We all know Pitt. We all hate Pitt. We all know that Pitt eats shit. But, this being Pitt week and potentially the last time the Panthers and Mountaineers meet in the Backyard Brawl in football for some time, we thought it might be nice to actually take a few minutes and appreciate the good things that Pitt has accomplished throughout the years. A chance to bury the hatchet, so to speak, if even temporarily.
I mean, take a look at the Wikipedia outline for Pitt football. This is a program that can claim...well...somewhere between 9 and 17 national championships, depending on what records you're looking at because records of seasons played before the start of the Second World War are a little fuzzy. Notice any patterns here?
1.1 The early years (1889-1902)
1.2 Rise to power (1903-1914)
1.3 Pop Warner years (1915-1923)
1.4 Jock Sutherland years (1924-1938)
1.5 Failed policy (1939-1954)
1.6 John Michelosen years (1955-1965)
1.7 A turn for the worse (1966-1972)
1.8 A major change (1973-1981)
1.9 Drop in stature (1982-1991)
1.10 Another downturn (1991-1996)
1.11 Wide receiver U. (1997-2004)
1.12 A Pitt Man (2005-2010)*
1.13 High octane (2011-present)**
* - Translated: building a porous "wall" around Western Pennsylvania, failing to reach a BCS bowl, and continually efforting to "run faster."
** - Translated: 5-5 against the worst major conference schedule in the history of recorded sports.
So, with that, let's take a look at Pitt's recent triumphs in the BCS era and in March Madness after the jump:
I can wait....
Ok, are you done? Good. Really, let's take a look at some of the highlights:
Talk about DOMINANCE, baby!
And how about March Madness? So many more highlights to choose from!
There are plenty more to choose from, but I think you get the idea...