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I believe he was. But I think Miller has a lot to do with why we as Pitt fans never got too worried with Jamie possibly leaving. If he did take off to another job, I'd feel very confident that Miller would come to Pitt in a heartbeat. Just another area where the football and basketball programs are very different.
I don't know how serious the interest actually was, but Dixon was definitely desired by a lot of their fans. I am almost certain he was contacted about the position.
Yes, I am serious. Read what I actually said first...
"But outside their 2001/2002 runs, after which they practically disappeared, they really don't have more tradition than Pitt and they certainly are not as consistent of a program."
Pre-tournament MNC: Pitt 2; Maryland 0
NCAA titles: UMD 1 (including 2002); Pitt 0
NCAA Final 4s: UMD 2, Pitt 1 (2001 & 02 included for UMD)
Elite 8: UMD 5; Pitt 3....again 2001 & 2002 included
Sweet 16: UMD 13, Pitt 7....again 2001 & 2002 included
Tournament appearances: UMD: 24; Pitt: 23....again 2001 & 2002 included
Tournament Champions: UMD ACC titles 3 (since 1954); Pitt BE titles 2 (since 1983)
Conference Regular Season titles: UMD ACC 5 (since 1954); Pitt BE 6 (since 1983)
National College Player of the Year:: UMD 1; Pitt 1
1st Team All-American selections: UMD 8; Pitt 15
NBA draft picks: UMD 33; Pitt 26 (5 players taken from those 2001/02 teams)
So yes, outside of 2001/2002, their histories are almost identical. Arguably, Pitt is essentially behind by one national championship.
And I always find decent parking at the Pete because I have a parking pass. I still think the Pete is nicer, but that is my opinion.
And while you may be right about Pitt's facilities being overrated inside the 412, the football facilities at Pitt are decidedly nicer than Maryland's. UMD simply doesn't have certain things, like the aforementioned indoor facility.
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by CrazyPaco 16 months ago
That's fair. Kids are into bells and whistles though.
Seems pretty naive to me to compare 2 programs' histories and say, "If you take away their best years, they're about the same." Those 2 years mean more than any of the other facts. Do you really think there are a lot of WVU fans out there that find comfort in being the winningest program w/o a national championship? Take away 2006 and 2007 and Pitt is probably a superior program to Florida. Think that means anything to a recruit looking up at those banners in Gainesville?
This post was edited by rys1324 16 months ago
Maryland is 38-24 in the NCAA tourney.
PITT is 23-24..
That's a fairly big difference.
Maryland has had 54 draft picks not 33. That's a big difference.
Maryland has 17 first round draft picks, PITT has 5. That's a big difference.
Maryland has 11 top 10 picks, PITT has 2. That's a big difference.
They have a big facility which allows them to be in the top ten.
They're located in a top 5 traditional hotbed and yet they're still mediocre. Location means very little in basketball and there are countless examples that show this.
Pitt spends on basketball. They spent a million more on basketball than Maryland last year. I just don't believe it was a better job, maybe a lateral move.
We can agree to disagree.
10 of those wins came in 2001 & 2002, so again, with my qualifier, that is 28-23.
You are right about the draft picks. My number for UMD was wrong.
The big facility doesn't really explain why they're able to get people in it.
If that were the case PSU would do well w/ attendance.
St. John's would do better than 11k at MSG (19k)..
Plenty of arenas are big, the product and tradition is what gets them in the door.
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