The Steve Pederson era at Pitt is over. After the University of Pittsburgh’s athletic director position sat vacant for more than three months, Pitt plucked Scott Barnes from Utah State to replace Pederson.
Barnes takes over a solid department that for decades has never been able to rise above mediocrity. What needs to be done to get Pitt Athletics to that coveted “next level?”
This has been a rough basketball season for fans of Division 1 hoops in this part of the state. Usually tough Robert Morris is struggling to stay at .500. Big Ten losses continue to pile up in State College. Even NCAA tourney staple Pitt is under .500 in the ACC.
I spent three days late last month visiting 18 high schools across the WPIAL. I drove 533 miles, took hundreds of photographs, shook hands with dozens of coaches, athletic directors and principals and climbed way too many stadium steps. I loved every minute of it, of course.
The preparation I did for the 2014 high school football season obviously pales in comparison to what the players, coaches, cheerleaders, bands, administrators, boosters and parents have to do.
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Franklin Regional sophomore Spencer Lee has a chance to be considered the best wrestler the WPIAL has seen since his hero, Cary Kolat, won four state titles with an undefeated record of 137-0 at Jefferson-Morgan in the early 90’s.