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Spring football notebook: Players, coaches reflect on Blue-Gold game

Spring football notebook: Players, coaches reflect on Blue-Gold game

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

April 18, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Spring football games usually have their fair share of fireworks, touchdowns and big plays — but not Pitt’s Blue-Gold Game Sunday. A rather dull intersquad scrimmage ended with the Blue team  squeaking out a 19-17 win.. And instead of any specific plays or moments sticking out, reactions to the end ...

Standout players emerge in Pitt’s Blue Gold Game

Standout players emerge in Pitt’s Blue Gold Game

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

April 17, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

As a sloppy, defense-oriented contest, Saturday’s Blue-Gold spring scrimmage wasn’t much to watch. But there was a silver lining in Pitt football’s disappointing season premier at Heinz Field. Three players emerged as standouts, some of whom made surprising comebacks from last season. Jester Weah, ...

Blue team defeated Gold 19-17 in Pitt spring game

Blue team defeated Gold 19-17 in Pitt spring game

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

April 16, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

  While most spring football games tend to end up as high-scoring shootouts, Pitt’s Blue-Gold game was a defensive struggle. In the end, honorary captain and former Pitt legend Tony Dorsett’s Blue Team defeated his former Pitt quarterback Matt Cavanaugh’s Gold Team 19-17 in the program’s...

Pitt facing nationwide issue of alcohol sales at sporting events

Pitt facing nationwide issue of alcohol sales at sporting events

By Meg Millure / Staff Writer

April 15, 2016


Filed under Beer Edition 2016, Football, Specials, Sports

When Pitt’s Athletic Director Scott Barnes first took the position in 2015, he told a local reporter he was open to the idea of selling alcohol at Panther football games. The next day’s headline, “Pitt considers alcohol sales at Heinz Field,” prompted Barnes, months later, to laugh about how he ...

Time is right to bring beer to Heinz Field

Time is right to bring beer to Heinz Field

By Steve Rotstein / Staff Writer

April 15, 2016


Filed under Beer Edition 2016, Football, Specials, Sports

There are few places more intrinsically college than a football stadium. So why is it that at most schools, gridirons are the fall’s only beer-free weekend destinations? During the 2015-2016 season, only 34 out of 128 Division I college football stadiums served alcohol to the general public. Only 11 of the stadiums selling booze ...

Rainbow Alliance brings Sam’s story to Pitt

Rainbow Alliance brings Sam’s story to Pitt

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Staff Writer

April 13, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Michael Sam didn’t set out to make a name for himself as a gay athlete — he just wanted to play football. But when a teammate’s cousin said Sam’s story inspired her against taking her life, Sam realized how influential he could be. Sam told this story Tuesday night as part of the Rainbow A...

Dorsett, Cavanaugh, to return for spring game

Dorsett, Cavanaugh, to return for spring game

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant Sports Editor

April 10, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi is flashing back to the 1970s for the annual Blue-Gold Game this month. On Saturday, Narduzzi announced that former Panthers from Pitt’s 1976 national championship team, Tony Dorsett and Matt Cavanaugh, will be honorary coaches for the Blue-Gold Game on April...

Ejuan Price looking forward to pairing with Dewayne Hendrix

Ejuan Price looking forward to pairing with Dewayne Hendrix

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

April 6, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Last season, Ejuan Price was undoubtedly ‘the guy’ on Pitt’s defensive line. With top-end quickness and pass-rushing technique, Price amassed 11.5 sacks. Now, Price might have some competition in that proverbial pecking order. After sitting out the past season due to transfer rules, Dewayne Hendrix...

Pitt announces new tactic for tackling poor attendance

Pitt announces new tactic for tackling poor attendance

By Elizabeth Lepro | Assistant Sports Editor

April 1, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

After numerous attempts to keep students at Heinz Field after the third quarter of football games, Pitt Athletics announced Thursday that it will try out a strapping new method. Last year, to remedy the overwhelming exodus of student fans after “Sweet Caroline” during Panthers’ games at Hein...

James Conner to throw out first pitch at Pirates’ Opening Day Sunday

James Conner to throw out first pitch at Pirates’ Opening Day Sunday

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 30, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

James Conner will be taking the field in the North Shore, but not the one you’d expect. Pitt and the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Conner, the Panthers’ star running back, will throw out the first pitch at PNC Park on Opening Day Sunday. “I’m honored and thrilled to throw out the first pitch ...

Boyd, others workout at Pitt Pro Day

Boyd, others workout at Pitt Pro Day

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

March 16, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

With 24 NFL teams in attendance at Pitt football’s Pro Day, a lot of money was at stake for Tyler Boyd. Boyd — who starred at wide receiver for the Panthers for three years — ran a disappointing 4.58 second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this month, souring some on the chan...

Panthers fans want more at Heinz

Panthers fans want more at Heinz

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

March 2, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports, Sports Features

As a Panthers football game begins, Pitt’s marching band ushers the team onto the field through a tunnel backdropped by a Pitt script banner. Some of the players meet atop the Pitt logo at the 50-yard line, surrounded by waving Pitt banners inside and outside the stadium. Attendees pass through a fr...

12 Panthers set to honor James Conner at race on Saturday

12 Panthers set to honor James Conner at race on Saturday

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 26, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Nearly three months after Pitt running back James Conner announced his diagnosis of Hodgkin Lymphoma, a group of his teammates have found a way to honor their star teammate. The University announced on Thursday that 12 Pitt football players have formed a team for the 16th annual “Race to Anyplace” on...

Football is so gay: Forced masculinity in pro sports halts social progress

Football is so gay: Forced masculinity in pro sports halts social progress

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant Sports Editor

February 12, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

John Kichi thinks football players are kidding themselves. That’s an understatement — the Sewickley, Pennsylvania, author and illustrator actually thinks the entire sport is really, really gay. Kichi’s most recent picture book, “Football is Soooo Gay” is a diatribe to what he considers an e...

Girls’ game: Women making advances in coaching field

By Jessie Wallace / Staff Writer

February 12, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

I’ve been an athlete my entire life. As “one of the boys” in grade school, I worked out as often as I attended classes. As a track athlete in college, I’ve been more apt to hurl a shotput than brandish a mascara wand. Every meet, I fall more in love with the “art of competition.” This “art,...

ACC awards three Panthers postgraduate scholarships

ACC awards three Panthers postgraduate scholarships

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 10, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Despite their Pitt athletic careers coming to an end, three Panthers earned a final victory Wednesday morning. The ACC awarded football offensive lineman Artie Rowell, gymnast Lindsay Offutt and volleyball middle hitter Amanda Orchard postgraduate scholarships to allow them to further their academi...

Pitt football places five on ACC All-Academic team

Pitt football places five on ACC All-Academic team

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 10, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

While Pat Narduzzi’s team put together a successful 2015 campaign on the field, a group of football players thrived off the gridiron as well. The ACC announced that five Pitt football players — redshirt junior offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty, junior wide receiver Dontez Ford, sophomore cornerback A...

Super Bowl 50 a disappointing product from start to finish

Super Bowl 50 a disappointing product from start to finish

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 8, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

As I sat sprawled in a chair, watching Cam Newton get slaughtered by a vicious Denver defense and a lifeless Peyton Manning loft the ball in the air with less velocity than a granny-style free throw, one thought constantly pervaded my mind. Man, this is so boring. The 2016 Super Bowl was an old-fashioned defens...

Pitt football wraps up 2016 recruiting class on National Signing Day

Pitt football wraps up 2016 recruiting class on National Signing Day

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 3, 2016


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

After some drama, surprises and countless “Pitt is It” tweets, Pitt finalized its 2016 recruiting class during National Signing Day. The Panthers class includes 24 players — as well as transfer tight end Chris Clark and senior Ejuan Price, who the NCAA granted a sixth year of eligibility — and...

Narduzzi to drink for pink

Narduzzi to drink for pink

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant Sports Editor

February 2, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Students will get their chance to drink and snap selfies with Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi this month — just don’t ask him about his game strategy. On Feb. 25, the Oakland Business Improvement District and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, are hosting the seventh annual Drink for Pink even...

Narduzzi providing results in first full recruiting offseason

Narduzzi providing results in first full recruiting offseason

By Chad Cameron / For The Pitt News

February 2, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

In the final stretch of the courting process, Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi fed his recruits to the Zoo. Pitt invited a group of football recruits to watch the Virginia Tech game Sunday as members of the Oakland Zoo. With National Signing Day on Wednesday, the new Panthers head coach showed ...

Storify: Pitt coaches react to new recruits

By Amy Beaudine / Social Media Editor

February 1, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

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Central Catholic’s Damar Hamlin commits to Pitt

Central Catholic’s Damar Hamlin commits to Pitt

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 1, 2016


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

On Monday evening, Pitt football learned that a local high school star would be staying home. Central Catholic’s Damar Hamlin committed to the University of Pittsburgh via an announcement on KDKA Pittsburgh. Hamlin is a six-foot-one, 179 pound defensive back. He is a consensus four-star recruit...

2016 Football Schedule Breakdown

2016 Football Schedule Breakdown

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 28, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Pat Narduzzi’s second rodeo isn’t going to get any easier. The ACC announced Pitt’s football schedule for the 2016 season, and while all the opponents were public knowledge, the actual order is now finalized. Nine of Pitt’s 12 games come against teams with winning records in 2015, while four co...

ACC announces 2016 Pitt football schedule

ACC announces 2016 Pitt football schedule

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 26, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

The Atlantic Coastal Conference announced finalized schedules for Pitt and other ACC schools for the 2016 football season on Tuesday afternoon. The Panthers will face eight teams that made bowl games and four that won 10 or more games as part of their 12-game schedule. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi...

Fixing the NFL’s Pro Bowl Problem

Fixing the NFL’s Pro Bowl Problem

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 25, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

It’s that time of year again. That time when the biggest stars in the National Football League face off against one another, playing in one ultimate contest where pride and respect are on the line. Just kidding. The 2016 NFL Pro Bowl kicks off this Sunday in Hawaii and, quite frankly, is perhaps t...

Boyd still has room to improve draft stock

Boyd still has room to improve draft stock

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 21, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

When former Pitt wide receiver Tyler Boyd penned his farewell poem and left Pitt for the NFL draft, fans thanked the star wideout for his production. As it turns out, Tyler Boyd will need to produce even more, as various draft scouts grade Boyd as a second- or third-round talent leading up to April...

Athletic Director Scott Barnes talks strategy

Athletic Director Scott Barnes talks strategy

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant Sports Editor

January 20, 2016


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

Pitt Athletic Director Scott Barnes said he already knows Pitt’s fans and alumni care more than Utah State fans — now he’s asking them to prove it. The former Utah State athletic director spoke to more than 150 Pitt fans and alumni about the Athletic Department’s six strategic goals in Alumni H...

Larry Fitzgerald a surefire Hall of Famer on and off field

Larry Fitzgerald a surefire Hall of Famer on and off field

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Copy Chief

January 18, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The Steelers lost on Sunday — but Pittsburgh is still alive in the NFL playoffs. Former Pitt receiver Larry Fitzgerald’s game-winning catch-and-run that propelled his Arizona Cardinals past the Green Bay Packers reminded fans of the veteran’s superstar heroics. But what Fitzgerald said immediately a...

Military bowl generates $17 million in revenue for Annapolis/Washington

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 14, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Even though the Pitt football team struggled in the 2015 Military Bowl, losing to the Navy Midshipmen 44-28, the team helped provide different kind of win that week in Maryland. The Military Bowl announced Wednesday that this year’s bowl game generated $17 million of revenue for the Annapolis and Washing...

Burfict problematic, not the problem in NFL’s roughness epidemic

Burfict problematic, not the problem in NFL’s roughness epidemic

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 11, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

Vontaze Burfict and Adam “Pacman” Jones signed, sealed and delivered a playoff victory to the Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday. Thanks to the two Cincinnati Bengals’ defenders’ personal foul calls against them on an incomplete pass that saw Burfict drill star Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown in ...

Whitehead named to FWAA All-Freshman Team

Whitehead named to FWAA All-Freshman Team

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 11, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Jordan Whitehead’s big freshman season just earned him another honor. The Football Writers Association of America named the Pitt football safety to its 15th annual Freshman All-American team as one of five defensive backs selected. A 10-person panel consisting of writers representing each Football ...

Pitt hires new offensive coordinator

Pitt hires new offensive coordinator

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

January 8, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

Pitt has found its new offensive coordinator. Former North Carolina State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Matt Canada will join the Pitt football coaching staff to fill the same role, according to a Pitt release. “I’ve known Matt and his family for a very long time and I feel...

Military Bowl loss highlights areas of improvement for next season

Military Bowl loss highlights areas of improvement for next season

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

January 6, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

A 44-28 loss to Navy confirmed one fact: The Pitt football team couldn’t conquer high-caliber talent this season. Still, Pat Narduzzi’s first year as the Panthers’ head coach was an unmitigated success. An 8-5 record might not seem too impressive on paper, but eight wins represents stability in the Pi...

Superlatives highlight highs and lows of 2015 Pitt football season

Superlatives highlight highs and lows of 2015 Pitt football season

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 6, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt football navigated its shares of peaks and valleys this season, with a 2-4 finish dampening the excitement of a 6-1 start. With so many twists and turns along the way, an effective way to summarize the Pitt football season is through superlatives. These monikers will recognize the apexes and na...

Quarterback Voytik to seek graduate transfer

Quarterback Voytik to seek graduate transfer

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

January 4, 2016


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

Pitt redshirt junior quarterback Chad Voytik will pursue a graduate transfer after receiving his degree at the end of the spring semester, coach Pat Narduzzi announced Monday. "I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to attend and play for the University of Pittsburgh,” Voytik said via a release. In...

Boyd declares for NFL Draft, foregoing senior year

Boyd declares for NFL Draft, foregoing senior year

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 2, 2016


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

Pitt junior wide receiver Tyler Boyd, declared his intention to enter the 2016 NFL Draft, forgoing his senior season, per his Instagram account. Boyd’s announcement came in the form of a poem, in which he thanked the city of Pittsburgh, noting, “I will carry you with me, I will continue to mak...

Storify: Social media reactions to Pitt’s bowl loss to Navy

By Amy Beaudine / Social Media Editor

December 28, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

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Freshmen performances highlight senior leadership in final Pitt football game

Freshmen performances highlight senior leadership in final Pitt football game

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 28, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

While some of Pitt’s freshmen made headlines with explosive plays on Monday, including Quadree Henderson’s opening kick return touchdown, bowl games always mark the end of careers just as much as the beginning of them. Freshmen accounted for all four of Pitt’s touchdowns in a 44-28 loss to No. 2...

Panthers fall to ferocious Navy offense 44-28 in Military Bowl

Panthers fall to ferocious Navy offense 44-28 in Military Bowl

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 28, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND — After a dynamic start, the Pitt football team looked lost at sea against the Navy Midshipmen’s attack. Pitt struggled to contain Navy’s offense all game, and fell to the No. 21 Midshipmen by a final score of 44-28. After a long delay— their last game action was on...

Come on and slam: Recasting Space Jam with Pitt football coaches

Come on and slam: Recasting Space Jam with Pitt football coaches

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 14, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Some would describe the Pitt football coaching staff as “animated”  — but what if they actually were? Since 1996, Pitt has gone through the spectrum of personalities — or lack thereof in Paul Chryst’s case — at the head coaching position. From Walt Harris to Pat Narduzzi, the coaches are ...

Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney departing Pitt for Georgia

Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney departing Pitt for Georgia

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 12, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

Pitt football offensive coordinator Jim Chaney is leaving the team and accepting the same position at the University of Georgia, a source confirmed. 2015 was Chaney's first season as Pitt's offensive coordinator, as he joined new head coach Pat Narduzzi's staff in January. Chaney has served as...

Pitt, Narduzzi agree to new contract through 2021

Pitt, Narduzzi agree to new contract through 2021

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 10, 2015


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

Pitt football fans accustomed to constant coaching changes can welcome a possible step away from the norm: a head coach staying long-term. After completing his first regular season with an 8-4 record as Pitt’s head football coach, Pat Narduzzi has agreed to a contract extension through the 2021 seas...

ACC Coaches recognize nine Panthers with All-ACC honors

ACC Coaches recognize nine Panthers with All-ACC honors

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 9, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Uncategorized

After the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association honored a litany of Pitt football players in late November, the conference’s coaches heaped recognition on an array of Panthers. On Wednesday morning, the ACC released the 2015 Football Coaches’ Awards and All-ACC teams. It honored freshman runnin...

Military Bowl matchup features plenty of intrigue

Military Bowl matchup features plenty of intrigue

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 8, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

When Pitt learned it’s bowl destination on Sunday afternoon, many Pitt fans were frustrated that the team earned a trip to one of the two lowest tier ACC-affiliated bowls. The Panthers finished with a better record than all four ACC teams who received higher tier bowls than them, but geographic and f...

Conner strong: James Conner begins own fight after history of helping others

Conner strong: James Conner begins own fight after history of helping others

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 6, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Mike Gallagher, a close family friend of James Conner, arrived at the star’s recovery room just as his anesthesia began to wear off. Conner, a Pitt football running back, underwent a biopsy last Tuesday that would later reveal he had cancer. Gallagher — or “Pops” as Conner calls him — had ret...

Pitt to play No. 21 Navy in Military Bowl

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 6, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

The Pitt football team will play No. 21 U.S. Naval Academy in the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Maryland, on Dec. 28. The Panthers (8-4, 6-2 ACC) will compete in a bowl game for the eighth straight year after gaining eligibility with at least six wins and will face off against the 9-2 Midshipmen. Na...

Social media reactions to Conner’s cancer diagnosis

Social media reactions to Conner’s cancer diagnosis

By Harrison Kaminsky / Managing Editor

December 4, 2015


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

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James Conner diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

James Conner diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 4, 2015


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

Pitt star running back James Conner announced that he has been diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of cancer, at a press conference Friday afternoon. Conner, who missed the season with a torn MCL, received the diagnosis on Thanksgiving. “When I heard I got cancer, I was a little...

Hometown hero: Dan Marino honored at alma mater Central Catholic

Hometown hero: Dan Marino honored at alma mater Central Catholic

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 2, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Hall of Fame quarterback and Pitt alum Dan Marino returned home Tuesday morning, receiving another honor to add to his decorated resumé. But unlike the Pro Bowl berths, the 1984 MVP or his Hall of Fame bust, this award also celebrated what led to those accolades and the place that fostered the legendary si...

Whitehead, Ollison earn ACC Rookie of the Year awards

Whitehead, Ollison earn ACC Rookie of the Year awards

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 1, 2015


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

The Pitt football team swept the conference’s rookie of the year awards Tuesday, becoming the first team in ACC history to take both rookie honors. One day after the Panthers placed eight players on All-ACC teams, freshman safety Jordan Whitehead earned the ACC overall and defensive rookie of the year...

Track Monday night’s #H2P Twitter outburst with this interactive map

Track Monday night’s #H2P Twitter outburst with this interactive map

By Harrison Kaminsky / Managing Editor

December 1, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt football recruits, players and fans swarmed on social media Monday night with the hashtag "#H2P." Here's an interactive map highlighting the location, source and timestamp of the tweets. ...

Storify: Football recruiting Twitter barrage sends Pitt fans into frenzy

Storify: Football recruiting Twitter barrage sends Pitt fans into frenzy

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 1, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

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Pitt football places eight on All-ACC teams

Pitt football places eight on All-ACC teams

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 1, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Following an ACC loss on Friday to Miami, the Pitt football team received a conference “win” of sorts on Monday afternoon. The Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association selected eight Panthers in total to either the first, second, third or honorable mention teams, recognizing them as some of the best player...

Pat Narduzzi’s first season brings about culture change for Pitt football

Pat Narduzzi’s first season brings about culture change for Pitt football

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

December 1, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

While scrolling through Twitter on Friday during Pitt football’s final game of the season, I came to a realization. Unfortunately, that realization wasn’t, “Maybe I should spend less time on Twitter.” Instead, as the Pitt football team fell to an early deficit in an eventual loss to Miami, I s...

A tale of two halves: Comeback attempt falls short in 29-24 loss

A tale of two halves: Comeback attempt falls short in 29-24 loss

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

If Pat Narduzzi watched his Pitt football team on television, the offensive display might tempt him to fast-forward to the second half of most of his team’s games. After slow starts, Narduzzi said the second half is where the team’s offense — and its resilience — emerge. But for the seniors...

Late comeback not enough as Pitt ends season in 29-24 loss to Miami

Late comeback not enough as Pitt ends season in 29-24 loss to Miami

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 27, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

With 2:34 remaining, Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman scampered five yards and found the endzone to bring the score to 29-24. But his run, and Pitt’s run of success this season, proved to be too little, too late on Saturday. A failed two-point conversion attempt and onside kick gave Miami the bal...

Pitt football notebook: Week 12

Pitt football notebook: Week 12

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 24, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Coming off a 45-34 win against Louisville, the Pitt football team hopes to end the first year of head coach Pat Narduzzi’s tenure with a roar. A number of story lines stuck out in the win, including Ejuan Price’s five-sack performance, Pitt’s aggressive mentality and Tyler Boyd’s 100-yard r...

Panthers of the Week

Panthers of the Week

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 24, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Women's Basketball

Ejuan Price- Defensive end, football Price had one of the best games for a defensive player in Pitt football history, recording an astounding five sacks Saturday in Pitt’s 45-34 victory over Louisville. The total of five sacks was the highest of any player in the FBS this season, and was one away ...

Man down: Ejuan Price’s five sacks power Pitt past Louisville

Man down: Ejuan Price’s five sacks power Pitt past Louisville

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 22, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Big numbers dominated Pitt’s shootout win over Louisville Saturday — 830 yards of total offense, 79 points scored — but despite its small size, one stat stood above the rest: five. Pitt senior defensive end Ejuan Price registered five sacks, which tied for the most in a single game by a Football ...

Second-quarter explosion carries Pitt over Louisville, 45-34

Second-quarter explosion carries Pitt over Louisville, 45-34

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 21, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Just four minutes into Pitt’s football game against Louisville, its chances of winning the ACC Coastal Division ended, but not because of any play at Heinz Field. No. 17 North Carolina defeated Virginia Tech just after Pitt’s game began, eliminating the Panthers from playing in the ACC Champions...

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 ...

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