Michael Sanserino's all-sports chat transcript: 3.23.16
March 23, 2016 2:13 PM
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Dayton head coach Archie Miller
The Dude: Who would you like to see Pitt hire for the new basketball coach?
Michael Sanserino: I'd LIKE someone who is open and honest with the media and timely in responding to our reporters. Outside of that, I don't have much of a preference.
That said, this is a big moment in Pitt basketball history. I have to say I am a bit surprised Pitt wasn't able to establish a dialogue with Archie Miller about this job. Sure his resume is strong enough that bigger and better offers might not be far away, but I'd at least think he would give Pitt serious consideration. Andy Enfield would be a good hire for Pitt, and I wouldn't be surprised if they make a run at Bobby or Dan Hurley.
card says Next Question: OC's that call plays from above will now have a huge advantage in reading defenses and helping young qb's. Think this hurts our advantage with having a veteran in Big Ben? Will Haley move up to the booth?
Michael Sanserino: I don't think it will have much of an impact. The Steelers offense seems to be doing just fine without Haley in the booth.
The Card says Peter Cottontail: Will Pitt make NCAA tournament next year?
Michael Sanserino: I think so. They need to find a point guard in free agency, er graduate transfer. But Artis and Young should return, and that gives them enough talent to compete. We'll see more development from some of Pitt's young players. I think they might even be better next year than they were this year.
Krugerrand: Which was your favorite / least favorite of the proposed NFL rule changes?
Michael Sanserino: My favorite proposal was the Ravens' plea to have offensive linemen wear pinnies if they are eligible receivers. It just shows you how much Bill Belichick is in John Harbaugh's head.
Least favorite is the permanence of the extra-long extra-point. I hate it. I want kickers to have less of an impact on the game. I'd much rather the extra point be free and give teams the option to forfeit it and go for two. I don't like great games being decided by kickers, especially on extra points.
Tom Crean: At what point will you start to believe I'm a great coach who will beat UNC Friday Night?
Michael Sanserino: I'll believe you will beat UNC Friday Night on Saturday morning. Don't know if I'll ever believe you're a great coach, pal.
Pierce Brosnan: Your coworker Tyler Batiste goes on KDKA every week. Any chance of you following suit in the future?
Michael Sanserino: I've got a face for web chats, not for TV. I don't have any plans to follow Tyler to the KDKA studio to read PG headlines -- we have a pretty good lineup of reporters/editors who do that for us. I would only hurt those efforts.
steve: Have you heard much about James Conner and his recovery?
Michael Sanserino: Not much beyond he still has a few chemotherapy treatments to undergo as part of his regimen. He has been participating in Pitt's spring practices, which is a good sign.
Dave: Any chance Marshall from Wichita St considers Pitt a viable option? Turned down big money from Alabama last year.
frank: Greg Marshall or Bennett from St Mary's
Michael Sanserino: I don't think Greg Marshall is all that likely. Like Shaka Smart and Brad Stevens before him, he can be really selective and wait for the perfect job. And even though Wichita State is sure to take a step back next year, it won't hurt his coaching stock too much. Randy Bennett is a more realistic option. Scott Barnes is from Contra Costa County and has extensive ties to the west coast basketball scene.
Card says youre fired: Adam LaRoche Father of the Year or a rich spoiled athlete who taught his Son the lesson you don't have to listen to your Bosses in life?
Michael Sanserino: I'm sure his heart was in the right place, so I don't want to say he's spoiled. I think it's admirable that he wanted to spend that much time with his son, and I'm sure a lot of parents wish they could do the same. But I think Kenny Williams' requests were reasonable. He certainly didn't go about it the right way -- players and managers should control the clubhouse, not the front office. But his request makes sense.
steve: is duquesne crazy for bringing back jim ferry? this was their year to make a splash, now the cupboard is bare again.
Michael Sanserino: I don't think so. His teams have gotten better. To be honest, I don't think the issues at Duquesne are coaching related. Look at the other schools in that conference -- Dayton, Richmond, VCU -- and compare their facilities and investments in basketball to Duquesne's. It's night and day. The coaching staff at Duquesne is working at a significant disadvantage, so replacing Ferry with another coach would have a minimal impact, in my opinion.
The card says thats a fact Jack: Better Coach Tom Crean, Norman Dale or Jamie Dixon?
Michael Sanserino: Only one of those coaches has a title...
James Rockford: Where does Rich Walsh get his sources from?
Michael Sanserino: The Tyler Batiste chat is on another time and channel.
Guest: Think Fidel Castro will show up for a Pirates game this year?
Michael Sanserino: I don't think Fidel is showing up for much these days.
the card says chipped chopped ham: Do you have any opening day traditions at PNC Park?
Michael Sanserino: Nothing unique to me. I always try to get a picture from right behind home plate. And I always try to get a picture with both teams on the baselines and the American flag in the outfield. I guess I like taking pictures.
Guest: Will the Steelers finally be able to beat the Ravens now that they can't use chop blocks in their zone run scheme?
Michael Sanserino: The Steelers have beaten the Ravens plenty. This will help.
The Card Says Moops: 7 of the top 9 scorer's from the Pitt men's basketball team are returning next year. Is this a good thing or a bad thing.
Michael Sanserino: It's a good thing. Less talented teams beat more talented teams all the time because of experience. Artis and Young will be seniors next year, and with two quality four-year players, Pitt can do a lot. That said, they have been wildly inconsistent. That usually fades as the years progress.
The Card Says Moops: Not only is Pedro going to rake against the Pirates this year, now we have to deal with Mike Wallace having career games against us. This stinks.
Michael Sanserino: If Pedro rakes against the Pirates, it's going to be in the World Series, since the Orioles aren't on the schedule. That can't be so bad, right?
the card says nothing: Is Mark Madden the preeminate voice of Pgh sports?
Michael Sanserino: I'll leave that for someone else to decide. I like Mark — have met him a few times, and he had me on his show every now and then when I was covering the Pirates, and I always enjoyed chatting with him. He has built a great following. Pittsburgh is full of a lot of great sports voices, which makes it a great town to work if you're involved in sports media. From Mark to our own Ron Cook, Gene Collier and Paul Zeise, to Dejan and Rob Rossi and Pompeani and too many others to name. I think Pittsburgh is lucky.
The Card Says Moops: Thoughts on Cutch in the #2 spot in the lineup? Think they go that way all year?
Michael Sanserino: I don't think they'll do it all year. Clint Hurdle likes to tinker -- a lot like Mike Sullivan with the Penguins. I think he'll stick with it if it works, but if the Pirates and/or McCutchen are struggling, I think Hurdle will defer to his comfort zone.
What is a moop anyway: Why are we more likely to get Steelers contract information from a reporter in Houston or Denver than from Pittsburgh?
Michael Sanserino: I really think it depends on each scenario. Sometimes the news leaks out of Pittsburgh. Sometimes it leaks out of the town where the free agent most recently played. Sometimes it leaks out of the city where the agent has a good buddy. Reporting is an inexact science.
Ralph LA: I really hope that you bring back the weekly podcasts with the PG sportswriters.
Michael Sanserino: Thanks, Ralph. I mentioned this last week -- it's something we'd like to do. We just want to make sure we don't rush into it, that we can do it well before we start it.
The Card Says Moops: Re: Jared Hughes lat injury...being a professional athlete is difficult, obviously. But of all pro athletes, pitchers have to be the most fragile, no?
Michael Sanserino: There's probably not a month that goes by where we don't get an email/letter from readers complaining about how today's pitchers are coddled. That pitch counts are silly and that Wilbur Cooper once threw four thousand pitches in a game. The way pitching has developed, it puts tremendous strain on the body. The arm isn't meant to do what pitchers have it do. And it requires a lot of torque, which means the entire body is in use. If one part of the body is off, the system collapses.
George wants to know: With the cost of tuition at ridiculous amounts, is Duquesne wrong for not spending millions building facilities for sports?
Michael Sanserino: If the money came out of the same pool? Sure. But money spent on athletic facilities don't typically come out of the budget for scholarships and tuition. Now if you're saying athletic revenue should fund university endeavors, that would completely upset the current Division I model. I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm just saying it would be revolutionary.
But my larger point was that I don't think Ferry is the reason why Duquesne hasn't been successful. When you haven't been to the NCAA tournament since 1977, that suggests to me that your problem isn't bad coaching.
Ralph LA: Do the football writers watch films of the games? I find it tough to know which players did well and who didn't, unless they were actually touching the ball or they obviously got beat.
Michael Sanserino: Most do, to varying degrees. Ray Fittipaldo usually watches the entire game the next day and dissects the action. Sometimes, there isn't enough time. Beat work is a real grind, and when you mix in travel, it's hard to find the time to watch the film. A lot of writers rely on position coaches, who can identify in real time some of the issues you brought up.
The Card Says Moops: Do you spend any time regularly reading national sportswriters, and if so, who are some of your favorites.
Michael Sanserino: Not regularly. When I have time. Some days it's easier than others. I really enjoy Dan Wetzel and Seth Wickersham. Chris Korman is a good friend of mine, and I always try to follow his work. I'm also a big fan of David Maraniss, who occasionally dabbles in sports.
Guest: Other than the big name schools who are on tv and sell t-shirts, do you really believe tuition money doesn't pay for athletic facilities and expenses??? If we vote for Bernie then we will get sports complexes AND education! Wow!
Michael Sanserino: It's not what I believe. It's what I know. Most college athletic expenses are scholarship related, which is literally athletic departments giving money to the academic arm of the university. Do most Division I athletic departments run a deficit? Yes, but that "deficit" is based on their financial obligation to fund tuition for dozens or hundreds of athletes. Sports economist Andy Schwarz has a great write-up on this issue.
Michael Sanserino: OK, that's all the time for today. Thanks for the good questions. See you next week!
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