Posts Tagged ‘Pittsburgh’
By Paul Myerberg // Sep 15, 2012
Do you remember the last time Notre Dame took a trip to East Lansing? You might not remember the game’s first 60 minutes and change, but that’s fine: things didn’t get wild until overtime, when Michigan State answered a Notre Dame field goal with the most audacious coaching decision of the 2010 season. Now you remember, right? Dan Conroy is lined up for the potentially game-tying 46-yard field goal; Aaron Bates, the punter and team captain, was the holder; tight end Charlie Gantt was lined up one spot inside from the edge to Conroy’s right. The call: “Little Giants.” The snap went to Bates, as expected – and then came the unexpected. You’ll see the rest of the play later tonight, when the Irish and Spartans meet in one of the day’s marquee games. Let’s run down the entire weekend’s action.
Tags: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, B.Y.U., Big Ten, Bill O'Brien, Bo Pelini, Bo Wallace, Bobby Petrino, Boise State, Boston College, Brady Hoke, Braxton Miller, Bret Bielema, Brian Johnson, California, Clancy Pendergast, Cody Fajardo, Connecticut, Danny O'Brien, Eastern Michigan, Everett Golson, Florida, Florida State, Gene Chizik, Georgia Tech, Hugh Freeze, Illinois, Jimbo Fisher, Jon Hays, Kevin Parks, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Mark Hudspeth, Maryland, Massachusetts, Memphis, Michigan, Michigan State, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi, Montee Ball, Navy, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Paul Chryst, Penn State, Perry Jones, Pittsburgh, Randy Edsall, Ron English, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Travis Wilson, Tyler Bray, Tyler Wilson, U.S.C., Urban Meyer, Utah, Utah State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Will Muschamp, Wisconsin
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By Paul Myerberg // Sep 4, 2012
Over the course of last year’s opening weekend, F.B.S. teams went a combined 36-2 against F.C.S. opponents. The two losses: Oregon State to Sacramento State (29-28) and Duke to Richmond (23-21). There were other close calls, including Washington’s flirtation with disaster against Eastern Washington, Iowa State’s near-loss experience to Northern Iowa and UTEP’s overtime victory against Stony Brook.
Tags: Carl Pelini, Florida Atlantic, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Paul Chryst, Pittsburgh, Rick Stockstill, Wake Forest, Wisconsin
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By Paul Myerberg // Sep 4, 2012
With the weekend in the books, here’s a look at how the country ranks — using the original rankings as the starting point, with the season’s results as rationale for any movement. The top 25 teams land a one-sentence breakdown. The rest? Not so much. Part of the perks of being one of the best. Think your team is too low? Feel another team deserves more credit, less credit? Let’s hear it below. It’s a delicate ranking process, particularly with only one week in the books, so you may see one team ranked below a team it just beat — see Texas State and Houston, for example. Don’t be alarmed. Everything will become clearer by the end of the month.
Tags: Alabama, Clemson, Florida International, Florida State, Georgia, Houston, Iowa State, L.S.U., Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Texas State, U.S.C., West Virginia
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By Paul Myerberg // Sep 2, 2012
Until – and perhaps after – Clemson sealed a 26-19 win over Auburn with a late interception, the A.C.C. was the loser of the opening weekend. Was Clemson’s win a weekend-saver for the conference? I’m not quite sure. But it was absolutely a game-changing win for the Tigers; more on that below.
Tags: A.C.C., Andre Ellington, Brent Venables, Clemson, Cordarrelle Patterson, David Amerson, Duke, Florida International, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Larry Fedora, Maryland, Mike Glennon, N.C. State, North Carolina, Nuke Hopkins, Paul Chryst, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Tajh Boyd, Tennessee, Tyler Bray, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
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By Paul Myerberg // Jul 24, 2012
It’s open season on Penn State’s roster. We’ve seen this before, in the early days of the sanctions assessed on U.S.C. three years ago and, if you can think back far enough, in the weeks following the penalties levied onto S.M.U. in 1987. There’s something different about this raid, however. One reason may be the fact that everything will be done in the open: Jim Delany, the Big Ten and the N.C.A.A. have essentially turned Penn State’s players into recruits, turning back the clock to those days when, as high school recruits, these same players were available to any school that would have their services.
Tags: Big Ten, Bill O'Brien, Boston College, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Jordan Hill, Mark Richt, Maryland, Matt Stankiewitch, Michigan, N.C. State, N.C.A.A. violations, Penn State, Pete Massaro, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Sean Stanley, Silas Redd, Syracuse, Virginia, West Virginia
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By Paul Myerberg // Jul 17, 2012
Take a deep breath… Dave Wannstedt was fired on Dec. 7, 2010. Then-defensive coordinator Phil Bennett was his interim replacement through Jan. 8, 2011. Former Miami (Ohio) head coach Mike Haywood was hired as Wannstedt’s permanent replacement on Dec. 17, 2010, lasing in that spot until Jan. 2, 2011, when he was fired following his arrest on a domestic violence charge. On Jan. 11, Pittsburgh hired former Tulsa head coach Todd Graham. Twelve games and less than 12 months later, on Dec. 14, Graham jilted the Panthers for Arizona State – his “dream job,” of course. The Panthers were led through bowl play by interim head coach Keith Patterson. On Dec. 22, the program hired former Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst to be its fourth permanent head coach and sixth head coach overall in 380 days.
Tags: A.C.C., Aaron Donald, Big East, Bryan Murphy, Chris Jacobson, Cullen Christian, Dan Mason, Dave Huxtable, Devin Street, Eljuan Price, Hubie Graham, Isaac Bennett, Jared Holley, Jim Hueber, Joe Rudolph, K'Waun Williams, Kevin Harper, Mike Shanahan, Paul Chryst, Pittsburgh, Ray Graham, Ray Vinopal, Rushel Shell, Ryan Turnley, Shayne Hale, Tino Sunseri, Todd Graham
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By Paul Myerberg // Jun 11, 2012
As if getting only three Big East games at home wasn’t bad enough for Syracuse. At least the Orange aren’t alone in this regard: Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Connecticut also play four road games during Big East play.
Where Syracuse stands alone against the rest of the Big East is in its 2012 non-conference schedule, which ranks among the most difficult for a B.C.S. conference program. The Orange face four fellow B.C.S. conference teams during non-conference play; worse yet, only one, Northwestern, comes to the Carrier Dome.
Tags: B.C.S., Big East, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Florida, Syracuse, Temple
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By Paul Myerberg // Mar 31, 2012
The A.C.C. has already announced that it will move to a nine-game conference schedule in 2014, when Pittsburgh and Syracuse were originally pegged to join the league. That may change, however, if the Panthers and Orange are able to extricate themselves from the Big East one year ahead of schedule, as most expect. This leaves the league’s current members with a bit of a scheduling predicament: Active members of the A.C.C. have already planned on dropping one game off their non-conference slate beginning in 2014, but need to have preliminary plans in place for 2013 in case the two programs do make an early move over from the Big East.