Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Pitt reportedly adds a QB transfer

It has been reported by various people that the Panthers are adding Central Florida quarterback Bo Schneider as a transfer. The 6'3" 225 pound Schneider was forced into action as a true freshman last year, and had the ups and downs you would expect for a player that wasn't quite ready for college football. But he has very good potential, and after sitting out a year, he will compete with Thomas MacVittie and Ben DiNucci to be the Panthers starting quarterback in 2017. At the very least, he will help with depth. He will have three years to play three seasons.

27 comments:

  1. I saw him play a bit in high school in the Dallas area and yes he has the tools to succeed. A decent pick up and a possible contender for the 2017 quarterback opening.

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  2. Based on this pickup it does not appear the new offensive coordinator has much confidence in the current backup quarterbacks, Ben DiNucci and Adam Bertke. Depending on your preference in recruiting services Bo Schneider was either slightly lower rated or about the same as the two existing backups. Based on Chris's article above he seems higher on DiNucci. Reports coming out of camp seem to think Bertke is thinking about getting on with his life after Pitt.

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    1. I think it's probably naive of us to think Bertke will suddenly be a factor as a fifth year senior. It's much more likely that he'll move on. Schneider is a good developmental QB and you never know how a QB ends up. Look at kids like Blake Bortles or Carson Wentz. Worse case scenario he'll be a good backup. Obviously the ideal is that MacVittie is the heir apparent but he'll have to start as a redshirt freshman or sophomore. So hopefully he's capable of that.

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  3. This coaching staff leaves no stone unturned!

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  4. Chris,

    Obviously Dixon is a great coach, but it is a fair argument that it could be time for a change. If TCU wanted to buy out Dixon's contract, would Pitt attempt to get him to stay?

    Thanks,

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    1. I wouldn't care if he left but I doubt he will.

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    2. How many years does Dixon have left on his contract?

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  5. I like Dixon and think he has done a great job at pitt.But the last couple year you need to question.last nite game he was out coach in second half he look bad by not using Luther more.but it also dosnt help when you have one of the worst shooting team in pitt history that in itself say all you need to know about this team.

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  6. Score 43 point in a college game with shoot clock is all you need to know offence is not what Dixon teaches.

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  7. Dixon isn't leaving, but if he did now is the time. A new coach would need time to lay the groundwork for the 2017 class. Dixon gone after next season would really kill the program and recruiting. Hiring the hot, young Mid-major coach isn't always the answer. Those guys flame out at the next level more than they pan out.

    With Robinson finally gone, I think the backcourt will be better with improvement from Cam and speed infusion from Milligan and Clark. Who knows if the Wilson transfer rumors are true. I hope not, but if he leaves so be it. Kithcart unfairly is being looked upon as a savior, but it will be a struggle I'm sure for him as a freshman. The point guard who transferred to Indiana not panning out hurt the program badly. Not loading up on speedy guards has hurt the program, too.

    Luther could be really good with another 15 pounds. Of course the coach needs to play him.

    TR

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    1. not sure who will be a savior or not but regardless, all these guys need to get significant minutes next year because the flood gates open at the end of next season ... goodbye young, artis, jeter, jones, and any grad transfer. very young squad (w/o more grad transfers) heading into 2017-18.

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    2. Assuming they all stay (and I doubt they all will) Nix, Luther, and Milligan will be seniors, and Cam Johnson, Wilson, and Clark will be juniors. Talent may be s bigger problem than youth.

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    3. sure .. but also .. regardless of class, this would only be the 2nd year of playing in this system for Nix, Milligan and Clark.

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    4. which of these 6 guys will leave? Can't see it being Luther, Johnson or Nix. If it's milligan or clark, that would be after only 1 year of playing .... seems strange unless they are run off by JD and staff for not being good enough. Not sure how likely that is.

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  8. The time is right to explore replacements for Jamie Dixon. Without Pitt playing in the Big East, Dixon has struggled immensely in recruiting. The NY, NJ and Philly kids no longer seem interested in coming to Pitt b/c they want to play at The Garden. With Pitt now in the ACC, they need to be able to recruit in some of the traditional ACC areas along the eastern seaboard and down south which Dixon obviously hasn't been able to do. And as far as people saying Dixon is a good coach but has just had a few tough years, break down his career record and look a little closer. Overall, he is currently 328-123 in his 13 seasons. Now subtract out the approximate 150 'Cream Puff' wins over that span and he is realistically 178-123. Much less impressive. Now look at his NCAA Tourney record of 12-11 over that same span, not exactly ELITE is it? Now remember that Pitt has exactly (1) NCAA Tourney win in the past (5) seasons. Now let's look at the fact that Dixon has only recruited 2 McD's All-Americans in his 13 seasons and how their careers have translated to 'Pitt Basketball', not well at all as 1 transferred b/c Dixon refused to let him play as a freshman and the other was a 4-year reserve player b/c the coaching staff failed to develop him. With the lack of player development and the slow style of 'Pitt Basketball', it certainly doesn't seem likely to attract too many more All-Americans any time soon. Looking at these stats and remembering how poorly he has recruited recently, it doesn't seem as though Pitt is heading in a healthy direction to this Pitt fan.

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    1. Sterling Gibbs could have been that shooting guard Pitt has been missing but Dixon didn't recruit him to my knowledge.

      The 6-foot-11 kid a Hawaii, Jankovic, prepped at a school as a sophomore near Pittsburgh with those two giant Indian kids and the Pitt staff passed. Jankovic only averaged 16 ppg and shot 56 percent from the field this season.

      The guard recruiting has been just atrocious. No one ever recruited to push Robinson and Cam Wright and Chris Jones are about as slow as they come for the two spot.

      I won't count Diallo, but man it sure would have been nice to have him protecting the rim.

      TR

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    2. Gibbs is a PG. Dixon recruited him but because of Robinson he wouldn't let him be the PG.

      Wright and Jones aren't great players but they aren't slow. Both are pretty athletic.

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    3. I don't see the "sky is falling" scenario that folks are touting, and, truthfully, it hasn't been that bad..We made the tourney this year and had some highlights. This is just a rough patch, not a dumpster fire. Next year could be surprising. It may take a few games for the new point guard to gel with the guys but once we hit our stride, I could see a sweet 16 appearance. I don't see McD AA's coming to Pitt, whether or not because of Dixon. It just doesn't have the cache and high visibility these types of kids demand. maybe it will in the future but not in the near term. H2P!!

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  9. Any Hinish rumors?

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  10. Peter Pan Don't Wear ShoesMarch 20, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    Rmic, your statement is asinine.
    First, all schools play a bunch of cupcakes, so get over it.
    Second, in what was the toughest hoops conference, Jamie Dixon has the highest winning percentage at .658 for a 127-66 record.

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  11. Is it concerning that Hinish already knows he doesn't want to play at Pitt? I figured he would at least let Narduzzi recruit him a little longer. He is a kid that Pitt should have got..He could play early here, play with friends, and he said he wanted to go somewhere with a good dental program... PSU and ND don't even have dental schools and the Pre-Dental advisors here are as good as they get.

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  12. I thought Adams said he was definitely playing college ball with Paris Ford!

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  13. Narduzzi is already getting a taste at just how challenging the Pitt job is. Thank those in charge at Pitt from the past for that.

    It's been that way since, like, forever. Pitt also being a joke when it comes to quarterbacks is coming to hurting. QBs committing all over the country and Pitt is on nobody's radar at the moment. Better hope the scarecrow can hold down the fort this season as a senior and MacVittie is the real deal.

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    1. Pitt's QB recruiting is fine. They have a 4 star QB coming in and next year could have a superstar coming in. And if they don't, they can get another 4 star at that time. There's really no huge need for a big time QB this year.

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  14. Peter Pan you're living in the past, not looking at the future.
    Let's address the cupcakes first and get that out of the way. To play a bunch of 'JV' teams is bad enough, but play them all at home and never leave the Pete is another. One of the greatest benefits of going on the road is Team Building, and by playing the first 2 months at the Pete that doesn't happen until conference play.
    Now we can try to get your thought process out of the past and into the future of Pitt BB. You are correct that the Old Big East was the TOUGHEST BB conference, and Dixon had a great record in it. Pitt and Dixon were able to recruit the TOUGH inner city kids from NYC, NJ and Philly areas necessary to compete in that style of conference b/c Pitt and Syracuse were as far away as any team had to travel for a game which meant that those kids were either playing at home or playing in their home areas, not Florida or Georgia. How many kids did you see the old BE collectively pull from Texas or California? The answer: not many b/c those kids want to play a bit closer to home.
    Looking forward, the ACC is not a TOUGH conference, it is a SKILL conference. To compete, Pitt will have to recruit skill players and then coach them up and develop them. Dixon had just completed his 3rd ACC season and has a record of 28-26, not exactly stellar compared to the old BE days. Remember too that Pitt announced its alignment with the ACC an entire year before joining which gave Dixon extra time to start recruiting the type of player needed to compete. So after 4 years of recruiting and developing talent we are supposed to accept that a 9-9 ACC record was good enough, especially when it SHOULD have been 11-7 after the huge duke win? But Dixon and company couldn't get the team ready to play the last 2 games after that which they should have won. (And that certainly doesn't give Brandin Knight a ringing endorsement either). It certainly doesn't appear Dixon had his ship heading in the right direction for success in the ACC. But, I must say that Dixon has ALWAYS been a GREAT representative of the University of Pittsburgh, and a GREAT person in general and wish him all the best.

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