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Re: Pitt Basketball

Postby Crimson's Ghost » January 26th, 2018, 3:17 pm

Nah, Pitt couldn't pull off Independent for football, that would have killed the program, Notre Dame only does it because they have a national audience, and a TV contract they don't have to share.   So the Big East wasn't an option.  

The other option was the American Athletic Conference.

If Pitt didn't join the ACC, they'd be in the AAC with UConn.  And UConn is kinda screwed, it hurt their basketball program, and made their football program take a step back.  Heck, UConn fans want to ax the football program altogether and join the Big East. Reality is setting in for them.   If you didn't get picked to be in the power five, you're kinda screwed. And we're seeing that unfold with UConn. 

Pitt's reality is the ACC, Pitt's alternate universe is what UConn is in right now. Where they are is much better than where they would be.



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Re: Pitt Basketball

Postby konjo78 » January 26th, 2018, 3:52 pm

I think they could of gone independent just fine. Cut a deal with NBCSN, fox or hell espn and theyd get to schedule more rivalry games to peak fan and local interest.

Every year schedule could include

1. ND
2. Penn State
3. WVU
4. Cinci
5. Syracuse
6. Maryland

Off the bat. Plus then you could make a deal with another conference like ND to fill out the schedule and get a couple cup cakes in there. Then youd be in the big east basketball and have better options for football

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Re: Pitt Basketball

Postby Crimson's Ghost » January 26th, 2018, 4:35 pm

Yeah again, looks good on paper not really practical however.  Pitt has open spots on it's schedule, but it takes two to tango.  PSU can play Pitt on some years, but not every year. Just isn't feasible, and again Pitt isn't going to be able to make enough money from an independent TV deal.  There's only like 4-5 schools that could really pull off being independent, and Pitt isn't one of them. The days of independent football died in the 1980's. Notre Dame is a unique situation. Pitt can't pull it off. 

You're also discrediting the payday Pitt receivers from being in a power conference, the money is too good.   It was ACC or nothing for Pitt.  

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Re: Pitt Basketball

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Re: Pitt Basketball

Postby konjo78 » January 26th, 2018, 4:37 pm

True they make money just from being the ACC, not the fans who go to games and support the programs.

Huge problem in the NCAA IMO right now.

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Re: Pitt Basketball

Postby konjo78 » January 26th, 2018, 4:41 pm

Problem is if you fire and hire someone else I do not see that changing the attendance all that much given the talent on the court. Pitts day as a power bball team are over for the next 5-10 years.

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Re: Pitt Basketball

Postby Crimson's Ghost » January 26th, 2018, 4:49 pm

As I said earlier, if you hire the right coach and he’s able to land a few good players basketball can change quickly.

In football it actually does take time, in basketball it can really flip quickly.

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Re: Pitt Basketball

Postby konjo78 » January 26th, 2018, 4:52 pm

True but that means you have to get a good coach wanting to come to pitt. During the end of the Dixon era that was possible but right now? It will be extremely difficult

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Re: Pitt Basketball

Postby konjo78 » January 26th, 2018, 4:55 pm

If it were me as AD i would try and get a young upcoming coach and plainly state, we are trusting you to rebuild. Give him time and support and set low expectations but also let fans know how much their support means for the program. Get everyone behind it

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Re: Pitt Basketball

Postby Crimson's Ghost » January 26th, 2018, 4:56 pm

That’s what they should have done this past time. Will Wade would have been perfect.


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