Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Pitt Football's 2014 Schedule Announced

August 30- Delaware

September 5- at Boston College (Friday)

September 13- at Florida International

September 20- Iowa

September 27- Akron

October 4- at Virginia

October 16- Virginia Tech (Thursday)

October 25- Georgia Tech

November 1- Duke

November 15- at North Carolina

November 22- Syracuse

November 29- at Miami

70 comments:

  1. last years we had a better schedule this one is no big deal nothing to get excited abought seams boring i dont see one game that has the it factor that is to bad i had high hopes but this sucks

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    1. There's potential for some 'it factor' games... provided Pitt wins.

      There could be some juice to the VPI game should Pitt enter 6-0.

      Of course if Pitt can win a few more games and give the Miami game some real meaning... like playing for a the coastal title, or a share of it.... that could be interesting too.

      Provided Voytik goes uninjured, I think we see another step forward, probably in the 7-8 win range.

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    2. Could be why Pitt announced they are selling 3game packs. You get to pick which 3 games as price depends upon games selected.
      They will have a difficult time selling season tickets.

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    3. You're giving up on the season because you don't like the schedule? I don't understand your logic. Besides, everything about this schedule has been known for months except for the dates. What high hopes did you have?

      Yes, this schedule is mostly "middle", with a few light teams (although one is on the road). But Pitt is in a real conference now, and if they win, the schedule won't be an issue.

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  2. 2014 Schedule Prediction

    August 30- Delaware W
    At home to open the season with an FCS opponent should be an easy win, I mean what could possible go wrong? Have half a dozen players get suspended and lose?? lol not happening!

    September 5- at Boston College (Friday) W
    Boston College lost their best play in their RB. I think Pitt is the better team and will squeek out a close win.

    September 13- at Florida International W
    Not a very good team and going on the road to win this one shouldn't be a problem at all.

    September 20- Iowa W
    Iowa had a good bounce back season last year and kept the bowl game close with LSU. This will be a very competitive game but I think the home field adavantage will prevail for Pitt

    September 27- Akron W
    Again not a very good opponent coming in to Heinz Field should be an easy victory.

    October 4- at Virginia W
    We handled them pretty easily last year but their QB was terrible, they might have a new starter but I still think Pitt wins this one.

    October 16- Virginia Tech (Thursday) L
    They lost their starting QB and a few key pieces on defense but I don't think Pitt will win this one.

    October 25- Georgia Tech W
    I think Pitt should pull this one out and give GT a little bit of payback for the close game last year.

    November 1- Duke W
    We beat them last year in a shootout and I don't think they'll score as many this year but Pitt has more talent and should win.

    November 15- at North Carolina L
    Special teams killed the Panthers last year and I think in this meeting North Carolina will win pretty convincingly. They have a lot of good talent coming back and coming in and more experience for their starting QB plus a great coach.

    November 22- Syracuse W
    Syracuse at home, they don't have a ton of talent so Pitt has to win this at home.

    November 29- at Miami L
    Last game of the year and Miami smoked us last year and I expect the same result again this year. Pitt just doesn't have the talent to match up with them.

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    1. Pretty optimistic there. I see 6-7 wins.
      Possible upset. Akron.

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    2. Akron was 5-7 last year with a terrible offense and a bad defense. I don't see Akron beating Pitt. I get upsets can happen (YSU PC's first year and Navy this past year) but I just think they don't have enough talent. Pitt will be better next year.

      Yes I am being pretty optimistic but Pitt should have a QB who is way more mobile than Savage last year, can make plays with his legs and a better backfield with Chris James coming in to the fold. Hopefully the line gets better but like I said, Voytik's greatest contribution to the line is his legs.

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    3. It won't be the offense that loses games for Pitt.
      It will be the defense and special teams losing games for Pitt.

      Please note, no coaching changes in the offseason. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.
      6 wins again!!

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    4. Anony 11:35 - Guessing your not a Pitt fan. No real fan of a team get's excited about the prospect of them not improving. How pathetic.

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  3. Unlike last year, there isn't a game on the schedule that isn't winnable. Iowa, North Carolina, Va Tech and Miami will all be good games. Iowa and NC should be ranked to start the season. I am sure you will see predictions anywhere from 5-7 to 12-0.

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    1. Is everyone forgetting that Duke had like a 27-point half time lead in their bowl game with Texas A&M. Probably win the game if Johnny Manziel doesn't do his thing. Duke = Loss.

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    2. Are you forgetting that Pitt did beat Duke last year?

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  4. Yeah not too thrilling but at least a better chance of 8 or even 9 wins, if things go well. The yellow seats at Heinz will be embarrassing though.

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  5. I opinion of HCPC has been to let him build a foundation and try not to get too caught up in the immediate results. I understood that there would be growing pains as our talent level was not up to par in his first two years. However, I DO believe there is more than enough talent to do some damage with this schedule. I don't any team here that we are not capable of beating.

    Frankly, I see 9 wins here and anything less would be a disappointment. Going 9-3 would be a great step forward. Still wouldn't be as good as second tier Top 20 teams (Baylor, OK St., Mich St most years, etc.), but perhaps we can be that good in year four. 9-3 in ACC would at least get us into a quality bowl.

    H2P!

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  6. I'll predict Pitt will win some games and lose some games. They'll score some points and give up some points.

    Overall, looks like a good schedule to break in the new QB.

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  7. Great OOC schedule. Got to hand it to the AD for bringing in such high caliber opponents.

    Can't wait

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    1. Best in the business. I can't wait to see people bitching about how many empty seats there are for the Akron game. Thanks to our beloved AD!

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    2. Heck Travis, they had ND and FSU in the house last year and Pitt fans bitched about all of their fans being in the seats....Pitt attendance falls under damn'ed if they sellout and damn'ed if they don't.

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  8. This is a very manageable schedule. Its way too early for predictions but I feel like we should see a higher win total than last year despite losing some very good players. iowa is an good ooc game that is very winnable and would also get pitt some respect if they win. to be honest, im not upset that there aren't any florida state type games this year.. they only benefit pitt if they compete. pitt needs wins and this schedule should allow for that.

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  9. Yes not a thrilling schedule, how dare Pitt schedule those required ACC games, would much rather see Temple, UConn, and those Big East foes!

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  10. Lame schedule. Wish we could make ND every year. We have no traditional rivalry games now with move to ACC save Syracuse...and that ain't sayin' much.

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  11. I don't get all the complaining about the schedule. It was very good last year and it is very good on the future. Nobody has a great schedule every year.

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    1. It's actually not a bad thing considering the age of the roster and the lack of depth at QB. Let Voytik cut his teeth against a weak schedule next season, because Notre Dame comes back on in 2015, and he'll face Ok. State and PSU his senior year.

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    2. I agree. Those that want a difficult schedule will then complain about a 7 loss season. At this point in time with a new QB, the schedule is as friendly as it can be. I believe if Pitt improves on their 2013 record (which they should), that will show that the program is moving in the right direction. Forget about the quality of the opponents. It's the optics that will get Pitt traction.

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    3. Come on Chris. 3 bum of the month teams and a so-so Big 10 team. The OOC schedule is a complete joke. Just like the ooc basketball schedule.

      At least schedule 1 good team

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    4. You better look at the schedule of other BCS teams. Pitt's is no worse. And don't forget that since they quickly joined the ACC they had to do some scrambling. Last year's was excellent and in the future it's excellent. As for this year, they are playing Iowa, Miami, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, North Carolina. That's hardly a bunch of bums.

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    5. Alabama's OOC schedule: WVU, Western Carolina, Southern Miss, Florida Atlantic

      Yea, bunch of top 10 teams on that list....

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    6. What I find amazing is the same people bitching about the schedule also want a return to the "glory" days of the program. If you don't remember those days, let me refresh your memory: Pitt only played ND and PSU for the most part every year in those years, the rest of the schedule was an absolute joke. So complaining about 3-4 games for OOC when the glory years consisted of playing nine programs that couldn't compete with them is somewhat off base.

      Mike W.

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  12. Pfft, its Pitt fans. The incessant whining comes with the territory. I wonder how many people bitching didnt show for FSU, VT, or Duke

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  13. My sources tell me Aaron Donald is making himself alot of money this week at Senior Bowl workouts. Reportedly he is destroying people.

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    1. NFL Network has carried LIVE coverage of Senior Bowl practices this week.

      And yes, Donald is "destroying" just about anybody they put in front of him... including guaranteed 1st Round Draft Picks.

      Pretty amazing to watch actually.

      PittofDreams

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    2. Your sources??? Who are you, Peter King? Donald doing well has been discussed on other Pitt sites, and as is mentioned above, on the NFL Network.

      It's not exactly a secret.

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    3. His source just so happens to be a Mr. Google Search

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    4. agree, Donald's practice feats have been all over th internet since Monday evening.

      Anon @ 7:55 am: I suggest you get better sources

      bill

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    5. There are others touting nfl scouts that seem bothered by Donald's Height and his wingspan doesn't make up for it either.
      His combine will be crucial for other measurables. Most likely a 2nd rounder though. I would be pleasantly surprised if he is low 1st round.

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  14. Yeah it's not a flashy schedule but Pitt doesn't have any new rivals yet. Once Pitt starts competing again they will get some. Look how Cincy took off when Wanny and Kelly were there.

    Pitt should win every game they play. Screw the canes.

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  15. why doens't Pitt sign 10, 20, or 50 year contracts with PSU and WVU?? I'd love to see OSU on the schedule too but I guess Delaware, FIU and Akron are pretty exciting foes...not to mention, Pitt's recruiters can speak about those games to high schoolers...what a joke...although, not as bad as our out of conference basketball schedule...oh wait, that's not Pederson's fault, every team in america is afraid to play at the Pete...give me a break...

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  16. Doke - what is your early prediction on wins in 2014

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    1. No excuse not to win 8 games, unless of course there are major injuries.

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  17. By the way… back at the Senior Bowl.

    After getting a close-up look at Aaron Donald methodically “Blowing Up” Offensive Lineman at the Senior Bowl… NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock projects Donald going possibly late 1st Round but no later than 2nd.

    Now, we understand what 28.5 TFLs REALLY mean.

    PittofDreams

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  18. Doke - Who has the edge in a Hackenberg/Voytik matchup down the road?

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    1. Definitely Hackenberg but that doesn't mean Voytik can't be excellent too.

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    2. Assuming Hackenberg stays for his senior season. Voytik will be a Pitt for his.

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    3. Chris - Any word on Pitt looking for a JC transfer to either challenge, but more realistically, serve as the backup this year?

      Trey is there but do you think PC is ok with him being the guy if CV gets injured during the season?

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    4. Anderson will be the Backup. Chryst is all about loyalty... even to a fault.

      From their frequent sideline conversations during the course of games this year, it's pretty obvious that Chryst values Trey's knowledge of the game and his in-game perspective.

      As Backup, it's a good chance he'll see some action. I expect him to do just fine... maybe better than fine.

      It's going to surprise a lot of fans who remember Anderson only as the Freshman Walk-On who Graham threw to the wolves and despite the fact that he was suffering from a severe case of tendonitis that prevented him from throwing the ball with any velocity.

      PittofDreams

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    5. if Voytik goes down early (like Stull in 07), I would have to think Anderson gets the call. If later in the year, it might be one of the freshmen

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  19. This schedule makes the comments about not being able to work out a date with West Virginia ludicrous, especially when the Mounties have said they will play in Pittsburgh with no return game. Chris, you are right, schedule change year-to-year. If Pitt was hoping to improve its attendance and make money, next year's schedule sucks.

    Playing Akron is about par for the course but playing at Akron next year just makes no damn sense.

    Pederson still can't schedule football after all these years.

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  20. Kent:
    The fans may have bitched about opponents taking up seats but Pederson did not. His job is to generate revenue from the football schedule.

    Enjoy watching a lot of empty yellow seats next season except for the Iowa and VT games. Pitt better make a strong opening game statement against Delaware and a noon kickoff.

    I don't get the BC game being on a Friday night. Unlike Pitt, BC actually has its own football stadium. Ah, the gods at ESPN have spoken. Just like the good old days.

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    1. Tony,

      - I think you're right that SP didn't complain. It's been shown Pitt fans don't support the team well, including me as I don't go to many games, so if it takes out of town fans to buy up tickets that's the way it is.

      - Empty yellow seats at a Pitt game..What else is new, and people want to complain and compare Pitt football against MI, AL, or OSU. Pitt alum and boosters don't have much interest in Pitt football and since I don't plan on changing that I'm happy with what's provided.

      - I'm not a fan of Thursday/Friday night games but that's the way things are to keep ESPN happy. BC having their own stadium.....I'm sure the average of 30K who attended games last year in their 45K stadium (that's 20K less than Heinz) were loving it and probably bitching about all the empty gold seats......

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    2. Franklin, Saban and Meyer make approx. 3 times more than PC. Not sure what Hoke makes but he is certainly overpaid based on his recent work.

      My point is any comparison to these programs is futile .... those are FB factories with great histories, gigantic alumni bases and don't have beloved NFL teams to directly compete with.

      As a Pitt fan, I don't seek national titles ... I just want the Panthers to be in competition for a division title nearly every year. This coming year, I expect to see a better team than this past year.

      I live quite a distance away from Pgh but still make the trek against good opponents ... went to 4 games last year. Nonetheless, I have no delusions that Pitt will be playing in front of mostly sellout crowds and vying for a BCS Playoff berth. Just want to see improvement

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  21. For all those complaining about the Non-con schedule...
    The schedules are madeup so to get 6 wins and be bowl eligible.
    No different than BB where the goal is 20 wins.

    In my opinion, if Pitt has a choice, I'd rather see Pitt play PSU every year over WVU.
    Pitt should be scheduling WVU and/or UConn and some of the current Big East teams for BB.

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    1. Actually I believe with the ACC/ND deal, Pitt lost them off this years schedule and they had to scramble to sign a replacement (Delaware I think).

      So if that didn't happen, their OCC would have been Iowa, ND, FIU, Akron.

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    2. FIU is the ND replacement. It happened too late to get a quality replacement. Those are scheduled years in advance.

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  22. You have to keep WVU off the schedule. They are in serious trouble if they don't win six games this year. They are on an island with no tie ins to local games. They keep playing Maryland which is a bad move for Maryland.

    WVU recruits Maryland well. If Edsell was smart they would cut that off which would leave WVU in a pickle. No Pitt and WVU on the schedule would put a hurt on their local (WPA and Md) recruiting. It is so strategic and is no different than what PSU did to Pitt, which worked out well for them for many years. Now, they need Pitt again on the schedule to help bolster recruiting and image after a scandal. Pitt should have left them off too in my opinion.

    I agree with Dokish that 8 wins is a good number, depending on injuries. Troubling is that four of Pitt's opponents have a bye week prior to the game with Pitt. Pitt needs to continue momentum as a program, and wins are wins. That gets Pitt to a better bowl which is good for perception too. Recruiting is actually pretty good. Pitt finished in national rankings at about mid 50's with a 7-6 record, yet recruiting is looking like top 40. You could say that the recruiting is better than their record. Bunch of complainers on here. Eat snow, jackwagons!

    You either support Pitt or leave. I don't like Pederson, but it doesn't stop me from pulling for Chryst and Team. Dokish, any last minute surprises with recruiting? Did they give up on Henry or remain in contact there? Any Bostad rumblings?

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    1. Agree Talent. To heck with WVU, the only reason they want to schedule games against Pitt is to help with local recruiting.

      You can probably count the number of good recruits that come out of WV on one hand, maybe finger, each year. OCC games should go to area's where Pitt wants to either maintain, gain, or start getting some name recognition.

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    2. Bostad signed with the Tennessee Titans.

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    3. NUMBERS DON'T LIE. In the last 3 years, when it comes to guys going to the NFL: WVU has 5, Pitt has 0. NFL prospects for this draft, WVU 3, Pitt 1. Seems to me as if one school grooms a player for the league and the other doesn't...

      Has anyone seen Cam Saddler, Brandon Lindsey, or Jared Holley. They were supposed to be better players than Tavon Austin, Bruce Irvin, and Adam "Pacman" Jones.

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    4. Think what you want Mr. Walker, but WVU's record doesn't lie and neither does the performance of any of their players that manage to make the NFL. Pac Man Jones, seriously? You're talking about a career convict here that has never made an impact in the NFL other than on the arrest blotter. Austin had a good first year, but realistically his size wil limit his career.

      Pitt has no reason or use to ever play WVU again and quite frankly won't. There isn't anything to gain from playing that school other than submitting your players, coaching staff and fans to their knuckle dragging fan base. WVU needs Pitt much more than Pitt will ever need them, and as mr. Henry will soon find out, going to play at a school where the closest away game is in IOWA was a serious mistake.

      Mike W.

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    5. Mike W

      Pacman had a great college career. Pacman has been in the NFL 6 years now, he's set for life.

      Mike W sounds a lil bitter that Mr Henry is taking his talents to Morgantown. God bless that young man and you should too

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    6. Pacman took Thuggery 101 at WV and passed with flying colors.

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    7. What trouble did he get in at WVU? Pacman didn't get a negative Sports Illustrated article while in college. Can't say the same for Pitt's players

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    8. He saved getting into trouble for his pro years.

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    9. That has no bearing on WVU

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    10. Whatever you say. :-)

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  23. You know chris you are getting hammered on the nitters board. They can't handle the truth. The ACC schedule is much better than what was available to Pitt if not in the ACC. Pitt wins and tickets will be sold. But Pitt has to put together some solid seasons to build a better brand. If that happens, Pitt will bring 55K to Heinz which is in the upper number for the ACC.

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  24. I really don't see the problem with this schedule. Absolutely every team plays a few cupcakes. They still draw fans because they are AL. OSU, MI, FL State. They are te best game, and sometimes the only, game in town. You do realize Pitt FB has been a .500 program for 31 years. What do you expect?

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  25. Isn't it more important to start winning more than 6-7 games a season before we start getting concerned about the OOC opponents in the schedule?

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  26. Thought this tidbit from the Trib Review might be of interest...

    "Pitt has offered scholarships to 74 prospects from the Class of 2015, and 70 are from outside the WPIAL."

    PittofDreams

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    1. And then you wonder why the WPIAL kids don't think these coaches are really interested in them.

      Of the 70 offers outside of the WPIAL, I can guarantee that not all the offers are to 4 & 5 * players. Some of those offers are to 2 & 3 * players. The WPIAL has those same 2,3, & 4 * players right here, but Pitt doesn't give these homegrown kids the same respect that they're giving these kids from Ohio, Virginia, Maryland and Surrounding states.

      Once those kids turn you down, then you reach out to the WPIAL guys, but at this point, its a slap in the face because you've already showed your hand. Who wants to go somewhere already knowing that you're a second third or fourth option.

      That Trib article hurt Pitt locally a lot more than it helped

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