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Way to go, Wanny

Posted on: October 2, 2008 11:15 pm

You want to root for Dave Wannstedt. The Pittsburgh coach just hasn't been able to get it done at Pittsburgh. That season-opening loss to Bowling Green was wince worthy.

Then Wanny went back to his Pennsylvania roots and just worked, methodically beating Buffalo, Iowa and Syracuse before Thursday.  It finally paid off with a 26-21 victory over No. 10 South Florida.

"We needed this one so bad," Wannstedt said.

This might be the program-changing win that Wannstedt so desperately needed. He came into the game bowless in three seasons. The high from the West Virginia win quickly wore off at the beginning of this season. But the Panthers are 4-1 and on top of the Big East, ready to jump back into the polls.

There's some personality to these inconsistent Panthers. LeSean McCoy has now surpassed 100 yards for the second consecutive game and Phil Bennett's defense is showing some grit.

Nothing is ever easy for Pittsburgh but with Navy and Rutgers up next, the Panthers could go into the Nov. 1 game at Notre Dame, 6-1. For Wanny's sake let's hope it happens. He deserves the love.



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2008 3:35 am

Way to go, Wanny

All I am saying is, sometimes you have to wait your turn.  At the time Flacco was ok but Palko gave the team the best chance to win. You can't look at the sucess of someone today, and say they should hafe started back in the day because of that. Players develop differently and at the time Palko was better.

Since: Oct 3, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2008 4:41 pm

Way to go, Wanny

Wanny "refused to release Flacco from his scholarship, costing Flacco's family a full year of tuition at Delaware and costing Flacco one year of college eligibility."

God forbid a student athlete have to pay for college for a year.  I feel really bad for the Flacco's for having to put out $20K for their now millionaire son.  I don't feel any remorse for all of the smart students who pay their way through school bending over backwards to get a degree for $80K or more to make $40K/year. 

Go Pitt!

Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2008 2:49 pm

Way to go, Wanny

Palko was on a NFL practice squad , second team Big East, and was top 5 in the nation in passing eff so it wasn't like he was sitting behind so chump.  I guess all the D1 coaches that didn't offer Flacco are morons as well.  Wanny is great for Pitt because he really cares about the school.  Even if a "big name" school or a NFL team wanted him (for arguements sake) he wouldn't take the call.  Seeing how the Sabans and Petrinos slim their way around the coaching ranks I am glad Pitt has Wanny.  The haters can say whatever they want.

Since: Apr 18, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2008 2:24 pm

Way to go, Wanny

Dave Wannstedt is a terrible evaluator of his team of the opposition and of talent.  Every year he has a team that is considered Top 25 talent and every year they expertly underacheive.  And it's because he incorrectly evaluates his teams strengths and weeknesses, has had terrible game plans, and doesn't necessarily put his best team on the field.  For everyone who is defending Wannstedt in the Joe Flacco situation; does it not bother you that a FIRST ROUND NFL DRAFT TALENT was sitting on the bench while Davey-boy was playing a non-NFL talent quarterback instead?  I think Palko was a very gritty player and tried his heart out, but Wannstedt refused to give Flacco a chance to compete for the job.  It seems every other program in the nation has gone to a 2 QB rotation at some time or another, don't you think Pitt fans deserved an opportunity to see Flacco play for their team?

Since: Oct 3, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2008 10:04 am

Way to go, Wanny

Wanny made the right call on that situation. If you know any of the background of it I think you would do the same thing. Flacco was slated to play behind Palko. Pitt was the only program to give Flacco a chance, the only D1 school to offer him or even really recruit him. They told him that once Palko was gone, it was his team. He would have been the starter from day 1 of LAST season.

2 years ago, Flacco decides it is a good idea to transfer just over a week or so before the season starts. He left the Pitt staff completely handcuffed at QB for the season after Palko was gone. I am fine with him leaving in the Spring, when Wanny and staff could go after another QB. Flacco screwed over Pitt, so why shouldn't Pitt return the favor?

Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2008 9:54 am

Way to go, Wanny

It was great to see Baldwin and Dickerson out there making plays. Expect to see two of Pitts most talented athletes making an impact throughout the year. As they get better the holes for Shady will only get bigger. Hail to Pitt!

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2008 8:06 am

Way to go, Wanny

I'm not going to say it's right for what he did to Flacco, but back when I played ball, we didn't have an option of being released from your scholarship.  If you wanted to transfered to another school, you had to sit out a year.  As a matter of fact, once you signed your letter of intent, you could not change your mind without giving up a year of eligibility.  Even if you never even reported to summer camp.  As a head coach, sometimes you're going to come across players that just does not fit with the program.  Depending on the situation, why should a coach release a player if the player wanted to bail out.  "Awe man I'm not starting I want to transfer".  Boo hoo you give me a break.  Bottom line is Flacco is doing fine and now it's time for Wanny to get a break.  It sounds like you're the one with the grudge.

Congrats to Wanny and Pitt!!!

Since: Aug 17, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2008 6:23 am

Way to go, Wanny

"Root for Wanny?"  Why? Because he's another NFL refugee who can't get it done in college? Give me a break.

Look at how he treated Joe Flacco. Wanny held a grudge and refused to release Flacco from his scholarship, costing Flacco's family a full year of tuition at Delaware and costing Flacco one year of college eligibility. Wow, big tough NFL coach, you really made a point with that petty and vindictive move.

"Root for Wanny?" Yeah, right.

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2008 1:07 am

Way to go, Wanny

Thanks for the update on Wanny and Pitt. I saw some predictions that South Florida would win by 20 or more. It's good that the people in the Three Rivers area have something to cheer about again.

The Notre Dame Pitt game is generally a season tipper. ND has a little tougher road to get to 6-1 before meeting Pitt on Nov 1st. Stanford, @North Carolina and @Washington.

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