I didn't post anything about the Pitt hire of Paul Chryst, but I'm a big fan of the move. I've always thought Pitt should gear its program in the Big 10 model which tends to be a focus on big physical running rather than pass-first spread due to their primary recruiting base being PA & OH.
We also hired Wisconsin's OL coach Bob Bostad to be the OC, which I like because perhaps now Pitt can become a OL factory, which I think is critical if this program wants to take the step to the next level. The top programs throughout the country, often will have 3 or more NFL-caliber blockers on their line every year, and it wasn't that long ago that Pitt had been recruiting those kinds of players, and I hope that continues.
The other issue Pitt is going to have to deal with is that they need to do better recruiting QBs. Tino Sunseri is a tough kid, but his shoddy play is a major reason why we've underachieved the past two years. And I look at Pitt's past, and they've missed a lot of homegrown QB prospects like Matt Schaub, Marc Bulger, and Bruce Gradkowski, all of whom hail from Pittsburgh. Other players like Matt Ryan and Chad Henne show that PA is still a rich base for QBs, yet Pitt has failed to mine that talent. Sunseri is a hometown kid.
But my hope for the immediate future is that if Penn State is down, Pitt can start to dominate home state recruiting, still do its thing in OH, NY, and NJ. And also potentially go down and pilfer some talent from MD and VA, something that Penn State has historically done a good job of.
Here's hoping that Chryst helps turn Pitt into the premiere program in the state of Pennsylvania.
"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.