt will never have another OCS or be a power in football, other than some fluke.

Same thing applies to bball.

Comment by EMel 01.31.17 @ 12:45 am

Mr. John A. Barbour, also known as Jack, served as the Chief Executive Officer of Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC since June 2009 until May 31, 2016 and served as its Managing Director until May 31, 2016.

He has focused his practice on serving a number of key clients, including the Pittsburgh Steelers. (he probably got the great Pitt logo(jk) at midfield, for years we had zilch…nada, nothing.

Mr. Barbour holds B. A. degree from Davidson College in 1976 and earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1979.

Comment by EMel 01.31.17 @ 12:49 am

Mr. Shear holds a Bachelor’S Degree in Finance & Marketing and completed post-graduate studies in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University.

Stallings coached at Southern Illinois and Vanderbilt.
(see Barbour above for Vandy connection)

Comment by EMel 01.31.17 @ 12:53 am

We even have Temple Owls on our BoT

Mr. Saunders has a JD from the Temple University School of Law, an MBA from the Temple University School of Business and Management

Comment by EMel 01.31.17 @ 12:59 am

The rest are an assorted lot of CEO’s, Bankers, and what you would call….pillars of society.

It has to be a hobby for all of these people.

Rule by committee has produced the middling results at Pitt for over 30+ years.

Comment by EMel 01.31.17 @ 1:15 am

Nice work EMel

Someone should compile all this research on the BOT together and make an article that can be circulated to internet bloggers and the press to see if it merits investigation…conflict of interest, etc.

And why the system is not up to more public scrutiny i.e bloggers have to dig deep to discover how the system works since Pitt uses some public funding…

Comment by Tommymac 01.31.17 @ 2:58 am

Regarding the make-up of the BoT at Pitt – the level of caring stops here with diehard Pitt fans. I’m trying to discover how we could impact this group and I’m striking out.

I’m not sure how the Michigan leadership is structured, but students and alumni joined together in protest of their AD (a short few years ago) and he was replaced – Michigan FB is back on top.

Comment by Erie Express 01.31.17 @ 5:51 am

Pulled this clip from the Trib –

Desperation might be the last move Stallings has left as his last-place team prepares to meet ACC leader and 12th-ranked North Carolina (19-4, 7-2) on Tuesday in Chapel Hill, N.C.

“Our starters, particularly defensively, have not been very productive,” Stallings said Monday. “Maybe (by taking away playing time) there will be more accountability and more attention to detail and urgency.”

Pathetic comments about and from Pitt’s current CEO of BB.

My employees expect the word desperation won’t be part of our plans for any sector of our business. That word is a recipe for failure. Witness the current Pitt BB team.

Having no AD makes this situation even worse. As a Pitt fan and donor, I feel the leaders of Pitt have their heads in the sand or don’t care.

Comment by Erie Express 01.31.17 @ 5:58 am

One guy I’m impressed with in terms of size, athleticism & highlights is Shamiel Stevenson (who just visited). Very Chevy Troutman-ish in some ways, would really like to get him to Pitt.

Comment by 1618mt 01.31.17 @ 8:23 am

Erie…they don’t care and have never cared. Just the way it is.
There is never a time to use the word desperation in business.
Good planning and teamwork keep that word out of use.

Pitt is a giant CF!

Comment by Dan 72 01.31.17 @ 9:04 am

The discussion points on the BOT have been elucidating to say the least. Provides perspective on the Barnes hire. Bureaucrats, who by nature are out of touch with reality, are incapable of appreciating the golden rule of unintended consequences. They decided the next AD needed to have a track record of fundraising. Barnes fit the profile. So they hired him.

Trouble in paradise. They never asked themselves whether or not the guy could actually oversee athletics that, you know, win. Then they found out the only name the rainmaker had in his roledex was a guy named Mitt who no longer had any interest in sending money to Pittsburgh. Oops.

Comment by wally 01.31.17 @ 9:09 am

Talk about some fake news. Tiger Paul got his nickname as a kid. He did not play football or commit suicide. He was a life long paperboy with his brother in the Oakland area, lived a simple life, never married and had a heart condition. Which is what he died from. I talked to him often and even have a picture of him with my girlfriend (now wife of 40 years) at the Field House before a game. He was an extremely nice guy and lived all things Pitt, especially basketball.

Comment by pittman4ever 01.31.17 @ 10:43 am

Wally. Great post. Those that team with me a ton work know we start and end every meeting discussing “unintended consequences!”

It take insight and experience to anticipate those. Not much
ofthat at Pitt

The BOT is typical of every board. I sit on two. A lot of discussing and very little caring or implementing.

Comment by Dan 72 01.31.17 @ 10:48 am

A good CEO or Chancellor would seek to minimize the BOT.

Comment by Dan 72 01.31.17 @ 10:49 am

What I posted about Tiger Paul I had heard from others …but pittman made me wonder…found this article.

link to gamingtoday.com

Comment by milobloom 01.31.17 @ 11:49 am

Sorry UPitt I see you posted that same article earlier Thanks.

Found this one as well
link to old.post-gazette.com

Does say cause of death, but saying it was not suspicious leads to believe it was not a natural death.

Comment by milobloom 01.31.17 @ 11:53 am

This from Sam Sciullo books who writes all things on Pitt sports.

“Tiger” Paul Auslander served as an unofficial cheerleader at Pitt basketball games in the 1970s and early 1980s. At 5’4″ and 181, the diminutive graduate of Peabody High School in Pittsburgh earned his nickname from his football coach who encouraged him to hit the blocking sled harder by instructing him to “Be a tiger!”. Following high school he also coached amateur basketball teams in the city and his enthusiasm on the sideline caught the attention of Pitt head coach Tim Grgurich who invited him to Fitzgerald Field House to liven up the crowd. Typically, his routine would involve dressing in outlandish outfits, sprint along the floor, and doing jumping jacks or push-ups. He was once ejected from a game at Temple University for arguing with an official. Auslander drifted away from the basketball scene in the early 1980s and eventually moved to Nevada where he died in 1992.

Comment by milobloom 01.31.17 @ 11:55 am

meant to say article does NOT say cause of death but saying it was not suspicious leads to believe it was not a natural death.

Comment by milobloom 01.31.17 @ 11:57 am

Dan 72 – I believe our Pitt FB CEO has found a way to minimize the BoT to get things done on his end.

I’m glad Duzz is on the search committee – I’m not impressed with the last search committee nor that Pitt has one at all.

Comment by Erie Express 01.31.17 @ 12:47 pm

Narduzzi on the search committee makes sense on 2 levels: he is the type of high standards guy that we’d want at that level of leadership, and the incompetent, unethical approach of Barnes just yanked a major recruiting tool away HCPN, so it’s in his best interest to help rectify the bb program.

Whoever suggested it earlier, great idea to, at the very least, bring in a co-head coach to groom (of course that may not be viable, it’d have to be the right situation exactly at a lot of different levels).

And just a reflection… I can remember the days when I was not a huge fan of of giving Brandin Knight an opportunity (at least not yet)… Wish I had a do-over.

Comment by 1618mt 01.31.17 @ 1:08 pm

was the biggest Burgher cheerleader

September 23, 2014 3:00 AM
by Scott Schettler

Legend that was Tiger PaulWithout a personal appearance, it’s almost impossible to capture “Tiger Paul” Auslander. Seeing him in action is more telling than a novel about him.

Tiger was a pudgy little guy, funny looking, with close, squinty eyes and an atrocious haircut.

Paul was from Pittsburgh where he delivered papers. He also had a successful sports score service, dealing to bookies and bettors before the proliferation of scores on the Internet.

Paul confided in me, “People think I’m dumb, but I make more than most of them and don’t pay taxes.”

Paul was unofficial cheerleader for his beloved Pirates and Pitt Panthers. He’d get on the Pirates dugout, run back and forth, flailing his arms and Three Rivers Stadium would go nuts.

Most teams have one of these guys but none like Tiger Paul. Ted Turner, then owner of the Braves, tried to lure Paul into cheering for the Braves. He flew Paul to Atlanta, wined and dined him as much as you could a guy like Tiger. Tiger wouldn’t budge. He was a Burgher (Pittsburgher).

Paul should have considered the offer because the Pirates later told him to take a hike when he wanted on their payroll and to go on the road with them.

Tiger Paul was also unofficial cheerleader for the Pitt Panthers. When Pitt upset Notre Dame under Jackie Sherrill, “Sports Illustrated” (2/18/1974) ended their coverage by giving Tiger credit for getting the crowd into it: “With all the success, it remained for a 30-year-old newspaper delivery boy named Tiger Paul Auslander to get the campus aroused…”

The article continues: “Tiger Paul wears a white shirt, tie and old letter sweater as he leads the Pitt team onto the floor and conducts cheers from the sidelines.

“At one time Tiger’s antics, which include tearing off the sweater and tie, pin wheeling his arms, dashing into team huddles and belly-flopping along the hardwood, were an embarrassment to the school administration.

“But the students liked him so much he was allowed to stay, and even to go on road trips. The other day Tiger Paul threw his arm out of whack exhorting the Panthers to another victory.

Later, a radio announcer read off the Pitt team hospital report: Knight – bruised shoulder. Martin – damaged thigh. Tiger Paul – pulled arm muscle. When you’re 19-1, even the cheerleader’s injury is news.”

Paul told me he doesn’t use up his momentum until the team needs a boost. He picks his spots. Fans were quiet for the cheerleaders then erupted for Tiger.

It finally came to a head when Pitt’s cheerleading coach went after Paul, ripping his white shirt during a basketball game.

Paul demanded an apology and a new white shirt. The Post Gazette and the whole city became involved. Tiger said without an apology and a new white shirt he’d cheer for Duquesne.

Pitt’s administration backed the cheerleaders and their coach; the basketball team and coaches backed Paul saying Tiger was valuable to their success on the floor. The betting line on Pitt actually reflected whether Paul would cheer or not.

Bettors would try to find out if Paul was in or out like he was the point guard. They figured he was worth about 1.5 points. It finally ended up with the cheerleading coach quitting. Paul won. The whole thing became an absurd comedy.

Next week: Paul leaves Pittsburgh for Vegas.

Scotty Schettler began his Las Vegas journey in 1968. By the time he quit the race and sports book business he had booked over $1.5 billion for different employers. He says he knows where most of the cans are buried. His book, We Were Wise Guys and Didn’t Know It is available on amazon.com. Contact Scotty at ScottySchettler@GamingToday

Comment by pittman4ever 01.31.17 @ 2:49 pm

Pittman….great story. i remember Tiger

Here in Tally…the Noles are having a big season. Interest is up and the Tucker Center is now owned by FSU and is clearly redone to prove that (garnet seats, FSU everywhere)

But the crowd is missing that one last kick. its as if this football crazy school is still unsure they should be cheering for a very good FSU hoops team.

i wish the Noles had a character like Tiger….in this sleepy southern town….Tiger would be a legend.

Comment by tallahassee panther 01.31.17 @ 4:12 pm

I’m surprised Dixon didn’t recruit him for center…

link to youtube.com

Comment by Jackagain 01.31.17 @ 4:29 pm

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