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5 Pitt students, 1 employee test positive for COVID-19; voluntary football workouts to continue

Pitt said voluntary football workouts would continue despite some students testing positive for COVID-19.

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

June 28, 2020

Five Pitt students and one employee have tested positive for COVID-19, officials announced Friday. All six individuals have been on campus within the last 14 days.

Baseball’s greed is killing it from within

Rob Manfred, the MLB commissioner, and Tony Clark, the MLB Players Association executive director, met face to face in Arizona in June to discuss a potential return-to-play agreement.

By Joe Mellio, Staff Writer

June 24, 2020

While both sides can be blamed for their lack of good-faith negotiation and compromise, the recent dispute exposes a disturbing trend that poses a real threat to America’s pastime — the insatiable greed of MLB owners.

Pitt Athletics to launch new initiatives after calls for change

Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced in a Tuesday blog post that the department will implement several initiatives in response to the nationwide calls for anti-racism work.

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

June 23, 2020

Pitt Athletics is now attempting to implement programs that address the concerns Fields and Troost voiced. Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced in a Tuesday blog post that the department will implement several initiatives in response to the nationwide calls for anti-racism work.

Additional athletes to return to campus on June 29

Pitt Athletics announced Tuesday that five other Panther teams will return on June 29.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer

June 23, 2020

Two weeks after Pitt welcomed football players back to campus for a phased return to voluntary offseason activity, Pitt Athletics announced Tuesday that five other Panther teams will return on June 29 for a similar process.

Miami transfer Sibande picks Pitt

Miami transfer Sibande picks Pitt

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

June 20, 2020

Pitt men’s basketball coach Jeff Capel added to his already robust 2020 recruiting class on Saturday afternoon. Miami University transfer guard Nike Sibande announced at 1 p.m. on his Twitter account that he will use his final year of eligibility playing for the Panthers.

Former athletes push for change within Pitt Athletics

Former Panthers Jordan Fields (left) and Ian Troost (right) lead the push for change within Pitt Athletics following the death of George Floyd.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer

June 19, 2020

Former Panthers Jordan Fields and Ian Troost have joined together to spearhead an attempt to hold the University accountable and effect change.

Men’s basketball offers four prospects on first day of 2022 contact

Panthers head coach Jeff Capel extended four offers to 2022 prospects on Monday

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

June 16, 2020

Pitt men’s basketball currently boasts the second-best 2022 recruiting class in the country, trailing only Atlantic Coast Conference rival Syracuse. The one caveat: there are only four total commitments in the class spread across four teams. But that will change quickly, as restrictions on contact with players expired at midnight on Monday.

Narduzzi issues apology for past use of ‘thug’

In a written statement released on Tuesday afternoon, head football coach Pat Narduzzi publicly addressed his previous use of the word “thug.”

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

June 10, 2020

Narduzzi publicly addressed the accusations, and the use of the word, for the first time in a written statement released on Tuesday afternoon.

Lacrosse lands second transfer in program history

Emily Boissonneault will coach Pitt's varsity women's lacrosse team when the program opens in 2021-22.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer

June 10, 2020

Pitt women’s lacrosse inches closer to filling out a complete roster with the addition of former Jacksonville University defender Brittney Villhauer.

Darlow details plans for Pitt football partnership

Pitt football announced a partnership last Tuesday with brand marketing consultant Jeremy Darlow.

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

June 3, 2020

The Panthers recently announced a partnership with Jeremy Darlow, a brand-marketing executive of 15 years, who detailed his plan for helping athletes prepare for a life after sports on a Zoom media call last Friday.

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