Bottomless Pitt: Panthers Recruiting Continues to Live in the Past

By John Morgan on March 9, 2018 at 8:58 am
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You may not care about Pitt and wonder why a Penn State blog would even bother giving attention to them. That's a fair point. But when a gnat is flying around your face, you eventually have to swat it away. Pitt extended an offer to Adam Berghorst, a 2019 defensive end from Zeeland, Michigan. Berghorst, who also has offers from Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame, to name a few, tweeted a picture sent to him from the Panthers coaching staff.

It's a pretty simple picture and no different from something you may see from the Penn State coaching staff. After further review, however, their was one thing that stood out and brought to light by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Chris Adamski. If you look closely, you will see the following in the corner.

Yawn

Ah, yes, the good old "42-39" signifying Pitt's victory over Penn State that propelled them to a Pinstripe Bowl loss vs. Northwestern to cap off their 2016 season. Later that season, Pitt beat Clemson who went on to win the National Championship, but somehow that is largely ignored. Earlier this week, Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi was on their flagship radio station and when asked about the nonexistent imminent future of the Penn State-Pitt game offered a glancing blow.

Enough about all that, let's get back to that picture. The 42-39 was what caught my attention, but after further review, there's a lot going on here.

Huh?

This is a lot to digest so let's take it slow and line by line. 

  • How Narduzzi Became Coach of the Year: After his recent extension, Pitt athletics boasted that Narduzzi is 2-0 vs. top-2 teams. They left out the fact that he is 19-17 vs. the other teams he faces, but that's just semantics apparently.
  • Pitt's Rise to the Top: Let's remember, this is a recruiting thing, but the fake date on here is December 2019 so I am assuming their rise includes a road win at Penn State in 2019. For their sake, let's hope recruiting rankings are meaningless.
  • The City of Pittsburgh is Scary Good: I would suggest that this should read the University of Pittsburgh is scary good instead. 

Recruiting is a dog-eat-dog world, so there are things you can usually let pass. Penn State has ruffled more than a few feathers over the last few years too, so I understand to an extent. Pitt is looking for an edge, but their focus seems to be off and in the past as usual. As a Penn State fan, we shall never forget the 24-21 win vs. Ohio State that was used a springboard to a Big Ten Championship. Pitt used 42-39 to as a springboard similar to this.

Sometimes the gnat needs to be swatted. The real question here is how can you have an offer out to a kid with the last name Berghorst and not tie it into Burgh, which is the city you rent a stadium in? 

For the record, per 247sport.com has the crystal ball for Berghorst at 86 percent for Michigan State.

I'm guessing that's roughly about up 75 percent from last season when Penn State went 11-2 and beat Washington to win the Fiesta Bowl, and Pitt failed to make a bowl. 

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