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GALLERY: Pitt Panthers defeat Virginia Tech Hokies, 52-22

GALLERY: Pitt Panthers defeat Virginia Tech Hokies, 52-22

By TPN Staff

November 10, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Visual

Pitt Panthers defeat Virginia Tech Hokies, 52-22, during their last home game of the season Nov. 10.

Panthers run wild on Hokies, win 52-22 in Coastal clash

Panthers run wild on Hokies, win 52-22 in Coastal clash

By Sami Abu-Obaid, Staff Writer

November 10, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt made history in its final home game of the season, racking up the most offensive yards, the longest play and the first time going undefeated in the ACC at home in program history.

Football Prediction: Pitt will come out on top 34-26

Football Prediction: Pitt will come out on top 34-26

By Michael Nitti, Staff Writer

November 9, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt has been dominate at home this season, averaging 40.7 points and 295.7 yards per game. The only question is, will the Panthers be able to continue that streak when it matters most? Read here to see what you can expect from the Panthers when they face Virginia Tech this Saturday.

Takeaways: Pitt running into ACC Championship Contention

Takeaways: Pitt running into ACC Championship Contention

By Michael Nitti, Staff Writer

November 6, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt had one of its performances of the year on both sides of the ball and on the road last Friday. The Panthers emerging defense held a hot Virginia offense to 44 rushing yards and earned its first road win of the season.

Panthers win 23-13, leapfrog Va. in ACC Coastal

Panthers win 23-13, leapfrog Va. in ACC Coastal

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 3, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The sloppy field conditions were perfectly suited for the Panthers, who pounded the ball on the ground and stifled Virginia’s offense en route to a 23-13 victory.

Can Pitt emerge from the ACC’s Coastal quagmire?

Can Pitt emerge from the ACC’s Coastal quagmire?

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 30, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Despite losing a crucial conference game to lowly one-win North Carolina, Pitt has been given new life thanks to the ACC becoming the football embodiment of Murphy’s law.

Takeaways: Pitt remains consistently inconsistent

Takeaways: Pitt remains consistently inconsistent

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

October 29, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt beat Duke 54-45 last Saturday to keep their hopes of an ACC Costal Division Championship alive. V'Lique Carter was one bright spot in a game that was otherwise once again defined by an inconsistent defense and quarterback.

Photos: Pitt football 54-45 victory over Duke

Photos: Pitt football 54-45 victory over Duke

October 27, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Visual

With the game tied at 45 and no timeouts remaining, the Panthers needed sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett to lead them downfield with just over a minute left to play. Pickett had struggled up to that point, completing just four of 13 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. But he came up clutch when...

Pitt rushes for 484 yards, beats Duke 54-45 on final drive

Pitt rushes for 484 yards, beats Duke 54-45 on final drive

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 27, 2018


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt rushed for 484 yards as a team — the second-most in program history — in a 54-45 last-minute win over the Duke Blue Devils.

Waiver wire weekly: Jesse James to bring the game

Waiver wire weekly: Jesse James to bring the game

By Adin Link, Staff Writer

October 23, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

With several NFL team on their bye weeks, it’s the best time to find players that may have not yet had the chance to shine. From young quarterbacks like Baker Mayfield to experienced players like Geronimo Allison, here’s a list of some of your best options for your fantasy football team.

Prediction: Pitt football to right the ship against Duke

Prediction: Pitt football to right the ship against Duke

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 21, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt football is a tough team to predict, but both recent and historical evidence points to a Panther victory over Duke this Saturday.

Takeaways from Pitt’s near upset of Notre Dame

Takeaways from Pitt’s near upset of Notre Dame

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

October 15, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

In a close game, Pitt pulled off another near upset against the Fighting Irish. Though there was struggles in both the offense and the defense, three key takeaways stuck out. From Kessman's kicks to Pickett's passes, there are aspects of both defense and offense that can be improved upon.

Notre Dame fends off upset, tops Pitt 19-14

Notre Dame fends off upset, tops Pitt 19-14

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 13, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

The Fighting Irish fought their way back against Pitt, taking their first lead with 5:43 left in the game. That would prove to be the final score.

Panthers to bring the fight to Fighting Irish

Panthers to bring the fight to Fighting Irish

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

October 11, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

After a successful game that saw many great things from both offense and defense, the Panthers seem to have had a huge confidence boost. But, the Panthers must prepare for a tough game against the Fighting Irish that requires the offensive line to capitalize.

Weekly Pick ‘Em: TPN sports staff locks in ACC game predictions

Weekly Pick ‘Em: TPN sports staff locks in ACC game predictions

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 11, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

In the first installment of the Pitt News sports weekly pick ‘em competition, 10 of TPN’s most avid football fans put lock in their predictions for upcoming ACC games. For each upcoming game, the staff records their best guess of the outcome of the games.

Pitt football loses Wirginis, Sears on same day

Pitt football loses Wirginis, Sears on same day

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 10, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

The Panthers lost two players — redshirt senior middle linebacker Quintin Wirginis and sophomore tight end Tyler Sear — due to an injury and a leave of absence, respectively.

Waiver Wire Weekly: Clement, Coutee are top options

Waiver Wire Weekly: Clement, Coutee are top options

By Adin Link, Staff Writer

October 8, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

It's officially Week 6 of the NFL season, and for avid fantasy football fans, it means it is almost time to lock in those picks. From quarterbacks to wide receivers to running backs, it seems the best picks this week are Corey Clement of the Eagles and Keke Coutee of the Texans.

Three takeaways from Pitt’s OT homecoming win

Three takeaways from Pitt’s OT homecoming win

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 7, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Now halfway through the season, it’s becoming clearer what we can expect to see from Pitt on a weekly basis. Here’s what Saturday revealed about the team:

No ex’Cuse: Panthers beat Syracuse 44-37 after weather delay, overtime

No ex’Cuse: Panthers beat Syracuse 44-37 after weather delay, overtime

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

October 6, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

The senior running back tandem of Qadree Ollison and Darrin Hall carried Pitt to an overtime victory, rushing for a combined 299 yards and three touchdowns.

What are the odds: Orange you glad you didn’t bet on Pitt?

What are the odds: Orange you glad you didn’t bet on Pitt?

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

October 5, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

After a rough week for Colin's bets last week, he looks at ways to make a comeback. From choosing Syracuse over Pitt to taking the Vikings over the Eagles in the NFL, there's many things to consider this week. Colin looks at several ACC games and offers his best insight on who to put the money on.

Touching me, touching you: The story behind ‘Sweet Caroline’ at Pitt

Touching me, touching you: The story behind ‘Sweet Caroline’ at Pitt

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

Just like any great idea Pitt students have, the school’s most beloved tradition of singing “Sweet Caroline” was born at Hemingway’s Cafe, in 2008.

Prediction: Orange to squeeze out victory over Panthers

Prediction: Orange to squeeze out victory over Panthers

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Syracuse looks to bounce back from a narrow loss against No. 4 Clemson, while the Panthers are reeling from a blowout loss to No. 12 UCF.

Column: Le’Veon Bell due to return Week 7

Column: Le’Veon Bell due to return Week 7

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 1, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

After a difficult week for football in Pittsburgh, fans can look towards some good news. It seems Steelers' running back Le'Veon Bell is expected to return to the game in Week 7. Bell's return will help the Steelers make a major comeback after a few hard weeks on both defense and offense.

Waiver Wire Weekly: Add Joe Flacco before Ohio

Waiver Wire Weekly: Add Joe Flacco before Ohio

By Adin Link, Staff Writer

October 1, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

In Week 5 of Waiver Wire Weekly, writer Adin Link looks at some crucial players that are essential for a successful week in fantasy football. With players coming back from injuries and others beginning as rookies, the stakes are high for the game.

Three takeaways from Pitt’s 45-14 loss to UCF

Three takeaways from Pitt’s 45-14 loss to UCF

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 30, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Panthers produced their worst game of the season Saturday against the University of Central Florida, allowing a season-high 568 yards and gaining a season-low 272 yards.

UCF wins 17th straight game, pummels Pitt 45-14

UCF wins 17th straight game, pummels Pitt 45-14

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 29, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

The Panthers looked listless on both sides of the ball, producing a season-low 272 yards of total offense and allowing a season-high 568 yards on defense

Week 5 ACC Power Rankings

Week 5 ACC Power Rankings

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 27, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The highest rankings in the ACC are still up for grabs as of now. With Clemson seemingly dominating once again, there may be other unexpected teams to look out for. Here's a glance at the current power struggle within the conference.

Panthers look to snap UCF’s 16-game win streak

Panthers look to snap UCF’s 16-game win streak

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

September 27, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

After Pitt's lost to UNC last week, the team has a lot to focus on. In order to keep up with the University of Central Florida on Saturday, Pitt will really have to work on their offense. Unfortunately, it looks like this week's game will end in a lost to UCF.

What are the odds: Analyzing this week’s AFC North battle

What are the odds: Analyzing this week’s AFC North battle

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

September 27, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

After a successful week last week, writer Colin Martin looks at how to keep up his winning streak. With games from Pitt, Penn State and Notre Dame, this week's What Are the Odds even includes an NFL game.

Former Pitt lineman Alex Officer diagnosed with bone cancer

Former Pitt lineman Alex Officer diagnosed with bone cancer

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

September 25, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Alex Officer, a former standout on Pitt’s offensive line, announced last week that he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

Waiver Wire Weekly: Keenum to regain momentum

Waiver Wire Weekly: Keenum to regain momentum

By Adin Link, Staff Writer

September 24, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

In this week's Waiver Wire Weekly, blogger Adin Link looks at the best outcomes from last week, and makes predictions on who to look out for this up coming week. Though not doing very well this past week, Adin encourages fans to look for Case Keenum to make a comeback.

Three takeaways from Pitt’s ugly UNC loss

Three takeaways from Pitt’s ugly UNC loss

By Michael Nitti, Staff Writer

September 23, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Panthers once again disappeared in the second half against UNC, continuing a disappointing season-long trend.

Panthers falter in second half, lose sixth straight ACC game to UNC

Panthers falter in second half, lose sixth straight ACC game to UNC

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 22, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

The Panthers faded after leading 28-21 at halftime, getting outscored 17-7 and outgained by 138 yards in the second half.

Halftime recap: Pitt versus UNC

Halftime recap: Pitt versus UNC

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 22, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

A victory over UNC would be Pitt’s first since moving to the ACC, with the team having lost all five previous meetings.

Panthers ride key conference win into battle with Tar Heels

Panthers ride key conference win into battle with Tar Heels

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

September 21, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

After a 34-31 loss to UNC last season, Pitt will look to make a comeback this weekend. With sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett at the head of the offensive line, Pitt's options are wide open. And, continue their good work, the Panther defensive will continue to buckle down.

Waiver Wire Weekly: Fitzmagic casts spell in time for Week 3

Waiver Wire Weekly: Fitzmagic casts spell in time for Week 3

By Adin Link, Staff Writer

September 17, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Football, Sports

After last week's results in fantasy football, the Pitt News has put together a new list of targets to watch out for during this week. In a short roundup, we offer suggestions of the top picks of quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends.

Three takeaways from Pitt’s first ACC win

Three takeaways from Pitt’s first ACC win

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 16, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Accounting for all the highs and lows, here are some of the foremost takeaways from Pitt’s ACC-opening win against Georgia Tech.

Photos: Pitt Football vs. Georgia Tech

Photos: Pitt Football vs. Georgia Tech

By Sarah Cutshall and Thomas Yang

September 15, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Visual

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, Pitt fans witnessed a complete turn-around of Panther football. Exhibiting a major improvement from last week’s game against Penn State, the Panthers showed promise both offensively and defensively in a home game against Georgia Tech — maintaining a consistent lead througho...

Panthers pounce on Georgia Tech, 24-19, in ACC opener

Panthers pounce on Georgia Tech, 24-19, in ACC opener

By Sami Abu-Obaid, For the Pitt News

September 15, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

In the third game of the season, Pitt made a major comeback after their lost against Penn State. Showing improvement in all areas, the Panthers started the game with a lead and maintained that lead throughout the rest of the game. The final score was 24-19, a win for Pitt.

Prediction: Panthers to make comeback against Georgia Tech

Prediction: Panthers to make comeback against Georgia Tech

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

September 13, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

This Saturday, Pitt will play Georgia Tech at Heinz Field. Both teams currently have records of 1-1, so they will both put up a fight to make comebacks and improve their starting records. If Pitt improves both offense and defense, they should have no problem beating out the Yellow Jackets.

Forbes Field phenomenon: Remembering the last flagless football game

Forbes Field phenomenon: Remembering the last flagless football game

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 11, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

More than 70 years have gone by since the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 7-3 in the NFL's last game without penalties.

Op-ed: ’87 alumnus, former TPN editor says Pitt football is here to stay

Op-ed: ’87 alumnus, former TPN editor says Pitt football is here to stay

By James S. Urban

September 11, 2018


Filed under Football, Letters to the Editor, Opinions, Sports, Sports Columns

In a rebuttal to former TPN editor and New York Times writer Murray Chass' op-ed, Pitt alumnus and former TPN editor says Pitt football is just a small, but important, part of the school's success.

Takeaways from Pitt’s blowout loss in Keystone Clash

Takeaways from Pitt’s blowout loss in Keystone Clash

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 9, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

The Pitt football team put forth a pitiful effort in Saturday night’s 51-6 blowout loss to in-state rival Penn State — here are some of the biggest takeaways from that game.

Penalties, special teams hurt Pitt in 51-6 blowout loss to Penn State

Penalties, special teams hurt Pitt in 51-6 blowout loss to Penn State

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 8, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

On a night which included constant rain, chilly temperatures and a persistent wind, the Pitt football team put up a performance to match with the miserable weather.

Halftime: Penn State leads Pitt 14-6

Halftime: Penn State leads Pitt 14-6

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 8, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports, Uncategorized

Follow the game live on Twitter here.  Penn State wasted no time to show its offensive prowess in the 99th edition of Pitt vs. Penn State Saturday night, with senior quarterback Trace McSorley finding junior tight end Jonathan Holland for a 22-yard gain on the Nittany Lions second play. Just t...

In Pa. football fandom, know where to draw the line

In Pa. football fandom, know where to draw the line

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 6, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

In recent years, the Pitt-Penn State rivalry has devolved from a lively competitive spirit to pettiness, irrationality and antagonism on both sides.

Prediction: Pitt to edge out Penn State in home thriller

Prediction: Pitt to edge out Penn State in home thriller

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

September 5, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

In the penultimate matchup of this renewed four-game football series, both offenses will display fireworks with Pitt ultimately edging out its in-state foe.

Keystone contest: Pitt and Penn State’s football rivalry through the years

Keystone contest: Pitt and Penn State’s football rivalry through the years

By Ben Zimmer, Staff Writer

September 4, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

In honor of Saturday’s upcoming game, here’s a look at some of the most pivotal points of the Pitt - Penn State rivalry since its inception in 1893.

Maurice Ffrench earns ACC Specialist of the Week honors

Maurice Ffrench earns ACC Specialist of the Week honors

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 4, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Ffrench's 91-yard kickoff return touchdown made him the only ACC player to accomplish that feat in week one.

Watson’s west coast approach works for the Panthers

Watson’s west coast approach works for the Panthers

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 4, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

The real MVP of Saturday's game was offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, who brought balance and consistency to the Pitt offense.

University announces tailgating limitations for Pitt-PSU game

University announces tailgating limitations for Pitt-PSU game

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 3, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

The University announced Sunday that parking options will be restricted ahead of the Pitt-Penn State game to accommodate the traffic influx.

Panthers display dominance versus Great Danes, cruise to 33-7 win in home opener

Panthers display dominance versus Great Danes, cruise to 33-7 win in home opener

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 1, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

The Panthers scored all the points they would need in the first half, taking a commanding 33-7 lead thanks to three total touchdowns from sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett.

Prediction: Panthers to muzzle Great Danes in season opener

Prediction: Panthers to muzzle Great Danes in season opener

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

August 29, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

The Pitt football season kicks off this Saturday afternoon at Heinz Field as the Panthers face off against the Albany Great Danes.

ACC Football Predictions: Clemson dominant once again, while Panthers can contend in Coastal

ACC Football Predictions: Clemson dominant once again, while Panthers can contend in Coastal

By Cale Berger, Staff Writer

August 28, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

You've heard a lot about Pitt football — now find out what the Panthers' ACC competition looks like.

Experienced roster bodes well for Pitt football

Experienced roster bodes well for Pitt football

By Trent Leonard, Senior Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Welcome Back 2018

Despite an unsuccessful season last year, the Panthers are ready to turn things around with an experienced group of returning players, including 18 seniors.

Tight end Charles Reeves dismissed

Tight end Charles Reeves dismissed

By Joanna Li, Senior Staff Writer

July 13, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Reeves was dismissed without specific reason from the University, which cited "disciplinary actions."

Pitt Football gains 11 recruits

Pitt Football gains 11 recruits

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

June 20, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Entering June with zero commitments from the 2019 recruiting class, Pitt’s football team found itself stuck with a late start to its recruiting trail. But despite the slow start, the pace suddenly changed as the the count rocketed to 11 commits in just one weekend, with nine of those players verbally ...

Panther pride: O’Neill, Whitehead and Maddox’s journeys to the NFL

Panther pride: O’Neill, Whitehead and Maddox’s journeys to the NFL

By Trent Leonard | Senior Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt’s 2018 NFL Draft selections — offensive lineman Brian O’Neill, safety Jordan Whitehead and cornerback Avonte Maddox — all share common skills that made them appealing to professional teams — positional diversity and exceptional speed. Had these athletes played for different college teams, they may ...

7 Pitt players find NFL homes in free agent deals

7 Pitt players find NFL homes in free agent deals

By Hannah Schneider, Joanna Li, and Trent Leonard

April 29, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Uncategorized

Only three Panthers were selected in this year’s NFL draft, starting in round 2 with Brian O’Neill. After the Vikings picked O'Neill, Tampa Bay chose Jordan Whitehead in the fourth round. The Philadelphia Eagles then chose Avonte Maddox with the 125th overall pick. The seven Pitt players in the dr...

Philadelphia Eagles snag Avonte Maddox in 4th round of NFL Draft

Philadelphia Eagles snag Avonte Maddox in 4th round of NFL Draft

By Trent Leonard | Senior Staff Writer

April 28, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Just eight spots after fellow Pitt defensive back Jordan Whitehead was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Avonte Maddox joined the NFL ranks when the Philadelphia Eagles snagged him in the fourth round with the 125th overall pick. As a Panther, Maddox was a consistent presence in the defensiv...

Tampa Bay selects Jordan Whitehead with the 117th overall pick in the NFL Draft

Tampa Bay selects Jordan Whitehead with the 117th overall pick in the NFL Draft

By Trent Leonard | Senior Staff Writer

April 28, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt football had its second player taken off the board— after offensive lineman Brian O’Neill— when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected safety Jordan Whitehead in the fourth round with the 117th overall pick in the NFL Draft. Despite dealing with two shortened seasons after an impressive first year, Whi...

Minnesota Vikings pick Brian O’Neill 62nd overall in NFL Draft

Minnesota Vikings pick Brian O’Neill  62nd overall in NFL Draft

By Trent Leonard | Senior Staff Writer

April 27, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

It took nearly two rounds, but the Pitt football team finally saw some recognition in the NFL Draft Friday night when the Minnesota Vikings selected offensive lineman Brian O’Neill with the 62nd overall pick. This is the culmination of a successful three-year career with the Panthers for O’Neill, whe...

Spring Game analysis: Pitt defense shined while offense struggled

Spring Game analysis: Pitt defense shined while offense struggled

By Cale Berger | Staff Writer

April 15, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt’s annual Blue and Gold Spring Game may be the first chance of the year for Pitt students, alumni and fans to tailgate and bring their favorite jerseys out of retirement, but it is also an opportunity to get a small taste of what the upcoming season will bring on the field. This year was no ...

Gallery: Spring Blue and Gold game

Gallery: Spring Blue and Gold game

By Thomas Yang | Visual Editor

April 15, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Visual

The Panthers split their football team into Blue and Gold sides Saturday afternoon for their annual Spring Game, a contest in which neither offense looked exceptional. It proved fitting that a defensive touchdown — junior defensive back Dane Jackson’s 60-yard interception-turned-touchdown — handed...

Blue beats Gold, 10-3, in Spring Game defensive battle

Blue beats Gold, 10-3, in Spring Game defensive battle

By Trent Leonard and Joanna Li | TPN Staff

April 14, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Panthers split their football team into Blue and Gold teams Saturday afternoon for their annual Spring Game, a contest in which neither offense looked exceptional. It proved fitting that a defensive touchdown — redshirt junior defensive back Dane Jackson’s 60-yard interception-turned-touchdown ...

Pitt looks overseas for latest lineman

Pitt looks overseas for latest lineman

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

March 26, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Although a growing demographic, international college football players are hard to find. According to The Growth of a Game, a Belgian-based company connecting football advocates across Europe, only two active Division I college football players were born in Italy as of 2015. Incoming Pitt commit Haba...

Panthers put on show for pro scouts

Panthers put on show for pro scouts

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Contributing Editor

March 22, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

The newest Panther football players are just getting used to life in Oakland at spring practices. The draft-eligible former players, however, had a chance Wednesday morning to impress NFL scouts and potentially find their new homes. Representatives for all 32 NFL teams gathered in the UPMC Rooney...

Pickett proves worth as rising Panthers star

Pickett proves worth as rising Panthers star

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

March 20, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

First-year Kenny Pickett wasn’t supposed to take a snap last year, much less lead the team to the biggest win of the season. As the third-string quarterback for the Pitt football team entering the 2017 season, he was firmly entrenched behind redshirt senior Max Browne and sophomore Ben DiNucci. The expec...

Bentley brings brute force to Pitt D-line

Bentley brings brute force to Pitt D-line

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

March 20, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Rivalries are just for fans? Don’t tell that to 2018 Pitt commit Tyler Bentley. He is looking forward to the Panthers’ battles with one in-state foe as much as anyone else. “The one thing I’m looking forward to is playing Penn State, for sure,” Bentley said. “I have a couple of friends t...

Pitt brings new quarterback to town

Pitt brings new quarterback to town

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

March 14, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt football midyear junior college enrollee Ricky Town comes to Oakland with three years of college experience spanning three different schools. But despite his winding journey across college football, the quarterback has yet to play a single snap of Division I football. Town was aggressively...

Idowu gets set for senior season

Idowu gets set for senior season

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

March 14, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt senior linebacker Oluwaseun Idowu first came to Oakland from North Allegheny High School in 2014. There, Idowu played running back but transitioned to linebacker shortly after walking onto the Pitt football team in the fall of 2014.   After redshirting his first year, it wasn’t until his second s...

Chase Brown brings talent to young Pitt offense

Chase Brown brings talent to young Pitt offense

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

February 28, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Offensive tackle Chase Brown announced in June that he will attend the University of Pittsburgh, marking the Panthers’ ninth commit of the 2018 recruiting class and — more interestingly — Brown’s third stint at a university. Brown — unlike most of the class — enters the program with m...

Narduzzi rounds out staff for 2018 season

Narduzzi rounds out staff for 2018 season

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

February 28, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi announced three coaching appointments Saturday, finalizing his 2018 staff. Narduzzi promoted defensive line coach Charlie Partridge to assistant head coach, hired Cory Sanders as safeties coach and brought in Paris Johnson Sr. as assistant director of player perso...

Taysir Mack transfers to become a Panther

Taysir Mack transfers to become a Panther

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

February 20, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt has a storied history of great college wide receivers, including Larry Fitzgerald, Antonio Bryant and Tyler Boyd. Taysir Mack, a new Pitt transfer from Indiana University, hopes to follow in their footsteps. “Every time I walk in the door, I look at the Biletnikoff Award, and I’m just li...

Pitt to Pros: Donald dominates NFL

Pitt to Pros: Donald dominates NFL

By Jon Shaiken | Staff Writer

February 15, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

Before Aaron Donald was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, he spent his Saturdays terrorizing college quarterbacks at Heinz Field. In the NFL, Donald has a reputation of being a hard worker and relentless competitor playing for the Los Angeles Rams. According to Chris Lasala, Pitt’s associat...

Blake Zubovic lines up at Pitt

Blake Zubovic lines up at Pitt

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

February 12, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Belle Vernon offensive lineman Blake Zubovic committed to Pitt last June. He was the ninth commitment of the 2018 class. This was a big commitment for Pitt, as it finds itself particularly shorthanded on the offensive line going into the 2018 season. Listed as a three-star recruit by Rivals, Zubovic was ranked as ...

Pitt announces Dave Borbely as new offensive line coach

Pitt announces Dave Borbely as new offensive line coach

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

February 12, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt football team announced on its website on Monday, Feb. 12,  that head coach Pat Narduzzi has hired Dave Borbely as the new offensive line coach. Borbely comes over from Maryland where he has coached the last two seasons. Previously, he was the offensive line coach at 11 different schools si...

Pitt nabs top recruits on National Signing Day

Pitt nabs top recruits on National Signing Day

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

February 7, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt football has almost rounded out its squad for the 2018 season after National Signing Day Wednesday. Some players who signed were expected, including Belle Vernon offensive lineman Blake Zubovic and linebacker Wendell Davis of Richmond, Virginia, who both gave their verbal commitments to Pitt last year. Still, five brand-new Panthers have si...

Seven Panthers invited to NFL combine

Seven Panthers invited to NFL combine

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

February 6, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

There will be seven Pitt Panthers potentially heading to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine this March. Among the Panthers going to Indianapolis are wide receiver Quadree Henderson, safety Jordan Whitehead and offensive lineman Brian O’Neill, who each announced that they we...

Shocky Jacques-Louis lands at Pitt

Shocky Jacques-Louis lands at Pitt

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

February 6, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

When Shocky Jacques-Louis committed to Pitt Dec. 20, 2017, the football team finally landed its highest-rated recruit. Jacques-Louis joined the Panthers after a tumultuous recruiting process saw him decommit from two other schools. Jacques-Louis is listed by 247sports.com as a three-star, 6-foot-1, 175-pound athlet...

Pitt receives commit from 3-star recruit Erick Hallett II

Pitt receives commit from 3-star recruit Erick Hallett II

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

February 4, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt football received another commit for the 2018 class in Erick Hallett II, according to a tweet posted Sunday morning. The 5-foot-11 and 175-pound defensive back is a 3-star recruit, according to 247sports.com, and was one of the top uncommitted players in Texas. He helped lead his team at Cy-Fair High School to a 6A-DII championship in...

Pitt hires Archie Collins as 10th assistant coach

Pitt hires Archie Collins as 10th assistant coach

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

January 31, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Uncategorized

The Pitt football team announced on its website on Wednesday that former Central Michigan secondary coach Archie Collins will be joining next year’s coaching staff. The NCAA allows football programs to hire up to 10 assistant coaches starting this January. The team has not yet specified what Col...

Prediction: Patriots to pin 6th Super Bowl Win

Prediction: Patriots to pin 6th Super Bowl Win

By Jon Shaiken | For The Pitt News

January 30, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

With their offensive and defensive coordinators in line for head coaching jobs elsewhere and quarterback Tom Brady on the wrong side of 40, this weekend may be the New England Patriots’ last legitimate shot at a championship for the foreseeable future. New England will be going for their second S...

Jake Kradel stays home to join Pitt

Jake Kradel stays home to join Pitt

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

January 30, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Jake Kradel stirred up the Pitt Panther fan base when he announced his commitment to the University of Pittsburgh. Kradel’s tweet, announcing he was “STAYING HOME,” racked up over 1500 likes. The 290-pound offensive guard is ranked as a three-star recruit by 247sports.com. He went to Butler ...

Randy Bates feels welcome at Pitt

Randy Bates feels welcome at Pitt

By Colin Martin | Staff Writer

January 30, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

When Josh Conklin left the Pitt football program to become the head coach at Wofford, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi had to find someone to replace the long-standing assistant — and quickly. Narduzzi called on an old friend to fill the position. Randy Bates was officially introduced as Pitt’s new defensive ...

Noah Palmer brings local flair to Pitt defense

Noah Palmer brings local flair to Pitt defense

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

January 24, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Noah Palmer finished his high school football career with a win at Heinz Field. The 2018 Pitt football signee is hoping for many more victories in the stadium during the next four years — but this time in a blue and gold uniform. Palmer is listed as a 6-foot-4, 215-pound strong-side defensive end by 247spo...

Pitt football looks ahead to difficult non-conference schedule

Pitt football looks ahead to difficult non-conference schedule

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

January 21, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

With the recent finalization of Pitt’s 2018 football schedule, it’s never too early to start planning ticket purchases and tailgates. The team is set to face a tough non-conference schedule, including two perennial national title contenders and a team that just went undefeated. While ACC oppon...

ACC releases 2018 Pitt football schedule

ACC releases 2018 Pitt football schedule

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

January 17, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Atlantic Coast Conference released the 2018 football schedules of each of its members Wednesday afternoon. Included in the release was the Pitt Panthers 2018 schedule, which features eight games against teams that made bowl games in 2017. Of those eight teams, the Panthers will face five teams that fin...

Wendell Davis brings linebacker depth to Pitt

Wendell Davis brings linebacker depth to Pitt

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

January 17, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

When Wendell Davis committed to Pitt in June of 2017, the Panthers realized right away they had gotten a good one. Head coach Pat Narduzzi tweeted his excitement fewer than 20 minutes later, with a hearty “PITT IS IT!! #L1TS8URGH #H2P #X2.” The three-star prospect, according to rivals.com, is a 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker from Richmond, Virginia, and one of 17 players to sign their National Letters of Intent to Pittsburgh on Dec. 20. The selection of Pitt comes over some major offers, including Boston College, Duke, Michigan State and UCF. ...

Pitt football signs Randy Bates to be defensive coordinator

Pitt football signs Randy Bates to be defensive coordinator

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

January 13, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

When the Pitt Panthers football team lost to Northwestern last December, 31-24 in the Pinstripe Bowl, Northwestern linebackers coach Randy Bates was celebrating on the Northwestern sideline. Next fall, Bates will be on the Panthers sideline with head coach Pat Narduzzi’s staff. Pitt announced Saturd...

Steelers seek revenge on Sunday

Steelers seek revenge on Sunday

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

January 12, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

With a forecasted low of 2 degrees in Pittsburgh Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars won’t have the luxury of playing in the warm Florida sun when they play the Steelers at Heinz Field in the AFC divisional playoffs. The Steelers finished the regular season with a 13-3 record, which gave them the AF...

Defensive coordinator Josh Conklin leaves Pitt

Defensive coordinator Josh Conklin leaves Pitt

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

January 2, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt defensive coordinator Josh Conklin will be leaving the team for Wofford College, head coach Pat Narduzzi confirmed Tuesday. Reports Monday night said Wofford — an FCS school in South Carolina — would hire Conklin as the new head coach of the Terriers, which Pitt confirmed Tuesday. “We...

Panthers pounce during early signing period

Panthers pounce during early signing period

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

December 26, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The ink has dried on 16 letters of intent for Panther football so far, as new faces signed up to be sporting blue and gold at Heinz Field in 2018. The first early signing period in NCAA college football history — from Dec. 20 through Dec. 22 — concluded Friday with 16 of 17 commits officially ...

Pitt lands two recruits before signing day

Pitt lands two recruits before signing day

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

December 19, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

With no bowl games to look forward to over the holiday season, the Pitt Panthers football team got to work improving next year’s team early this year. Two recruits announced their intent to sign with Pitt via Twitter on Monday. Marquis Williams, a senior cornerback at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort ...

O’Neill declares for NFL draft

O’Neill declares for NFL draft

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

December 15, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt will now lose its third player from this year’s roster to the NFL. Redshirt junior offensive tackle Brian O’Neill joins juniors Quadree Henderson and Jordan Whitehead in declaring for the draft this April. O’Neill announced his decision in a statement released to the media on Friday morning. ...

DiNucci announces transfer from Pitt

DiNucci announces transfer from Pitt

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

December 14, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Backup Pitt quarterback Ben Dinucci has announced his decision to transfer, according to a Tweet posted Thursday afternoon. The redshirt sophomore and Pine-Richland High School graduate announced, with two years of eligibility left, he will be moving to an undisclosed school in January of 2018. ...

Whitehead announces entry into NFL Draft

Whitehead announces entry into NFL Draft

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

December 11, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt football has lost yet another member of the squad to the NFL, as junior defensive back Jordan Whitehead declares for the 2018 draft. The Aliquippa native and former WPIAL player made his announcement Monday morning on Twitter. “After much thought and discussion with my family, I have decided to begin prepar...

3 times Pitt beat the clock

3 times Pitt beat the clock

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

December 10, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports Columns

It’s those last-minute moments, when the game is close and time is expiring, that make a game exciting for fans to watch. Whether it’s basketball, soccer or football, buzzer-beating scores can turn a game around. Pitt has played in many incredible last-minute games over the years, but there are...

Junior-college quarterback commits to Pitt

Junior-college quarterback commits to Pitt

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

December 10, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt football just signed a junior-college quarterback for next season, extending their roster under center. Tyler Zelinski of Erie Community College said Sunday on Twitter he committed to Pitt as a walk-on. After some consistent performances at the end of the season, first-year Kenny Pickett emer...

Narduzzi signs 7-year contract extension

Narduzzi signs 7-year contract extension

By John Hamilton and Jordan Mondell / The Pitt News Staff

December 6, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pat Narduzzi signed a seven-year contract extension, Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced Wednesday, keeping Pitt’s football head coach around until at least 2024. Pitt is coming off a relatively disappointing season in which the Panthers finished with a 5-7 record and were ineligible for a bowl...

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