Thursday, December 22, 2011

Chryst Press Conference Thoughts

1.  He is not a great speaker as far as flash or charisma, but he seems like a great guy who says the right things, and says them from his heart. He's also very humble.  Hopefully he will be to Pitt football what Jamie Dixon is to Pitt basketball.

2.  Zach Brown introduced him to the team.

3.  His brother was a surprise visitor from Cleveland and he joked that they need better security.

4.  He seems ecstatic to be the head football coach at Pitt and knows the Pitt tradition.

5.  Has a great sense of humor and said he never had time yet to talk about his decision with his family.  Then he looked over at them and said "I hope you're okay with all of this".

6.  Took a shot at Todd Graham by saying basically that he's not going to stand up there and say what he's going to do right now because actions speak louder than words.

7.  "People matter.  Being a good person matters."

8.  The exact opposite of Todd Graham.

9.  "This is a destination job to me."

10.  Found out that Pittsburgh was ranked the No.1 city and he said that was good because it helped sell it to his wife.

11.  Already has some of his staff in place but wants to keep some options open in case he discovers  good young coaches somewhere.  Will also interview current staff members if they are interested in staying.

12.  Thrilled to be in the same place as the Steelers and already met Dan Rooney.  "Pretty cool".

 Summary:  I like him personally and he's obviously going to be a great offensive coach.  And just to be clear, I was NEVER against the guy.  I've always said that he's probably going to win 8 or 9 games.  Who knows?  Maybe he will win more at times.  My problems are more with the Pitt administration for being such a disaster and for continually firing and hiring 9 win coaches while acting like they are trying to be one of the elite programs in the country.  There's nothing wrong about not being an elite program if you can't pull it off, but if that's the case, don't act like that's what you want every time you fire a 9 win coach.

31 comments:

  1. I watched the press conference and made almost all of the same mental notes (genuine, humble, straight-talking) as you had in your post.

    I really liked what I saw and heard.

    With the benefit of that, I'd say your earlier comments that he lacks personality are way off the mark. He's not a flashy guy, but he is quite personable and whether he enjoys recruiting or not is none thing, but I think he has what it takes to close the deal.

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  2. Thx Doke. It is good to her that he impressed. I this video on the Pitt site or YouTube anywhere?

    It looks like the ND QB Crist (not to be confused with Chryst) is going to play his final season at Kansas, unless Chryst pulls some last second magic and gets him to Pitt ...

    http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/7379924/reserve-qb-dayne-crist-leaving-notre-dame-fighting-irish-kansas-jayhawks

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  3. Here is the link to the press conference ...

    http://www.pittsburghpanthers.com/allaccess/?media=289600

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  4. While I felt Cristobal was the better option, I hope Coach Cryst does well. His hire does have the feel of a safe choice after the Graham debacle. However, he does seem like a decent, honarable man who won't pull a one and done.

    I'm not sure he's the kind of coach to take Pitt to the next level. I think you're right Chris, he seems like an 8-9 win coach, steady but not spectacular.

    It seems like Pitt had a sense that that Cristobal might not be comfortable in Pittsburgh because of his FL ties. Either that, or Cristobal was offered, and turned it down.

    Chris, do you have any information as to the details of how this played out? Did Pitt offer Cristobal and he rejected it? Was Pederson's hand forced to hire Chryst due to booster pressure?

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  5. From what I can tell, Cristobal was the leader and the boosters hijacked the process. If it works, then good for them. If it doesn't, nobody will probably ever know who is responsible. But that's what comes with boosters. Money isn't free. It always comes with strings attached.

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  6. seems like a burgh kind of fella. seems personable and down to earth. i will pull for the guy to go above and beyond my expectations of what he can do here. i never thought the guy was a bum just not the guy to get the program above where it has been in recent years. thought any of the three choices would be able to get a winning record here. just felt mario gave the best chance of getting 10-11 wins in a year and getting the team to where i want/expect them to be. but mr. chryst you are the man now and let me welcome you to the pitt family. i will support you and give you the chance you desrve to show what you can do. good luck to you and your staff in the coming year.

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  7. Coach Chryst may never be able to sell used cars but, I bet that he will be able to sell recruits to Pitt.

    He comes across as very sincere - kind of reminds me of McCarthy at Green Bay.

    Let's just get behind our new guy and give him all the support that we can!

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  8. Did you notice that nobody had the stones to ask him the 600-pound gorilla question: for him to comment that even people from within Wiscy's program says the guy can't recruit his way out of a wet paper bag.

    I shudder that so few people in Pitt Nation are worried to the point of depression about this serious flaw.

    Good X&O guys that can't recruit are far more likely to go 3-9 than 9-3. I can't get nightmare images of the Paul Hackett regime out of my head.

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  9. The recruiting does worry me. He isn't a very aggressive guy and recruiting is about being aggressive and relentless. The assistants do the footwork but the head coach often has to be the closer. I'm a little worried that he will not be aggressive enough when the time comes.

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  10. Just watched the press conference and it sure was different than the Snakeoil Salesman press conference from last year(I heard alot of we instead on me references). Feel that Pitt did a good job and that the team will buy into his calm demeanor. This was a good day for Pitt-lord knows the last time I said that was back in the Fall when the ACC came a calling!

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  11. I was impressed with the more low key press conference. I think his personality and sincerity will play well in a recruit's living room. It is as it should be that Chryst coaches through the Rose Bowl. Pitt is starting to do some things with class again.

    As for your comment about firing 9 win coaches, the only coach Pitt has fired in this century that fits that category is Wannstedt. Basically Walt Harris quit and left for Stanford, which was a disaster for both parties. (Harris also got some horrible advice from his agent.) I think after the coaching hire disasters of the past year the Pitt family will be happy to get back to nine win seasons again and some stability. Hopefully this time we will be more entertained by the offense and play calling.

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  12. Harris didn't really quit. I mean he did officially but that's only because they wouldn't extend his contract and he knew he was done. He was basically fired.

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  13. Recruiting is important but I think people are putting way to much emphasis on star ranking and such. I think he will be a good recruiter, but he does not have the salesman ship that our previous two coaches had..
    As for taking Pitt to the next level, I do not think Cristobal nor TG would do that at Pitt. Both coaches had team that were very undisciplined. The team that makes the fewest mistakes usually wins the game and I had not faith that TG would ever understand that. I assure you that a Chryst led Pitt team would not blow a 21 point lead in the 2nd half nor shoot itself in the foot time after time.
    If Chryst tops out a 9 wins, I am okay with that. However, if his career at Pitt turns out to be identical to his mentor (Barry Alvarez), who can complain?

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  14. Chris,
    Any idea of what the staff will look like?

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  15. I think he will get better as a recruiter as time goes, but it is important now that he brings coaches to his staff that know their stuff on the recruiting trail. I hope he gets Wisc. offensive line coach. I will be waiting to hear Chris's opinion on the rest of the coaches. I think Paul has a positive rep with a lot of young players right now, but he needs to keep that image by scoring pts next yr for Pitt. I think Pitt needed a good guy right now, a good guy that can coach and recruit. We might have the two top nice guy coaches in the country.

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  16. I'm thinking Todd Orlando as the DC, which would be a great start. I don't think they'll get the Wisconsin OL coach, Bob Bostad, because Wisconsin will do whatever it takes to keep him. And former Pitt coach Charlie Partridge is already the associate head coach so I don't see how he can get a promotion at Pitt. Joe Rudolph from Belle Vernon is the TE coach and recruiting coordinator, and maybe he becomes the OL coach at Pitt. WR coach DelVaughn Alexander was with Chyrst at Oregon State, too, so I can definitely see him as a possibility.

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  17. I'm guessing that Chryst will ask Bostad to be his OC, but that Wisconsin will do the same. Then Rudolph could take the OL position.

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  18. The Wisconsin OL position that is. If Wisconsin wasn't his alma mater, I could see him going back to this home area, but it may be tough to leave if he gets offered similar positions.

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  19. Chris, you think Strength Coach Buddy Morris gets a look to return to Pitt? The players loved him and Morris produces what Chryst likes....big strong hogs

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  20. I'm sure if Chryst doesn't have anybody in mind, Morris would be suggested.

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  21. Well, one difference between Cryst producing 9 wins will be that Pitt will be doing that in the ACC.

    Failing to win that conference will be a lot easier for fans to take as compared to the Big East (see 2010 season)

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  22. Chris,
    I feel exactly the same way regarding your comment on 9 win seasons. Given the turmoil over the last year, the multiple coach changes, two lost recruiting classes, and embarrassment to the program, and now we get a coach who will win 9 games, I ask everyone, was it worth it? We are right back where we started last December with Wannstedt who averaged 9 wins his last 3 seasons. I always suspected the administration was not serious about building an elite program and they confirmed it when they hired Haywood on the cheap. And I feel the same way now: frustrated and disappointed

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  23. Just saw the Chryst's comments at the press conference. I wouldn't at all say that he doesn't have a personality. He isn't a real smooth talker (lots of ya' knows), but he seems very down to earth and a really decent person, and he does have a sense of humor. I like him.

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  24. If he was so bad at recruitting how was he able to produce such potent offenses as the QB coach and Off Coordinator? Did the OL coach and HC take those responisibilties?

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  25. Chris,
    Do you know if Alvarez lobbied hard for Chryst for the Kansas and Minnesota jobs that he interviewed for? Just curious.

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  26. Seriously doubt he campaigned as hard.

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  27. I think his sincerety will win more recruits than one might think. I like this guy. "fit the system to the talent on hand"
    exciting!

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  28. Here is a proper link to the press conference:

    http://pittsburgh.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1310250

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  29. I like our new Coach a lot. He really won me over with his non-bs approach. I appreciated that he was a bit nervous and sometimes fumbled for his words, but still said exactly the right things....reminded me a bit of Jamie Dixon's unpolished start...

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  30. Lets hope he brings back the great Buddy Morris to be the S&C coach. One of Grahams biggest mistakes was replacing him. Need to fix that.

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  31. Hurriquake that would not be a bad thing at all for him to do. there are a lot of top notch strength and conditioning coaches out there and Buddy ranks right up there with the best of them.

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