So the thought occurred about midway through the first half Thursday night at Heinz Field: Why would any opponent ever, ever run the ball against Pitt?
"It is a rivalry." Those four words were buried in a verbal blur from Pat Narduzzi, still speaking with so much motor at his press conference you'd think his next...
Let's get this up front, since Pat Narduzzi announced that Pitt's players and practices would be off-limits to reporters leading up to the Penn State game: I really don't care.
There's a temptation to suggest this was bigger than a football game. It wasn't, though. And that was its beauty.
The Panthers are thinking Villanova. As they should. This is, after all, a program that opened 2012 with a loss to Youngstown State.
According to the script, a few minutes before 1:30 p.m. Saturday, James Conner will emerge from the riverside tunnel at Heinz Field to a loud, proud roar.
The press conference was going to be tough, and all concerned had to have realized that. Or so one might think.
Believe it or not, I'm not here to bury Kevin Stallings. I don't know Stallings. I don't care about Stallings.
Jamie Dixon was here for 13 mostly wonderful winters, which saw all of this piled onto the mantle alongside the Panthers' climb.
Pay these kids. At least pay the ones who bring the most money.
The Pitt basketball program had benefited from a decade and change of superlative play at point guard. All had a powerful impact.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Mike Young is Mr. Everything for Pitt, the team leader in most every meaningful category. And that includes leading off the game by taking the tipoff. Not...
Jamie Dixon snapped off each syllable. But apparently in the event that I didn't get the gist the first time, he snapped that much harder with the sequel.
A band of blue-and-gold clad twentysomethings bounded down the steps from Heinz Field's T station, which meant next to nothing on this Saturday afternoon.
"We're not going to hang our heads," Cam Wright was saying at the long table in the Petersen Events Center's press room. Immediately to his right was Mike Young, hanging...
OK, so Pitt probably won't beat No. 2 Virginia over in Charlottesville in a couple days. The Panthers probably won't make the NCAA Tournament, either.
For one winter's afternoon at the snow-capped Petersen Events Center, Pitt basketball was Pitt basketball again. And it was wonderful to watch.