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The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

Roc the Panther amid a crowd of football fans at the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Acrisure Stadium on Sept. 9, 2023.

Feature | Fans, officials and former players reflect on the history of the Backyard Brawl

By Mason Carter , Staff Writer September 15, 2023

With the Backyard Brawl returning with a bang last year, Panthers fans can only hope to see  something similar this Saturday in Morgantown. New fans and players will get to experience the intense battles...

Feature | ‘It felt great’: Pitt quarterback Phil Jurkovec impresses in debut

Feature | ‘It felt great’: Pitt quarterback Phil Jurkovec impresses in debut

By Brian Sherry, Sports Editor September 5, 2023

As a senior at Pine Richland High School in the Pittsburgh-suburb of Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, redshirt senior quarterback Phil Jurkovec was on top of the world. The Rams’ signal caller had just led his...

Buffalo Bills defensive back Damar Hamlin and his brother, Damir Hamlin, at a charity softball event at the Charles L. Cost Field on Saturday evening.

Feature | Damar Hamlin reflects on past and future during CPR tour

By Brian Sherry, Sports Editor July 11, 2023

Standing beside a podium at PNC Park in the North Shore, Bills safety Damar Hamlin was quiet, silently waiting for his time to take the stage. Finally, a representative from the mayor's office introduced...

A pile of Pitt footballs.

Pitt football headed in new direction with first-year players

By Jack Markowski, Senior Staff Writer June 13, 2023
Pitt football underwent a roster overhaul this offseason as many key contributors moved on to the next level, opening up playing time for the Panthers’ newcomers. Senior Staff Writer Jack Markowski previews the first-year players that could step up and make an impact for Pitt in the 2023 season.
A skateboarding event held by Blind Outdoor Leisure Development.

Pitt student Hana Goodman and local organizations join forces to create adaptive skateboarding events for the blind

By Alex Porter, Staff Writer May 30, 2023
A growing skateboarding culture in Pittsburgh has made it their mission to include people of all abilities. Pitt graduate student Hana Goodman recently teamed up with two local organizations to teach people with visual impairments to skateboard.
Defensive lineman Calijah Kancey (8) runs around obstacles at NFL Pro Day on March 29.

Feature | Pitt football draftees look to make splash with new teams

By Brian Sherry, Sports Editor May 30, 2023
As spring turns to summer, NFL fans will continue to get a look at this year’s rookie class. Sports Editor Brian Sherry examines how each Pitt rookie is doing with their new team.
Cassius King poses for a portrait in the Schenley Quad.

Pitt Junior Cassius King has Olympic aspirations in Taekwondo

By Ben Pisano, Staff Writer April 19, 2023
Only 128 fighters will compete in Taekwondo at the 2024 Olympics in Paris. But Pitt junior Cassius King hopes he will defy the odds and represent the University and the United States in Paris.
Linebacker John Petrishen (0) catches a football during NFL Pro Day on Wednesday.

Former Pitt linebacker John Petrishen makes the most of his second chances

By Brian Sherry, Assistant Sports Editor March 29, 2023
From injuries to the transfer portal, former Pitt linebacker John Petrishen has experienced the highs and lows of college football. Now, after participating in his second Pitt Pro Day, Petrishen said he will never give up on his dreams.
Che Nwabuko at the Indoor Track and Field ACC Championships on Feb. 24.

With world-class speed, first-year Che Nwabuko looks to leave his mark on both Pitt football and track

By Alex Porter, Staff Writer March 28, 2023
For first-year Che Nwabuko, balance is everything. Nwabuko is a dual-sport athlete, playing both football and track and field for Pitt. But with Nwabuko’s work ethic, balancing two sports and college academics isn’t too challenging.
Attendees look at the PR-028 at a formula SAE showcase in 2016.

‘To finish first, first you must finish’: Panther Racing pushes limits of performance, reliability

By Richie Smiechowski, Assistant Sports Editor August 26, 2022
On any given day during the school year, several members of Pitt’s Formula SAE team, also known as Panther Racing, work deep into the night in the sub-basement of Benedum Hall. Away from their course load, they choose to spend their free hours tirelessly building and refining an open-wheeled race car that will compete in only a handful of events each year.
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