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It’s time for Harris to go

When does the time come when Pitt football fans move from being grateful for the resurrection of the Panthers under the guidance of coach Walt Harris to being disgusted with the team’s inability under Harris to display the discipline and excellence necessary to become a legitimate, top-tier, Division I program?

For me, the time is now.

Against Toledo, the Panthers proved again that they have the talent and manpower necessary to be champions, but they lack the discipline and strategic guidance to actualize that potential.

What a shame.

The Harris act of fighting to regain respectability after suffering huge letdowns has grown very stale. It is time for a new act in town.

Michael SchneiderRoss Township

JACK WILSON GETS READER’S MVP VOTE

I’d like to cast an early vote for MVP of the Pirates.

My vote goes to shortstop Jack Wilson.

His numbers may not reveal it, but I think he’s a “between the lines” — no pun intended — kind of player. In other words, one has to look beyond the numbers to get a sense of his net contribution.

His defense is solid, and I think that if one goes through the highlight films, they would find that Wilson was often the guy who got a clutch hit that started a rally or kept one going.

Even his eight home runs seemed to come at opportune times. To me, the biggest factor, though, and the one that makes me enjoy watching him, is his never-say-die attitude.

If he doesn’t come through in one instance, I know he’s going to be right back at it the next time. Such heart is key on a team like the Pirates, where there’s probably a temptation to go through the motions.

By the way, I think the Pirates have had a great year. When one considers all the negativity surrounding this team — an owner who’s not well respected, poor attendance, seemingly hopeless economics and the “fire sale” of players — it’s remarkable that they’re only 10 games under .500.

Every time I thought it was safe to pin the “loser” label on them, they’d turn around and win a game, or even if they lost, be competitive. Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon deserves a lot of credit for keeping this team moving.

Perhaps, the MVP should be the guy who most epitomizes the attitude which made this team a little special. And that’s Wilson.

Mark Henry
Pittsburgh

COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S OT RULE RIDICULOUS

I think the overtime system demonstrated by the Ohio State versus North Carolina State game Sept. 13 is the most stupid sports idea I have seen in a long time.

I do not know who devised it or put it into the rules. I assume it is required by the NCAA, but I do not know how long it has been a rule.

I did not understand much of the rules, and the commentators did not make it clear at all. Maybe, they did not understand it, either.

I still think a plain sudden-death overtime is the best system.

Charles F. Janes
North Huntingdon

TAKE THAT, HARDY

Gosh. Wonder if Joe Hardy will be able to buy a dry parking space for the general public?

I’d rather watch the Pirates try tO ruin the Cubs quest for the playoffs.

The arrogant Hardy loses again.

As my close personal friends The Beatles said … “Money Can’t Buy You Love!” … but it will buy an inconsequential PGA Tour event!

R.J. Farley
Charlotte, NC


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