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Pitt band to find home in Victory Heights

The Pitt band currently uses the Sports Dome and Cost Center for most of its practice, but the new Victory Heights facility will give them a larger and more updated space.

By Henry Jackson, Staff Writer

February 6, 2020

With Victory Heights on the horizon, the Pitt marching band will finally have something it has always lacked — an adequate home.

Pitt creatives lead new fight in recruiting wars

Alex Geiger serves as assistant director of creative content as a member of the Pitt men’s basketball coaching staff.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

February 6, 2020

The future of a college sports program is linked to its social media accounts. Now Pitt is trying to channel that power with one goal: “Get Pitt on their mind.”

Change a constant in Coulibaly’s basketball journey

First-year forward Abdoul Karim Coulibaly at Sunday’s 62-57 victory over Miami.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

February 5, 2020

Raised in Mali’s capital city, Pitt forward Abdoul Karim Coulibaly took the road less traveled and hasn’t looked back.

‘You’re just in awe’: Spectators reminisce on Kobe’s Pitt visit

The Fitzgerald Field House, once home to the Pitt basketball teams, hosted a 17-year-old Kobe Bryant in a dunk contest that preceded the 1996 McDonald's All-American Game.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer

January 30, 2020

For Kobe Bryant, the 1996 McDonald’s All-American game in Pittsburgh was a small speck on a decorated and illustrious career. For those in attendance that weekend 23 years ago, it was a memory they will never forget.

Vera headlines progress of Pitt swimmers

Junior Blaise Vera holds Pitt’s school records in the 50- and 100-yard, as well as the 100-yard butterfly.

By Henry Jackson, For the Pitt News

January 22, 2020

The Pitt men’s swim team brought back nearly every member of last year’s record setting group, including speedster Blaise Vera — who at one point this season held the national 50-yard freestyle record.

Kevin Kramer: Pitt pitcher turned Scherzer look-alike

Kevin Kramer, the Max Scherzer lookalike, was a pitcher on the Pitt baseball team during the 1990s.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

January 8, 2020

As a junior pitcher in 1995, Kevin Kramer helped Pitt baseball win its only conference tournament championship ever. 20 years later, people started to confuse him for a perennial MLB All-Star.

Q&A: Tsoukas to explore gender and sport in new class

Senior lecturer Liann Tsoukas will teach the Women, Gender and Sport class that will be taught at Pitt for the first time this spring.

By John Riskis, Staff Writer

January 5, 2020

Is Serena Williams the greatest tennis player of all time? Is the U.S. soccer team the best in the world? Do your answers require gender qualifiers? These are the questions raised in the class description for Women, Gender and Sport, which will be taught at Pitt for the first time this spring by senior lecturer Liann Tsoukas. Though the class is new, it’s been a long time coming for Tsoukas, who has spent the past 19 years at the University teaching classes focusing on American history, gender, race and popular culture

Tri Pi braves elements, paints chests for Pitt football

Jonathan Perlman (far left), Pat Gardner (far right) and other students spelled “Pitt Strong” in body paint at an October football game against Miami to honor the Tree of Life victims.

By Ben Mankowski, Staff Writer

November 22, 2019

When a typical fan might choose to head for Heinz Field’s exits, a select few of Pitt’s most dedicated fans remain. Shirtless, painted and cold, they refuse to let their passion fade.

Tennis transfers settle into new homes after Pitt

Junior Cami Moreno transferred from Pitt after the tennis program was discontinued and now plays at the University of South Alabama.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 24, 2019

When Pitt athletics discontinued varsity women’s tennis, the program’s three underclassmen were given little more than a week to pick up the pieces, prepare for the season and determine their next move. Now, they’re adjusting to life after Pitt.

Pitt club squash making a racquet in Oakland

The Pitt club squash team has been around since last year, but just became competitive this season.

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

October 23, 2019

Thanks to a couple underclassmen, the sport of squash has gained a foothold at Pitt with the introduction of a club team this fall.

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