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Pitt faces Louisville with ACC Coastal still in reach

Pitt faces Louisville with ACC Coastal still in reach

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 20, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Coming into the season, the Pitt football team set itself a high goal: win the ACC. Before the Panthers even step onto Heinz Field at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, though, that goal could already be off the table. North Carolina, who leads the ACC Coastal by one game, can clinch the division with a win a...

Sound off: Pat Narduzzi quotes from his weekly teleconference

Sound off: Pat Narduzzi quotes from his weekly teleconference

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 18, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

With a dangerous Louisville Cardinals team heading to Heinz Field this weekend, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi spoke on the weekly ACC Coaches’ Teleconference Wednesday. Here are some of the most important nuggets the Pitt head coach said on the call. On the team’s success without injured running back...

Panthers of the Week

Panthers of the Week

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 18, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Women's Basketball

MIKE CAPRARA- Linebacker, football Caprara had the best game of his Pitt career Saturday in Durham, North Carolina, playing a integral role in Pitt’s 31-13 win over the Duke Blue Devils. Caprara, a graduate of Woodland Hills High School, compiled eight tackles, two sacks, a fumble recovery and a ...

Pitt football notebook: Week 11

Pitt football notebook: Week 11

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 17, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Pressed with another road game and injuries at the defensive tackle position, head coach Pat Narduzzi was thrilled with the way his team performed against Duke last Saturday after two straight losses. Narduzzi spoke about his team’s output against the Blue Devils, as well as his quarterback’s success i...

Road warriors: Pitt football wins at Duke

Road warriors: Pitt football wins at Duke

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 15, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Trading ties for tackles, Pat Narduzzi calls road football games — which his team have dominated — business trips. The Panthers, following their last road game of the season Saturday, now sport a 5-1 road record and have created their own Heinz Field atmosphere away from home with consistent, smar...

Pitt uses strong second half to top Duke on road, 31-13

Pitt uses strong second half to top Duke on road, 31-13

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 14, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Pat Narduzzi keeps making adjustments. As he has done consistently this season, the coach made halftime corrections to Pitt's strategy, enabling his players to dominate the second half. Pitt continued that trend Saturday at Duke, using a 21-3 second half advantage to win the game 31-13 and advance...

Panthers of the week: Jordan Whitehead and Brenna Wise

Panthers of the week: Jordan Whitehead and Brenna Wise

By Dan Sostek, Sports Editor

November 13, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Women's Basketball

JORDAN WHITEHEAD — Safety, football The freshman defensive back was the bright spot of the Panthers’ 42-30 loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday, excelling in mulitple facets of the game. On defense, Whitehead led the Panthers in tackles with 11, and recorded 1.5 tackles for loss. Whitehead...

Duke Chronicle provides context for Pitt’s saturday matchup against Blue Devils

Duke Chronicle provides context for Pitt’s saturday matchup against Blue Devils

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 12, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team is heading down to Durham, where they will face a Duke team fresh off of a 66-31 drubbing to their rival North Carolina Tar Heels. With the Panthers taking the Blue Devils on Saturday at noon, The Pitt News reached out to Duke Chronicle sports editor Ryan Hoerger to provide some...

Pitt ready to dance with the Blue Devils

Pitt ready to dance with the Blue Devils

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 12, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Artie Rowell has to admit it; losing two straight games elicits some dejection “You try not to get down, but when you invest a lot into something — your time, your energy — it’s hard not to take it rough,” Rowell said. Rowell and his teammates can’t mope too long, though, as an important conference gam...

Pitt football notebook: Week ten

Pitt football notebook: Week ten

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 10, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Coming off two consecutive losses, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi and his team will try to shape up for the final three games of the season, and continue to hunt for a Coastal title. In that time, Narduzzi will have plenty to ponder, notably his usage on offense of Jordan Whitehead, as well as improving...

Change-up: five positional switches for Pitt to consider

Change-up: five positional switches for Pitt to consider

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 10, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

On Saturday, the Pitt football team couldn’t pull off a monumental upset, falling to the loaded No. 5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 42-30 at Heinz Field. But even with the loss, the Panthers stumbled upon an interesting offensive development. Head coach Pat Narduzzi occasionally used freshman safety ...

Pitt retires Jimbo Covert’s number at halftime of Saturday’s loss

Pitt retires Jimbo Covert’s number at halftime of Saturday’s loss

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 8, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

After Pitt’s running backs totaled 34 rushing yards in the first half Saturday, fans may have wished Jimbo Covert was still on the team instead of in the crowd. While Pitt’s present prospects looked bleak in a 42-30 letdown loss to No. 5 Notre Dame, the school took a moment at the half to look ba...

Storify: Social media reacts to Pitt’s loss to Notre Dame

By Amy Beaudine / Social Media Editor

November 8, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Uncategorized

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Kizer’s aerial attack leads No. 5 Notre Dame over Pitt, 42-30

Kizer’s aerial attack leads No. 5 Notre Dame over Pitt, 42-30

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 7, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Notre Dame didn’t need the luck of the Irish against Pitt, as overwhelming talent and execution thoroughly got the job done for the visitors. Led by five touchdown passes from DeShone Kizer -- three to wide receiver Will Fuller -- the No. 5 Fighting Irish defeated the Panthers 42-30 at Heinz Field...

Pitt to retire Jimbo Covert’s number at Saturday’s game

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 6, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt football will retire its second jersey in three years on Saturday when the team honors former offensive tackle Jimbo Covert and retires his No. 75 jersey. Covert, who will become the first retiree since Larry Fitzgerald in 2013 to receive the distinction, played for the Panthers from 1978-1983...

Boyd, Pitt confident ahead of Saturday matchup with No. 5 Irish

Boyd, Pitt confident ahead of Saturday matchup with No. 5 Irish

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 5, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Each week, Pitt’s football coaching staff preaches an even-keeled mindset, so players will maintain their focus throughout the season. This week against Notre Dame, getting that message across became a bit tougher for wide receiver Tyler Boyd and the rest of the Pitt team. Saturday’s matchup isn’t j...

Q+A: The Observer answers pressing questions about Notre Dame football

Q+A: The Observer answers pressing questions about Notre Dame football

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 5, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

With Pitt and No. 5 Notre Dame matching up Saturday for the first time since 2013, the Panthers will face a new-look team from South Bend that features some of the nation’s top playmakers. The Pitt News reached out to Notre Dame’s student newspaper, The Observer, and its sports editor Zach Klosinski, t...

Storify: Roc makes surprise appearance at CMA’s

Storify: Roc makes surprise appearance at CMA’s

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 5, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

While ABC was celebrating the best of country music, a little bit of Roc made its way onto the stage Wednesday night. Pitt's mascot and some of his well-known NCAA colleagues performed behind Brad Paisley at the Country Music Awards on ABC. Paisley was performing his song "Country Nation" that shouts...

Marino to serve as honorary captain Saturday, other Pitt icons to attend

Marino to serve as honorary captain Saturday, other Pitt icons to attend

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 4, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

A pack of Panther legends will grace Heinz Field with their presence on Saturday. On his weekly radio show, head football coach Pat Narduzzi announced that former Pitt quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino will serve as the team’s honorary captain for the Panthers’ game agains...

Panthers of the week

Panthers of the week

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 3, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

NATHAN PETERMAN- Quarterback, football Although the Panthers lost on Thursday to the North Carolina Tar Heels, 26-19, quarterback Nathan Peterman had one of his best showings of the season. The junior University of Tennessee transfer completedwas 27 of 42 passes on the evening, throwing for a career-...

Pitt football notebook: Week nine

Pitt football notebook: Week nine

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 2, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

After Pitt’s 26-19 loss to North Carolina on Thursday knocked the then-No. 23 Panthers out of the AP Top 25 ranking, head coach Pat Narduzzi said the team has already moved on to its next contest. Its schedule doesn’t let up this week, as the Panthers (6-2, 4-1 ACC) host No. 8 Notre Dame (7-1) on ...

Fans fill Panther Pitt for Thursday night game at Heinz Field

Fans fill Panther Pitt for Thursday night game at Heinz Field

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

October 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Alex Kunisky spent his Thursday night in the North Shore instead of his public speaking class — but it wasn’t to skip out on a speech. Kunisky’s professor canceled class so students could go watch No. 23 Pitt face North Carolina at Heinz Field, a game the Panthers ended up dropping, 26-19. “The te...

Tar Heeled: UNC’s Williams runs wild on No. 23 Panthers in 26-19 loss

Tar Heeled: UNC’s Williams runs wild on No. 23 Panthers in 26-19 loss

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 30, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

On a breezy Thursday night, North Carolina senior quarterback Marquise Williams routinely blew by Pitt defenders. Williams threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns, completing 14 of 23 passes and running for 52 yards on nine carries. He served as the lynchpin for the Tar Heels’ 26-19 win over the No. 2...

No. 23 Pitt cannot complete second-half comeback in 26-19 loss to UNC

No. 23 Pitt cannot complete second-half comeback in 26-19 loss to UNC

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 29, 2015


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

Pat Narduzzi’s second-half adjustments have saved the Panthers time and time again this season, but on Thursday night, the halftime deficit proved too much for his team to overcome. In its first ACC contest against a team with a winning record, No. 23 Pitt faltered and fell to North Carolina on Thursday, 26-19. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi took home...

Pitt football readies for up-tempo Tar Heels

Pitt football readies for up-tempo Tar Heels

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 28, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Uncategorized

With a tough opponent, a national audience on ESPN and prime-time slot at 7 p.m., Pitt football’s Thursday night game against North Carolina has all the markings of a crucial matchup. Still, Pitt defensive line coach Tom Sims plays it coy. To him, it’s just another game. “It is a big game. It...

Crucial game Thursday a rare opportunity for Pitt students

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 28, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

For the first marquee home matchup in six years, Pitt football is the team with a bullseye on their back. The Panthers have suffered through mediocre season after mediocre season this decade. They sport a new look now, ranking No. 23 in the AP Top 25 Poll and No. 24 in the Amway Coaches Poll. They ...

Panthers of the Week

Panthers of the Week

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 28, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

TYLER BOYD- Wide receiver, football With James Conner out for the season with a torn MCL, Tyler Boyd is Pitt football’s crowningjaw-droppingprimary playmaker. His abilities were on full display in Saturday’s 23-20 win at Syracuse, as the junior superstar shined in three facets of offense. Boyd c...

Pitt football notebook: Week eight

Pitt football notebook: Week eight

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 26, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

With a primetime Thursday night matchup against North Carolina this week, Pat Narduzzi and his No. 23 Panthers hope to cement themselves as ACC Coastal Division contenders against the Tar Heels. In order to keep his team fresh, he wants to decrease his team’s workload — especially his playmakers...

News and notes: Rankings, gametime, and honors

News and notes: Rankings, gametime, and honors

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 26, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

MOVIN’ ON UP Following their 23-20 win over Syracuse on Saturday, the Pitt football team jumped in the Associated Press Top 25 and also appeared in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll Top 25 for the first time. On Sunday, the Panthers leapt from No. 25 to No. 23 in the AP poll, while claiming the No. 24 ...

Pitt to honor former star offensive lineman Ruben Brown Thursday against UNC

Pitt to honor former star offensive lineman Ruben Brown Thursday against UNC

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 26, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

The watchful eyes of a legend will oversee Pitt’s Thursday evening matchup against the University of North Carolina. The University of Pittsburgh will honor former offensive lineman and 2015 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Ruben Brown at halftime against the Tar Heels. Brown played at Pitt from...

Narduzzi makes another big fourth quarter call in win over Syracuse

Narduzzi makes another big fourth quarter call in win over Syracuse

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 25, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

On fourth and seven at his own 48-yard line, Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi didn’t think twice about calling the gutsiest available play. After two late fourth down conversions against Georgia Tech last week, he was going for the fake punt against his next opponent. “I said, ‘Hey, run the...

Late Blewitt kick lifts Pitt over Syracuse 23-20 to stay undefeated in ACC

Late Blewitt kick lifts Pitt over Syracuse 23-20 to stay undefeated in ACC

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

October 24, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

Despite its new No. 25 ranking, Pitt football kept to its recent tradition of close games against Syracuse, as well as its newfound tradition of Chris Blewitt game-winning field goals. On Saturday, the Panthers (6-1, 4-0 ACC) pulled out a close road win against the Orange (3-4, 1-2 ACC), 23-20 with...

Jarrett, No. 25 Pitt ready for road game at Syracuse

Jarrett, No. 25 Pitt ready for road game at Syracuse

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 23, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Tyrique Jarrett will hardly hear the opposing fans in the enclosed Carrier Dome on Saturday, as Pitt’s football team prepared for the roar in practice with speakers simulating crowd noise. “We go into the game thinking it’s not really their home field. It’s ours,” Jarrett, a junior defensive...

Narduzzi candidate for prestigious Paul “Bear” Bryant Award

Narduzzi candidate for prestigious Paul “Bear” Bryant Award

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 21, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

After a string of his players earned spots on award watch lists, Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi received some recognition of his own Wednesday morning. The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association named Narduzzi one of 22 candidates for the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award, which they presen...

AP ranking a sign of things to come for Pitt football

AP ranking a sign of things to come for Pitt football

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 19, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

The Chicago Cubs are in the playoffs. Donald Trump is running for president. And Pitt football is ranked in the AP poll. What a time to be alive. Following a win on Saturday at Georgia Tech, head coach Pat Narduzzi and his Pitt Panthers garnered recognition in the Associated Press’ national poll,...

Pitt football notebook: Week 7

Pitt football notebook: Week 7

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 19, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

With a new coach, quarterback and swagger, the Pitt football team is positioning itself as a conference contender.. Following Staurday’s road win at Georgia Tech, the Panthers are now at the top of the ACC Coastal with a 3-0 conference record, while finding themselves ranked 25th in the Associated P...

No. 25 Pitt cracks AP Top 25 poll

No. 25 Pitt cracks AP Top 25 poll

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

October 18, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

After Pitt defeated Georgia Tech on Saturday, some fans waited anxiously for Sunday's AP Top 25 poll to see if the Panthers would receive recognition for their 5-1 start. The Panthers slid into the No. 25 spot of the media poll and are ranked for the first time since 2010, when Pitt was No. 15 in...

Late field goal lifts Pitt over Georgia Tech on the road, 31-28

Late field goal lifts Pitt over Georgia Tech on the road, 31-28

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

October 17, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

Pat Narduzzi decided to attempt two fourth down conversions on the team’s game-winning drive, but his call that ultimately won the game came when he sent Chris Blewitt out to attempt a 56-yard field goal. Blewitt’s career-long kick sealed a 31-28 road win over Georgia Tech (2-5, 0-4 ACC) to give ...

Narduzzi, Pitt ready for deceptive Georgia Tech offense

Narduzzi, Pitt ready for deceptive Georgia Tech offense

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 15, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Some harsh words can describe Pitt’s six-turnover, 56-28 loss to Georgia Tech last season — nightmare, disaster, debacle. Wide receiver Tyler Boyd looked at it in grimmer terms. “It was like hell,” Boyd said. “It was like going to hell, and you can’t get out.” On Saturday afternoon a...

Behind enemy lines: Get to know Georgia Tech

Behind enemy lines: Get to know Georgia Tech

October 15, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

With Saturday’s Pitt football matchup against Georgia Tech looming, The Pitt News spoke with the school’s student newspaper to provide some context about the 2015 2-4 Yellow Jackets’ squad. Technique sports editor Joe Sobchuk answered some of The Pitt News’ pressing questions on Georgia Tech’s...

Holtz named to Mackey Award watchlist

Holtz named to Mackey Award watchlist

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 14, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

The John Mackey Award selection committee has named Pitt senior tight end J.P. Holtz to the award’s midseason watch list, Pitt announced Wednesday morning. The Mackey Award is given annually to the best tight end in the nation. Last year’s winner was Nick O’Leary, a former Florida State tight en...

Panthers of the Week

Panthers of the Week

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 14, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

HANNA  HANNESDOTTIR, MIDFIELDER, WOMEN’S SOCCER- After a solid freshman campaign in 2014 in which she started the Panthers’ final 12 games, Hannesdottir finally connected on her first goal of 2015 in dramatic fashion. The score by the Pitt midfielder came via an extra time penalty kick in the 99...

Pitt football notebook: Week six

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 13, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

In Pitt’s 26-19 win over Virginia on Saturday, ball security and missed opportunities held the Panthers back from a bigger victory. Both of those issues have plagued Pitt in past games against Georgia Tech — next week’s opponent — particularly in last year’s 56-28 loss, a game in which the...

Defense, fans fuel homecoming win over Virginia

Defense, fans fuel homecoming win over Virginia

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 11, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Late Saturday afternoon, the Panthers had the University of Virginia football team backed up against their own end zone. The fans were there to see it. Fans bellowed “Sweet Caroline” through Heinz Field following the third quarter, with Pitt running back Qadree Ollison re-opening play with a fumble one yard ...

Defensive plays help Pitt hold on for 26-19 win over Virginia in homecoming game

Defensive plays help Pitt hold on for 26-19 win over Virginia in homecoming game

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

October 10, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

In addition to chips and drinks, Pitt gave its student section a reason to stay the whole game on Saturday, as it let the visiting Virginia Cavaliers within seven points late in the fourth quarter before holding on to win its homecoming game Saturday. After a 17-point first quarter outburst, Pitt’s offense stalle...

Narduzzi and company not taking 1-3 Cavaliers lightly for homecoming weekend

Narduzzi and company not taking 1-3 Cavaliers lightly for homecoming weekend

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 9, 2015


Filed under Football, Homecoming 2015, Specials, Sports

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi doesn’t put special emphasis on any game — even in the case of Pitt’s Saturday homecoming game against Univeristy of Virginia. “It will be my first homecoming game here, but again, it’s another game,” Narduzzi said. “Just like the home opener’s anothe...

Three years after resurrection, Panther Pitt aiming to make a difference

Three years after resurrection, Panther Pitt aiming to make a difference

By Steve Rotstein / for The Pitt News

October 9, 2015


Filed under Football, Homecoming 2015, Specials, Sports

Pitt football’s student section has regained its identity.    The Panther Pitt disappeared during the mid-to-late 2000s when the students who started the group graduated and no one else stepped in to take the reins. After a brief hiatus, The Panther Pitt returned in 2012 and has roared on into 2...

Pitt Band brings new flair to old tradition

Pitt Band brings new flair to old tradition

By Jessie Wallace / Staff Writer

October 9, 2015


Filed under Football, Homecoming 2015, Specials, Sports

A minor throwback is making a major comeback this year at Pitt’s homecoming football game. Every year, Pitt’s homecoming halftime show features Pitt band alumni and their current counterparts performing in step in the March of Victory. But this year’s show will have a bit of a twist. During ...

Hail to Script: The life, death and rebirth of a font

Hail to Script: The life, death and rebirth of a font

By Stephen Caruso / Staff Writer

October 9, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Homecoming 2015, Specials, Sports

Hail to Script: The life, death and rebirth of a fontStephen Caruso / Staff WriterOctober 9, 2015Tony Dorsett smashes through the Notre Dame defensive line. Courtesy of ULS ArchivesThe University of Pittsburgh’s second most recognizable symbol — after the Cathedral of Learning — is a font.But describ...

Pitt football notebook: Week Five

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 6, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Pat Narduzzi is coming off of his first conference win as head coach, a 17-13 defensive showcase on the road at Virginia Tech. Now, he aims to keep his players’ confidence in check. Narduzzi emphasized maintaining a down-to-earth mindset despite last week’s win, as well as continuous competition and...

Pitt stymies Virginia Tech on the road with defense, running game

Pitt stymies Virginia Tech on the road with defense, running game

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 3, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

BLACKSBURG, Virginia — Following a loss like the Pitt football team suffered in its last game against Iowa, finishing strong against Virginia Tech this weekend naturally became a point of emphasis. “They got better from last outing,” head coach Pat Narduzzi said. “We didn’t finish it out...

Pitt football prepares for Virginia Tech, ACC play

Pitt football prepares for Virginia Tech, ACC play

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 1, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

For Pitt offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty, history says everything that needs to be said about the football team’s upcoming game at Virginia Tech. “We’ve won the past five out of six so it doesn’t really go with rivalry as much,” Bisnowaty said. “But an ACC game’s a big game.” Pitt ...

Boyd named to Biletnikoff watchlist

Boyd named to Biletnikoff watchlist

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation named Pitt junior wide receiver Tyler Boyd to the Biletnikoff Award watch list, the University announced Tuesday morning. The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the best wide receiver in the nation. This is the third straight season the voting committee nam...

Pitt football notebook: Week four

Pitt football notebook: Week four

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 29, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

After Week 2’s last-second loss to Iowa, Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi and his team had a bye week to lick their wounds and prepare to face Virginia Tech. Now heading into this weekend’s contest against the Hokies, Narduzzi addressed his team’s running offense, starting quarterback an...

Narduzzi bringing defensive swagger to Pitt football

Narduzzi bringing defensive swagger to Pitt football

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 23, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

All honeymoons end. The moment newly hired Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi began to speak at his introductory press conference on Dec. 26, the signal caller’s enthusiasm and vigor enthralled Panther fans. It was a stark contrast to former head coach Paul Chryst, who has a more reserved demeano...

Pitt football needs to find its running game again to win

Pitt football needs to find its running game again to win

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 20, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Losing on a 57-yard field goal is tough. Head coach Pat Narduzzi thinks the team can handle it. “We talked about being a tough-ass team, and that’s what our kids were today,” Narduzzi said. Toughness, however, won’t cover up the fact that Pitt had many opportunities to make sure its 27-24 road ...

Last-second field goal downs Pitt against Iowa

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 19, 2015


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

After a fourth quarter comeback by Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman, the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated the Panthers thanks to a game-winning 57-yard field goal by Marshall Koehn as time expired. Pitt fell by a final score of 27-24, marking the first loss of Pat Narduzzi’s tenure at Pitt. It was a game of m...

Pitt football hopes to continue extracting revenge in Iowa rematch

Pitt football hopes to continue extracting revenge in Iowa rematch

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 17, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Call Pat Narduzzi “the exorcist.” In his first pair of games, Pitt’s new head football coach has led the Panthers to victories against two ghosts of losses past— Youngstown State and Akron. On Saturday at 8 p.m. , Pitt (2-0) will attempt to cleanse another demon from its past against Iowa (2-0). Like Pitt’s first two opponents, Iowa isn’t a mainst...

James Conner honored for community service

James Conner honored for community service

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 16, 2015


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

Pitt junior running back James Conner arrived at the Shadyside chapter of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania Tuesday afternoon prepared to dole out advice to children — but to his surprise, Conner received a gift of his own. Conner was officially named a member of the 2015 Allstate AFC...

Pitt football notebook: Week three

Pitt football notebook: Week three

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 15, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Before Pitt sets off for Kinnick Stadium, questions about position battles and health linger following a 24-7 win at Akron on Saturday. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi addressed his team’s quarterback controversy, injuries and depth at his weekly press conference Monday at the UPMC Sports Performance...

Quarterback controversy brewing for Pitt after win in Akron

Quarterback controversy brewing for Pitt after win in Akron

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 14, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Doug Flutie or Rob Johnson? Cardale Jones or J.T. Barrett? Nate Peterman or Chad Voytik? Because of a touchdown drive from the backup quarterback to end the first half against Akron on Saturday, Pitt may have the next big quarterback controversy. Pitt’s coaching staff pulled Voytik, the junior starter ...

Pitt defeats Akron 24-7 to advance to 2-0

Pitt defeats Akron 24-7 to advance to 2-0

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 12, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

AKRON, Ohio — It was steel city football in steel city weather in a city of rubber. The home of Goodyear Tires is also home to InfoCision Stadium - Summa Field, where Pitt beat Akron 24-7 on a rainy Saturday night. The water-logged win brought Pitt to a 2-0 season record. “What better weather...

Pitt renews Backyard Brawl with West Virginia

Pitt renews Backyard Brawl with West Virginia

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 10, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

Pitt announced four future matchups with rival West Virginia, with the first scheduled for 2022 in Pittsburgh. The Panthers will host the Mountaineers on Sept. 17, 2022.  The next matchup will be on Sept. 16, 2023 at West Virginia, followed by   in Pittsburgh on Sep. 14, 2024, and back to W...

Pitt putting 2014 loss behind them in preparation for Akron game

Pitt putting 2014 loss behind them in preparation for Akron game

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 9, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Two days after its opening victory against Youngstown State, the Pitt football team took a monumental blow, losing star running back James Conner for the entire season to a torn MCL. On Saturday, they’ll be taking on Akron, minus No. 24. Despite the magnitude of Conner’s loss, center Artie Rowell...

James Conner out for year with torn MCL

James Conner out for year with torn MCL

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 8, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports, Top Stories

Following an injury against Youngstown State University on Saturday, Pitt junior running back James Conner will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn MCL in his right knee, head coach Pat Narduzzi announced at his weekly press conference on Monday. Narduzzi said while the severity of...

Pitt Football Notebook: Narduzzi reflects on debut

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 7, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Coming off of a close 45-37 first week victory over Youngstown State University, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi had plenty to talk about in his weekly press conference. While the main takeaway was running back James Conner’s season-ending knee injury, Narduzzi tackled plenty of other topics on Monda...

Pitt defeats Youngstown State 45-37 in first game of Narduzzi era

Pitt defeats Youngstown State 45-37 in first game of Narduzzi era

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 5, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

When Pitt needed a momentum boost last season, the team often looked to James Conner or Tyler Boyd. But against Youngstown State, with Boyd suspended and Conner hampered with a knee injury he sustained in the first quarter, an unexpected source gave Pitt a jolt of energy twice: sophomore cornerback...

Jordan Whitehead uses talent to overcome lack of experience

Jordan Whitehead uses talent to overcome lack of experience

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 4, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

Jordan Whitehead might be inexperienced. He might not completely know the playbook. Sometimes, he might not even be in the right place. But whatever mistakes the young defensive back makes early in his career, they’ll be easy to swallow after considering his raw skill and athleticism. The freshm...

K.K. Mosley-Smith triumphs over uncertainty in Pitt football program

K.K. Mosley-Smith triumphs over uncertainty in Pitt football program

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 4, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

K.K. Mosley-Smith prefers not to dwell on the past. Whatever successes and failures he’s lived through, Mosley-Smith likes to keep them in the rearview. “I’m just focused on the future,” Mosley-Smith said. “That’s what type of guy I am. The past is the past because tomorrow’s not promis...

Brian O’Neill builds body, changes positions

Brian O’Neill builds body, changes positions

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 4, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

It wasn’t a GNC protein bar or rare animal meat that Pitt redshirt freshman Brian O’Neill credited as a staple of his weight-gaining regimen this offseason. Instead, the first of six meals he ate every day was much more mundane. “I’d wake up at about 3:30 in the morning and eat two peanut but...

Pitt football schedule looks winnable but tough

Pitt football schedule looks winnable but tough

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

September 4, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

On paper, everything looks easy. And on paper, Pitt’s schedule seems deceptively easy. But it’s easy to forget that Pitt has lost at least once to each of this year’s opponents in the past three years, some losses nastier than others. But with a new coaching staff and fresh enthusiasm, the futur...

Time to shine: James Conner has the makings of a program great — now he has to win

Time to shine: James Conner has the makings of a program great — now he has to win

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 4, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

Whenever a young football player starts making an impact, the hyperbole emerges just as fast as the knock-off jerseys. From the most serious journalist to the biggest homer, everyone jumps to proclaim “He’s the next Dan Marino” or “the next Larry Fitzgerald.” But to be contrary, in junior runni...

‘Clavicle busters’: Pitt running back depth extends past Conner

‘Clavicle busters’: Pitt running back depth extends past Conner

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 3, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

The saying goes that two’s company, and three’s a crowd. But when it comes to a football backfield, Pitt offensive coordinator Jim Chaney thinks otherwise. “I’m going to play everybody I feel like we can put on the field and win with,” Chaney said during Pitt’s training camp. The idea of...

Pitt football uses memory of 2012 loss to prepare for opener against Youngstown State

Pitt football uses memory of 2012 loss to prepare for opener against Youngstown State

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 3, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Three years ago, Pitt tight end J.P. Holtz was an eager, inexperienced freshman, a Pittsburgh kid from Shaler Area High School ready to play in his first collegiate game. That game was against Youngstown State University, and it was of significant proportions. It was the season opener of Pitt’s fin...

Play Brawl: Why Pitt and West Virginia Must Renew Their Rivalry

Play Brawl: Why Pitt and West Virginia Must Renew Their Rivalry

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 3, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

As a junior, I’ve engaged in countless Panther rites of passage — having the Cathedral’s victory lights guide me home, eating at Primanti’s, singing “Sweet Caroline” at football games and promptly leaving after the last verse. Yet one item on my checklist remains unmarked — attending the...

A closer look at Pitt’s two-deep depth chart

A closer look at Pitt’s two-deep depth chart

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 1, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

After a long offseason, the Pitt football team released its two-deep depth chart Monday morning. The information, which lists the starters and backups for the Panthers’ season opener against Youngstown State on Saturday, elicits plenty of intrigue and speculation. The following is a position-by-position brea...

Pitt Football Notebook: Week One

Pitt Football Notebook: Week One

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 1, 2015


Filed under Football

In preparation for his head coaching debut Saturday against Youngstown State University, Pat Narduzzi held his first weekly press conference on Monday afternoon. Here are some crucial tidbits and takeaways from what the new head coach shared with the media. O Captains! My Captains! Narduzzi elaborated...

Legendary Pitt coach Moore to have major award named in his honor

Legendary Pitt coach Moore to have major award named in his honor

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 1, 2015


Filed under Football

Former Pitt offensive line coach Joe Moore, an unsung hero in the program’s storied history, will have an award formed in his name, according to a release. The Joe Moore Award, launched by the Joe Moore Foundation for Teamwork, will go to the best offensive line unit in the nation. It will be the o...

Junior running back Ibrahim out for 2015 season with injury

Junior running back Ibrahim out for 2015 season with injury

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

Backup junior running back Rachid Ibrahim will miss the entire 2015 season because of a torn Achilles tendon, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi announced on Wednesday. In his media briefing, Narduzzi referred to the injury as a “non-contact, freak injury.” The first-year head coach noted the team likely wo...

Narduzzi has Panthers primed for improvement in debut season

Narduzzi has Panthers primed for improvement in debut season

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

For Pitt football, last season told a story of missed opportunities and questions of what could've been. Led by new coach Pat Narduzzi, the Panthers hope to right the wrongs that ailed them last season. “No more ‘we should’ve done this, we could’ve done that.’ No more excuses,” redshirt j...

Pitt Football Training Camp Notebook: Aug. 11

Pitt Football Training Camp Notebook: Aug. 11

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Even without pads and full-speed tackling, storylines are emerging from Pitt’s football camp as coaches look for players to stand out among the pack. On the second day of camp on Tuesday at Pitt’s South Side facility, chemistry was the focus. From the weight room to the practice field, new positio...

Pitt Football Training Camp Notebook: Aug. 10

Pitt Football Training Camp Notebook: Aug. 10

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

With a new head coach in Pat Narduzzi, an exciting crop of recruits, an electrifying offense and a new catch phrase to boot, Pitt football players are feeling that the 2015 season might be “it” for Pitt. After a long offseason, the Panthers opened up their first training camp of the season on Monday ...

Defensive end Rori Blair charged with DUI

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt defensive end Rori Blair was charged with a DUI on Monday after he was stopped for speeding at 117 mph in March, according to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania court documents. Blair, 20, was stopped for speeding in a 55 mph zone by a state trooper on the Fort Pitt Bridge at 3:30 a.m. on March 15....

Scarpinato spurns medical school for one last gridiron campaign

Scarpinato spurns medical school for one last gridiron campaign

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Staying in contact with those from your past can be of great benefit — it certainly was for defensive tackle Mark Scarpinato. Following his decision to forgo his final year of college football eligibility in lieu of medical school, Scarpinato decided to meet with Jeff Mazurczak, Scarpinato’s high...

July 8 News and Notes: Catching up on Pitt sports from the past week

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

July 7, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

AWARD WATCH: The Maxwell Football Club named Pitt running back James Conner and wide receiver Tyler Boyd to the Maxwell Award watch list, the University announced Tuesday. The award annually recognizes the best college football player in the nation. Two Panthers have won the award in the past, including run...

Jones-Smith out for season with knee injury

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

July 2, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt football announced on Thursday that redshirt sophomore offensive tackle Jaryd Jones-Smith will miss the entire 2015 season because of a right knee injury. Jones-Smith played in all of Pitt’s 13 games last year, starting three, and he expected to contend for a starting role this season. The ...

Opportunity received

Opportunity received

By Stephen Caruso / Layout Editor

June 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Dontez Ford is thrilled for the chance to start opposite Tyler Boyd this season.

New in town

New in town

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

June 30, 2015


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

Scott Barnes overlooks his new stomping grounds as Pitt's athletic director.

New athletic director Scott Barnes talks plans, policy for Pitt sports

New athletic director Scott Barnes talks plans, policy for Pitt sports

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

June 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

When Pitt hired Scott Barnes as its new athletic director on April 24, Panther fans were curious about how the former Utah State AD would impact the University, following the departure of Steve Pederson.Last week, The Pitt News sat down to speak with Barnes, who officially began his post on June 15, dis...

Ford focus

Ford focus

By Heather Tennant / Senior Staff Photograph

June 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Dontez Ford is excited for his opportunity at wide receiver.

Ford finally receiving opportunity at wideout

Ford finally receiving opportunity at wideout

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

June 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Three years ago, Dontez Ford thought he had everything figured out.Ford, a prolific football player out of Sto-Rox High School in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, decided to play football at Syracuse University. He planned to study engineering, play wide receiver and relish the time away from home.It wasn...

June 24 News and Notes: Catching up on Pitt sports from the past week

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

June 23, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

TRIO OF PICKUPS: This week, three members of the 2016 recruiting class announced verbal commitments to the Pitt football program.Central Catholic defensive back Bricen Garner, Bedford, Ohio running back Chawntez Moss and Lafayette, Va. linebacker Chase Pine alldeclared their intention to commit to Pat N...

Not-so-happy feet

Not-so-happy feet

By Meghan Sunners / Senior Staff Photographer

June 16, 2015


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports

James Robinson underwent successful surgery on his right foot, Pitt announced onTuesday.

June 17 News and Notes: Catching up on Pitt sports from the past week

June 17 News and Notes: Catching up on Pitt sports from the past week

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

June 16, 2015


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports

BOYD CHARGED: The Jefferson Hills District Court officially chargedPitt wide receiver Tyler Boyd with driving under the influence and other summary offenses following a Friday morning incident. According to a court representative, the preliminary hearing is “temporarily” set for Aug. 5. Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi called the si...

Potential setback

Potential setback

By Christine Lim / Staff Photographer

June 13, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Tyler Boyd has been charged with DUI following an incident early Friday morning.

Pitt star Boyd charged with DUI

Pitt star Boyd charged with DUI

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

June 13, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt junior wide receiver Tyler Boyd has been charged with driving under the influence after an arrest following an early Friday morning incident in Jefferson Hills, Pa.On Monday, the Jefferson Hills District Court confirmed that the charges were filed against the junior wideout. According to a court r...

GoFundMe page hopes to better connect fans to Pitt athletics

GoFundMe page hopes to better connect fans to Pitt athletics

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

June 9, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone with a better perspective on the modern age of Pitt athletics than Dave Jedlicka.A Western Pennsylvanian since birth, Jedlicka began rooting for Pitt 16 years ago, following a campus tour that solidified the University as his college of choice. He would end up...

Nard core

Nard core

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

June 2, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Local high school coaches have heaped praise on new Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi regarding his recruiting efforts.

Winning on home turf: Pat Narduzzi’s energy while recruiting impressing Western PA coaches

Winning on home turf: Pat Narduzzi’s energy while recruiting impressing Western PA coaches

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

June 2, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

As a former player, Eric Kasperowicz keeps close tabs on Pitt’s football team — and for good reason.Kasperowicz, now Pine-Richland High School’s head football coach, is responsible for helping his top players transition to the college level and therefore has to keep tight relations with college r...

After long playing career, Olsavsky finds passion in coaching

After long playing career, Olsavsky finds passion in coaching

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

Jerry Olsavsky thought often about what he’d do after his career playing in the NFL ended. Not because he liked to, but because common sense just dictated it. “You could get hurt at any moment, and your career would be over,” Olsavsky said. The 1989 Pitt graduate, who majored in information ...

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