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Larry Fitzgerald only playing for a Super Bowl

Former Pitt star wide receiver says, at this point, he has only one goal left in his career: To win a Super Bowl.

In fact, the Arizona Cardinals wideout says it's the only reason he's still playing.

“That's the only reason I'm playing at this point,” Fitzgerald said Sunday, the second day of Cardinals training camp. “From a personal standpoint, things I've accomplished, they're fine. But the thing that you will say is out of your control because you're in a team sport is a championship.”

Ironically, while the personal stuff may matter less to Fitzgerald, he's got a chance to move up the leaderboard for some pretty lofty receiving numbers, as I wrote earlier this spring.

How long he sticks around is anybody's guess. From a selfish standpoint, I'd love to see him play a few more years and climb even higher in the record books. Fitz's career has been great exposure for Pitt and the more successful he is, the better for the program.

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ACC touts Pitt running back group among the best in the conference

The ACC's Digital Network has been previewing various position units in the conference. Next up this week were the running backs and Pitt was ranked as their No. 3 backfield. The only teams ahead of the Panthers were Georgia Tech and Florida State, who was No. 1 overall.

All of the position breakdowns are videos and here's the one for running backs.

The video mentions Qadree Ollison's 1,100-yard season in 2015 as well as Chawntez Moss' and George Aston's contributions. There's no mention of Darrin Hall, or the incoming freshman, including four-star recruit Anthony Davis and former Ohio State commit turned Pitt signee Todd Sibley. But they limited each team to three guys, so that made sense.

Pitt's running back situation, as we've discussed before, is kind of up in the air. Ollison looks like the potential starter but Moss will be right there. Will one of the freshmen get in the mix? Can Hall challenge for the No. 2 job? Lots of unknowns but the one thing Pitt has is depth there.

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Suzie McConnell-Serio leads Team USA U19 squad to quarterfinals with blowout win against Puerto Rico

Pitt women's basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Serio continues to lead the USA U19 team in the FIBA World Cup. The team's most recent victim was Puerto Rico as the Americans won handily, 104-46.

That moved Team USA to 4-0 and landed them in the quarterfinals. There, they'll face 3-1 France.

The game was interesting from a Pitt vantage point as Puerto Rico's team includes Pitt incoming freshman Pika Rodriguez. Her team is 0-4 in the event but she has been one of the top scorers in the tournament, averaging 16 points a game. Rodriguez scored a team-high 13 against Team USA.

McConnell-Serio's team has had mostly blowouts but did get a game of sorts from Italy in their third game winning by 'only' 17 points.

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Reliving Pitt's 2007 victory over West Virginia

The tenth anniversary of Pitt's historic win over West Virginia won't officially happen until later this year. But SB Nation is relieving the entire 2007 college football season and the Panthers' big 13-9 win was of course part of the discussion.

It wasn't only in the conversation, it was one of the biggest things in the college football season. SB Nation has a great article up with players from both sides and it's more than worth your time. There's lots of good perspective from Pitt guys Dave Wannstedt, Scott McKillop, Eric Thatcher, and more.

Take a look here but also tell us, what are your thoughts of that game? What do you remember the most? Me, I'll never forget that the Pitt team that year was pretty bad. This wasn't an average team beating a great team. That was a really bad season. Pitt lost by 20 to UConn and 30 to Virginia. Lost to South Florida. Lost to Rutgers. Lost to Navy.

Despite all of that, despite playing on the road, it really proved once again that anything is possible in this crazy thing we call sports. It also proved how things can dramatically turn around for the better in only one year. Pitt would go on to win nine games the next year and ten right after that. While it was a pretty bad team, they also weren't too far away from being able to win games.

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Pitt adds Texas offensive lineman transfer Brandon Hodges

Pitt got a bit of a surprise addition on Tuesday with the late pickup of Texas offensive lineman transfer Brandon Hodges.

Next stop! pic.twitter.com/ELZEWp5LCG — Brandon Hodges (@BHoD_31) July 25, 2017

Hodges is a graduate transfer with one year of eligibility. He'll be available to play immediately this season. As of now, Narduzzi hasn't yet acknowledged it but it's being reported by numerous outlets.

Pitt seemed mostly set at offensive tackle with returning starter Brian O'Neill (now moved to left tackle with the departure of Adam Bisnowaty) and Jaryd Jones-Smith but Hodges' addition gives Pitt more experienced depth. He was a starter at right tackle last year at Texas but looked to be a potential backup in 2017. That was looking more like a possibility after sitting out part of this spring with academic issues.

I'm not sure where this leaves Jones-Smith, to be honest. My guess is that he gets the first shot to start but will have Hodges breathing down his neck. Hodges can also play guard, so if Jones-Smith is dominant at tackle, he could also potentially push for playing time there, too. This could be the second time Jones-Smith has a starting job taken from him. In 2015, it was due to injury. Now, it could be to competition from a late addition. That's kind of a bummer for him if he doesn't hold onto the job but Pitt also has to improve the team whenever they can. This move does that, if even just from a depth perspective.

As I said with quarterback Max Browne, I can't imagine Hodges is transferring for his final year to ride the bench. I expect he'll have a legit shot to start somewhere and if he doesn't start, he'll be playing a lot, I would imagine.

Another guy that stands to potentially lose playing time is freshman Jerry Drake. He was highly-touted as a four-star recruit and was listed as the backup right tackle in the most recent depth chart. He almost certainly gets leapfrogged by Hodges if Hodges stays at right tackle. Freshman Justin Morgan was listed as the backup at right guard behind Alex Bookser. If everyone stays healthy, this has the look of a redshirt year for Drake, which is probably a good thing for the team.

But we're still a long way from having this completely sorted and training camp will clear a lot of things up.

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Cardiac Hill Poll of the Week: More or Less Than Seven Wins for Pitt Football?

Last week, Bovada set the Over/Under for Pitt wins and losses for the 2017 football season at seven. Most predictions have about that number of wins for Pitt (I'm still clinging to eight, for what it's worth) so that seemed about where it should be.

I know we discussed win expectations for football already (and probably will again by the time the season actually starts) but since this was an over/under, I wanted to see in general where more people leaned.

But if you had to pick, are you going over or under that number? Even though you may want to say seven exactly, let's take that out of the equation.

Given that, are you taking the over or under here?

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Poll Is Pitt football more likely to win more than or fewer than seven regular games in 2017? More than seven Fewer than seven   0 votes | Results

Brian O'Neill, Pat Narduzzi talk quarterback Max Browne

The Roanoke Times is churning out some ACC football preview stuff with a look at the various programs in the conference. They put together a Pitt preview and a lot of the focus was on new quarterback, Max Browne.

There's not a ton there but both Pat Narduzzi and Brian O'Neill talked about Browne. One thing O'Neill said about Browne got my interest:

"He's not afraid to try to throw the ball into a tight window," O'Neill said. "Max is very good at going through his reads, from his first read to his second read all the way down to his check-down [receiver] — able to keep the play alive, not necessarily with his feet, but through his reads and being able to hit different players in different spots. "I don't think there's a throw on the field he can't make."

Typically, I take things like this with a grain of salt. I mean, teammates won't generally offer much but praise for each other. But the specifics of what O'Neill says about Browne checking through, making his reads, and finding different guys will be important this year.

The Panthers do have deep threat Jester Weah and he could be one of the conference's top receivers. But the Panthers also have a gaggle of unproven guys that will need to make plays this year. That's particularly true now with the loss of assumed No. 3 man Tre Tipton for the season.

Not only that, but the other starting receiver, Quadree Henderson, has proven he still needs work. Much of what Browne does in the passing game this year might involve the need to repeatedly move off of his first option and find someone else if that receiver isn't open and if Henderson or another guy doesn't prove to be all that reliable at getting open.

With not much proven beyond Weah, having a quarterback work through his reads and looking beyond his primary target might be more important than usual this season.

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ACCFootballRx ranks best, worst home ACC football schedules

Whenever I talk to Pitt fans about their reasons for attending (or not) games, two things generally stand out in addition to the time: the quality of the opponent and the quality of the Pitt team. In other words, fans don't want to show up to Heinz Field to see a mediocre Pitt team take on a weak opponent.

Recently, ACCFootballRx decided to rank all of the home schedules of ACC football teams this year. The Panthers finished squarely in the middle with four of their games coming against quality opponents (Oklahoma State, North Carolina State, North Carolina, and Miami). There are three duds in there with Virginia, Youngstown State, and Rice.

Among teams they've frequently played, Pitt will always have its best chance to sell tickets against Penn State, West Virginia, or Notre Dame. But the Panthers can also do reasonably well if they're playing solid ACC competition (think North Carolina) and if the they are playing well themselves. The attendance for the Panthers' last two games of the year, home contests against North Carolina and Miami, will depend in part on if the team is playing for anything.

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Athlon ranks 2017 Pitt football schedule opponents

With Penn State, Oklahoma State, and more on the 2017 Pitt football schedule, the Panthers will have their hands full. Athlon recently took a shot at ranking all 12 opponents.

Leading the way? That game with Penn State:

1. Sept. 9 at Penn State Pittsburgh knocked off the Nittany Lions at home early last year, before PSU really got rolling. This time the Panthers will have to go to Happy Valley and face an explosive offense led by quarterback Trace McSorley, running back Saquon Barkley, and a deep receiving corps.

That's a pretty easy pick, in my opinion, for any number of reasons. Of the three most difficult games by most measures, it's the only road contest for Pitt. It's a rivalry game. Penn State will also be looking for some measure of payback while trying not to let a chance to get into the College Football Playoff slip through their fingers. Oh, and the Nittany Lions are a pretty good team, too.

The list is pretty by the book to me. There are a few things that will likely stand out. First, Georgia Tech is ahead of Virginia Tech on the list. North Carolina State is also ahead of North Carolina. Those are two teams that have been decent but the Hokies and Tar Heels would typically be ahead of them in terms of difficulty.

Anything stand out to you as being right/wrong?

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Incoming Pitt women's basketball player Pika Rodriguez impressing at FIBA World Cup

I've been tracking the U.S. U19 women's basketball team that Suzie-McConnell Serio is leading at the FIBA World Cup in Italy. But there's another Pitt connection to the event as incoming freshman Pika Rodriguez is playing for Puerto Rico.

Rodriguez isn't only playing in the event but is one of the best players.

Through two games, her Puerto Rico team is 0-2. However, Rodriguez isn't the reason why. She's scored 19 points in both of the team's games and is second in the entire tournament in scoring. Amazingly, she's doing it all from the field. Her 38 points have come without the benefit of a single free throw attempt.

When Rodriguez was announced in the team's recruiting class for this season, McConnell-Serio said she can 'flat out shoot the ball and with deep range.' That last part has been true as well as she's connected on four of her ten three-point attempts.

Interestingly, from the sounds of things, Rodriguez might actually be the least-heralded of the players coming into this year's class. Sounds like a strong addition by the way she is playing in the FIBA World Cup.

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