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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

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.
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.

Steelers draft former Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett No. 20 overall in 2022 NFL Draft

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor April 28, 2022
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected former Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett with the No. 20 overall pick.
Louis Riddick on the set of SportsCenter during ESPNs coverage of Super Bowl LVI in Anaheim, California in February.

‘Just one big family’: Louis Riddick talks commencement speech, Pitt football and Kenny Pickett

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor April 21, 2022
Former Pitt football defensive back Louis Riddick isn’t afraid to hide his love for his alma mater. Chancellor Patrick Gallagher has tabbed the former Pitt football player and now nationally renowned football analyst as Pitt’s class of 2022 commencement speaker.
Defensive back Damarri Mathis catches a football at NFL Pro Day on last month.

Column | Projecting where Pitt prospects will land in the NFL Draft

By Jermaine Sykes, Staff Writer April 21, 2022
Excitement is at its peak as we are a little under a week away from the NFL draft. After a successful season for Pitt, many players are projected to be drafted. While nobody truly knows which team will select each player until the draft weekend is over, we have an idea of where some of these players could land.
Former Pitt linebacker John Petrishen participated in the broad jump at NFL Pro Day on March 21.

Johnny Petrishen poised to get his shot in NFL

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor April 15, 2022
The Pittsburgh native played in every game for the Panthers in 2021, registering 74 tackles and three interceptions as a linebacker. The road to the NFL became a little bit more clear after the season concluded, given his increased on-field role within the team.
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