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At just 18 years old, William Jeffress has shown maturity and personability that is unmatched by most teenagers — setting him up to lead a new-look Panther team.

At 18, Jeffress’ maturity, humility set him apart to lead a new-look Panther team

By Zack Gibney, Senior Staff Writer July 14, 2021
William Jeffress did something nobody else had done in some time — he asked how his coach was holding up. At just 18 years old, Jeffress has shown maturity and personability that is unmatched by most teenagers, setting him up to lead a new-look Panther team.
Quarterback Kenny Pickett could have left for the NFL Draft, but after falling in love with Pittsburgh, he opted to spend another year in the Steel City.

Kenny Pickett, preparing for final campaign, isn’t ready to leave Pittsburgh just yet

By Dalton Coppola, Sports Editor June 24, 2021
After four years, 21 victories as a starter, 8,552 yards in total offense and a couple of unforgettable upset victories against some of the nation’s best programs, Pickett isn’t ready to call another city home just yet.
Kamalani Akeo joined middling Pitt volleyball as a walk-on and left it as a two-time conference champion with three wins in the NCAA Tournament. In her post-playing days, she looks to push program limits even further.

In post-playing days, Akeo bridges two generations of Pitt volleyball excellence

By Stephen Thompson, Senior Staff Writer June 24, 2021
After Kamalani Akeo finished kickstarting the most successful era in Panthers volleyball history, she returned to Oakland this January as a volunteer assistant coach. Alongside head coach Dan Fisher, Akeo pushed program limits even further — helping the Panthers reach the Elite Eight this spring.
Pitt’s wrestling team has 27 wrestlers who are from Pennsylvania. Redshirt senior Jake Wentzel (right) and redshirt junior Nino Bonaccorsi are both from Pittsburgh’s South Hills.

Pitt wrestling building success around local products

By Carson Zaremski, Staff Writer April 7, 2021
The five Panthers who competed in the NCAA Championships have one thing in common — they’re all from Pennsylvania. In fact, 27 of the 31 wrestlers on Pitt’s roster hail from Pennsylvania. Pitt’s head coach, Keith Gavin, is also from Pennsylvania and had a successful career as a Panther wrestler.
The Pitt Athletics primary Twitter account had 17 tweets in February surrounding Black History Month, with a greater volume of content coming toward the end of the month.

Pitt Athletics alums share concerns over Black History Month efforts

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor April 7, 2021
Pitt Athletics alumni said they saw the athletic department bring attention to Black History Month this year for the first time in a significant way, but shared many concerns they hope the department will address in the future.
Jordan McCrum is a senior relief pitcher for Pitt baseball. McCrum transferred to Pitt from Monmouth University last year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, which entails reconstructing the ulnar collateral ligament within the elbow by replacing it with a ligament from elsewhere in the body.

Pitt closer Jordan McCrum returns with consistency from Tommy John surgery

By Dalton Coppola, Staff Writer March 24, 2021
McCrum has established himself as the closer for the Panthers with a team-leading three saves — all coming against ACC opponents ranked in the top 10 at the time, with one against No. 7 Georgia Tech and the remaining two versus No. 9 Florida State.
Members of the “Pitt Twitter” community gather to tailgate outside of Heinz Field before a Pitt football game in 2019.

Panthers fans share drinking traditions before games at Heinz Field

By Kyle Saxon, Staff Writer March 24, 2021
Football, tailgating and alcohol — a trio that never separates for many Pitt fans. Three fans spoke with The Pitt News to share some of their favorite drinking and tailgating traditions on Panther gamedays at Heinz Field.
Pitt Athletics announced in 2019 that it would begin allowing alcohol sales at the Petersen Events Center.

Pitt Athletics stands to gain big from alcohol sales at the Pete

By Dalton Coppola, Staff Writer March 23, 2021
Christian Spears, the deputy athletic director at Pitt, estimates Pitt Athletics stands to gain anywhere from $100,000 to $200,000 annually from alcohol sales when the Petersen Events Center can return to full capacity for home basketball games.
Two-time defending ACC champion Jake Wenzel (9-1) won 1-0 in his opening match against Drexel's Evan Barczak (6-3) on March 18. Wenzel was also Pitt’s highest individual seed since Max Thomusseit (2 at 184) in 2015.

Returning wrestlers fight to keep All-American status at 2021 NCAA Championships

By Tricia Caucci, For The Pitt News March 19, 2021
The remaining three will compete in the quarterfinals on Friday, starting at 11 a.m.
Three first-year Pitt team members — swimmers Caroline Crouse (left) and Genna Joyce (middle) as well as diver Claire McDaniels (right) — hail from the Raleigh area.

Carolina recruiting reflects global reach for Pitt swimming

By Henry Jackson, Staff Writer March 19, 2021
The Triangle has already produced three Panthers who are laying the program’s foundation.
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