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February 9, 2018

We saw it coming, so it isn’t the biggest surprise. With the second half of signing day passing, Renaldo Hill is heading to the NFL.

Hill, who played defensive back for the Dolphins from 2006 to 2008, has joined Miami’s coaching staff in an unspecified capacity.

He started 38 games during his time in Miami, picking off six passes and recording 152 tackles.

He joins Adam Gase’s revamped coaching staff, which has this offseason had changes at offensive coordinator, the offensive and defensive lines, running back and secondary.

Head Coach Pat Narduzzi tweeted it out yesterday.

Hill was quite good as Pitt’s secondary coach. He dealt with a slew of injuries and a lot of youth at the positions. Players developed and he was sought by several college programs after the season. Those he had rejected, but a chance to coach in the NFL was too good of an opportunity to reject.

Archie Collins hasn’t officially been named his replacement, but that is almost certainly going to happen soon.

Pitt still has the offensive line coach position to fill along with that unknown 10th assistant position. With signing day complete, Pitt will probably get both spots filled in a week.

(And yes, I know Pitt basketball lost again. Just getting repetitive, isn’t it?)

 





41 comments

At least it is good to hear other colleges could not lure Hill away but I hope he remembers Walt Harris’s joke that NFL stands for “not for long”.

Comment by Pitt60 02.09.18 @ 11:20 am

The assholes at Pitt just informed me that as a loyal season ticket holder of 17 years I am being kicked out of my seats in the endzone so they can now sit empty for the students who don’t show up. Only a bunch of clueless dipshits would piss off several thousand loyal customers when they have as much of an attendance problem as they do.

Comment by Nick 02.09.18 @ 5:06 pm

OMG, I just saw the new seating announcement. I have now stopped contributing and buying season tickets. Moving the band and students ( who don’t show up) to make an impact on the noise situation etc. There are people who actually get paid to think up this bull shit, our ATHLETIC DIRECTOR. LOL LOL. Now there will be more empty seats in the end zone for the TV cameras to focus on. This is just laughable on all accounts. Don’t buy any season tickets, just buy them for 5 or 10 bucks on stub hub or outside the stadium and sit where ever you want.

Comment by Pitt Dreamer 02.09.18 @ 5:48 pm

A MESSAGE NEEDS TO BE SENT TO THE CHANCELOR FROM ALL THE REAL FANS TO HAVE THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT STOP ALL THIS UNNCESSARY BULL SHIT. HIGHER BETTER COACHES AND WINNING SOME MORE GAMES WILL BRING IN MORE PEOPLE TO THE GAMES.

Comment by Pitt Dreamer 02.09.18 @ 5:50 pm

TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO THINK WE HAD A GOOD YEAR RECRUITING I SAY BS, BS, BS. THE DUZZI SAID THEY GOT “ALMOST ALL THE GUYS THEY TARGETED” FOR 2018. REALLY, I GUESS HE MEANS AFTER 50 OR 60 OTHERS DID NOT PICK PITT. THE MAN LIVES IN THE CLOUDS.

Comment by Pitt Dreamer 02.09.18 @ 5:54 pm

Heather Lykes states in her e-mail that during the Miami GAME she “could hear the chants of lets go pitt from the students, it was electrifying”. There were only a couple of hundred students there, it was thanksgiving weekend and they were on break. I think she may have HAD too much to drink in her private box and was most likely delirious maybe? LOL, LOL, LOL .
STUFF LIKE THIS JUST CONTINUES TO SHOW US HOW FAR DOWN HILL OUR FOOTBALL PROGRAM HAS GONE DOWN.
If you really wanted to make a difference, place the student section on the 50 yard line behind the visitors bench, there is certainly enough room to do it.
PLEASE WAKE ME UP WHEN THIS NIGHTMARE IS OVER…..

Comment by Pitt Dreamer 02.09.18 @ 6:13 pm

Back to the coaching change, I don’t see on what basis we can say Hill was quite good. I think Whitehead was an underperformer for the past 2 years and never really showed improvement from his freshman year. Hamlin/Garner/Coleman were mediocre from the beginning to the end of the year.

Its been noted from several bloggers and even openly commented on by TV color commentators that Pitt DBs were terrible at looking for the ball while they were chasing WRs who beat them routinely.

Don’t have any idea of whether Archie will be any better but its my view if he does a bad job we won’t really know the difference.

As for moving season ticket holders, it speaks volumes to the tone-deaf administration at Pitt. What in the heck is attractive about having an empty end zone section for the whole 4th quarter, no matter if its a close game or not. After all the students have to get back to Oakland to do what . . . . .

Comment by Taxing Matters 02.09.18 @ 6:39 pm

I’ll hold out renewing my season tickets until after the BB season concludes to see what the AD does with the coaching situation, which is the real reason ticket prices were increased. Don’t kid yourselves.

The BB program is draining the athletic budget more than people want to acknowledge.

Rumor has it that Heather is the leading AD candidate for the Michigan State job. She’ll be gone before KS needs dealt with and thus he stays another year. Another bag left on the front porch to stink up the place.

Comment by Erie Express 02.10.18 @ 5:25 am

Heather Lyke is not in any lead for any other Athletic Directors job in the country let alone Michigan State. Really?

Comment by Pitt Dreamer 02.10.18 @ 1:49 pm

Dreamer – normally I’d agree, but the MSU mess will need a politically correct touch and Heather looks Lyke the best fit. Lol

In other AD news –

The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents approved Thursday a pay raise for UW athletic director Barry Alvarez, and football coaches Paul Chryst, Joe Rudolph and Jim Leonhard. The salary amendment was first considered following the 13-win season of the UW football team, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. Under the new terms, Chryst is expected to make $3.3 million in 2018, with his salary increasing by $100,000 each year of his five year contract. Rudolph and Leonhard, the other UW football coaches, are set to make $600,000 and $650,000, respectively, this year, with Leonhard’s salary increasing $25,000 every year. – Matt O’ Connor, Badger Herald.

Comment by Erie Express 02.10.18 @ 3:05 pm

At this point who in their right mind would want to be AD, Coach or college administrator at Michigan State. The bad news is just beginning, the NCAA may do the same they did to Penn State or worse.

Comment by Pitt Dreamer 02.10.18 @ 11:26 pm

No one is going to MSU until that dust settles.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 02.11.18 @ 10:51 am

Hopefully the dust settles well after the Pitt BB season ends.

Comment by Erie Express 02.11.18 @ 11:20 am

See everyone is excited for the Louville game.

Comment by alcofan 02.11.18 @ 12:27 pm

Since no one cares its Lou 46 Pitt 20 at the half.

Comment by alcofan 02.11.18 @ 1:57 pm

I turned it off….

On another subject..what are everyone’s thoughts about Craig Meyer’s article in the PG this AM? I think it may save Stalling’s job. Not that anyone wants it to.

Comment by The Hagen 02.11.18 @ 2:15 pm

Maybe they’re clearing end Zone seats out to tarp the end zone seats—–naw that would make sense . After all the pick on Chryst I guess he is now back home in Wiscy livin good in the hood and rakin in the green. Maybe we should hire Barry Alvares, after all he could come home to Washington Pa. The woes of being a Pitt fan will never cease.

Comment by Pitt60 02.11.18 @ 2:47 pm

Maybe they’re clearing end Zone seats out to tarp the end zone seats—–naw that would make sense . After all the pick on Chryst I guess he is now back home in Wiscy livin good in the hood and rakin in the green. Maybe we should hire the wiscy AD, after all he could come home to Washington Pa. The woes of being a Pitt fan will never cease.

Comment by Pitt60 02.11.18 @ 2:48 pm

They tried moving people out of the upper endzone about 5 years ago & caved when fans resisted. I’m hoping history repeats itself.

Comment by Nick 02.11.18 @ 4:26 pm

The article about Stallings’ age won’t factor into Pitt’s decision. The article only tried to articulate a reason why Pitt fans never gave Stallings a shot. Several other factors played a role too.

MSU may take years to sort out. What AD wants to go there and fire Izzo and Dantoni. The two most successful HC’s in school history. That’s exactly what the next AD will have to do. The person who does that won’t survive the fan fallout.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 02.11.18 @ 5:50 pm

Students should be in the end zone. It sucks for ticket holders who liked their seats. I can’t argue against that. It’s a smart move tho. People complain about the students leaving in the 4th, but how about the people who just plain don’t show up? Everyone wants a better game day experience. This is a step in the right direction.

I really do feel for those of you that lost your seats. I agree it sucks and if you’re going to do this type of this it shouldn’t be sprung out of the blue. But if season ticket holder complaints stopped it last time, maybe that’s the reason for the abrupt change. No time to complain since seats are being assigned now.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 02.11.18 @ 5:55 pm

My section was full while the student section was empty for the Miami game.

Comment by Nick 02.11.18 @ 6:10 pm

The timing & method they used to deliver the message are exactly the same, an email right before renewals come out.

Comment by Nick 02.11.18 @ 6:16 pm

Nick – It sucks for you. Anyone losing seats they like, I feel bad for. Students in the end zone, however, has potential to create a more exciting game day experience for the students and team. No offense, but if I’m a player I’d much rather have the students there. And if I’m Pitt, I’d much rather have the students in a section they may stay the entire game for.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 02.11.18 @ 6:32 pm

This seating thing has be totally baffled.
Don’t the students already sit in the end zone. They don’t fill up the sections above them and this is where the change is suppose to take place. Those seats are empty for the most part anyway. So they will move season ticket holders to those empty seats. The seats in the end zone for season ticket holders will now be for students who don’t come to the game. SOMEONE TELL ME WHAT SENSE THIS MAKES ? At least those season ticket holders that sat in lower bowl actually
come to the games.
THE BEST GAME DAY EXPERIENCE A FAN CAN HAVE IS WHEN YOUR TEAM WINS. WINNNNNNNNNNNNNS. GET IT!

Comment by Pitt Dreamer 02.11.18 @ 9:25 pm

All these changes are just bullshit. The only game the kids come to the game will be for the Penn State game. Penn State will 25,000 fans attending. The rest of our games will be sparsely attended and the students are included in this statement.
Again, all this human energy wasted for nothing.

Comment by Pitt Dreamer 02.11.18 @ 9:29 pm

Where is our announcement that our recruiting class is loaded with 4 and 5 star recruits? Since they cant say anything good about that the seating changes make headlines. LMAO
WIN FOOTBALL GAMES AND THEY WILL COME…. 5 AND 7 SEASONS DONT CREATE MUCH OF A BUZZ.

Comment by Pitt Dreamer 02.11.18 @ 9:31 pm

Our AD did not ask people before she popped off at a fundraiser about using tarps to cover stadium seats so why would anyone think she asked students, season ticket holders or the band for that matter.
When she announced placing tarps on seats, coach Narduzzi was “pissed”. Talk about giving recruiting a kick in the ass. This is just another example of no respect for season ticket holders.

Comment by Pitt Dreamer 02.11.18 @ 9:41 pm

Pitt Dreamer – There are not enough season ticket holders to respect them. Students in the end zone adds to the game day experience. It’s where they should be and should have been all along. The issue with students leaving is the same issue with season ticket holders. Attendence concerns expand way beyond students leaving in the 4th. Winning does fix some of those issues but winning and having a full student section in the end zone makes it better. Like I’ve said, if you lost seats you love, I’m sorry. I agree that sucks.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 02.11.18 @ 10:20 pm

Tossing – I have 50 yrd line seats, have been there for years. I don’t know who the hell you are to say there is not enough season ticket holders to respect them. ???? Profound statement..
Our student section is pathetic except for the first game and Penn State games. They leave because they don’t care, want to catch the bus and the team was bad last year. They could have seats on the 50 yard line, they still would not fill up their sections for the same reasons above.
YOUR MISSING THE WHOLE POINT OF MY DISCUSSION WHICH IS THE STUDENTS DO NOT COME TO THE GAMES PERIOD NO MATTER WHERE THEY HAVE SEATS. THE YEAR BEFORE THE STUDENTS PURCHASED 12,000 SEASON TICKETS ( MOST LIKELY FOR THE PENN STATE GAME) AFTER THE PENN STATE GAME THEY FAILED TO COME. YOU CAN REASSIGN ALL THE END ZONE SEATING YOU WANT, IT WILL STILL TRANSFER INTO EMPTY SEATS.
WIN GAMES , ESTABLISH A GOOD CONSISTANT PROGRAM AND YOU WILL GAIN LOYALTY AND MORE ATTENDANCE…EVEN THOSE SAME “NOT ENOUGH SEASON TICKET HOLDERS TO RESPECT THEM” MAY COME BACK INTO THE FOLD.

Comment by Pitt Dreamer 02.12.18 @ 2:05 am

Nick – I’m sorry to hear about your ticket situation, but not surprised.

If I were you, I’d scope out the seats I want in a different location and request those for the same price as your seats you are losing. They may put you on a waiting list as well. What should happen if the ticket office has any sense of customer service, is you should get what you ask for, as long as it is reasonable.

It appears you are prepared to walk away all together, so this suggestion keeps you at the games. And brother, do we need you at the games along with your contingent of friends.

H2P!

Comment by Erie Express 02.12.18 @ 7:35 am

Dreamer – Look at Pitt’s attendence. It goes way beyond students leaving early. It’s season tickets, gate tickets and student tickets. That’s what I meant. That wasn’t meant as insult to you. The gate receipts dictate that some changes have to be made. I have no issue with the planned changes. Like I said, I feel bad for those losing their seats but no matter where they move the students someone would be upset. I do not like hearing about people losing their seats, especially if they like them but one of the big complaints about sharing Heinz with the Steelers is the lack of college feel. This move does help in that regard. If it’s the only thing they do then shame on Pitt but it is a good start IMO. Like it or not, the students are the pulse of the University and they need to fix that apethy you complain about. This is an attempt at that.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 02.12.18 @ 9:52 am

Tossing – Attendance problems get solved when you eventually develop a good team and a program with some “stars”. Hopefully it will start to evolve this coming year with a new quarterback and actually being in the hunt for the division championship.
I can only dream.

Comment by Pitt Dreamer 02.12.18 @ 5:20 pm

It’s also about creating the college football atmosphere that is Heinz Field’s biggest complaint. Moving the pulse of Pitt football into the end zone goes a long way to helping with that gameday experience. Pitt has to fix the student section and I think this helps.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 02.12.18 @ 9:21 pm

Tossing- I am curious as to what your recommendations or solutions are for solving the poor attendance of the student body? Please be specific.

Comment by Pitt Dreamer 02.12.18 @ 10:46 pm

Someone who works at the Peterson events center told me yesterday that our AD is almost never seen at either the boys or girls basketball games!

Comment by Pitt Dreamer 02.12.18 @ 11:26 pm

Dreamer – I agree a lot has to do with winning. I stated that earlier and I’m record more than a several times on this blog, historically, as agreeing with that statement.

One of the biggest complaints, however, is a lack of a college atmosphere at Heinz. Putting the kids in the end zone adds to the college experience IMO. I like the move. I, personally, believe the students are the heart and soul of any fan base and should be the focal point at an event. Just like the Zoo wraps around the court at the Pete.

I gladly pay for season tickets every season but I’m 100% okay with the students getting preferential treatment. I don’t care how much someone donates or pays for their seats. Get the students excited about attending games first then let winning take care of the rest.

It’s Pitt, there is a lot to complain about, but moving students to a section they should have already been in is not one of them … unless, you’re directly affected.

It sucks for anyone losing seats they like but, unfortunately (more often than not) you can’t please everyone. I don’t blame, nor will I criticize, anyone affected by the move for not re-upping their season tickets.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 02.13.18 @ 9:39 am

I am not against the Students at all, I just believe the new area will be noticeably empty most of the time.
Winning corrects all attendance issues.

Comment by Pitt Dreamer 02.13.18 @ 2:57 pm

Dreamer – it sounds like we’re on the same page then. The reason for the move was done in the name of college and game day experience is the only point I wanted to get across. I can’t argue with that reasoning.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 02.13.18 @ 5:06 pm

Nick — I posted this reply over on the POV…just reposting it here in case you missed it.

I’d recommend moving over to section 131 where the band used to sit…basically switch sides with them. Nobody bought season tickets there last year, so you should have your pick of seats, and have a similar view to where you were last year. I sit in section 133, and it is nice to have the shade and not bake in the sun during the 2nd half of those warm games in September and October.

Comment by Smack 02.13.18 @ 6:37 pm

Lyke hires another Assistant AD.
Soon there will not be enough office space to handle all the Senior Associate, Deputy, Executive Associate, Associate and Assistant Athletic Directors she has on staff. The latest one is hired to beg for customers of their premium seating and of course their money.
A little birdie has told me we will be going back to the old colors for the coming year, the colors used in the football retro uniforms last year.I wonder how much cash this will cost? I am sure this will certainly win more games for us next year, don’t you agree ???? LMAO

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