The Pitt News

Tight end Charles Reeves dismissed

Tight end Charles Reeves dismissed

By Joanna Li, Senior Staff Writer

July 14, 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 Trent Leonard, Joanna Li and Hannah Schneider | The Pitt News Staff

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 27, 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 21, 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 15, 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 13, 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 31, 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 11, 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...

Quadree Henderson to enter 2018 NFL Draft

Quadree Henderson to enter 2018 NFL Draft

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Sports Editor

December 4, 2017


Filed under Football, Top Stories

Pitt junior wide receiver and return specialist Quadree Henderson announced in a statement on Twitter that he will be leaving Pitt’s football team to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. “My lifelong goal has always been to play in the National Football League,” Henderson said Monday. “After speakin...

Chawntez Moss leaving Pitt football team

Chawntez Moss leaving Pitt football team

By Steve Rotstein | Senior Staff Writer

December 4, 2017


Filed under Football, Top Stories

After missing six of Pitt’s final seven games of the 2017 season, sophomore running back Chawntez Moss will not be back with the team next year. Moss said in a Twitter direct message Monday he decided to transfer on his own, contradicting a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report that stated he had been...

Pitt’s best and worst moments of the season

Pitt’s best and worst moments of the season

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

November 28, 2017


Filed under Football

From opening the season with an overtime win to closing the season with a victory over an undefeated team, the Pitt football team had some times to celebrate this season. But in finishing with a losing record and not qualifying for a bowl game, the Panthers played a few games they’d probably like to...

Reporter’s notebook: Reflecting on Pitt’s football season

Reporter’s notebook: Reflecting on Pitt’s football season

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

November 28, 2017


Filed under Football

As I watched the Panthers upset No. 7 Miami to close out their season, I had the same thought as I did coming into the season — this team will be good. Covering the Panther football team this year was as uneven as the team’s performance. Early on, I realized the team needed to make strides al...

Pitt football’s rebuilding shows in final game

Pitt football’s rebuilding shows in final game

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

November 27, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

For the second year in a row, and nearly 10 years to the day since the infamous “13-9” win over West Virginia, a mediocre Pitt football team upset another No. 2 team in the nation. The victory over Miami marked a satisfying end to a frustrating rebuilding campaign for the Panthers. Pitt started of...

Pitt upsets No. 2 Miami, 24-14, to finish season

Pitt upsets No. 2 Miami, 24-14, to finish season

By David Leftwich / Senior Staff Writer

November 24, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Playing the spoiler role for a second straight season, the Panthers pulled off their biggest upset win of the year conquering the previously undefeated No. 2 Miami Hurricanes 24-14 at Heinz Field. Marking its second straight year with a late-season victory against a top-three team, Pitt football (5-...

Preview: Hurricanes to blow away Panthers

Preview: Hurricanes to blow away Panthers

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

November 20, 2017


Filed under Football, Top Stories

The Pitt football team has one game remaining to resurrect a season defined by missed opportunities. The Panthers’ bowl hopes are over, meaning they are motivated by just one thing — ruining their opponent’s perfect season. Pitt (4-7 overall, 2-5 ACC) hosts No. 2 Miami (10-0 overall, 7-0 ACC) Frida...

Pickett Pitt’s only promising prospect

Pickett Pitt’s only promising prospect

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

November 19, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team’s heartbreaking 20-14 loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday brought their season record to 4-7, while also disqualifying them from bowl contention for the first time since 2007. The loss also overshadowed what should have been an exciting occasion — the emergence of first-year ...

Hokies crush Panthers’ bowl hopes, win 20-14

Hokies crush Panthers’ bowl hopes, win 20-14

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

November 18, 2017


Filed under Football, Top Stories

The Pitt football team couldn’t convert on four straight plays at the goal line with a minute to go in the fourth quarter — losing 20-14 to the Virginia Tech Hokies and any chance at a bowl game. “We’re on the 1-yard line, we’ve got four tries, we’ve got to score,” first-year quarterbac...

Gallery: Pitt football falls to Virginia Tech, losing bowl eligibility

Gallery: Pitt football falls to Virginia Tech, losing bowl eligibility

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

November 18, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories, Visual

The Pitt football team couldn’t convert on four straight plays at the goal line with a minute to go in the fourth quarter — losing 20-14 to the Virginia Tech Hokies and any chance at a bowl game. Read the recap here. ...

Prediction: Hokies to win, and that’s what it’s all about

Prediction: Hokies to win, and that’s what it’s all about

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

November 17, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

There isn’t much optimism surrounding the Pitt football team after the Panthers fell to North Carolina, 34-31, in their last game. That loss, which gave the woeful Tar Heels their first ACC win of the year, brought the Panthers’ season record to 4-6 overall and 2-4 in the ACC. And with a form...

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week 11 results

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week 11 results

By The Pitt News Staff

November 17, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

As the end of the regular season approaches, college football teams in the ACC inch toward rounding out their records and competing for coveted bowl slots. While Clemson and Miami stand firm at the top of the pack, Pitt, Duke and Florida State all suffered losses — resulting in a slide to the bott...

Column: Tarps a temporary cover for Pitt’s attendance problem

Column: Tarps a temporary cover for Pitt’s attendance problem

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

As the game clock at Heinz Field ticked down on the Panthers Thursday night, the already prevalent splotches of bright yellow seats grew as the paltry crowd dispersed. The team’s chances to beat a 1-6 North Carolina team were beginning to dwindle, and so was their present fan base. The idea to work on...

Narduzzi reflects on bad performance against UNC

Narduzzi reflects on bad performance against UNC

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

November 14, 2017


Filed under Football

With another lackluster performance from the Panthers football team — this time in the Thursday evening loss to North Carolina — head coach Pat Narduzzi is back at square one. During his press conference Monday morning, he once again fielded questions regarding the team’s quarterback situat...

Panthers make fatal mistakes against Tar Heels

Panthers make fatal mistakes against Tar Heels

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

November 13, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

A kickoff returned for a touchdown, a fumble near the goal line and a trick play touchdown may have been the biggest plays of the day Thursday — and they all went against the Panther football team. A late touchdown by the North Carolina Tar Heels was the final blow to the Panther football team Thu...

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week 10 results

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week 10 results

By TPN Sports Desk

November 10, 2017


Filed under Football

For several college football teams, this part of the season is crucial for becoming bowl eligible. While some of the top-ranked teams have already secured their spots, teams such as Pitt, Boston College and Wake Forest are just within reach of eligibility. Clemson and Miami are still holding steady a...

Gallery: Pitt football falls to UNC, 34-31

Gallery: Pitt football falls to UNC, 34-31

By John Hamilton and Christian Snyder / TPN Staff

November 10, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Visual

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Tar Heels trample Panthers, 34-31

Tar Heels trample Panthers, 34-31

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

November 9, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football

Despite a four-touchdown performance from junior Panther running back Darrin Hall, the North Carolina Tar Heels outlasted the Pitt football team at Heinz Field. In a nationally televised back-and-forth game under the lights, the Panthers (4-6 overall, 2-4 ACC) couldn’t keep up with two fourth-qua...

Prediction: Panthers share quarterback woes with Tar Heels

Prediction: Panthers share quarterback woes with Tar Heels

By Adin Link | Staff Writer

November 9, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The narrative for the football programs of Pitt (4-5 overall, 2-3 ACC) and UNC (1-8 overall, 0-6 ACC) have been similar this season. Not only are both teams experiencing hangovers from successful 2016 campaigns, but the teams’ disappointing seasons can be attributed to one major similarity — the...

Back from bye week, Narduzzi talks Tar Heels in press conference

Back from bye week, Narduzzi talks Tar Heels in press conference

By Luke Baloga | For The Pitt News

November 7, 2017


Filed under Football

The Pitt football team doubled its win column after its last two games, but a lull in play thanks to a bye week could slow the team’s momentum.   But with a two-game winning streak on the line, head coach Pat Narduzzi isn’t worried about the upcoming Thursday night game. “How do you keep ...

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week nine results

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week nine results

By TPN Sports Desk

November 2, 2017


Filed under Football

After the ninth week of ACC football play, only four teams held steady in their rankings. Clemson returned to first with its 24-10 defeat over Georgia Tech. Wake Forest saw the most upward movement, rising from 11th to seventh place. Pitt’s 31-14 defeat over Virginia pushed the Panthers up one r...

Pitt defense is the key to a successful season end

Pitt defense is the key to a successful season end

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

October 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Grabbing a second consecutive ACC win Saturday, Pitt football shone brightly on defense — almost as dazzling as the second-week-in-a-row victory lights — as they beat Virginia, 31-14. The Panthers made a point of stopping the Cavaliers in key situations, holding Virginia to just six third-down co...

Panthers pummel Virginia 31-14, extend winning streak

Panthers pummel Virginia 31-14, extend winning streak

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

October 28, 2017


Filed under Football, Top Stories

The Cavaliers lined up at the Panthers’ 1-yard line, prepared to close their deficit, but the Pitt defense held steady, effectively eradicating Virginia’s chance of winning. The Panthers stood victorious when the game ended, 31-14. “We focused on two major things today, running the ball and st...

Prediction: Cavaliers to take down Panthers

Prediction: Cavaliers to take down Panthers

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

October 27, 2017


Filed under Football

Both the Pitt and Virginia programs are having surprising seasons so far. For the Panthers, it’s because of their relentless disappointments and their revolving door situation at the quarterback position. But for the Cavaliers it’s because they are currently 5-2 overall and 2-1 in ACC play — much be...

TPN ACC power rankings, week eight results

TPN ACC power rankings, week eight results

By TPN Sports Desk

October 27, 2017


Filed under Football

With the ACC football regular season winding down, the top-ranked teams are holding steady. Miami maintained its claim of the top-ranked position as a result of its undefeated season, with Clemson, NC State and Virginia Tech close behind with one loss each. The middle of the group saw the most movemen...

Football players Ford and Sear charged with disorderly conduct

Football players Ford and Sear charged with disorderly conduct

By John Hamilton | Managing Editor

October 26, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Paris Ford and Tyler Sear — first-year students on the Pitt football team — were charged with disorderly conduct after a fight in Sutherland Hall, according to Pitt police. The fight, first reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, occurred Oct. 17 at around 10 p.m. According to a criminal complaint obtained by the Post-Gazette, the two players "engaged in fighting behavior” with each ot...

Panther spotlight: Darrin Hall, Alexander Dexter, Callie Frey

Panther spotlight: Darrin Hall, Alexander Dexter, Callie Frey

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

October 23, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Fall sports at Pitt are in full swing, with several teams reaching the season’s midpoint. The Panthers have had a bevy of standout performers across all sports this season. Here are a few recent top student-athletes: Darrin Hall The Panthers football team earned their first ACC win of the season thi...

Hall and Whitehead receive ACC honors

Hall and Whitehead receive ACC honors

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Sports Editor

October 23, 2017


Filed under Football

Two Pitt football players received ACC honors this week for their performances in Saturday’s defeat of the Duke University Blue Devils. Junior running back Darrin Hall earned the ACC Offensive Back of the Week title, and junior safety Jordan Whitehead was named Co-Defensive Back of the Week. This marks ...

Press conference: Panthers need to produce more ACC success

Press conference: Panthers need to produce more ACC success

By Luke Baloga | For The Pitt News

October 23, 2017


Filed under Football

Though Pitt football secured its first ACC victory of the season Saturday against Duke, head coach Pat Narduzzi won’t be satisfied with one good game. In his weekly press conference Monday, Narduzzi addressed a successful run game as well as subtle changes on the offensive side of the ball. However, he emphasized that, regardless of the team’s success in one game,...

Darrin Hall adds a needed spark to Pitt offense

Darrin Hall adds a needed spark to Pitt offense

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

October 22, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

In his breakout performance, junior running back Darrin Hall led Pitt to a 24-17 victory over Duke Saturday, rushing 24 times for an incredible 254 yards and three touchdowns. Hall accounted for more than half of the Panthers’ total 485 offensive yards and all three of their touchdowns. His 92...

Panthers outrun Blue Devils, 24-17, for their first ACC win

Panthers outrun Blue Devils, 24-17, for their first ACC win

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

October 21, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

With more than 250 yards on the ground and three touchdowns, junior running back Darrin Hall carried the Panthers football team to a 24-17 win at Duke — Pitt’s first ACC win of the season. Both the Pitt Panthers (3-5 overall, 1-3 ACC) and the Duke Blue Devils (4-4 overall, 1-4 ACC) were looking ...

Prediction: Blue Devils’ defense too much for Panthers

Prediction: Blue Devils’ defense too much for Panthers

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

October 20, 2017


Filed under Football

In the Panthers’ upcoming football game against Duke, both teams will be battling fiercely to bring back a sense of pride. Pitt (2-5 overall, 0-3 ACC) will try to reestablish confidence in the coaching staff’s decision-making, as the Blue Devils (4-3 overall, 1-3 ACC) look to snap a three-game lo...

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week seven results

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week seven results

By TPN Sports Desk

October 19, 2017


Filed under Football

The behemoth that is Clemson football was knocked from its pedestal after a fourth-quarter field goal secured the 27-24 win for Syracuse. That wasn’t the only change in rankings this week, though. Only five teams — with four of those being the bottom four teams — remained even, highlighting t...

That was then, this is now: Pitt football undefeated 100 years ago

That was then, this is now: Pitt football undefeated 100 years ago

By Colin Martin | For The Pitt News

October 17, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The year was 1917 — neither the Cathedral of Learning nor the Pittsburgh Steelers existed, and the Pittsburgh Pirates had finished last in the MLB standings with a 51-103 record. This was also the same year Pitt’s football team completed a perfect 10-0 season. Times have certainly changed. ...

Press conference: Narduzzi confident in QB choices

Press conference: Narduzzi confident in QB choices

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

October 17, 2017


Filed under Football

Following another underwhelming performance at home against a top 25 football team, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi was adamant Monday that things don’t always go according to plan. Narduzzi pulled redshirt sophomore quarterback Ben DiNucci in the third quarter of Saturday’s loss to North Carolin...

Narduzzi’s quarterback shuffle costs Panthers

Narduzzi’s quarterback shuffle costs Panthers

By Adin Link | For The Pitt News

October 15, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

This season’s Panther football team has certainly not been afraid to make unconventional choices in their game plan, especially when it comes to the quarterback position. Pat Narduzzi has used two different quarterbacks in every game this season and in Saturday’s 35-17 loss to NC State, he did no...

Gallery: NC State defeats Pitt, 35-17

Gallery: NC State defeats Pitt, 35-17

By Thomas Yang and Anna Bongardino | TPN Staff

October 14, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Visual

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Wolfpack devours Panthers, 35-17

Wolfpack devours Panthers, 35-17

By Jordan Mondell and Mackenzie Rodrigues | TPN Staff

October 14, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football

Homecoming weekend will not see any victory lights as the Pitt football team fell to No. 20 NC State at Heinz Field Saturday. Outfitted in retro royal blue and maize, the Panthers kept up with their opponent for the first half, but the Wolfpack broke away to a 35-17 win after lapses in defense and...

Prediction: NC State Wolfpack to win

Prediction: NC State Wolfpack to win

By Alex Lehmbeck | For The Pitt News

October 12, 2017


Filed under Football

When the Panthers host No. 20 North Carolina State for Pitt’s homecoming game Saturday, the odds are certainly against Pitt to come out with a win. A three-point loss to Syracuse brought the Panthers’ (2-4, 0-2 ACC) ugly season to a midway point. Shortly after reemerging as Pitt’s starting quarterback, redshirt ...

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week six results

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week six results

By TPN Sports Desk

October 12, 2017


Filed under Football

With college football reaching its midway point, some teams are holding strong while others are scrapping for any chance at a bowl game. Clemson and Miami remain the sole undefeated giants, while teams such as Louisville, Duke, Wake Forest and Pitt slipped down the rankings. Here’s The Pitt ...

Panther plunders: Pitt’s worst homecoming games

Panther plunders: Pitt’s worst homecoming games

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

October 12, 2017


Filed under Football

While the homecoming court trots out onto the field at halftime this Saturday — and two lucky students are crowned king and queen — the Panthers will be in the locker room discussing strategy, diagramming plays and trying to figure out how to make the biggest home game of the season count. As...

Browne out for the season following injury

Browne out for the season following injury

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Sports Editor

October 12, 2017


Filed under Football

Redshirt senior quarterback Max Browne is out for the remainder of the football season after sustaining an injury to his throwing arm Saturday, Oct. 7, in the loss to Syracuse. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi announced the end of Browne’s season Thursday afternoon. Browne underwent surgery Wednesday morn...

Alex Kessman named ACC Specialist of the Week

Alex Kessman named ACC Specialist of the Week

By Jordan Mondell / Assistant Sports Editor

October 10, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

After setting a record-breaking field goal kick at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse last weekend, Pitt redshirt freshman placekicker Alex Kessman has been named ACC Specialist of the Week. Though the team narrowly lost to the Orange, Kessman did his part by nailing field goals at 42, 49 and 56 yards — th...

‘DiNucci is the guy’: Narduzzi announces quarterback changes

‘DiNucci is the guy’: Narduzzi announces quarterback changes

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

October 10, 2017


Filed under Football

Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi named redshirt sophomore Ben DiNucci as Saturday’s starting quarterback in Monday’s press conference. Redshirt senior Max Browne sustained an injury to his throwing arm in the weekend’s loss to Syracuse. Unsure of how long that injury will put him out, Na...

Panthers’ secondary shows improvement in Syracuse loss

Panthers’ secondary shows improvement in Syracuse loss

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

October 10, 2017


Filed under Football, Top Stories

Pitt’s defense — particularly the secondary — has become an easy target for criticism during the last two years. There have been low moments, such as last year’s 37-36 loss at North Carolina and this year’s 59-21 loss to Oklahoma State, but in Saturday’s loss against Syracuse, the Pitt defense earned som...

Orange squeeze out win over Panthers, 27-24

Orange squeeze out win over Panthers, 27-24

By David Leftwich / Senior Staff Writer

October 7, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Down three on their own 5-yard line with 50 seconds remaining, the Panther football team needed to drive the ball into field goal range to send the game into overtime. Their backup and third string quarterbacks each took snaps, but both failed to launch a comeback final drive, leading to a 27-24 Syrac...

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week 5 results

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week 5 results

By TPN Sports Desk

October 6, 2017


Filed under Football

While five undefeated ACC football teams entered the fifth week of play, only two escaped unscathed. Clemson and Miami remain in the first and second spots, respectively — a result of their unbeatable performances. The Hokies, Blue Devils and Demon Deacons all suffered their first losses of the 2...

Fullback George Aston out for Syracuse game

Fullback George Aston out for Syracuse game

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Sports Editor

October 5, 2017


Filed under Football

Redshirt junior fullback George Aston will not play in Saturday’s game against Syracuse. He is listed as “out” after sustaining an injury in Pitt’s Sept. 30 42-10 win against Rice. After taking a hit in the first quarter, Aston spent the remainder of the game off the field. Pitt head coach Pat Na...

Prediction: Panthers to crush the Orange

Prediction: Panthers to crush the Orange

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

October 5, 2017


Filed under Football

The last time Pitt and Syracuse met, the Panthers won a hectic back-and-forth offensive game 76-61 — the highest combined total score in NCAA history. But now the Panthers and the Orange both come into this game 2-3 and are desperate for a win, especially in the ACC. Pitt dominated Rice 42-10 last week, ending its three-game losing streak and giving the team some much-needed life. R...

‘Max is back’: Narduzzi praises Browne, previews Syracuse

‘Max is back’: Narduzzi praises Browne, previews Syracuse

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

October 2, 2017


Filed under Football

Pitt football is coming off a victory for the first time since its season-opener, and head coach Pat Narduzzi made it known at Monday’s press conference. “Obviously it was a much more pleasant Sunday here with our kids,” Narduzzi said. “I couldn’t be happier for our kids. I mean, that’s kind of why ...

Pitt offense bolstered Browne in matchup against Rice

Pitt offense bolstered Browne in matchup against Rice

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

October 1, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

It took until the last day of September for the Pitt Panthers to finally shake their losing streak and defeat the Rice Owls. This was only their second win of the season and their first since Sept. 2. Many marquee players did their part in the Panthers’ success Saturday afternoon — particularly re...

Pitt fries Rice, 42-10, snaps losing streak

Pitt fries Rice, 42-10, snaps losing streak

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 30, 2017


Filed under Football

As redshirt senior Max Browne threw a 48-yard touchdown in the Panthers’ opening drive, he finally solved the Panther quarterback dilemma. In a 42-10 rout of the Rice Owls (1-4), the Panther offense found its footing, putting up more than 400 yards through the air as the team picked up its second...

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