It is a slow week for PITT football with the two exceptions in recruiting that Chas covered earlier. To update that a bit here is the Post-Gazette’s Sam Werner’s article about the last three pick-ups and in his Red Shirt Diaries blog Werner lists all the recruits vitals with links to their highlights:
Safety, Central Catholic HS (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Rivals: 2*, NR
Scout: 3*, No. 80 S
Offers: Army, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, UMass, Miami (OH), Navy, Old Dominion, Temple, Toledo
Running Back, Bedford HS (Bedford, Ohio)
Rivals: 3*, NR
Scout: 3*, No. 56 RB
Offers: Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Kent State, Marshall, Miami (OH), Ohio, Old Dominion, Toledo, Western Michigan
Linebacker, Lafayette HS (Williamsburg, Va.)
Rivals: 3*, NR
Scout: 3*, No. 86 OLB
Offers: Buffalo, California, Charlotte, East Carolina, Georgia, Marshall, North Carolina, N.C. State, Old Dominion, Syracuse, Toledo, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia
Here are a few interesting items for you all to look at during lunch…
First, I heard back from EJ Borghetti and the PITT Fall Training Camp begins on Monday, August 10th. That gives the Narduzzi Power and Light Company 26 days to get ready for the season opener against the Youngstown State Penguins.
As we know this opponent has given us problems before when Chryst opened his time at PITT with an embarrassing 31-17 loss. That game needs to be looked at again given the circumstances that will be surrounding our ’15 PITT team.
For one we’ll be starting a season with a shiny new head coach again, this time trotting out Pat Narduzzi in his new PITT gear for all to see. We are all looking forward to seeing that because, I believe, PITT fans across the board are happy with Narduzzi’s hiring.
One of the reasons for happiness is that it is entirely possible that PITT’s defense will be better and more effective right out of the gate as this is Narduzzi’s successful background that he made his name in. Looking at the specifics of that past YSU game we need that.
YSU basically ran all over us that day with 202 yards on the ground. Rushing the ball 46 times wore us down… even when PITT knew the run was coming we were almost powerless to stop it as they gained 4.4 ypc.
To complement that YSU used their passing game for surgical strikes that resulted in three TDs. It is worth noting that those three TDs came on only 14 completions for 177 yards in 24 passing attempts; a 58% completion rate with 12.6 yards per completion which is very good.
If we allow YSU to replicate that this year I’m pulling Narduzzi’s contract.
But, truth be told, it is entirely possibly the YSU might be a stronger team this season than it was in ’12. They are coming of 8-4 and 7-5 seasons so the team knows how to win games.
But the big stroke YSU made over the offseason was hiring Mark Anthony Pelini who, in addition to being Cleopatra’s third husband and losing the whole Roman naval fleet in a sea battle against Octavian, used to be the HC at Nebraska. “Snarling Bo” as he is called these days knows how to fire up a football team, so we can expect the Penguins to come out fighting.
Another similarity to the ’12 game is that we’ll most probably start off the season with a suspension impacting the PITT team. Back then we had six players suddenly suspended the morning of the game, two being starters. Whether or not you feel that had any influence on the loss, we may well be replicating that is a short form depending on what sort of discipline Tyler Boyd gets awarded by Narduzzi.
Speaking of which in one of Cardiac Hill’s Poll of the Week series they asked the fans about what punishment Boyd should get. You can see that most favor a one game suspension which fits my view and I think the majority of guys on this blog also.
What would you do with Tyler Boyd?
- 7%No on-field punishment(79 votes)
- 18%Not start him in the season opener, but let him play(199 votes)
- 42%One-game suspension(460 votes)
- 23%Two-game suspension(251 votes)
- 10%Suspension of three or more games(107 votes)
That is a breakdown of a total of 1096 votes as of this morning. That is a pretty big sample for a blog to gather especially when you count the 107 PSU fans who pretty much wants Boyd’s shot at a NFL career to end by suspending Boyd “three or more games”. It is interesting to read the 50+ comments the poll and associated article generated.
Also as something I didn’t know existed here is a Cardiac Hill’s open thread “The Pitt Stop” that they do on a regular basis. Linked is the June 2015 edition.
As wbb mentioned in his comment yesterday PITT is reaching out to various groups to form a Panther Fans Experience Committee to solicit feedback on how to enrich the PITT athletics game day experience. It is a good thing to do I think and something we wouldn’t have seen with our dearly departed AD.
There is a short form to fill out then a section for text where you are asked to provide your Fan Resume. Be aware that you are limited to 750 words to describe how you would be a great fit for this committee. Stating that you are too much of a perfectionist gets your season tickets revoked though.
750 words might not be enough for some of you guys because when you start telling ‘Big Fish’ stories about how you are such a better fan than the next guy you go on and on and on.
The commitment is for quarterly meetings at PITT for a two year term. In other words eight times where you get to bitch and someone is actually listening. Anyway, I suggest that you all apply for it – we definitely have some great ideas on here the PITT administration should be made aware of.
I am in the process now and it will be interesting to see the final makeup when the committee is selected. Here is the Trib article on it.
For those PITT BB fans who are wondering what is happening the P-G’s Paul Zeise, our old P-G PITT football beat writer friend, has a rather detailed ‘catch-up’ about that program. It seems to me that the main news is that former PITT BB player Ontario Lett is joining the BB staff as a Grad assistant.
Just for something else to look at and because we talked about actually playing a football game in September here are the details and stats of PITT’s 2014 season.