Pitt football is well-represented in the world of sports media. Former quarterback Dan Marino is part of the CBS NFL pre-game show, Mark May has been a national college football analyst for a number of years, and former quarterback John Congemi is a college football analyst, doing many Pitt games in recent years.
Though Pitt doesn't have a journalism school, the football program has produced its fair share of media personalities on a national level. That's why it should be no surprise that Pat Bostick has made the quick jump to being named Pitt's color analyst for its radio broadcasts, starting this fall.
Bostick graduated with a degree in communication in just three years—an honors graduate at that. He is already pursuing a master's degree in Pitt's School of Education. He started interning in Pitt's media relations office, which exposed him to the field a little more. Bostick had become accustomed to a number of interviews during his recruiting process in high school and in being a quarterback at Pitt—arguably the position that receives the most interview requests.
"When I made the decision to stop playing to move on to a different arena; to write, do some radio, some things of that nature, I kind of fell into it," Bostick said. "I was always interested in it. I always thought it was a key part of sports. Fans are so in-tune with how things are progressing with the team. It's something I've always been intrigued with."
In addition to the number of interviews he did as a high school prospect—25 alone on the Scout.com network between the time he got his Pitt offer, and the time he committed to the Panthers in May of 2006—Bostick got an early taste of the profession by writing a blog on EasternPAFootball.com. Though he enjoyed his early exposure to the profession, he couldn't have imagined becoming Pitt's color-man five years later. Bostick is just one example of how a heavily-recruited high school prospect such as him got used to the media at an early age through doing many recruiting interviews, and became a pro at doing interviews by the time he arrived on campus.
"I got to deal with the media on a relatively consistent basis," Bostick said. "It was a prominent part of my life, especially from a football perspective. I learned how to deal with the press and I got to know those people. Anytime I was on camera, or being recorded for some kind of interview, it was practice."
When Bostick decided to join the Pitt media relations office in the offseason, as a number of Pitt players have done in recent years, he got a closer shot of how the media operates within covering the team.
"There's no better media outlet to learn from than right here," Bostick added. "You're serving an enthusiastic group of people. You learn how to handle, and give the fans what they want. Some of the finer things, like getting the pulse of the team is enhanced by the media market and its fans. As a media relations intern, you get to observe those things."
Quickly, Bostick began writing columns for Panther Eyes, the athletic department's official publication. He has also contributed video features to the team's official website and even handled player interview requests during the spring and in recent weeks. He was familiar with receiving a heavy volume of those interview requests as a player. He gained a different appreciation for it, now being on the other side of the fence.
Being a quarterback, Bostick will certainly add a unique perspective from playing that position. As a player, he was always known as a bit of a film junkie. Though he's still figuring out his weekly approach on prepping for each game, he already knows that the film habits he developed as a quarterback will probably be the same ones he uses as a radio color-man.
"No doubt," Bostick added. "Playing the game and calling the game are two different things. It's still going to require film work and I'm very excited about watching film. It's been a passion of mine for a long time. I think that's something that's going to be able to serve me well. I'm looking forward to seeing that stuff on tape, then giving that to the fans. It's going to be the same amount of preparation."
Bostick has a special opportunity to break into the business at such a young age, and still being fairly new to the business. Having a broadcast partner in Bill Hillgrove who will enter his 42nd year in the radio booth for the Panthers, he feels there could be no better mentor.
"Working the spring game with him was great," Bostick added. "It was completely obvious when I should come in, when I should let him takeover. Working with him makes it a whole lot easier. He's the best in the business. He's going to make this whole process that much easier."