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Pitt super-senior quarterback Kenny Pickett became the first Panther to announce an endorsement deal on Thursday afternoon

Pickett, Oaklander announce first NIL partnership for a Pitt athlete

By Stephen Thompson, Senior Staff Writer July 16, 2021
Pitt super-senior quarterback Kenny Pickett became the first Panther to announce an endorsement deal on Thursday afternoon. Pickett tweeted that he is partnering with The Oaklander Hotel on Bigelow Boulevard for his first NIL deal and will treat the offensive line to what he calls weekly “Hog Dinners” at Spirits and Tales, a restaurant on the hotel’s top floor.
Pitt Head Coach Pat Narduzzi and his staff racked up four verbal commitments just this weekend after players took their official visits to the Steel City.

Pitt football off to lively start in 2022 class recruiting period

By Dalton Coppola, Sports Editor June 30, 2021
The 2022 recruiting class has gotten off to a quick start for the Panthers. Narduzzi has been able to secure 11 verbal commitments.
Students have plenty of opportunities to enjoy joining the exciting culture that comes with being a Pitt fan.

New and old, Pitt football boasts exciting traditions

By Carson Zaremski, Staff Writer June 25, 2021
Pitt fans from all over come together every season to carry on tradition and Hail to Pitt. The University has one of the most storied teams in college football history and boasts a variety of traditions surrounding the program — both old and new.
Quarterback Kenny Pickett could have left for the NFL Draft, but after falling in love with Pittsburgh, he opted to spend another year in the Steel City.

Kenny Pickett, preparing for final campaign, isn’t ready to leave Pittsburgh just yet

By Dalton Coppola, Sports Editor June 24, 2021
After four years, 21 victories as a starter, 8,552 yards in total offense and a couple of unforgettable upset victories against some of the nation’s best programs, Pickett isn’t ready to call another city home just yet.
Fans have clamored for the College Football Playoff to expand past four teams for years and it seems they may get their wish.

New College Football Playoff format proposed ahead of 2021-22 season

By Dalton Coppola, Sports Editor June 15, 2021
A subgroup of the CFP management committee brought forward a proposal for an expansion to the tournament last Thursday, from four to 12 teams.
The Gold team dominated the Blue 30-0 in the 2021 Pitt football spring game, the Panthers' first intra-squad scrimmage since 2019.

Gold team dominates 2021 Pitt football spring game

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor April 24, 2021
If Pitt fans were looking for an intense, thrilling scrimmage on Saturday, Heinz Field wasn’t the place to find it. The Gold team dominated the Blue 30-0 in the 2021 Pitt football spring game.
The Panthers are preparing to conclude their spring practices with a final scrimmage in their annual Spring Game at Heinz Field on Saturday.

Column | Final year with Pickett provides chance to return to former glory

By Dalton Coppola , Senior Staff Writer April 21, 2021
Pitt football hasn’t lived up to its storied history in recent decades. But the return of Kenny Pickett gives the Panthers the opportunity to make a leap back into the sport’s elite, argues senior staff writer Dalton Coppola.
Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi at spring practice.

Staff Q&A: Pitt football prepares for 2021 Spring Game

By Dalton Coppola, Kyle Saxon, and Eddie Lasker April 21, 2021
As the 2021 Pitt football Spring Game draws near, The Pitt News sports staff answered some of the most burning questions surrounding this Panthers team.
Edge rusher Rashad Weaver registered 35 tackles, 14.5 of which were for a loss of yardage, on top of 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in 2020.

Prediction: Final NFL draft destinations for Pitt stars

By Dalton Coppola, Staff Writer April 12, 2021
Pitt has one of its most exciting draft classes of the last few years with numerous Panthers sporting a chance at hearing their name called by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Members of the “Pitt Twitter” community gather to tailgate outside of Heinz Field before a Pitt football game in 2019.

Panthers fans share drinking traditions before games at Heinz Field

By Kyle Saxon, Staff Writer March 24, 2021
Football, tailgating and alcohol — a trio that never separates for many Pitt fans. Three fans spoke with The Pitt News to share some of their favorite drinking and tailgating traditions on Panther gamedays at Heinz Field.
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