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Familiarity is Phil Jurkovec’s Buddy As He Returns Dwelling to Pittsburgh

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Phil Jurkovec is aware of what to anticipate this time round. A primary week of camp by which footwork is the only emphasis. Critically. You don’t get that many different locations.

He’s very accustomed to his new offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti Jr. already. The pair spent the 2020 and 2021 seasons collectively at Boston Faculty. It went properly till it didn’t, with accidents hampering the follow-up to a powerful debut season collectively and Cignetti leaving for Pitt forward of the 2022 season.

It took a 12 months to search out one another once more, however on the identical day that Jurkovec entered the switch portal in December, he dedicated to Pitt — and returned to Cignetti.

“I owe a variety of my success at Boston Faculty to educate Cignetti,” Jurkovec stated Wednesday on the UPMC Rooney Sports activities Advanced. “He actually is aware of methods to coach quarterbacks, so I’m so blissful to be again in that system and the best way that they prepare the quarterback. It’s completely different.”

As an alternative of watching Joe Burrow movie, Cignetti throws on outdated Joe Montana tapes from the Eighties. When you’re a quarterback at Pitt, you’re accustomed to the historical past of former San Francisco 49ers’ head coach Invoice Walsh’s West Coast offense.

It’s an offense used within the NFL to this present day, and as Cignetti has had success within the NFL himself, he holds his quarterbacks to the next customary.

“(Cignetti) has excessive expectations, and he retains them for the entire room,” Jurkovec stated. “He’s massive on competitors and talking the identical language. It’s a bit bit completely different now as a result of I’ve a few years on this offense beneath my belt.”

It’s not simply Cignetti’s offense that Jurkovec is accustomed to both. He’s from Pittsburgh, after all. Or the Pittsburgh suburbs, at the very least, as he attended Pine-Richland in Gibsonia. He realized the sport, grew up and thrived in Pittsburgh.

He starred as Mr. Soccer Pennsylvania at P-R, racking up gaudy numbers and successful a PIAA championship as a senior, and he stated it was a tricky determination to go away Pittsburgh. However he nonetheless did, committing to Notre Dame on the time.

He was deadset on Boston Faculty after he left Notre Dame, and even when Pitt was locked in with Kenny Pickett, it took three tries for Jurkovec to lastly discover his approach again dwelling.

“It’s meant quite a bit to me as a result of coach Narduzzi’s given me this chance, however all people in my household, all people I grew up with round right here who helped me out since again in highschool, could be very excited,” Jurkovec stated. “I’m very lucky and grateful to all people that they nonetheless help me at Pitt.”

And whereas Jurkovec looks like that stage of native help is conducive to success, it isn’t unique to his family and friends from again dwelling. It extends to his new Pitt household, too. The success over the past two seasons isn’t unintended. It isn’t random.

“There are a variety of hard-working folks and winners on this crew,” Jurkovec stated. “They received a few years in the past, and this previous 12 months they’d success, 9 wins, however that’s not the place they wanna be.

“I actually like that perspective that they’re not pleased with 9 wins, however they nonetheless had a variety of success this previous 12 months.”

Pitt isn’t the crew it was in 2021, there’s a variety of turnover even from even final season’s squad, however that isn’t essentially a foul factor. The identical is true at quarterback. Pickett, who’s now on the opposite aspect of the wall of the South Aspect facility, gave technique to Kedon Slovis. Slovis, who’s now at BYU, is giving technique to… one other competitors.

Jurkovec is the headliner, after all, however he’s joined within the room by Penn State switch Christian Veilleux, rising third-year quarterback Nate Yarnell and true freshman Ty Dieffenbach. He will be the most skilled signal-caller within the room, however he isn’t taking something as a right.

He’s coming in to compete. If there’s something he’s realized throughout his winding school journey, it’s to be about it. Don’t simply speak about it. Do it. Present up, put within the work and be within the second.

The work has truly already begun. Within the quick time working with new teammates like Rodney Hammond Jr., Gavin Bartholomew, Konata Mumpfield and Bub Means, Jurkovec has seen the aggressive fireplace in his teammates has been infectious.

“Bub and Tae, they at all times need to throw, they by no means get drained, it’s on daily basis,” Jurkovec stated. “They’re fired up to do this, in order that’s nice for me as a result of I’ll throw routes to all of them day.”

Jurkovec is trying ahead to watching — and dealing with — Pickett himself, too. Pickett’s closing season at Pitt is what Jurkovec is trying to replicate most of all, a breakout marketing campaign and ACC championship multi functional. In fact, he wouldn’t thoughts watching the Steelers as a complete both.

In fact, Pittsburgh affords Jurkovec quite a bit. An opportunity to return dwelling, to stroll the corridor of his hometown college because the (potential) beginning quarterback, nevertheless it goes past that. He’s formally one of many hard-working, blue-collar Pittsburghers he grew up admiring.

“I really like Pittsburgh,” Jurkovec stated. “I really like this metropolis. It has all the pieces you prefer to. It has all the pieces to supply to recruits. I feel all of the WPIAL youngsters ought to keep dwelling, all come to Pitt, that’s one thing that hasn’t occurred in for some time, however I feel having guys again, we might love for that to occur.”

Jurkovec, admittedly, is a WPIAL child who determined to go away dwelling. Simply as fellow WPIAL transfers Donovan McMillion (Florida) and Derrick Davis (LSU) did. However all three returned dwelling with a mission: to win, to maintain successful.

And very like Jurkovec is aware of what to anticipate with regards to working with Cignetti and residing in Pittsburgh, he expects to win this time round. As he’s walked across the halls of the South Aspect facility and seen the names of the native quarterbacks who’ve had success at Pitt, it solely makes him need to work tougher.

Pitt has had its justifiable share of ups and downs, however Jurkovec seems to be towards the successes. He seems to be at what Pickett did and needs to emulate it. And after watching the perfect two-season stretch within the final 40 years, he got here to a realization.

“You are able to do it at dwelling,” Jurkovec stated. “You may come right here and win. Clearly, the WPIAL doesn’t have the expertise that it used to have up to now, there’s nonetheless a variety of expertise nevertheless it’s not what it was once, however I feel it will be actually cool if the fellows in highschool and youthful got here collectively and wished to remain dwelling and make the tradition right here actually sturdy.”

Nevertheless, if there’s one factor that Jurkovec nonetheless pines for, it’s Acrisure Stadium. Or slightly, its predecessor.

“I want it was Heinz nonetheless,” Jurkovec stated. 



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Pitt’s Event Destiny as much as the Committee After Saturday Slate Goes Completely

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The Pitt Panthers wanted a number of issues to occur for them on Saturday and fortuitously for them, all of these issues did occur.

The Panthers entered Saturday on the event bubble, subsequently the factor that might’ve killed Pitt was Cinderella groups that unexpectedly gained their convention event and stole a bid.

Ohio State, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, Tulane and UAB have been all nonetheless in place to be win their convention event, which might’ve harm Pitt’s possibilities, nevertheless, all of these groups misplaced.

Now, Pitt’s destiny is now within the fingers of the event committee, who will study the resumes of all of the groups that they’ve on the bubble.

Going by each bracketology professional within the nation, PSN has concluded that Pitt has 4 groups to be fearful about that might steal their event spot.

Whereas PSN believes that Pitt will hear its title known as on CBS, these groups might knock them out: NC State, Nevada, Clemson and Arizona State.

Right here’s a have a look at their resumes:

NC State (23-10)
NET Rating: No. 45
KenPom Rating: No. 55
High quality Wins: Dayton, Vanderbilt, Duke, Miami
Unhealthy Losses: Syracuse, North Carolina
*Pitt beat NC State in lone head-to-head sport this season.

Nevada (21-10)
NET Rating: No. 37
KenPom Rating: No. 41
High quality Wins: Boise State, Utah State, San Diego State
Unhealthy Losses: Loyola Marymount, Oregon, UNLV (twice), Wyoming and San Jose State.

Clemson (23-10)
NET Rating:  No. 60
KenPom Rating: No. 64
High quality Wins: Pitt, Penn State, NC State (3 instances) and Duke.
Unhealthy Losses: South Carolina, Loyola Chicago, Boston School, North Carolina, Louisville
*Clemson beat Pitt in lone head-to-head sport this season.

Arizona State (22-12)
NET Rating:  No. 66
KenPom Rating: No. 68
High quality Wins: VCU, Creighton, Arizona, USC
Unhealthy Losses: Texas Southern, San Francisco, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Colorado

PITT (22-11)
NET Rating: No. 67
KenPom Rating: No. 78
High quality Wins: Northwestern, NC State, Virginia, North Carolina (twice), Miami
Unhealthy Losses: Michigan, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame

This can little question be a nerve wracking subsequent 8 hours as a result of Pitt is clearly not in a snug place and will simply be unnoticed, right here’s one thing to think about: For the reason that NCAA event expanded to 64 groups in 1985, EVERY ACC workforce that gained 70% of its convention video games throughout the common season certified for the NCAA event. EVERY SINGLE ONE.

If that statistic holds true right now, Pitt will hear their title known as.



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The Frank Walker Legislation/PSN Day by day Pocket book- March 11

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Replace (10:49 AM)- Bucknell grad switch Xander Rice has heard from the next faculties he tells @On3Recruits ClemsonGeorgiaGeorgia TechWake ForestWichita StateDuquesneSanta Claraand extra… 6-3 SG avg. 14.1 factors and shot 36.5% 3P on 5.9 makes an attempt final seasonhttps://t.co/AHrI08eMIa pic.twitter.com/zC8wmNQlmR — Jamie Shaw (@JamieShaw5) March 10, 2023

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North Allegheny Ladies Roll Previous Manheim Twp. in First Spherical of States

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WEXFORD — After claiming the WPIAL 6A championship towards Higher St. Clair in dominating style, the North Allegheny Tigers turned its consideration in the direction of the PIAA State Event and the Manheim Township Blue Streaks. 

The Blue Streaks, from simply exterior of Lancaster, made the 250-mile trek to Wexford because the seventh seed out of District 3. After a sluggish begin, North Allegheny rolled previous the Blue Streaks with ease, 76-53.

With the win, North Allegheny begins its march in the direction of the state championship after profitable the 6A event in 2021. 

As at all times, the Tigers turned to its dependable scorers as soon as once more after a sloppy begin. Jasmine Timmerson – who posted a career-high 30 factors within the WPIAL title sport – together with Kellie McConnell propelled the Tigers with 18 apiece.

Turnovers plagued each North Allegheny (21-5) and Manheim Twp. (17-11) within the first quarter because the Tigers held only a one-point edge after eight minutes of play. It took till the final minute of the opening quarter for the Pitt decide to get onto the board, however from there Timmerson was computerized, together with three triples. The Tigers held only a one-point edge after eight minutes of play.

With Timmerson beginning to get sizzling, Ava Byrne tried to match her tempo. The Blue Streaks’ main sorcerer (14.3 ppg) tried to maintain up with the high-scoring Tigers as she buried a giant three to drag the sport inside 4 within the second quarter.

Nevertheless, North Allegheny turned on the jets and ended the primary half on a 14-3 run. Kickstarting that run to finish the half was senior Eva Pernatt who got here off the bench so as to add six factors within the win, all coming within the second quarter. Pernatt was a useful possibility within the paint amidst that run, together with some strong put up protection.

The Tigers continued its huge run as they outscored the Blue Streaks 11-4. Whereas McConnell was held to a few factors within the first half, the junior turned it on with six factors within the third quarter.

Manheim Twp. seemed to remain within the sport because it turned in the direction of the three ball. Byrne, Brooke Weaver, Nia Mountis and Sarah Kraus all cashed in for the Blue Streaks, however the lead was too steep. North Allegheny responded to these triples with its personal because the Tigers knocked down 13 from past the arc.

Byrne did all she might as she completed with 18 factors, however the Blue Streaks season got here to an finish. Kraus posted 13 factors together with 12 from Julia Goebig.

Alongside Timmerson and McConnell’s team-high 18 factors, Lydia Betz added 15 in addition to 11 from Caroline Henderson.

North Allegheny will proceed its trip within the state playoffs because the Tigers advance to the second spherical to face WPIAL foe, Mt Lebanon. The Blue Devils took down Altoona, 58-50.



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