Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Panthers Can't Ever Flip the Script

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Panthers Can't Ever Flip the Script

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Many Pitt fans got what they long had wanted Friday when the university announced it was going back to its script logo on its football helmets. I hope they are happy. Maybe now they can focus on what's really important, not on some silly helmet design that means nothing when it comes to winning games. Pitt needs better coaches. It really needs better players. It needs a much better team.

I'm guessing the script helmets aren't going to push the long- mediocre program over the top.

At this point, it's fair to wonder if anything will.

Pitt's 56-28 loss to Georgia Tech Saturday at Heinz Field was awful. The Panthers lost fumbles on four of their first six plays from scrimmage. Georgia Tech scored touchdowns on four of its first nine plays. Little more than five minutes into the game, Pitt trailed, 28-0. Georgia Tech was on pace to score 336 points.

The only surprise was that it didn't. Against Pitt's soft defense? Are you kidding?

As it was, the 56 points were the most scored by a Pitt opponent at Heinz Field. Georgia Tech finished with 612 yards and had runs of 21, 25, 28, 33, 34 and 57 yards and pass plays of 26 and 79 yards.

Pitt's loss certainly wasn't a surprise. For years, it has made a habit of losing big games at home, if that's how you want to look at this game.

The Panthers came in with a middling 4-3 record, but, thanks to an unlikely win Oct. 16 against Virginia Tech at Heinz Field, they started the day thinking they had a chance to win the incredibly weak Coastal Division of the ACC. By nightfall, they merely were embarrassed that they put on such a horrible performance on homecoming in front of program legends such as Johnny Majors, Tony Dorsett, Bill Fralic and Al Romano.

Those poor Pitt greats. They came back for this? Then again, they should be used to it.

I believe the legends and about 400 other alums were in the house in 2010 when, in Dave Wannstedt's final season as coach, Pitt lost to Miami, 31-3. Much more of this and they will stop coming back. …

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