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The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week four results

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week four results

By TPN Sports Desk

September 28, 2017


Filed under Football

College football is entering week five of play, and fans are learning where ACC teams stand. Clemson has continued to steamroll competition and is secure in the top-ranked spot. Pitt, however, began in the middle of the pack and has dropped all the way to last place. With multiple matchups with undefeated...

Prediction: Panthers’ improvements could inspire victory

Prediction: Panthers’ improvements could inspire victory

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

September 28, 2017


Filed under Football

The Pitt Panthers will face off against the Rice Owls for the first time since 1951 in Pitt’s final non-conference game of the 2017 season on Saturday. Already four games into the season, the Panthers and the Owls are both struggling to find their groove. Each team is entering Saturday’s game with a 1...

Henderson named ACC Specialist sixth time

Henderson named ACC Specialist sixth time

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Sports Editor

September 26, 2017


Filed under Football, Top Stories

Quadree Henderson was named the ACC Specialist of the Week following his standout performance against Georgia Tech — his sixth time receiving the honor in his Pitt career. This is the first time this season the junior wide receiver received the weekly specialist honor. His standout performance i...

Narduzzi’s press conference leaves questions

Narduzzi’s press conference leaves questions

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 26, 2017


Filed under Football

After three straight losses, head coach Pat Narduzzi isn’t panicking — he’s focusing on improving the Panthers football team’s execution. In a press conference with the media on Monday, Narduzzi addressed some of the team’s issues executing plays against Georgia Tech in last week’s game and looked ahead to this week’s matchup against...

Panthers’ gutless play calling continues to disappoint

Panthers’ gutless play calling continues to disappoint

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

September 25, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Over the course of their three losses this season, the Panthers have surrendered more than 30 points in each matchup. It would be far too easy to pin the Panthers’ woes on the defense. This Saturday’s game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets was anything but a defensive farce, though. The...

Yellow Jackets sting Panthers, 35-17

Yellow Jackets sting Panthers, 35-17

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 23, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

With four separate opportunities to make the Yellow Jackets pay after turnovers, the Panther offense failed to convert any of these chances into points leading to Saturday’s 35-17 loss in their first ACC game of the season. On the day, the Panther offense put up less than 200 yards and only one t...

Prediction: Georgia Tech, offensive threat

Prediction: Georgia Tech, offensive threat

By Abbot Zuk | For The Pitt News

September 22, 2017


Filed under Football

The last time the Pitt Panthers and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets squared off, it took two exemplary scoring plays by Pitt — with less than five minutes of play remaining — to seal a victory. Quarterback Nathan Peterman connected with tight end Scott Orndoff, who bolted down the field for a 74-yard ...

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week three results

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week three results

By TPN Sports Desk

September 20, 2017


Filed under Football

After several teams faced game cancellations in the last two weeks, this week welcomed play for all teams. Even though Florida State and Miami have only played one game each this season, they remain at the top of rankings based on preseason and early season performances. Pitt’s second loss of the...

Quarterback remains questionable following Narduzzi’s press conference

Quarterback remains questionable following Narduzzi’s press conference

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 18, 2017


Filed under Football

After Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi addressed the media Monday, the most important question remained unanswered. Who will be the starting quarterback against Georgia Tech? During a brief press conference Monday afternoon, Narduzzi talked about the Panthers’ struggles against No. 6 Oklahoma...

Analysis: Narduzzi, Conklin must realize weaknesses in Pitt defense

Analysis: Narduzzi, Conklin must realize weaknesses in Pitt defense

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

September 17, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Oklahoma State made history in its matchup against Pitt on Saturday. Not only was it Pitt’s worst loss at Heinz Field, but — for the first time in 12 years — an FBS team had four different receivers rack up at least 100 yards each in the same game. The Panthers on the field aren’t the only ones to blame...

Cowboys crush Panthers, 59-21, in Pitt football’s worst loss at Heinz Field

Cowboys crush Panthers, 59-21, in Pitt football’s worst loss at Heinz Field

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 16, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football

As if last week’s loss to in-state rival Penn State wasn’t demoralizing enough, the Panthers were blown out in their worst loss ever at Heinz Field by the Oklahoma State Cowboys Saturday. Senior quarterback Mason Rudolph and the Cowboys’ passing offense were too much for the Panthers, posting...

Gallery: Oklahoma State crush Pitt football, 59-21

Gallery: Oklahoma State crush Pitt football, 59-21

September 16, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports, Visual

The Oklahoma State Cowboys lead Pitt 49-14 at halftime. ...

Prediction: Panthers could pull upset against Cowboys

Prediction: Panthers could pull upset against Cowboys

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

September 14, 2017


Filed under Football

The Panthers entered the fourth quarter tied at 38 against the Oklahoma State Cowboys last year in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Cowboys took over — with a chance to win — with just under two minutes to go. They capitalized on the possession, as quarterback Mason Rudolph took advantage of Pitt’...

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week two results

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week two results

By TPN Sports Desk

September 14, 2017


Filed under Football

With eight of the ACC’s 14 teams going up against Power Five competition in week two, it was a pretty exciting weekend for the conference as we started to figure out where teams truly stand. Clemson stays on top of our rankings this week, but there was a lot of movement in the middle as there were...

Column: How former Panthers fared week one of the NFL

Column: How former Panthers fared week one of the NFL

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

September 13, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

The NFL regular season started last Thursday, and while some familiar Pitt alumni took to the field once again, some new Panthers joined them in the hopes of making it to the Super Bowl. Pitt is known for producing all-pros — a distinction the Associated Press gives to players who are considered...

Quick takes: Pitt football

Quick takes: Pitt football

By TPN Sports Desk

September 12, 2017


Filed under Football

Following Saturday's game against rival Penn State, The Pitt News sports staff looked at a few specific aspects of the football team’s game — offense, defense and head coach Pat Narduzzi’s — and how they will need to adjust as they take on Oklahoma State this weekend. Here are a few of our takeaways on the Panth...

Narduzzi talks loss and looks ahead to Oklahoma State

Narduzzi talks loss and looks ahead to Oklahoma State

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

September 12, 2017


Filed under Football

Despite Pitt facing another top 10 team in the Oklahoma State Cowboys this weekend, Pitt football Head Coach Pat Narduzzi focused much of Monday’s press conference on last week’s rivalry game against Penn State. The Panthers lost the game with a lopsided score of 33-14, but they came close to m...

DiNucci deserves starting slot over Browne

DiNucci deserves starting slot over Browne

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

September 10, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Max Browne has started two games for the Pitt Panthers in his career, and he shouldn’t start a third. Unfortunately, head coach Pat Narduzzi doesn’t share this sentiment — yet. When asked if Browne was still the starter after Saturday’s performance against Penn State, Narduzzi responded with a...

Pitt drops the ball: Penn State wins 33-14

Pitt drops the ball: Penn State wins 33-14

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

September 9, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, GameDay

Just like Pitt did last year at home, the Nittany Lions jumped out to an early lead, but the Panthers couldn’t catch up — eventually falling 33-14 during Saturday’s rivalry football game. Despite piling up more yards than the Nittany Lions (2-0) at Beaver Stadium, Penn State’s red zone def...

Prediction: Lions loom over Panthers

Prediction: Lions loom over Panthers

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 8, 2017


Filed under Football, GameDay, Top Stories

When Ryan Lewis hauled in the last season’s game-clinching interception against Penn State, he secured a year of bragging rights. Regardless of Penn State’s ultimate Big Ten success last year, Pitt fans could flaunt their 42-39 triumph. But as the renewed rivalry with Penn State approaches its second...

Amid trash talk, some promote unity

Amid trash talk, some promote unity

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Assistant Sports Editor

September 8, 2017


Filed under Football, GameDay

Usually college football rivalries bring out the absolute worst in fans. Although this week’s Pitt-Penn State game has generated its fair share of tasteless trash talk, some people are trying to use the contest for some good. If you spend any time on social media and you have any friends or followers claimin...

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week one results

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week one results

By TPN Sports Desk

September 6, 2017


Filed under Football

After week one of the college football season, there’s already a shake-up at the top of our standings: top-ranked Florida State lost to No.1 Alabama and lost quarterback Deondre Francois for the season. As for Pitt, it moved down one spot after the nail-biting overtime win against the Youngstow...

2017 NFL preview: Patriots vs the field

2017 NFL preview: Patriots vs the field

By Steve Rotstein / Senior Staff Writer

September 5, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

After one of the most stunning and unforgettable Super Bowls in recent memory, the 2016-17 NFL season ended the same way it always seems to — with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy as the champions. For the third time in their five Super Bowl seasons, the Patriot...

Max Browne buckles in Panthers debut

Max Browne buckles in Panthers debut

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

September 4, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

As redshirt senior quarterback Max Browne hit wide receiver Jester Weah for the game-winning touchdown this Saturday against Youngstown State, Panther fans saw a flash of what made Browne a five-star recruit coming out of high school. But that wasn’t an accurate representation of Browne’s Panth...

Linebacker Quintin Wirginis out for season with injury

Linebacker Quintin Wirginis out for season with injury

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

September 4, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt linebacker Quintin Wirginis will miss the rest of the season due to injury, head coach Pat Narduzzi revealed Monday. “Quintin Wirginis will be out for the year with a non-football related injury,” Narduzzi said at a press conference. “[It’s] disappointing, but it’s something that we de...

Pitt football bars players from speaking to media ahead of Penn State

Pitt football bars players from speaking to media ahead of Penn State

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

September 4, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt football announced Sunday that head coach Pat Narduzzi would be the sole spokesperson for the team this week, shutting down player interviews ahead of their rivalry game against Penn State on Saturday. The program followed the same policy last year in an attempt to keep the players focused on...

Panthers escape against Youngstown in overtime thriller, 28-21

Panthers escape against Youngstown in overtime thriller, 28-21

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

September 2, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football

Leading by seven in overtime against the Youngstown State Penguins, Pitt redshirt freshman defensive back Bricen Garner made a leaping interception in the end zone, ending the Penguins’ drive and giving the Panthers their first win of the season, 28-21. The Pitt football team (1-0) opened its 2017...

Gallery: Pitt vs Youngstown State

Gallery: Pitt vs Youngstown State

By Anna Bongardino and Wenhao Wu | Assistant Visual Editors

September 2, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports, Visual

In the season opener, Pitt beat Youngstown State 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Anna Bongardino | Assistant Visual Editor) (Photo by Wenhao Wu | Assistant Visual Editor) (Photo by Wenhao Wu | Assistant Visual Editor) (Photo by Wenhao Wu...

The Pitt News ACC Power Rankings

The Pitt News ACC Power Rankings

By TPN Sports Desk

August 31, 2017


Filed under Football

In preparation for ACC play, The Pitt News sports desk had a panel of seven writers rank the conference. Writers ranked the 14 ACC teams and then we tallied up the totals. We will update the rankings toward the end of every week — taking into account the most recent conference results — but for now,...

Underrated Penguins pose threat to Panthers

Underrated Penguins pose threat to Panthers

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

August 31, 2017


Filed under Football

Five years ago to the day, the Youngstown State Penguins came into Heinz Field and handed the Pitt football program one of the most embarrassing losses in its history, 31-17. The game marked the Penguins’ first-ever win over a Bowl Championship Series team, spoiling former head coach Paul Chryst’s...

Narduzzi’s disciplinary actions prove continuing commitment

Narduzzi’s disciplinary actions prove continuing commitment

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

With his disciplinary actions against four players at the start of training camp, Pitt football coach Pat Narduzzi proved something the past three head coaches weren’t able to. He’s committed to the program — for the long run. The Panthers have had four head coaches since 2010 who left th...

Predicting Pitt football’s 2017 campaign

Predicting Pitt football’s 2017 campaign

By Dominic Campbell / Staff Writer

August 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Coming off a season in which it beat both the national champion and the Big Ten champion, this year’s Pitt football team will have a hard time providing bigger fireworks than it did a year ago. But head coach Pat Narduzzi expects his team to pull it off, setting the bar just as high as previous seas...

Narduzzi keeps focus on Youngstown ahead of PSU rematch

Narduzzi keeps focus on Youngstown ahead of PSU rematch

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 28, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

With Pitt football’s highly anticipated matchup against Penn State only 11 days away, some might look at this week’s game against the Youngstown State Penguins and dismiss it as an easy win for the Panthers. Just don’t count head coach Pat Narduzzi among them. At his weekly press conference ...

Column: ‘Sweet Caroline’ change not enough

Column: ‘Sweet Caroline’ change not enough

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 27, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

The Pitt football program’s decision to alter the “Sweet Caroline” tradition was a step in the right direction for the team’s Heinz Field experience, but it could’ve — and should’ve — gone further. The unoriginal tradition of singing Neil Diamond’s 1969 tune has been a trademark o...

Pitt alters “Sweet Caroline” tradition

Pitt alters “Sweet Caroline” tradition

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 25, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Ahead of its opening week game against the Youngstown State Penguins next Saturday, the Pitt football program announced Friday its nine-year tradition of singing “Sweet Caroline” at the end of the third quarter has come to an end. The tradition, which started during Pitt’s 2008 game against t...

Central Catholic DL David Green joins Panthers

Central Catholic DL David Green joins Panthers

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 24, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football program added its second recruit of the week Thursday, as local product David Green committed to head coach Pat Narduzzi. A 6-foot-1 defensive lineman from Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School, Green chose the Panthers over Virginia Tech, Minnesota and Rutgers, among others. ...

Florida CB Marquis Williams commits to Pitt

Florida CB Marquis Williams commits to Pitt

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 22, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Head coach Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt football team added another piece to their 2018 recruiting class Monday, as Florida cornerback Marquis Williams verbally committed to the program. Williams chose the Panthers over 21 other schools including Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Central Florida. He is rated as...

Kirk Christodoulou: The punter from Down Under

Kirk Christodoulou: The punter from Down Under

By Steve Rotstein / Senior Staff Writer

August 21, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

Kirk Christodoulou didn’t grow up around the same game as everybody else on the Pitt football team — to him, it’s called “footy.” He doesn’t say he’s going to go practice some punting — he’s going to “have a kick.” He wears cleats just like his teammates — but to him, they’re his ...

Pitt to honor James Conner with bobblehead

Pitt to honor James Conner with bobblehead

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 17, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt athletic department announced Thursday there will be a James Conner bobblehead night to honor the former running back at the team’s Oct. 14 homecoming game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack. The bobblehead — featuring Conner wearing Pitt’s throwback uniform — will be given ...

Football lands Alabama WR Cameron O’Neil

Football lands Alabama WR Cameron O’Neil

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 1, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team’s first day of fall camp ended on a positive note Monday as wide receiver Cameron O’Neil committed to the program’s 2018 class. O’Neil announced his decision on Twitter, also thanking the other schools that gave him the chance to further his career. “I also want ...

Narduzzi dismisses DE Blair, suspends three others

Narduzzi dismisses DE Blair, suspends three others

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

July 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Pat Narduzzi announced Friday the dismissal of senior defensive end Rori Blair and suspensions of redshirt junior offensive lineman Alex Bookser, senior linebacker Quintin Wirginis and junior safety Jordan Whitehead Friday afternoon. With two of its first three games coming against some of the best...

Football adds graduate transfer OL Brandon Hodges

Football adds graduate transfer OL Brandon Hodges

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

July 26, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Head coach Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt football program are less than two months from the start of the season, but the team added another player Tuesday in graduate transfer Brandon Hodges. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound offensive lineman played last season with the Texas Longhorns, making an appearance in 1...

Top 5 ACC Kickoff takeaways

Top 5 ACC Kickoff takeaways

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

July 18, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

With less than two months until the start of the 2017 college football season, Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt football program are preparing for fall camp and the opening week game against the Youngstown State Penguins. This weekend, Narduzzi, senior cornerback Avonte Maddox and redshirt junior offensive...

Thomas Jefferson DT Devin Danielson chooses Pitt

Thomas Jefferson DT Devin Danielson chooses Pitt

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 27, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi received another recruit Tuesday afternoon as defensive tackle Devin Danielson verbally committed to the program. The 6-foot-2, 290-pound product announced his decision on Twitter. “Proud and very excited to say I have fully committed to The University of Pittsburgh,” Danielson said. In high school, Danielson played for nearb...

Football, baseball land New Jersey product Matt Alaimo

Football, baseball land New Jersey product Matt Alaimo

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 25, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt football and baseball programs each landed a recruit Saturday as two-sport athlete  Matt Alaimo announced he will come to the university this fall. Alaimo announced his commitment on Twitter, saying, “I am proud and excited to announce that I will be furthering my academic, football an...

Football lands three-star OL Blake Zubovic

Football lands three-star OL Blake Zubovic

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 16, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football program received its ninth recruit in the class of 2018 Wednesday as Blake Zubovic verbally committed to the program. Zubovic, a 310-pound offensive lineman from nearby Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, announced his decision on Twitter. “This is the hardest decision I have had...

6-foot-5 OL Chase Brown commits to Pitt

6-foot-5 OL Chase Brown commits to Pitt

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 12, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

  Head Coach Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt football program received their eighth recruit in the 2018 recruiting class with Ashburn, Virginia, offensive lineman Chase Brown verbally committing Monday. The 6-foot-5 Lackawanna Community College product announced his decision on Twitter. ...

Football lands three-star trio

Football lands three-star trio

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 6, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

After a relatively slow start to the 2018 recruiting class, the Pitt football program is beginning to gain momentum as three players verbally committed this weekend. Cornerback Judson Tallandier, defensive end John Morgan and linebacker Wendell Davis — all rated three-star recruits by 247Sport...

Pitt football adds 3-star recruits Judson Tallandier and Wendell Davis

Pitt football adds 3-star recruits Judson Tallandier and Wendell Davis

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 4, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The 2018 Pitt football recruiting class is gaining momentum as head coach Pat Narduzzi received verbal commitments from a pair of 3-star prospects Friday. Cornerback Judson Tallandier and linebacker Wendell Davis both pledging to the Panthers, announcing their commitments on Twitter. “Af...

Pitt adds OL Jake Kradel to 2018 class

Pitt adds OL Jake Kradel to 2018 class

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 31, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi landed his fourth recruit in the class of 2018 Tuesday afternoon as 6-foot-4 offensive lineman Jake Kradel committed to the program. Kradel announced his decision on Twitter, saying, “... I am extremely proud and excited to commit to The University of Pittsb...

Pitt’s ACC move fosters football, hurts basketball

Pitt’s ACC move fosters football, hurts basketball

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

May 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

In the four years since Pitt moved to the Atlantic Coast Conference, the decision to leave the Big East has both haunted and helped the school’s biggest sports — football and men’s basketball. For the majority of the 2000s, the University of Pittsburgh was a basketball school. Coaches Ben Howl...

Rotstein: Despite losses, football will improve

Rotstein: Despite losses, football will improve

By Steve Rotstein | Senior Staff Writer

May 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

As the Pitt men’s basketball team tries to recover from a mass exodus of graduating players, transfers and dismissals, the Pitt football team will be dealing with its own loss of talent next season. Just don’t confuse the two. While the Panthers’ hoops roster for next season looks like a barren...

Thomas Jefferson DE Noah Palmer chooses Pitt

Thomas Jefferson DE Noah Palmer chooses Pitt

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 19, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt football staff added to the program’s 2018 recruiting class Thursday, earning a commit from 6-foot-4 defensive end Noah Palmer. Palmer announced his commitment on Twitter. “Proud and very excited to announce that I have fully committed to the University of Pittsburgh,” Palmer said. Growing up in nearby Jefferson Hills, ...

Pitt OL Alex Bookser charged with DUI

Pitt OL Alex Bookser charged with DUI

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Assistant Sports Editor

May 17, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt redshirt junior offensive lineman Alex Bookser was arrested Sunday morning on numerous charges, including driving while under the influence of alcohol. Pitt Police arrested Bookser at 12:51 a.m. on Meyran Avenue after a chase ended when he crashed into the Loeffler Building. He has a preliminary...

Pittsburgh Steelers sign Pitt LB Matt Galambos

Pittsburgh Steelers sign Pitt LB Matt Galambos

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 15, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt linebacker Matt Galambos became the 13th Panther signed by a NFL team after the Pittsburgh Steelers gave him a contract Sunday following the team’s rookie minicamp. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi confirmed the signing on Twitter. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound linebacker first came to Pitt in 2013, playing in all 13 games as a freshman and recording 38 tackles and a fumble recovery. He worked ...

Pitt football lands 6-foot-3 quarterback Nick Patti

Pitt football lands 6-foot-3 quarterback Nick Patti

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Assistant Sports Editor

May 11, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt Panthers football team received its second commitment of the 2018 recruiting class with New Jersey native Nick Patti announcing his decision Wednesday afternoon via Twitter. "I am pleased to say that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at the University of Pittsburgh," ...

The next chapter: Conner’s story continues in Pittsburgh

The next chapter: Conner’s story continues in Pittsburgh

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 9, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

Sitting with friends and family in his hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania, James Conner watched as the NFL Draft progressed through the first three rounds. Conner — a projected fifth or sixth round pick — probably wasn’t surprised he was still on the board. But as the night came to a close, the Pitt ...

Recapping an exciting two weeks in Pitt sports

Recapping an exciting two weeks in Pitt sports

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 9, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Women's Basketball

It was a busy couple of weeks for Pitt athletics, as the spring teams’ seasons come to a close and the football team had players up for the NFL draft. Here’s a rundown of everything that you might have missed since the spring semester ended. Football The Pitt football program had five players selected...

Seven Panthers signed in post-draft free agency

Seven Panthers signed in post-draft free agency

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

April 30, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Five Panthers were selected in this year’s draft — the most since 2011. Seven additional Panthers who didn’t hear their name called had to find a team through post-draft free agency. In total, 12 Panthers were picked up by an NFL team for the upcoming season — with three headed to the Steele...

Los Angeles Rams select Pitt defensive end Ejuan Price

Los Angeles Rams select Pitt defensive end Ejuan Price

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

April 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Los Angeles Rams selected Pitt defensive end Ejuan Price with the 16th pick in the seventh round of the NFL draft. Price is the fifth Pitt player to be picked, making this the most successful draft for the program since 2011, when six Panthers were selected. The 6-foot, 255-pound lineman first...

Pitt offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty drafted by Giants

Pitt offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty drafted by Giants

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

April 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The New York Giants selected Pitt offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty with the 16th pick in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL draft. The 6-foot-6, 305-pound offensive lineman grew up in nearby Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania. He was a four-time letterman in high school and enrolled in Pitt prior to the 2012 season...

Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman drafted by Buffalo Bills

Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman drafted by Buffalo Bills

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

April 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Buffalo Bills selected Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman with the 28th pick in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL draft. Peterman waited longer than expected — NFL.com projected that he would be picked in the third or fourth round. This past year, the Panther offense became the highest-scori...

Arizona Cardinals draft Pitt OL Dorian Johnson

Arizona Cardinals draft Pitt OL Dorian Johnson

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

April 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Arizona Cardinals selected Pitt offensive lineman Dorian Johnson in the fourth round of the NFL draft Saturday. Johnson was expected to go in the second or third rounds of the draft, but dropped into the fourth after a recently discovered liver condition. “[Friday] night, I had GM’s tell me th...

James Conner joins the Pittsburgh Steelers

James Conner joins the Pittsburgh Steelers

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

April 29, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt running back James Conner is staying in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Conner in the third round as the 105th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He is the first Panther to be drafted by the Steelers since defensive back Hank Poteat in 2000. He was also the first Pitt player t...

Pitt football dismisses senior defensive tackle Jeremiah Taleni

Pitt football dismisses senior defensive tackle Jeremiah Taleni

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

April 28, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt football coach Pat Narduzzi announced the dismissal of defensive tackle Jeremiah Taleni from the team for disciplinary reasons on Friday. The 6-foot-2, 290-pound senior was expected to start on the Panthers’ defensive line in the fall and help fill the void left by departing seniors Ejuan Pri...

Henderson shines as Gold team defeats Blue at Pitt’s Spring Game, 23-14

Henderson shines as Gold team defeats Blue at Pitt’s Spring Game, 23-14

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

April 15, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team will enter the 2017 season without either star running back James Conner or quarterback Nathan Peterman, who both left the Panthers for the NFL Draft. But junior wide receiver Quadree Henderson showed why Pitt will still be an explosive offense by dazzling during Saturday’s...

GALLERY: Pitt football’s Spring Game

GALLERY: Pitt football’s Spring Game

By Anna Bongardino | Staff Photographer

April 15, 2017


Filed under Football, Visual

After Wednesday's draft, Pitt's Gold Team defeated the Blue Team in the annual Spring Game held at Heinz Field Saturday, April 15. Quadree Henderson racked up 137 yards and a touchdown for the Gold Team in a 23-14 win.   ...

Gold team rules: Rosters set for Saturday’s spring game

Gold team rules: Rosters set for Saturday’s spring game

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 13, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team’s players and coaching staff gathered in the team room Wednesday morning at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side for some very important business: picking teams for Saturday’s Blue-Gold game. Linebackers coach Rob Harley will coach the Blue team, while running backs and spe...

Tight end Matt Flanagan transfers from Rutgers

Tight end Matt Flanagan transfers from Rutgers

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 29, 2017


Filed under Football

It’s been nearly two months since Pitt locked up ESPN’s No. 31 football recruiting class in the country on National Signing Day, but the Panthers haven’t stopped adding to next year’s roster. Rutgers tight end Matt Flanagan announced his decision Monday to enroll at Pitt in the fall as a graduate transfer. Flanagan ...

Panthers make last impression on NFL scouts at Pitt’s Pro Day

Panthers make last impression on NFL scouts at Pitt’s Pro Day

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 23, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

With a little over a month left before the 2017 NFL Draft, the Pitt football team’s draft-eligible standouts made one last impression on NFL teams Wednesday morning. Dozens of NFL scouts, coaches and reporters packed the practice facility at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side, as 19 Pa...

Charlie Partridge named defensive line coach

Charlie Partridge named defensive line coach

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

February 14, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

It didn’t take long for the Pitt football team to find a new defensive line coach — and one whose Pittsburgh ties run deep. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi announced Charlie Partridge as the Panthers’ new defensive line coach Tuesday afternoon in a press release. Partridge replaces Tom Sims, who...

Six Panthers invited to NFL Scouting Combine

Six Panthers invited to NFL Scouting Combine

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

February 14, 2017


Filed under Football

The Pitt-to-NFL pipeline continues to flow as six Panthers received invitations to the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, a national invitational camp for players eligible for the upcoming draft. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi broke the news on Twitter Monday night, posting a picture of the invited players...

Six Pitt football players named to All-ACC Academic Team

Six Pitt football players named to All-ACC Academic Team

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 9, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Already well represented on the various All-ACC teams for their performance on the field, members of the Pitt football team are now receiving accolades in the classroom. After placing four players on the 2016 All-ACC First Team, with nine players recognized overall, Pitt had six players named to the 2016 All-ACC Academic Team Wednesday morning. The Panthers’...

Panthers hire Shawn Watson as new offensive coordinator

Panthers hire Shawn Watson as new offensive coordinator

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 2, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

After introducing the 26 members of the Pitt football team’s 2017 recruiting class Wednesday, the Panthers revealed the man who will be running the team’s offense in the upcoming season just one day later. Head coach Pat Narduzzi announced Shawn Watson as the team’s offensive coordinator and quart...

Signed, Sealed, Committed: Panthers finalize 2017 recruiting class

Signed, Sealed, Committed: Panthers finalize 2017 recruiting class

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 2, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The first fax of National Signing Day arrived at Pitt’s football facility on the South Side at about 7:04 a.m., from local offensive lineman Gabe Houy. By 7:45 a.m., more than half of the team’s 18 unofficial commits had signed and faxed their National Letters of Intent. Pat Narduzzi finalized his second full recru...

Room for two more: Pitt snags pair of prospects on Signing Day

Room for two more: Pitt snags pair of prospects on Signing Day

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 2, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Despite losing record-setting running back James Conner to the 2017 NFL Draft, the Pitt football team had a plan to rebuild. Thanks to a last-minute snag on National Signing Day, the Panthers have done that and more. Under Armour All-American and former Ohio State commit Todd Sibley, who committed t...

Top prospect Paris Ford sticks with Pitt

Top prospect Paris Ford sticks with Pitt

By Dominic Campbell | For The Pitt News

February 2, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Inside a small, bright, cramped conference room at Steel Valley Senior High School in Munhall, Pennsylvania, the most coveted player in Pitt’s 2017 recruiting class made his commitment official. Surrounded by his head coach, family members and a swarm of photographers and videographers, four-st...

Schedule finalized for 2017 Pitt football

Schedule finalized for 2017 Pitt football

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

January 25, 2017


Filed under Football

The Atlantic Coast Conference released the finalized 2017 schedules of its member football teams, including the University of Pittsburgh, on Tuesday afternoon. Next fall, the Panthers will face eight teams that made bowl games this season, four of which finished the season in the Top 25 rankings....

Pitt football team adds 23rd member to 2017 recruiting class

Pitt football team adds 23rd member to 2017 recruiting class

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 22, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

With only 10 days left until National Signing Day, Pat Narduzzi added the 23rd member — and first junior college transfer — to his second full recruiting class as Pitt’s head coach. Kam Carter, a 6-foot-5, 310-pound defensive tackle, gave his verbal commitment Sunday to transfer to Pitt for the upc...

Editor’s Picks: Greatest Games of 2016

Editor’s Picks: Greatest Games of 2016

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 20, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

No. 3. — Sept. 10 - Pitt 42, Penn State 39 With 69,983 people in attendance — a record for a Pittsburgh sporting event — this game’s fame was set to reach epic proportions before the players even stepped on the field. The pregame atmosphere at Heinz Field on Sept. 10 was teeming with ener...

COLUMN: Don’t cry over Canada

COLUMN: Don’t cry over Canada

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

January 19, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

It’s been three weeks since the Pitt football team’s season came to an end with a 31-24 loss to Northwestern in the Pinstripe Bowl, and there’s still no sign of who will be running the offense next year. But there’s no need to panic. As the mastermind behind the 2016 team’s record-setti...

Pitt football team adds 22nd member to 2017 recruiting class

Pitt football team adds 22nd member to 2017 recruiting class

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 18, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team’s 2017 recruiting class continues to take shape, as a new member joined the class Wednesday — marking the second commit in two days. Michael Smith, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound wide receiver from Vero Beach, Florida, verbally committed Wednesday to join the Panthers for the 201...

Three-star cornerback Jason Pinnock commits to Pitt

Three-star cornerback Jason Pinnock commits to Pitt

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 18, 2017


Filed under Football

With only two weeks until National Signing Day, the Pitt football team added the 21st member to its 2017 recruiting class and continued to strengthen its defensive back depth in the process. Jason Pinnock, a 6-foot, 180-pound cornerback from Windsor, Connecticut, gave his verbal commitment Tuesday to join ...

Meet the Panthers: Q&A with Jerry Drake Jr.

Meet the Panthers: Q&A with Jerry Drake Jr.

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 10, 2017


Filed under Football

Pitt’s newest offensive lineman Jerry Drake Jr. doesn’t like the cold. Drake, a 6-foot-7, 300-pound offensive lineman from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, could have easily stayed down south to play college ball in the warm, friendly confines of the Southeastern Conference. After all, he had scholarship...

Meet the Panthers: Q&A with Kenny Pickett

Meet the Panthers: Q&A with Kenny Pickett

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 9, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Kenny Pickett is quick to commit. The 6-foot-3, 191-pound quarterback from Oakhurst, New Jersey, announced his intention to join the Pitt football team’s 2017 recruiting class on June 3. He didn’t wait to make it official either, as he’s one of five 2017 recruits who chose to get a head ...

Meet the Panthers: Q&A with Deslin Alexandre

Meet the Panthers: Q&A with Deslin Alexandre

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 9, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

When Deslin Alexandre became the 19th member of the Pitt football team’s 2017 recruiting class, it signaled a major coup for the Panthers — while also highlighting the volatile nature of the recruiting process. Alexandre, a 6-foot-3, 229-pound defensive end from Deerfield Beach, Florida, is a ...

PREDICTION: Tigers roll Tide, 34-31

PREDICTION: Tigers roll Tide, 34-31

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

January 9, 2017


Filed under Football

After a long season filled with upsets and close calls, this year’s college football playoff has given many viewers exactly what they wanted — a rematch of last year’s championship game between the No. 2 Clemson Tigers and the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide. The matchup became an instant classic last s...

Saying Goodbye: Pitt seniors lament last loss, cherish memories made

Saying Goodbye: Pitt seniors lament last loss, cherish memories made

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 3, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team’s Pinstripe Bowl matchup against Northwestern was supposed to be a coronation of sorts for the Panthers’ 2016 senior class. After two 6-6 seasons under Todd Graham in 2013 and 2014, the seniors helped engineer a smooth transition to Pitt’s new regime, posting back-to-b...

Pinstripe Bowl debacle doesn’t detract from Pitt’s historic season

Pinstripe Bowl debacle doesn’t detract from Pitt’s historic season

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 3, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Going into last week’s New Era Pinstripe Bowl matchup against Northwestern, the Pitt football team talked about the importance of ending the season by picking up that elusive ninth win. Pitt came up just short in a 31-24 loss to the Wildcats in New York City, thanks to a combination of costly tu...

GALLERY: Pinstripe Bowl

GALLERY: Pinstripe Bowl

By Elaina Zachos and Stephen Caruso | Pitt News Visual Staff

December 28, 2016


Filed under Football, Uncategorized, Visual

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Wildcats run over Panthers for 31-24 Pinstripe Bowl victory

Wildcats run over Panthers for 31-24 Pinstripe Bowl victory

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 28, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

The Pitt football team closed out the regular season as one of the hottest teams in college football, but finished its year with a dud of a performance against Northwestern in New York City. The Panthers (8-5) fell to the Wildcats (7-6), 31-24, in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, N...

Pitt football team receives 18th verbal commitment to 2017 class

Pitt football team receives 18th verbal commitment to 2017 class

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 17, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team received another new commitment just one day after adding graduate transfer quarterback Max Browne and three-star offensive lineman Jerry Drake Jr. to next year’s team. Defensive end Deslin Alexandre withdrew his commitment to North Carolina State and verbally committed t...

James Conner Wins 2016 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award

James Conner Wins 2016 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 16, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt running back James Conner continued to stockpile his trophy case Friday afternoon, winning the 2016 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award. The award recognizes those who display courage on or off the field, including overcoming a physical injury or handicap, preventing a disaster or liv...

Pitt football team receives pair of new commitments for 2017

Pitt football team receives pair of new commitments for 2017

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 15, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team received a pair of commitments to join next year’s team Thursday, one from a high school prospect and one from a proven veteran at the college level. Graduate transfer quarterback Max Browne and three-star offensive lineman Jerry Drake Jr. both announced their intentions Th...

Pitt offensive coordinator Matt Canada leaving for LSU after season

Pitt offensive coordinator Matt Canada leaving for LSU after season

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 14, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Matt Canada is leaving the team after one season to take the same job at LSU. It is the second year in a row the Panthers’ offensive coordinator will be departing after his first season to accept the same position at another school. Last year, Jim C...

James Conner to forgo senior season, declare for 2017 NFL Draft

James Conner to forgo senior season, declare for 2017 NFL Draft

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 10, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Pitt running back James Conner announced Saturday afternoon that the 2016 New Era Pinstripe Bowl will be his final game in a Panthers uniform, as he will be declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft. Conner, a redshirt junior, could have returned to Pitt for one more season. But the star tailback decided it...

Henderson, Johnson and Price receive All-America honors

Henderson, Johnson and Price receive All-America honors

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 8, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Sporting News and USA Today each named a pair of Panthers to their 2016 college football All-America teams Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon. Both publications named sophomore Quadree Henderson a first-team All-American as a return specialist, the first kick returner in Panthers history to receive the honor. Sporting News also selected senior offensive guard Dorian Johnson as a first-team All-American, while senior defensive end Ejuan Price ma...

Scouting Northwestern: Wildcats more dangerous than they appear

Scouting Northwestern: Wildcats more dangerous than they appear

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 7, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Don’t let the Northwestern football team’s 6-6 record fool you. Although the Wildcats needed a win over Illinois in their regular season finale just to become bowl eligible, Northwestern is a balanced and dangerous team possessing all the tools necessary to deny Pat Narduzzi his first bowl game victo...

A case for Conner: Why Pitt’s RB should have been a Heisman finalist

A case for Conner: Why Pitt’s RB should have been a Heisman finalist

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 5, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

If we’re going strictly by numbers, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson should win the Heisman Trophy. If we allow wins and team performance to factor into the equation, then Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and wide receiver Dede Westbrook, Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers and Clemson quarte...

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