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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

Senior defensive lineman Habakkuk Baldonado at Pitt footballs first practice of training camp on Monday.

Panthers ranked No. 16 in USA Today’s AFCA Coaches’ Poll

By Dalton Coppola, Sports Editor August 8, 2022
USA Today released its pre-season American Football Coaches Association Poll on Monday morning and Pitt received its highest ranking to start its season since 2010. Following their most successful season in recent history, the Panthers find themselves ranked No. 16 in the country to start the season.
Head coach Pat Narduzzi at Pitt footballs first practice of training camp on Monday.

‘Going hunting ourselves’: Panthers look to prove they’re more than one-hit-wonders

By Dalton Coppola, Sports Editor August 2, 2022
Narduzzi and the Panthers began their hunt for another championship on Monday as the team had its first practice of training camp. Narduzzi said the Panthers will carry 110 players during this year’s training camp, in accordance with NCAA rules. 
Acrisure Stadium, formerly called Heinz Field, in North Shore.

ESPN’s College Gameday to hold show in Pittsburgh ahead of Backyard Brawl

By Dalton Coppola, Sports Editor July 21, 2022
Pitt announced on Thursday that ESPN’s well known College Gameday show will host its weekly show in Pittsburgh ahead of the Backyard Brawl. This is the first time College Gameday will host its show in Pittsburgh since 2005.
Acrisure Stadium, formerly called Heinz Field, in North Shore.

Acrisure Insurance buys naming rights to Steelers, Pitt venue on North Shore

By Dalton Coppola, Sports Editor July 12, 2022
Pitt football will no longer play its home games at Heinz Field. The longstanding partnership between Heinz and the Pittsburgh Steelers came to an end this week when the Steelers announced that the naming rights to the stadium now belong to Acrisure Insurance. Pitt has shared the venue with the Steelers since its opening in 2001.
ACC to do away with two-division structure, move to ‘3-5-5’ structure starting in 2023

ACC to do away with two-division structure, move to ‘3-5-5’ structure starting in 2023

By Dalton Coppola, Sports Editor June 29, 2022
The ACC announced on Tuesday that the conference is doing away with its two-division format and moving to a “3-5-5” format.
Pitt players line up during the Blue vs. Gold spring football game in April.

Column | Pitt football doesn’t need to change its uniforms

By Dalton Coppola, Sports Editor June 21, 2022
Pitt football boasts some of the best uniforms in football and there’s no reason to stray from them. Sure, the color scheme goes against the grain when it comes to the other teams in the city. But the blue and gold is what Pitt is all about — embrace it.
Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi watches his team play against Michigan State in Atlanta during the first half of the Peach Bowl NCAA college football game in December.

Narduzzi jumps out to hot start on recruiting trail, owns No. 21 class in country

By Frankie Richetti, Senior Staff Writer June 21, 2022
It’s June, and that can only mean one thing for Pitt football. It’s officially visit season – which coincides with a boatload of commitments from high school recruits to the Panthers within the month.
Former Panther Aaron Donald gets big raise, becomes highest paid defensive player in NFL history

Former Panther Aaron Donald gets big raise, becomes highest paid defensive player in NFL history

By Dalton Coppola, Sports Editor June 8, 2022
Head coach Pat Narduzzi’s pitch to defensive line recruits just got a whole lot stronger. Pitt alumnus and defensive lineman Aaron Donald signed the most lucrative deal for a defensive player in NFL history on Monday.
Pitt players line up during the Blue vs. Gold spring football game in April.

Column | What to expect from Pitt’s offense in 2022 sans Pickett, Addison, Whipple

By Dalton Coppola, Sports Editor May 24, 2022
Cignetti has lofty expectations to meet after joining a program that just won a conference championship. Right now, establishing a run game that will chip away at opposing defenses is his best option. This team will win and lose games in the trenches this season.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett participates in drills during an NFL football practice on Tuesday.

Column | Making the case for Kenny Pickett to be the Steelers’ starting quarterback

By Frankie Richetti, Senior Staff Writer May 24, 2022
While Trubisky — a pro bowler in 2018 — has found success in the league, the Steelers should opt to start the rookie. Here are three reasons why Pickett should start right away.
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