Dieffenbach and Ricketts have made it official, they will be going to our rival school that is not our rival. This certainly hurts as only a few months ago, these two were almost Pitt locks, now they'll be heading to a school to our east.
Right now things are starting to look a bit shaky for our program. With Penn State playing well these last few years under a new offense and WVU continuing to recruit well, this could be disasterous for Pitt.
Sure it hurts losing these two and as we all know, losing two guys won't simply kill our program, but the thing that is hurting us is our main recruiting base. We said we needed to build that wall around Western Pennsylvania. By my last count we have now lost 7 top targets from the WPIAL and have 0 commitments from the area.
Some people are floating conspiracy theories that Gattuso is purposely undermining the team. Don't buy into that crap. This is the same guy that a few years ago people were screaming to make the defensive coordinator and looked at as a potential future head coach.
The reason that we're losing these targets is because we have only had 1 winning season under Coach Wannstedt, which ended terribly in our bowl game. Sadly more non-passionate sports fans will remember us losing 3-0 in one of the most boring bowl games in recent memore instead of remembering that we went 9-3. To add to the problem, our geographical rivals are all now moving to a spread type offense where players are more comfortable playing in. With the rise in popularity of the spread, more kids will want to stay with that system.
Like we said in the past, square peg, meet round hole.