February 25, 2017

Open Thread: UNC-Pitt, Senior Day

Filed under: Basketball,Open Thread — Chas @ 9:18 am

12 pm, ACC Network affiliates or ACC Digital Extra/WatchESPN.

Yeah, I have no idea.

It’s reasonable to expect a loss, but it is the final home game of the season. This team could rain down 3s and win big against an expected #1 seed for the NCAA Tourney. OR they could roll over 10 minutes in. And anywhere in between.

It’s Senior Day on the final (regular season) game at the Pete this year.

“These next three games,” [Jeter] said, allowing himself to look ahead to games next week at Georgia Tech and Virginia. “The type of resiliency we show is a mark of what our legacy is going to be.”

“What are we going to do now?” Artis said. “Crumble or keep fighting?”

While speaking to reporters, the seniors were asked how they wish to be remembered.

Jeter said, “No matter what, he just fought. He played as hard as he could. He gave his heart to this place because that’s what I did.”

Young’s hopes are similar: “I just want to be remembered as a guy who got better every year, worked (hard), was a really good teammate and, everytime he came on the court, he gave his all.”

Young said recovering from another devastating defeat won’t be difficult.

“If you love the game as much as I love it, it’s easy to bounce back,” he said. “Any opportunity you get to bounce the basketball, you’re going to seize. If you have a good game and you still lose or a close game and you lose, that’s what you play the game for.”

As maddening as this group of seniors have been, they still are members of Pitt’s community. They will be alumni. And as much as we may feel disappointment with their on-the-court performance, they have done anything off-the-court that has been anything but positive.

Still, a win would be better. Even if it once more offers that surge of hope that will be dashed later.

Pitt will eventually announce a no-name AD from a low-level school most of us don’t recognize. When asked what tops the agenda, curling and ice dancing will lead the list. When queried about the demise of men’s hoops and the dearth of fans in Heinz, they will say unequivocally: “I believe once the curling and ice dancing programs gel, we’re going to see that success translate into success at other Pitt athletic venues as well.”
In other words, SOP

Comment by Gasman 02.26.17 @ 8:02 pm

I smell a EJ Promotion.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.26.17 @ 8:47 pm

I am very excited to see how a brand new team responds to coach Stallings, then I’ll have a baseline to form a opinion

Comment by Keith 02.26.17 @ 9:11 pm

LOL. Keith. Go ask Vandy. Better yet ask this 24 win team that he has at 14 wins. Your thinking has Pitt worse than BC for the next 5 years.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.26.17 @ 9:57 pm

It took loser Stallings Eight (8) seasons as HC of Vanderbilt to have a winning conf record.

Eight seasons…you willing to wait that long Kevin….er I mean Keith.

Comment by Emel 02.26.17 @ 10:19 pm

Kithcart was a Dixon recruit who Stallings talked into staying when Dixon left.

Comment by Jackagain 02.26.17 @ 10:23 pm

The loser was 138 wins and 142 losses in Conference play in 17 middling years in a middling conf to boot, one that was clearly behind the old BigEast, the ACC and the BigJoke.

How could anyone be excited about any coach with that kind of record over 17 years ?

Comment by Emel 02.26.17 @ 10:28 pm


Comment by Emel 02.26.17 @ 10:33 pm

Apparently Loser was recruiting Kithcart as well.

Based on his freshman year KittyCart doesn’t look like a legit P5 PG.

Does he to you ?

Comment by Emel 02.26.17 @ 10:36 pm

His offer list was extremely weak.

Towson State
Northern Arizona

Come on.

Dixon was just grabbing for anything. Desperation.

Comment by Emel 02.26.17 @ 10:38 pm

Would not be surprised if Loser gets him ‘placed’ someone else.

Comment by Emel 02.26.17 @ 10:39 pm

or somewhere else.

As in….Out of Pittsburgh.

Comment by Emel 02.26.17 @ 10:39 pm

If you’re trying to make a point, stop with the insults. It really makes you seem like the loser. I have to imagine that some people with some pull read this blog and maybe, just maybe, their opinions might begin to be swayed. Then they read this bullshit calling people stupid names and then think, “Oh, that’s right, these people are stupid. Why should I listen to them?!”

Comment by panther94 02.26.17 @ 10:49 pm

Anyone with 10% of a brain knew Stallings was a bum. Barnes is as worse as an AD as Pappy is as a coach. An entire career being below average. Dixon who needed to go gets this same team to NCAA’s.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.26.17 @ 10:57 pm

Who’s making the decisions? Barnes is gone. The BoT…who knows what their sports IQ is…probably more than Barnes, though. Point is, we need a competent AD now!

Comment by panther94 02.26.17 @ 10:59 pm

Agreed 150%. Not a AD in making but one like Jurich from Louisville or like Luck when he was at WVU. A legit respected sports guy.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.26.17 @ 11:13 pm

hey panther94…were you as upset…when Pitt fans and alumni were called….’noise’ ?

Nothing could have been more stupid than to let Herman hire a coach that was 4 games below .500 to a program that had invested upwards of $200 million in a basketball facility and the program.

And you don’t have to worry about ‘them’ listening to anyone on here.

Most of us have to much business and common sense for our opinions to matter. You see Pitt is run like a Gov’t agency. Which are great at wasting money and producing very little results.

Comment by Emel 02.26.17 @ 11:35 pm

Yes, I was upset about that “noise” and still am. I don’t really disagree with most of what you wrote…except I do believe that ultimately our opinions do matter.

Comment by panther94 02.27.17 @ 12:07 am

Agreed Upitt.

Comment by panther94 02.27.17 @ 12:07 am

Scott Barnes is now listed on the Oregon State staff directory as the Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Good riddance and I hope the search firm found you and your family a nice house.

The OreSt BB team has a 5-25 record. Barney gets to “search” for a new HC all over again. Please pull Stallings with you – all will be forgiven.

I heard that Brandin Knight was at the Pete with all the UNC fans on Saturday to show support for the seniors he helped to recruit and coach. Not many on this blog were calling for BK to be Pitt’s next HC – I was looking beyond, but I’d be willing to take a do over if allowed.

This BB team is going to be dreadful until the HC is replaced. History shows KS is a low level hire.

How does Pitt make the change with no AD?

Simple answer – they don’t…

And there you have “the Pitt BB plan”.

Comment by Erie Express 02.27.17 @ 4:58 am

Right EE….if Herman believed so much in Stallings for Pitt, who had one of the best records over 15 years for our program.

He would certainly feel that Stallings would be worthy of taking to lowly Oregon STate with him.

Don’t AD’s take great HC’s with them ? Herman thought Stallings was a great HC right ? Or why else would he hire him ?

Do the Pirates have an affiliate in Portland still ? Another loser.

Comment by Emel 02.27.17 @ 6:11 am

And you thought that was coincidence right ?

Just like Pitt playing in those Bowl games in Alabama when Tiny was QB. Ok

Comment by Emel 02.27.17 @ 6:14 am

So you not only get to steal $2 million a year from Pitt…but in your freetime you get to watch your talentless kid play for the Pirates.

Look at this kid’s career minor League stats.

a .237 batting average…… .214 with Indy and he gets called up to the Bigs.

Give me a freaking break.

Comment by Emel 02.27.17 @ 6:19 am

Comment by Emel 02.27.17 @ 6:19 am

Emel, that’s why these coward ad’s hire search firms to be able to wash their hands of bad hires.

Comment by Goalie44 02.27.17 @ 9:18 am

which who knows, maybe our fantastic bot requires the ad to hire a search firm. it seems anything is possible with those folks..

Comment by goalie44 02.27.17 @ 9:29 am

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