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Pitt football getting acclimated to Narduzzi, staff at spring practices

Pitt football getting acclimated to Narduzzi, staff at spring practices

Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

March 23, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Football

Starting spring practice with a different head coach and staff isn’t anything new for the Pitt football team, as Pat Narduzzi marks Pitt’s third new coach in five years.What’s different about this staff, though, is the energy and enthusiasm it boasts in a stark contrast to the more reserved demeanor ...

Pitt and Tennessee announce home-and-home series in 2021-2022

Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 18, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Football

Pitt and Tennessee announced a home-and-home football series for 2021 and 2022, according to a release on Wednesday.Tennessee will host the first game on Sept. 11, 2021, and Pitt will host the following year at Heinz Field on Sept. 10, 2022. The two teams have met only twice and both games occurred ...

Bend it like Ben

Bend it like Ben

Courtesy of Eric Kasperowicz

March 3, 2015


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Ben DiNucci chose Pitt after a late push by new coaches Pat Narduzzi and Jim Chaney.

DiNucci passes over Penn for Panthers

DiNucci passes over Penn for Panthers

Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

March 2, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Features, Sports / Football

Incoming recruit Ben DiNucci will stay closer to home after turning down a cross-state Ivy League education.After months of being vetted by various college football programs, Ben DiNucci finally finished the recruiting process. The Pine-Richland quarterback committed to the University of Pennsylvani...

Next level

Next level

Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

February 25, 2015


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T.J. Clemmings (center) with his offensive line teammates.

Clemmings’ Combine performance boosting draft stock

Clemmings’ Combine performance boosting draft stock

Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 25, 2015


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Before the 2013 season, T.J. Clemmings had never played offensive tackle in his life.He will likely be a top pick at the position come April 30 for the 2015 NFL Draft.Clemmings, a redshirt senior at Pitt majoring in administration of justice, showcased his abilities at last week’s NFL Scouting Combine. Now, th...

Titus Howard dismissed from Pitt football program

Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

February 23, 2015


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After missing the entire 2014 season due to a suspension for disciplinary reasons, sophomore defensive back Titus Howard has been dismissed from the University of Pittsburgh football program, the school announced Monday.No reason other than “violation of team policy” was given for the player’s dism...

Comeback kid

Comeback kid

TNS

February 6, 2015


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Wide receiver Mike Shanahan was hired by Paul Chryst as a graduate assistant.

Former Pitt receiver Shanahan returns as graduate assistant

Former Pitt receiver Shanahan returns as graduate assistant

Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 6, 2015


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Former Pitt wide receiver Mike Shanahan has had an active several years since graduating from Pitt in 2013. He went undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft, worked out for several NFL teams and was eventually cut from the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now, he finds himself back at his alma mater, ...

Linebacker flips commitment to Penn State on eve of signing day

Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 3, 2015


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Linebacker Kevin Givens will be sending in his National Letter of Intent today, as all high school football recruits will. But instead of sending it to Pitt as he’d planned for almost a year, Givens will now give his commitment to play for Penn State in the fall.The Altoona native, who committed to Pi...

Panthers in the NFL win postseason awards

Panthers in the NFL win postseason awards

Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 31, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Football

Arizona Cardinals and former Pitt wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald won the inaugural Art Rooney award on Saturday night. St. Louis Rams rookie defensive tackle Aaron Donald won the Associated Press defensive rookie of the year award as well.Fitzgerald's award recognizes a player who demonstrates qualities of ...

ACC announces 2015 football schedules

Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 29, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Football

With the ACC’s reveal of football schedules for 2015, one thing appears clear: The Pitt Panthers will have to get used to hotels and hostile crowds early on next season.Five of the Panthers’ first seven games will be on the road, including a Sept. 19 game at the University of Iowa as the second par...

Narduzzi, staff finishing recruiting season at a sprint

Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

January 26, 2015


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Since taking over the Pitt football program after the sudden departure of Paul Chryst, new head coach Pat Narduzzi has been busy on the recruiting trail. Narduzzi and his newly assembled staff have already received six commitments. Here is a rundown on the sextet of future Panthers.JAY STOCKER The firs...

Storify: New Pitt coaches active on social media

Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 22, 2015


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‘Deflategate:’ Did Brady and the Patriots break the rules?

‘Deflategate:’ Did Brady and the Patriots break the rules?

Alex Wise / Staff Writer

January 21, 2015


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Of all the things I expected to hear incessantly in the weeks leading up to a New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl – “Tom Brady’s experience,” “Bill Belichick,” “Legion of Boom” – I can’t say I imagined the level of football inflation to haunt my eardrums. But, here ...

The new regime: Narduzzi announces new assistant coaches

Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 21, 2015


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When Pitt introduced Pat Narduzzi as its next head football coach Dec. 26, the next question many people asked was whether he would bring in his own assistant coaches or keep the current ones.During his introductory press conference that same day, Narduzzi said he would “certainly” consider retaining the assi...

Award Season

Award Season

TNS

January 12, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns, Sports / Football

Aaron Donald is a leading candidate for the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

Should Aaron Donald be the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year?

Alex Fischbein and Brandon Duerr / The Pitt News Staff

January 12, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns, Sports / Football

Former Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald entered the 2014 NFL Draft to a litany of questions about whether his 6-foot-1-inch, 285-pound frame could make the adjustment from college to the NFL. The skepticism soon vanished as Donald thrived for the St. Louis Rams, compiling nine sacks and earning a trip to the Pro Bowl as a ...

Ruben Brown

Ruben Brown

Photo courtesy of Pitt Athletics

January 11, 2015


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Ruben Brown during his days at Pitt.

Ruben Brown to be inducted into College Football Hall of Fame

Ruben Brown to be inducted into College Football Hall of Fame

Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 11, 2015


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Over the weekend, someone related to Pitt’s football program made headlines, but it wasn’t new head coach Pat Narduzzi.The National Football Foundation announced Friday that former Pitt offensive tackle Ruben Brown will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Brown, who played at Pit...

Narduzzi, Pitt announce new defensive coordinator, other new coaches

Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 9, 2015


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Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi has begun to make his first changes to his program.On Friday, Pitt announced that Josh Conklin, former Florida International defensive coordinator, will take on the same position at Pitt, according to the press release.Conklin led FIU to a top-35 finish in total defe...

Five takeaways from Pitt’s weekend bowl game

Five takeaways from Pitt’s weekend bowl game

Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

January 5, 2015


Filed under Specials / Welcomebackspring2015, Sports, Sports / Football

After a loss that saw the team surrender a 28-point lead to the University of Houston in the fourth quarter of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on Friday, there’s a litany of negatives we can harp on regarding the Pitt football team’s performance in its final game of the 2014-2015 season. Despite...

Pitt fans erupt on social media following defensive implosion against Houston

Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

January 2, 2015


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Fourth quarter collapse costs Pitt Armed Forces Bowl

Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 2, 2015


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A late collapse lost Pitt the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.Pitt, which led Houston 31-6 in the fourth quarter, surrendered two onside kicks and 29 fourth-quarter points to the Cougars in the loss.The Panthers (6-7, 4-4 ACC) seemed in control of the game, as touchdown runs from running backs James Conne...

Pat Narduzzi introduced as next head football coach

Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 26, 2014


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Pat Narduzzi is officially Pitt’s next head football coach, and the 37th in the program’s history.Acting Athletic Director Randy Juhl introduced Narduzzi at a press conference Friday at 3:30 p.m. The former Michigan State defensive coordinator said that Pittsburgh “is my home.”“I’m highly moti...

Social media reacts: Narduzzi introduced as next head football coach

Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

December 26, 2014


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Top of the class

Top of the class

TNS

December 24, 2014


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Aaron Donald is one of three rookies to earn a Pro Bowl invite, joining Dallas' Zack Martin and Baltimore's C.J. Mosley.

Rookie Donald one of three former Panthers to earn Pro Bowl invite

Rookie Donald one of three former Panthers to earn Pro Bowl invite

Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

December 24, 2014


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Three former University of Pittsburgh football players– Aaron Donald, LeSean McCoy and Darrelle Revis– were named to the 2015 Pro Bowl roster, according to an NFL announcement Tuesday night.Donald, a rookie defensive tackle for the St. Louis Rams, earned his first Pro Bowl appearance. The 2014 f...

Pat Narduzzi set to become Pitt’s next head football coach

Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 24, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Football

Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi is set to be introduced as Pitt’s next head football coach, according to multiple reports.While the move has not yet been made official, several sources say the deal is close to being finalized.Pitt also announced Wednesday that it will hold a press conference on Friday at 3:30 to address its head footb...

Rumors suggest Pat Narduzzi will be Pitt’s next head football coach

Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

December 24, 2014


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Pitt athletes react to Chryst, Pederson departures

Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 18, 2014


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On Wednesday night, Paul Chryst announced that he accepted a head coaching position at Wisconsin, and the same day, Pitt announced that former athletic director Steve Pederson would no longer serve in that role. Current Pitt athletes voiced their opinions on social media. // // ]]> [View the story...

Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst

Bobby Mizia / Senior Staff Photographer

December 17, 2014


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Paul Chryst has accepted a head coaching position at the University of Wisconsin.

Chryst officially accepts head coaching job at Wisconsin

Chryst officially accepts head coaching job at Wisconsin

Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

December 17, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Football

After a week of speculation, Paul Chryst has officially resigned as Pitt’s head football coach to accept the same role at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin.Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez introduced Chryst as Wisconsin’s next football coach at a press conference in Madison, WI at 7 p.m. EST....

Social media reacts to Paul Chryst to Wisconsin rumors

Joelle Smith / Social Media Editor

December 12, 2014


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Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst

Bobby Mizia / Senior Staff Photographer

December 11, 2014


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Local reports claim that Paul Chryst is "poised" to accept Wisconsin's open head coaching job.

Reports: Paul Chryst “poised” to accept open Wisconsin head coaching job

Reports: Paul Chryst “poised” to accept open Wisconsin head coaching job

Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 11, 2014


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According to reports, Pitt's head football coach Paul Chryst is "poised" to take over at Wisconsin, but Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said Friday that no official offer has been made.A story posted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel early Friday morning said that according to an anonymous sourc...

Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst

Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

December 7, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Football

Pitt will play Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Pitt to play Houston in Armed Forces Bowl

Pitt to play Houston in Armed Forces Bowl

Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 7, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Football

Pitt has been selected to play in the Armed Forces Bowl against Houston in Ft. Worth, Texas.The game is scheduled for Jan. 2, according to a 5:20 p.m. announcement on Sunday.Houston (7-5, 5-3 AAC) is led by running back Kenneth Farrow, who rushed for 939 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. Quarterbac...

AD’s Pittsburgh Cafe

AD’s Pittsburgh Cafe

Courtesy of Aaron Donald

December 6, 2014


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Aaron Donald announced the opening of AD's Pittsburgh Cafe on Saturday.

Aaron Donald announces restaurant opening in Oakland

Aaron Donald announces restaurant opening in Oakland

Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 6, 2014


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Former Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald announced via his Twitter account on Saturday that he will be opening a restaurant in Oakland.AD's Pittsburgh Cafe — or AD's PCafe, as Donald called it — is inspired by the former Pittsburgh Cafe, which closed in 2012. The new restaurant will occupy the same ...

Top cat

Top cat

Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

December 3, 2014


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James Conner is the first sophomore running back to be named ACC Player of the Year.

Conner named ACC Player of the Year

Conner named ACC Player of the Year

Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

December 3, 2014


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Pitt running back James Conner built further on his accolade-filled  2014 season on Wednesday afternoon, as the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association named the sophomore the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year.The bruising running back received 16 votes for the award, edging out the 2013 reci...

Pitt in the NFL: McCoy, Eagles prepare for playoff push

Pitt in the NFL: McCoy, Eagles prepare for playoff push

Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 1, 2014


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As NFL teams prepare to run the final stretch toward getting into the playoffs, several former Pitt players are playing a part in the struggle.LeSean McCoy and the Philadelphia Eagles sit at 9-3 and are in first place in the NFC East division after knocking down their division rival, the Dallas Cowboys...

Running free

Running free

Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 30, 2014


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James Conner tallied his 23rd and 24th rushing touchdowns of the season against Miami on Saturday.

Conner takes down another record with 24th rushing touchdown of the year

Conner takes down another record with 24th rushing touchdown of the year

Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 30, 2014


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James Conner broke another record on Saturday night.With his 23rd touchdown run of the season during Pitt’s opening drive at Miami, the sophomore running back broke Tony Dorsett’s 1976 school record for rushing touchdowns in a season and, with his next touchdown later in the game, he broke Dorsett...

James Conner

James Conner

Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

November 29, 2014


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James Conner broke Tony Dorsett's school rushing records in Pitt's final regular-season game.

Panthers gain bowl eligibility in regular season finale

Panthers gain bowl eligibility in regular season finale

Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 29, 2014


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James Conner set more Pitt records en route to a win that extended the team's season and gained it bowl eligibility.Conner -- who ran for 75 yards on 16 carries -- scored two touchdowns, in turn breaking Tony Dorsett's 1976 school records for rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns in a season with ...

Pitt in the NFL: McCoy leads Eagles to another win

Pitt in the NFL: McCoy leads Eagles to another win

Alex Fischbein / Staff Writer

November 25, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Football

Week 12 of the NFL season provided a lot of offense Sunday. The game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans was no exception.Former Pitt running back LeSean McCoy and the rest of the Eagles bounced back from a horrible loss in no time. The first play of the game set the tone for the Ea...

Committee rules: Pitt backs run for 258 yards in win over Syracuse

Committee rules: Pitt backs run for 258 yards in win over Syracuse

Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 23, 2014


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Chris James has become more patient as a runner throughout the football season, but the change hasn’t come easily.“That’s been something that I’ve been working on all year. Coach [John] Settle calls me ‘Happy Feet’ in the backfield ‘cause I get the ball and just want to take off,” Jame...

Panthers set individual records in season-saving win over Syracuse

Panthers set individual records in season-saving win over Syracuse

Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 22, 2014


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In addition to helping the team stay in the conversation to play for a postseason bowl game, several Pitt players set individual records on Saturday.Running back James Conner’s first quarter touchdown tied Tony Dorsett’s 1976 Pitt single-season rushing touchdowns record with his 22nd, and set an ACC...

Tyler Boyd

Tyler Boyd

Christine Lim / Staff Photographer

November 22, 2014


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Tyler Boyd caught seven passes for 126 yards and a touchdown in Pitt's win over Syracuse.

Isaac Bennett and James Conner

Isaac Bennett and James Conner

Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

November 22, 2014


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Isaac Bennett and James Conner smile for the camera before the game.

James Conner

James Conner

Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 21, 2014


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James Conner leads the Panthers against Syracuse on Saturday.

Pitt set to play Syracuse with bowl berth on line

Pitt set to play Syracuse with bowl berth on line

Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 20, 2014


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With the end of the season near, the goal is clear for the Pitt football team.Mired in its longest losing streak since 2007, a trip to the ACC conference game is mathematically no longer possible for Pitt (4-6, 2-4 ACC), following last week’s loss to UNC. Instead, there’s a familiar number — six...

Aaron Donald

Aaron Donald

TNS

November 17, 2014


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Aaron Donald sacked future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Peyton Manning on Sunday.

Pitt in the NFL: Donald sacks Manning in upset win

Pitt in the NFL: Donald sacks Manning in upset win

Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 17, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Football

Aaron Donald had a memorable week 11 in his first season in the NFL, as other former Panthers had to adjust to new quarterbacks running their offenses.The rookie and former Pitt defensive tackle recorded a sack on future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. He also added three tackles in the St....

Defense falters in second half in loss at UNC

Defense falters in second half in loss at UNC

Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 16, 2014


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Pitt’s defense seemed to undergo an identity change from the first half to the second on Saturday.Facing the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, the unit held the hosts scoreless and to 36 total yards in the first quarter.The Tar Heels, which entered the matchup having scored 40 or more points...

Voytik Fumble

Voytik Fumble

Bobby Mizia / Senior Staff Photographer

November 15, 2014


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The Pitt football team (4-5, 2-3 ACC) took on the University of North Carolina Tar Heels (4-5, 2-3 ACC) on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Keenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Late fumble ends comeback attempt in Pitt’s third straight loss

Late fumble ends comeback attempt in Pitt’s third straight loss

Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 15, 2014


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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — After a fast start, Pitt faded late in the Tar Heel State.Offensive efficiency, combined with firm defensive play, helped the football team secure and maintain an early lead against North Carolina on Saturday afternoon, but it wouldn’t hold. In a game where Pitt allowed 502 to...

Bam Bradley

Bam Bradley

Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

November 13, 2014


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Bam Bradley and the Pitt defense/special teams will try to keep UNC's Ryan Switzer in check.

Chryst, team try to stay in bowl hunt

Chryst, team try to stay in bowl hunt

Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 13, 2014


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A common theme emerged among coaches and players on the Pitt football team when they talked about this weekend’s opponent University of North Carolina: speed, especially with the ball.This particular focus makes sense. The competition knows it well.UNC’s Ryan Switzer embodies this attribute. The sopho...

Pitt in the NFL: Larry Fitzgerald climbs in record books

Pitt in the NFL: Larry Fitzgerald climbs in record books

Brandon Duerr / for The Pitt News

November 10, 2014


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For the second straight week, Larry Fitzgerald led the group of Pitt alumni in the NFL and made some noise in the league record books as well. At week 10, Fitzgerald and the Cardinals traveled back to Arizona to face rookie Aaron Donald and the division rival Rams, who were coming off a very impressi...

Conner wins weekly Maxwell Award

Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 6, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Football

Pitt sophomore running back James Conner was selected as the Maxwell Award Player of the Week on Thursday for his performance in Pitt’s loss Saturday against Duke.Conner ran for a career-high 263 yards and three touchdowns in the game, surpassing his previous career high in rushing yards of 229 against ...

In the trenches

In the trenches

Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 5, 2014


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Offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings (68) readies himself for a block against Duke on Saturday.

Running loose

Running loose

Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 5, 2014


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James Conner dashes past a Duke defender during Saturday's loss to the Blue Devils.

Conner, Clemmings earn ACC weekly honors

Conner, Clemmings earn ACC weekly honors

Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

November 5, 2014


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Despite a 51-48 loss to the Duke Blue Devils this past weekend at Heinz Field, the Atlantic Coast Conference recognized two players on the Pitt football team Monday for outstanding performances. Sophomore running back James Conner was named the ACC co-offensive back of the week, while senior offensive...

Chris Blewitt

Chris Blewitt

Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

November 2, 2014


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Chris Blewitt's late missed field goal sent Pitt and Duke into overtime.

Missed kick, shaky defense down Pitt in double OT

Missed kick, shaky defense down Pitt in double OT

Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 2, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Football

Heading into its game against No. 24 Duke, the Pitt football team knew receiver Jamison Crowder would make a difference for the Blue Devils.“Hopefully he didn’t get his flu shot and gets the flu on Friday or something,” Pitt’s secondary coach Troy Douglas said jokingly to media last Wednesday...

Defense and special teams struggles push Pitt to overtime loss

Defense and special teams struggles push Pitt to overtime loss

Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

November 1, 2014


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Pitt played its way into an offensive flexing battle against Duke Saturday, and in the end, it was a battle the Panthers couldn’t keep up with.Led by James Conner’s career-best 263 rushing yards, the Panthers combated Duke’s high-powered offensive attack from the start. But a combination of pe...

Blewitt misses late FG

Blewitt misses late FG

Heather Tennant | Staff Photographer

November 1, 2014


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Blewitt missed a field goal at the end of the fourth quarter sending the game into overtime.

Under center

Under center

Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

October 30, 2014


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Redshirt sophomore Chad Voytik awaits the snap.

Panthers look to rebound against first place Blue Devils

Panthers look to rebound against first place Blue Devils

Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 30, 2014


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The Pitt football team has now lost four of its last five games, and head coach Paul Chryst can’t help but address areas where his team must improve — and must improve soon.Nonetheless, third-year coach Chryst often points out a few “nice things” that he saw from his team after a bad loss.One o...

Chad Voytik

Chad Voytik

Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

October 28, 2014


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Pitt will work on limiting fumbles this week in practice.

Notebook: Offense works on limiting turnovers with Duke on deck

Notebook: Offense works on limiting turnovers with Duke on deck

Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 28, 2014


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Last September, Pitt football fans expected a walk in the park when their 1-1 team traveled to Durham, N.C., for the Panthers’ first-ever conference game against what used to be a lowly Duke team.The Panthers did pull out a 58-55 win over the Blue Devils in a shootout, and, on paper, it ended up being their marque...

Pitt in the NFL: Fitzgerald shows flashes of former self

Pitt in the NFL: Fitzgerald shows flashes of former self

Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

October 27, 2014


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Week eight in the NFL showcased almost unanimously strong performances from former Pitt players, and two of the individuals with better games this week played against each other.Sunday’s marquee matchup also featured two former Pitt stars when LeSean McCoy’s Philadelphia Eagles traveled to meet Larr...

James Conner

James Conner

Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 26, 2014


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James Conner briefly left Pitt's game Saturday with a leg injury.

Sidebar: Conner injury tests RB depth

Sidebar: Conner injury tests RB depth

Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

October 26, 2014


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When James Conner lay on the Heinz Field turf Saturday, grasping at his right knee while trainers circled around him, a hush fell over the crowd.Already stupefied by the baffling start to the Pitt football game against Georgia Tech, fans had to cringe as a new nightmare scenario played out in front of...

Football

Football

Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 25, 2014


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Pitt could not recover from early fumbling issues in its loss to Georgia Tech.

Early fumbles down Panthers in homecoming game

Early fumbles down Panthers in homecoming game

Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 25, 2014


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It was the script coming out party that few saw coming.Sporting new script “Pitt” logos on their helmets in their homecoming game against Georgia Tech (6-2, 3-2 ACC) Saturday, the Panthers (4-4, 2-2 ACC) couldn’t recover from a historically poor offensive start in an embarrassing 56-28 loss.To st...

Paul and Elijah Zeise

Paul and Elijah Zeise

Photo courtesy of Paul Zeise

October 24, 2014


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Above: Elijah (left) and his brother Isaiah (right) painted their faces the Pitt blue and gold before a game.Below: Elijah (left) with his father and brother at a Pitt football game in 2013.

Father and son share longtime connection to Pitt football

Father and son share longtime connection to Pitt football

Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 24, 2014


Filed under Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports, Sports / Football

When Elijah Zeise was eight years old, his parents took him to see a Pitt football game at Heinz Field.It was 2003. The Panthers upset No. 5 Virginia Tech 31-28 beneath a visible eclipse that lit up the faces of some 66,207 fans in attendance almost as much as Pitt’s last-minute, game-winning touchdown...

Yogi Roth

Yogi Roth

Photo courtesy of Yogi Roth

October 24, 2014


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Yogi Roth has done broadcast work for ESPN and Fox, and co-authored a book with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

‘Life in a Walk:’ Alum directs personal documentary

‘Life in a Walk:’ Alum directs personal documentary

Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

October 24, 2014


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Have you ever wondered whether you are spending enough time with loved ones? Yogi Roth did, and after a seemingly simple walk through Europe with his father, he feels more satisfied with his answer to that question.“We had a great relationship, but I still didn’t know 95 percent of the things I found out [about ...

Tyler Boyd

Tyler Boyd

Bobby Mizia / Senior Staff Photographer

October 24, 2014


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Tyler Boyd and the Pitt Panthers face Coastal Division opponent Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Bugging out: Panthers, Yellow Jackets clash with ACC Coastal Division on the mind

Bugging out: Panthers, Yellow Jackets clash with ACC Coastal Division on the mind

Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 24, 2014


Filed under Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports, Sports / Football

On Pitt’s scout team, many underclassmen and walk-ons simulate the opponents’ offenses to give the defense a better understanding of what to prepare for in the weekend’s matchup.This week, Pitt’s scout team might have more impact on the team’s game day execution than it did during any other we...

Penn State football dominates state, according to map

Alex Fischbein / For The Pitt News

October 24, 2014


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Excitement, scoring, wins, championships and fan devotion comprise some of the “ingredients” of a sports fan. Students and alumni typically make up college football fan bases, but there are still schools that gain a following from regions that might not have a Division I school around them. On Oct...

Pitt recruiting rundown

Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

October 22, 2014


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Pitt’s newest commit, Jordan Whitehead, scored three touchdowns in three different ways. Here’s how he and the rest of Pitt’s commits fared last weekend. Jordan Whitehead (cornerback) ­— Central Valley High School, Pa.Central Valley remained undefeated at 8-0, defeating Hopewell 57-7. Whitehea...

Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst

Bobby Mizia / Senior Staff Photographer

October 21, 2014


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Pitt is tied for first in the ACC Coastal Division, and plays Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Notebook: Young Pitt team benefiting from experience

Notebook: Young Pitt team benefiting from experience

Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 21, 2014


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Regardless of its win and loss total, a football team can only grow over the course of a season.Players begin to master a coach’s system and, by January, they’ve learned more about their personal tendencies, as well as those of their teammates’.A team with more underclassmen than any other in Division...

Reggie Mitchell

Reggie Mitchell

Zach Schaffer / Senior Staff Photographer

October 21, 2014


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Reggie Mitchell forced two fumbled in Pitt's win on Thursday.

Three Pitt players earn ACC weekly honors

Three Pitt players earn ACC weekly honors

Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

October 21, 2014


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The ACC recognized three Pitt football players for their performances in Thursday’s home game against Virginia Tech.Senior tackle T.J. Clemmings was named the conference’s Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week, sophomore cornerback Reggie Mitchell was picked as Defensive Back of the Week and redshirt freshm...

Recruit rundown: Tipton scores in three different ways

Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

October 20, 2014


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Pitt’s newest commit, Jordan Whitehead, scored three touchdowns in three different ways. Here’s how he and the rest of Pitt’s commits fared last weekend. Jordan Whitehead (cornerback) ­— Central Valley High School, Pa.Central Valley remained undefeated at 8-0, defeating Hopewell 57-7. Whitehead s...

Chad Voytik

Chad Voytik

Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

October 19, 2014


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Chad Voytik led Pitt in rushing on Thursday.

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