Tuesday Pitt Notes
We’re another day closer to the season opener vs. Villanova on September 3rd. Pat Narduzzi and his team will only have one practice, this morning at 10 AM.
** I received a message late last night from Ohio blue chip defensive end Alex Reigelsperger who gave me an interesting piece of information. Reigelsperger told me that he’ll visit Pittsburgh again, the next time being September 10th for the Pitt/Penn State game.
UPDATE (8:33 AM)-
** Pitt 2017 commit punter Kirk Christodoulou officially received his scholarship offer from Pitt yesterday.
UPDATE (8:48 AM)-
** Pat Narduzzi loves throwing out “nuggets” on Twitter and he did that this morning in a big way. Narduzzi tweeted out a video with the old time Pitt “throwback uniforms” and at the end of the video, it said “Coming 10-8-16”. Pitt Athletics then announced that the uniforms will return on October 8th for the Georgia Tech game.
UPDATE (11:23 AM) by Alan Saunders-
There have been a couple of big questions on everyone’s mind since the Panthers unveiled their new (old) threads this morning. The first one was if the Panthers are planning on wearing this new uniform set more than once. Head coach Pat Narduzzi said that will be up to his senior leadership.
“I think it’s going to be something that our seniors — our eagles — will decide what we’re going to do,” Narduzzi said before practice Tuesday. “If they like the look, I’m open to anything. I just want to coach football.”
Narduzzi also said the players were “fired up” about the reveal, and teased that a video of their reaction will be released later this afternoon.
“They exploded a little bit. They were fired up. We showed them a little video, the same video you guys have seen. We’ll let you see [their reaction] later today.”
Some other big questions I’m getting:
Why not against Penn State?
Pitt certainly doesn’t need any additional hype for the renewal of its series with longtime rivals Penn State. The game will undoubtedly sell out and will be broadcast on national TV.
Picking a different game for the throwback puts another important date on the Panthers’ calendar.
Why against Georgia Tech?
First of all, it’s homecoming, which is certainly an appropriate time to wear a throwback. I’m guessing there will also be a good number of alumni there to celebrate, which should be nice.
The other reason is that Georgia Tech — much like Navy and Notre Dame — wears nearly identical colors to Pitt’s usual navy and metallic gold. With the Yellow Jackets’ triple-option making it difficult enough to determine who is going which direction, the bold colors might just be a help on the field as well as in the style department.
Why won’t they wear these full time?
The university is committed to the navy and gold color scheme, for better or for worse, and to be honest, it’s a better look for a lot of the school’s other programs that don’t have the same history with it that the football team does.
Because they can’t have the school’s marquee team wearing different colors than the rest of the university all the time, expect the more-muted colors to stay.
UPDATE (4:45 PM)-
** Despite undergoing knee surgery this morning, Harry Psaros was back working the phones and talked with 2017 Pitt commitments about their reaction to the Pitt “Throwback” uniforms.
OL Owen Drexel: “They are awesome! No other team can compete”
QB Kenny Pickett: “Easily the nicest throwbacks I’ve seen! By far my favorite out of the uniforms.”
WR Darian Street: “BEST UNIFORMS IN THE NATION! Look good, play good.”
UPDATE (5:26 PM)-
RB Todd Sibley: “Beautiful!! I think it brings more excitement back to the game of football for all Pitt fans and alumni. It’s a great honor for the new generation of football players to represent the past generation in a positive way.”