Jeff Scott is looking ahead, not just to Saturday’s BBVA Compass Bowl against Pittsburgh but to next season.
Scott looks at the young players who played key roles this season and apparently follows the recruiting coverage enough to get excited – as many Ole Miss fans are – for what could happen on Signing Day. When he runs the numbers he concludes that the Rebels could be pretty good in a year.
Before that there’s Pittsburgh Saturday at noon. There are walk-throughs and a presser this afternoon at Legion Field, before that, a corporate luncheon at the Sheraton.
There has been much talk about this being Pittsburgh’s third-straight trip to the Compass Bowl. That fact isn’t lost on the Panthers or their hosts. One of the welcoming speakers at the FCA breakfast Wednesday morning told the Pitt players that the city was glad to host them again and would just go ahead and issue Alabama driver’s licenses to them. Response from Pitt players was light.
Last night at dinner a Pitt beat writer shared his opinions on the Panthers’ Compass triple play and said the team is genuinely excited to be here, not because Birmingham is a favored destination but because it has an entire coaching staff in place and believes that will help it compete against Ole Miss. It was a make-shift interim staff last year, and Pitt practices were not well-planned or enthusiastic.
The result was a 28-6 loss to SMU.
Our media insider says not to expect an uninspired Pitt performance against Ole Miss.