As a Mountaineer fan I will always hate Pitt. In fact, I hate them so much I want them to go 11-1 each and every season. Despite having piles of preseason hype and press the last 3 pre seasons, the Panthers have failed to get out of non conference play unblemished. In 2008 it was an opening day loss to Bowling Greene of the MAC. In 2009 it looked like Pitt had everything set to enter Big East play undefeated, but gave away a 38-31 decision to NC State of the ACC. Last night Pitt continued their early season problems dropping a 27-24 overtime decision to Utah of the Mountain West.
After my passion for the Mountaineers, I love Big East football. I may be the only one that thinks so, but the maligned 8 team conference has always had the potential to be great and thrive even in today’s world of Super Conferences. The Big East has the TV markets, schools with rich football and academic tradition, and the addition of Louisville gave the BE another great fanbase to rival West Virginia’s. However since Miami, BC, and VT left for what seemed to be the greener grass of the ACC, the only Big East teams sporting a BCS victory are West Virginia and Louisville.
Since 2005 West Virginia has essentially placed the Big East on its back going 12-1, 11-2, 11-2, 9-4, 9-4. Even with the slip last two seasons, WVU laid the groundwork that kept the Big East viable for Cincy to step in and have its finest seasons. Pitt on the other hand finally managed to break the 10 win mark for the first time in 30 years in 2009.
I appreciate Louisville, Cincy, and USF all chipping in, but what the Big East needs to gain national respect is more than WVU and a random former CUSA member to step up each season, it needs Pitt, WVU, and the random old CUSA team. Ever since the Wanstache has taken over all I hear is how great the recruiting classes are, but have yet to see it for an entire season on the field. Sure Pitt has 13-9 to hold on to until the end of time, but other than that their inconstant play has damaged the Big East.
There is only so much West Virginia can do to keep the football conference a float, and they have some how done all that and more. The former CUSA teams have also exceeded all expectations, while Pitt remains stuck in the middle. This is a time when the Big East needs a member of the old guard to step up. Syracuse seems to have given up on football, and if I hear its Rutgers year to become a power one more time I will puke. It’s all on Pitt, they have everything, the tradition of national titles, professional facilities, but have failed year after year to deliver.
If and/or when the Big East football conference fails, you can place the blame squarely on one team for not living up to their part of the deal, Pitt. I guess its to be expected from a school that can’t even put the logo every fan wants on their helmets.