THIS IS NOT A DISTRACTION, NOPE, NOT GONNA MAKE THE TEAM FEEL ANY MORE PRESSURE THAN NECESSARY.
Fun news out of Pittsburgh this afternoon, as Pitt announced that Pat Narduzzi is finally building the wall Dave Wannstedt bragged about so many years ago. The Panthers’ head coach is banning media from practice and not allowing his players to speak to the media in advance of their game against Penn State.
If you can believe it, the local Pittsburgh media is Mad Online.
Narduzzi says that he wants players going straight from the practice field to film room. "If it's 3 minutes, it's 3 minutes we missed."— Dan Sostek (@dan_sostek) September 5, 2016
If something happened in your profession that made your job harder, you'd complain. But apparently media isn't allowed to do that.— Dan Sostek (@dan_sostek) September 5, 2016
Talk to the Penn State media, buddy. They’re still treating James Franklin’s refusal to discuss injuries like it’s a repeal of the first amendment.
Alternate universe— Jim Hammett (@JimHammett) September 5, 2016
Franklin "practice is closed"
State College media "gee golly coach, you sure know what's best - We Are"
Yes, this precisely sums up the relationship between the Penn State media and the coach who blocked half of them on Twitter!
If Narduzzi is gonna close practice, he better be breaking out the Statue of Liberty and Annexation of Puerto Rico for Saturday's game.— Joseph Steigerwald (@steigerwaldino) September 5, 2016
It’s Pitt’s biggest game in ages, their stadium will actually be full, and the crowd will viciously turn on the home team if they start slowly. Why change the routine and make the team more uptight?
Thankfully, James Franklin won’t be adopting a similar strategy.
Conversely Penn State will open practice and let eight players and an assistant coach speak this week.— Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) September 5, 2016