Feb. 4, 2011
Nine Innings with Scott Doffek of Milwaukee
Nine Innings with Scott Norwood of UALR
Innings with Joe Jordano
By Phil Stanton
week, we are going to have head coaches from Pittsburgh and
Milwaukee give us their thoughts on Sunday's Super Bowl between
the Steelers and the Packers.
Today we conclude with Joe Jordano, the head coach of the
Pittsburgh Panthers. He enters his 14th season at Pitt following
maybe the best year in school history. The Panthers were 38-18
overall and 18-9 in the Big East a season ago. Pitt was second
in the nation in batting average (.363) and fifth in runs (9.5
per game). A seven-time Coach-of-the-Year recipient, Jordano was
named the inaugural Chuck Tanner Collegiate Manager of the Year
This spring, Pitt will open the Petersen Sports
Complex, which includes a state-of-the-art baseball stadium.
Jordano gives his perspective on the AFC
Champion, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
First Inning - How important was it for the Steelers to start
the season strong during the suspension of QB Ben Roethlisberger?
Huge. If the Steelers would have started 1-3 it would have
been difficult to overcome. Any time you have a critical piece
of your team missing for an extended period it is much more
challenging to be competitive. The Steelers cleared that hurdle
Second Inning - What does a coach do to keep the team
together with the loss of a key contributor for four games?
I believe a coach is critical in this scenario. He has to
show stability and poise. He has to lead his team in a clear and
focused manner concentrating on the things that he can
control. In any situation where you have uncertainty, a great
leader is extremely important to show strength and decisiveness.
Third Inning - How much of an advantage was it for the
Steelers to have two home games during the playoffs?
Heinz Field may be one of the most intimidating places for
any NFL team to play. Great, knowledgeable, committed and
passionate fans. It is a tremendous environment on Steeler
Fourth Inning - What makes Mike Tomlin so successful as a
Coach Tomlin seems to be a great communicator. His demeanor
on the sideline is impressive. It is clear that his players
respond to him and play their tails off for him. What he has
accomplished in four years is incredible. I really don't think
he gets as much credit as he deserves. Coach Tomlin is Big Time.
Fifth Inning - Which Steeler would you most like to have on
your baseball team, and what position would he play?
I'd like a few. Hines Ward - Catcher - gets in players heads
before they even see a pitch. Mike Wallace - Centerfield - Green
light for sure on the bases. Big Ben on the mound - intimidated
by no one.
Sixth Inning - Who on your team would make the best Steeler,
and what position would he play?
That's a tough one. I'd say David Chester (senior first
baseman) - and I would line him up on the defensive line next to
James Harrison. Skill player would be Kevan Smith (senior
catcher) at quarterback and Zach Duggan (senior outfielder) as a
Seventh Inning - Who is the biggest Steelers fan on your
Without a doubt, Kyle Cheesebrough (volunteer
assistant). I'm surprised he didn't drop 5K on a Super Bowl
Eighth Inning - Which player from the Packers do you fear most?
Aaron Rodgers is a very talented QB - he is going to have a
big challenge against the Steelers' defense. Clay Matthews is
also legit - a big time football player. The guy is everywhere
on the field. He is fun to watch. And of course Coach McCarthy
is from the Greenfield neighborhood in Pittsburgh!
Ninth Inning - Why will the Steelers win?
The Steelers will win with their defense and experience. I
think the Steelers defense will score a defensive touchdown and
that will be the difference in the game. I believe it may be an
instant classic. It's going to be a great Super Bowl.
Extra Innings - What will the final score be?
Steelers prevail in a close game 28-21.
(photo courtesy of Pitt Media