Aug 222013
Golden Panther on the prowl with tail up

Or… Really, He’s Writing About the Damned Script Logo?!

Yesterday, I wrote about the second most annoying common issue that Pitt partisans bring up – the lack of an on-campus football stadium. Today’s let’s delve into the most aggravating common issue – the script logo, which Pitt used from 1973-1996.

I get why people pine for the return of the script logo. It’s pretty unique and just so happens to coincide (at least in its early years) with one of Pitt football’s most successful spells, a period that included a national title and three straight 11-1 seasons as well as a cavalcade of stars. Of the 8 Pitt players enshrined in Canton, 6 wore the script logo – Chris Doleman, Tony Dorsett, Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, Dan Marino and Curtis Martin. Ruben Brown stands a decent chance of adding to that total.

I love the script logo but I’ve come to accept that the administration won’t bring it back. Furthermore, a whole generation of Pitt fans has grown up without the script logo and so have no attachment to it. The current block logo is pretty decent, if not a little unimaginative. And both Larry Fitzgerald and Darrelle Revis (two possible Pro Football HOF candidates) made it proud.

Pitt Script logoscript logo, 1973-1996 pittblockblock logo, 1997-present.

If Pitt were to use the old script as a third uniform in the same way that ND occasionally wears their green uniforms, I think that would be a decent compromise. But if the administration really wants to get creative,  why not bring back logos for eras past.

The logo used from 1955-1965 (though probably not on the helmets) was pretty cool, in my estimation.

Golden Panther on the prowl with tail up, 1955-1965

Golden Panther on the prowl with tail up, 1955-1965

Couldn’t this logo be updated a bit to make it look more sleek and modern?

This time period also coincides with some pretty decent Pitt football history. In 1956, Pitt became the first college football team to start an African American player (Bobby Grier) in the Sugar Bowl against Georgia Tech. The game ignited controversy throughout the south due to the Georgia governor’s opposition to integration. GT to its credit never wavered from playing Pitt nor pressured the team to leave Grier behind. The game ended in a 7-0 Pitt loss, in large part due to a pass interference penalty called on… yes, Bobby Grier.

In 1963, Pitt went 9-1 and finished 3rd in the nation. Due to JFK’s assassination, Pitt’s game versus Pennstate was rescheduled till after the bowl games had to make their selections. Fearing that Pitt might lose that game, Pitt was passed over for the major bowl games, including the national title game. The 1963 No-Bowl team is considered the best team of the modern era not to appear in a bowl game.

And last but certainly not least, Mike DITKA played at Pitt during this period.

To look at other logos that Pitt has used over the years, click here.


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