The Pitt News

Pitt teams prepare for Ultimate showdown

Pitt teams prepare for Ultimate showdown

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

May 22, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

The Pitt Men's and Women's Ultimate teams are looking forward to cheering one another on at Nationals.

Hometown Heroes wanted: Pitt coming up short with local recruits

Hometown Heroes wanted: Pitt coming up short with local recruits

By Ben Bobeck, Staff Writer

May 21, 2019


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

Many of Pitt’s great players have come through the WPIAL pipeline. Now, is Pitt struggling to win local stars to its football and basketball teams?

Time to panic about Pitt basketball recruiting?

Time to panic about Pitt basketball recruiting?

By Trent Leonard, Contributing Editor

May 15, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

Khadim Sy was the latest big man to spurn Pitt basketball, leaving many fans to wonder why the Panthers can’t seem to catch a break on the recruiting trail.

WVU outplays Pitt in Backyard Brawl at PNC Park

WVU outplays Pitt in Backyard Brawl at PNC Park

By Ben Bobeck, Staff Writer

May 15, 2019


Filed under Baseball, Sports

West Virginia combined a stellar outing from starter Nick Snyder with a steady late-game offense to emerge victorious over the Panthers, 9-4.

Seven Panthers find post-draft NFL opportunities

Seven Panthers find post-draft NFL opportunities

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

May 2, 2019


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Shortly following the draft, seven undrafted Panthers received NFL opportunities.

Atlanta adds Qadree Ollison in 5th round of NFL Draft

Atlanta adds Qadree Ollison in 5th round of NFL Draft

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

April 27, 2019


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Former Pitt running back Qadree Ollison was drafted with the No. 14 pick of the 5th round, the No. 152 overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, by the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday afternoon. Ollison was the first Pitt player taken in this year’s draft.

TPN writer reflects on four years of Pitt athletics

TPN writer reflects on four years of Pitt athletics

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

April 22, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Senior staff writer Colin Martin reflects on Pitt’s best sports moments during his time on campus, from the football team’s upset over Penn State in 2016 to its ACC Championship appearance in 2018.

Stress-inducing moments from Pitt sports

Stress-inducing moments from Pitt sports

By Trent Leonard, Staff Writer

April 22, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Finals week is one of the most stressful times of the year, but you might feel more at ease after revisiting some of these anxiety-inducing Pitt games.

Recruiting Roundup: Pitt football nabs two 2020 recruits

Recruiting Roundup: Pitt football nabs two 2020 recruits

By Tyler Moran, Staff Writer

April 19, 2019


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

Pitt football added a couple recruits to its class of 2020, while Capel's basketball club looks to round out its remaining scholarship offers for the 2019 season.

Stewart’s injury ends season, turns spotlight to pay discrepancies

Stewart’s injury ends season, turns spotlight to pay discrepancies

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

April 18, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Months before it begins in earnest, the WNBA season was dealt a crushing blow. And while the incident was devastating, it is hopefully one that will drive long-lasting change for women’s basketball.

Take 5: Tiger claws back, Sixers are stunned

Take 5: Tiger claws back, Sixers are stunned

By Pitt News Staff

April 18, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

From major comebacks to major upsets, the past week provided stunning losses for postseason favorites, but also the return of a fan favorite. The Sixers were challenged by the upstart Brooklyn Nets and Tiger Woods made a triumphant return to the Masters. The WWE also showcased some intriguing matchups and a potential title challenger.

Aaron Donald pledges 7-figure donation to Pitt football

Aaron Donald pledges 7-figure donation to Pitt football

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 17, 2019


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

After signing the most lucrative contract for a defensive player in NFL history, Aaron Donald gave some of that money back to the Pitt football program last Friday with a seven-figure donation.

Does Pitt have a case for Running Back U?

Does Pitt have a case for Running Back U?

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 17, 2019


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Former Pitt running back Qadree Ollison recently asserted his case for Pitt as the premier producer of backfield talent.

Column: A requiem for Pitt Athletics’ old online layout

Column: A requiem for Pitt Athletics’ old online layout

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 16, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Along with drastic new changes to its color scheme, logo and uniforms, Pitt Athletics also made some new changes to its website. But in this case, newer doesn’t mean better.

Penguins’ ice cracking under pressure

Penguins’ ice cracking under pressure

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

April 15, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

For the second year in a row Barry Trotz is showing he has what it takes to crack the Penguins’ ice. First with the Washington Capitals and now with the New York Islanders.

Weekend Sports: West K’s 12 at Cost Field

Weekend Sports: West K’s 12 at Cost Field

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

April 15, 2019


Filed under Baseball, Softball, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Some of Pitt’s teams didn’t earn their desired end result, but the weekend still provided standout moments across Panther athletics.

3 takeaways from Pitt’s Blue-Gold Game

3 takeaways from Pitt’s Blue-Gold Game

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 15, 2019


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Saturday’s Blue-Gold Spring Game provided plenty to talk about, including performances that could indicate things to come and others that were too good — or too bad — to be true.

Defense dominates, but Blue-Gold football game allows sneak peak of revamped Pitt offense

Defense dominates, but Blue-Gold football game allows sneak peak of revamped Pitt offense

By Stephen Thompson, Senior Staff Writer

April 13, 2019


Filed under Football, Sports

Just under 9,000 fans made their way to the North Shore to watch the 2019 iteration of Pitt football’s annual Blue and Gold game. On a picturesque spring day, the Blue team secured a 14-7 victory on the strength of junior quarterback Kenny Pickett’s two touchdown passes.

Pitt’s new football helmets put Shop412 on defense

Pitt’s new football helmets put Shop412 on defense

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

April 13, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

When "412" made its way onto Pitt’s new football helmets in a redesign unveiled last Sunday, local retailer Shop412 was quick to protest.

Everything you need to know for Saturday’s Blue-Gold game

Everything you need to know for Saturday’s Blue-Gold game

By Andrew Kelly, Staff Writer

April 12, 2019


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt’s annual Blue-Gold game is this Saturday, marking the end of spring practice and pitting teammates against each other in a full regulation-style, four-quarter scrimmage between two teams drafted from the team’s roster.

Take 5: Brown, Magic lead headlines for wrong reasons

Take 5: Brown, Magic lead headlines for wrong reasons

By The Pitt News Staff

April 12, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

Former Steelers wideout Antonio Brown drew the ire of Pittsburgh fans, fellow NFL players and the general public at large this past week with a controversial tweet at ex-teammate Juju Smith-Schuster.

What are the odds: NBA Playoff weekend

What are the odds: NBA Playoff weekend

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

April 12, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

The Warriors are the favorite to win the NBA Finals at 1-2 odds, with the Bucks at 6-1 and the Houston Rockets right behind at 8-1.

Sports fan bases that should share a beer

Sports fan bases that should share a beer

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 11, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

A Pittsburgh bakery teamed up with a Cleveland brewery to make a cake-flavored beer, making us think about other rival fan bases that could benefit from an alcoholic culture mash-up.

Sports fan bases that should share a beer

Sports fan bases that should share a beer

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 11, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

A Pittsburgh bakery teamed up with a Cleveland brewery to make a cake-flavored beer, making us think about other rival fan bases that could benefit from an alcoholic culture mash-up.

Panthers pound Penn State late, snap five-game skid

Panthers pound Penn State late, snap five-game skid

By Michael Nitti, Staff Writer

April 11, 2019


Filed under Baseball, Sports

Pitt baseball gets revenge on the Nittany Lions after dropping the a previous match-up in mid-March. A late offensive explosion and solid bullpen performances helped the Panthers snap a five-game losing streak.

Pitt, Heinz Field ahead of the curve on alcohol policies

Pitt, Heinz Field ahead of the curve on alcohol policies

By Stephen Thompson, Senior Staff Writer

April 11, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

While some consider it unsavory, administrators recognize the financial and safety benefits of selling alcohol at sporting events. And whenever Pitt fans find themselves bitter about the trek to Heinz Field, they can be grateful that their quest for a cold beer won’t be as taxing

Virginia, team of destiny, wins National Championship

Virginia, team of destiny, wins National Championship

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 10, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

No team in recent memory has embodied the "team of destiny" cliche more than the 2019 Virginia men’s basketball team.

WrestleMania ends on feel-good note, sets up fresh future feuds

WrestleMania ends on feel-good note, sets up fresh future feuds

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

April 9, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

In its most off-brand move of the decade, WWE gave its fans three baby face, feel-good winners for its top titles in both men’s and women’s divisions on Sunday at WrestleMania 35.

Women’s basketball powers cover lackluster opening rounds with electric Final Four

Women’s basketball powers cover lackluster opening rounds with electric Final Four

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

April 9, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

While much of the sporting world was fixated on the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four this weekend, the women also played their Final Four in Tampa. All three contests played this weekend went down to the wire.

Wilson-Frame reps Pitt in inaugural 3X3U Tourney

Wilson-Frame reps Pitt in inaugural 3X3U Tourney

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

April 9, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

While the NCAA Tournament and NBA regular season have been dominating headlines throughout March and into April, there was plenty more going on in the world of basketball that went under the radar of the average sports fan — including the inaugural 3X3U National Championship.

Weekend Sports: Track team paces Pitt athletics

Weekend Sports: Track team paces Pitt athletics

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

April 8, 2019


Filed under Baseball, Softball, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Despite the hype for Pitt athletics to reveal the new team uniforms in “retro” colors Sunday, the Panthers didn’t have a great weekend — only the track team provided top finishes.

Men’s NCAA Tournament Championship set to be defensive battle

Men’s NCAA Tournament Championship set to be defensive battle

By Tyler Moran, Staff Writer

April 8, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

The age-old sports adage that defense wins championships certainly held true on Saturday night when No. 3 Texas Tech and No. 1 Virginia each won their Final Four matchups to advance to the National Championship.

Pitt Athletics unveils new style at Bigelow Bash

Pitt Athletics unveils new style at Bigelow Bash

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

April 8, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports

Pitt partnered with Nike’s Graphic Identity Group to design new royal blue and yellow uniforms across all sports.

What are the odds: Final Four picks

What are the odds: Final Four picks

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

April 5, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

In the Final Four, Auburn’s fast-paced offense could cause problems for Virginia, while Texas Tech’s stifling defense will make for a low-scoring affair against Michigan State.

Men’s club basketball makes vengeful return to national championship tournament

Men’s club basketball makes vengeful return to national championship tournament

By Ben Bobeck, Staff Writer

April 4, 2019


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

Pitt club men’s basketball lost last year’s National Club Basketball Championship Tournament in heartbreaking fashion, blowing a 15-point lead in the final 10 minutes. This year, they return to South Bend with revenge in mind.

Davis and Ellison plan to transfer from men’s basketball program

Davis and Ellison plan to transfer from men’s basketball program

By Stephen Thompson, Assisstant Sports Editor

April 4, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt men’s basketball announced its second player departure in three days on Wednesday afternoon. Sophomore guard Khameron Davis and junior forward Malik Ellison will transfer at the end of this semester.

Take 5: Contract conversations headline April’s introduction

Take 5: Contract conversations headline April’s introduction

By Staff

April 4, 2019


Filed under Sports

From NFL contract negotiations to March Madness to the beginning of the MLB regular season: the first week of April provides action from all around the sports world. Russell WIlson demands an extension while Ronald Acuna cashes in. While Carsen Edwards was lighting up the NCAA Tournament, the NCAA made billions off the labor of student athletes. And the AAF collapses after a promising start.

Sitkiatnin offers fitness, inclusion through Muay Thai

Sitkiatnin offers fitness, inclusion through Muay Thai

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 3, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports Features

Although Sitkiatnin Muay Thai just held its opening on Sunday, the gym has been operational since February, with a steadily growing clientele since the space was first usable.

NBA Playoff race set for photo finish

NBA Playoff race set for photo finish

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

April 3, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The NBA regular season is winding down, but much still remains to be determined as the final week of games begins.

Rookies, newcomers shine in MLB’s opening weekend

Rookies, newcomers shine in MLB’s opening weekend

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

April 2, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Baseball’s opening weekend featured spectacular plays, dominant pitching and long-anticipated player debuts.

Weekend Sports: Pitt track goes for gold

Weekend Sports: Pitt track goes for gold

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

April 1, 2019


Filed under Baseball, Softball, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Swimming and Diving

While Brad Pitt’s acting has been perfect in all 71 movies he’s been in, the Panthers’ weekend had far more mixed results.

Sluggish Sweet 16 dwarfed by Electric Elite Eight

Sluggish Sweet 16 dwarfed by Electric Elite Eight

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

April 1, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The Sweet 16 featured a number of blowouts and left fans hungry for more, but the Elite Eight made up for it with late-game drama.

Top five Brad Pitt sports roles

Top five Brad Pitt sports roles

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 1, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

Whether flashing his sword skills or brazenly managing a baseball franchise, Pitt has carved out a respectable niche for himself in the fictional athletic industry.

Recruiting roundup: Champagnie chooses Pitt

Recruiting roundup: Champagnie chooses Pitt

By Tyler Moran, Staff Writer

March 29, 2019


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

With the men’s basketball season officially over and spring football in full swing, it’s time for some more recruiting news for the Pittsburgh Panthers.

What are the odds: March Madness Sweet 16

What are the odds: March Madness Sweet 16

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

March 29, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

All four of the games on Friday are the top four seeds from the regions, potentially making for great-quality games.

Take 5: March is lacking madness

Take 5: March is lacking madness

By Staff

March 27, 2019


Filed under Sports

Even with Rob Gronkowski announcing his retirement, the Steelers still seem to be in the spotlight when it comes to drama. According to one of our writers, that may never end, even after losing Bell and Brown.

Penn State tops Pitt Softball 8-3

Penn State tops Pitt Softball 8-3

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

March 27, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

Pitt Softball still does not have a home win this season. The Panthers lost to rival Penn State 8-3 at home on Wednesday to extend their losing streak to five game.

Pittsburgh Pirates to remain stagnant in 2019 season

Pittsburgh Pirates to remain stagnant in 2019 season

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

March 27, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Despite slightly outperforming expectations in 2018, the Pittsburgh Pirates will face extremely tough competition in the NL Central and did little in the offseason to improve in 2019.

Panthers leave paw prints on NCAA Tournament

Panthers leave paw prints on NCAA Tournament

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 27, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

From teams Pitt beat to ex-Panthers playing for other teams, you can see Pitt’s mark on the NCAA Tournament despite the team’s absence.

Sweet, Sweet Victory: A Sweet Sixteen Update

Sweet, Sweet Victory: A Sweet Sixteen Update

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

March 25, 2019


Filed under Sports

The field has been lowered from 64 to 16 and your bracket is probably already broken. If you found yourself missing basketball, don’t worry. We have a look back at the top moments from last weekend and a look at what you can expect in the Sweet 16.

New baseball, softball coaches get rude awakening

New baseball, softball coaches get rude awakening

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

March 25, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Pitt’s baseball and softball teams both welcomes new head coaches this past off season. With the first month of games almost under their belts, it’s clear both teams are having some trouble finding their footings.

Weekend Sports: Baseball, softball suffer sweeps

Weekend Sports: Baseball, softball suffer sweeps

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 25, 2019


Filed under Baseball, Softball, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

While the sun came out for the first time in a long time, it was a bleak, dark weekend for Pitt athletics.

Pitt wrestlers wrap up NCAA Championships after Day 2

Pitt wrestlers wrap up NCAA Championships after Day 2

By Jack Clay, Staff Writer

March 23, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Friday’s session included the tournament quarterfinals, semifinals, wrestlebacks and four of Pitt’s own wrestlers.

Phillippi, Bonaccorsi shine at Day 1 of NCAA Wrestling Championships

Phillippi, Bonaccorsi shine at Day 1 of NCAA Wrestling Championships

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 22, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt wrestling team saw two of its five wrestlers — No. 4 Micky Phillippi and No. 13 Nino Bonaccorsi — advance past the first two Thursday sessions of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship.

What are the odds: Friday March Madness

What are the odds: Friday March Madness

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

March 22, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The first weekend of the tournament is always a spectacle, filled with upsets and exciting games — and it’s the best weekend to gamble, with games on all day Thursday through Sunday. Let the Madness begin.

Panthers show off at Pitt’s NFL Pro Day

Panthers show off at Pitt’s NFL Pro Day

By Sami Abu-Obaid, Staff Writer

March 21, 2019


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt held its annual Pro Day on Wednesday to give seniors who weren’t invited to the NFL Combine a chance to perform in front of NFL Scouts.

Take 5: Baseball is Boomin’

Take 5: Baseball is Boomin’

By Staff

March 20, 2019


Filed under Sports

The largest contract in baseball history lasted 20 days before it was beaten out by the largest contract in baseball and American sports history. So who got the better deal, the Philadelphia Phillies and Bryce Harper or the Los Angeles Angels and Mike Trout?

Five Pitt wrestlers to compete at NCAA Championships

Five Pitt wrestlers to compete at NCAA Championships

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

March 20, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

With Pittsburgh hosting the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1957, it’s fitting that the Panthers will send five wrestlers to enjoy the hometown advantage: Micky Phillippi, Demetrius Thomas, Taleb Rahmani, Nino Bonaccorsi and Kellan Stout.

Ohio spoils Pitt softball home opener, 11-9

Ohio spoils Pitt softball home opener, 11-9

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

March 20, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports

In Pitt head coach Jodi Hermanek’s first game against her former program, the Panthers fell 11-9 in a back-and-forth 10-inning showdown.

Pitt’s Hermanek set to face former team for first time

By Michael Nitti, Staff Writer

March 18, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Uncategorized

After spending 10 years as Ohio University’s head coach, Pitt’s softball head coach will be facing her former team for the first time on Tuesday.

Pitt announces date for Nike rebranding reveal

Pitt announces date for Nike rebranding reveal

By Tessa Sayers, assistant sports editor

March 18, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Uncategorized

After much speculation that Pitt would be reverting back to its retro colors, things are expected to become official on April 7 at the Bigelow Bash.

Bracket Buster Breakdown

Bracket Buster Breakdown

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

March 18, 2019


Filed under Sports

The March Madness Brackets are finally announced which means it’s time for you to pick your Cinderella team. Find out the teams most likely to make a run here.

Pitt men’s basketball: A season in review

Pitt men’s basketball: A season in review

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

March 18, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Through the highs and lows of the Pitt men’s basketball season, one important thing was evident in the end — progress.

Highs and lows of Pitt’s time in the tournament

Highs and lows of Pitt’s time in the tournament

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 18, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

With no Pitt basketball to look forward to, we can only look back — so let’s take a trip down memory lane and reminisce on the highs and lows of Panther tournament yore.

Best first-round NCAA Tournament matchups

Best first-round NCAA Tournament matchups

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 18, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

With the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket officially released, it’s time to start parsing through the opening matchups to look for the best entertainment value.

Women’s basketball top ten moments

Women’s basketball top ten moments

By Laura Sosovicka, For The Pitt News

March 18, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

The women’s basketball team didn’t end with the record many thought they would, but that doesn't mean they were without big moments.

Orange end Pitt’s season in ACC Tournament second round, 73-59

Orange end Pitt’s season in ACC Tournament second round, 73-59

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

March 14, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

A historic shooting performance from senior guard Jared Wilson-Frame wasn’t enough to contend with the Orange’s suffocating length and the young Panthers were sent packing.

Panthers prevail in first round of ACC Tournament, 80-70

Panthers prevail in first round of ACC Tournament, 80-70

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

March 13, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt men’s basketball and its duo of first-year stars opened the 2019 ACC Tournament in dominating fashion, beating Boston College 80-70 Tuesday night in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Panthers look to make splash in ACC Tournament

Panthers look to make splash in ACC Tournament

By Ben Bobeck, Staff Writer

March 11, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Barring a miracle of unprecedented proportion, the Pitt men’s basketball team will not be dancing come NCAA Tournament time this March.

Pitt snaps 13-game losing streak on senior day, 56-53

Pitt snaps 13-game losing streak on senior day, 56-53

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

March 9, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

While the Panthers' three seniors started the game, their young stars came up clutch down the stretch as the team pulled out its third ACC win in ugly, gutty fashion.

The Pitt News NFL Mock Draft 2.0

The Pitt News NFL Mock Draft 2.0

By Adin Link, Staff Writer

March 8, 2019


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

With the NFL Scouting Combine in the books, it’s time to re-evaluate our first mock draft based on all that has taken place over the past month.

What are the odds: NBA March Madness

What are the odds: NBA March Madness

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

March 8, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

The NBA season starts winding down and teams are competing for final playoff spots, while the NCAA March Madness Tournament begins in just two weeks.

Duke ends Pitt Women’s Basketball season, 86-64

Duke ends Pitt Women’s Basketball season, 86-64

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Wrtier

March 7, 2019


Filed under Sports

Pitt women’s basketball season ended Wednesday night in an 86-64 loss to Duke. The Panthers finished 11-20 in Lance White’s first season as head coach.

Take 5: This is March

Take 5: This is March

By Staff

March 7, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

It’s expected for you to be excited for March Madness, but while you’re waiting for Selection Sunday, don’t overlook the conference tournaments. You never know when the No. 16 seed will upset the No. 1 seed.

Takeaways from NFL Scouting Combine

Takeaways from NFL Scouting Combine

By Andrew Kelly, Staff Writer

March 6, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

With the NFL Combine complete, it’s time to look at the standouts, draft implications and how Pitt’s lone representative fared against the competition.

Free throw woes doom Pitt in 76-63 loss at Miami

Free throw woes doom Pitt in 76-63 loss at Miami

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

March 6, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Turnovers, poor free throw shooting and bad rebounding prevented Pitt from coming out on top at Miami and the Panthers lost their 13th straight game.

The Devil wears Blue, Pitt hopes to ‘prod-a’ win against Duke

The Devil wears Blue, Pitt hopes to ‘prod-a’ win against Duke

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Wrtier

March 5, 2019


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Pitt women’s basketball will be facing Duke in the first round of the ACC tournament on Wednesday. Pitt has lost all 10 of its meetings with Duke dating back to the 2006 season, so odds are not in the Panthers’ favor this tournament season.

Softball’s Gray outlasts change to lead Pitt in senior season

Softball’s Gray outlasts change to lead Pitt in senior season

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

March 4, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Top Stories

If it weren’t for her dad persuading her to play softball when she was six years old, there is no knowing where Olivia Gray would be right now. But because she gave into him, the senior infielder is looking to lead the Panthers for the fourth straight season.

Weekend Sports: Baseball takes three in Kissimmee

Weekend Sports: Baseball takes three in Kissimmee

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

March 4, 2019


Filed under Baseball, Softball, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Swimming and Diving, Top Stories

In a busy weekend for Pitt athletics, the baseball team stood out among the competition with three wins in four games at the Russmatt Central Florida Invitational.

Cardinals crush Pitt on senior day, 67-40

Cardinals crush Pitt on senior day, 67-40

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

March 4, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team fell to No. 3 Louisville in its last home game of the season.

What are the odds: UFC 235

What are the odds: UFC 235

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

March 1, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

UFC 235 has one of the best fight lineups in a long time, with both the welterweight and light heavyweight bouts having appeal.

Women’s basketball downs Demon Deacons, 70-64

Women’s basketball downs Demon Deacons, 70-64

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

March 1, 2019


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team put on one of its best performances of the season to beat Wake Forest 70-64 on the road

Keeping up with Pitt’s recruiting trail

Keeping up with Pitt’s recruiting trail

By Tyler Moran, Staff Writer

March 1, 2019


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt News teamed up with Pitt Recruiting to bring you all the recruiting information you need to know to keep up with Pitt Athletics.

Pitt continues losing streak in 62-48 loss to Clemson

Pitt continues losing streak in 62-48 loss to Clemson

By Alex Lehmbeck, Staff Wrtier

February 28, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt Men’s Basketball team shot 23.8 percent from the field in the first half, where they managed to only score 16 points. The lack of offense led to a 62-48 loss to Clemson, Pitt’s 11 straight loss.

Early look at the NFL Combine

Early look at the NFL Combine

By Adin Link, Staff Writer

February 28, 2019


Filed under Football, Sports

his weekend will be make it or break it for 337 NFL prospects. Teams will find out who can perform under pressure and make it in the NFL.

Take 5: WWZD: What Will Zion Do

Take 5: WWZD: What Will Zion Do

By Pitt News Staff

February 28, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

No one knows for sure what any athletes’ futures hold, but people can speculate. Morant will make it, Zion should come back, the Phillies should walk away from Bryce and Murray needs to throw.

Tim O’Toole: Different ways to skin a cat

Tim O’Toole: Different ways to skin a cat

By Cale Berger, Staff Writer

February 27, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Features

On his path to becoming a presence on Pitt’s sidelines, associate head coach Tim O’Toole picked up some advice from the two winningest coaches in the business, Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim.

National champs to pick, avoid in your bracket

National champs to pick, avoid in your bracket

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

February 26, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

It’s never too early to start looking for an edge that will push your bracket over the top, and picking the right national champion is half the battle.

Renovating Retro: Pitt athletics poised for return to retro colors

Renovating Retro: Pitt athletics poised for return to retro colors

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Wrtier

February 25, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

In October of 2016, after adding more retro gear, the Pitt Team Store saw a 26 percent increase in apparel sales compared to the previous year. For now, Pitt’s marketing team and athletic department are subtly hinting at a restoration of the classic colors.

Lauray leads Pitt at ACC Championships

Lauray leads Pitt at ACC Championships

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

February 25, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Greg Lauray took gold in the high jump at the ACC Indoor Championships, while Dante’ Watson helped place in three different events for the Panthers.

Weekend Sports: Baseball, wrestling excel down south

Weekend Sports: Baseball, wrestling excel down south

By Andrew Kelly, Staff Writer

February 25, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Swimming and Diving, Top Stories

The weekend in Pitt sports saw the wrestling team close the regular season with a win over a ranked opponent and the baseball team sweep its tournament competition.

Orange overwhelm Pitt women’s basketball, 90-63

Orange overwhelm Pitt women’s basketball, 90-63

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

February 22, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Pitt women’s basketball entered Thursday night hoping for an upset to even the two-game series against No. 18 Syracuse, but the Panthers left after being blown out 90-63.

Top moments from Pitt men’s basketball so far

Top moments from Pitt men’s basketball so far

By Kate Hall, Staff Writer

February 22, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Though fans haven’t celebrated a win in more than a month, the Pitt men’s basketball team has still provided moments worth cheering for.

What are the odds: NBA playoff hopefuls

What are the odds: NBA playoff hopefuls

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

February 22, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

With less than two months left in the NBA regular season, we look at the odds from some playoff contenders in action this weekend.

Panthers lose 22nd-straight road game at GT, 73-65

Panthers lose 22nd-straight road game at GT, 73-65

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

February 21, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Plagued by a season-worst performance at the foul line, the Panthers fell 73-65 to bring their road losing streak to 22 games.

Take 5: Major contracts and meltdowns

Take 5: Major contracts and meltdowns

By Staff

February 21, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

The past week has been a big one in the sports world. From a record breaking free agency deal for shortstop Manny Machado to the Steelers’ roster having a meltdown, it seems no one is safe from making the news

Pitt swimmers prepare for ACC Championships

Pitt swimmers prepare for ACC Championships

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

February 20, 2019


Filed under Sports, Swimming and Diving, Top Stories

With several Pitt swimmers heading to the ACC Championships, head coach John Hargis has high hopes for success.

Looking ahead at Pitt football in 2019

Looking ahead at Pitt football in 2019

By Michael Nitti, Staff Writer

February 20, 2019


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

With National Signing Day in the books and the Panthers 15 days away from spring camp, now is a good time to evaluate the current state of Pitt’s football team.

Panthers in the Pros: Patterson, Maddox and Zeuch

Panthers in the Pros: Patterson, Maddox and Zeuch

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

February 18, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Despite some disappointing results in the present day, Pitt athletics has proven to be able to turn out a high number of professional athletes.

March Madness Predictions

March Madness Predictions

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

February 18, 2019


Filed under Sports

Appropriately dubbed “March Madness,” the tournament is one of the most exciting events in sports and is known for its buzzer beaters, cinderella stories and ridiculous individual performances.

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