About

DreamBackfield.com is a member of the SportsWar network of college sports web sites.

DreamBackfield.com’s Publisher is Rob Salerno.

Rob founded DreamBackfield.com in November 2014. He is a 1992 graduate of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and a 2001 graduate from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. A lifetime Pitt Alumni Association and PantherClub booster, Rob has been a season ticket holder for Pitt football since his freshman year at Pitt in 1988. He holds 3 degrees from Pitt: BA, MBA and MS/MIS.

DreamBackfield.com Writers include:

Andrew Orie (andrew@dreambackfield.com)
Andrew Orie joined DreamBackfield.com as Lead Men’s Basketball Analyst in August 2015. By his own admission, he neither graduated from nor ever attended Pitt. Rather, Andrew graduated from John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH. Andrew’s passion for Pitt sports came the old fashion way—by inheritance. His grandfather first began attending Pitt football and basketball games in 1929. To this day he maintains that quarterback Bobby LaRue (1934-1936) was the most exciting Pitt player he ever saw play. His father’s first experience was the 1966 Pitt football opener whereupon he had the pleasure of witnessing 3 consecutive 1-9 seasons and yet he remains a dedicated Pitt fan. Andrew’s earliest memories are as a 2 year old running around Pitt Stadium and Fitzgerald Field House stands in 1998. It did not take long for Andrew to understand his father’s warning regarding the uniqueness of the Pitt fan experience. Each “13-9” and “last shot” Levance Fields Madison Square Garden last second win is inevitably offset by a heartbreaking Elite 8 Scottie Reynolds or Butler last second NCAA tourney loss. Perseverance is the hallmark of any true Pitt fan. Certainly, Andrew’s Pitt background offers him the proper perspective to objectively evaluate and report on Pitt basketball. He looks forward to “reporting” to the unique Pitt fan base.

DreamBackfield.com takes it name from Pitt’s famous “Dream Backfield” of the 1930s consisting of John Chickerneo, Dick Cassiano, Harold Stebbins, and Marshall Goldberg under Pitt’s greatest football coach, Jock Sutherland.

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