Program in Meltdown: Pitt

Note: This is part three of a four part series. Parts one (Louisville) and two (Syracuse) ran yesterday. Part four (Rutgers) debuts later today.

If that picture doesn’t do it for you, let me list all the reasons why Pitt sucks:

  • Dave Wannstedt
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Yesterday Certainly Didn’t Suck

At the very least, we beat Villanova yesterday. That should be reward in itself. But, as I see it, yesterday was a pretty damn good day.

  • Bowling Green 27, Pitt 17
  • Utah 25, Michigan 23
  • East Carolina 27, Virginia Tech 22

That’s a full day of orgasmic defeats and upsets.  So while you’re busy bitching about the defense, just remember yesterday was a good day for the Mountaineers.  Think any of those three teams listed above would trade places with us?

Pitt’s Tricky Gameplan Not All That Tricky

Pitt, fresh off its upset victory over WVU third consecutive season without a bowl, has decided to ramp up their offense. How, you ask? Simple: take carries away from one of the most heralded running backs in the country, LaSean McCoy.

In a word, brilliant. I can’t wait to see how successful this turns out.

“The reality is we have two starting tailbacks,” Pitt running backs coach David Walker said. “They are both going to play a lot and they are both going to play together at times because when we put them out there together it opens up a whole new challenge for defenses trying to stop us.”

Actually, it really doesn’t. All defenses have to do is cover LaSean McCoy and leave Stephens-Howling wide open. Seems pretty simple to me.

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What I Would Do To Wannstedt

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Fire Dave Wannstedt, Or Not…

I’m not wrong. I swear.For the past few months, I have been championing the effort to “Save Dave” Wannstedt. It stood to reason that as long as Wannstedt continued to coach Pitt, WVU would continue to beat Pitt. Well, that obviously wasn’t 100% true. I apologize for that. But as I said above, I’m not wrong.

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We Saved Dave; WVU Now 2-0 In 2008

Yes, boys and girls, our persistent efforts have payed off. We, single-handedly, “Saved Dave.” Wondering what I’m talking about? Well then, check here. And here.

It was an ambitious undertaking. Imagine the audacity of trying to save the job of one of the worst coaches in the country. A coach who continually recruits pro-level talent and squanders every single bit of it. A coach who’s most redeeming quality is the grooming of his mustache.

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Preach, Brother, Preach

Gregg Doyel, despite his name ending with a double G, made a fantastic point about the upcoming Backyard Brawl. He preaches the same gospel that has been contained in nearly every WBGV sermon — namely, that Dave Wannstedt is good for Mountaineer football (anybody remember Save Dave?). Unfortunately, while it’s a good point, if the national media keeps bringing up the awfulness of Wannstedt, well, Pitt might just get the idea to fire him. And we can’t have that.

So, read this, digest it, and then forget it ever happened…

That’s with one more caveat. That’s the thing about this particular college football season: There’s always one more caveat. In this case the caveat is that West Virginia gets past neighborhood-nemesis Pittsburgh on Saturday. But then, that’s a game West Virginia can’t lose for all kinds of reasons. For one thing, halfback Steve Slaton is better than anyone Pittsburgh has, and Slaton is the Mountaineers’ fourth best skill player behind quarterback Pat White, receiver Darius Reynaud and fullback Owen Schmitt. For another, there’s Dave Wannstedt. Unless he’s fired between now and Saturday, he’ll coach Pittsburgh. Which means West Virginia can’t lose.

[Gregg Doyel @ CBS Sportsline]