Saturday, November 1, 2014

Duke 51 Pitt 48 (2OT)

Another day, another loss. Unlike like last week when Pitt just didn't show up, this time at least the offense did show up. The bad news is, the defense, the kicking game, and the coaching did not. Some thoughts:

1. James Conner is a manchild. I don't know how many times I can say it. He's now on pace for about 1,800 yards this season and he's doing it without a passing game. Today he ran for an incredible 38 times for 263 yards, a 6.9 avg., and 3 touchdowns.  He's an absolute superstar.

2.  Speaking of superstars, in the last two seasons Paul Chryst has had three of them in Conner, Tyler Boyd, and Aaron Donald. His record with them is 11-11.

3.  Speaking of Boyd he had 7 catches for 140 yards.

4.  Chad Voytik is still improving but he's not yet at the stage where he can win a game all by himself.  His running is still very good, but his passing is still just okay at best. On the day he was 16-24 for 236 yards, 2 TDs, and 0 TDs. He also ran 14 times for 58 yards, and ran for another TD.

5. Pitt had an incredible 594 yards and still somehow managed to lose the game.

6.  Chris Blewitt, well...you know the rest. He's been great all year. It's too bad that he chose this time to realize that he plays for Pitt.

7.  I can't point out any defensive standouts because there weren't any.  Duke had 438 total yards.

8.  Chryst again made some curious (bad) decisions.  The hash mark on the potential game winning FG was an obvious one, but in the 2nd OT Conner didn't touch the ball, which was also not smart.

177 comments:

  1. Staff is clueless... nothing else needs to be said

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    1. I wish I was clueless and pulling down over a million per year, seriously does Chryst and company have a learning disability? They constantly find new and exciting ways to kill momentum week in and week out.

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  2. No one expected Pitt to replace Aaron Donald's production but I thought they would have a much better defense than they do this year. Maybe the two d-backs who graduated had more of an impact than we realize too. Maddox was just hung out to dry and Pitts struggled with Crowder at the end of the first half too. The pass rush was non-existent. Why can't Pitt stop a spread offense?!?!? At least Duke's defense made some plays when they had to. Their jail break blitz was certainly effective.

    I thought the offense played well. Voytik has improved. Distributing the ball better. Boyd and Conner had great games. Even in today's college football world, 38 points in regulation should have been enough to win the game.

    Still some costly penalties.

    While the defense was bad, this loss is on special teams. Bad snap/hold on first possession field goal try, allowed a return for a touchdown and couldn't make a chip shot field goal to win the game.

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  3. Same ol Pitt. But actually if there is seriousness about major administrative and coaching change then sadly you need them to lose out in an empty home stadium. And even then it's iffy as to whether new chancellor has the will and ability to make this right.

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  4. You just get numb to this after a while - just goes on and on and on....

    #6 was funny and almost made me smile...almost if it wasn't so pathetic.

    Conner was just a stud but, Chryst lost the game by putting in James on our last possession.

    You run that horse to the W.

    House needs to be fired today.

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  5. The right hash was a mystery. Chryst/Rudolph did Blewitt no favor.

    They start the game w/ the freshman Maddox on the ACC's top receiver? Who makes that call? Duke doubled Boyd - the first half Maddox had no help on those deep balls.

    I can't believe the utter stupidity of the coaching staff. The swinging gate fiasco by Walt Harris pales in comparison to these idiots.

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  6. I really hate to say this cause the players play the game and my personal opinion is the coaching staff the whole year have been out to lunch

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  7. They should have hired Tom Bradley as dc.. I said it then... and say it now

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    1. Amen! Or maybe even as head coach.

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    2. Thank you Anonymous for going on the record about that ... then and again now.

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  8. This crap is ridiculous. No one deserves to put up with this garbage. I'm beginning to think that this team is purposely losing games. The NCAA or someone needs to investigate this program to see if bookies are paying off key players to suck and make what look like errors to lose games.

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  9. Not blaming Blewitt at all.
    DC lost the game by staying in man coverage with Crowder. No over the top help or double team. Torched them for what... 2 tds or was it 3.
    Center the ball for game winning FG chance. Credit Duke for double timeout and team rushing field for 2nd TO.
    Where was Conner in overtime?

    Frankly, quite shocked the game was close and Pitt was that close to winning ugly.

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  10. I'm not surprised or disappointed because I expected Pitt would find a way to lose. That's just the state of the program.

    Paul Chryst is not a head coach, and Matt House is not a DC. They're in their positions because they come cheaply, and that's the Pitt way.

    Fire Steve Pederson, and let's find an AD who knows who to build a football program.

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  11. Conner was MIA in both the last 4th quarter drive that ended in Chryst's hashmark blunder...and the possessinon in OT2. WTF - if you have one of the top 3 backs in the Nation - put a saddle on him and ride him to victory. No excuses.

    That is what really grates me about Chryst - he is all about excuses. His after the game comments just showed how clueless he really is. Sick of the I just don't know what went wrong, we are so young blahblahblah bs. Man up and take the blame Paul, it's the least you could do for the fans and the team.

    It was really sad sitting there today in the cold - even the Panther Pit was only 1/8 full (if that) - and I don't blame them one bit. Our section, a Panther Club section at that - was only about 1/3rd full - many regulars we have seen for several years that hardly miss a game, or at least make sure their seats tickets are used...no shows.

    When I saw the new Chancellor dotted the 'I' in the pregame band show, I hope he saw the stadium as empty as it has ever been since Pitt started playing there and understands what he must do... fire ADSP, HCPC, and DCH. The latter now - the other 2 after Pitt fails to become Bowl eligible at the end of the season. No way they are winning 2 of 3. And that is a disgrace with the offensive talent they have.

    tommymac

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  12. The definition of insanity is Pitt Football !!!!

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  13. On the bright side they are young and they showed a lot on offense Against a very good defense of team but they do not know how to win They have no. senior leadership

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    1. I'm having trouble seeing the bright side due to the glare from the incompetency of the coaching staff.

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  14. Hi Chris
    Time to move on past Football
    What are your thoughts from what you saw at the Pitt Basketball game last night

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  15. If it wasn't so sad, it would be funny. In fact, I laughed at the end when Duke won it. that is what being a Pitt fan with these clueless coaches does to you. I posted the day he was hired FIRE CHRYST. He is not head coach material. That has been proven, but alas I am sure this administration is too cheap to make another move. So we will go another year and become worse for it.

    Matt House - please. He is a poor excuse for a position coach, let alone a DC. He is exhibit 1 of Chryst's cluelessness. Add in the number of other unqualified assistants and you get a staff that is poor at recruiting, poor at coaching and poor at winning

    Oh yay

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  16. As for Duke getting 438 yards, they got those and 51 points with less than 19 minutes of offense. Yes folks, that's 2.7 points a minute against House's defense.

    As for the kick, here's Coma Chryst's blubbering excuse:

    https://twitter.com/SWernerPG/status/528640615530369025/photo/1

    Only Pitt can lose when they limit a team to under 19 minutes of offense, don't turn the ball over and have a back run for almost 300 yards. I guarantee you this is a first in the history of organized (cough) football.

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  17. Blewitt would have missed from the middle, too. That was one of the worst kicks ever. He flat-out choked on that miss. The moment was too big for him. Such a shame because Chris could have made the kick and then say after that he owed it to his teammates, the ones who battered their bodies to position him to make the kick. Two games (Akron-Duke) already this season where we'll look back and say what could have been.

    Since getting rid of Wannstedt Pitt is 23-25. The defense wouldn't be this bad with the Stache around. The lack of a pass rush is terrifying. The grouchy D-ends coach, Palmero, needs to be shown the door at season's end. How was Soto better as a true freshman than as a sophomore? He needs a redshirt year with a JuCo recruit to take his place, but the staff doesn't want JuCos. It wants to build the right way, whatever that is since there appears to be no plan in place.

    On offense, the ground game would be just as good with Dave. Steve Pederson is such a joke for what he did to this program. The new chancellor will make no changes I bet.

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    1. You cannot assume he would miss from middle.. you have to compensate for angle and he kicked across his body. It was a bad kick.. A straight shot from there is as close to automatic as you can get... it is on the staff to put team in best position to win and they failed.

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    2. anon@9:44 You can't make that statement. He hooked it because of the bad angle -- something he hasn't done since he's been here. When have you seen him kick so bad.

      The fact that Voytik not only ran to the right but gained yardage on that last play, therefore making the angle so severe is totally absurd.

      When you play for the field goal, you put the ball in the middle of the field .. pure and simple ... YOU DON"T MAKE IT HARDER FOR YOUR KICKER!!!!!!!!

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  18. One comment that seems to be missing is why didn't Pitt go for a two point conversion after the first overtime touchdown?! They consistently showed they could not stop Duke's offense so just go with a quarterback read with Conner on the dive play. No guts in this coaching staff! What a shame the James Conner and Tyler Boyd have to play for them. If I had not graduated from Pitt I would have given up supporting this team a long time ago.

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    1. Agree. Then you give to beast or act like selling run with full house and slide Holtz out uncovered... no guts.. http://dkonpittsburghsports.com/2014/11/01/column-4/

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  19. Pitt football is a dumpster fire. Good Lord, I'm so depressed.

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  20. Looks like the University of South Carolina is having the same type of year as pitt the only differences the coach is blaming himself for bad coaching at South Carolina here nothing but gibber from Pitt head coach standup coach this is your team take the blame!

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  21. Pitt football is in worse shape now than it was when Todd Graham left. This program has a few good players, none of which are on the defensive side of the ball. In my opinion this reflects poorly on administration (who hired Chryst), Chryst and his assistants. This team hasn't taken steps back since PC has taken the helm.

    Year 1: Expect growing pains as players learn new system. 3 coaches in 3 years is understandable.

    Year 2: Record isn't a reflection of team's growth. As long as we are seeing improvement from Year 1 to Year 2 then the program is moving in the right direction.

    Year 3: Absolutely no improvement. Actually, looks worse in Year 3 than Year 1. Change needs to happen.

    Not sure why I even waste a minute thinking about or writing about this team. They are in absolute shambles. The more I think about how the Script was rolled out, the more I think this program is a joke. No Script apparel, no script logo on field, no script logo on jersey, no script at Heinz Field. Embarrassing.

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  22. Pitt football on Saturdays is like the movie Groundhog Day.

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  23. And save it with the Pitt Defense. We KNOW they’re BAD. We KNOW the D-Coordinator does NOT KNOW how to GAME-PLAN, how to coach on GAMEDAY, how to get the BEST out of the Players he has.

    For Chryst to save his job, he needs to fire HOUSE NOW!

    BAD decision to promote a Guy to Coordinator who never was one and NEVER even played College Ball.

    We all knew it. Still Chryst did it.

    It was Chryst’s BIGGEST MISTAKE!

    PittofDreams

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  24. And yes, Chryst's SECOND BIGGEST mistake is Chad Voytik.

    The Kid is a GOOD ATHLETE who can run and is GUTSY. But don’t tell me he is a D-1 STARTING Quarterback.

    To settle for Voytik is to settle for all the MEDIOCRITY that Pitt Football is.

    If this Team had a Quarterback like the many now starting at other schools, we would be WINNING Games DESPITE the Defense.

    Voytik is as much a Starting Quarterback as James Conner is a BETTER D-End than Runningback.

    What a JOKE to make either argument.

    PittofDreams

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  25. PittofDreams - as Chris has said, your criticism of Voytik is....well weird.

    House...I agree.

    Pederson on down, complete house cleaning.

    I'd save LaSala, Junko and the new S&C - that's it.

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    1. What's REALLY "weird" is that Chris and others projected Voytik as a BIG GET for Pitt with his Four Stars.

      PittofDreams

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    2. What's the most weird is that you won't admit that he's not a bad QB and is getting better and better.

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    3. "... his passing is still just okay at best."

      You said it Chris.

      PittofDreams

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    4. Well that's true. But you also aren't mentioning how he's passing better, he's running for big plays, and he led Pitt down for the game winning score at the end of regulation.

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    5. Chris...

      I've said Voytik is a GOOD Athlete and Runner even before he arrived at Pitt. He just can't throw a Football as well as you need your Starter to throw it, especially when under any kind of pressure from a rush.

      Frankly, there's nothing natural in the mechanics of his throwing motion or in the way of instincts for playing the position.

      Is he getting "better?"

      I'll say this. It seems like he's getting better. But really it's Rudolph and Chryst who are getting better at tailoring an Offense for him.

      Now, Voytik did have that ONE PLAY where he rolled out and lobbed the Ball to an Open Receiver Downfield. Frankly, that was his FINEST MOMENT as a Passer this entire year.

      But, at this point... it's pretty much all SET PLAYS like the throws to Boyd and now finally to the Tight End. You can just tell Voytik knows where he's going with the Ball as soon as he starts dropping back to pass.

      Can this work? Sure, if you continue to have a HEALTHY Conner.

      Lose Conner and it all falls apart.

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    6. POD,

      Enough already on Voytik. Your droning on is sounding like JoeD. Now, do you want to be a pea in his POD?

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    7. Ground hog Day, the movie!!!!!!

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    8. Love Groundhog Day. Kind of like waking up on Saturday mornings when you're a Pitt fan.

      PittofDreams

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  26. Is it me or is the Pitt reporters "FINALLY" coming out swinging against Chryst.
    Did the gloves come off finallY??
    BCT headline... lmao
    http://www.timesonline.com/sports/college/football/only-thing-conner-couldn-t-do-was-lead-pitt-to/article_1b2fcb09-2583-5f7a-8c4f-c69ddde38318.html

    DK finally took a swipe but not nearly as tough.
    Warner... 50/50.
    Dipaolo is still Chryst biggest cheerleader and must be on Pitt payroll.
    Well, Peak will never change but he seems to be on the fence with Chryst now.

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      And while we're at it....

      http://i1251.photobucket.com/albums/hh544/Jackagain/SPPoster_zpse7cdc99f.jpg

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  27. If yesterday's game doesn't produce a change nothing will. How many people were actually in the stands? 10k? How can any leader of this school/program accept that is as good as it will get? And I am not buying the argument the entertainment dollars are spread too thin in Pittsburgh. You can buy a season ticket to Pitt football for the price of one good Pens ticket. I swear it is like no one in power at Pitt is watching the football games.

    I am pretty disgusted with the defense. Young or not there are no playmakers. I watched the highlights and watched kids take the wrong assignments. For the life of me I can't understand how a head coach accepts this. Horrible recruiting. No adjustments. Slow players. And considering Chryst has no problem playing true freshman I am not encouraged there is a lot behind these guys that shows me hope. I am not blaming the players here. This is all on coaching and recruitment and the lack of accountability. And Pitt is losing to sh-t teams.

    To the Pitt administration: The football program is an embarrassment. It really is. We don't need a new stadium anytime soon. We need coaches who can recruit and have experience. We need an AD who can market the program. We need an AD that alumni actually like. People are walking away from this program to the point there are only a few left. Might as well start playing at Central Catholic from now on. Just look at Pitt's previous pretty decent seasons. They drew well enough. Fans will come but you have to give them a reason. Right now you have not given them one reason to blow a Saturday afternoon watching this.

    I will never be done as a fan or watching games. But the fact that as soon as Duke scored to win that I can calmly walk out of my house and start my day like nothing happened shows how much this SOS is ingrained in my head.

    Signed -
    Disappointed Pitt Fan

    duBB

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  28. Doke:

    It seems like you aren't going to give Voytik an unqualified compliment until he plays like Brady or Manning. Voytik had a very good game. Period.

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    1. What are you talking about? I'm defending him in this very thread. Excuse me for not saying he's Dan Marino.

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    2. You said, and I quote, "Chad Voytik is still improving but he's not yet at the stage where he can win a game all by himself." That is a qualified compliment. No, he is not at the stage of winning a game by himself, but nobody expects him to be at that stage - except for you and maybe a few others. That is an unrealistic expectation at this time, so it suggests something negative which isn't even pertinent at this stage. Maybe next year, but not now.

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    3. That's just a fact. What do you have against facts?

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    4. It's also a fact that you have a hard time not injecting some negativity into just about anything you say. I have nothing against this fact.

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    5. That's funny because I don't remember being negative about Conner, Boyd, and Donald. Do you think maybe it's because they are excellent and Voytik isn't yet? Reality.

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    6. Doke was way to nice. Voytik wasn't good. His deep balls where just hail marys that he got lucky the receivers caught. Plus he threw into double and triple coverage numerous times. He also fumbled the snap again.

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    7. Someone more critical than Dokish. I didn't think that was possible.

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    8. Doke is very fair He does nothing but complement Pitt basketball and always says nice things about Conner/Boyd.

      What should he say positive about Pitt football? Please inform.

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  29. Voytik has been getting better but he keeps forcing balls. He threw in to triple coverage when he tried to hit Jennings deep (why he isn't playing more is beyond me, you burned his RS so play him).

    Voytik also shows the inability to go through his progressions which is a huge issue. You would think Chryst would be able to help him out but you just don't see it.

    Chryst also needs to hire a QB coach, he is not qualified or experienced enough to do both. Plus that's one less coach on the road recruiting.

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    1. I don't think Chryst is the offensive or QB guru he is being credited for.

      Wilson transferred in at Wisconsin and quite frankly he is a once in a lifetime talent.

      Chryst's inability to recruit QBs further reinforces his lack of any recruiting strategy. Most better programs recruit multiple higher rated QBs due to suspensions, transfers and injuries.

      I have never been sold on Chryst he is just too inarticulate during interviews and appearances.

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    2. Chryst is failing the test for a GAMEDAY Coach.

      But give him his due when it comes to Coaching Quarterbacks and the Passing Game.

      Think back to the IMMEDIATE transformation Sunseri underwent when Chryst took over.

      I think Voytik poses a tough assignment for Chryst.

      For the most part, Chryst and Rudolph are no longer asking Voytik to READ Defenses or counting on him to go through his PROGRESSIONS.

      At this point, it's pretty much having Voytik go back to pass, turn around, and throw to a SPECIFIC Receiver.

      It works mainly because of the Defenses being so focused on Conner.

      PittofDreams

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    3. You won't be pleased until the Pitt QB is the second coming of Dan Marino.

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    4. Not exactly the "second coming." But his name is Bertke.

      PittofDreams

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    5. Bertke may have an arm, but in no way is he close to Marino as a QB. Marino was pretty damn good as a freshman. We will never know about Bertke as a freshman since he's a RS.

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    6. No one is a Marino. But Bertke is going to be REALLY Good.

      If I had to compare him to someone it would be Nick Foles... only with a BETTER Arm and much QUICKER Release.

      A lot of Fans are putting their hopes in Voytik next year as a Second-Year Starter.

      But Chryst will play Bertke... UNLESS he's is simply determined to lose his job.

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    7. There's a 95% chance that Bertke won't beat out Voytik next year.

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    8. The only reason that would happen is due to Chryst placing such a HIGH VALUE on LOYALTY.

      He did it with Tino. He did it last year with Savage. He did it with House when he promoted him to D-Coordinator instead of going outside.

      But I like the 5%.

      PittofDreams

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    9. POD,

      How can you be so obtuse? There is much more to QB'ing than size and a strong arm. (Dokish is correct.). The year of experience and understanding of the college game puts him farther down the road than Bertke.

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    10. If what you're saying were true, there would never be an UNDERCLASS Quarterback starting ahead of a Senior

      How about a word for that?

      PittofDreams

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    11. POD,

      Here's my response to you. There could be an underclassman who has a better FB IQ than his upper class teammate. The experience the upper class teammate has over the under classman may not close the gap. Bertke came from a small class high school program. I'm sure he is not ready for the field. He won't be ready next year either. Kind of like the QB Wanny recruited from the Cleveland area (lefthander, name escapes me). Big kid with tools, never amounted to anything and transferred. Not saying that will happen to Bertke, but you sure as hell can't sit here today and say he should start over CV next season.

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    12. You're trying too hard... and yes I can.

      My batting average with these things is PRETTY GOOD.

      PittofDreams

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    13. Dazzle me with the specifics of your pretty good batting average.

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    14. Search PittofDreams.... Voytik... starting three years ago back in Cleveland Tennessee.

      Then we'll talk James Conner.

      This is just a start. But you can handle it Anonymous.

      PittofDreams

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    15. Checked it out. Not impressed. You have an overinflated value of self. Plus low self esteem b/c you're always tooting your own horn.

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    16. Life is not as SIMPLE as you think.

      PittofDreams

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    17. Now isn't that a philosophical response? I expected more from you.

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  30. Guys, we missed a freakin FG that was gimmie. We make that FG we talk about CV and his ability lead us down the field.

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    1. That's right. But don't say this to Dokish because he won't have anything negative to say about Voytik, and that would be a sad day for him.

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    2. Yeah he sure did lead the team down the field. It was CONNER. The drives only stalled when they tried to pass. I could have been qb and handed off 40 times for almost 300 yards. They give it to Conner and they win, not rely on a kicker or a average qb.

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    3. Voytik both ran and passed Pitt down the field on that last drive. Give him credit. He was nowhere near the worst problem Pitt had in that game.

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    4. Will agree that he ran them down the field since that is all he can do and he wasn't the main reason they lost. He had a back foot deep ball to Ford that was awful. Terrible pass and should have been picked on last drive. Disagree that he deserves any credit for game, it was all Conner.

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  31. The job of a Head Football Coach is to give their Players the BEST chance to Win.

    Putting the Ball at the Center of the Field was the BEST chance for Blewitt to make that Field Goal.

    Running Conner on the TWO-POINT Conversion was another BEST chance opportunity presented to Chryst.

    He failed both times.

    PittofDreams

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  32. When you lose everything is magnified but Pitt played a great game if they kick the field-goal we are not on here criticizing every play The defense gave up three points up in the second half so they did make adjustments it was a hard game to Lose moveOn

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      Would have, should have or could have this game especially the way they lost really deflates the players. There might be nothing to move on to because every week they find a different way to beat themselves. They have lost 5 of the last 6 and to beat UNC they have to play an almost perfect game and that includes the coaching staff.

      I don't think they recover from the Duke loss and they lose out the rest of the season.

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  33. That maybe true but the young kids and you got to move on it's football you can't look back maybe at the in the year you still have to play the game

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  34. @JC

    I don't live and die by Pitt football, frankly they are horrible. I realized Chryst was not the guy during the YSU game and I have attended various functions where Chryst has spoken and frankly he has the motivational attributes of a slug. I am sure the players see it also.

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  35. Voytik is playing better although he seems to have a habit of throwing off his back foot and jump passing which brings into question his ability to get the ball to his receiver timely. This may result in future interceptions. One disturbing play was an in route run by Tyler Boyd at about the end zone line. CV waited until he saw daylight and it was too late. There was no anticipation, despite locking in on him early. Watch that replay and it will show how much CV lacks confidence in himself and the system. The kid ran well, that is for sure and at least he gave Ford a chance when they blitzed at the end. That was an improvement, no doubt.

    Chris James needs to slow down on some of his sweeps. He outruns his blockers and although he gains 6-7 yards, he could be making bigger plays if he waits for rotherman and the other uglies to get downfield.

    Boyd and Conner played great. Too bad we couldn't get Whitehead dressed! The talk of big play ray has died down finally. It is a problem when he is still in the starting lineup. He is not impactful, takes bad angles and arm battles, instead of hits, although he did have one nice play that I can recall. Adonnis Jennings runs routes like Manessah Garner. He doesn't run hard or go after the ball aggressively. That needs to change, fast, or we will lose him to the lazies....

    Th AD must go now. The stadium looks worse and worse as the weather and on field product turn worse. I do have great confidence in these guys to play better.

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  36. 1. Voytik played well enough to win the game. He obviously didn't or can't do it by himself but he avoided mistakes and ultimately had us in position to win the game with a FG. Our passing game is clearly not sophisticated, he doesn't go through his progressions, locks on to receivers, and bails out of the pocket early but he has gotten better as the year goes on and he was a bright spot on Saturday.
    2. Our O-line will be very good next year. We ran well between the tackles, and when Conner broke the runs outside, you could see the linemen engaging blocks on the second level. That is a very good sign. They still need to hold pass blocks longer but I think it will be a strength next year.
    3. Our D is bad. However, they played much better in the second half and made the key stop at the end of the game which gave us a chance to win. Obviously the lack of recruiting is catching up to us. Sure once in a while we'll get a really good kid who just wants to stay home or go to Pitt but at some point we need to be able to 'out-recruit' other schools. House doesn't seem capable of that, nor does he seem to be a competent coordinator. How many times can a team run bubble screens, passes to the flat, or short curls before we realize giving up 6-7 yards per play is bad? We all knew it was a bad hire and I hope there is some external pressure on PC from either the AD or the boosters to make a strong hire. We need a strong, experienced D-coordinator and a 'slam dunk' recruiter. Perhaps there can be enough groundswell to make this happen in the off season.
    4. What happened to Pitts? He has regressed to the point he is barely a capable nickleback. Even when he has good coverage he has zero awareness of the ball. He lacks confidence but we have no other options. We should be recruiting every capable DB up and down the east coast offering early and often playing time.

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  37. 5. I don't believe in just random bad luck continuing to happen to Pitt. Every Pitt fan knew Blewitt would miss that kick. Because I immediately questioned why the ball was put on the far hash. Good teams and coaches create, then capitalize on their opportunities. After a while it isn't bad luck, it's bad leadership, bad management, bad coaching. PC was overwhelmed by the moment and that seems to happen too often. We could have spiked the ball after the first run, ran 1 more play in the middle of the field, then called TO. Instead Voytik wasn't told the proper thing to do in that situation and PC panicked because of what he termed 'the wrong package' on the field to run the ball in the middle. That makes no sense. Every organization takes on the characteristics of its leader and that is a huge problem for Pitt. I want PC to succeed. He seems like a great guy, recruits great kids, runs a clean program, and I am rooting hard for him. But he seems destined to be a coordinator and he is much more comfortable operating behind the scenes.
    6. A good leader recognizes his weaknesses and surrounds himself with people who are strong in those areas. PC has failed to do that and it will most likely be his downfall. Perhaps that is why our AD wanted a coach with head coaching experience but when we didn't hire one, someone should have forced PC hand a bit in who he was hiring. It happens all the time even in the NFL. I'm a NYG fan. Tom Coughlin had run the same offense for 26 years and Kevin Gilbride was with him for a long time. Management forced him to go in a different direction this past year to get he and Eli out of their comfort zone. PC definitely stays in his comfort zone with both his hires and his coaching style and unless he has coordinators and coaches around him to bring him out of that shell, nothing will change.
    7. I think between the O-line, another year of some excellent skill players, and Voytik as a junior, PC will get 1 more year. It makes no sense to fire him if our AD is still there to make the next hire. Even if we get a new AD, he may want a year to evaluate. I'm not advocating keeping or firing PC. I don't want to keep rewarding mediocrity but unless there is an institutional change from the top what point does it make right now to fire PC and put the decision back in the hands of SP?

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    1. per #5. Chryst never addressed the issue that it was 1st down and he could spike the ball at that point and collect himself. No... he blames not having the proper personnel on the field.

      It was a cluster from the get-go. No one mentions him running down the field screaming for a time-out. Who does that? A coach should be communicating w/ the officiating crew - just like Cutliffe did when he called his 2 time-outs.

      Chryst for coming off as cool and collected is hardly that. He's mentally challenged and cannot work under pressure such as end of game situations.

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  38. My biggest frustration with HCPC is his high degree of passivity. We get jobbed out of a critical game-changing call for the third straight game -- Duke's first TD, dude obviously pushed off, a kindergarten student could make that call -- and the stupid look on Casper Milquetoast's face just screams "Thank you sir, may I have another?"

    Make matters worse, they call our CB for defensive pass interference. That TD comes off the board, and the game doesn't come down to Blewitt's missed FG.

    That's three games in a row where Pitt gets screwed, either by replay judges or on-field referees, and our statue of a coach just takes it. SHOW SOME FIRE, DUDE!

    For Pete's sake, even ESPN-U's halftime analysts were openly criticizing our shiny new head coach standing there like a statue while this goes on time after time. They said you argue like hell not to change the call -- that's not gonna happen -- you do it to get the NEXT call. Instead, our sideline garden sculpture doesn't bat an eyelash, so we don't get the next call either. Repeat, ad nauseam.

    I'm so frustrated with Chryst and his whole misbegotten regime, I don't care WHO fires them, whether it's Steve Pederson or the next guy. Just so somebody does it, and now, please!

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    1. I agree w/ you 100% - just stare blankly after you get screwed over and over...

      DUUOOOOYYYY.....Hi, I'm Caspar...I think.

      House Cleaning PLEASE!

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  39. Lol coach like a statue but I think he's like that because sometimes I don't think he has a Clue what's going on and as far as the officiating which you don't think makes a difference. Pitt has gotten screwed the last three games

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  40. The offense improved:
    The turnover situation was completely reversed from the Georgia Tech game.
    Passes were completed to several wide receivers, running backs, and tight ends.
    Chad Voytik was making better reads.
    There was excellent blocking.
    If anything, they need to work on the center snap timing and warding off multiple-player blitzes.
    Special teams had a bad day for the first time this season.
    One play, such as Chris Blewitt's field goal try, did not lose the game.
    Once again, the defense was schemed to play back and was out of position on many plays, as ESPNU analysts pointed out a number of times.
    Yes, you might say that almost every time Duke got the ball, the game was lost because the defensive schematics and play execution "blew it."

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  41. After the blunder of the Haywood hire, Nordenburg entrusted Cochran and Donna Sanft to chair the search committee, i.e cower to booster and hire Chryst.

    Those 2 are gone. Changes are coming. Soon.

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  42. Remember the plane that would fly over Pitt Stadium? Fire the Killer B's. Bozich and Billick. Need a 2014 version to fly over Heinz. If Pitt lays a stinking egg at NC, there will be even less fans at the Syracuse game.

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  43. Reading all the comments, it is amazing how many people get mad when they point out Pitt football stinks. That is a FACT! I am a diehard Pitt fan but the team, with the exception of a few players stinks. I have never seen a fan base that get made when you say the team stinks, which has not won more than 6 games in the last four years but than also mad when you say how great the basketball program is and they manage to win 25+ games a year. AMAZING! what is wrong with Pitt fans. Oh I know Jamie Dixon has never gotten to a final 4. Well, he has come a hell of alot closer then any Pitt Coach (except Walt) has come to making a BCS Game or heck a respectable bowl game. If you think playing in the Tidy Man tidy bowl game every year makes your team good, you are just nuts! Time to clean house both coaches and the AD.

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    1. Who is getting mad? Another qualified coaching expert. It's people like you who have no patience that have the problem of being mad. Y'all make me laugh. Again call Nick Sabin he's interested!lol

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  45. Chris, what is up with rumors on Robert Foster coming home and playing next year at Pitt? Any validity to those rumors?

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    1. I have no idea if he wants to transfer, and to Pitt if he does, but his girlfriend is pregnant and that could be a good reason to transfer home without having to sit out a year IF he decides that he wants to.

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    2. Chris, thanks for the info! I never knew you could transfer without sitting out a year for getting your girlfriend pregnant. Interesting. Maybe that is his ticket out of bama.

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    3. Smart girl.
      Lots of girls get pregnant looking to be supported for life.
      Revis, Shell, now Foster.
      golddiggers.

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    4. It would qualify as a medical condition of a family member. I hope it happens as that would be an immediate upgrade in receiver talent and allow Adonnis to take his redshirt next year. Or, would you put jennings and foster on the outside and use boyd in the slot, etc. That would be interesting thinking.

      My guess is that he is waiting to see if Alabama can get him a national championship ring before he leaves. I hope he brings some of the Alabama way of preparation to Pitt IF that is his choice. So, can Pitt contact him or his family or do they have to wait and have Foster and or family contact them. Pitt should pursue his girlfriend and offer educational support, etc.

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    5. Way too many kids having kids in this country..

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    6. ^That number is actually down since 16 and pregnant started airing

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  46. Not saying it would happen and I certainly could care less either way but would Greg Schiano be a good fit at Pitt?

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    1. My first phone call (and second and third and ... until I landed him) would be to Jim McElwain, head coach of Colorado State (and 'Bama's OC before he left for CSU).

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    2. Brian Polian at Nevada is another guy who might be getting a bigger job in the near future. McElwain is going to be getting a bigger job this offseason.

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    3. Like hearing some of these names. Who would be on your short list for potential AD replacements?

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    4. Jim Mcilwain has a $7.5 million buyout from CSU. Pitt will not pay that for anyone.

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  47. Guys I know it hurts because we're losing so many close games and were not where we wanted to be after three years with Chris but we are the youngest team in like Todd or not like Todd Graham were he recruited Junior college players to play for him like 20or30 they probably wouldn't get in the pitt anyways I just say to be a little bit more patient I think good things around the corner I say this from being out-of-state have to support your team you have to go to the games I'll be going to the next game for those you coming down Have fun!

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    1. Biggest run-on sentence I ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  48. I swear the Trib is on Pitt payroll or something.
    Article today quoting Chryst, well, we were looking to go for a TD. smh
    Backtracking because of all the backlash, including DK quote of "Get a clue already"
    Even though Voytik said going for FG.

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    1. I saw that Its was a little bit strange it's almost like there's no communication between the coaches quarterback?? Or who's telling the truth there??

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    2. No, it was a complete CYA.
      Chryst looked clueless at pressor after game.
      Voytik obviously telling truth.
      When will media stop handling Chryst with kid gloves. As if they feel sorry for Chryst whilst he makes 1.8 million.

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    3. It's in the PG also... unbelievable.
      Why pgh media sucking up to chryst and pitt?
      Just say it, he sucks as a coach.

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    4. I will loud and clear Anonymous - 11/6...9:26

      PAUL CHRYST SUCKS AS A HEAD COACH!!!!

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  49. Reply to James Conner's post: "I just say to be a little bit more patient I think good things around the corner."

    Politely, I invite you to name one thing that gives you the slightest notion that good things are right around the corner as long as Paul Chryst remains the head football coach at Pitt. Going one step further (and I'm not being sarcastic), name a single thing, anything, which suggests to you that HCPC is remotely qualified to be head coach at a Power-5 conference?

    Three years (!!) into the job -- an eternity in college football -- and dude's still making the same bonehead game-losing aw-shucks decisions he made in Game One when he lost to middling-FCS program Youngstown State. I could understand if he was learning on the job, but I don't see where he's gotten even a little better in nearly three full seasons.

    To the contrary, Paul Chryst being promoted to head football coach at a Power-5 Conference school is the textbook definition of the "Peter Principle" -- being promoted to one position above where he should be with his skill set, management style and personality.

    Seriously, the guy cannot game-day coach worth a damn -- even his alma mater didn't want him back. He cannot adjust, doesn't learn from his mistakes, cannot recruit well, makes poor hiring decisions (Matt House as DC? Really?) and has the personality of a banana slug. Seriously and sincerely, what am I missing? I'm ready for some hope, so please I'm begging you give me something specific so that I can have some too.

    I for one can't wait until somebody in the administration finally wakes up and realizes there are worse things than a lack of stability, and one of them is having a coach that nobody else would take off your hands, not even for free.

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    1. There's only one reason HCPC got the job, and that's because Wiscy AD Barry Alvarez -- who apparently knew something we didn't -- poured honey into the ear of his Pitt super-booster pal, and that booster weighed in with the former chancellor who in turn weight in with Steve Pederson.

      Let's put it another way. Hypothetically, let's say Paul Chryst left Wisconsin to become the head coach at, say, Ball State or Bowling Green (instead of coming to Pitt), and did the exact same job he's done since becoming our head coach. Same record, same knucklehead game-day decisions, same lack of passion when his team gets screwed (three games in a row and counting...) in critical situations, same cronyism when hiring assistants.

      Under those exact same situations, would ANY school from a Power-5 Conference give him a sniff of their head coaching opening, no matter how desperate they were for "stability"? Or even have him on the short list for their opening, let alone give him an interview? Not just no, but hell no.

      In my opinion, based on his performance at Pitt the past three years, he'd be lucky to get rehired as a coordinator at a major school. Especially since he obviously finds the recruiting process so distasteful (plus he sucks at it), a serious flaw for such a high-profile job (and should have been a major red flag for Pitt's interviewers...).

      If you think I'm wrong, sincerely, please tell me where.

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  50. Man ! Im 40 you have made a lot of good points. I see why you are asking how. This is a growing time for team and coach. Do you realize just how bad this football team was after 3 coaching changes was?yes coach has personality of a rock so did mr knoll see were that got him. Recruiting needs to improve and this year it has in my opinion. He has made changes in coaches this year and until he goes 2-10 or 3-9 let him at least try to turn this program around. It's not like were michigan that throw a good coach away in 3 years . But they also have 30 years of winning.I can go on but why you have this program buried already. Just remember coaches were not knocking down pitt door they were running out. Htp support your team ! Win or lose !

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    1. I do support my team, win or lose. Otherwise I would have mailed it in right after the humiliating loss to Y-State three years ago. HCPC's honeymoon was over faster than a bridegroom first learning on his wedding night that his blushing "bride" was born a dude...

      But that aside, respectfully, you really didn't answer my questions. So allow me to ask them again:

      1. Name one thing that gives you the slightest notion that good things are right around the corner as long as Paul Chryst remains the head football coach at Pitt. and

      2. Name a single thing, anything, which suggests to you that HCPC is remotely qualified to be head coach at a Power-5 conference school?

      Or maybe you really did answer them by not answering them, because IMO the answer to both questions is the sound of crickets.

      H2P

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    2. #1 he has the youngest team in the NCAA . His best players are sophomores. And he's building his offenses and defenses of the lines which takes years to do. #2 he's been a head coach for 2 1/2 years. The reason why his mistakes or so blaring is he doesn't have the leadership in the experience to get away with it. Steve Spurrier has lost two games this year at home when he was leading by two or more touchdowns with less than five minutes to go in the game I guess he's not a head coach either. Patients my man if he doesn't do it in the next year or so then maybe you can question him.

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    3. #3 coach walked into two wasted recruiting classes and 35 players leaving the team yet they went to to bowl games in one one but he's no head coach. Get a call into Nick Sabin I heard he's interested.

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    4. In complete agreement w/ you Imma Man! im40.

      The big problem is - from what I've heard, they are talking about an extension for Chryst at the end of this year.

      For recruiting purposes regardless of his record, screw-ups or him being even more of a Caspar Milquetoast they're going to give him...an EXTENSION!

      Why? Because they're F'd up period.

      It's just sad what I'm seeing because no-one except for true Pitt fans care anymore.

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    5. Lol Great last line there moody.

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    6. Okay James Conner, you gave an answer to my first question. Now I happen to flatly and strongly disagree with your opinion, but you're certainly entitled to it.

      However, unless I read past it in my haste, I still don't think you answered my second question. So I'll ask it one last time, just in case you're still formulating your opinion:

      2. Name a single thing, anything, which suggests to you that HCPC is remotely qualified to be head coach at a Power-5 conference school?

      And it's okay to say you don't have an answer (if that's the case), because I don't have an answer to that one either.

      H2P

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  51. So Chris what happened to my comeback?

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  52. So, I just watched the last couple of minutes of the Memphis - Temple game. Tied at 13. Memphis drove down field to about the 15 yd line. Surprise Surprise they centered the ball in the middle and kicked the winning FG on the last play of the game.

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    1. Thought the very same thing watching the end of that game - the Memphis coaches - MEMPHIS for God's sake knew wtf they were doing and got the win.

      Chryst...DUUUUOOOOHHHHYYYY

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  53. Dear I am 40 I ask you a question. What qualifies you to ask whether A guy is qualified as a head coach for two years.? Other than coaches personality what doesn't he qualify for as a coach he's coached at every level of football he's playied football at every level. Ann taken on a job that was a joke before he got there. Again I will ask you what qualifies you and moody are you a professional coach expert. Have you played any sports other than playing jeopardy? Like I said have patients I think coach is going to do it. From where he started the laughingstock of college football coach walks out for another team. Really him taking the job should give him credit enough.h2p. Now if you want to talk about somebody who don't qualify start talking about the athletic director.

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    1. Okay James Conner, let me answer your question with a question: What qualifies YOU to ask whether Steve Pederson is qualified to be athletic director at a Power-5 Conference school?

      Now I'll take the liberty to give your answer for you: Expectations, instinct, seeing what other guys can do, and seeing possible at other schools when the right guy is calling the shots. And the sooner we all realize it and move on, the better off will be the program. Am I right?

      Coincidentally, those are the EXACT same list things which cause me to question HCPC's qualifications. Things of which I don't see a scintilla in our sideline garden statue of a head coach.

      Now agreed, it's "only" been three years (snicker). Only. But I don't see any progress, none whatsoever. Which is why I asked three times for you or anyone else to tell me what I've missing, and three times no answers. I don't have any either. And sadly, Clueless Chryst & Company doesn't have the answers either.

      And to repeat the same answer we gave for the AD: The sooner we all realize it and move on, the better off will be the program.

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  54. I am 40 another question what made you qualify for your first job???

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    1. I haven't gotten personal, and now you have. I've been polite and respectful to your opinion, and you haven't.

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  55. If anybody is like Joe d joe d joe d it you moody and I am 40 experts who probably never played the game

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    1. Moody and '40 are spot on!!
      Did anyone look at the attendance of the Duke game?
      And they want to give Chryst an extension for recruiting purposes?
      Seriously, how much lower can recruiting get without an extension? Shows Pitt admin are clueless.

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    2. Went to the Pitt game last year there was more pitt people there then duke people they have attendance problems too. Y'all tickets at the Pitt game or so cheap I don't understand how it is not full. We have to pay $50 for a ticket to see pitt play down here in North Carolina. You'll have to look at yourselves as fans and ask yourself why the stadium is empty.

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    3. Bull effen sh!t Anonymous 4:57 - I was at that Duke-Pitt game last year (I now live in NC) - it was at least 80-20 Duke fans.

      I was on the Pitt "side" and yeah since it was a crazy game, Pitt fans made a ton of noise but there is zero - ZERO way there were more Pitt than Duke fans at that game.

      The whole side under the press box was all Duke and that's where most of the crowd was.

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  56. I hereby vote for imma man and zatiti moody co coaches for the University of Pittsburgh. They qualify!

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    1. We never said that we qualify for a HC position anywhere - if you and everyone else don't see that Chryst is in way over his head and a terrible HC then you're flat wrong.

      We all wanted to give this guy a chance and we did so what did we get?

      Losses to Navy, Akron and for God's sake...Youngstown State? Youngstown freakin' State? Are you serious.

      And you think Chryst is a good HC?

      Really?

      How do good coaches with better players lose to teams like that?

      How do you punt the ball at Ga. Tech's 42 yardline when Pitt had all the momentum in the world going for you - Plus, Ga. Tech gets the ball on the 2nd half kick-off?

      How Anonymous?

      How do you not center the damn ball in the Duke game for the winning FG with 2 freakin' seconds left?

      How?

      Oh, his explanation in the Trib was that he was going for a TD. At the 10 yard line???

      Have you EVER listened to his pressers?

      Impressive right?

      Seriously - wtf?

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  57. Sorry 40 man I just asked you questions like you were asking me questions I didn't mean to get personal but unfortunately you want to know about the coach and I want to know about you.

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    1. No harm no foul. In the unlikely event that this becomes the "Imma Man! Im 40!" blog, then my qualifications for getting and performing my job become germane, and I'll be glad to tell all.

      However, as long as this is a Pitt sports blog, I think we're better served focusing our interest in the qualifications and performance of Paul Christ and Matt House, Steve Pederson, and to a lesser extent Jamie Dixon.

      P.S.> Not that it matters a whit to Panther Nation, but I'm pretty good at what I do. No brag just fact: I have head hunters contacting me daily (no exaggeration) that represent companies that want to hire me. And I have my Pitt education to thank for those blessings.

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  58. Reply to Anonymous on 11/08 @ 9 AM:

    Thank you for the honor of considering me -- plus my assistant Zatiti Moody -- to become head football co-coaches at the University of Pittsburgh. I'm truly flattered.

    I'll let Zatiti speak for himself, but for all concerned it's better that I respectfully decline your offer. You see, I realize that with my personality type and skill set, I know I'm better suited to keep the job I already have, and let someone more qualified and more motivated be Pitt's head football coach.

    It's a shame, really, that Paul Chryst didn't have enough self-awareness to reach the same conclusion and make the same decision....

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  59. Wow 40 man iam impressed.but That's not what I asked you.i asked you what your first job qualifications just like the coaches is in his first head-coaching job. If you know what I mean and what is the exact qualifications of a head coach?

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  60. Anonymous @ 7:40 PM, my first qualification criteria for hiring a head coach (if I was hiring for a Power-5 Conference school like Pitt), is no hiring of unproven coordinators like Paul Chryst under any circumstances. If a coordinator like Paul Chryst aspires to be a head coach, then he must spend some time as a HEAD coach -- not as a coordinator -- in the "minor leagues" like the MAC or AAC or Mountain West. Just to prove he isn't a dunderhead.

    Then after he proves he's not a knucklehead, then you look at things like his W-L record, and his passion, and the trends of his program (is it up and coming, is there buzz? Or dead men walking?).

    Like I said in an earlier post (above), if Paul Chryst had done the exact same job at a MAC school that he's done at Pitt -- same brain-fart coaching decisions, same mystifying crony hires, same banana-slug personality, same lack of buzz and excitement, same poor recruiting results, same record, same losing to schools he has no business losing to, same everything? Then he'd have zero chance of landing a job at a Power-5 Conference school. But Paul Chryst skipped that vital step. As a result, we hired him on the hopes that he's more than he appeared (but unfortunately, he's not...).

    Now, just because a guy succeeds at a "minor league" school doesn't mean he'll be a home run hire at a Power-5 Conference School (see Brady Hoke at Michigan, who did a great job at San Diego State). But the odds are certainly better.

    Look at the corporate world. Just because a line manager has years of experience certainly doesn't mean he'll be a great CEO. Which is why companies are careful to hire the RIGHT guy, not the NEXT guy. Pitt hired the next guy in line, not the guy best suited for the job. For that, there can be no dispute. In fact it was clear the day he was hired. I know, because guys like me were saying it starting the very day his hiring was announced.

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  61. I hate to keep agreeing with my assistant but that was spot on....and here Pitt is unfortunately.

    Of course in all honesty, Zatiti wanted Mario Cristobal.

    My alter ego can be a dumba$$ sometimes but....Cristobal probably would have beaten Pitt this year at FIU had he been coaching.

    Over on the pantherlair, I seldom posted the last couple of years...(under a different alias)...but like on this blog, my frustration with Pitt FB has a way of bubbling over.

    One of the problems that I like many others have is that we lived the "Glory" years.

    Those who have not have NO idea how dominant we were.

    We just kicked everyone's a$$ and to see us the way we are now is just...sad.

    And it pi$$es me off to listen to the Chryst apologists who either don't want to or can't see that this head coach and this pathetic staff from a variety of standpoints...suck.

    Oh well, carry on.

    ZM out.

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  62. Cristobal stinks as a Head Coach. Not the only BAD Head Coach to find a home under Saban's umbrella.

    Christobal's Head Coaching Record... 27-47. Most Wins in a Season.... "8."

    What did Cristobal in while he was being considered for the Pitt job (Alvarez's influence aside)... was FIU's LOSS in the Beef O'Grady Bowl to Marshall.

    Cristobal's Team looked to be in TOTAL DISARRAY... at least from an Offensive perspective.

    Chris, the only way I see someone being enamored with a Guy like Cristobal is if you buy into the CHARISMA and the perceived notion that he can Recruit.

    If you count Cristobal in as "one of the best" Head Coach candidates... then that Field must really be thin.

    PittofDreams

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    2. I do enjoy the humor.

      But how about arguing some facts.

      Show me where Cristobal is a GOOD Head Coach.

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  63. He turned the worst D-1 program in the country into a winner. He's considered one of the best up and coming coaches by everybody in college football. And now that he's been a recruiting force at Alabama he's an ever better candidate.

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  64. Don't know if you really answered the challenge... but I am now on OFFICIAL Cristobal Alert!

    PittofDreams

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  65. Moody you are like Peter Pan and never Neverland.!

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  66. I had a sense -- and said so starting on the very day his hiring was announced -- that Paul Chryst was Peter Principle personified. And I wish I'd been proven wrong (which I also said from Day One), but I wasn’t. Just look at the total body of work: Other than the occasional glimmer (Notre Dame last year), dude’s a dud. If you want 6-6 records poisoned by at least two infuriating losses every year to some nowhere school to be your high water mark, with the occasional meaningless bowl game, then HCPC’s your man.

    What made me reach this conclusion starting from Day One? It was because Wisconsin didn't allow HCPC -- their OC for Pete’s sake!! -- anywhere near their recruiting process. Let that sink in for a minute. Sheesh, what an indictment! I said then that it sounded to me like our shiny new head coach should be working in the NFL, where someone else finds and brings the players to you.

    In college, there’s no draft, obviously … which is good and bad. Good because you can go get 25 “first round picks” every year if you have the charisma and team talent to go recruit ‘em. Or bad if you have the personality of a banana slug, then hire only cronies who can’t recruit either and lack any connections to the fertile recruiting grounds. Guess where we fall? “Just offer.” Or, “Hey if you want to attend Pitt, we won’t stop you.” And then rub salt in the wound by losing to Y-State and UConn and Akron and… It’s embarrassing. Enough already!

    Point being, if Christobal can recruit? Hey, that’s a HUGE upgrade over what we have now. That’s one vital skill unique to the college game that our current cast of characters utterly lack (although in fairness, I think even a slug like HCPC could recruit to Alabama as long as Saban is there, 'Bama is one of the few schools where his “just offer” technique might actually work...). To me it’s far more impressive to win 8 games once at dead-end FIU than to win 6 games every year at Pitt.

    Stability is overrated if this is the result. I say time to get rid of HCPC and his whole sad lot, send him off to the NFL where he belongs, and go get Christobal or anyone else who can recruit. Get the talent, and the rest will eventually take care of itself with hiring of assistants.

    Because Christobal can hire coaches for the Xs and Os, but Paul Chryst cannot buy charisma.

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    1. You're right but Pitt isn't going to pay for a good coach and staff. They are happy with clean program and 6-8 wins a year.

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  67. I don't have a problem with coordinators being promoted. Sometimes it works big (RichRod, Mark Richt, Bill O'Brien), sometimes not (Chryst). The key is interviewing. MY question is what jumped out about Chryst at the interview that said "hire me"

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    1. I think it was known that Chryst's interview wasn't particularly good - the worst of the three candidates IIRC. And he wouldn't have got the job if Alvarez hadn't got involved. I'm sure it was pretty well known that Smilin' Steve had actually wanted to give Cristobal the job. Another case of what might have been.

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    2. Reply to Anon @ 9:29 -- Pitt has the luxury of being in a Power-5 Conference. There's no reason to promote unproven coordinators to their head coach -- in fact plenty of reasons not to.

      There are plenty of good, up & coming HEAD coaches who have (pretty much) proven their worth in the MAC, AAC, Mountain West, etc. Less risk because you can see how they perform as the HEAD guy. It's a food chain thing: Go get one of them, it's a much surer bet.

      It's no knock, but some guys are simply meant to be lieutenants and not generals (see Chryst, Paul). No matter how much they -- or their AD -- toot their own horn, they simply don't have what it takes to succeed as the top guy. Nothing wrong with that, unless like Pitt we're waiting for a leopard to change his spots.

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    3. Moody I didn't say your name was Peter i said you act like Peter. Lol

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  68. "It's a food chain thing"

    Unfortunately, Pitt is nowhere near the top of the chain so they would probably hire a coach that will abandon the program at the first opportunity (see Mario Christobal)…once again.

    And I understand the concept of improving the program with each successive hire, but until Pitt is ready to open up their checkbook, they will keep hiring guys that are willing to work for “relative” peanuts and then we hope for the best.

    Pitt football doesn’t just need a good head coach, they need a good head coach that will actually make Pittsburgh his home. The reason that Pitt basketball has been successful for the past decade is because Jamie Dixon is a very good coach AND he’s turned-down every offer that has been extended to him during his time here.

    The football program needs their own version of Coach Dixon and, if given the chance, Paul Chryst could possibly be that guy.

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    No one has ever accused Jamie of being an outstanding recruiter either, but he seems to be doing okay with the guys he gets.

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    1. Reply to Anon @ 12:08 PM -- Well, maybe it's semantics. But Pitt's in the ACC, and the ACC is definitely one of the "haves," a Power-5 Conference.

      So Pitt's definitely in the upper echelon, to where we don't need to hire wanna-be's never-been's (i.e., unproven coordinators like Paul Chryst). We have the luxury to be more selective: We have great facilities, great tradition, a great location. It's time we started acting like we're in the Big Leagues because we are. There's NO reason we should ever again hire another unproven coordinator who talks a good game -- except HCPC can't even do that.

      "The football program needs their own version of Coach Dixon and, if given the chance, Paul Chryst could possibly be that guy." I wholeheartedly agree with the first part, but respectfully but firmly disagree that Paul Chryst can become the CFB version of Jamie Dixon (based on what I've seen so far, it's easier to believe in the Easter Bunny...). And he's been given a chance!

      I've been asking this question for the entirely of this stringer without any legit response: What on earth has Paul Chryst done in nearly three (!!) full seasons to make you think he has what it takes to ever be a successful head coach in a Power-5 Conference? I'm serious, name one thing? Arguably, he didn't get the job because he deserved it, he got it from pulled strings behind the scenes. And IMO he's done diddly-squat since "earning" the job to prove he should have it.

      If you disagree, then respectfully, I ask again: Name one thing, anything, that Paul Chryst has done since landing in A/C 412 that suggests he's remotely qualified to even keep his job, let alone that he can eventually become good at it given enough time.

      If this is stability, then stability sucks....

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  69. Maybe true, but certainly NOT GOOD. Tyler Boyd calling out the Team in a story by DiPaola in this morning's Trib.

    Boyd goes to the point of naming names of the SELECT FEW who he sees as being "willing to go all out."

    Among the names, you find the obvious such as Conner and Clemmings, the sole representative of the Offensive Line. And no real surprise, there's also the entire contingent from Clairton.

    But Boyd also goes out of his way to mention the not so obvious, Mosely-Smith.

    Voytik... no where to be found. But neither is Holtz who would be an immediate choice by many.

    No, this is NOT good, no matter how you look at it or EXPLAIN it away.

    PittofDreams

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  70. Did anyone else find Boyd's comments in today's Trib a bit alarming? He essentially called out most of his teammates for not "wanting" it bad enough. I think that's a reflection of the coaching staff. I thought part of the reason why Shell was sent packing was bc Chryst wanted guys who wanted to be here. If guys aren't buying into the program from the very beginning than there are issues inside.

    Furthermore, Cristobal wouldn't come to Pitt. He's having success at Alabama and will wait it out for a big-time program to come calling.

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  71. I can't believe you guys are not dissecting the article in the trib. You know the one that Tyler Boyd was in.

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    1. Boyd supports his Head Coach and his Staff.

      Go ahead "Anonymous"... what was the point you were trying to make?

      PittofDreams

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  72. For those on the gram Wagon his team is playing 14 players that are rs jr,or sr or rs sr . That is excellent. Leadership and that is why they are playing so well this year...

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  73. Anonymous 9:21 are you new on here! Have you ever read anything on this blog?if it's yes that the point.

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  74. Chris,

    I realize that posting this story is risking more damage to my... quote... unquote... reputation.

    So be it.

    PittofDreams

    http://triblive.com/sports/college/pitt/7124174-74/clemmings-hueber-pitt#axzz3Irz6yaLy

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  75. Anonymous 9:21 (AKA PittofDreams) is not new to this blog, but most of his posts would indicate otherwise.

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    1. Wow Anonymous... you sure are enamored with me and my posts.

      Hope you're female.

      PittofDreams

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    2. Who are you talking to there's like 100 of us anonymous on this blog??

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    3. POD,

      I am not a female. Still interested?

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  76. I just saw pressor with James Conner will done by the young man.

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  77. Chris. Not that I think officiating controls the outcome of a football game that being said. What's your opinion on the ACC officiating crew during this season?

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  78. If Clemmings is drafted in 1st round, how many 1st rounders did Wanny recruit? How many total drafted did he recruit?

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