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Pitt has passed out
October 12, 2007 - Neil Rudel
As underachieving and frustrating as Penn State has been at times this decade, the Nittany Lions' program is still light years ahead of Pitt.
Pitt, sadly, is the Pitts.
First sign: You flip on the TV on Wednesday night -- Wednesday night -- and the Panthers are playing Navy. It's a big game for Navy, not Pitt.
Second sign: Heinz Field is dotted with fans disguised as yellow seats.
Third sign: The Panther coaching staff, didn't do a good job on either side of the ball. They couldn't stop Navy -- a comforting thought for our nation's security, unless you're a Pitt fan. The defensive coordinator, Paul Rhoads, was supposedly a hot head-coaching candidate under Walt Harris not that long ago. Worse, though, was the head coach's performance. Pitt got to a third-and-goal at the Navy 2 in the second overtime. Suddenly, Dave Wannstedt decides it's time to pass. Great idea! Two incompletions ended the game and sent Pitt to its fourth straight loss with no end in sight. It's tough to believe Pitt didn't just bang Shady McCoy up the middle -- he had already gained 150-plus yards -- on third down and, if it didn't want to play a third OT via a short field goal, though at home -- on fourth down, too.
Bad, bad coaching.
Reiterating: It's truly amazing that what progress the Big East has made in football has been achieved despite Pitt and Syracuse.