Digging in the Offense

It’s Pro Day today in the Southside. The donuts are available. Perfect time to start catching up on spring practices from the weekend and yesterday. Let’s look at a couple of the things regarding the O-line and running backs. I have to admit. It still feels odd to be positive about the offensive line. It has been ingrained in me for the past 15 + years to worry about the holes. Changes...
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March 22, 2017  |  Discuss

James Conner was ‘at about 60% going into last year’ after cancer

Former Pitt running back James Conner put together an unbelievable season last year after beating cancer, but incredibly he wasn’t 100-percent healthy while he did it.Writing for The Players’ Tribune, Conner penned “A Letter to NFL GMs” in which he details the immense obstacles he’s had to overcome in his pursuit of the NFL dream.One thing many might not know is that Conner started...
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April 20, 2017  |  Discuss

Pitt Players and the NFL Draft

The NFL Draft was my first dive into the world of amateur football over-analysis. While I unfortunately lack the time these days to dedicate more to the hobby, I’m still able to keep close tabs on Pitt players and what we can expect from them next week when they find their new, hopefully long-term, homes. A huge point of emphasis that any negative thing I post has nothing to do with...
Via Pitt Blather
April 27, 2017  |  Discuss

Taleni Gone And Draft Thoughts

Sorry, about the absence. Some family stuff came up last week that had me in-and-out-of-town through the past week plus. Nothing major, but time was at a premium. Glad to be done with April. Fridays in April have been a month of bad news dropping. Most of it was related to basketball, but football decided to get in on the action with the dismissal of Jeremiah Taleni for disciplinary...
Via Pitt Blather
May 03, 2017  |  Discuss

No Surprise, Max Browne Named Starting QB

Shocking. I’m not saying it was inevitable. Just because Max Browne is a graduate transfer. A former 5-star QB recruit from California. Had a starting gig at USC for a few games last year. Looking to make it to the NFL and impress scouts this year. Came nearly all the way across the country to play at Pitt. Pitt also had a good track record of transfer QBs succeeding. The quarterback...
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August 22, 2017  |  Discuss

Receiving/Defending Depth Chart Bits

Two sides of the ball. The receiving corps and secondary. Both are anchored by a senior. Both are going to be heavily reliant on youth. Lots of questions. First, a little on Pitt’s latest verbal since he happens to be a cornerback. The Cardinal Gibbons three-star cornerback committed to Pittsburgh on Monday night after stating earlier in August he was favoring Wisconsin. Before...
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August 24, 2017  |  Discuss

Pitt's Quintin Wirginis suffers season-ending non-football injury

The Pittsburgh Panthers will not be getting starting linebacker Quintin Wirginis back after his three-game suspension is over. The senior suffered a season-ending non-football injury that head coach Pat Narduzzi declined to elaborate on when he made the announcement on Tuesday. “Disappointing, but something we deal with. That’s what we do,” said Narduzzi, per Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh...
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September 05, 2017  |  Discuss

Top storylines for college football Week 2

There’s no spectacle to compare to the weekly drama of collegiate sports, and we’ve got some tremendous games on the slate in college football Week 2.The big-ticket attractions are the handful of games between top teams, such as Auburn going up against Clemson and Stanford heading into USC territory. Oh, and we can’t forget about Oklahoma and Ohio State.Of course, this early in the...
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September 06, 2017  |  Discuss

Predicting studs and duds for college football Week 2

We are one week into the college football season and it feels great. Between UCLA pulling off one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the sport, Virginia Tech and Tennessee putting up defensive stands at the last second, and all of the glorious fun that occurred on Saturday, we had a pretty awesome Week 1.The best part? Week 2 is going to be even better. We have four games...
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September 06, 2017  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pitt fails hard on screen from own end zone

During the fourth quarter, down by two touchdowns against mighty Penn State, the Pittsburgh Panthers did the unthinkable. Backed up into their own end zone, Pitt offensive coordinator Shawn Wilson inexplicably called for a screen pass to Darrin Hall.He immediately regretted it.Quarterback Max Browne — former USC starter — got Hall the ball right behind the end zone, and Penn State...
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September 09, 2017  |  Discuss

Predicting studs and duds for college football Week 3

College football’s second week was about measuring stick games. We realized Oklahoma is a real playoff contender. We realized Georgia should be the SEC East’s favorite, by a good margin. We realized Stanford isn’t as close to USC as we might have thought. We realized Michigan isn’t as close to playoff contention as we might have thought.For most teams, however, we still don’t really...
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September 13, 2017  |  Discuss

WATCH: Mason Rudolph pulls Houdini act on TD pass

Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph deserves more credit for what he does on a regular basis. As the Cowboys played against Pitt on Saturday in a game that was nationally televised on ESPN, those watching were treated to the brilliant play of the senior quarterback.Before the first quarter was up, Rudolph already threw two touchdowns and the Cowboys led by 21 points. His second...
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September 16, 2017  |  Discuss

Paris Ford on fight with Pitt teammate: ‘Madden gets heated’

A couple of Pitt football players are facing misdemeanor disorderly conduct/engaged in fighting charges after getting into it earlier this month. Paris Ford and Tyler Sear, a couple of freshmen, had police called on them on Oct. 17 for fighting in the dorms.After a social media post by Ford, and a subsequent response from Sear, it seems clear this whole thing was sparked by a game...
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October 27, 2017  |  Discuss

15 college basketball coaches who are on the hot seat

With college basketball tipping off, there are a lot of coaches out there champing at the bit to get their teams off to good starts. Some hope for championships or tournament appearances. Others hope their teams improve enough that their jobs are safe.These are strange times in the college hoops coaching profession. With news of the FBI's investigation into bribery and other elicit...
October 31, 2017  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pitt QB Kenny Pickett flips into end zone for go-ahead score

The Miami Hurricanes are on upset alert on Black Friday, thanks in large part to the play of Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett.In addition to doing a fantastic job hanging tough in the pocket against Miami’s front seven to deliver strikes to his receivers, Pickett is doing work on the ground. Before halftime, the freshman quarterback ran in the game’s first touchdown, flipping...
Via Sportsnaut
November 24, 2017  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pat Narduzzi predicts Pitt upset win over Miami in halftime interview

Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi made a bold prediction on national TV during halftime of his team’s game against Miami on Friday.Narduzzi referred to Pitt’s past upset over West Virginia in 2007 as well as the school’s upset win over Clemson last year during his halftime interview. He said the team’s 2017 game against Miami (ranked No. 2 in all the polls) would also join the list: Pitt...
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 24, 2017  |  Discuss

Malik Rosier benched in fourth quarter with Miami down by 10

Miami quarterback Malik Rosier has struggled on this Black Friday as the Hurricanes take on Pittsburgh, and he ended up getting benched in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for the Hurricanes, backup quarterback Evan Shiffeffs was unable to do anything on his first drive in the game, leading a three-and-out while missing on his two attempts before being sacked on third down.Before...
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November 24, 2017  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Knocks Miami Out of CFB Playoff Contention

Well, this college football weekend just got a lot more interesting. That’s right, football fans. Unranked, seven-loss Pitt just stunned the Miami Hurricanes. And in doing so, likely ended their playoff hopes. As for Badgers fans, y’all better hope they win out. That means defeating Minnesota on Saturday, and Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship. Of course, that’s far from a guarantee...
Via The Sports Post
November 24, 2017  |  Discuss

Pitt trolls Miami, wears chain after upset win

It was almost inevitable that the Miami Hurricanes’ turnover chain was going to be co-opted the moment they lost, and it has, indeed, come to pass.Pitt beat Miami 24-14 on Friday, ending the Hurricanes’ shot at an unbeaten season. The Panthers had come prepared, too — they brandished their very own chain while celebrating the upset victory. The turnover chain, as you’re likely aware...
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 24, 2017  |  Discuss

LOOK: Avonte Maddox trolls Miami by wearing Pittsburgh turnover chain after win

Avonte Maddox iced Friday’s upset win over Miami with a fumble recovery, and that enabled him to wear the chain.And no, it wasn’t Miami’s turnover chain — it was one Pitt created with the same intent. We didn’t see the chain come out at any point during the game, but once the Panthers emerged victorious over the second-ranked Hurricanes, that’s when it was first spotted.Maddox, fittingly...
Via The Sports Daily
November 24, 2017  |  Discuss

Quadree Henderson declares for 2018 NFL draft

Pitt ended the 2017 season at a disappointing 5-7, but the program can celebrate Quadree Henderson making the move to the NFL.The versatile wide receiver announced his decision Monday. Henderson emerged as a well-rounded playmaker during the 2016 season and earned second-team AP All-America honors.The speedster collected 631 rushing yards as a jet-sweep artist, catching 26 passes...
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December 04, 2017  |  Discuss

WATCH: Mount St. Mary's vs. Pittsburgh Basketball Highlights (2017-18)

Mount St. Mary's vs. Pittsburgh: Marcus Carr scored a career-high 23 points to lead Pittsburgh to a 82-78 win over Mount St. Mary's in overtime Tuesday. The Panthers are now on a four-game win streak and are 5-4 on the year.
Via ACC Digital Network
December 05, 2017  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pitt's Marcus Carr Scores Career-High in Win vs. Mount St. Mary's

Freshman G Marcus Carr scored a career-high 23 points to lead Pittsburgh to a 82-78 overtime win against Mount St. Mary's. Carr was especially crucial in extra time, hitting five free throws to help seal a win for the Panthers.
Via ACC Digital Network
December 05, 2017  |  Discuss

WATCH: Mount St Mary's vs Pittsburgh College Basketball Condensed Game 2017

The Pittsburgh Panthers defeated the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers 82-78 in a college basketball matchup.
Via ACC Digital Network
December 06, 2017  |  Discuss

Narduzzi Extended To 2024 Or So

Extensions. Contract lengths. Those are all vague concepts when it comes to contracts for college coaches. The buyout is the thing, and a new contract/extension for 7 years (or a 2 year extension if you prefer) certainly will up the buyout. Sorry, burying the lead. During the basketball game last night, there were tweets coming out of an extension in the works for Coach Pat Narduzzi...
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December 06, 2017  |  Discuss
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