Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Ron Cook on Pitt

Pitt Fans Get No Bang for the Buck from today's PG:

East of the city, where Penn State put 106,577 fannies in the Beaver Stadium seats for a game Saturday against Coastal Carolina, out west, where Ohio State had a crowd of 105,011 for Youngstown State, and to the south, where West Virginia attracted a sellout crowd of 60,566 to see it play Villanova, they are laughing at Pitt. They have it all going with their football programs. Pitt clearly does not. The crowd at Heinz Field for Pitt's opening game against Bowling Green was 45,063. As depressing as that number was in a stadium that holds 65,050, this is much worse: Pitt doesn't deserve 45,000 in the stands. Or 35,000.


Would you believe the 27-17 loss to Bowling Green left Pitt with a 9-11 record -- 1-5 under Wannstedt -- when the crowds are more than 45,000 at Heinz Field?


Pittsburgh deserves better than hearing Wannstedt brag about his recruits and then not seeing the results on the field. Certainly, it deserves better than Wannstedt's 16-20 overall record, 10 of those losses coming when Pitt was favored to win.


That's probably as it should be, but pardon me if I don't share in the laughter.
Pitt might be a joke, but I don't see anything funny about it.

Don't worry Ron, I'll laugh enough for both of us. I wouldn't mind seeing good Football from the Panthers, but I'm not losing sleep over it.

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