BUMP AND GRIND: PITTSBURGH
ADJUSTS, RINSES AND REPEATS By: Ian Toner
“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” –William Arthur Ward Pittsburgh En Sabah Nur Coach Nick Kaczmarek strove to hammer this exact message home throughout the defending champions’ road to a repeat college championship. If Kaczmarek caught you calling Pitt “the defending champions” this past spring, he would be quick to label the latest version of En Sabah Nur “the pursuant national champions.” Pitt 2012 was the defending champion – Kaczmarek needed Pitt 2013 to grind, adapt and forge its own identity.
Coach Nick Kaczmarek led Pittsburgh to their second-consecutive College Championship in 2013.
The man had a point. Pitt’s defense lost major contributors who were central to the team’s 2012 College Championship. Gone were the huge pulls of Colin Conner, the stymieing dump marks of Jason Kunsa and the game-changing bids of Julian Hausman. Additionally, the 2013 team battled to U S A U LT I M AT E keep feelings of complacence,