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Happy Dave Wannstedt Day- 15 Year Anniversary

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The 2007 Pittsburgh vs. West Virginia football game (also known simply as 13–9), or the 2007 Backyard Brawl as the rivalry is named, was a college football game held in Morgantown, West Virginia that marked the 100th Backyard Brawl. Unranked and 4–7 Pitt, a 28½ point underdog, pulled the upset over archrival WVU who, coming into the game, was ranked second in the BCS and AP Poll and first in the Coaches' Poll. By upsetting West Virginia in the Mountaineers' regular season and home finale, the Panthers knocked WVU out of what had been assured to be their first appearance in a BCS National Championship Game and a shot at their first ever National Championship.[1] The game was one of the most important Backyard Brawls in the series history, one of the biggest upsets in both Pittsburgh and West Virginia history, one of the biggest upsets of the season, and was voted as the "Game of the Year" by ESPNU.


#neverforget

survived some of the most blatant cheating I've ever seen by Big East officials trying to give that one to WVU



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re: Happy Dave Wannstedt Day- 15 Year Anniversary
12 things had to follow, including purple smoke coming out of Vatican, for 2 loss LSU to be in 2007 BCSCG

Dave got that sequence started.


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Hot Carl
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re: Happy Dave Wannstedt Day- 15 Year Anniversary
It’s the day my son was conceived. True story. I may text him later to remind him.


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Hot Carl
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re: Happy Dave Wannstedt Day- 15 Year Anniversary
I wonder how many LSU fans have bought him a beer in these last 15 years? And how many different places. Probably all over the world. Bet he’s got some good stories.


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re: Happy Dave Wannstedt Day- 15 Year Anniversary
never forget watching that game unfold in a bar just in pure shock

and it was such a weird arse day that started with the Herbie "Miles to Michigan with Jon Tenuta" stuff on Game Day


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never forget watching that game unfold in a bar just in pure shock

and it was such a weird arse day that started with the Herbie "Miles to Michigan with Jon Tenuta" stuff on Game Day


And Miles’ impromptu “damn strong football team….have a great day” press conference. One of the wildest days in college football history. One of the best for me. But I actually liked Miles and defended him (until he couldn’t be defended any longer).

I will ask you, though, Bilj. Was it worth it? I think Les was going to Michigan. Whether it was Herbie’s premature reporting, the fact all that shite happened and we wound up in the BCSNC (I don’t think Les expected us to make it, but I also don’t think he would have left once we did), would you trade that glorious day and the subsequent NC in order to have gotten rid of him in ‘07 rather than 9 years later?


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re: Happy Dave Wannstedt Day- 15 Year Anniversary
hmmmmm....tough to say, I'd have to go back and look at the pool of candidates and see.

Could you have pulled Nick after year one at bama? Would we have gone after Rich Rod? Promoted Pelini? A lot of variables in play there.

I was at that NCG and on bourbon when Les came out on the balcony with the trophy, tough to give those moments up.


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I remember driving back home from the SECCG after beating Tennessee. I could not believe the updates I was hearing on that Pitt-WVa game. Unbelievable.


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Big4SALTbro
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re: Happy Dave Wannstedt Day- 15 Year Anniversary
As bad as les got at the end of the day, I think the only way I’d trade that would be if we could have pulled Nick from bama after year 1.


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re: Happy Dave Wannstedt Day- 15 Year Anniversary
The most inconsistent mediocre man in coaching football


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Hot Carl
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hmmmmm....tough to say, I'd have to go back and look at the pool of candidates and see.


Yeah, I don’t remember the timing that well. Had Les been rumored long enough for us to talk about candidates or did it all just happen so fast?

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Could you have pulled Nick after year one at bama?


I think we’d have definitely tried, and he probably would have wanted to, but that would have been a bad, bad look for him to bounce again after just one year. Especially when the whole “Do I have to say it? I guess I have to say it. I will not be the head coach at Alabama” quote was so fresh. If anybody would have not given a frick, it was him. But still, that would have been a big risk at that point of his career to burn so many bridges so fast. And didn’t he and Skip not end on great terms?

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Would we have gone after Rich Rod?


Probably. But you know how our fans are—that loss to Pitt would have soured a lot of people. And he turned down Bama for Michigan that year. I know he has Louisiana ties and we were in a better spot than Bama, but was he turning down Bama or just saying yes to Michigan? Would he have chosen them over us too?

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Promoted Pelini?


He was hot. Certainly possible. Could have brought Jimbo back home too. He didn’t know how much longer Bowden would coach. But would Skip hire a coordinator? Wasn’t Gary Patterson linked to us at some point?

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I was at that NCG and on bourbon when Les came out on the balcony with the trophy, tough to give those moments up.


You know you wouldn’t give that up. I certainly wouldn’t.


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re: Happy Dave Wannstedt Day- 15 Year Anniversary
My wife bought me SEC championship tickets for Christmas and after the Arkansas game, I didn't even want to go. But I went, and watched Perrilloux play his best (of very few) game as a Tiger and Zenon's game changing pick six, and enjoyed watching Big Orange file outta the Georgia Dome. As I walked back to my hotel room, I kept thinking "what coulda been". And then this happened! (along with OU thumping Mizzou) Best wishes Dave... wherever you are!


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BilJ
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re: Happy Dave Wannstedt Day- 15 Year Anniversary
Perhaps the better alternative history. How does the Miles era go if RP wasn’t a shite head?

The following season was when we were forced to roll with Hatch/Lee and Les was pretty forever changed from there


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CBandits82
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re: Happy Dave Wannstedt Day- 15 Year Anniversary
Was at bright side bar and grill (RIP) for this and the place was bananas.

I’ll never forget where I was on this day


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lsufb1912
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re: Happy Dave Wannstedt Day- 15 Year Anniversary
It’s been 15 years… time to GET OVER IT, Pat McAfee


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re: Happy Dave Wannstedt Day- 15 Year Anniversary
Wanny was actually on Chicago sports talk radio this afternoon doing some Bears analysis. I almost felt compelled to call in just to give him a Geaux Tigers.


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re: Happy Dave Wannstedt Day- 15 Year Anniversary
What a crazy season

I believed in lsumatt


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tiger91
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re: Happy Dave Wannstedt Day- 15 Year Anniversary
Him and lsuMatt .. I literally made a list of what needed to happen and scratched them off at they did. Bought ticket “reserved” for $5 each and figured I was putting money in the trash.

Boy was my hubby surprised with tickets for Christmas!


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Amadeo
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Happy Dave Wannstedt Day

So we're not going to give LeSean McCoy any love for that night?


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LSUdc
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re: Happy Dave Wannstedt Day- 15 Year Anniversary
For the people who advocated that LSU make a statue for him. It's hard to disagree...

Without Dave, there is one less title in the trophy case.


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