Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Todd Thomas back at practice

According to Jerry DiPaola of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, wayward Pitt linebacker Todd Thomas has returned to the flock.  He is at the morning practice for the Panthers.

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  1. Let's hope he sticks it out this time. If he truly commits to the program and coaches and is all in, then maybe that gives the team a boost that they need - adds some unity and comradery. From what we know, I'm glad he's back.

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  2. Not sure if PC made the correct decision on this one. What's to say Thomas doesn't get upset again in the near future and causes more commotion on this team. I think when a player decides he no longer wants to be here for whatever reason, hey should be considered gone. Especially a RS Sr. Who has been around this program can have a lot of negative influence. Granted I don't know the entire situation but IMO.......

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    1. I would imagine his return has some conditions attached to it, such as getting with the program, another strike and you're done, etc.

      If he comes back with a positive, team-oriented attitude, it should be OK. Hopefully, this won't have a negative impact on team chemistry and morale, which I'd bet Coach Chryst has considered.

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  3. He has been with this program twice as long as Chryst has

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  4. Give the guy a 2nd chance he has been through 4 coaches. We all make mistakes. This is totally different than the other players that have been asked to leave or kicked off the team

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  5. Is it basketball season yet?

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  6. I don't know what to think of this whether good or bad.
    Don't know how it will affect the team.
    Will Todd be a cancer, etc? Will players lose respect in Chryst? Will Todd leave in January and transfer to a D1 school without having to sitout?
    It will be interesting to watch how it plays out. Unfortunately, Pitt doesn't need the drama.

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  7. No surprise Savage is named the starter. He looks like a real leader and has something to prove. I'm more concerned now about Bennett. Seems like his knee injury is fairly serious.

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    1. I'm hopeful that Savage's ability to stretch defenses vertically will aid the running game. Let's not beat a dead horse, but clearly the arm limitations of our most recent starting quarterback simplified many a D-Coordinator's game plan. Do we have a Tony Dorsett on the roster? Probably not and only time will tell. But, I'd like to think that the threat of going downfield will soften the box for the running game.

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    2. Some of the articles I have read recently don't suggest an even modest upgrade at the QB position from last year. Savage shows a lot of rust and that s understandable from not playing since 2010. That's a long time for a QB. The opening game sends everyone into the fire right off the bat. Loads of ifs on this team which can only be answered as the season progresses. I read that FSUs scrimmage yesterday was quite telling. Lots of speed and power with an aggressive attacking defense. Article suggested that FSUs O line could be the best in recent years. So we will soon get a good barometer on this team.
      I recall when Harris was HC we were blown out the first game and then went on to lose six games subsequently. Hope that doesn't happen again...

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    3. Walt won every opener Pitt played.

      Closest seasons to your description was 2001 (started 1-5), most of the Majors II years, and Wanny's first season.

      After FSU, Pitt plays New Mexico, @ Duke, Virginia, @ Virginia Tech, Old Dominion, @ Navy. It's not unreasonable to say that Pitt COULD come out of that 6-1.
      (note the emphasis on COULD. Didn't say that they will)

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  8. You guys worry too much.

    OF COURSE it's the right thing to do!! If our shiny new head coach has shown us anything (right, Rushell Shell?), it's that he has a zero tolerance policy for BS, clubhouse cancers and other assorted knuckleheads. And I'm fine with that.

    What he hadn't shown us any hint of, until now, is that he also can let a young man pop off, even run off, cool off, admit he screwed up, and then be embraced to come back as long as dude didn't cross certain lines. Frankly, it's refreshing, a definite bean in HCPC's jar.

    And if (IF!) TT becomes a repeat offender, or convinces other young guys dealing with adversity for perhaps the first times in their lives, to follow his path (pop/run/cool off)? Then deal with that if it happens (which I doubt, seriously doubt it will...).

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  9. You need to give college players some rope here. They have a limited time to play and improve. No question Shell was a dog and had to go. TT needs to get it and go from there. This will help the team and TT as well. He was disciplined for his actions and move on.

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  10. Chryst gets an "A" for how he's handled this.

    While all the gloom-and-doom anti-Chrystites were going off as to how this was another bad sign for a coach in over his head... here's what Chryst was doing.

    “I was able to talk to Todd, actually, every day,” said Chryst. “We had continued discussions, and he's back on the team.”

    Case closed.

    PittofDreams

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    1. Werner also reported that Chryst talked to the other players also.

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  11. There's becoming a real formula to following Pitt. Take the haters, cut that in half. Take the pro-Pitt fans, cut that in half... and there's the real story.

    Paul Chryst is pretty much a stand-up guy willing to work with his players, but, he doesn't place anyone above the team and he's still questionable on recruiting. Got it.

    Moving on... so what's the deal with Isaac Bennett's knee?

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  12. I think Chris said Robert Foster is looking like a red shirt at Alabama (who didn't see that coming). Meanwhile, Boyd is running with the first team at Pitt. Imagine if Foster would've committed to Pitt, he would be on the outside starting opposite of Street and move Boyd into the slot. Add Holtz and Ordoff into the mix and you have a pretty good offense.

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    1. I hope Foster's old man enjoys watching his kid ride the bench at 'bama. Perhaps in a couple of years he may actually get to see his boy catch a pass

      MC

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    2. And this then validates Chris' post about local kids and staying home having a better chance at success. A redshirt by no means is bad thing but as you point out Travis he could be starting as a true frosh here. Oh well.

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  13. There aren't Pitt haters; just those who are tired of the Pitt fans who idolize the coach no matter what, the very same who adored the previous coach no matter what

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    1. I wouldn’t go so far as to say fans idolize the coach…I think “support” the coach would be more accurate. I certainly didn’t idolize the previous coach but I still supported him and wanted him to be successful while he was here.

      I honestly believe that some posters would like to see Chryst fail just for the pleasure of being able to say “I told you so”.

      MC

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    2. Chris DokishAugust 13, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      There are always unrealistic fans who get upset if I don't say that Pitt football will be great forever. There the same guys who criticize every single media member for the same reason. They're pathetic, to be honest with you. And they will be the first ones who will cry and whine the first game Pitt loses this year.

      This is a previous post by Chris Dokish.
      In my opinion, that is a definition of a kool aid drinker.

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  14. I went home from church and went to kings with my two kids and wife and parents and as im in line to pay the bill who is behind me in reg clothes by himself,Paul Chryst. Im like u eatiing at Kings by himself. asked him about florida state, the program and if he likes living here and what he thinks in general. i must say though i don't know how many coaches u will find at kings eating by them self on a sunday, he was super nice, said he likes it here, will not leave unless they fire him and that he is not the best with the media but he knows what he is doing and thanked me for my support and said to give him a chance. i said no problem coach.

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    1. Jonny, I've also seen Coach Chryst by himself at 6:30 am Mass at St. Paul's in Oakland. Not sure if that means anything about his relationship with his wife and kids (maybe they're just not early risers)or about the coach in general (lone wolf), but as long as he's a winner, I really don't care how he gets it done.

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    2. There is no question that PC is a quality person, and compared to his predecessor, he is Father Theresa, But as Chris has alluded to a few times, the jury is still out otherwise.

      But Dave Hart, Foge and Paul Hackett were very fine people also. I'm pulling for PC, he is an easy person to root for .. but we'll see how much this adoration continues if he doesn't lift the program from its current mediocrity.

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  15. Chris,

    Slightly off topic here, but...I read (or read "between the lines") on your twitter account that it appears that the recrutiting for basketball is improving with the addition of Slice and a more proactive approach. However, many of the names seen on the recrutiting websites (at least the ones I have seen) don't even seem to mention Pitt at all. The only name that comes to mind is Bonzie Colson. Can you provide a brief post or response on who is on the radar and who they have chances with? Thanks.

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