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December 18, 2015

2-2 Today

Filed under: Football,Recruiting — Chas @ 2:07 pm

Henry Miller in Florida was supposed to announce his decision at 7 pm tonight. George Hill in Ohio was going to be at 2 pm. Instead, both made it known at about the same time.

George Hill did it with an announcement at his school.

Good times. Good day.

Recruiting Waiting Day

Filed under: Football,Recruiting — Chas @ 8:24 am

A couple potential additions to the 2016 class are announcing today.

Henry Miller will be announcing sometime around 7pm on Twitter his decision. Miller is a cornerback out of Florida. Measurables (being what they are worth) have him as a 6-3, 193 pound player. A 3-star recruit by all sites.

He’s reportedly down to Pitt and NC State (thankfully it is Dave Doeren recruiting him and not Mark Gottfried).

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December 14, 2015

Mentioned briefly this morning that a Rutgers verbal, Justin Morgan, visited Pitt over the weekend and may be a flip to Pitt.

Welp.

Recruiting Moves Forward

Filed under: Football,Recruiting — Chas @ 8:06 am

I’m sure Rutgers fans are taking it all in stride with Pitt doing what it can to poach some of their verbals after a change in head coaches. I mean, it’s not like they can’t claim the high ground after Wannstedt was fired in 2009.

As Rutgers moves forward with a new coaching staff, they finally realized they may have missed on a couple guys in their own state. As such, they began a late run at Pitt verbal Maurice Ffrench.

Pitt countered. Hard.

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December 11, 2015

Before we get serious here – have fun with this…

News out of the Southside today is that there have been some discussions about players discussing transfers with the coaching staff.  Not too surprising is that the first to surface is Chad Voytik’s discussion with Pat Narduzzi.  Sam Werner has tweeted this on the subject:

Narduzzi says he has had “a little bit” of discussion with QB Chad Voytik about possible graduate transfer. #Pitt.

Werner then followed that tweet with this:

Narduzzi: “Chad knows we want him here, but we want what’s best for Chad, too. I know it’s not easy being a backup quarterback.”

This isn’t earthshaking news really. I think most Pitt fans figured that once this staff sat Voytik down onto the bench in favor of transfer-in QB Nate Peterman that Voytik would be looking around.

Personally I felt that Voytik would stay the course and either try to win the starting job back or be the solid #2 QB ready to go in place of Peterman if needed.  In my opinion Voytik doesn’t have a solid shot at a starting job in a D1 school as he really isn’t that talented of a QB to just waltz in and grab that position from an imcumbent

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November 18, 2015

Later than I wanted, but time has been limited during daylight.

Pitt planned for a sleepwalk of a game after traveling back from Okinawa, and they delivered. The Pumas of St. Joe’s College (somehow, apparel and shoe company Puma does not sponsor them) were the big patsy on Tuesday. A subpar D-II team that came for a beating and delivered on their end.

The first half was extremely sloppy and you could see the lack of energy from Pitt. They missed a lot of shots from outside. Struggled at times with defense. Yet still led by 14 at the half.

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November 2, 2015

November 2, 2015

 Pat Narduzzi Press Conference (italics are mine at the end for the ND story)

Notre Dame Week

 PRESS CONFERENCE VIDEO: Narduzzi ND Preview

PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT (HTML LINK): Narduzzi Text Transcript

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November 1, 2015

 Monday-Morning-QB(This is one of a weekly series of articles entitled “Monday Morning Quarterback”.   I will try to post them two days after the football games are played so as to have our wilder emotions under control by then. It will be my take on the positives and the negatives we saw happen and a chance for commenters to agree or disagree and to add their own thoughts.) 

This is will a Friday morning edition of course and that’s good because I don’t want three days to think about that game before I can put it into the history books… and I don’t think you want to either.

We’ll get back to all that in a second…  here is the obligatory highlights video:

Now lets get the hard part out of the way with Narduzzi’s post game press conference:

 

Here is the info dump on the game and the cumulative stats for the season:

Box Score
Box Score (PDF)
Season Statistics
Postgame Notes
Postgame Quotes
USATSI Photo Gallery 

OK, now is the hard part and it is a bit like looking into a ‘Way-Back’ mirror to the last week of camp where we talked about things that might bite us in the ass… sprinkled with some new problems that have shown themselves growing week-by-week.

One thing that I’ll keep first and foremost in my head for the next ten days is that a good, solid, football team came into Heinz Field and won the game.  North Carolina is no stumble bum team that just happened to get luck breaks to win the game.  That wasn’t the case, they came here and won the play on both sides of the ball and scored more than we did.

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October 22, 2015

The Necessity of Chryst

Filed under: Coaches,Football,Recruiting — Chas @ 10:22 am

In the euphoria over the season to this point, I’ve probably been as guilty as anyone in dismissing former head coach Paul Chryst as nothing more than a placeholder for Pitt. Maybe even holding Pitt back. It’s not really true. Especially when it comes to laying things out for recruiting.

The sins of Chryst are known and used frequently. I was never a big fan of the way he put together his staff — at least on the defensive side. He hardly distinguished himself, even by his 3d year, as a great tactician. His recruiting was passive. He was dry and boring as 3-day old toast with the media and public. There was little that seemed to inspire the players to play with belief in their ability to win in close games.

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October 20, 2015

Adding Kaezon Pugh

Filed under: Football,Recruiting — Chas @ 4:01 pm

A little confusing and hectic evening. Kaezon Pugh had stated weeks prior that he would be committing on October 19 — choosing between Pitt, West Virginia and Maryland. Given the firing of Randy Edsall at Maryland, it seemed a given that the choice was down to Pitt or Hoopies.

Pugh’s cousin is Dravon Henry, and plenty of rumors suggested that he really wanted to play alongside him on defense. For the longest time he was considered a WVU lean and an important player for that program as they try to cut a bit more into recruiting the best players from Western PA.

Pugh was slated to appear on KDKA news, in their sports segment to make his decision public. But on Tuesday, there was nothing going on. KDKA was not teasing the exclusive on social media. Pugh wasn’t talking. It got weirdly quiet to the point that everyone was unsure whether Pugh had decided not to make a decision.

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October 16, 2015

Paris Ford Commits to Pitt

Filed under: Football,Narduzzi,Recruiting — Justin @ 11:37 am

Safety Paris Ford has committed to Pitt according to Chris Peak of Panther Lair. The consensus four star prospect from Seton La Salle chose Pitt over offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan State, some school in Central PA surrounded by cows, and numerous other P5 schools.

According to Peak, Ford chose Pitt because he “wanted to show people that this ‘#412Crew’ movement can be serious if a big piece committed…[s]o I decided to be that piece.” While his relationship with Narduzzi and the coaches undoubtedly was the primary reason, it’s safe to say the high level play from the defense so far makes this decision a lot easier.

Ford is a great addition for Narduzzi and could be the start of a domino effect bringing numerous other WPIAL stars into the fold. Ford joins Exree Loe as the second commitment for the 2017 class.

September 16, 2015

(This is a long look at the current QB situation so far this season)

Pitt is in the midst of something we haven’t had in a very long time and that is a genuine quarterback competition being played out in real time and for the world to see.  We have been told there were competitions in the past but those were lip service to the media. This season however we are being treated to something this new staff feels is of uppermost priority, finding the QB which is the best overall for the team.  Here is background on the issue and some Q & As that may help to enlighten our fans as to what is and has been transpiring in this interesting development.

How did Pitt get the two principal QBs, Chad Voytik and Nate Peterman, on the roster?

For that we have to go back to 2011 when both Voytik and Peterman were in their senior years in high school.  Both players were star high school QBs and one left his hometown state of Tennessee to go to Pitt and the other kid left Florida to go to play his college ball in Tennessee.

In high school Chad Voytik was a 6’0” 192 lb running QB and played for the Cleveland Blue Raiders, located in Cleveland, TN, a small town of 42,000 located 30 miles northeast of Chattanooga and in the western foothill of the southern Great Smokey Mountains.

Voytik had a very good career there being named both an All-State player and a high school All-American.  He was a dual threat QB at Cleveland, passing for over 5,000 yards in his three years starting and was also a prolific runner.

Voytik was a Rivals.com four star (4*) player who was also ranked 4th nationally among senior QBs and the #1 player at any position in TN. Twelve other D1 schools wanted Voytik as a recruit including PSU, Clemson, Virginia, Syracuse and Louisville.  Those are all good football schools and play in competitive Power Five conferences.

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September 1, 2015

Last Minute Guard Happens

Filed under: Basketball,Injury,Recruiting — Chas @ 2:20 pm

Busy day.

The Jonathan Milligan transfer is real.

The University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball team has added JUCO guard Jonathan Milligan for the 2015-16 season head coach Jamie Dixon announced Tuesday.

“We are fortunate to be able to add a guard of Jonathan’s caliber at this point in the year,” said Dixon. “He is a promising combo guard who received a lot of high major interest out of high school and while he was at Kilgore College. He has the ability to score from a variety of spots on the floor and break down defense by getting into the lane. He also has the quickness and instincts to be an outstanding defender in our program.

Milligan averaged 14.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game last season while leading the Kilgore College to a 21-9 record and a Region XIV Tournament appearance. He increased his scoring to 17.5 points per game in conference play en route to claiming first team all-region and Region XIV all-conference accolades.

I love that the press release manages not to mention that he had to be released from his NLI with FGCU.

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August 31, 2015

Coleman Brings the Class to Ten

Filed under: Football,Recruiting — Chas @ 6:20 am

Sorry, despite being a Sunday night I was out for offline activities and couldn’t do this last night.

I won’t lie. That Therran Coleman had West Virginia, Wisconsin and Arizona State among his final five choices makes his decision to come to Pitt just a little more sweeter to me.

Coleman made the announcement on local Pittsburgh TV. Not too much drama to it.

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August 30, 2015

Recruiting info can be nebulous, confusing and contradictory at the best of times. How about around midnight on a Saturday night?

Jason Jordan is a sportswriter for USA Today  covering high school sports.

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