Head coaches in all sports look for motivational factors to use to inspire their team in the hopes of pushing them to increase their effort and performance on the playing field.
Whether it’s bulletin board material from an opponent, something happened the previous season or just new heights that are attainable, coaches are always looking for a new source of motivation.
Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi is a master motivator and although it doesn’t come in ideal circumstances, he is likely to have something that will no doubt light the fire of his 2022 team.
While it’s not 100% official, all signs point toward star wide receiver Jordan Addison leaving Pitt and heading out to Southern California and play for the USC Trojans. Addison appears to be making this move despite being the focal point of Pitt’s offense next season, despite having the chance to repeat as ACC Champions and despite working out with his Pitt teammates and new quarterback Kedon Slovis all spring.
No one finds fault with Addison taking advantage of accepting a highly lucrative deal that USC has presented him. The rub that’s occurred and has some upset is the fact that in the last 24 hours, the Pitt NIL team has reportedly sizably increased Addison’s earning potential at Pitt, and he still wants to bolt from Pitt.
A major reason for Pitt’s success on and off the field in 2021 was the team’s #WeNotMe motto and mindset instilled by Narduzzi.
The imminent departure of their Biletnikoff Award winner will no doubt get the Pitt program to try and stick with this mentality to get through this controversial time.
Leaders on this Pitt team have recently stepped forward as they attempt to change the narrative back to a positive one as they head into the summer.
First, defensive leaders Calijah Kancey and Brandon Hill ended any talk that they could follow the path of Addison by re-affirming their commitment to Pitt and their decisions to return next season.
— Brandon Hill (@brandonhill_6) May 1, 2022
Following those tweets, another team leader sent out a tweet that will not only endear him to his Panther teammates but also reinforce him as a Pitt fan favorite.
I want every Pitt Fan across America to know this. The team that walks out of that tunnel on September 1st to ThunderStruck will be a team that brings back another ACC Championship and a National Championship. I can promise you that. I want to go down in history. #H2P
— John D Morgan III ™ (@JohnMorgan6__) May 1, 2022