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A lot of fans over there are upset about how their AD handled Wanny and the coaching situation, and are protesting by not donating money anymore.
Pitt doesn't have a big time booster, so they rely on tuition and small donations. Their AD can't fundraise for anything, and their athletic program is very poorly funded as a result. They're lucky they have a good CBB coach in Dixon, who has Pitt basketball as a regional power with the occasional national contender.
Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain't come to play SCHOOL, classes are POINTLESS
Kids choose schools for many different reasons. I imagine Pitt's biggest selling points are being located in a decent sized city, sharing facilities with a successful NFL team, and early playing time. Sometimes kids wanna live in a city, practice next to pro players, and play as a freshmen. Also every few years they get a new coach and he can sell them on returning Pitt to glory. Finally, some kids grow up in Pitt families and I know that if my kids are ever lucky enough to get scholarship offers from PSU you better believe that's where they are going!
Dominate The State
They should have put a stadium where they put the baseball field and parking garages. Would have cost a lot to build with some earth moving, but could have been done. That stadium would have sat on top of that hill with a great view of the skyline. I am certainly not a Pitt fan by any means, but if they would have put the stadium on campus, it would have made a big difference. RMJ is right, basketball was more important - hence the land used for the Petersen arena.
there is not a whole lot separating OSU, UM, and PSU. The divide between OSU/UM/PSU and Pitt is light years.
Agreed. I honestly don't understand why some folks chose to "boycott" attending football games and or donating to the University out of spite against the BOT because of their piss poor inaction and treatment of JoePa. As far as I'm concerned the entire BOT is stubborn and so are those who choose not to support the University and or football/athletic programs. That's a lose/lose situation for both parties, IMO. I think even if the money flow to the University stops, the BOT won't resign. I think they've made themselves extremely clear on where they stand with their positions on the board. It's a difficult line to draw as far as wanting to support the University/programs but not with this current BOT in charge. Somethings gotta give and if alumni feel that cutting off money flow is the right thing to do, then they too are the ones who are doing harm to the University.
Sorry for the rant but I'm just getting tired of this drama between alumni/fans and the BOT.
"DOMINATE the state" - James Franklin 1/11/14
it is sad and the kids deserve better, but really.... what did they expect? It's not like Pitt has had this great following 5-6 years ago when these kids were picking schools. They obviously didn't chose pitt because of fan support so it seems odd to complain about it after the fact. All programs have pros and cons and for the better part of at least 20 years, fan support as been con for attending Pitt. When they chose to go to Pitt, they should have known what they were signing up for and if they did, why are they complaining about it now?
No it wouldnt have. Like I said, even during Pitt's prime and when it had a stadium on campus their best average attendance year was roughly 54,000.
"Whoever’s trying to kill me isn’t getting the job done. But one day, I’m going to punch that f___r in the face."
That's a bit misleading, because that place only held 56k.
If you build a 55k seat stadium on campus and somehow figure out the parking situation, they would have done well, IMO. Sold out? No, but 50k in a 55k stadium looks a lot better than 50k in a 65k pro stadium with bright yellow "HEY, NO ONE IS SITTING HERE" seats.
They drew fairly well for the piece of crap stadium that they had. Between the lack of parking and the distance from the endzone seats to the field (like the Coliseum) it was a tough draw.
If the powers that be at Pitt would have decided to put a 50 k stadium there, it would have made a difference. GA Tech isn't too dissimilar really. Not a big stadium, but fans sit close to the field and sounds loud for important games when you are in there. ( I lived in Atlanta while in Grad school)
I grew up when Marino was QB and went to a couple of games as a kid then went to PSU in 1991 and realized what college and college football were supposed to be. Now I can't stand Pitt football. But I remember that old stadium being pretty full even while it was falling to the ground.
If you know their legacy with PSU, Sherrill threatening SuePa, beating up the Lion mascot, dancing the boogaloo over a PSU player laying injured on the field, you wouldn't feel so "sorry" for them. They're getting what they deserve. They can sign all the "stars" they can, those guys will play in front of those yellow seats for four years and deserve it.
Having said that, they provided me with my greatest experience as a PSU alum as I literally stood on PSU's bench and watched the demolition (48-14) of Marino and their #1 team in their own stadium.
Tell us how you really feel.
The kids who choose Pitf do so knowing exactly what they are buying into and what that game days are like. I lived out there for 4 years during some decent Walt Harris years. Same old same old. We had a box that we shared with Joey Porter, Casey Hampton and Jason Gildon. I never had enough tix for my customers who wanted to go to Steeler games, but I couldn't give away the Pitt games on Sat unless it was Miami or WVU. Even then it was hard for the U. Horrible fan base in many ways.
"I tell guys, 'Would you rather go to a Volkswagen dealership to get a Cadillac, or do you go to Cadillac?' "
-- LJ, Sr.
Why feel bad for them? It's not like they should expect fan support playing for that team. And I really don't think they were tricked or mislead on their visits into thinking fan support would improve after their arrival. My feeling is that they knew exactly the type of program they were committing to when they committed.
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