TNIAAM: I know a
CHAS: Deep, deep sigh.
There is no defense to this. Sure BGSU is no
All the restored goodwill Wannstedt had restored with the WVU win gone. I didn't necessarily buy into the momentum from that win carrying over. What I believed was that the talent was in place. Unfortunately, not the coaching.
It's frustrating because the fans had shown up for the game and really wanted to celebrate. They were ready to explode, and after Pitt got off to a 14-0 lead there was buzz. Then as Pitt started getting more conservative, and BGSU made actual adjustments in the game -- a concept that almost seems to offend Wannstedt -- the system is fine, there are no problems, all is well, just keep doing the same thing regardless.
The crowd just deflated, because everyone recognized what was going to happen. Even if they didn't want to believe it.
TNIAAM: Honestly, I wasn't sure how Pitt would respond against a better-than-you-think
CHAS: Ehhhh. A win is a win, but it wasn't exactly encouraging. Yes,
The defense has not looked that impressive. Especially the line -- which was supposed to be the strength this year. Too many times, they could not get off the field.
I wasn't sure how that game would turn out going in. There was a surprisingly large local media contingent at a minor night game on the eve of the Steelers season opener. I can't help but think that was because there was a suspicion that they should be there in case it was necessary to write the obituary on the Wannstedt era -- not that he would have been fired that night for the loss, but the game that sealed his fate type thing.
TNIAAM: If we held Wannstedt down and shaved his mustache off...
c) It would grow back within minutes to its full, bushy self so it's a fruitless exercise?
CHAS: Now, see, I want this to happen. I even called for it in the spring. Dennis Felton, the
I wanted Wannstedt to make a similar promise. I mean, he grew the thing because he liked the way it looked on Charles Bronson , and even Bronson would shave it at times.
Among your choices, though, let's rule out b). It's not like Pitt has been winning all that much with it. I'm guessing it would be c), since I need to see the MRI that shows how the Wannstache is directly tied to his brain and short-circuits his decision-making.
TNIAAM: Is the Big East sky falling or should we all just relax and see how the season unfolds before we worry about whether or not our conference champion's bowl berth will be downgraded to the GMAC Bowl?
CHAS: I take it the GMAC Bowl would feature the ACC Champ as well?
It's embarrassing to be sure, but I'm not panicking. The disappointing thing, is that the BE had actual expectations to be a lot better this year. WVU and USF both seemed to have top-10 potential. Pitt,
So it's more of a come-down for the Big East as opposed to the ACC which was
CHAS: Not even a debate. Go
Really, how much animosity is there between
From 1971-1983 Pitt was 12-1 versus the
Right now its 5 of the last 6 for Pitt.
Sure it's embarrassing for one side, and you want to win, but hatred? Just not there.
TNIAAM: What would the final record have to be for Wannstedt to be fired at season end? What record would get him an extension?
CHAS: 3-9 guarantees a firing. 4-8 and I'd say it's 60% chance he doesn't return. Anything better and he's not going anywhere. Seriously. Unlike your guy, Wannstedt is an alum, recruits real well and he brings in the money from the big donors. He is a fantastic schmoozer. The AD and Chancellor both love the guy. They will give him every chance beyond reason.
Anything at 7-5 or better and there will be another extension as the Athletic Department speaks of the program headed in the right direction. Yada, yada, yada.
TNIAAM: Finish this sentence, Pitt's final record will be ____, LeSean McCoy will finish with ____ yards and they will participate in the __________ bowl.
CHAS: 6-6, 1245, International
Well if we can't go to Toronto, it might as well be the Panthers. Who knows, you may just get your chances at vengeance with Bowling Green whilst there. Thanks again to Chas and keep an eye on PittBlather as the SU-Pitt game approaches.