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Pitt’s Alecxih keeps his cool, but it wasn’t easy


He looked like a big volcano just before it explodes, but give Chas Alecxih credit for incredible self-control after Pitt’s 26-14 loss to Utah today.

Frustrated by Pitt’s second consecutive loss and angered by Utah offensive left tackle John Cullen, who he called a “dirty, dirty player,” Alecxih wanted to erupt.

He didn’t, but he did offer this gem, which ranks as one of the most descriptive quotes I have heard in 35 years of listening to frustrated athletes:

“That’s the most angry I have ever felt in my college career,” Alecxih said. “(No.) 77’s (Cullen’s) fat (butt) came up and cheap-shoted me when we were about to end the game.  Too bad I wasn’t in such control of myself or I would have hit him back.

“He waited until after the play and came up and hit me on the blindside. I was pretty upset about that. I’m not going to lie to you.

He was a dirty, dirty player.”

Actually, I’m glad Alecxih controlled himself — I was standing right in front of him.

But it’s clear that many of the Pitt players are getting frustrated with what is happening to the team, seven games into the season.

The passing game was embarrassingly inept today, and Tino Sunseri wasn’t the worst of it.

Backup freshman Trey Anderson continually misfired, hitting five of 19 pass attempts for 12 yards and two interceptions, one that was returned for a touchdown. That’s so bad, I had to go back and look at the stat sheet again.

The defense wasn’t blameless — Utah running back John White IV ran for 171 yards and the Utes got close enough to kick four field goals. But for the second week in a row, the defense played well, with nothing to show for it.

“We finished with 16 (actually, 17) tackles for a loss,” Alecxih said. “What do you say to that? You gotta get better in certain areas.”



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