Saturday, October 13, 2012

Louisville 45 Pittsburgh 35

Well, the Panthers were doing great until just before the first half.  That was before Paul Chryst made his first of many poor decisions.  First, with under a minute to go, he called a timeout and stopped the clock.  Then he went for it on 4th and 1, and that failed.  It resulted in Louisville getting a field goal, and the momentum, to close the deficit to 21-17.  After the half, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater torched the Pitt secondary, especially the normally reliable K'Waun Williams.  The Cardinals scored 21 straight points and it was all over.  Pitt, to their credit, tried hard to get back in it, but they couldn't overcome more busted plays and bad Chryst decisions.

Tino Sunseri was efficient completing 28 of 37 passes for 287 yards and 2 touchdowns.  He had no interceptions, but was sacked 5 more times.  Devin Street quietly had 11 catches for 111 yards and a touchdown.  Ray Graham had 5 catches for 51 yards, Michael Shanahan chipped in with 4 catches for 74 yards, and even Rushel Shell added 4 catches for 28 yards.  Cam Saddler only caught 2 passes for 14 yards but one was a nifty touchdown pass.

On the ground, Graham started but ran just 6 times for 20 yards.  Shell, who may be the new feature back, had 97 yards on 18 carries, including a Walter Payton-like dive into the end zone.  For the game, the Panthers ran for 94 yards (due to Sunseri's sacks).  The Panthers were out gained in total yards 459-381. The Cardinals ran for 155 yards and passed for 304 yards.  Nobody really stood out for the Panthers defense, who clearly did not have a good game.

On the season, the Panthers are now 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the Big East.  It's clear that things are not going well at all, so much so that one has to wonder if a winning record is just a pipe dream at this time.  Next week, however, the Panthers play at Buffalo, and in two weeks they host Temple, so there is still a decent chance that they could be 4-4 with four games left.

61 comments:

  1. I'm just so glad the hiring committee really did their due diligence and hired the best possible coach. Outstanding job of getting yet another terrible head coach to continue grinding Pitt into the basement of college football.

    Kudos, Steve Pederson! Kuds, Mark Nordenburg! You are a credit to your professions! (If your professions are being completely inept halfwits, that is....)

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  2. Buffalo and Temple are not gimme games, they could lose both. Chryst is pretty much clueless and today it was extremely evident. They will be lucky to finish 5-7. Ray Graham is having a horrible year and actually if they had a decent oline this offense would be very good. For all of the progress the defense made over the last 3 games it evaporated today. Inconsistency defines this team but they have a head coach who is learning on the job and Chryst is a slow learner, gee I'm actually missing Wanny.

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  3. I think a lot of us (me included) need to give Todd Graham his due. His team has 1 loss on the year, and more importantly he got 6 wins with this team (which is about the same team we had last yr) while playing a harder schedule. I'm not saying he couldn't have handled himself better. This team is bad, and not to sound like Joe D their recruiting class for next yr isn't great heck it isn't even that good. Could be a few years before we really compete for anything.

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  4. Chris,
    Hypotheticals, (a) you're Pitt's AD, and (b) a year from now the Paul Hackett (oops, Chryst) regime is still losing games due to bonehead coaching decisions.

    Do you show patience by keeping your shiny new head coach -- a coach that nobody else wanted -- for "continuity" sake? Or do you cut your losses?

    Good college coaches do one of two things well: recruit, or coach 'em up / motivate 'em on game days. The great ones do both. Ours (so far) does neither...

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    1. I wouldn't have made all of the mistakes that the Pitt administration has but since they have, they have to live and die with Chryst at this point for three years. If he is awful after three years then he has to go and they better make the right choice next time. But hopefully that won't happen and Chryst can get on the right track.

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  5. We were MUCH better last year with essentially the same key starters.

    And love him or loathe him, at least Todd Graham generated excitement, both for that year and the next year (= this year...).

    I have zero excitement for next year.

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  6. Unfortunately, it's Chryst's first head gig and it shows at times. Honestly, the offense looks fantastic at times even with this sorry line. The offense is going to be okay going forward, that I'm pretty confident of. If he could ever get a line - that means some Jucos for next year because the talent isn't there - and a more athletic QB, we'd be in great shape. Todd Graham's offense looked MUCH WORSE and was based on pure gimmicks.

    But TG's defense was soooo much better. Today the coverage was pretty shocking and our inability to get to the QB pathetic. Schematically, we couldn't do anything - we just need more talent on the defensive side of the ball. Donald is fantastic, but there isn't enough talent in the front 7 outside of him.

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    1. You say that all Chryst has to deal is bring in top defensive talent, but the problem is, he hasn't yet shown the ability to recruit such players. There's not one elite prospect coming in on defense next season. Not one.

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    2. Of course not. He isn't a good recruiter, nor has he put together a staff of good recruiter. His problem isn't so much the coaching - although he's been subpar so far as a first year head coach - but his lack of personality. He's just not going to go get the talent that this program needs.

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  7. They are who I said they were!!!

    Need I say more?
    The next 2 years will be worse due to recruiting classes of 2011 and 2012...
    Chryst will be gone in 3 years... I agree with Dokes on that one... we can't get rid of him before that unfortunately.
    The old saying.. Nice guys finish last...
    and that is where Pitt is going to be in the Big East..

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    1. I meant at the end of the season...

      Now that would be something else if Pitt got "0" wins this season in the Big East...
      what a way to go into the ACC.

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  8. Yes, PC is not doing an awesome job and yes he is making some questionable mistakes. The bipolarity of everyone on here is funny. After VT, Chryst was hailed as a hero. Yeah, VT has shown now to be crappy but at the time they weren't that bad. Anyone who didn't expect this is living in a pipe dream. Pitt was never going be able to recruit a "slam dunk" head coach with the recent history of the program. This is what you get with a first time head coach; good games, bad games, good choices, and bad choices, and some apparent lack of recruiting. He's going to need time to adjust, but nothing I've seen in how this man talks or acts leads me to believe that he is a guaranteed failure. He and the staff are learning; if it was easy, Joe D would be the head coach.

    For the record, I predict next year will be slightly better but still with some mistakes. He'll figure out recruiting soon and start to dig himself out of this hole. No, this season isnt going well but anyone who thought Pitt would be able to a hire a slam dunk head coach is delusional. I'm happy with PC and I'm content to give him time to find his way.

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    1. Pitt could definitely get a slam dunk coach if they paid for him, and gave him all that was needed to have a great program. But the Pitt administration wants to go cheap and hope a miracle happens. They have to figure once and for all what they want. If they really want an elite program than they have to pay for it. If they don't then they need to stop firing 8 win coaches. They can't have it both ways and trying to have it both ways is why they are in the predicament they're in.

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    2. Do you really think that an elite coach would come to Pitt even with big money? It just doesn't seem like an appealing destination for one of those elite coaches with a big ego. Those coaches want money and winning... Even with big money, its a struggle to win at Pitt.

      This is totally ignoring the elephant in the room. Would the Pitt community support throwing big money at a football coach when the state keeps threatening to further cut funding? While we all are of the opinion that the money would be recouped with better attendance, etc., the rest of the community may not be so easily convinced.

      What's wrong with firing an 8 win coach (who reached his pinnacle) and replacing him with another coach who very well might have a higher ceiling? Personally, I'd rather strive for higher goals and take that risk that the next coach might end up being worse. This very well may end up being worse. After 2 failures, then there is no excuse for not throwing money at the problem.

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    3. Yes, if Pitt was willing to pay they could get an elite coach. The program has history, and now security within the ACC. Unfortunately, Chris is correct, they don't want to pay the going rate. Here's a question: why wasn't Kirby Smart even mentioned as a candidate when the job came open? Because Pitt isn't willing to play in that arena. Wouldn;t a coach like Dan Mullen be willing to come to a program with Pitt's history if the money, and support for the football program from the administration was there? The fact that a school like Mississippi State is a more desirable position is enough of an indictment against Pederson and Nordenberg.

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    4. Jon:

      Pitt has been in the same cycle since Sherrill left, Foge took a program at the top and after 4 years put it in the ground. This program would have been better off if they kept Walt Harris or Wanny, they were mediocre but establised a consist pattern of winning.

      Chryst is over his head, yes it might take him a few years to right the ship but Pitt is not in a position to have their coach learn on the job.

      Remember Chryst has been in the press box for a lot of years calling plays, its a little different on the field being the man in charge.

      The old saying of money talks but bullshit walks is so true, if Pitt wants to build an elite program they need to hire an established headcoach and pay big bucks. One thing I learned is life is like a shit sandwich, the more bread you have the less shit you eat because cash is king. Someone who can coach college football can be brought here if the price is right.

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  9. Chris, I wanted Cristobol as I think that you did as well.

    He's 1-5 and just lost a big recruit at FIU - I guess, he's not as good as we thought.

    I went on record as saying I thought Chryst was a bad hire...and you did too reading the tea leaves.

    Question - name us 3 head coaches that if Pitt threw a ton of $ at would be in your estimation a slam dunk head coach.

    My dream would be if Pete Carroll flopped at Seattle - he can recruit, and coach - two things that Chryst can't.

    Carroll is the dream but beyond a long shot - right now, give us 3 names that you think are slam dunks and only $ would be the obstacle - a huge one considering Pitt but please answer my question?

    Thanks in Advance!

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    1. I used to hope that Georgia was going to be dumb/impatient enough to fire Mark Richt, but even if they did Pitt probably wouldn't step up to pay him.

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    2. I did not want Cristobal. I wanted Cristobal when it was between him and Chryst. I wrote a long article about who I wanted before any candidates were named and neither Cristobal or Chryst was anywhere near the top of my list. I said if they had any balls they would chose Mike Leach, but since they didn't, I said the pick is Dana Holgerson.

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    3. And let me be more specific and say if I were the AD I would aim much higher than either Leach or Holgerson, but I knew Pitt would never pay what it took. So I tried to take into account their incompetence.

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    4. Actually I looked back at my article and my second somewhat realistic choice was Bronco Mendenhall who is currently 70-26 at BYU, and Holgorsen was No.3. Leach was No. 1. But I also mentioned people like Kevin Sumlin and Brady Hoke. Pitt fans say "oh those guys aren't realistic" but the question you have to ask yourself is why? They aren't realistic because the Pitt administration doesn't emphasize the football program, pure and simple. Chryst may very well end up a good coach but Pitt should have spent more money in the program and make it much more attractive to top candidates.

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    5. Stoops, Stoops, Stoops..
      Mark Stoops at FSU...
      That was my #1...
      he would have brought his brother who is LB coach and recruiting coordinator at Youngstown State...

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  10. Zatiti Moody

    You nailed it.

    Dokish is all about hindsight. He's doing his best imitaion of Smizik.

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    1. Dude, he wrote the article a long time ago. It's not like Doke doesn't have the written proof of who he wanted.

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    2. I wasn't dissing Chris - just wanted his opinion on who our "next" coach will be since Chryst is obviously not the answer.

      I have not only lived the glory years of Pitt Football - had season tickets even before Majors came - section 9 in the old Pitt stadium - I have seen it all trust me.

      I thought the Wannstedt hire was tremendous and although he never won the outright BE title, thought his firing was a death blow to the program.

      Wannstedt needed to hire a top notch OC and recruit and oversee the program and we would have a "chance" to return to glory.

      I came to the realization with the hiring of Haywood and then after the Fraud left, the hiring of Chryst that Pitt will never be serious about FB again.

      Fortunately for me, I saw the great years but....I will never see them again basically because of two people - Ed Bozik and Steve Pederson....they killed Pitt FB imo and it's sad.

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  11. I admit Chryst screwed up near the end of the first half. But Chris, what were the "many poor decisions" he made after that? Just curious.

    Also, although Chryst pulled a Les Miles at the end of the half, Lovie Smith's decision to go for it on 4th and long in his own territory with less than a minute... that was beyond awful. Fortunately for him, he got 3 points, and it (possibly) gave them the momentum for 3 straight TDs in the 2nd half. But still, just because it worked out, that was a terrible terrible decision by a veteran coach.

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    1. The difference between the two decisions rests with the ability each coach has at the key position of quarterback.

      When you have quarterback who you have confidence in you can open the entire playbook and catch the defense looking for something conservative.

      When you have no confidence in your quarterback you call a conservative play and defense is waiting for you.

      This team is half way through the season and two games under .500. Who is going to play QB next season and why isn't that person getting valuable experience in a situation where there is no hope for the current season!!!

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  12. I think PC needs to evolve in his recruiting philosophy. Reevaluate going forward. Hopefully he is smart enough to learn, change, and prosper.

    If Robert Foster and Dorian Johnson sign with Pitt, then the Panthers may be headed in the right direction.

    What's another few years of mediocrity?

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    1. If you were an advisor for Foster or Johnson....
      Would you advise them to pick Pitt....

      at this point... I wouldn't... so what they can start early... they can probably start early at OSU or whereever...

      At this point.. I doubt either Foster or Johnson will pick Pitt. Keep in mind, Johnson decommitted from PSU because they could not go to bowl games.. Pitt won't be going to a bowl game this year and probably won't go to a bowl game the next 2 years..

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  13. Step off the ledge...

    Maybe if the money was forthcoming to hire real assistants... not guys who either should be retired or guys who should be back in high school. Rudolph is the only legit assistant on staff. THAT is the problem.

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    1. But shouldn't the headcoach realize this and negotiate the budget for the assistant coaches salaries prior to taking the position?

      I guess that's another on the job thing that a seasoned headcoach would have realized prior to stepping into the Pitt headcoaching position

      So I guess what your saying is Pitt is cheap buts expects miracles

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  14. The Missing Headline from Saturday's Game... Tino Sunseri Critical of Pitt Coaching.

    Driving home from the game listening to the postgame show on The Fan, Tino was heard saying something to the effect of "They (Louisville's Defense) played us different than what we expected. We need to do a better job of making adjustments."

    My understanding is that "adjustments" implies changes coming from the coaches... usually at halftime.

    That being the case did Tino just throw Chryst and his staff under the bus?

    That would be a shame considering how Tino should know a lot about how it feels to find yourself on the underside of a Greyhound given the way he was treated last year by Graham.

    It's one thing for the fans, some of them right here on this Blog, to criticize the Coach for failing to make the needed adjustments during a game.

    It's a quite another to hear it from the staring quarterback.

    Now, before all the unabashed Tino supporters jump in... let me say that he may have a point. From the fifty yard line of Saturday's game, it was quite obvious of more than one failure to adjust on the part of Chryst and his staff.

    Still, I hold back just a little here simply not knowing how much of the lack of "adjustments" might have to do with Tino failing to call the right audibles at the line. Like he hasn't done that before.

    If... and I say if... Tino is throwing Chryst under the bus after this one... what does that say about Tino?

    Seems to me there is a story here that needs to be fleshed out by the local press, if it indeed is true. Sounds to me that it very well could be.

    To me, the game changer Saturday was the failed run on fourth and two at the end of the first half that lead to Lousiville going the other way and getting three. What was Chryst thinking?

    If you're determined to go for it, a better play would have been to throw it Shanahan who was completely isolated out left with a single defender. The other smart play would have been to punt and pin Louisville down deep.

    Last year we had a coach who loved punting the ball on third down. This year we have a coach who doesn't even think fourth down is for punting.

    For the first time, Chryst has done some things to rattle my confidence in his ability to bring home a win.

    By the way, obviously I was wrong in believing that Pitt was going to rebound after the "stumble" in Syracuse.

    However, unlike others here who disappear when they're wrong, only to show back up later... here I am admiting I was wrong.

    The three game win streak begins next week.

    PittofDreams

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    1. I don't think what Tino said was a big deal...

      The bigger issue.. bowl game this year...
      2013 recruiting class is mediocre at best...
      if they don't go to a bowl game...
      2014 will be non-existent... wpial is suppose to have many quality BCS type players for 2014... don't be surprised if they go elsewhere and who would blame them.

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    2. Saying 'We failed to make adjustments" is just one of those cliche things you say when you're winning at halftime and get pummeled in the second half.

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    3. For a lot of people that's true... the cliche.

      On the other hand, Tino has proven himself over the years to be extremely guarded in what he says to the media. He has a lot of self-awareness as to the question being asked and how an answer might play out.

      If he said "adjustments." He meant "adjustments" by the coaches.

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    4. Doke

      Here we go again. I wrote on the last thread about how pitt needs to recruit south of the mason dixon line if they want to have any hope of succeeding. Let's review where the key players from Louisville are from:

      Teddy Bridgewater Miami Florida
      Damian Copeland Bradenton Florida
      Devante Parker Louisville Kentucky
      Andrell Smith Miami, Florida
      Corvin Lamb Miami, Florida
      Jeremy Wright Clermont, Florida
      Senorise Perry Summerville, Georgia

      If anyone needs any more proof of our northern slowness just watch K'waun Williams again trying to catch a streaking Devante Parker, or Senorise Perry scoring one of his four touchdowns.

      I am convinced that Vince Lombardi could not coach these northern players to a championship.

      get someone on a plane fast to recruit florida hard.

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    5. Chryst is not a speed guy...
      meaning he doesn't recruit speed nor believes you need to have speed...
      He is Wisky... they are slower than Pitt in Wisky...
      Chryst is a ground and pound type of guy...

      Both can work... but I firmly believe your skill (DB, RB, WR, etc) guys need great speed and quickness.

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    6. K'Waun Williams is hurt and is normally not that slow, but even if he was, just because he is slow that doesn't mean everybody is slow. There are fast players in the north. As much as the south? Of course not and there's no doubt that Pitt needs to be recruiting further south. But, hell, they don't even recruit as south as Maryland or DC, so I'm not holding my breath.

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  15. Schell is the perfect poster boy as to why Foster should come to Pitt. If Schell had gone to Alabama chances are he would not have any carries at this point and certainly would not be the feature player. He came to Pitt and performed and he is getting national attention. The same would happen to Foster if he goes to Alabama, at Pitt he can be a Baldwin/Fitzgerald (even on losing teams with no QB) both 1st round picks.

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  16. I really don't see what all the angst is. We all knew going in that all of the previous coaching turnover was going to probably limit what this team could have accomplished. So the YSU game was a clunker, They have been pretty good so far, and 4 days later, not enough time to really do any coaching , they had a poor outing against a pretty good Cincy team. Out side of that, I think they are playing above expectation. Any one who predicted Tino would have a Bill Stull type year was laughed at, but that is exactly waht he is doing for us. Had Rushell's back been ok, the Syracuse game I believe is different. We were in the game this past Saturday, untill these first 5 minutes of the 2nd half. I agree w/ going for it on 4th down at end of 1st half. just not the play call. Play action and quick slant to Street or Shanahan, of even JP. I think what has been tough to understand is what happened to our o-line. I would say they have regressed a little last 2 games. I think we have the right guy, and if we can trickle some ACC cash into assistant coaching positions, we will be fine.

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    1. What is your definition of fine??? 8-4 !!
      If 8-4 is fine....
      then they should not of gotten rid of Wanny...
      and I'm not a Wanny supporter.... I just liked that he is a Pitt alum.

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    2. They are performing above expectation? Are you kidding? Maybe for you, but for the other 99.9% of the world they are playing below expectations.

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    3. Totally agree joe d...he generally had a few stars that were first rounders and loved pitt. only bad thing was the arrest.

      Pitt needed to have a plan in place if 8-4 is not ok when they fired him. Clearly they didn't. Although he didn't when solich was fired too so it shouldn't have been a surprise.

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  17. This team lacks talent. I will admit I was angry when they fired Wanny (at first), but understood that the administration wanted to go in another direction. What direction? I don't know. The AD did not have a plan and it has shown in two blown recruiting classes. PC has shown that his offense can be effective when balanced and the team plays with heart. This teams problems are associated with a lacks talent on both lines and their inability to overcome their own mistakes. Will it change by year three? I really don't know, but if anyone expected a winning record from this team then they are crackheads. I like the effort this team has put forth. They have improved since the first game and you see they really care about each other. That might not matter to the fans but it matters to them. Recruits that see this will want to be here and I believe PC will have an opportunity to be successful. The important thing is landing difference makers on the both lines.

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    1. This is pretty much the same talent that was there last year when they had a 4-2 Big East record. And that was with an offensive system that was totally different than Pitt's personnel. last year Pitt could barely get a pass off and when they did it was often incomplete or a 2 yard gain. And they still managed to go 4-2 in the conference.

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    2. So now we should be afraid...looks the 1990s is going to return.

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  18. I think with the recent mess the programs been Chryst has been given a pass for this season because he is a nice guy and supposedly won't leave the program. I dont agree he should be getting hammered by the press.

    I see no signs of the program turning around. Shell is the only bright spot and Chryst had nothing to do with his recruitment.

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  19. Chris,
    Should Chryst have a better recruiting class given the past circumstances and turmoil the programs been through or is this what we can expect?

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  20. Gosh,

    Just listened to PC on his noon preseer.

    Just, gosh, he sounds dumb.

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    1. He lacks any ability to motivate the players...
      players are not going to run through a brick wall for him so to say...

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  21. Pitt will have trouble with teams that have speed. That is why they could beat a team like Virginia Tech. Tech could not stress Pitt's defense like L'ville. Tech got a bad game from their QB; Bridgewater played a terrific game. I don't know if there is another team on their schedule that can outrun Pitt, other than Notre Dame, whose defense will probably generate three scores alone. Pitt needs Gordon at MLB. As much as we want Mason to succeed, he is not an adequate substitute. But nothing can make Pitt's defensive line run faster, especially their ends.

    It is pointless - and besides the point - to compare Pitt's record this year to last year. One thing that has not changed is their offensive line sucks. I think 15 sacks allowed v Big East Opponents. As long as that continues, Pitt will find themselves in close games, assuming they don't commit turnovers, and besides getting blown out by Notre Dame. Hopefully they can pull out most of those close games they will find themselves in. It would have been nice to have Pitt close against Syracuse and not allowed the game to get away against Lousiville. Other than public perception, it would not have altered Pitt's talent problem as they move forward next year and beyond.

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  22. Concerning some earlier posts that were discussing the future direction of Pitt football, I don’t see any indication that Chancellor Nordenberg will be willing to take the necessary steps to build an elite program. In fact, it seems to me that he is perfectly content with fielding a perennially mediocre football team.

    Walt Harris and Dave Wannstedt weren’t forced out of their coaching jobs because of their won / loss records, but rather for other off-the-field issues. Most recently, the string of player’s arrests, recorded for all to see in Sports Illustrated, coincidently preceded the resignation of Wanny. Nordenberg simply will not allow the football team to embarrass his university. Meanwhile, on-the-field embarrassments don’t seem to bother him nearly as much.

    I’m sure that it is his intention to have the football program take a distant back seat to academics at Pitt. The last thing that he probably wants is for the University of Pittsburgh to be known as a “football” school during his tenure. Someone should inform him, however, that these two entities need not be mutually exclusive.

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    1. I agree. It really does fall on Nordenberg's shoulders. How long is he going to hang around? Pederson will be here as long as his protector is.

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  23. Nick Saban and Pete Carroll are/were successful at their respective college football posts because they were in command of elite, well-funded machines. It'll take more to lift Pitt to that level than just a high-priced head coach (see Kirk Ferentz).

    In fact, in certain respects, Pitt may even have to out-spend the competition in order to win. A huge are for this is recruiting budgets, which for Pitt could possibly require far more funding than those at Southern schools. Regardless of the level of talent in Pitt's backyard, there simply aren't the numbers anymore to support many northern programs. Pitt has to recruit further south since that is where the youth are in this country; which will require Pitt recruiters to spend a lot of time flying, while those of FSU, Florida, Miami & Texas get to drive short-distances most of the time. I'm betting Wannstache sacrificed recruiting budgets for assistant coaches' pay (a sticking point in his original contract negotiations), then realized he couldn't afford to have coaches recruiting Florida and had to change the strategy. I'd be willing to bet that the insinuation made by some that he didn't want to sift through Florida leftovers is dead wrong. In fact, even if he made those assertions himself, they're more likely to be excuses rather than actual preference. He made no secret of the joy he took in finding Greg Romeus. And the successes he had on the field with guys like HB Blades, Clint Session & Jabaal Sheard (versus high-profile northern busts like McKenzie Matthews, TJ Clemmings, Shane Hale, etc.) could only serve to wet his appetite.

    College football is an arms race. If Pitt wants to be an elite program, it's going to have to outspend the competition. It's obvious the fanbase is becoming increasingly less-tolerant of anything less, which in Pittsburgh is hardly surprising.

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    1. Agree AAPM74,
      I don't mind that Pitt won't by choice keep pace with the powers that be. I wish they would, but they don't. What pisses me off is the constant drumbeat and pr that they aspire and are doing the sames things to compete as others. If this is all they aspire to and are willing to achieve then they are successful where they stand and we can look forward to a top 10 upset every 7 years but lose to Duke and Maryland every other year.

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  24. For me, the only major and obvious blunder was calling the time out prior to going for it on 4th down. I appreciate an aggressive approach at the end of the 2nd quarter, especially after suffering the Wanny years, but once you get yourself into that 4th down scenario you have to throttle-back. Access the risk/reward of the situation. With 0 TOs remaining for Louisville, we could have drained the play clock and ran a play. If successful you would have about 30 seconds to toss a couple balls in the end zone or try to get into field goal range (whatever that may be this year, inside the 5 yl?).

    Regarding the 4th&8, that one didn't bother me. I have no confidence in Harper and I was still PO'd that 87 dropped the 3rd down pass. It wasnt a good pass but 87 normally catches it.

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  25. Wanny is a good person, an ok recruiter, a really good defensive coordinator and a bad head coach. He has to go so I'll never miss him. PC needs time to adjust, and it will take the full three years to see if he does. So far I like his offense and if he can make Tino look good I can't wait to see what he'll be able to do with a real line and a better skilled QB. Let's give him time and hope he puts it together.

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  26. Hey Chris,
    When are you going to start blogging about Pitt basketball...

    I think I'm done with football this season...
    depressing...
    At least basketball this season will be exciting... I expect them to go Final 4.

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  27. Pitt cannot attract an elite coach because of Pederson. No elite coach will come here for 5 million if Pederson remains.

    Most everyone is down on Chryst. I am not. If you check last week when everyone was heaping praise on the defense, I said they really aren't that great. Name me three starters on Pitt's team that would start at WVU? Now tell me which WVU recruiting class was ranked higher than Pitt's over the last 4 years? Their qb is a playmaker with a great rapport with his playmaker's. The qb touches the ball on every offensive possession and you know where this is headed.

    To suggest Chryst is only here for three years compounds the stability problem associated with the program and is just not right. He needs at least 4 years. Doke, we agree that I would have gone for Leach first, but Chryst is a good number 2. Leach isn't coaching lights out either. As far as nice guys not making it, look at organ state. Their coach doesn't swear!

    As far as speed is concerned, I do not put credence in a 40 time. Football is not played in 40 yard increments unless you are a wvu defender trying to keep up with a texas tech offense. Give me a burst for 10-12 yards and that does the trick for me. Same with OL. Give me an OL with good feet and an understanding of leverage any day versus an ol that runs a good 40. Pitt will be fine ladies.

    Pederson has got to go. WVU extended their AD and coach this year to show stability to recruits. I am just saying that if the premise is that Paul Chryst struggles with recruiting, Pederson is helping him seal his fate by not being able to tell a recruit and his parents that the coach will probably not be there because his contract will be up after their redshirt junior year. And that ladies and gentlement is a major part of the problem. AD FAILURE!

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    1. I like OLineman to do shot put and discus in track...
      Helps with footwork..
      40speed in needed for DB's and WR's... RB's need quickness (shuttle)moreso than 40... but 40 and shuttle times are interrelated..

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