Does Pitt have a real following outside the counties surrounding Pittsburgh? For all the Panthers' success, I don't feel like they are on the radar nationally as much as they should be.
This year’s dip just makes their long run all the more remarkable for me.
I am an oldtimer and have lived in Pgh my entire life except for my PSU years. ~itt has a VERY SMALL fan base of hard core alums. The rest of the fans (huge majority) are just fair weather (VERY fair weather) fans who support the home town city team when they have a winner. Most are not even alums! They could care less when the team is middle of the road or is a loser. Somewhat typical of inner city universities.
I will disagree with Tundra here, I think Pitt has a decent fan base in the surrounding counties…I grew up in Johnstown and am there often enough to visit friends and family. I know a number of people who have season tickets to the Pete and the local paper (Tribune Democrat) usually send a report to cover the home games. I believe it is a combination of Pitt (main campus and UPJ) alums and non-alum basketball fans. I have friends in Westmoreland Cnty and I believe they would also concur that Pitt has a good fan base there as well.
I would like to use this post as an opportunity to dismiss another of the prevalent myths on this board that seem to be accepted as fact. The Johnstown/Altoona area has a lot of basketball fans out there; McCort, Johnstown, Altoona, BG and Hollidaysburg high schools all have a long history of good hoops programs (CAPPY can attest to this); many state that wrestling is the number one sport in the area. That’s true for certain schools, but none of the ones listed above. I know there are many fans of college basketball in the area; if PC puts a winning product on the floor, fans from the area will come out (baring inclement weather). They did in the early days of the BJC.