Sorry about the gap in posting. As usual, I put off doing the taxes until the final week. And naturally, that coincided with a crunch week of 12-hour work days.
There’s not much to really write about what is happening in Pitt basketball at the moment. Pitt is pursuing transfers — grad and regular — visits are on the table. Yet, it doesn’t seem like anything is happening. Even as it also feels like a period of total chaos and a desperate need for something. Anything to happen.
The team for next year will not have one returning starter. A recruiting class that is seven–deep, and it still isn’t enough. There are still rumors of at least one more possible transfer out of the program. I mean, at least it isn’t Memphis, but this is still a mess (or as Pat Forde put it as an aside in a column about this year’s coaching hire — “blooming disaster”).
As a further aside, how does Pitt not get matched up with Memphis in the Veterans Classic to tipoff the 2017-18 season? Sure, they get the headline game with host, Navy. I don’t care. It would have been perfect. The retread coaches, with fans of both teams trying to learn to recognize the players on their own team in the “Who Are These Guys” Classic. Frankly, Pitt and Memphis have to play a game this season. Start the home-and-home. Make it happen.
Back to the subject (sort of) at hand. It should be noted, that I don’t think Pitt’s recruiting class — primarily focusing on the incoming freshmen of the group — is bad. It looks better then decent. At the same time, it isn’t leaps and bounds above what Pitt was doing pre-Stallings — at least as far as how the recruiting sites ranked the kids. The bigger problem is that there isn’t much time to let the kids learn and work their way into the starting line-up. Let alone the rotation.
This class is going to be thrown out there, in the toughest, deepest basketball conference. I hope that they are better then the floor (Boston College), but I’m honestly not sure.
A nice infodump article on transfers/player dismissal history of Kevin Stallings at Vanderbilt. For the most part, his time there was rather stable — or at least about average — in comparison to most major conference basketball programs.
In other ACC-related news. After Arkansas slow walked back its attempt to dive into bullet-ridden madness by allowing guns at college sporting venues, the North Carolina legislature is giving it all she’s got to portray itself as the dumbest, hickest, reactionary group.
You have the legislator who compared President Lincoln to Hitler as a kind of solo, warm-up act. The special stupidity is the waste-of-time, grandstanding bill introduced to pull UNC and NC State out of the ACC if the ACC boycotts or pulls tournaments from the state. As recently happened in the wake of NC’s HB2 (bathroom bill).
I’ve always been supportive of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth following the lead of several southern states in legislating to make mandatory a certain in-state rivalry game. But seeing bills like this are the sort of thing that remind me why it isn’t a good idea for the states to stay out of the athletic departments.