Pitt's prep work goes all the way to haircut
Great nugget from today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where Paul Zeise notes that Pitt reserve quarterback Steve Malinchak went so far as to get a Mohawk haircut for his role simulating Matt Grothe for the Panthers scout team. The Post-Gazette's story shares how Pitt needs to stop Grothe to stop USF, something that's still very true even with the recent emergence of running back Mike Ford.
Simulating Grothe is no easy task, as defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads tells the paper: "It is just hard to defend a guy who is flying around for his life and then throws the ball 44 yards on a rope to a guy on the sidelines."
The message boards at USFbullseye.com had a good thread this week, asking whether it was better for the Big East to have two teams in the BCS (which a UConn win today might set up) or one team in the national title game, as a West Virginia would do. With No. 1 LSU's loss Friday, West Virginia is now in position to play for the title, providing the Mountaineers beat Connecticut and Pittsburgh. That's huge for the Big East, but also huge for USF, which is elevated with West Virginia as the only team to beat a team now controlling its destiny for a national championship.
One more thing -- Pittsburgh's a great two-paper town, and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has a good story today on the pros and cons of an off-campus stadium, a relevant story with USF in town. I'm off to the stadium, with time for lots of live blogging during today's game ...