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Head football coach Pat Narduzzi and the team run out of the tunnel ahead of Pitt’s football game vs. UNC on Nov. 11.

Column | Pitt football’s 2021 season will serve as a launching pad for years to come

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer January 11, 2022
The Panthers’ best season in 40 years has opened a window of success to build on. Given the era of the transfer portal, Pitt knew it had the chance to continue to build on this season through adding to the roster externally.
Pittsburgh quarterback Davis Beville (17) looks to pass against Michigan State during the first half of the Peach Bowl NCAA college football game, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Atlanta.

Pitt’s ‘next man up’ mentality not enough in Peach Bowl, fall to Michigan State 31-21

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor December 30, 2021
Pitt fell to the Michigan State Spartans 31-21 on Thursday night despite holding the Spartans to just 56 yards rushing.
Redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) looks to throw the ball at the Pitt vs. Miami game.

Pickett opts out of Peach Bowl to prepare for NFL Draft, ending Pitt career

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor December 17, 2021
Redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett announced Thursday night that he would forgo Pitt’s Peach Bowl matchup and instead begin preparing for the NFL Draft, confirming his record-breaking career at Pitt was over.
Heisman Trophy finalist Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett speaks during a news conference before attending the Heisman Trophy award ceremony, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, in New York.

‘Not there yet’: Ahead of Heisman ceremony, Pickett looks to keep climbing after college

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor December 11, 2021
Scrolling down to the bottom of Pitt redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett’s Instagram, you’d find a post with a simple message — “One day, I want to honestly say, ‘I made it.’”
Michigan States Kenneth Walker III (9) runs with the ball during the first quarter of a game against University of Michigan at Michigan State’s Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan. on Oct. 30.

Michigan State student newspaper breaks down Spartan strengths, weaknesses ahead of Peach Bowl

By Nick Aaron, For The Pitt News December 9, 2021
To learn more about the Panthers’ upcoming opponent, The Pitt News talked with Jared Ramsey, a sports writer at Michigan State’s student newspaper, The State News.
The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation named Pitt sophomore wide receiver Jordan Addison the winner of the 2021 Biletnikoff Award on Thursday evening.

Addison wins Biletnikoff Award, first Panther since 2003

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor December 9, 2021
The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation named Pitt sophomore wide receiver Jordan Addison the winner of the 2021 Biletnikoff Award on Thursday evening.
Michigan State quarterback Payton Thorne throws a pass during their game against Penn State in November, in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State won 30-27.

Pitt draws favorable matchup in Peach Bowl vs. Michigan State

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer December 8, 2021
The Spartan running game will test Pitt’s defense in the Peach Bowl, but the Panthers, led by Heisman Trophy finalist Kenny Pickett, appear poised to exploit Michigan State’s weak secondary.
Israel Abanikanda (2) and Calijah Kancey (8) celebrate a touchdown during Pitt football’s game vs. Miami on Oct. 30 at Heinz Field.

Post-ACC Championship Game football superlatives

By Jermaine Sykes, Staff Writer December 7, 2021
Pitt experienced its most successful season in recent history this year, with double digits wins for the first time since 1981 and winning its first ACC Championship. Although the Panthers’ season doesn’t conclude until Dec. 30 at the Peach Bowl, here are some superlatives for the 2021 football season.
Offensive coordinator Mark Whipple at a Pitt football game at Heinz Field.

Offensive coordinator Mark Whipple resigns from post with Pitt football

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor December 7, 2021
Pitt offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mark Whipple resigned from his post this morning. He is not expected to coach in the Peach Bowl on Dec. 30 vs. Michigan State.
Pitt redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) runs with the ball during the first half of Saturday evening’s ACC Championship game against Wake Forest University at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Kenny Pickett named Heisman finalist, invited to New York ceremony

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor December 6, 2021
After setting numerous records, winning 10 regular season games and the ACC Championship Game, redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett is a Heisman Trophy finalist.
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