Now Playing
Magic 105.3
Last Song Played
Today's Best Music
On Air
No Program
Now Playing
Magic 105.3
Last Song Played
Today's Best Music


200 items
Results 21 - 30 of 200 < previous next >

Pat Signal: Wendell Davis Jr. commits to Pitt

Pitt lands their second recruit of the day

PITT IS IT!! #L1TS8URGH #H2P #X2— Pat Narduzzi (@CoachDuzzPittFB) June 2, 2017

Pat Narduzzi had Pitt Twitter buzzing today. He let out his second “Pat Signal” of the day. We soon found out that linebacker, Wendell Davis Jr. was Pitt’s newest commitment. He announced it via Twitter himself.

Excited to say that I'm committed to the University of Pittsburgh!! #L1TS8URGH #H2P— Wendell Davis (@wendellwdj) June 2, 2017

Wendell Davis Jr. is a 6’2” 215 pound outside linebacker from Richmond, Virginia. He is graded as three-star prospect by Rivals, 24/7, and Scout. He chose Pitt over offers from Michigan State, West Virginia, and Duke among others. 247 Sports credits him with being the 7th best prospect in the state of Virginia.

Davis plays his high school football for Benedictine High School. He helped guide his team to a 7-3 record in 2016. Here is a better look at his play.

Wendell Davis is Pitt’s sixth recruit for the class of 2018. He is also the second commitment of the day, and the third of the week. The 2018 recruiting class is not expected to be a big one, but spots have been filling up quickly.

Pitt’s recruiting efforts usually explode in June, and it sure looks that way. Could more be coming? Pat Narduzzi certainly teased it earlier with another tweet.

Who is X3?? #L1TS8URGH— Pat Narduzzi (@CoachDuzzPittFB) June 2, 2017

Pat Signal: Judson Tallandier commits to Pitt

Pitt lands a three-star defensive back

A Big Dream Turning Into A Reality.. Largo, MD -> Pittsburgh, PA ! #L1TS8URGH #H2P— Judson Tallandier Ⅱ (@iamjtii) June 2, 2017

Pitt received some good news this afternoon, as they received a commitment from three-star defensive back Judson Tallandier. He plays for national power, DeMatha Catholic in the Washington DC area. Tallandier chose Pitt over offers from Georgia, Arizona, and NC State among others.

Talliender checks in at 6’2” 180 pounds. He is listed as a cornerback by the all the recruiting websites, but he lists himself as a free safety as well on his Hudl page. Tallandier is graded as a three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout, and 24/7. Rivals considers him the 14th best prospect in the state of Maryland.

Tallandier becomes the fifth commitment for the 2018 recruiting class. He is also the first defensive back for this recruiting class for Pat Narduzzi. Here is a better look of the type of player Pitt is getting in Talandier.

Recruiting at a place like DeMatha Catholic is never easy, but it’s also a strong program to have ties to as well. Pitt is in pursuit of some of Tallandier’s teammates at DeMatha, and this is a strong step in perhaps landing a few more players from the powerhouse program.

It was just days ago that Tallandier pulled in an offer from SEC power Georgia, but his relationship with Pitt proved strong in this recruitment. It has probably been mentioned quite a bit already, but Pitt’s recruiting typically picks up in June, and it’s shaping up that way once again.

Cardiac Hill Poll of the Day: Should Pitt allow Cam Johnson to play at North Carolina Immediately?

For today's poll, I wanted to ask a question about a subject we've discussed at great length for the past week or so - the transfer situation of basketball player Cam Johnson.

The issue, of course, isn't if Pitt will allow him to transfer to North Carolina. Johnson is free to go wherever he pleases. The real issue is if he should immediately be able to play for a conference foe starting next season. While most schools place some restrictions on transfers for things such as out of conference opponents, other teams they will play, etc., Pitt has drawn the ire of the national media, which has largely come down on the side of transfers without any type of restrictions.

There certainly is precedent for schools allowing players to transfer immediately, even within a conference. By and large, however, the majority of transfers come with some sort of restrictions.

Where do you stand on the issue? Should schools allow players to transfer anywhere at any time?

Be sure to join Cardiac Hill's Facebook page and follow us on Twitter@PittPantherBlogfor our regular updates on Pitt athletics. Follow the author and founder/editor @AnsonWhaley.
Poll How should Pitt handle the Cam Johnson transfer? Allow him to play anywhere immediately, unrestricted Allow him to play anywhere immediately with the exception of ACC schools Allow him to play anywhere immediately with the exception of ACC schools and future opponents   8 votes | Results

Cardiac Hill Poll of the Day: Favorite Pitt football win from 2016?

Last year, Pitt's football team produced some great moments. From an individual standpoint, it was great to even see James Conner back on the field. But in terms of team wins, there were two big ones in Penn State and Clemson.

The Penn State win came early in the year when not much was expected of the Nittany Lions. They, of course, went on to finish with 11 wins and narrowly missed getting in the Playoff. The other big Pitt victory came against an unbeaten Clemson team that would go on to win the national championship. The lone blemish on the record was the loss against the Panthers.

To get specific here, I'm asking for your favorite win - maybe not necessarily the most important.

There's no right or wrong answer here, but which was your favorite win from the season? Beating in-state rival Penn State or defeating the national champions on the road?

Be sure to join Cardiac Hill's Facebook page and follow us on Twitter@PittPantherBlog for our regular updates on Pitt athletics. Follow the author and founder/editor @AnsonWhaley.

Pat Signal: Jake Kradel commits to Pitt

Pitt lands a highly coveted local lineman

‼️STAYING HOME‼️#L1TS8URGH— Jake Kradel (@JakeKradel) May 30, 2017

Pat Narduzzi tweeted earlier that Pitt received a new commitment. That commitment kept everyone guessing for the past few hours, until recently. Jake Kradel confirmed he was the newest member of Pitt’s 2018 recruiting class with that tweet just moments ago.

Jake Kradel is a 6’4” 290 pound offensive lineman from Butler, PA. He is graded as a three-star recruit by all four of the major recruiting services. ESPN goes as far as to call him the 15th ranked recruit in the state of Pennsylvania. Kradel chose Pitt over offers from Ohio State, UCLA, Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin most notably. In all, Kradel had 25 division one offers, with most of them coming from power five schools.

Here is a better look at Kradel’s 2016 season for Butler High School.

Kradel now becomes Pitt’s fourth recruit in the 2018 class. He joins defensive end Noah Palmer as the second prospect from the WPIAL in the class. He is the third offensive recruit, joining quarterback Nick Patti and tight end Jay Symonds.

Pitt’s recruiting efforts typically pick up in late May and June under Pat Narduzzi, and it appears that trend may continue this season. Pitt’s class was off to a very slow start, but things look like they can snowball a bit in the coming weeks with visits and prospect camps on the horizon.

Landing Kradel is a pretty big deal for this staff. Not only is he a quality player, they were able to beat out national power Ohio State for his services. Pitt is always able to land some local prospects, but Notre Dame and Penn State made some serious in-roads last season on Pitt’s home turf. Landing a player of Kradel’s caliber is a strong win for Pat Narduzzi and his staff.

Former Pitt women's basketball player Brianna Kiesel gets another shot in the WNBA

Brianna Kiesel was drafted by the Tulsa Shock (now the Dallas Wings) in the 2015 WNBA Draft. Kiesel looked somewhat promising as a rookie but ended up being waived last July.

She remained unsigned until February of this year when the Atlanta Dream signed her to a multi-year deal (terms not disclosed).

The season just got underway this month and while Kiesel isn't starring, she is getting minutes off the bench. Through three games this year, she is averaging 1.7 points and an assist per game.

Last year, Atlanta reached the Conference Finals before losing to Chicago.

Be sure to join Cardiac Hill's Facebook page and follow us on Twitter@PittPantherBlog for our regular updates on Pitt athletics. Follow the author and founder/editor @AnsonWhaley.

Blowout? Pitt football opens as 19-point underdogs against Penn State

Last year, Pitt opened as a big nine-point favorite against Penn State for their football game later in the year. When that line first dropped, I cautioned that it was too high and Vegas seemingly agreed. By the week of the game, that line was cut in half, falling to Pitt -4.5.

But that early line was nothing compared to what Vegas is predicting right now. Penn State opened as a 19-point favorite against the Panthers for this year's contest.


Nineteen points is, suffice to say, a lot. I would have probably expected something like 13-14 points if you asked me to take a shot at it. When you get up to 18, 19, 20, etc., those types of numbers are most often reserved for teams facing off against non-FBS opponents. And even then, you don't see it all the time. It's also somewhat ironic that Pitt was a 19-point underdog against Clemson last year, too. So just throwing that out there.

It should also be noted that Vegas is calling for an easy Penn State win against Michigan, favoring the Nittany Lions by 14 in that game.

Just as I felt last year, that opening Pitt game line seems high. Now, Penn State clearly looks like they will have the better team and also have the game at home. But you just don't see Pitt manhandled like that too often and 19 would be the biggest margin of defeat suffered by the team since Pat Narduzzi took over as head coach.

The Panthers going on the road to take down undefeated Clemson last year doesn't seem to have done much to persuade folks that Pitt can win in hostile environments. The argument will be that this is a different team. No doubt about it. But given how seriously Narduzzi took the game last year, limiting media access and such, I don't know. I would be surprised if the Panthers were unprepared and if they're ready, hopefully that translates into a closer game.

None of that means Penn State can't win by that much. The Nittany Lions are hoping to contend for a spot in the College Football Playoff and return a lot. And this is, after all, a Pitt team playing on the road, retooling on the offensive line, starting a new quarterback, starting an almost entirely new defensive line, and without last year's starting running back James Conner. That doesn't even hit on the fact that the secondary was an absolute bust last season and is replacing players, too.

But despite that, this is still a rivalry game. I'm not a gambling man at all but I would be quite surprised if that line remained that high by game day.

Be sure to join Cardiac Hill's Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @PittPantherBlog for our regular updates on Pitt athletics. Follow the author and founder/editor @AnsonWhaley.

Larry Fitzgerald has chance to move up NFL career receiving yardage rankings in 2017

Over the weekend, I mentioned Larry Fitzgerald's NFL future beyond 2017 is up in the air. But assuming he has a relatively productive season next year, he will make a significant jump up in the career yardage rankings.

Currently, Fitz is ninth in all-time receiving yards in the league (with 14,389) and no active player is even within 2,000 yards of him. But he is only about 800 yards away from Randy Moss, who is currently third. Another 1,000-yard season would push him past Moss and behind only Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens.

While Rice's 22,895 yards are likely out of reach, Fitzgerald is only about 1,500 yards away from Owens - a manageable number if he committed to playing two more years.

With any luck, the former Pitt receiver will be third on the all-time list after this year and will hopefully play another season with a more than realistic chance at passing Owens for second.

In terms of career receptions, Fitzgerald is already third on that list behind only Rice and tight end Tony Gonzalez. Fitz sits exactly 200 catches back from Gonzalez for 2nd place so moving up there won't happen next season or maybe even in the next two years. But that number is also within reach - especially if Fitzgerald plays three more years.

Be sure to join Cardiac Hill's Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @PittPantherBlog for our regular updates on Pitt athletics. Follow the author and founder/editor @AnsonWhaley.

Cardiac Hill Poll of the Day: Aside from Cam Johnson, who is the Pitt transfer you wish was still here?

The Pitt basketball team lost a ton of transfers after the season ended. Some, it seemed, were mutual and expected. Others, like Cam Johnson's were out of the blue.

When you combine it with the graduating players, the roster has turned over almost entirely in one year. Add it all up, and there will be a lot of fresh faces on the court, including some younger guys who will be forced into action from the start.

Heck, Pitt even lost a player in recruit Aaron Thompson before he even played his first collegiate game. Technically I didn't count him here since he was simply released from his LOI. Also not counted was Justice Kithcart, who was dismissed from the team in the middle of the year.

Aside from Johnson, who is the guy you most wish was still wearing a Pitt uniform this fall?

Be sure to join Cardiac Hill's Facebook page and follow us on Twitter@PittPantherBlog for our regular updates on Pitt athletics. Follow the author and founder/editor @AnsonWhaley.
Poll Aside from Cam Johnson, who is the Pitt basketball transfer you most wish was still with the team? Corey Manigault Rozelle Nix Damon Wilson Crisshawn Clark   2 votes | Results

Lesean McCoy hopes to catch more passes in Buffalo's new offense

After Rex Ryan was fired in Buffalo, the Bills hired Sean McDermott as the new head coach. McDermott brought in Rick Dennison as his offensive coordinator and that means the team will have a new offense in 2017.

Dennison worked with running back Arian Foster who was known for catching a lot of passes in his system. Former Pitt standout Lesean McCoy hopes he'll be able to do the same with the Bills.

"The running backs getting the ball in the passing game," McCoy told reporters on Thursday. "That’s something I’ve been a part of, but it’s been a while since I’ve actually got the ball a lot in the air — we do a lot of that. [Rick Dennison is] big on that, you look at all the successful running backs that’s been in his offense, from Arian Foster who I’m a big fan of, he did it on the ground and in the air."

McCoy as a pass-catcher isn't a new idea so he should be at home in Dennison's offense.

He's caught at least 50 passes in four of his eight NFL seasons but he's done less of that in recent years. He had 50 last year, but had only 28 and 32 in 2014 and 2015, respectively. He hasn't caught more than 50 since his days with the Eagles and while I'm not betting on him getting the 78 he did as a second-year player, he could be more involved in the passing game than in years past.

McCoy will be 29 next season and is obviously at the tail-end of his career. But I'm excited to see what he can do in a new offense where he's potentially utilized a little more as a receiver.

Be sure to join Cardiac Hill's Facebook page and follow us on Twitter@PittPantherBlog for our regular updates on Pitt athletics. Follow the author and founder/editor @AnsonWhaley.

200 items
Results 21 - 30 of 200 < previous next >