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After trying offseason, Wilson ready for impact on court

After trying offseason, Wilson ready for impact on court

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 21, 2015

With the NCAA questioning his academic eligibility following graduation, Pitt basketball commit Damon Wilson was angry. Before the NCAA eventually deemed him eligible for collegiate play in September, it challenged the freshman guard and his teammates’ high school course loads. “When we heard they w...

Fisher brings experience, leadership to Pitt volleyball

Fisher brings experience, leadership to Pitt volleyball

By Jessie Wallace / Staff Writer

October 12, 2015

By 2013, Dan Fisher already had a packed resume. He had completed his collegiate volleyball career at University of the Pacific, participating on the U.S. men’s national team. He coached at four different college programs, compiling an undefeated season at one of them. He served as the offensive coordina...

Dining guide: Rookie of the year: AD’s establishing itself in first year on campus

Dining guide: Rookie of the year: AD’s establishing itself in first year on campus

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 30, 2015

When discussing their joint dream of opening a restaurant and bar, brothers Aaron and Archie Donald considered three locations. They tossed around the idea of Toledo, where Archie played college football for the Toledo Rockets. They mulled over St. Louis, where Aaron was currently located, playing d...

Cheek to cheek: a day with Pitt rugby

Cheek to cheek: a day with Pitt rugby

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 16, 2015

Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a two-part, immersive story on Pitt’s Rugby Football Club. We were all pressed against the ground — shirts dirty, dripping sweat, panting heavily and waiting for the whistle that meant “go time.” With helmets, it could have been a scene fro...

From inside the scrum: a firsthand look at Pitt Rugby

From inside the scrum: a firsthand look at Pitt Rugby

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 15, 2015

Editors note: This is the first in a two part series about Pitt Rugby. I knew I should have packed my cleats. After endeavouring to partake in a University of Pittsburgh Rugby Football Club’s practice, in the style of late participatory journalist George Plimpton, I had asked a friend who played rugby w...

Scheduling rivals could provide boon to football attendance

Scheduling rivals could provide boon to football attendance

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 14, 2015

Two weeks ago, I wrote a column calling for Pitt and West Virginia to renew the Backyard Brawl. Last Thursday, by pure happenstance, fate intervened — in the form of Pitt and WVU AD’s Scott Barnes and Shane Lyons, respectively — and made my dream come true. The Panthers will now play the Moun...

Pitt grads build big league careers in media relations

Pitt grads build big league careers in media relations

By Jessie Wallace / Staff Writer

September 11, 2015

Over the years, the football world has recognized Pitt as a sure-fire producer of NFL talent, with stars like Dan Marino, Larry Fitzgerald and LeSean McCoy all making names for themselves in the league. Unknown to most, however, is that Pitt’s pipeline to the NFL features more alumni than just players. The...

Sports medicine lets students stay close to athletics, help others

By Ted Zhang / For The Pitt News

September 11, 2015

Alex Dejong’s sporting career didn’t end by her own choice. A Pittsburgh native, Dejong was an active athlete in high school, playing soccer and running track. That is, until an injury forced her off the playing field. “I tore my ACL my senior year of high school while I was skiing,” Dejong...

Jordan Whitehead uses talent to overcome lack of experience

Jordan Whitehead uses talent to overcome lack of experience

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 3, 2015

Jordan Whitehead might be inexperienced. He might not completely know the playbook. Sometimes, he might not even be in the right place. But whatever mistakes the young defensive back makes early in his career, they’ll be easy to swallow after considering his raw skill and athleticism. The freshm...

K.K. Mosley-Smith triumphs over uncertainty in Pitt football program

K.K. Mosley-Smith triumphs over uncertainty in Pitt football program

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 3, 2015

K.K. Mosley-Smith prefers not to dwell on the past. Whatever successes and failures he’s lived through, Mosley-Smith likes to keep them in the rearview. “I’m just focused on the future,” Mosley-Smith said. “That’s what type of guy I am. The past is the past because tomorrow’s not promis...

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