November 29, 2015

My Fellow Pitt Fans – I’m going to try to post up one of these “look back” articles, with an embedded audio recording  of a dramatic reading of some articles and other media bits, on a weekly basis.  If you have ever heard of, or read, the really good coffee table book “The Pitt Football Vault” then you know that is is just full of every detail imaginable pertaining to our football history and traditions.  It was written by the Post-Gazette’s Sam Sciullo Jr and covers from the 1890s through the 2007 season.

What I’ll try to do is start at the beginning of our program’s history and do one or two pieces on each decade, interspersed with other biographical pieces on some of our superstar players…. like Tino Sunseri.  These take only a small bit of time and effort so I’ll try to be regular with them.

We’ll see how it goes.  Forgive the small mistakes, I’m getting better as time goes by.

Here is an audio recording of Sport’s Illustrated  article on the 42-14 win over FSU to get to 5-0 on the 1981 season.  I like this piece because of the similarities between the defense then under Sherrill and Foge Fazio and our current defense under Narduzzi and Josh Conklin. We aren’t as successful statistically but the pressure concept is quite alike.


November 26, 2015

I figured you guys would get a kick out of this since you are bored as hell waiting for liquor, football and turkey – in that order.

So, I did up a look-back at a great time in Pitt football’s history… Pop Warner’s first year as the Pitt Panthers head coach.





^^^ That is the lead-in.

Here is the rest of the reading. It is six minutes long and my first one so please forgive the stumbles and mistakes.  I’ll get better as I go along.


Happy Thanksgiving and be safe,



Football Media Recap: Nov 25 – 26

Filed under: Football,Media,Players — Reed @ 8:01 am


Here are the Louisville Highlights:

Pat Narduzzi Press Conference 

Miami Week

 Opening Statement:

“Good to see you today. Another short week here. We’re getting used to this. We had a really crisp, mental practice this morning, trying to keep our guys fresh. We put to rest the Louisville game yesterday that probably looked better on tape than you saw in the second half at least. Our kids played hard, with great effort, and it seems like our kids continue to execute better week in and week out. So if we continue to get the great execution down going into Friday, it’ll be exciting stuff.”


November 23, 2015

PITT (8-3, 6-1 ACC) vs. MIAMI (7-4, 4-3)

November 27, 2015 • Noon, ET
Heinz Field (68,400/Natural Grass) • Pittsburgh, Pa.

ESPN2 • Pitt IMG Sports Radio Network • @GoPittFootball • #MIAvsPITT

LINK (PDF): Pitt Game Notes (vs. Miami)

Overachieving by Achieving

Filed under: Coaches,Football,Media,Narduzzi — Chas @ 8:40 am

I keep beating this point into the ground, so I apologize if you are sick of me writing it. What Pitt has done this year has been amazing in light of the consistent treading of water for the last 5 years. At the same time, Pitt has done exactly what they should. Win games they should win.

They haven’t gone out and shocked the world. The Panthers haven’t staged huge upsets. They may have been slight underdogs in some games  — GT, VT and even Louisville — but they weren’t shockers.


November 21, 2015

Here is this last evening and this morning’s media recap for the day:

8-3 sounds damn good doesn’t it, especially after I predicted that we’d be 9-3 at the end of the regular season.  I’m lying!!  I predicted 6-6 with a chance at 7-5 “if the ball bounced our way a few times“.  Glad to be wrong with that one and with this 45-34 win behind us we have an excellent chance to end the regular season at 9-3.


I’m here. I’m conscious. I’m at least going to fake it. May be in conflict with a large volume of good bourbon.

Shhh. No one mention this to the people in the press box.

Pitt isn’t going to win the Coastal. UNC is seeing to that. Now it is time to just continue winning the games they should. Louisville isn’t great, but they aren’t bad. If Pitt was playing down there, they would be the underdog by a point or two. Instead, Pitt is the slight favorite at home.

The rare non-noon kick-off this year. Louisville is fully capable of knocking off Pitt.

They are also in a position to lose badly. The truth is out there.

November 20, 2015

Preparing for Louisville

Filed under: Fans,Football — Chas @ 8:19 am

Since I, for one, am completely not used to this. This is NOT a noon game. Nor is it a 1 pm game. It is a 3:45 start time. Weird, I know. We’ll all try to cope.

And in light of the attacks in Paris last week, stadium security is back up to tight levels.

E.J. Borghetti, Pitt’s executive associate athletic director for media relations, said Wednesday that the university would take the same precautions as the Steelers did for their game Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Heinz Field is owned by the Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County and operated by PSSI Stadium Corp., an entity linked to the Steelers.

Fans and employees will be required to open their outerwear, and security guards will pat down those entering the stadium.

Some people also may be asked to empty their pockets, depending on the circumstances.

The school is discouraging bags at the game, although clear, one-gallon zip-closed plastic bags will be allowed.

Expect long lines and give yourself plenty of time to feel violated.

November 19, 2015


Filed under: Coaches,Football,Media,Players — Reed @ 12:40 pm

Here is this morning’s media recap for the day:


Freshman Ollison at “The Wall“.

Pitt sees upside in Southside renovations:

“Specifically, Barnes pointed to the hydrotherapy area, used by both teams, as being a part of the expansion. He also added that a common lobby space, as opposed to the current setup of two separate entrances, will make things more comfortable for the Pitt football players, who often eat their meals at the Steelers’ cafeteria.

“Just the little nuance of how our student-athletes won’t have to go outside to get into the cafeteria (Heaven forbid),” Barnes said. “They get to stay inside in the wintertime. Those are things we’ve been communicating and planning together here over the last couple of months plus.”


November 16, 2015

Tyler Boyd, Busier Than Ever

Filed under: Football,Numbers,Players — Chas @ 4:58 pm

One of the complaints about the Pitt passing game last year was throwing to Tyler Boyd to the seeming exclusion of all other receivers (especially the tight ends). Those complaints seem to have lessened this year as the tight ends have been much more involved and at least Dontez Ford sees a couple passes a game.

Funny thing, though…

Last year, Tyler Boyd accounted for 41.4% of all receptions (78 of 188). This year he is accounting for only 42.1% of all receptions (69 of 164). Wait. What?


Pitt vs Louisville Game Notes: Nov 16

Filed under: Football,Media — Reed @ 9:55 am

Test 3

PITT (7-3, 5-1 ACC) vs. LOUISVILLE (6-4, 5-2)

November 21, 2015 • 3:45 p.m., ET
Heinz Field (68,400/Natural Grass) • Pittsburgh, Pa.

ESPNews • Pitt IMG Sports Radio Network • @GoPittFootball • #LOUvsPITT

LINK (PDF): Pitt Game Notes (vs. UL)

Morning Media Compendium:

Post Gazette:

One Mission Accomplished by Narduzzi

Game is at 3:45


November 15, 2015

Pitt Will Not Be Ranked This Week

Filed under: Football,Polls — Chas @ 10:12 am

This question was posed to me last night. I summarily dismissed it, because I was on the couch watching the Oklahoma-Baylor game. I didn’t feel like grabbing my laptop to dig too deep. So why not now? Just for you, Pauly P.

Let’s start with the basics. Here are all the rankings from this past week. Just sticking to the AP and Coaches polls. Only 3 teams in those top-25s lost yesterday: UCLA (18/18), Temple (21/21) and Memphis (25/25).


November 14, 2015

The last two years, Pitt and Duke have combined for some wild offensive games. Don’t think that will be what we see today. Duke has been doing more with the defense, and their starting QB may not play.

Pitt’s offense has been a bit up-and-down. Only two games saw the offense hit 30 points or more (vs. 1-A opponents). Two games have seen Pitt with under 20 points. Everything else has been somewhere in the 20s.  Just not seeing Pitt explode for around 50 points.

It’s a nooner on ESPNews.

Both teams are 6-3, but Pitt is ahead of Duke in the Coastal standings with a 4-1 conference record to the Blue Devils’ 3-2.

November 13, 2015

Football Media Report; Nov 13

Filed under: Football — Reed @ 4:48 pm

Here is this morning’s media recap for the day:


Woodland Hills alumni continue football careers together at Pitt  There’s a reason “Woody High” carries that type of weight in the community. At the Wolvarena, there’s a wall with every Woodland Hills standout who ever played Division I football — including NFL stars Steve Breaston and Jason Taylor, and former Pitt players such as Lousaka Polite and Shawntae Spencer.

“It’s just like a pipeline,” Price said. “Being with these guys is the reason I came here, just to be with family and the people I know.”

Pitt Football Chat Transcript: 11.12.15  Here is my favorite Q&A of all time.  Carey Z: Who is Pitt’s next verbal commitment?  Sam Werner: You.


November 7, 2015

By the time you read this, I should be getting turnpike espresso around mile marker 195 of the Ohio Turnpike.

As I said last night, get that early start.


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