I Wanted it to Go Better; Pitt Loses to N.C. State

We’re back with the same old story. Defense? Pretty darn good. Special teams? Not terrible. Offense? … I don’t wanna talk about it … But we do, in great detail. The offense, in a word, was putrid, and it’s hard to blame anyone other than Shawn Watson and the Pitt coaching staff. There was confusion at quarterback, the play calling was super confusing, and once again this offense wasted a strong defensive performance. We break all of that down, plus go through your reaction to Kenny Pickett’s debut and the coaching decisions from this game, in Episode 259.

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I Never Liked That Red Shirt Anyway… Pitt Loses to Syracuse

Well, that was interesting… Pitt lost another game they could have won, and we’re left to pick up the pieces. This one was extra strange, though, as Max Browne got hurt and Kenny Pickett’s red shirt ended up getting burnt for the last play of the game. Along the way, there were positives and negatives. Some positives? Well, the defense played mostly well, Alex Kessman was automatic from distance, and Jordan Whitehead is still REALLY good at football. The negatives? Pitt doesn’t seem to have any semblance of identity on offense, mistakes cost them the game, and oh yeah that redshirt thing…

Tons to talk about in this one, as well as your calls, texts and tweets. All that, and more, in Episode 258.

Pitt Beats Rice, Scheduling Strategies, & Cheating in College Sports

Finally, for the first time in the 2017 season Pitt did exactly what it should — dominate an inferior opponent. That being the case, we have mostly good things to discuss in this week’s episode! Max Browne was slingin’ it, the receivers were catching it, and Pitt racked up the points. On defense, it was a solid effort from a lot of young players. There were question marks — the offensive line, running backs, etc. — and we talk about them, too.

Then we move on to talk about our confidence levels headed into the Syracuse game. What are the chances Pitt can go on the road and win? Also, what type of scheduling approach would you prefer Pitt to take with its non-conference schedule? A harder schedule like this year, or softer like in years past? And lastly, we dig into the college basketball scandal that resulted in Rick Pitino’s firing and discuss cheating in college sports. All that, and more, in Episode 257!

Searching For an Identity; Pitt Blown Out by OK State

This week was rough. Pitt got blown out and looked terrible in just about every facet of the game against Oklahoma State. With that said, we do our best to try and figure out what Pitt is, and what Pitt isn’t, through three games. We break down offense, defense, special teams, and coaching, and we also do a lot of searching for answers. All that — plus listener voicemails, texts, and tweets — are straight ahead, in Episode 256!

Mistakes in Happy Valley; Pitt Loses to Penn State

Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes. That sums up Pitt’s afternoon at Penn State. Amidst quite a few encouraging factors, Pitt was its own worst enemy in a 33-14 loss. Max Browne struggled, the offense couldn’t punch the ball in the endzone from the redzone, and the game plan was weird. Chris breaks it down this week from his perspective, along with in-game voicemails from he and Dan throughout the game. We have instant reaction from listeners, too, with our first installment of Pitt reverbs. That, plus texts, tweets, and calling James Franklin a jackass — plus more — await in Episode 255! #H2P

PROGRAMMING UPDATE: We’re a Pitt Podcast Now

Well, we’re in our third year of podcasting now, and one thing has become crystal clear:

Our Pitt episodes are by far the most popular content we record. On top of that, they’re the ones we enjoy most, too. Take that, add in some other life stuff, and it is time to make a change.

What life stuff, you ask? Well, just like most other people in their late-20’s/early-30’s, we have careers and demands that are only increasing. Add to that family, relationships, grad school, weddings … You get the picture.

Our time has become more limited, but we don’t want that to mean the end of podcasting. Instead, we’d like to focus on the best possible content we can produce.

From this point forward, the channel that you’re currently subscribed to will be all Pitt content, 365 days of the year. For now, we’ll focus on one episode a week on average. If the situation warrants more or less, we’ll react accordingly.

In addition to this change on our channel, we plan on continuing to podcast about Pittsburgh Penguins hockey as well. We’ll have more details on that later.

So, nothing should change for you, the listener, other than we hope you’ll enjoy our episodes even more, and perhaps you’ll subscribe now that you know it’s all Pitt, all the time.

What we’d really like to ask of you is if you could share this news with a friend … Whether you share this link, or the link to our podcast channel, via Twitter, Facebook, text, etc., helping us spread the word is key. We want as many Pitt fans as possible to jump on board.

Find us on iTunesSoundCloudGoogle Play, and Stitcher, and be sure to check back regularly for new episodes!

HAIL TO PITT.

Chris

Wrapping Up Training Camp; Previewing Pitt-Youngstown State

It’s officially college football season! The long offseason is over. We wrap up training camp by going over all of the final storylines from last week. Then, we turn our sights toward Week 1 and Youngstown State. Here’s a full breakdown of this week’s topics:

  • Paris Ford showed up to camp. Will he redshirt? Will he play?
  • Max Browne named starter at QB; Dinucci the backup
  • Browne, Jester Weah, Avonte Maddox, Dennis Briggs named captains
  • AP Poll is out. Pitt has No. 6 PSU, No. 10 OK State, No. 18 Miami, No. 21 VT on the schedule. How many of those games will Pitt win?
  • Sweet Caroline will no longer be played between the 3rd and 4th quarters.
  • Marquis Williams and David Green commit to Pitt.
  • What do you want to see from Pitt in week 1?
  • Revisiting our predictions and reaction from last week.

All that, and more, in Episode 253!

Pitt Season Predictions

We’re back with one of the most fun episodes we do all year… Pitt season predictions! It’s time to break down each and every Pitt game on the schedule and make our picks for how Pitt’s season will play out. As is tradition, we scare ourselves along the way with how well we have Pitt doing at certain points. We also dive into the rest of the ACC and declare our winners for the Atlantic and Coastal divisions. All that, and more (including a spirited talk about rice cakes), in Episode 252!

Injuries, Suspensions, Position Battles, & Paris Ford

Dan is back from the great white north. Chris found some time where he wasn’t planning a wedding. Together, we got together to record the most impactful Pitt training camp podcast episode of all time. Naturally, we spent the first 10 minutes making fun of Jay Cutler and Tony Romo.

Then, we got into it, talking about suspensions to Jordan Whitehead, Quinton Wirginis, Alex Bookser, and Aaron Matthews, along with Rori Blair’s dismissal. What affect will those have on the team? How do you feel about Pat Narduzzi as this program’s coach? We discuss, then move on to something equally depressing: injuries. George Aston is on crutches. So is Phillippie Motley. Several others are banged up. After that, we ponder whether we’ll ever hear the official word about Paris Ford’s eligibility, and then wrap things up discussing position battles at quarterback and running back.

That, plus debating what Heather Lyke is putting on top of the Cathedral of Learning, and more, in Episode 251!

Rapid Fire Offseason Pens Mash Up

We’ve been so busy Schultz Chugging since the Pens won the Cup, we forgot to record another episode! With that, we’re here to run through all of the hot topics since the offseason started. The draft, free agency, trades, etc. We cover it all.

Here’s a list of everything we’ve got going on in Episode 250!

  • Pouliot, Archibald signed to new one-way deals
  • Tocchet to Arizona, Recchi to behind the bench, Gonchar promoted to full-time defensive coach.
  • Ron Cook says Kessel will be traded. Rutherford says he can’t foresee it. Of course, social media imploded.
  • Sheary, Dumolin headed to arbitration. Pens expected to have about $2.2 mil in cap space after that. Still need 3rd line center.
  • Trade rumors for 3rd line center: Duchene, J Staal, E Staal, etc.
  • Schultz gets long-term deal.
  • Ryan Reaves + second round pick for Sundqvist + 1st round pick at the draft