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Discussion in 'College Football Talk' started by Animus, Apr 24, 2022.

  1. Animus

    Animus Well-Known Member

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    It's obviously very early, but barring injuries this Pitt team may be the best Pitt team in a very long time. This doesn't mean that they'll win the ACC or even it's division. Miami will be even better and Clemson should return to form. With that said, Pitt has as deep or deeper WR corps than most teams in the country. This group is so deep and talented that Slovis can be average at best and Pitt should get roughly 30 pts a game. And if Slovis is that QB that NFL scouts thinks he is, then watch out. The RB tandem of Izzy and Hammonds should be very good. And Cignetti isn't afraid to have balanced offensive playcalls. The OLine isn't as talented as the other offensive groupings; however, they make up for it with experience. The Covid redshirt has really benefitted Pitt and look no further than OLine. This OLine is akin to a midmajor hoops program with 5 redshirt Sr starters that makes a Sweet 16 run.

    Pitt should make a 10-2, or even run the table, this season. Things can certainly happen between now and Thanksgiving. If there's a program that benefitted from Covid and the Transfer Portal, it's been Pitt.
     
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  2. Animus

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    With Jordan Addison very likely heading to USC plus 2 starting defenders about to enter the transfer portal, my feelings towards this season will definitely cool a lot.
     
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  3. S.T.D

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    Happening everywhere. Sucks. For every team I see gain a player this way...then they lose a player.
     
  4. Animus

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    For me, it is what it is. I'm not mad at the player nor the system. It's just a clear sign that there needs to be a divorce between academia and athletics. If this ruins nonrev sports, so be it.
     
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  5. S.T.D

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    Same ....I not mad either...it just is what it is..., but I will not lie...I think it's bad for the sport as a college sport..., but I could be wrong.
    Won't be the 1st , or the last time.
     
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  6. Animus

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  7. Wardismvp

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    I am disheartened by Jordan Addison, Pitt could be so much better with him. He is a Superstar.
    Pitt always has trouble with Miami, and the Canes QB is top notch. I hope Narduzzi may have finally figured
    this gig out? I am not confident of this. He is suppose to be a defensive coach but their defenses suck?
     
  8. Animus

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    With Jared Wayne returning and Konata Mumpfield transferring to Pitt, I don't think the loss of Addison is going to hurt the offense as much as people think. I think if Addison was your 2 year starter at LT, it would hurt a lot more. Addison leaving is going to give more chances to younger WR's and TE Bartholomew. As for the defense, Narduzzi just lives and dies with that Cover Zero/blitzing defense. If his DL doesn't get to the QB, his DB's are on an island. Consistently recruiting 3* guys and putting them on islands isn't a great recipe for success. It certainly works in moments, and have gotten a lot of his DB's to the NFL, albeit mid-tier starters/backups, with a guy like Jordan Whitehead being an exception to this, rather than the rule; however, Jordan was a 4*/5*(depending on the recruiting mag) kid coming out of HS.
     
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  9. Vox Ferrum

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    Late comment but it was reported the last few days thst Addison is very unhappy, saying he was lied to and has not been receiving promised bennies from.his transfer and NIL. All the hype in the media has created hysteria over NIL, that likely has not been matched in reality. Have no idea how this is going to play out, but as football realignments ensue I think the NCAA is feeling like it is losing clout, whichay net be a bad thing. Unless college football finds a way to totally separate look for tickets lawsuits out the Yazoo. Matters not that football creates opportunities for most of not all the other sports..if they start to feel the pinch look for them to try and get a share that they really have no right to lol
     
  10. MojaveDesertPghFan

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    I personally dislike the whole NIL for exactly how the Addison deal went down and think scholarship $$ already invested in a player who transfers should be paid back first either by the player or the new school, at least in part based on some equitable formula (if even possible). Now I read where some States are considering NIH type remunerations for HS athletes. What's next - Pop Warner, T-Ball and soccer kids getting paid? :facepalm:
     
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  11. Vox Ferrum

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    It's ridiculous. High school kids hoping fir..and possibly getting millions . How many 4 and 5 star flame out when they face really good competition. I'm not against compensation, but this has went off the rails so fast.
     
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  12. S.T.D

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    Exactly like most people tried 2 say it would
     
  13. Vox Ferrum

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    This ties into NIL. Newsome, Gov of CA is?also the head of the board of regents over Cal state Unis. He said he nor anyone on the board heard a word about ucla leaving Pac 12 until after the fact. The guy at Ucla ( which reportedly has lostc100 million in athletes the last few years) said it was tv money..butcalso to compete in NIL.

    Idk where this will go..but it's not necessarily a slam dunk they can leave without some compromise...i.e. Stanford and Cal.

    My point..it's not only tv money..but without relevance in conference NIL will go to those who are relevant..

    I think the stage is being get to 60 or so schools in 2 major confs. The left behinds will just be that.
     
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  14. S.T.D

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    And IMO.....that sucks.
     
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  15. AskQuestionsLater

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    NIL should have happened years ago in my opinion. The only major reason why so many are making a fuss about it is due to the lack of overall structure of how NIL is within the NCAA FBS I Landscape. Truth be told, NIL can only be governed so much unless the NCAA somehow forces US State Officials to play by the rules (they will not).


    Expect players like Jordan Addison and others to break the bank moving forward. Bear in mind that many of these colleges are not giving millions of dollars to mere 1 to 2 star recruits. Many of these deals are for either the consensus five star recruits in the country or in the case of Archie Manning, untold levels of finances that could easily set them up for generations.


    Has the NCAA now officially become a "Pay To Win" model?! You betcha. However, it is not as though the likes of Pitt, Notre Dame and others cannot offer some of these players money at all. Now, taking on big time colleges with loads of cash in the form of USC, Texas A&M, University of Miami, both Florida and Florida State and even Ohio State?!


    That is something that the NCAA and their respective commissioners will have to deal with. At worst, Alabama's days as the "King of College Football" are numbered.
     
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  16. Animus

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    I agree that NIL should've been done years ago. The thing is, I think once the market really gets going, it's going to correct itself in many ways. With many things, it's chaotic at first. Pitt is going to be fine; there's tons of Fortune 500 companies in Pittsburgh. A successful Pitt program benefits Pittsburgh as a whole. There's quite a few firms getting set up to act as liaison's/agents to get Pitt players connected to local sponsors for NIL deals. I don't think that Pitt will have to compete with OSU in terms of NIL money. Things are going to take care of itself either way. NIL/Transfer Portal has it's issues and will correct itself. I'd say my biggest concern with Pitt is will they be one of the final 48 teams in either the SEC or B1G when this those two conferences leave the NCAA or form a new division within the NCAA. Many things look solid in Pitt's favor and many things do not. I think looking at the surface initially, Pitt has no shot at all; however, when you dig into things like brands, tv ratings, number of times getting national television and the ratings with national television; Pitt looks like a decent shot to get in. I could see Pitt as the B1G's 24th school type of thing.
     
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  17. Wardismvp

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    Boy, I am not as confident as you are Animus, and I am a huge Pitt fan. Just look at recruiting, it pretty much
    lay's out the land for college football. The Pgh area has lost many Fourtune 500 company's over the years. I doubt we are even in the top twenty
    anymore. Remember, Pgh is a Pro town and Pitt takes a back seat to these teams, where as in the SEC / Big ten the college is the only game in town possibly for the
    whole state. Pitt cannot compete with these programs as things stand now. And could get worse.
     
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  18. strummerfan

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    You laugh, but that’s exactly what is happening with children and AAU basketball.
     
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