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Written by PSB Bryan | 25 June 2012


It began with a few seemingly random tweets in May and now it's confirmed - Tom Savage has indeed transferred to Pitt and will be eligible to play in 2013 (via the Trib):

He did not return a call from the Tribune-Review on Sunday, but he did join his new teammates at an informal dinner/get-together in advance of the start of the university’s second summer session Monday.

Savage, 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, won’t be eligible until ‘13 after sitting out the upcoming season as a transfer. Savage is permitted to participate in every practice and meeting with the quarterbacks, missing only the games.

Savage will likely compete for the starting job in 2013 with then second year QB Chad Voytik and (hopefully) true freshman Tra'Von Chapman who is expected to commit to Pitt on July 1.

It's been a while since Tom Savage played in a college game - he had to sit out last year when he transferred from Rutgers to Arizona - but the former four-star QB showed a lot of promise as a freshman at Rutgers. If nothing else, he'll provide solid depth and will compete with two unknown commodities at QB. The bottom line is that Pitt's quarterback situation in 2013 is much better because of this transfer.

Hail to Pitt!

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Written by TFW Bryan | 25 June 2012

As you may have heard, Dorian Johnson, the once "lock" to commit to Pitt, has committed to Penn State.  However, if Paul Chryst would have used the correct promotional videos, such as this Pitt promo from 1971, I'd be willing to bet that Johnson would be a Panther come next February.

"Girls, yes there are plenty of them."

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Written by TFW Bryan | 25 June 2012

For a variety of different reasons, @PittScript, @VictoryLights, and I have decided that it was in our best interests, and our readers' best interests, to join forces with Cardiac Hill, the Pitt blog over at SB Nation.  We would like to thank all of those over at Bloguin who have helped us make the Pitt Script Blog what it is today, and a special thanks to Anson at Cardiac Hill for his willingness to put up with our crap going forward.

The move will officially take place on Monday, July 2nd.  In the mean time, we are going to tiddy up a few lose ends over here.  This should give you all plenty of time to make sure to update your RSS feed subscriptions, to follow Cardiac Hill at @PittPantherBlog on Twitter, and to like Cardiac Hill of Facebook.

See yinz guys on the flip side.  Hail to Pitt!

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Written by PSB Bryan | 24 June 2012

Can't think of a creative lede. What a gut punch (via Philly.com):

Dorian Johnson became the 12th member of the Nittany Lions' recruiting class for 2013, according to recruiting websites.

Johnson, from Belle Vernon, Pa., has been on campus many times, but visited with his family this weekend. He planned to stay close to home and chose Penn State over Pittsburgh. He lives about three hours from State College.

Among his other offers were Alabama, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Wisconsin.

Just absolutely brutal for Pitt. Either a four- or five-star offensive line prospect depending on your preference on recruiting services. Because he picked Penn State, he'll hereby be referred to as a four-star - I'm sure he's devastated.

There's really no way to understate how bad this loss is for Pitt. Here's a local, elite guy at a position of tremendous need that the staff just happens to be known for developing into NFL first round picks. Pitt signed just one lineman each of the last two classes and currently only has one on board for 2013. The Panthers had reportedly been in the lead and many observers are shocked that he didn't pull the trigger for Pitt.

And that it happened this weekend hurts just a little more (via the Trib):

“(The Sandusky case) didn’t have anything to do with my decision at all,” Johnson said. “I like that the new staff and the football program is going in a new direction.”

Johnson said he ultimately picked Penn State over Pitt, which he visited a dozen times, despite a strong relationship with Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph, a Belle Vernon alum.

“I was comfortable with both schools and their coaching staffs,” Johnson said. “I like Penn State’s campus and felt like I would get a good education. You’re playing big-time football.”

Oof. I don't think he meant anything by the "big-time football" comment, but that certainly twists the dagger in the psyche of Pitt fans.

That being said, this is no time to panic. Pitt's had the worst two years or so in recent memory, of course there were going to be repercussions. Having roughly 30 head coaches in 30 months doesn't really lend itself to the relationship building necessary for effective recruiting.

After the surprise commitment of Corey Clement, there was a lot to feel good about in Pitt recruiting. Pitt had just snagged a very good running back, four-star QB Tra'Von Chapman seemed like a lock and Dorian Johnson seemed to be all but signed.

Amazing how things change in one weekend.

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Written by PSB Bryan | 24 June 2012

The parade of people who really couldn't stand Todd Graham just won't end. The Rice marching band figurative incinerated him. The the Steelers organization was appalled by the way he treated people. The local media seemed to relish the national attention on his hypocrisy. And now, add local high school coaches to that list (via the PG):

[Thomas Jefferson Coach Bill] Cherpak said new coach Paul Chryst and his staff have done a great job reconnecting and putting out the welcome mat.

"We didn't come to this camp last year for obvious reasons," Cherpak said, referring to departed coach Todd Graham. "[Pitt director of operations] Chris LaSala does an amazing job of setting this up and organizing it, and the staff now makes us all feel so welcome.

"It was like a second home, and it is starting to get back to that way after the disaster from last year. This staff has made a place where people are going to love coming down here and being here. And Chryst has made it clear he wants [high school coaches] to be a part of things and give him input again. So it is a welcome change."

The whole debacle is really looking better and better for Pitt.

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Written by TFW Bryan | 22 June 2012

COLLEGE FOOTBALL COUNTDOWN!  The Orlando Sentinel is ranking all 120 FBS schools.  Today, Pitt comes in at #53 (9 ahead of Arizona State, I'm just sayin').

ASHTON GIBBS DOIN' WORK.  The NBA Draft is five days away, and the Minnesota Timberwolves are bringing in Ashton Gibbs for a workout.

SHOW ME THE MONEY!  The recently arrested suspect in the Pitt "Anonymous" Video case is claiming that he has no idea why he is being charged and has no connection to Pitt.  There is someone attending WVU with the same name as the accused, but it is not the same guy.  To post a YouTube video would require a better internet connection than is available in West Virginia (28.8bps AOL dial-up)

FBSWA4TP (FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISION WITH A FOUR TEAM PLAYOFF).  Brett McMurphy of CBS Sports offers up a Q&A on how it is looking like the new four team playoff system will work.

EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM IS NOW DUMBER FOR HAVING LISTENED TO IT.  Today's award for "The Dumbest Thing Written On The Internet" goes to a correspondent at Bleacher Report (shocking, I know!) that claims the ACC needs to invite UCONN and Rutgers for stability (at least he didn't turn it into a slideshow).  My response:

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Written by PSB Bryan | 21 June 2012

The NCAA's Academic Progress Report (APR) scores were released yesterday and Pitt athletics has nothing to worry about. In particular, men's basketball and football have nothing to worry about.

Men's basketball was specially recognized as being in the top ten percent of programs, while UConn basketball is officially banned from the 2013 post-season (Big East Tournament and NCAAs). Notre Dame was the only other Big East program to earn the recognition.

As for football, the results were still positive, just not as much so as spectacular as basketball. Here's how Big East football stacks up (via ESPN):

  • Rutgers: 982
  • UConn: 963
  • USF: 963
  • Pitt: 955
  • West Virginia: 953
  • Syracuse: 950
  • Cincinnati: 939
  • Louisville: 911

The average for football is 948.

Good for Pitt and good for Jamie Dixon especially. Also deserving of recognition is Mike Farabaugh, Pitt Athletic's Director of Academic Support Services, his staff and Steve Pederson.

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Written by TFW Bryan | 21 June 2012

THE FIGHTING WANNSTACHES OF BUFFALO.  First it was Scott McKillop.  Now it appears that Dorin Dickerson has a shot at making the Bills roster.  No word on how many years it will take Dave Wannstedt to find a useful position for him.

ARREST MADE IN POORLY MADE YOUTUBE VIDEO CASE.  Police have arrested an Ohio man for making a poor knockoff of the "Anonymous" videos in which he threatened the University by claiming to have stolen personal data.

IT MUST BE SUBSCRIPTION RENEWAL TIME AGAIN.  Chip Brown of Texas' Rivals.com site OrangeBloods.com writes that Notre Dame will join the Big XII in all sports besides football, but will schedule half their football games against Big XII teams.  Riiiiight.

PLAYOFFS?  YOU KIDDING ME?  PLAYOFFS?  It sounds like the conference commissioners have spoken and are endorsing a four team playoff model, consisting of the top four teams chosen by a committee with additional weight given to conference champions.  Do you really thing John Swofford would be this calm, collected, and endorsing this format if he was worried of FSU and Clemson leaving?

LATEST IN FATHEAD TECHNOLOGY.  The WVU messageboard "We Must Ignite This Couch" has a thread for photoshoping the best Tino Sunseri Fatheads.  Here's my favorite:

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Written by PSB Bryan | 21 June 2012

It was a bit of a forgone conclusion, but James Robinson and Team USA won the gold medal last night over host Brazil. Robinson had six points (3-4) and six assists in the win. While his point total for the tournament is low, Robinson excelled at getting the ball to the team's star scorers, Jarnell Stokes and Julius Randle. The points he had, however, came at a crucial time (via):

Brazil pulled to within five, 18-13, but James Robinson (DeMatha Catholic H.S./Mitchellville, Md.) drove down the middle twice for layups, and Rasheed Sulaimon (Strake Jesuit College Prep/Houston, Texas) converted a steal into a layup in the quarter’s final seconds to push the U.S. advantage to 24-16 after one quarter of action.

Ashton Gibbs had a similar experience in New Zealand playing for Team USA. Hopefully the comparisons don't stop there.

Congratulation to James.

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Written by TFW Bryan | 20 June 2012

GO FOR THE GOLD!  With James Robinson as a role player, Team USA U-18 finds itself in the Golf Medal game tonight.

BUILDING THAT FENCE.  KDKA Sports talks about the new crop of WPIAL stars and how Pitt will benefit from this.  Plus, they reference our "work" twice!

SHELL COMES TO OAKLAND.  This Sunday, Rushel Shell reports to Pitt to begin summer workouts.  Hopefully this is the beginning of a great era.

THE TREY ZEIGLER EFFECT.  Apparently Trey Zeigler's waiver to play immediately is having a ripple effect throughout the NCAA.

I SEE PRIDE, I SEE POWER!  Remember those hideous "Maryland Pride" uniforms the Terps wore in football?  Well, Pitt's permanent rival in the ACC is bringing the pride to the hardwood.

KEEP DRINKING THE KOOL-AID ASU FANS.  Because it's a slow news week, I feel like throwing a few shots across Arizona State's bow today.  Support in Tempe continues to grow!  It's not whether he wins or loses (it's if he sticks it out for a 2nd year.) Toddy wants to shake hands with 74,000 ASU fans before the first game.

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